Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Jones
Christian Names: Shannon
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Hobart
Service: Claims ARMY
Case Notes:

 

Shannon Jones of Hobart Tasmania is a "Love rat". A love rat is a person who makes false claims, about military service, to take advantage of vulnerable women.

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Here are excerpts from social media, where he is lying to an unguarded lady.

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Shannon Jones has "Gym Junkie" credentials, and like a Bird of Paradise, flashes his plumage, and adds the "spice" of being a battle hardened, Army Veteran, to woo potential mates. In essence, his honesty credentials are sorely lacking. Because of what he has written, it is obvious, he is only interested in deceitfully hurtful liaisons, using false military credentials to support his lies.

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Like all idiots of this persuasion, he makes mistakes in the detail. Claims to be owner of Shannons Transport, Company of Glenorchy, that company was de-registered by Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) in 2013

He has named his Afghanistan deployment as "Desert Storm". Australia was a member of the International Coalition, which contributed military forces to the 1991 Gulf War. The deployment was also known as Operation Desert Storm and took place in 1990 -1991. There was no Australian Army involvement in Afghanistan until 2001, and there was no deployment in Afganistan known as "Desert Storm". Also notice he has trouble with the words "tour" and "desert".

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Reckons the Army wants him back as a sniper, to fight in foreign lands. He was born 13 Sep 1969, now aged 51 years, and being asked to rejoin as a sniper, is ludicrous.

All in the Hobart area, beware of Shannon Jones, who steals veterans honour, to hurt women seeking friendship. He is a dishonest "love rat" and conman, his behaviour indicates dishonest behaviour in other aspects of his life.

Jones is not an Australian Army Veteran and is not gentleman's bootlace, so be careful, not to get tied up with him.

Surname: McFarlane
Christian Names: Justin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:

Justin McFarlane aka MacFarlane of Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, may have moved to Bendigo. He claims to have served in the Australian Army during the 1990’s and carried out missions and training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

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As you can see below, he has publicly stated that he served in the SAS and he has bragged about his exploits.

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Below is an insert from the above page.

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We hold statutory declarations of claims that he has made to people over time, which you can see listed below;

1. He was a member of SASR and trained with the Regiment at Swanbourne in Perth, Western Australia.

2. He was beaten on the legs with a rubber mallet when undergoing anti interrogation training at Swan Island military base in Queenscliffe, Victoria when he was trying to get away from his interrogator.

3. He kidnapped Prime Minister Paul Keating to prove the weakness in security at the Lodge, and drove him around Brindabella Ranges in the boot of a car as part of an SAS exercise.

4. He emphasised that he had authorised and run the operation for the SAS and personally apologised to Paul Keating after the ordeal, in which they blindfolded Paul Keating and took him by vehicle to a distant location prior to releasing him.

5. He served in the Middle East, including the Golan Heights in Israel.

6. That as an SAS sniper, he had Saddam Hussein in the cross-hairs of his sniper rifle but did not shoot him due to  political differences between Russia and the United States of America during the first Gulf War.

7. Claimed to have served in Somalia and Rwanda.

8. He had to comfort the families of Australian Soldiers who passed away during combat.

Justin McFarlane was obviously found out and changed his name to MacFarlane.  He makes no mention of serving in the SAS as can be seen in the post below at the following link.

http://www.geothermalsolutions.com.au/index.php/about-us/our-people

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Justin McFarlane is an outright wannabe who has tried to impress people by telling lies about having served with an elite unit of the Australian Army.  These honourable SAS servicemen have been awarded numerous gallantry awards including two Victoria Crosses for Australia.

McFarlane has never served in the Australian Defence Force.

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Justin McFarlane, you have by telling your lies of being a returned serviceman committed an offence under the Defence Act 1903 as amended

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of 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.

Justin McFarlane, for the despicable lies you have told and the lack of respect shown to the members of the Australian SAS, including your lack of  honour or honesty, you have earned a right to appear on our website.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular 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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

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.

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

 

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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?

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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: STEVENS
Christian Names: Edwin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

Liars and valour thieves clog up our veterans compensation channels, more so during the 1980s to early 2000s, when disgraceful people were causing embarrassment to Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), with their own, and others false claims. Here are some who were involved:

"China" Hammel. www.anzmi.net/~anzminet/index.php/cheats...r-thieves/218-hammal
Harry Kirkman. anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/228-kirkman
Barry Wright. anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/258-wright
Joseph Brain. mail.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/...ur-thieves/277-brain


The latest valour thief, menace and DVA "clogger" is Edwin Stevens of Perth WA. Since 2007 Stevens has been "trying it on", with DVA, Department of Defence (DoD), and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

Unfortunately we have no photograph of Stevens, perhaps we may get lucky and receive one from him, or an interested party.

The crux of the matter, is that Stevens is seeking a pension for Post Traumatic Stress disorder, that he claims was caused by service in the Vietnam war in 1970, on a secret "black ops" quick deployment to Laos.

The exposure is long in detail, but it is necessary to provide a full picture of Stevens’ deceit and his motives to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs by illegal means.

All is detailed in an Administrative Appeals Tribunal dated 21 December 2020. To wit:

"1 Mr Stevens enlisted with the Australian Army in 1969 when he was 18 years of age. He was posted to the Special Air Service Regiment in November of that year, where he served until his discharge in April 1970.

5. Mr Stevens has tried to obtain confirmation of his involvement in the covert operation, but no record of his involvement could be located. Specifically, Mr Stevens sent a letter to the Australian Army which was received on 18 May 2004. However, when the Australian Army wrote back to him on 29 July 2004 the letter stated that, “I regret to advise that a thorough search of this office has failed to locate any documents which substantiate the events referred to in your enquiry”.

9. Mr Stevens has provided detailed statements to the Respondent and to the Tribunal describing the covert operation. In summary, he stated that he was deployed to Laos to assist in bombing a bridge that was close to the Vietnamese border and that he was instructed to kill the sentry (soldier guarding the bridge) with a knife while his partner set explosive charges under the bridge. In one statement dated 9 July 2019, Mr Stevens attested:

I was serving as a Trooper In the Special Air Service Regiment of the Australian Regular Army posted to the regiment's Base Squadron during the first days of February 1970. I was summoned to the Regimental Major's office where he was in company with my Squadron C. O., Major, W. Marshall and Lieutenant J. Flannery. I was ordered that in company with another Trooper I would travel to a section in Laos, a country under United Nations military sanctions and assist in the destruction of a bridge that Intelligence had identified that the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong were using to ferry soldiers, armoury, ammunition and supplies into Vietnam. I was informed that I had been recommended for this mission by Lt. Flannery who had been the C.O. of my Cadre Course and was later my C.O. when I assisted with new cadre courses during training. I asked why 3 Squadron that was currently in Vietnam couldn't do this job and was told that it was otherwise occupied therefore I was ordered to undertake this mission. I objected, pointing out that I was awaiting release from the Army, but was told that while I was in the Army I would do as ordered. I was also given the order that I was not to discuss this job with any Trooper in the Regiment or anybody else prior to the mission or after as it was not going to be officially recorded.

The intelligence gathered reported that after daylight hours there was only one sentry on the bridge and that the early hours in the morning was the best time to complete the mission. My task was to silence any bridge-sentry and search for any log books or other documentation if any. Lt. Flannery knew my night and map-reading skills were good and told me that was why I was selected to go. He, as a former Vietnam Trainer, taught me how to use a blade to silence the sentry as my partner, Jeff, was to set charges on the bridge then blow it up. Our Liaison Officer in Vietnam was a Lieutenant from 3 Squadron.

The Liaison Officer met us at Nui Dat at the start of the second week when we landed after one stop that, I presumed, was for refuelling. He issued the explosives and charges to my partner. I was given the radio, our frequency and call-sign and the Liaison Officer's call-sign. We were then driven to where a helicopter was waiting which we both boarded. There were two pilots and two gunners situated on each side of the helicopter. Once at the drop-zone we left the chopper as the vegetation was low and made it possible. We both lay on the ground after the chopper left just to ensure we were alone. We were approximately ten miles from the bridge at that time and the vegetation gave us adequate cover. The terrain was not steep so we were able to move slowly but easily. After approximately three hours we got to within 100 yards of the bridge where we set up our position under the vegetation. We lay head to toe so we had a full 360-degree vision but I was also responsible for counting the number of enemy vehicles over and back, the number of soldiers, armoury and ammunition trucks. We lay watching and recording every vehicle that went across that bridge. At night we took two-hourly breaks each to sleep and eat as during daylight hours neither of us ate or slept.

Whenever a truck full of soldiers (a platoon – 30 men) arrived at the Laos side the soldiers disembarked and once the truck was safely over to the Vietnam side of Laos the men walked across, remounted the truck and then drove off. Any truck with ammunition and a towed artillery piece behind it was guided by the bridge-sentry as the truck moved over slowly. It was obvious that this bridge was not too secure as the intelligence photos showed. In all I counted 23 trucks, approximately 400 soldiers in 13 of the trucks. There were more in the trucks that carried arms, ammunition and artillery pieces and they also dismounted leaving only the driver and remounted on the other side. I do not remember how many artillery pieces crossed that bridge as I did not keep my note pad; there were 5 to 7 from memory. Ten to twelve vehicles returned empty and went over to the Laos side. I have no idea if they returned.

On the 4th night we went to the bridge, approximately between 03.00 hours and 03.30 hours, I went to the sentry's hut and did what I was taught to do [killed the sentry with a knife]. There was no records or log-books in the hut so I searched the dead sentry. He had nothing except a packet of cigarettes, matches and a photograph of him and his wife holding their baby. I returned it to his left breast-pocket. I gave my mate a flicker of my lighter so he knew it was all clear for him to do his job. By the time I got to him he had the whole bridge set to go. Once a safe distance away he blew up the bridge and we grabbed the rest of our gear and ran, stopping every 100 yards or so to listen if the enemy was behind us and following. They were not, so we slowed to a fast walk for about a mile listening as we moved through the vegetation as we first went in - patrolling. Thankfully the vegetation in the area gave us adequate cover which made the going easier than we had anticipated. By approximately 05.00 hours we arrived back at our drop-zone ready for pick up. I called our Liaison Officer who told me we had to wait until he could get the chopper to our position for pickup. It took about two hours but when it came we mounted it and returned to Nui Dat where again, the Lieutenant was waiting in a jeep. He took our note-books and after debriefing us where we stood, he told us that they had intelligence that the NVA and VC were getting ready for a big advance on our troops so what we did may have saved some of our Diggers' lives. We were then driven to what was referred to as SAS Hill, showered, changed to clean jungle greens and socks and then fed. We returned to Campbell Barracks six days after we left where we were debriefed again by Lt. Flannery.

I spoke to my Sergeant, Ian Ramsey, about it. He informed me that being so close to Joe Flannery and seeing part of my training he knew everything I did and after we discussed it I told him that I was angry that I was ordered to do what I did and he told me, that’s the job, we all do it so suck it up and get on with it. Until my final discharge I again assisted on Cadre Courses and regimental duties."

Because I was ordered never to divulge anything to do with that job to anyone I took that order to be in force even after my discharge. I was extremely angry at what I was ordered to do with a minimum of training or preparation".

Having read all of that, here is the reason the AAT upheld the decision of the Veterans Review Board that originally rejected Steven's claims.

The effect of these provisions of the VEA is that, as there is no evidence that Mr Stevens was allotted for duty in an operational area and, he does not meet the definition of having rendered eligible war service. This in turn means that Mr Stevens’ posttraumatic stress disorder cannot be taken to be war-caused because there is no evidence that it arose out of, or was attributable to, any eligible war service that he rendered. This means that he is not eligible for a Pension.

To translate the above into veterans language. Stevens is a bullshit artist and a pathological liar.

Instances like this should be prosecuted under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Part VII Section 80A for falsely representing to be a returned soldier. That offence has a maximum penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment, or both.

Perhaps a few prosecutions by state police, may discourage the fraudsters, and allow those genuinely in need to get a fair go.

We are not sure what the penalty may be, for falsely claiming to blow up a bridge in Laos. The Laotians may wish to sue Stevens for wilful destruction of the bridge and murder of the guard.

We are happy to report Stevens, but because of his knife work, he is not welcome within ten kilometers of ANZMI.

Surname: Dunn
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Townsville
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
Case Notes:

Updated  17 Oct 2013 see below

Further update - click to read the court's decision!

 

Gordon "Charlie" Dunn –  The case of the "Rambo Ambo".

Gordon Dunn, also known as "Charlie" Dunn is a paramedic in the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) who works in the far north of the State. Prior to joining the QAS he was a Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Sergeant in the Australian Regular Army (ARA). 

 After joining the QAS he served as a Sergeant in the Australian Army Reserve (ARES) unit, 31/42 Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment.  In recent times he was spotted wearing nine medal ribbons on his Queensland Ambulance Service uniform. We are reliably advised that the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of his Army Reserve unit advised Dunn in the compelling way that RSM’s tell Sergeants, that he must not wear ribbons to medals he did not earn.  Since receiving the RSM’s “message” Dunn has not been seen around his Army Reserve unit.

We assume one of the reasons that Dunn has worn the fake medal ribbons is to enhance his professional profile in the QAS.  To this end the above photograph was recently used at an Ambulance Service Seminar attended by many QAS Executives, Bureaucrats and Politicians. The photograph was part of an official display at the event

Unfortunately the photograph we have has not captured his three rows of ribbons, however we hold Statutory Declarations detailing medal ribbons he has been observed wearing at one time or another. The Cross of Valour ribbon and the other three ribbons, shown in the photograph, are sufficient to damn him as a wannabe without Statutory Declaration evidence. Following are all the ribbons he was wearing in the photograph and ribbons he has been seen to wear on other occasions;

Cross of Valour

Conspicuous Service Cross

Nursing Service Cross

Conspicuous Service Medal

Distinguished Service Medal

Australian Active Service medal  1975 (Rwanda bar and East Timor bar)

Australian INTERFET medal

United Nations Medal (Rwanda)

Australian Defence Medal

 On other occasion he has also worn the:

Defence Long Service Medal

United Nations Medal (East Timor)

His actual campaign medal entitlement is the Australian Active Service Medal 1975 with Clasp E Timor, Australian INTERFET medal. In addition, he has been issued with a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB), he would also be entitled to wear the Australian Defence Medal after completing his enlistment period in the Australian Regular Army.

 His real service history is as follows:

In 1995, he joined the Australian Regular Army (ARA) and completed three months recruit training at Kapooka in New South Wales (NSW) he was then allocated to Royal Australian Army Medical Corp (RAAMC) and completed basic medical training at the RAAMC School at Portsea in Victoria, followed by three months at 2 Field Hospital at Enoggera, Queensland, and was then posted to The Army Aviation Regiment at Oakey, Queensland as a Medical Assistant.  

During late December 1999 Dunn was deployed in an RAAMC role to East Timor with B Sqn 3/4 Cavalry Regiment, he was in that deployment for only a few months before returning to Australia, and that is his only operational service, and represents his only campaign medal entitlement.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 whilst serving at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, Queensland (Qld). He was discharged in 2004 and joined the Queensland Ambulance Service and then the Army Reserve unit 31/42 Royal Queensland Regiment, Townsville Qld, in 2007 with the rank of Sergeant.

 

 Dunn has a story for every fake medal, for instance;

“He was awarded the Cross of Valour for saving the life of another soldier following a fatal Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) accident in Townsville.”

Another version. “He was wearing the Cross of Valour because it belonged to his good friend who lost his life in the APC Accident." - Our investigations prove the person concerned was neither his friend nor did he have a Cross of Valour.  He also claims that  "Initially he returned this medal to the Department of Defence because it reminded him of his dead mate, but recently had it reissued to give to his son" 

“The Rwanda Clasp on his Australian Active Service medal was earned because in 1995 he was posted to B Squadron 3/4 Cavalry Regiment and was located off shore on a US war ship and therefore entitled to the Clasp”.  Dunn is not listed on the Rwanda Nominal Roll and his “Rwanda” Service is not listed on his service record.

“Nursing Service Cross was awarded because he alone turned a non functioning Regimental Aid Post (RAP) at B Squadron 3/4 Cavalry Regiment into a fully functional RAP with his whole unit medically ready to deploy to war if required."

 The medals he keeps at his house are obviously fakes because they have no regimental details engraved on them. Dunn explains that:

“His real medals are kept in his safe because real medals are expensive” or “his real medals are being remounted, or in a bank vault for safe keeping”.

 There is no ending to Dunn’s confabulation, he also claims to have served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Western Australia from 2000 to 2003.  Dunn has said “He had to depart SASR because of a parachuting accident which has resulted in permanent injury”.  He was never posted to, or worked in any way as part of the  SASR.

Obviously Dunn has enjoyed the kudos emanating from his medal decorated countenance at his place of work, however Queensland Ambulance Service will be embarrassed when they realize that instead of a “Rambo Ambo" in their midst they have a liar a fraud and a wannabe on their hands. 

Paramedics are trusted professionals. Dunn is an ex military liar, fraud and  wannabe who has brought discredit to himself and the QAS.  Dunn may have been able to grossly exaggerate his military service  among his QAS colleagues and the general public, but because of the efforts of ANZMI there is a huge upsurge in public awareness about fake veterans and being named and shamed on this web site was inevitable 

Having enjoyed his hours of fame, this false "Rambo Ambo" can now enjoy being named and shamed as a liar a fraud and a wannabe on the World Wide Web.

Update 17 Oct 2013

Following his exposure as a liar, cheat and wannabe, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) terminated Dunn's employment. Dunn has now taken legal action to seek compensation from the QAS for wrongful dismissal. Here is a report from the Cairns Post dated 6 October 2013. Dunn claims that he was "accidentally" wearing the medals described in our original exposure.

 

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Dunn's excuse to the Court for wearing the medals is up there with the best we have heard:

"My wife put them on my shirt and I did not look down" It is on a par with "My dog ate my homework"
All Veterans, who have worn medal ribbons will chortle at Dunn's lame brained excuse.

It is also well known that Dunn's wife must have made similar mistakes at other times, as he has been seen wearing false medals on numerous occasions.

In addition, he has fitted heroic lies around the medals he has worn.

 

And the Court's decision!

 

Update Gordon"Charlie" Dunn - The Rambo Ambo loses his Appeal

Dunn and the Queensland Ambulance Service parted company following our initial report.

Dunn launched a law suit against the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and after an arduous legal battle and an appeal, was comprehensively done over.

A major problem with all wannabes is that they blame ANZMI for their demise and fail to understand that it is their actions that caused them to be exposed, and that ANZMI are only the reporters and they are the instigators, to coin a hackneyed phrase, they are "Hoist on their own Petard"

We have a copy of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission Judgement which is an eleven page document. Excerpts from the document are shown below.

The most telling passage is this one, it says in a nice way, that Dunn is a liar.

Consideration and Findings

It became clear during his evidence that Mr Dunn had provided various versions of how he came to be wearing medals that he was not entitled to wear. Firstly, he told Warrant Officer Landy that they belonged to a friend who had died and he was wearing them out of respect. However, in Mr Dunn's statement to the Department of Defence provided as part of an investigation into the matter, he said he was wearing them as he collects medals and ribbons as a hobby. In cross-examination Mr Dunn said this statement was a mistake and that it was his son who collected medals and ribbons as a hobby. In other evidence to the Commission Mr Dunn said his wife had placed the ribbons collected by him on to his paramedic uniform. It was this version that Mr Dunn pressed under cross-examination. This is despite his wife formerly having been a serving member of the ADF. Mr Dunn also asserted that when he put his uniform on the morning the photograph was taken that he did not look down to see which medals were there. Given that there were a number of medals on his uniform (when the ribbon bar he would normally wear would properly hold only one) this evidence simply is not credible. This, together with the varying versions, and without referring to other difficulties with Mr Dunn's evidence, all leads to the conclusion that Mr Dunn was not a witness of credit.

Throughout the document ANZMI is mentioned as the instigator of Dunn's downfall and also names a member of ANZMI, however, nowhere does the Judgement in any way criticise the actions of ANZMI.

Here are the official finding.

[29] The Commission orders:

1. That the appeal be dismissed.
2. The decision of the Regulator is confirmed.
3. Costs be reserved for further argument.

[30] In relation to costs, the Respondent is required to provide to the Appellant and lodge in the Registry a Schedule of Costs sought within 22 days of the date of release of this decision. Directions will then be issued to schedule submissions to be made on the matter of costs.

[31] Order accordingly.

Our original report was comprehensive and honest in proving that Dunn is an unscrupulous liar and wannabe. Our finding has been tested by the Legal system and found to be sound.

We trust that Dunn is chastened by the ruling and that he and other wannabes will think twice before launching into legal action when a case is based on lies. Some one will have to "foot the bill" for this legal action and there is a good chance that it will be Gordon "Charlie" Dunn.

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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Carter
Christian Names: Leonard William (Len)
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Menai
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE Len Carter December 2020

Len Carter is a Fireman, who needs to hose down his penchant for wearing a uniform and fake medals.

Since being reported in Jul 20, he has been seen strutting resplendent, in his Fire Brigade Group Captains' uniform, which is still decked out with the same dross that was previously reported.

This photograph was taken on the occasion of Menai Rural Fire Station's 80th Anniversary, on Sunday 22nd November 2020, which is four months after our original report.

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We advise Carter, that fake medals do not maketh the man, and those he has mesmerised with his bling, will now laugh at his "stretch" for false fame.

The Oxford dictionary now includes the term "Dickhead" and it means "A stupid, irritating, or ridiculous man" This aptly describes a person who continues to wear inappropriate medals, after it has been pointed out to him, that his actions are ludicrous.

A reasonable person would assume, that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, would take action against Leonard Carter, however perhaps they are afraid of the power exhibited by Carter's uniform and "medals".

*****

 

“Give a man a uniform and you will see his true character.”
                                                                                          (Anon)


Case notes:

Medal Cheats and Wannabes are fairly easy to detect. They are easily identifiable by their peers, particularly in the Military because the Wannabe is usually the loud mouth, know it all who wears honours and awards they are not entitled to and attempt to create a persona they have no right to claim. Our website is full of these characters.

While ANZMI tend to only investigate ‘military imposters’, every now and then a case comes along involving someone in the Emergency Services whose stupidity and arrogance is such that we could not refuse to investigate the case.

This the story of Len Carter, AFSM a senior member of the NSW Rural Fire Service who has come to our attention by wearing a plethora of fake ‘tin’ medals and worse, a specialist badge only able to be worn by uniformed members of the United States Armed Forces.

Here are a selection of images of Mr Len Carter, AFSM (as he likes to be called):



The problem that confronted our researcher who was looking into the case was the fact that every photo has him wearing a different medal rack so identifying the ‘tin’ has not been easy, but we were able to pin most of them down.

It is probably easier to start with the medals we believe he is entitled to wear.

Left Breast
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
National Medal

Right Breast
NSW Rural Fire Service Medal (plus clasps for years of service)
NSW Rural Fire Service Commendation for Service
Year of the Volunteer Medal

And now to the rest…On the left breast, Carter displays the following:



Left Breast
QE2 Dimond Jubilee Medal (NO Entitlement) – not accepted for general wear by the Australian Government
QE2 Golden Jubilee Medal (NO Entitlement)
Foreign Service Medal (Tin)
AFSM (Entitled see above)
National Medal (Entitled see above)
National Defence Medal (Tin)
Cadet Forces Medal (Tin)

Right Breast:
NSW Rural Fire Service Medal (plus clasps for years of service)
Unknown (Tin)
Year of the Volunteer Medal
NSW Rural Fire Service Commendation for Service
Unknown (Tin)
Unknown (Tin)


In one of the images, Carter is seen wearing an unknown neck decoration, we have tried to identify it and there are a number of possibilities including the Maltese Cross of Order of St John , a popular choice among Wannabes already on our website.

'Tin' is the generic term we at ANZMI use to describe any unofficial commemorative medal that can be purchased rather than issued by the Federal or State Government, recognised philanthropic organisation or Foreign Government (and approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia). There are a number of organisations that 'create' a commemorative medal specific to the needs of that organisation but they are NOT official medals and should never be mixed with Officially sanctioned and properly issued medals.

Examples of the ‘Tin’ being worn by Carter are seen above. These type of ‘medals’ are becoming harder to find in Australia, but they are still very much in circulation overseas. While the above are predominately designed to align with service in a Defence Force, however further research indicates they could ‘loosely’ be linked to Emergency Services as well.

For example, the ‘award criteria’ for the Foreign Service Medal states:



Note the line The Medal is to commemorate overseas service in both War and Peace, that has not been recognised by any award’. We know that Carter has traveled extensively overseas attending numerous firefighting related events, but we don’t believe that constitutes foreign service in any shape or form. In any event, as a representative of the NSW Rural Fire Service, he has already been awarded the National Medal, NSW RFS Medal and not to mention the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).

In truth, the only real criteria for the award of these ‘medals’ is to have a valid credit card or PayPal account.

In some of the images, Carter can be seen wearing two of the medals awarded to recognise the Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Both are genuine medals but neither medal is approved for wear by Australians, except for a small select number approved by the Governor General. When approved for issued by The Queen, the medals were awarded across the Commonwealth to the Defence Forces, Emergency Service personnel and numerous others. However, Australian governments at the time decided not to accept the awards, other than for a select group of citizens.

The select few who are authorised include winners of the Victoria Cross, George Cross, Cross of Valour (Australia) and State Governors. Mr Len Carter, AFSM does not qualify and should not be wearing these ribbons/medals.



Len Carter, AFSM does not limit his wearing of illegal medals to his RFS duties, he is also a member of the local Light Horse
Re-enactment Group. Not surprisingly, he has a different rack for this role. We wonder how he keeps up with what medals to wear when and why.



Now to the matter of improper use of Military Badges.

On the left breast, above the medal racks, Carter can be seen wearing the prestigious Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge. He has absolutely no entitlement to this award.

 



There can be no reason or excuse to explain why Carter has decided to wear this badge on his RFS uniform, other than to portray the image of a person highly trained in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). As may current and former service personnel know, EOD work is one of the most highly dangerous roles that can be undertaken, and EOD operators make up a high percentage of modern day battle casualties.

For Carter, for whatever reason, to wear this badge is offensive to the veteran community. Notwithstanding the fact he has no military service that we can find, the Master EOD Badge he wears can only be awarded to qualified members of the United States Armed Forces only.

Yes, Carter is a wannabe and the fact that he wears medals, badges and bling that is either not authorised or simply tin rubbish is bad enough but the fact that he does so while wearing the uniform of the NSW Rural Fire Service is of serious concern to ANZMI and should concern the Commissioner of the NSW RFS.

The NSW RFS is made up of volunteers who desire to protect their communities from the threats of bush fire and natural disaster. Many volunteers are young and impressionable men and women who would generally expect that a senior officer of the RFS wearing a chest full of medals and badges has the ‘runs on the board’ so to speak to justify the wearing of those awards.

Carter is not that sort of leader. He has chosen to embellish his uniform with tin rubbish and stolen the valour of the United Stated Armed Forces EOD personnel.

Cater was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), a prestigious medal of no small significance in 2004. He should be satisfied that by granting him that award, his country is acknowledging his service with the RFS. If he thinks so little of that award that he chooses to mix it in with cheap, fake medals then he should return the AFSM immediately. Better still, perhaps the RFS could move to have the AFSM taken from Cater because of his offensive and illegal behaviour.

It is fortuitous for Carter that he is unlikely to be prosecuted for his actions. The Defence Act 1903 does have provision to prosecute for the improper use of service badges, but as the EOD badge is an American award, it is unlikely that a successful prosecution could be achieved.

Carter will have to be judged in the Court of Public Opinion by his peers and those who read this report. If one of those who read this is the Commissioner of the NSW RFS, perhaps he could take the appropriate action to ensure that the RFS uniform is not belittled by persons wearing unauthorised badges and bling and take action to remove Len Cater, AFSM from positions of responsibility in the Rural Fire Service.

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