Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

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!

 

Surname: Meehan
Christian Names: Terrence John
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Terence John Meehan Queensland Branch Returned Services League (RSL) State President.

Meehan, the Queensland State President of the RSL is a medals cheat. Be assured we take no pleasure in exposures of high profile Veterans; however, neither status nor position deters us. The higher the status the greater the offence, because public appearances and medals protocol are all part of the high profile individuals responsibilities. If a RSL State President can thumb his nose at protocol, and wear whatever he likes, then the integrity of the Defence Service medals system is doomed.

 

 

In recent times ANZMI has been assailed with vicious and obscene emails from executives of the Australian Peace Keepers and Peace Makers Veterans Association (APPVA) because a very senior member of their organisation was featured for wearing a “Tin” medal. It behooves our organisation to work without fear or favour and to expose those who do not follow medals protocol and choose to add that extra “pretty medal” to their Defence Force rack.

Hence we feature ex RAN Veteran, Terence Meehan, the Queensland State Branch, President of the RSL with expectations of “thunderous protest” from those who do not respect medals rules and protocols.

The offending medal is second from the right and is the Western Australia (WA) State Police Medal.  See below:

 

 

Meehan served in the WA State Police and was issued the medal by the State of WA.  Protocol for wearing State and Territory Government Awards is clearly promulgated on the Federal Government Medals web site  http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/

“Unofficial medals

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian honours system. Awards made by foreign governments which have not been approved by the Governor-General for acceptance and wear are also "unofficial". There is no impediment to wearing such medals in appropriate private settings, such as a meeting of the relevant ex-service association, or a reception hosted by the relevant foreign government. Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

Q14.       How do I wear my state awards?

A14.       State awards are worn on the right breast because only national awards in the

               Order of Wearing  Australian Honours and Awards are worn on the left breast.”

During 2012, Qld RSL republished a feature in the “Qld RSL News” from the South Australian RSL booklet “The Signal”, written by Keith Harrison, see excerpt below:

“Ideally, unofficial medals should not be worn. However if they are worn as the occasion demands, they may be worn on the right breast.

Meehan, as an RSL State President, must be aware that he is responsible to set an example by following medals protocol. If he is not capable of this simple task, it beggars belief that within Qld RSL State HQs, there is so little care given to the traditions of the Service.

 

Update Terrence Meehan - Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) President -  07 April 2014

We are nonplussed and amazed at a recent announcement made by the National President RSL. See his announcement below

NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S NEWSLETTER No 3 of 2014
 


The repercussions from this statement will be immense, it means that on ANZAC day 2014, there could be thousands of State Medals added to the end of Defence racks. This could include Police Service Medals, Fire Fighters Medals, Ambulance Medals, and any other medal issued by State Governments. It could then be extrapolated to include Regional Council medals and all manner of trinkets.

Instructions from the office of the Governor General are very clear and based on the following statement:

MEDALS NOT ISSUED BY THE SOVEREIGN MUST NOT BE MIXED WITH MEDALS THAT ARE ISSUED BY THE SOVEREIGN.

We believe that Meehan wears his State Police Medal on the basis that a Western Australia Police Commissioner issued a decree that Western Australia Police Medals could be worn at the end of Defence Medals. This also happened with the Northern Territory and the New South Wales Correction Services. This ruling is of course contrary to our Governor Generals policy

It is a sad situation when the National President of the RSL, and the Queensland RSL State President do not understand that State employed Commissioners have no authority to make policy regarding National Medals that are issued by the Sovereign.

Simply put, the National President's latest statement, and Meehan's behaviour degrades the value of hard earned Defence Medals.

It appears, the National President has made his amazing statement following an announcement recorded in the Minutes of the Queensland Northern District Sixteenth Annual General Meeting and Conference held on 22 March 2014.

Initially Meehan "fell on his sword" and issued a "heartfelt apology" for his poor form in mixing a State Medal with his Sovereign conferred medals

"Good Afternoon,

Some time ago I had my medals re-mounted by a person whom I believed to be a reputable dealer, I was advised that medals awarded(as opposed to commemorative medals purchased) by both State and Federal Governments were to be worn on the left breast this advice has now been shown to be incorrect.

Yesterday I had the medal removed from my defence force rack, I unreservedly apologise for offending members of the defence community.

Kind regards
Terry Meehan
State President
RSL (Queensland Branch)"

Since his apologetic epistle, a medal's whisperer appears to have got into his ear and without Meehan properly checking the whisperer's advice, has done a three hundred and sixty degree turnaround. Hence his statement at the Queensland Annual conference. It is also reliably reported that Meehan is mumbling about suing ANZMI for defamation. We believe he has even "identified" some individuals to have his Process Servers target.

Meehan is causing turmoil and angst in the RSL. As an RSL State President he has worn a medal contrary to protocol and policy. He has apologised for his actions, then recanted, then influenced the National President of the RSL to make an incorrect announcement and exacerbate the problem of tacking State Medals to Federal Medals.

In essence Meehan is a "bumbler". Evidence of his bumbling leadership is particularly apparent in the Gold Coast region of Queensland where medals cheats and wannabes abound as executives in RSLs.

In Summary

Meehan's continued wearing of the Western Australian Police Medal, and his action being ratified by the National RSL President will open the door to the devaluation of Defence medals.

We can expect an explosion of activity by medals mounters, stitching on all kinds of State and other Awards to Defence racks.

The RSL is in a Lassez-faire style of leadership, where medals cheats and wannabes are able to rule the roost.

This is a monumental error. Australian Veterans must ensure that One Hundred years of tradition is not trashed because of the vanity and ignorance of a leader. State Medals must be worn on the right hand side and are not to be included on the left mixed with hard earned Defence Medals.

Meehan as an RSL leader has shown reckless disregard for protocols and tradition and has entangled the National RSL President in his disregard. In essence he has brought the RSL into disrepute.

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.

 

Update Terrence Meehan - Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) President -  23 Oct 14

As described in our last update, Terry Meehan incorrectly berated ANZMI for "wrongly" exposing him for wearing a State medal with his Defence Medals.

He also embarrassed the RSL National President by having him make a statement in support of his recalcitrance. Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN Rtd specifically stated that "It is hoped ANZMI will correct this mistake on their website and more closely check the facts in future"

At the last Annual General Meeting of the Queensland RSL we note that Meehan has adjusted his medals by removing the offending Western Australia State Medal. Obviously he has realised that he was wrong.

 

Perhaps both Mr Meehan and Rear Admiral Doolan OA RAN Rtd may wish to apologise to ANZMI for their incorrect and disparaging remarks.

Most Veterans and ex Service personnel support ANZMI, we have vast support from all over Australia and Overseas. The support base covers Veterans from World War 2 to current Middle East conflicts. There are very few detractors.

Those who campaign against us, and threaten us, are those who have been exposed as wannabes frauds and liars.

We are self funded. We are not allied to any other organisation whatsoever and we proceed without fear or favour.

Simply put, to have two top executives of our senior ex service organisation wrongly question our integrity requires an apology.

In this matter we have achieved our objective, Meehan has adjusted his medal rack. and we have pointed out that degrading medals protocol and then disparaging ANZMI is not what is expected from a leader of the Veteran Community

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.


Joyce2




Here is the offending medal



Joyce3


Here is the official criterion for being awarded the medal.


Joyce4




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.

 

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