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Surname: Mallaghan
Christian Names: Thomas Gerard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Phillip Island
Service #: R96066
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Junior Recruit
Commencement of service: 02 Apr 1967
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

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Browse through the pages of ANZMI and you may recognise a theme – Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch Presidents who are exposed as medal cheats.

Why these people have to display such disrespect towards the members they are supposed to be representing is beyond belief. Do they feel inadequate because others may have more medals, or is it just to groom their own ego and inflate their self-importance?

If you are unfortunate enough to meet any of these miscreants, you might like to ask them “Why”?

Thomas Gerard Mallaghan is the President of the Phillip Island RSL Sub Branch, and has been since 2015.

The above photograph was taken on ANZAC Day 2015. Here, it can be seen, at the end of his Feddeeral medals, Mallaghan has added the Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) Long Service Medal.

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Mallaghan has been photographed wearing this medal since 2013 and as recently as 2017 at a community function at Phillip Island.

He has been appropriately recognised for both his State and Federal service, as a member of the Royal Australian Navy and the State Emergency Service of Victoria.

The SES has a good media presence and there are no shortage of SES members marching on ANZAC Day, wearing their Federal medals on the left breast, and State medals on the right, as do their Country Fire Authority compatriots.

That Mallaghan, a man of his position and experience, was unaware of medal protocol, simply would not stand up to the scrutiny of a ‘reasonable person’.

The Victorian RSL State Executive appear to be not at all interested in administering medal protocol, evident by the number of their executives that grace this site!

Service in the Defence Force instills in one a set of values, among them, and across all three Services – Honesty, Honour and Integrity. These values are the cornerstones of the Forces that have given great service to this country since Federation.

Is there a culture among RSL Executive of dumping these values, along with personal pride and respect for the rules and regulations, once they leave that uniform behind? If so, it is certainly time for a new team to take over before the RSL fades into irrelevance and is just a place for old men, shiny trinkets and tall stories.

Surname: Wagner aka Ragno
Christian Names: Shane or Cosimo
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Eglington
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Claims 1969 to 1976
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Wagner stood in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Canberra and gazed at the Long Tan Cross that was on loan for exhibition. He also identified "himself" in a photograph taken in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in August 1969 that was accompanying the exhibition. Here is Wagner gazing at the Cross at the AWM

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We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Wagner claims to have fought in the Battle of Long Tan with D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on the 18th August 1966.

The Statutory Declarations state that Wagner claims; He was in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam and then served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He said he was the youngest soldier to serve in Vietnam and became a "Sniper" with a 140 odd "strikes" to his name and he liked to work alone.

 Shane Wagner was born Cosimo Ragno in Italy in October 1951 and came to Australia as an infant. At the tender age of fifteen in 1966 he certainly would have been the youngest person to serve in Vietnam.   All Vietnam nominal rolls and data from 6RAR have been checked and, Wagner aka Ragno did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force at any time. To join the Army you had to be 17 years old and to be sent to Vietnam you had to be 19 years old. Wagner aka Ragno is a liar and a Wannabe.

We contacted two retired senior members of D Company, 6RAR and they advised that Wagner is not known by the 6RAR fraternity and did not serve with 6RAR in Vietnam or at any other time in any capacity.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Wagner to enquire about his service. Wagner said he was an ex Serviceman and he served in "Nam" with 6RAR during 1967 and 1968. Any Vietnam veteran who uses the Americanism "Nam" is immediately suspected of being a crook, then when you realise that 6RAR was not in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968 it is obvious we have found another one.

Wagner claims to have gazed at the Cross on another occasion in 1966 when it was "originally erected" in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation. Unfortunately for Wagner the cross was not erected until 1969, during 6RARs second tour of duty in Vietnam. A solemn commemorative ceremony at the newly erected Long Tan Cross was conducted in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in Vietnam on 18th August 1969.  

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This photograph below was taken on 18 August 1969 and was also part of the AWM exhibition, those in the photograph are genuine ANZACs. The photograph was taken on the 18 August 1969. Wagner identifies himself as the third person on the left side of the photograph

 

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It is not Wagner, and we are sure that because of the 9 millimetre pistol the person is wearing he is most likely from 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, whose unit in 1966, after four hours of engagement by the 108 men of the beleaguered D Company 6RAR provided the necessary support and firepower to be able to repel the North Vietnamese and help rescue the 90 heroic survivors of D Company 6RAR.  

 Here is a synopsis of the final stages of the battle.

 AT 1900 hrs during the battle 3 Troop of 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron advanced through 'D' Company's position, carrying out a quick sweep of the area through which the attacking Vietnamese were forming up for another attack, catching the enemy on their flanks and inflicting heavy casualties.  Upon seeing the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers the enemy broke off its attack, the survivors melting away back into the jungle and leaving the Australians in possession of the battlefield.  The Australians suffered 18 men killed and 24 wounded. Of these, one of the men that had been killed was from 3 Troop.

As well as being a lying wannabe he has lied in the Magistrates Court about his non existent military service and in doing so, has perverted the course of justice. Here is what his legal representative told the Magistrate at a hearing at Maroochydore Queensland in 2013.

 

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Wagner is not, and never has been on any Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability benefits. Here is more of the lying palaver he has uttered.

 

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Wagner has mentioned a very honourable man (name expunged) as being his guide and mentor to get his "Entitlements" from DVA. Wagner does not know, and has never communicated with the person he has mentioned. In essence Wagner is not fit to wipe the mud off the man's boots.

There were 3,629 Australian and New Zealand casualties in the Vietnam War 521 of those died and thousands more have since suffered and died from the effects of the war. People like Wagner are a blight on the Veteran community.

Wagner falsely claims to have served in Vietnam at the famous ANZAC battle of Long Tan.

This entry will serve to advise those he has deceived that he is a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

Wagner richly deserves his years of infamy on this website.

Surname: Moore
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Esperance
Service #: Unknown
Service: Unknown
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore is a member of the Western Australia Police and the OIC of Esperance Police Station since 2014. He has an important position of trust in the community of Esperance, and must at all times act in a diligent and ethical manner in execution of his duty as a sworn officer of the law.

 

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The above photograph was taken at the 2016 Esperance ANZAC Day service. It is one of many taken at various commemorations where Moore has sported his medals or medal ribbons.

Here he can be seen wearing the following:

  1. National Police Service Medal (NPSM).
  2. National Medal.
  3. Australian Defence Medal (ADM).
  4. WA Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal.
  5. Citizens Military Force Commemorative (Junk medal).
  6. Regular Forces Commemorative (Junk Medal).

 

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The National Police Service Medal (NPSM) is a special service award within the Australian honours system to provide "recognition for the unique contribution and significant commitment of those persons who have given ethical and diligent service as a sworn member of an Australian police service".

The NPSM is awarded for "15 years 'ethical and diligent service' on or after 14 February 1975, or for a lesser period if that service was terminated due to the member's death, or to an impairment related to the discharge of their duties as a Constable of Police".

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The West Australia Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal is awarded to serving, and former serving sworn members, who have completed ten years of diligent and ethical service.

This medal is a State award and Federal protocol dictates that they are to be worn on the right breast. The WA Police Commissioner has provided written (albeit incorrect) approval for members to wear both State and Federal medals on the left breast. In this regard, Richard can justifiably claim the defence that he was just following orders!

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It is the last two medals that cause offence to current and former Defence members. These so-called ‘medals’ are nothing more than junk, usually purchased by those wishing to build up not only their medal rack, but their ego as well.

In response to enquiries to West Australia Police (WAPOL), regarding the incorrect wearing of service medals, the following was received from the Ethical Standards Branch:

Mr XXXXXX

Thank you for your email received by WA Police Media & Public Affairs on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.  The matter has since been forwarded to WA Police Professional Standards and brought to my attention.

As a result of the concerns you expressed about Senior Sergeant Richard Moore’s wearing the Citizens Military Force Commemorative Medal and Regular Forces Commemorative Medal I have made inquiries with both, WA Police Honours & Awards and Senior Sergeant Moore.  I have established as these particular medals are from an external body permission must be obtained for them to be worn with WA Police Uniform.  Senior Sergeant Moore states he was not aware of this requirement and advised me he will immediately desist wearing the medals and ribbon bar until he receives the necessary authority to wear them.   I am informed once WA Police Honours and Awards receives his request to wear these medals they will base their decision upon relevant legislation and WA Police Policies.    

In summary I am satisfied Senior Sergeant Moore’s actions in wearing of the medals was not meant to offend and note he has been quick to remedy the situation at his own direction, once the oversight was brought to his attention.  Consequently determination as to his entitlement to wear these medals in the future will rest with WA Police Honours & Awards and I will not be taking further action on the matter from the perspective of Professional Standards.

Once again I appreciate you bringing this matter to the attention of WA Police and hope my response has addressed your concerns.  Should you be dissatisfied with this course of action, you can report misconduct to the Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC), who have legislative oversight over WA Police misconduct matters.  The CCC will assess your report and may conduct a review of the matter at their discretion.

 

Regards

 

Kim Johnson  | Senior Sergeant 7164 | Ethical Standards Divsion| Level 10, 256 Adelaide Terrace Perth  WA  6000 | Western Australia Police

A look at the electronic media will show a number of WAPOL members, right up to the rank of Commissioner, wearing commemorative medals and State medals mixed with those awarded by the Commonwealth. Obviously they have been ill-advised by their own Honours and Awards section.

May we provide the following advice to WAPOL Honours and Awards, as sourced from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, concerning the wearing of “Tin” medals:

http://www.dpmc.gov.au/resource-centre/government/wearing-awards

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 are no restrictions 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 requests, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

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The above photograph was taken at the 2017 Esperance ANZAC Day ceremony, where Moore had a key role in the service.

Again, Moore is wearing the same medals, although this time their order has been adjusted for whatever reason.

This leaves some unanswered questions, such as, has Moore chosen to ignore the advice of Professional Standards, or has, once again, the West Australian Police Force decided it is a law unto itself when it comes to medal protocol?

Until WAPOL changes official policy, it will only further damage the expectations that veterans have regarding the behaviour of police members.

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, you have been awarded both State and Federal medals recognising your Police service, particularly in the areas of diligence and ethical behaviour.

By wearing worthless medals, you have deceived the community you serve in to believing you are a decorated Veteran. Your actions are far from ethical and show your lack of respect towards your fellow police officers and the veteran community in general.

You now have a record, complete with mugshot, on the ANZMI site for all to see.

Surname: Deacon
Christian Names: Graham Neville
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Penguin
Service #: R64441
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Sick Berth Attendant
Commencement of service: 1965
Completion of service: Unknown
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Graham Neville Deacon joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1965 as a Sick Berth Attendant, or a Navy Medical Sailor, in modern terminology. Deacon had a number of sea postings on HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney.

For his service, Deacon was awarded the following official medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal

After leaving the Navy, Deacon returned to his hometown of Penguin, Tasmania, where he continued to serve his community through membership of various organisations. Deacon is also the President of the Penguin RSL Sub Branch.

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The above photograph was taken in 2012, the same year Deacon was elected as a Tasmania RSL State Executive Member. Here he can be seen wearing six medals, the last two being:

  • Australian Logistic Support Forces Commemorative
  • Far East Strategic Reserve Commemorative.

Both medals are, in reality, nothing more than tin junk, trinkets purchased from an ex-service organisation, but they certainly seem, to the unknowing, to add a little more importance to a medal rack.

Deacon was appropriately recognised for his service by the award of official medals for his service, why add on a couple more!

One would assume that RSL Sub Branches, and indeed, State RSL Headquarters across Australia, would have a well published protocol regarding the correct wearing of medals, particularly, in regard to State awards and commemorative medals. A search of respective State RSL websites provides almost no guidance.

Given the number of RSL executives that adorn the ANZMI pages, it is clear, that medal protocol is of not much importance, nor the respect that should be accorded to official honours and awards.

Deacon has been photographed several times since 2012, at ceremonies where he has represented his position as a member of the Tasmania RSL State Executive, or in his position as the President of the Penguin RSL Sub Branch.

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The above photograph was taken in 2016. The presentation of the Ted Howe OAM ANZAC Trophy, to the best Penguin footballer, was taking place. Mr Howe, a decorated WWII veteran, and 98 years of age, presented the trophy on that day.

That Deacon would be parading with his ‘tin’ medals on that day simply shows the disrespect he has for, not only Mr Howe, but towards all veterans.

Deacon currently holds the RSL State Executive position of, Vice President North West Division. In holding both his State and Sub Branch positions, deacon is subject to Tasmania RSL By-Laws.

By-Law 20: Code of Conduct – Elected Representatives

Of note:

  1. An elected representative of the State Branch or a Sub Branch must act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the League as a whole;                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and:
  1. An elected representative should not engage in conduct likely to bring discredit upon the League.

Tasmania RSL State Executive needs to take action over this continuing disregard for our official medals system. Deacon should seriously evaluate his integrity to hold such positions.

Each time an elected representative of the RSL appears on these pages, it adds a little more tarnish to the good works of the League, along with a little more doubt as to the relevance of the organisation. Younger veterans can only wonder why RSL Executives are conducting themselves like some ‘Dad’s Army’, when it comes to the wearing of medals.

Graham Neville Deacon, RSL Executive member and medal cheat. Time and time again, different name but same circumstances, and respective RSL State Headquarters sitting on their hands and doing nothing, except perhaps polishing their pretty pieces of tin!

Surname: Mason
Christian Names: Herbert Alec
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Epping
Service #: 327842
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 1965
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Herbert Alec Mason was born on the 28 August, 1945. He is the current President of the Epping (Victoria) Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub Branch, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

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About 1965, Mason enlisted in the Australian Regular Army. Following Recruit Training he was posted to the Corps of RAEME .

On the 29 December, 1967, Mason was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam as a member of the 1st Independent Armoured Squadron Workshop. He was later attached to the 1st Armoured Squadron Workshop.

In March, 1968, whilst on Base at this last posting, MASON received an accidental bullet wound to his foot. He was then hospitalised for 17 days in country, and returned to Australia as a Non Battle Casualty. (NBCAS) after 102 days in South Vietnam.

In the above photograph, Mason is wearing the following medals -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 -1975. (Entitled)
2. Vietnam Medal. (Entitled)
3. Centenary Medal. (Entitled)
4. Australian Defence Medal. (Entitled)
5. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days service in South Vietnam. Not entitled)

The Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded for 181 days service in the former Republic of South Vietnam. There are exceptions and these are listed below -;

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was issued by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam for service in the prescribed area of operations in Vietnam during the period commencing on 31 July 1962 and ending on 28 March 1973 for Australian personnel.

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, unless:

killed on active service (KIA);
wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or
captured and later released or escaped.
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.
Design
The medal is a gold and white enamelled star with a green, red and gold centre motif.
Ribbon
The ribbon is green with three white stripes.
A ribbon device bearing the inscription ‘1960–’ is worn on the medal ribbon. A smaller device with the inscription ‘60- ’ is worn on the ribbon bar.

Mason was not “wounded in action and he was not classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds”.

Concerned members of Epping and nearby R&SL Sub Branches expressed their concerns to ANZMI that Mason is a medal cheat.

We contacted Mason in regards to wearing the medal. . He stated that he was entitled to wear it. He informed us that in 1968, he was a patient in Heidelberg Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria , following his return from South Vietnam and was receiving treatment for the wound to his foot, when he received the Vietnam Medal and The Vietnam Campaign Medal in the mail. ANZMI then informed him that he did not meet the criteria and that he must have purchased it. He denied that.

A few hours later, Mason sent an email to ANZMI stating that, “he had lied about the particular medal and that he has no entitlement to wear it, and I have. I apologise for lying to you.”

Herbert Mason is a President of a Victorian R&SL Sub Branch. He has held that position for some time. He sets a bad example for all the Epping R&SL members and the Victorian R&SL State Branch. In particular, the younger Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that the R&SL is attempting to attract to the organisation.


During the past few years, ANZMI have exposed numerous Victorian R&SL Sub Branch Presidents and other Executives for being Medal Cheats, Valour thieves or just outright imposters. They all appear on this website -;

Lance Mailer Smith – President. Glenroy R&SL. Victoria.
John Malcolm Griffiths. President. Essendon R&SL. Victoria.
Geoffrey Phillip Lyles. President. Kyneton R&SL. Victoria.
Douglas Craig O’Loughlan. President Bright R&SL. Victoria.
David Hugh Edwards. President. Leongatha R&SL. Victoria.
Now, Herbert Alec Mason, President Epping R&SL Victoria, can be added to the growing list.

It is the responsibility of State Branch R&SL Victoria, to audit their executives and members more fervently. It is not that hard. Someone is asleep at the wheel.

Mason should apologise to the membership at the Epping R&SL Sub Branch, Victoria, for being a medal cheat, and then resign the Presidency immediately.

Surname: Elliott
Christian Names: Colin Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Dandenong
Service #: R95102
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Underwater Control
Commencement of service: 10 Oct 1965
Completion of service: 1972
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Colin Francis Elliott is a well known Australian comedian, and also a Vietnam veteran.

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The above photograph appears on the personal web page of Elliott. Here he can be seen wearing the following medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
  2. Vietnam Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal
  5. Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal
  6. Vietnam Service Commemorative
  7. Far East Strategic Reserve Commemorative
  8. United States Navy Unit Commendation

Elliott joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 16, commencing as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin in West Australia. Before reaching his eighteenth birthday, he was serving in Vietnam onboard HMAS Hobart.

During this deployment, Hobart was attached to US Navy Forces, serving on what became known as the “Gun Line”, and heavily involved in the bombardment of Vietnamese based land targets, whilst coming under fire herself.

Seeing enemy action was not the only significant event of this deployment. After a fire broke out on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, killing 143 sailors and injuring 161 more, Hobart assisted with rescue and medical support.

For her service with US Forces, Hobart was awarded the US Navy Unit Citation:

For Exceptionally Meritorious Service during the period 10th March to 20th September, 1967, while engaged in Combat Operations in direct support of Free World Objectives in South East Asia. As an element of Task Unit 70.8.9 HMAS HOBART provided Naval Gunfire Support for United States and Allied Forces ashore in the Republic of Vietnam, and as an element of Task Group 77.1 in the Gulf of Tonkin, supported Naval Operations against North Vietnamese logistics groups and lines of communications. Undeterred by frequent, vigorous, accurate enemy shore fire, HOBART was responsible for the destruction of numerous enemy installations, earning an enviable reputation as an Aggressive Eager and Dauntless Member of the US Seventh Fleet. The outstanding Team Work, Courage and Professionalism displayed by HOBART Officers and Men reflect Great Credit upon themselves and the Royal Australian Navy and were in keeping with the Highest Traditions of the Naval Service.

Elliott was later posted to HMAS Stuart and deployed to South East Asia as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), sailing from Sydney on 22 March 1969.

It was during this deployment Stuart was one of a number of Australian ships participating in a SEATO exercise with US Navy units in the South China Sea.

On 3 June 1969, USS Frank E. Evans sailed under the bow of HMAS Melbourne and was cut in two, with the loss of 74 lives. Elliott was part of the crew of a whaler from Stuart conducting searches for survivors in that pre-dawn tragedy.

By the age of 19, Elliott had not only been on active combat duty, but had also assisted in the response to two naval tragedies. These experiences would manifest in later life with depression and alcoholism, as detailed in his autobiography ‘In Between The Laughter’.

Elliott was appropriately recognised for his service, as is shown in the official medals he is wearing. Unfortunately, Elliott has seen fit to embellish his rack of medals by adding the Vietnam Service Commemorative and the FESR Commemorative medals.

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These medals are quite simply junk. They have never been officially awarded by any country and are more often simply purchase by the wearer to inflate both their medal rack and self-importance. Their wearing is simply an insult to the service of veterans.

Elliott, for whatever reason, has chosen to display this tin junk. Perhaps it is part of his comedy routine, in which case the joke has backfired and Elliott has earned a perpetual billing on the ANZMI site.

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