Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Wade
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goulburn
Service: Reserve Forces
Case Notes:

 

Mr Gordon WADE is the President of the Goulburn RSL Sub Branch and is a former senior NSW Corrective Services Officer. WADE was also a Reservist in the Australian Defence Force.

For his service as a Corrections Officer and for his Military Service in the Reserves, WADE has been appropriately recognised with a number of medals.



In the above image, WADE is wearing:

Medal of the Order of Australia (Entitled)
Reserve Force Medal (Entitled)
National Medal (Entitled)
Australian Defence Medal (Entitled)

All of the above Medals and Awards have been earned by WADE and reflect National recognition of his service. Protocols issued and administered by the Governor General of Australia are quite clear on the wearing of National Awards and specifically forbid the wearing of State Awards with Federal Awards and specify that State Awards are to be worn on the right side. This directive is also to be found in the rules and regulations of the Returned and Services League (RSL) in which WADE holds a not insignificant position as a Sub-Branch President.

The two remaining medals on WADE’s rack are:

NSW Corrective Meritorious Service Medal



NSW Corrective Service Long Service Medal



Unfortunately, like so many other Corrections Officers and indeed, Emergency Service personnel in other States and Territories have taken to wearing State Awards on the left side only, sometimes mixed with Federal Awards. It is the case that in some jurisdictions, approval to mix these awards has been given by the highest level of the organisation but this approval has been given without due diligence and referral to the Governor General’s office who administers the Australian Honours System, including the approved order of precedence for wearing of awards and the list of foreign awards that may be worn by Australian citizens.

WADE is taking the easy way out by just wearing the medals in the current form and as a President of an RSL Sub Branch, and former senior Corrections Officer, he should and must know he is in breach of the rules.

We have some advice for WADE and the many others mixing and matching their Federal and State Awards – DON’T. If, however if you believe you are in the right, then its up to you to do something about it.

If WADE, or the many others like him on our Website feels strongly enough about the issue, he can advocate for change by submitting a motion to his Sub-Branch and seek their support, have the motion discussed and voted upon at the RSL Annual Congress and if his motion is carried, he can expect that the RSL will advocate on his behalf to the Governor General to change the rules as they apply to the Order of Precedence and the wearing of Federal and State Awards. The same avenue is available to any Ex-Service Organisation, or individual if they feel strongly about the issue.

Of course, the easier way to deal with this is to either remove the State medals from his rack and wear them on the right side, or sit back like many others and whinge about ANZMI being a pedantic bunch of bastards with nothing better to do. Unfortunately, that is the normal response when all that ANZMI is doing is defending the rules as they stand. We cannot expect to swear our allegiance to the Queen or Australia on one hand and then pick and choose what rules we will follow to suit ourselves on the other. It doesn't work that way.

Welcome to our Website Mr WADE, the ball is now in your court.

Surname: Keeley
Christian Names: Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Candelo
Case Notes:

 

Douglas Keeley served for two years in the second National Serviceman scheme, between 1964 and 1972. For his service he was awarded two Defence Medals, however he wears three.


He wears the following medals.

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)
Citizens Military Service (CMF) medal - Unauthorised self purchased medal.

He received the first two medals from the Australian Government for his Army service.

The third medal, he purchased, and had it spliced to his rack by a "shonky" medals mounter. Most Australian medal mounters know and obey tradition and protocol, but some will do anything for a dollar.


Keeley is a high profile ex serviceman who actively participates on commemorative occasions in his home town of Candelo NSW. To wear a fake medal and seek media attention is simply not wise as the consequences are obvious.

We welcome Keeley, and suggest he disconnects thirty three and a third percent of his medals to make him an honest ex serviceman.

 

Surname: Stacey
Christian Names: Geoff and Sue
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Adaminaby
Service: Army
Branch: Dental & Nursing Corps
Case Notes:

 

Here we have a pigeon pair of high achievers, however, medals protocol is not included in their knowledge gained whilst serving in the Army.


Obviously Sue knows how to celebrate ANZAC day with a nip of Rum and an ANZAC biscuit.

Both Geoff and Sue wear medals earned during their Defence service, however both have included a New South Wales Rural Fire Service medal with their Defence medals on their left breasts.

Here is the NSW Rural Fire Service Long Service Award:


Geoff and Sue are both ex senior Army Officers and should be aware, that such State medals are to be worn on their right breast, and should they have any doubt about that, they should phone their neighbour in the ACT, the Governor General.

Both will be kept busy serving in the ANZMI Battalion, by attending to Dental and Medical needs in the minor medals offenders platoon. Sue can also dispense the odd nip of rum whenever she deems it necessary.

Surname: Burns
Christian Names: Adrian "Radar"
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: 128113
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:

 

Some Royal Australian Navy veterans have a penchant for wearing an extra medal or two. Here is Adrian "Radar" Burns, wearing an extra foreign medal for his Gulf war deployment aboard HMAS Sydney.


In total he wears the following

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal (SALKM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Foreign medal not approved ofr wear by the Governor General

For his deployment aboard HMAS Sydney, to the Gulf region during 1990 and 1991 he wears three medals. In addition he wears an ADM and the DFSM for general service in the RAN. The SALKM medal is a foreign medal that is approved for wear by the Governor General. The last medal on his rack, the KLM Medal has not been approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia. His correct rack is five medals. He should be very satisfied in that he received three medals for his Gulf region deployments.

Here is what the Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, have to say about this medal:

"The medal is not approved for wear by members of the ADF. It is allowed to be retained as a memento by members who received it and worn on civilian clothing on special days such as ANZAC Day and other commemorative occasions. It is recommended the Kuwait Liberation Medal be worn on the right breast".

Unfortunately, RAN Associations, are actively encouraging their members to wear this inappropriate medal on their left breast.

It is cogent that Adrian Burns is a member of a Western Australian, HMAS Sydney Association, that actively encourages members to wear the medal on the left breast. Here is the "political battle strategy" he exposed to us in a recent email

"With the 80th Anniversary if have from the Defence Minister down (sic) backing me Veterans Affairs Minister is well aware, Chief of the Navy, Fleet Commander, WA Premier, WA Tourism Minister (both ex jacks) and many others with a full team in Geraldton and Perth assisting me to bring this together. Fremantle SLSC is involved along with the AFL - West Coast Eagles and Sydney Swans. Once all completed I'm hoping I've set in place a great legacy and helping many Veterans descendants and relatives yes I am blowing my trumpet a bit but mate your mob what trumpet can you blow???"

Simply put, the medal recommended to be worn on the right breast by Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, is not approved to be worn on the left breast by the Governor General, and unless Burns's above luminaries can convince the Governor General to approve it, we will include those who wear it, on this website.

Perhaps those wanting to wear this bit of bling, like Burns, should get their Surf Life Saving and Football Clubs together with their Ministers for Tourism to lobby the Governor General to approve the wearing of the medal.

Welcome aboard Adrian "Radar" Burns.

Surname: Dale
Christian Names: Victor Churchill
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Coolgardi
Service #: 5411678
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Victor Churchill Dale wears a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) that he did not earn.

 

Dale

 

Dale wears three medals they are:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)  -  Not Entitled

 

Here is the offending medal:

 

Dale 2

 

At ANZMI, we do not take into consideration excuses, or make value judgements. There are no grey areas, only black and white.  Should  any person flout laws and protocols regarding military service or the wearing of medals we will report them without fear or favour.  It is the readers responsibility to consider the extent of the offending.

 

Victor Dale did the hard yards as an Infantry Soldier in Vietnam with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) from  7th June 1967 until 17 Jul 1967 and then with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) from  18 July 1967 until 6 November 1971.  A total of 153 days.

 

Dale

 

To be eligible to wear the RCVM he needed to complete 181 days in Vietnam or be evacuated home as a Battle Casualty.  He did not complete the 181 days criterion and he was not a Battle Casualty.  He was medically evacuated after he developed tropical ulcers and cysts. He departed Vietnam on 6 November 1967 and after spending 7 days in a Military Hospital in Butterworth Malaysia, he was moved  on to  Sydney Australia.

 

Victor Dale is a respected Bush Poet and although we condemn him for wearing a false medal we are happy to advertise his work here:    http://www.victorchurchilldale.com.au/

 

All serviceman who served in Vietnam know the rules regarding the RVCM however there are many offenders listed on this website.  Our work does not weary them.

 

Be aware that if you falsely wear the RVCM or any other false medal it is likely that you will be noticed and then exposed on this website as a medals cheat.

 

Surname: Oscar
Christian Names: ?
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

 

Oscar would not get an Oscar, for his portrayal of an Australian Army Officer.

Oscar advertises his charms to lure vulnerable ladies and maybe gentlemen to his lair on a dating website, known as "Bumble" . Here is a graphic display of his persona wearing the "uniform" of an Australian Army Colonel.


Notice that Oscar's uniform is out of synchronicity. He has failed to wear his lanyard, wears two different collar badges, and is bereft of two Colonel's collar Gorgets. Oscar wears the fake uniform to prove his claims, that he is an Army Jet Pilot, who has flown off Air Craft Carriers. The photograph in fact proves that he is not an Australian Army Colonel.

Oscar needs to be more diligent with his subterfuge, as any Army recruit can pick the anomalies. The simple ones are:

There are no Jet aircraft in the Australian Army and never has been.
If there were, no person of the rank of Colonel would be a "Jet Jockey"
Claims to have been at Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1983. He was not there.
Wears "Tom Cruise" sunglasses as explained below:


Oscar is also a Search and Rescue Chopper pilot when he is not zipping on and off aircraft carrier decks:


Whilst Oscar's machinations are hilariously funny to any reasonable person, there is the down side to this behaviour. Oscar brings the Defence and ex Defence fraternities, into disrepute with the audacious lies told on Bumble. His behaviour is dishonest, and brings disrespect to vulnerable people, who innocently respond to his ridiculous impersonation of an Australian Army Officer.

We have published this, without knowing Oscar's surname, however, we are confident that he will be identified, and he can be humiliated in the same manner he intended to humiliate vulnerable respondents to the Bumble website.

Oscar is grounded with ignominy.

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