Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Bettison
Christian Names: Luke Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: .
Service #: Nil
Service: No Military Service
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Luke Kevin Bettison is a current member of the New South Wales Police Force and is stationed in Sydney. He has recently been promoted to Sergeant from his former rank of Leading Senior Constable.

Bettison performs duty at NSW Police funerals and at other NSW Police ceremonial occasions as a Protocol Officer when required.

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The above photographs depict Bettison performing the duty of a Protocol Officer at a Police funeral in 2018.

He wears the following medals.

1. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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2. Iraq Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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3. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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You will notice that Bettison is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with two clasps. Iraq and ICAT (ICAT - International Coalition Against Terror) The AASM is a pre-requisite for the wearing of Australian Active Service campaign medals and ribands. If genuine, Bettison would be wearing the AASM as the first medal on his rack, followed by the three purchased medals he displays. An example of the AASM, with a clasp, appears below.

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Bettison has claimed that he served in the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years on HMAS Tobruk and was awarded medals for Iraq and Afghanistan deployments.

Inquiries with relative Military Associations concluded that Bettison has never served in the Australia Defence Force, let alone having deployed on active service to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not entitled to any of the three medals that he wears.

As a Protocol Officer in the NSW Police Force, he sets a very bad example by purchasing unearned medals from the internet or Medal Dealers, and fraudulently wearing them on his Police uniform at ceremonial occasions. He lacks credibility and integrity.

Bettison was contacted on two occasions, and offered an opportunity to explain his wearing of Australian Military Awards on his NSW Police uniform. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bettison has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

and 80B -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B
Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

However, we are aware that the NSW Police Force is reluctant to pursue these matters through the Courts for some reason. Other States take action where appropriate. Bettison’s recruitment application should be checked to ascertain if any other offences have been committed, prior to his acceptance for service in the NSW Police.

Bettison joins other NSW Police Force colleagues on this website, who have also fraudulently worn un-entitled Australian Military Awards on their Police uniforms..

See -;

anzmi.net/Darrin Hooper - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/741
anzmi.net/Darryl Kennedy - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/722-kennedy-1

Surname: Joyce
Christian Names: Michael John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Redcliffe
Service #: A118447
Service: Royal Austtralian Air Force
Branch: Catering
Case Notes:

 

Michael John Joyce served with RAAF Number 1 Operational Support Unit in Vung Tau Vietnam for 91 days from 16 April 1970 until 15 July 1970 as a Cook. Here is a photograph of Joyce:


Michael Joyce




Notice that Joyce is wearing four medals these are:

Australian Active Service Medal
Vietnam Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - NOT ENTITLED

Joyce has made the mistake of being a cheat involved with the media and had his photograph published in a newspaper. As a result of his need for media fame it has been established that Joyce is not entitled to wear the RVCM because he did not meet the criteria of 181 days service in Vietnam and was not evacuated to Australia as a Battle Casualty. He served for 91 days only.


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Here is the offending medal



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Here is the official criterion for being awarded the medal.


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Here is what Joyce said about the matter:

Dear xxx,
Yes i did not spend the required time in Vietnam And as you know there has at times been eligibility question I was Medivaced home. And subsequently was awarded The medal in question, this would be shown in the appropriate Records that are available to the public. I have previously Discussed this with fellow veterans, and the consensus was That if it was officially awarded then that would be that.

Yours Truly
Mick Joyce.

Wearing the medal on the basis of a consensus of fellow veterans was insufficient authority to attach the medal to his rack.

Like Joyce, most of those caught wearing this medal say "It was issued to them" In most cases that is baloney and it has been purchased by the wearer. Joyce wears four medals, he is entitled to three.

Returned Veterans will not tolerate those who cheat with medals. Being a returned veteran is a status hard won and the awards they receive are sacrosanct.

Herbert Alec Mason, President of a Victorian RSL Sub Branch, was another non battle casualty from Vietnam, who falsely claimed that he was issued with the VCM.

www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/638-mason 

We thank the genuine veterans and the many others throughout Australia, who through their diligence and observation are striving to preserve our medals protocols and heritage.

Joyce is welcomed to the website for being a medal cheat.

 

Surname: Slocum
Christian Names: Guy Dennis
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 4233044
Service: Royal Air Force (RAF)
Branch: Pilot
Case Notes:

 

Guy Slocum is either a complete fraud, or is an RAF Fighter Pilot who exaggerates his service.


There are other retired RAF and RNZAF Pilots residing in New Zealand who noticed Slocum's recent publicity, and knowing that some of what he has said is bunkum, pointed us in his direction.

An RAF Squadron Leader named Guy Slocum is mentioned in the London Gazette, where occurrences relating to RAF Officers are published. We don't know whether this is the same person or a person who has stolen the identity.

Here is what Slocum has said at Rotary Club meetings in Auckland


He could have flown some of the aircraft listed, but there is a comprehensive list of Lightning pilots and Slocum is not included: See here: www.lightningpilots.com/Directory.html

We have reports from ex RAF and RNZAF pilots who attended the meetings when Slocum was the guest speaker. Here are excerpts from their reports:

"Hello xx,

Yes, I attended his talk at the Warbirds at Ardmore. Essentially the same talk as described in your two attachments, though I can not recall him mention being the youngest pilot. He did describe the 3 key events; refuelling, Tupolev incident and Libyan dogfight, fairly much as narrated.

XXXX"

From: XXXXXX

"Yes, he definitely repeated the Bear/Lightning ejection story and the Libyan MiG one.

He could get away with it to a few old dears at the Rotary Club, but I'm surprised he tried it at the Warbirds where he must know there are current and former RAF and RNZAF pilots and engineers.

I attended the briefing at the Warbirds and not a single person with any relevant knowledge believed him.

XXXXXX"


Hi xx

The two attached reports are the same as what was included in the NZ Warbirds event – though I don’t recall him mentioning being the youngest pilot/youngest Sqn Ldr. He may well have mentioned this – but I don’t recall it.

Kind regards, xxxxxxx


We asked Slocum to please comment on his "Russian" North Sea Adventure and his "Dog fight" in Libya:


"Afternoon Guy

To diffuse the current situation regarding your RAF service, can you please confirm in statement form, all that has been published regarding your RAF service.. In particular information about your action in Libya and your interaction with a Russian Aircraft.

Details from you should settle the matter.

Regards

xx
Researcher"

.
" From guy
5:04 AM (1 hour ago)

I am not at liberty to discuss any issues relating to my RAF Career with anyone I do not know and who is not prepared to fully identify themselves. Moreover, I disown any such activities as you mention

Please do not trouble me again

regards"


Notice that Guy disowns the heroic bits of his history. Other ex pilots have declared Slocum as a fantasist.

Slocum has told the stories, and now denies having told them, despite his very public presentations.

He has earned a seat on ANZMI flight 101 from which there is no ejection seat.

Surname: Gill
Christian Names: Gregory John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Rockhampton
Service #: 120293
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian ordance Corps
Case Notes:

 

Gregory John Gill is wearing five medals for his service in South Vietnam. He should be wearing four.


Notice that he wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
Vietnam Logistic and Support Forces Medal - NOT ENTITLED SELF PURCHASED "TIN" COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Entitled

The second last medal is the offending medal. It is a self purchased "Tin" Commemorative medal that is not approved by the Australian Government. It was created by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) veterans, who illegally wore it in protest, to not receiving recognition for their visits to Vietnam. In 1993 the Australian Government approved an official medal, the Logistic and Support Medal (LSM), to reward RAN personnel for their Vietnam visits. Since the protests have been appeased, there is no reason to wear the "Tin" medal. This is the offending medal.


This is the Logistics and Support Medal approved to be worn by the Australian Government since 1993.


This is the first instance reported of an Army veteran wearing this medal, whereas it is commonly still incorrectly worn by RAN Vietnam veterans. A recent instance is ex RAN Captain Brian Lawrence SWAN who also appears on this website.

When asked, Gill said that he had purchased the medal at a meeting in Brisbane many years ago, and that "lots of blokes around Rockhampton wear it"

It is amazing how the Rockhampton veteran community have ignored Gill's offending.

Although they have failed in their duty, we will not.

Gregory John Gill is welcomed aboard and we hope that Rockhampton veterans take note of the situation.

Surname: Hill
Christian Names: Allan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Rockingham
Service #: R59496
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Fire Control
Commencement of service: 19 November 1962
Completion of service: 17 May 1964
Case Notes:

 

If you insist on wearing "Tin" medals it is best not to exhibit them, by getting media attention and exaggerating your service.


Allan Hill sailed aboard HMAS Parramatta on 25 May 1965 from Singapore to Vietnam on escort duties for HMAS Sydney. HMAS Parramatta arrived back to Singapore on 14 June 1965. In a media report Hill described his service in Vietnam as "A cuff diver whose roll was to work closely with Clearance Divers looking for explosives in the Mekong Delta River"

HMAS Parramatta was in Vietnam for three uneventful days, patrolling and mostly at anchor, well away from the Mekong Delta River. The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Hill as serving in Vietnam for twenty one days, but the RAN system counts days from departure from the last allied Port, to arrival back to another allied Port.


Here is an excerpt of HMAS Parramatta's Report of Proceedings for the time spent in Vietnam in November 1965.


Hill wears eight medals, for his three days service in Vietnam and his routine RAN service, he qualifies for five.

He has added three non authorised commemorative "Tin" medals, to his rack, these are.

Far East Service Medal - TIN
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal- TIN
HMAS Sydney Medal - TIN


Hill needs to adjust his ballast, otherwise he may list heavily to the port side. Not only will the listing upset his bearing but will also sink his reputation.

Such listing will never upset HMAS ANZMI, where he will stay in the brig until he removes the offending medals, then he shall be allowed the poop deck to contemplate his offence.

Surname: Hutchinson
Christian Names: Robert John
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: V46801
Service: Army
Branch: Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Commencement of service: 1974
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

 

Robert (Bob) John Hutchinson was born on the 12 April, 1957. He served in the New Zealand Army from 1974 to 1989 in the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Hutchinson is a medal cheat and a valour thief.







In the above photograph Hutchinson is wearing the following medals -;

1. New Zealand Operational Service Medal. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal is a New Zealand campaign medal for award to New Zealanders who have served on operations since 3 September 1945. Eligibility for the NZ OSM commences the day after the final eligibility date for the 1939 - 45 New Zealand War Service Medal.

2. New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Sinai Clasp) Non War Like. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) is a New Zealand campaign medal, authorised in 1992, for award to New Zealanders who have served in peacekeeping operations for which no separate UN medal was issued.

3. New Zealand Defence Service Medal. (Regular Clasp.) (Entitled)

4. Multinational Force and Observers medal (Sinai) (Not entitled)

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration that was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Hutchinson raised concerns among Veterans when he wore his medal rack at recent Anzac Day and Armistice Day Services at Rotorua. He was eventually approached by New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (R&SA) members who notified him of those concerns. He denied that the medals were not officially issued to him and claimed that they were legitimately awarded. .

He was then informed that inquiries were made through official sources and that evidence disclosed that he had never been awarded the three medals in question. He again denied the accusation and claimed that the information gleaned was wrong.

However, he could not provide written proof of the awards.

ANZMI has been investigating Hutchinson for some time. There is not a doubt that Hutchinson has never been awarded the three medals indicated. He is a Medal cheat and a valour thief who has treated his fellow RSA members and the community with contempt. If he is still a member of the RSA, he should be directed to apologise and then given the boot.

Genuine veterans will not sit idle and watch medal cheats and imposters parade with them on official remembrance days.

Hutchinson is the Co-owner of the Rotorua Art Café. Next time you visit there, ask him where and when he served in Sinai, and which operational campaign he served in to receive his Operational Service Medal. You might also ask to see his medals. They should all be engraved with his name and service number on the rims.

Let us know his response at enquiries@anzmi.net and we will give him an update!

 

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