Above is the first photograph that we came across
showing Fruend wearing ribbon bars that represent
that he has been awarded:
Australian Active Service Medal
Australian Service Medal
National Service Commemorative Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Fruend is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Campaign
Medal. We asked Fruend about this and he replied as
Fruend’s naivety is feigned because he says he does
not have a proper medal rack, and low and behold a
photo appears of him wearing a full rack of medals
including the VCM.
Fruend was a National Serviceman who served in
Singapore and Malaysia with the 8th
Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) from 16
October 1968 to 25 April 1969. He then accompanied
8RAR to South Vietnam from 17 November 1969 to 11
qualify for the VCM the following conditions had to
be met as described in this web site reference shown
The Australian Defence Force web site details the
following eligibility for the VCM.
The Australian government maintained the basic
qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of
Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the
medal a person must have completed a minimum period
of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated,
killed on active service (KIA);
wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle
Casualty and evacuated as a result of those
captured and later released or escaped.
Note that medical evacuation from the area of
operations for any reasons other than wounds
received in action does not constitute an exemption
from meeting the minimum qualifying period.
the web site reference:
Fruend was in Vietnam for around 86 days, well short
of the required 181 days. He was not a Battle
Casualty and was never captured or released.
returned to Australia on 11 February 1970 after
being accidentally burnt by a perimeter trip flare
that ignited whilst he was handling it. Here is a
copy of the notification of the injury, clearly
classified as "Non Battle Casualty, Accidental
Below is an extract from
Fruend's Record of Service that
shows he embarked from Sydney on 17 November
1969 and arrived back in Sydney on the 11 February
the scale of wannabe offences Fruend’s medal
cheating is on the lower scale, however we are
seeing more and more Veterans falsely wearing the
VCM. Other recent examples are Carl Boye` (ex RAAF)
who is an executive in the Queensland Branch of the
Vietnam Veterans Association and Trevor Fenton (ex
RAN) the President of an RSL
All of those reported to us will continue to be
named and shamed on this web site.
Oh, and by the way, there are more examples of this
offence being processed. If you are a cheat watch
out – It could be you.