Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Buchanan
Christian Names: Jim
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAAC
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:




Here’s a tip for all the wannabes out there, if you are going to wear medals you are not entitled too, please make sure that your medal rack makes sense.   It just makes our job more interesting.

Jim Buchanan is a boofhead, a medal cheat and a wannabe but the sad thing is that he probably doesn’t realise what’s wrong with what he did.   Would a sane person turn up to an ANZAC Day parade in Perth wearing this rack of medals?

The astute reader will recognise the medals on his rack as being:

Commendation for Gallantry (No Entitlement)

National Medal (Entitled – WA Volunteer Fire Service)

Australian Defence Medal – (Entitled – Reserve Service)

WA Volunteer Fire Service Medal (incorrectly worn on left breast)

Buchanan wears no campaign or active service medals because the simple fact is that he has never earned them.   This idiot has failed to grasp the fact that the Commendation for Gallantry can only be awarded for acts under enemy fire.   To have been under enemy fire, the recipient would have to have been a member of a deployed Australian military force and if this were the case, would also have the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and a Campaign Medal (Afghanistan, East Timor, Iraq or the like).   Clearly, Buchanan has none of these awards.    Australia’s official website, It’s an Honour provides the definitive policy in regard to the award of the Commendation for Gallantry on this significant award:

The Commendation for Gallantry is awarded to military personnel for acts of gallantry in action considered worthy of recognition.   The insignia of the Commendation for Gallantry is a Federation Star superimposed centrally on a gold-plated silver row of flames.   The insignia of the Commendation for Gallantry is attached to a plain orange ribbon. The centre of the Federation Star is 19 millimetres from the bottom of the ribbon and 16 millimetres from either edge.



Now, before you ask, it is not the case that Buchanan had his medals mounted and the mounter made a mistake between the Commendation for Gallantry and the Commendation for Bravery (for which he has no entitlement either).   Buchanan was photographed wearing this rack of medals on ANZAC Day and we have evidence he was boasting about winning the Commendation for Gallantry in Somalia.

To say that his actions in ‘self-awarding’ himself the Commendation for Gallantry is offensive is an understatement in this case.   Those who self-award themselves the odd service or campaign medal or two litter the pages of the ANZMI website.   Much rarer is someone who is stupid enough to wear an award recognising an act of bravery under enemy fire when the closest thing to ‘action’ was a punch up in the Digger’s Boozer at his Army Reserve Base in Western Australia.

James Buchanan is a fraud and a contemptible wannabe, falsely wearing such a significant military decoration as the Commendation for Gallantry is exactly the reason the offence of improper use of service decorations (S80 – Defence Act 1903) was created.  


Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of 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.

Let us hope that in this case at least, the Army Reserve and Western Australian Police taken notice and take appropriate action.

For his brazen stupidity if nothing else, Jim Buchanan has earned a permanent place on or website.   

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