Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'W'

Surname: West
Christian Names: Allan Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:
Major Allan Robert  West (Retired) of Far North Queensland

Allen West looks like an “Old War Horse” because he is an “Old War horse”. As a Warrant Officer he served with the elite Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam and before that, he served in Vietnam with 1 Field Squadron.  It’s unfortunate that this bloke is not blessed with a great deal of grey matter, and he shows no shame in wearing “Tin” with all his other hard earned medals. Notice the last medal on his rack is the frivolous “Front Line Medal”



West was a controversial figure whilst President of the Innisfail Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where he copped a five year ban after being found guilty of various “financial type” charges by the Queensland State Branch of the RSL. Much to the chagrin of the Qld RSL State Branch, West appealed to the National President of the RSL, who quashed the charges and re-instated West to the Innisfail RSL.  It should be noted that the National President at the time was also an ex Royal Australian Engineers Officer who new West very well.



West obviously unknowingly portrays himself as being “dopey” for wearing the Tin “Front line Medal”. He may have been an officer, but he falls short of being a gentleman.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Whale
Christian Names: David Edward John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

David Edward John Whale

Whale claims to have been a Captain in the British Army who served with the UK SAS and was involved in operations in North Africa and Operation Nimrod at the Iranian Embassy Siege, London in April 1980.



According to Whale during his Military service he was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for "conspicuous bravery in battle" during a stint with the UK SAS in North Africa. As well as mixing with the military elite, Whale claims to have been an airline pilot, a Tuscany chef, a Wimbledon tennis player and a soccer referee.

The Distinguished Conduct Medal is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for conspicuous bravery in battle on land.

We can't find any evidence that Whale is a DCM recipient, we think that maybe he awarded it to himself – perhaps it's a Distinguished Cooking Medal for cooking pizzas in Tuscany.

Perhaps Whale does have a military background as he hides behind a shield of strategies that he thinks will protect his deceit. Oops, sorry David, perhaps you don't realise that CPMH has friends all over the world and particularly in the UK.  You should know that we colonials have ties with the UK SAS.   CPMH is such a diverse group that some of our members have served at Hereford in the UK. When it comes to the British and Australian SAS it is a small small world.   David you must have been truly a man of mystery, because no one in the SAS family has heard of you or your exploits. Below is the kind of response we got wherever questions were posed regarding Whale:

Contacted the xxxxxxxxxx in London and spoke to the xxxxxxxx reference
David Edward John Whale.  A David Whale does not exist on their register.
Plus the xxxxxxxx was at Hereford at the same time as the 'Embassy Siege'
in the 80's and he said a guy with this name did not exist. 

It appears that D E J Whale is a fraud.

To add some icing to his cake Whale claims to have reached the rank of Captain during his service with SAS. A Captain in SAS is an elite soldier of the highest quality and like we said Whale aims for quality lies and deceit.

Sorry to mention it David Whale, but the guys at Hereford are not too happy about people fraudulently claiming to be a Captain in their tight circle, but I can assure you that hell hath no fury like an SAS veteran who has had his honour stolen by a foppish bore with a penchant for the harmonica.

David Edward John Whale, born in England 18 January 1955 tells his tales of international intrigue at the Hampton Returned Services League Club in Melbourne, but he only talks to the point where he gets a hard question then he invokes the "Sorry old boy, The Official Secrets Act you know"

As he wears UK medals, one would assume that he would be an ordinary member of the Hampton RSL but instead he remains a social member, because, if he changes to ordinary membership he has to reveal his regimental details and my goodness, nations across the world would have to go on red alert if David Whale came in from the cold.

Whale claims to have been one of the heroic UK SAS members who stormed and neutralized terrorists at the Iranian Embassy London where terrorists were holding twenty-four hostages, this happened in April 1980. He has a photo of a soldier dressed in SAS paraphernalia including a gas mask that makes identification impossible, however, he says, the photo is of him on the roof of the Iranian Embassy after having suffered a gun shot wound . Now read the two Reports of Operation Nimrod. The second reference has an interesting video that you can play. Please bookmark us before going to these links as they will take you away from the CPMH site



No soldiers were shot on the roof of the Iranian Embassy, during operation Nimrod ; in fact the terrorists fired no shots whilst the soldiers were on the roof. 

There were no SAS casualties at all during the raid.  All of the soldiers that were located on the roof – two groups of four - all rappelled down, and got on with the job, if Whale did some rappelling, after suffering a gun shot wound, he is truly a man of steel and qualified to boast about it.  

The problem with the photo, is the gas mask, you can see that it is a soldier, but he is totally unrecognisable and it could be Captain Ahab for all it is worth.

In addition to the gunshot wound whilst on the roof Whale also tells of being wounded whilst serving in North Africa.

You would think that someone, twice wounded under operational conditions, would suffer some after effects, a twinge here or an itch there, that would be worthy of compensation or a pension of some kind. The UK Ministry of Defence, War Disablement Department told us:

"Thank you for your email. I have checked our War Disablement Pension records and we have no trace of this gentleman".

We sent Whale a letter requesting that he explain his SAS and other military exploits. Whale chose to ignore our letter.

Mr Whale you are a clever fraud in the way you set yourself a security screen against detection, but you were wrong to think that us colonials are dumb enough to swallow the bilge you utter during your moments of ecstatic reminiscence of fanciful heroic exploits.

Whale you have been harpooned and flensed, stop your nonsense, go to the people you have lied to and apologise, maybe they will forgive you, but we won't.

This exposure is presented in the public interest so the public can be aware that should they cross paths with people spruiking tales of heroic Military exploits and hiding behind the "Official Secrets Act" it is probably the ravings of a Wannabe.

CPMH has friends world wideand particularly in the UK. Every day that passes we get information that increases our knowledge.  Knowledge, and our individual experiences form our strength.   We warn all Wannabes out there, that your days are numbered. If your self-esteem is so low that you have to steal the honour of one of our veterans, seek immediate help from a psychology professional.    If you don't, we will get you, and be assured your self esteem would never be the same.  Suggest you ask Mr Whale about that.


   23 Apr 2009

Warning – Be a wannabe at your own Peril

When David Edward J Whale was “outed” as a wannabe, he loudly protested his innocence and reported our actions to the police. The police “harrumphed” and requested by email that we attend their premises. Whale was following the traits of most wannabes.  When they are caught they yell “blue murder” and threaten legal action. Some retain their arrogance and never admit their guilt, however David Edward J Whale has learnt that stealing the honour of veterans is not good for the soul. After being “lit up” in Oct 2005 it has taken him until now to admit his guilt.

He wrote this email on 26 March 2009.

David Whale <djwhale@hotmail.com>

To  xxxxxxxxxxxxx

dateThu, Mar 26, 2009 at 8:19 AM



hide details Mar 26 (4 days ago) Reply

Dear Sirs,

I write to offer my apologies for my shameful behaviour.

I won't go into details but I have had a mental health problem and this is also now having treatment.

My health has now deteriorated and I can no longer live what is left of my life with the shame and worry.

I therefore apologise unreservedly to anyone whom I might have offended.

It has indeed cost me dearly as I now have no home and live in caravan.

I ask for no sympathy but only a chance to live the rest of my life in peace.

Yours faithfully

David E J Whale

Whilst it is appreciated that after four years Whale has found the courage to unreservedly apologise to veterans, we will not remove him from our web site.  He carefully and deliberately planned and created a false past to have people believe he had served as a UK Special Air Services (SAS) commissioned officer who had been wounded in action and awarded medals for gallantry.

We do thank Whale for his apology, but it is too little and too late.

Wannabes should learn from Whale’s email that the toll for fifteen minutes of false fame can be high. Veterans will not tolerate the theft of their honour, they owe at least that much to those who did not return

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.



Surname: Whitworth
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Kumbia
Service: Army
Case Notes:


Richard Whitworth is known as a purveyor of pickles at a local "country market", and as a doyen of Christianity at his local church. He is also perceived as a damaged Vietnam Veteran, who is unable to acquire recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), because of the secret nature of his military service.

Whitworth 1

Whitwhorth also marches on commemorative occasions with his "military mates" to give proof of his military heritage.


Whitworth 2

Whitworth, as a devoted Christian, often preaches sermons at his local church. As well as slipping stories of his Vietnam escapades into casual conversations, he has also preached a sermon on the subject.

The sermon was recorded, and we hold a copy. It was published here www.kingaroysdachurch.org.au/site/index.php/sermons/2-features in 2016, twelve sermons from the bottom. It runs for 28 minutes and 19 seconds, although by now, perhaps the embarrassed congregation has had it removed?

Whitworth 3

Here are examples of what he said in the sermon.

He was a National Serviceman during the Vietnam war.
Served in Vietnam from 1965 until 1968.
Served with D Company 6 Royal Australian Regiment at the battle of Long Tan Vietnam
He served with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam.
He and four other SASR soldiers, whilst on patrol, came in contact with the Viet Cong .
Three of the team were killed.
One had his leg blown off.
Whitworth was wounded in the head and still has scars.
He was captured, and "patched up" in a Viet Kong tunnel.
Was kept as a prisoner in a cell of 1.5 cu meters.
After twelve months in captivity, he was rescued by a friendly helicopter.
Forty two years later he was severely affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and manages daily life through god and work.
Suffers from survivors guilt.

On other occasions, he has said he is unable to apply for recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, because of the secret nature of his service. Any person who served in Vietnam, can easily discern Whitworth, as flagrant liar, who audaciously lies without trepidation, in a manner, and in a place, where his actions, are disgusting to church attendees and Australian and New Zealand veterans.

What Whitworth has said about his Vietnam service, are fanciful despicable lies. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans affair (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll because he did not serve in Vietnam.

He, was much respected in his community, however, it is now known, that he is nothing more than a liar, who has the audacity to enhance his standing in his community, by stealing the valour of returned veterans.

Usually lies about false service are told in pubs and clubs, it is unusual for a community doyen, to tell bald face lies, to those who trust him, both in and out of church.

Whitworth has broken the 11th and 12th Commandments, which are:

"11th, do not covert thy neighbours military service"
"12th, thou shall not get caught"
"If you do, ANZMI angels will swoop down, and spread the word of your sins to the whole world"

Perhaps the country folk of Kumbia may forgive Whitworth, as good Christians have a want to do, however, veterans of Australia and New Zealand will not forgive, or forget, hence he will remain in ANZMI custody for eternity, plus ten years.

Lest we forget.

Surname: Wightley
Christian Names: Ian Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

It is significant to place the date of birth of this "veteran" at the beginning of his page of glory as the 3rd of October 1953. Just two and a half months after the 27 July Armistice came into effect in the Korean conflict. A conflict that Ian Russell Wightley claims he was in and proudly wears the [replica] medal for. Ian Wightley states that he was in both 3 and 5 Battalions, the Royal Australian Regiment, in Vietnam.

On ANZAC day 2001 he was spotted wearing the following collection of [replica] medals.

  • The Australian Active Service Medal 45/75 with clasp Vietnam, 

  • The Korean Medal, 

  • The Vietnam Medal, 

  • The Vietnamese Campaign Medal, 

  • The Infantry Combat Badge, and the 

  • US Presidential Unit Citation. 

This brave warrior of two major conflicts, Korea and Vietnam [no mean feat considering one of his major claims to fame was fought before he was born], has his regimental number tattooed on his arm and if this raises your curiosity, then he is quite prepared to relate the following stories to anyone that will listen. 

It would appear that whilst serving in Vietnam he was holding a wounded Vietnamese child in his arms when enemy small arms fire decapitated the said child right there in his grasp. This despicable act by the enemy has played on his mind ever since, causing severe nightmares and flashbacks to his time in battle. 

To lighten this story after he has relayed it to you, he will then proceed to tell you how he adopted another Vietnamese orphaned child while he was in country.... Where is this child now? 

Another of the deeds he will relate is how, whilst in battle, a "bomb" hit a tree causing it to fall on him, injuring his spine. This injury suffered in battle was to see him medically evacuated to Australia..... and his back pain has been a major concern ever since. One could ask the question here as to why he was medevaced back to Australia when an action such as this, caused in the field, would surely have seen him casevaced to Australia if the wound was severe enough. 

It would appear that our would-be hero has not done quite enough research into his bogus battle service as he would have discovered that there is a vast difference between being medevaced and casevaced. 

Smarting and disillusioned by his "treatment" from his wartime experiences, Wightley refuses to enter the R&SL as long as "Bruce Ruxston's ass points to the ground". Here we can see that he has obviously spoken with some disgruntled veterans who have ill feelings about the treatment some veterans received on returning home and has adopted their views as his own. If the truth is known, he is not game to enter a R&SL club for fear of being caught out and completely humiliated in front of his "veteran brothers", a bit like being exposed on the Internet for feats of valour that simply couldn't, and didn't happen.

If you think that the story is good so far; please read on. Here are some truths about our war hero that need to be told.

Wightley's army number is 3178435 , yes that is his real service number and it is tattooed on his body. Ian Russell Wightley enlisted in the ARA in March 1971 for three years . But, due to his personality (and other) problems he was discharged in November 1972, as "Not suitable to be a soldier".

On completion of recruit training he was allocated to the Infantry Corps and posted to the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. However he saw no active service , and was not awarded any medals, honours, or accoutrements . 

All the medals that Wightley owns and wears are available from a medal shop (they are replicas ) . His military service medal collection includes the Korean medal. The Armistice for Korea was signed at 10:00am 27 July 1953. Ian Russell Wightley was born on 3 October 1953, so he was still in liquid form when the Korean Veterans were in uniform. 

Had he ever appeared in one of the R&SL branches, that he refuses to enter, he would no doubt have been duly questioned about his rack of medals by all within the premises and his "war-caused" PTSD level would have skyrocketed.

Wightley's story would be quite comical if the circumstances were different, but this miscreant has earned himself a most questionable reputation, now on the public record . His appearances in the Victorian Courts are of a most serious nature. 

There is no doubt that there will be a further update on Mr Wightley in the very near future. 

Update ....Since the inclusion of Wightley's story on the site, a group of very disgruntled Viet Nam veterans decided to approach him about his said feats in Viet Nam and his collection of medals. Upon seeing the veterans approaching, Wightley immediately rang the police. 

On their arrival the veterans informed the police of the facts and that they were there simply to take possession of the replica medals worn by Wightley and to discourage him from telling his stories. At this stage he openly admitted to the police and the veterans that the medals "belonged to a mate" and he was simply wearing them as a sign of respect to his mate. The medals were handed to the veterans and they and the police were satisfied with the outcome and departed Mr Wightley's premises.

We expect more developments in this matter.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Wilde
Christian Names: Howard Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

It was in Vung Tau that his stories became more than just having been a Navy Coxswain who was involved in the injury and subsequent death of a SAS diver in Bass Strait.  He continued his charades in Saigon while visiting and later when he moved there after he was virtually thrown out of Vung Tau. He spent well over two years living in Vietnam.  
Read his claims of service and decide for yourself if he’s just a harmless Walter Mitty or someone who was out to enhance a very ordinary Naval career to insinuate himself into the ranks of War Veterans with whom he mixed on a daily basis.
He embarrassed Veterans with his transparent tales told to anyone who’d listen and gave a false impression of the type of person who would be accepted in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.

Sailor and wannabe Soldier.  Born 11 December 1958. Nicknames “Pommy” and “H”.   Howard was an Australian Navy Sailor but he was not an SAS Corporal.
He started spinning his tales in Australia before leaving in 1999 to live in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Two stories that Wilde told about Navy service in Vietnam waters.

(1) Served with the Australian Navy on the Vietnam gun line at age 15.
This would have to be 1973 according to his year of  birth 1958, but HMAS Brisbane was the last ship to leave the gun line in October 1971. On the gun line aged 13? No.

(2) Served on board a Navy ship in Vietnam waters at age 15. 
This could allude to HMAS Swan which was an escort for the last HMAS Sydney trip in early 1972.
He said his records for this period of time can’t be checked because like the records of all good wannabes, they’re secret. The Navy wouldn’t admit that he was on overseas active duty because he was too young, he says.  14 years old?

Both the above stories are obviously false.

Attached to the SAS as an instructor.
He said that he was detached from HMAS Swan, sometimes HMAS Stirling, to the SAS base to instruct on weapons, urban guerrilla warfare, and small watercraft handling. He was mostly needed for his weapons knowledge.
Like most wannabes who aren’t very bright, he left written evidence of his fantasy.
On a pub wall in Vung Tau, he wrote;
 “Pom  Wilde   R123739    ( his Navy number )
Cpl.   3 SQN  SAS.”        ( Cpl = Corporal, this is not a Navy rank) No photo available at this time.

At the pub he had met a former SAS member who had been in 3 Squadron during the war. He adopted the SQN as his own and dreamed up a rank.

Served with the Australian Navy in the Gulf War. 
His name doesn’t appear on the Gulf War nominal roll and when challenged on this he stated that he was onboard a Destroyer escort that didn’t actually enter the Gulf.
He was posted to HMAS Swan, January 1990 to October 1991, at the time of the war, and Swan didn’t go near the Gulf.

Served in Vietnam with the SAS.
No substantiated stories from him about this service. He was very careful to not get into details when there were Veterans around.

A SAS trained Paramedic.
In 2002 he told stories of assisting traffic accident victims in Saigon.
Most expats, with any sense, living in Asia would not go near the scene of an accident in case they got blamed for it.

FACTS.   From records.
Wilde served in the Royal Australian Navy from March 1978 to September 1995.
He began a diver’s course in 1979 but was back classed (failed) and there is no indication that he attempted to complete the course.
He also failed a Coxswain course in 1988 but apparently managed to pass the course later on.
He did not serve in the Gulf in any capacity.
He was posted to HMAS Swan in January 1990, Quartermaster duties, and served twice on Swan in 1990 - 91 and 93.
From HMAS Swan he was detached to the Navy Clearance Diving Team 4 at Swanbourne as a coxswain from October 1991 to June 1993. CDT divers did train with the SAS.
He was not the Coxswain of a boat that struck a diver in the Bass Strait during an exercise as he said.
He was injured while on duty but this happened after he was posted back to HMAS Swan.
Wilde was awarded the Defence Forces Service Medal in March 1993 for 15 years long service not active service and the DFSM is his only award.
He was discharged as unfit for duty in 1995. Records end.

Just before leaving Australia with a friend in 1999 he was given an SAS beret complete with badge to present to a pub owner in Vung Tau. This pub owner is an Australian who while not being a War Veteran had served in the military and had a collection of berets and war memorabilia in the pub poolroom.
Wilde told people that it was his beret from his SAS days and on leaving Vung Tau stole the beret and a very hard to get book relating to the Vietnam War. The pub owner caught up with Wilde sometime later in Saigon and demonstrated his displeasure by rendering him unconscious.

Wilde made a complaint to the Australian Consulate about this pub owner to the effect that he had stolen and burnt sensitive Government documents belonging to Wilde. 

Wilde was a severe embarrassment to veterans living in Vung Tau and Saigon for reasons other than his behaviour while drunk. His tales were transparent even to people who had never served in any country’s military; he was virtually thrown out of Vung Tau.

During a courtesy visit to Saigon by HMAS Adelaide, Wilde attended a cocktail party on board the ship and made sure that all in earshot knew that he is a former RAN sailor. He was avoided by Veterans at the reception and was eventually escorted ashore by Navy personnel after becoming drunk, disorderly and obnoxious causing the ship’s Captain to order that no more drinks be served. 

He has boasted of ripping off the Department of Veterans Affairs and had offered to help a Veteran who lives in Vietnam to do the same thing. This had to do with receiving benefits that aren’t available to those Veterans who live overseas, things like pharmaceutical benefits and rent assistance. The Veteran didn’t take him up on the harebrained scheme.
It is very likely that he was in breach of DVA directives while living overseas and this then becomes a Federal offence. He had notified DVA of an intended holiday only, not an intention to live overseas for a period longer than 6 months.

He has stated that he is still in possession of a Military identity card that should have been handed in before his departure from the SAS base at Swanbourne, Perth. This card was sighted by a Veteran and deemed authentic. 
This is a Federal offence also. He supposedly used this ID, claiming to be a SAS Reservist, to chase a wannabe SAS member out of a Saigon bar. Supposedly, because Wilde told this story to a Veteran who never believed a word he said.

He is in receipt of the TPI.  (Ex-service disability compensation payment) He was injured twice, 1983 and 1987, while on duty but not while attached to CDT 4.

Howard Neil Wilde. Discharged from the Navy after 17 1/2 years service with the rank of Leading Seaman, Bosuns mate. For you non-Navy people, that rank equates to between Corporal and Sergeant.
Now living in Parmelia, Perth. He frequents the Medina RSL Sub-Branch.


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


Surname: Wilkinson
Christian Names: Ian Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Lithgow
Service #: R103588
Service: Navy
Branch: Cook
Commencement of service: 1968
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:



In our original entry, ANZMI quoted a newspaper article dated May 2017, that stated Ian Wilkinson had previously been the President and Treasurer of the Lithgow Returned and Services League (RSL)

The Lithgow RSL Sub Branch has requested that we advise as follows:

"The Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch have been alerted about a new addition to the website, one Ian Robert Wilkinson RAN R103588. It mentions that he was a previous President and Treasurer of the Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch. Could you please make it known somehow, that Ian Wilkinson has not been a member of the RSL since 2009 and that the Lithgow RSL Sub-Branch does not condone nor appreciates his actions and that on several occasions, some of our members have pointed out to him that he should not be wearing those 'trinkets' where they were, without any success of his removing them"

It is obvious that the Lithgow RSL Sub Branch is an establishment that appreciates protocols and traditions.

ANZMI thank the Management team of Lithgow RSL Sub Branch for providing the additional information.


Ian Wilkinson was formerly the President and Treasurer of the Lithgow NSW Returned and Services League (RSL). He wears six medals, three are for Defence Service, one is for civilian service and the other two are self awarded  "trinkets". 


Wilkinson 1


Notice he wears uppermost on his left breast the two non official "Trinkets". 


Wilkinson 2


These medals are:


HMAS Sydney Medal.

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal.


Below the "trinkets"  he wears a rack of four legitimate medals consisting of;


Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - For Vietnam service

Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) - For Vietnam service

National Medal (NM) - For civilian work

Australian Defence Medal (ADFM) - For Serving in Defence Force


Here are two paragraphs from  a media quote about Wilkinson.


Wilkinson 3


He is quoted as saying he did "twelve and-a-half trips to Vietnam" during his service.  The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows, he served in Vietnam for ninety four days, this relates to 2,256 hours.  Despite what he says and despite what the Nominal Roll shows Wilkinson spent less than three days in Vietnam, in fact, he was on board HMAS Sydney in Vung Tau harbour for an all up total of 59 hours which is 2,159 less that what the RAN recorded.  He actually did only four trips to Vietnam not twelve and a half.  Each of his four visits were for an average of less than seventeen hours.


Wilkinson 4


The RAN in their mysterious administrative ways, counted time for all RAN who visited Vietnam from the time they left Australia until they returned to Australia.  Army personnel were only credited with the days they had their feet on the ground.


An example of the RAN maladministration is that of a monumental blunder that has been uncovered by an official Government Tribunal, whereby thousands of RAN personnel were wrongly awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM)    


See paragraph 22 of this reference.




Apart from exaggerating his time in Vietnam, Wilkinson's offence is wearing the two "tin" medals on his left breast. 


It is iterated, that despite the inference of ninety four days "at war", his time in Vietnam was all spent  in the safe Vung Tau Harbour on board the huge RAN ship, HMAS Sydney and his total time in Vietnam was for fifty nine hours only.


Wilkinson should be happy for his  service with the Defence Force during the Vietnam conflict and should not need to exaggerate his medal entitlement or his time in Vietnam.


Wilkinson can now sail on board the HMAS ANZMI ,where instead of being an officers' Cook aboard HMAS Sydney,  he can be an example to others who bolster their medals with "tin" fakes and exaggerate their time in war zones.


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