BAYLEY was a senior member of the Vietnam Veterans
Association of Australia (VVAA) and the several
hundred Vietnam Veterans in attendance heard his
advice echo around the pillars of the most sacred
edifice in Victoria - after all - he was an invited
guest speaker, and why would anyone doubt his
In March 2006 ANZMI was contacted by several irate
members representing the 4th Battalion Royal
Australian Regiment, these veterans had been handed
newspaper clippings of BAYLEY's appearance as guest
speaker five years earlier, and the target of their
anger was BAYLEY wearing a medal he had no
entitlement to - and still wears - the "Vietnamese
Campaign Medal" awarded to veterans who served more
than six months "in-country" -
front line within 5 months"
The period between his enlistment and
arrival in Vietnam was 8 months which disproves
this statement. His claimed 5 month time frame
was a virtual impossibility for anyone of his
rank and Corps.
enlisted (was conscripted) on 1 May 1968 and
arrived at 1ARU, Nui Dat, Vietnam, 6 January
1969. He spent 40 days at this
Reinforcement Unit, a notably long period of
time. 20 to 22 days was the norm for
Infantrymen who displayed any ability since
capable reinforcements were always required by
the Battalions as soon as possible.
months with the 4th Royal Australian Regiment"
He was posted to the
4th Battalion on 18 February 1969 and began his
return to Australia on 19 May 1969. The length
of this posting was 3 months and totally denies
his fanciful claim.
Had he served on Operations Federal, Overlander
and Stafford with the Battalion, he could have
spent a total of 58 days in the bush but we
don't have any definitive information on his
actual duties within the unit. Not all
Infantrymen posted to Battalions went outside
the wire on warlike operations.
"He found fitting back into life at home was
easier for him than others"
BAYLEY departed for Australia with 4RAR aboard HMAS
SYDNEY on 19 May 69....why?
His total Vietnam service was 4 1/2 months, a lot
shorter than the majority of Infantry tours which
were 1 year. The reason for this is unknown but
what is known is that some Infantry posted to
Battalions took the option of an early return with
their unit while many more were posted out to other
units to complete a normal tour.
There is no indication that BAYLEY suffered from any
disability which may have prompted this early
return, it would appear that he took up the option.
ANZMI contacted BAYLEY and requested he clarify the
situation - as he is a genuine veteran he was given
ample opportunity to prove or disprove his illegal
wearing of the medal - he neglected to reply to our
correspondence and now will remain on the CASES page
as evidence that the Veteran Community will not
suffer this type of offender.
Should he offer an apology to the relevant people
and units, it will be treated as all others have
If not for the alertness of a 4 RAR veteran this
charade would have continued unreported. BAYLEY
would be fully cognizant that he commits an offence
against the "Defence Act" each time he "medals up" -
here is an opportunity for the VVAA/RSL to recommend
charges be laid....or will they close ranks around
Graeme BAYLEY - you have been exposed by your own
battalion mates as a poseur and a fraud - may you
reap what you have sown.
Allegedly there is a lot more to this man and his
dealings with Veterans that cannot be published by
us. We look forward to some interesting guest book
entries about Mr Bayley.
27 Aug 06
In response to your letter received
today I put the following to you for
I heard about this complaint about a
month ago and was waiting for the people
involved to to approach me about it, as I would
have expected fellow VV's to do, however, as
usual they have opted to take the cowards way
I know the original problem was started
by a group of people involved with the Goulburn
Valley Veterans Service Office.
I would be very surprised if the
complaint originated from the 4RAR Association
as I am not a financial member, and cannot
remember ever being one and also I hace attended
Charlie Company reunions since 1987 and my
medals have never been an issue.
I would like to give you some of my
history before I go into the wearing of the
medal in question.
I have never been an executive member of
the GVVVA, however I was it's welfare officer
and pension officer for some time.
I was in fact the Secretary of the
Melbourne Sub Branch of the VVAA for about 8
years before moving to Shepparton. Again, medals
were never an issue there.
I am extremely disappointed in this
matter as I have prided myself on the work I
have done in the area of welfare and pensions
for veterans. I have worked tirelessly for their
benefit and have had a lot of success in both
the pension and welfare areas both here and in
Melbourne and it hurts me to think that fellow
vets don't have the courage to face me, but
prefer to take this course of action. It hurts
even more that they have chosen to hide behind
the 4RAR Association's banner.
I had, until a month ago never given
much thought to my medals and the dates stated
in your letter are correct and therefore I am
not entitled to wear the Vietnam one.
I can remember this medal being given to
me by a regular army mate who was in my section.
He also gave me a miniature of the same medal. I
put these medals, plus the original one in a
draw and did not see them again until the Sydney
welcome home in 1987.
With the passing of time and
concentrating on other work in the veteran
community, the wearing of medals did not rate
highly with me.Obviously, I was wrong.
Because I took no notice of protocol, or
learning what was right or wrong with medals I
now apologize unreservedly to any member of the
veteran community who is genuinely upset by my
In closing, I congratulate you on the
work you do and assure you that I never intended
to deceive anybody.
I trust this explanation is