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Surname: Kennedy
Christian Names: Darryl Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 218783
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Darryl Charles KENNEDY served as a Private Soldier with Support Company 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) in Vietnam between 17 May 1970 and 1 June 1971. He did twelve months of creditable service. He went on to serve a further long term with the Defence Force and we understand he continues to serve as a Special Constable in the New South Wales Police Force.

 

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In the photograph he is wearing:

 

Infantry Combat Badge

Australian Active Service Medal

Vietnam Medal with Mention in Despatches (MiD) Oak leaf.   (Not Entitled)

Australian Service Medal

Defence Force Service Medal with Rosette for 20 - 24 years service

Australian Defence Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

There is one problem with his medals and more problems with what he has said about his service:

 He falsely wears the MiD emblem (Mention In Despatches).   He claims it was awarded to him for the brave act of "storming a machine gun nest" in Vietnam. This is fake and has been self-purchased and self-awarded.

 The MiD, if genuinely awarded, would be recorded on Kennedy’s Defence records at the National Australian Archives or on his Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll entry. It is not listed at either Department.

 

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Many people do not understand the significance of the MiD, and do not realise that it is a prestigious award which is recorded as an ‘Honour’ on a persons Service Record and can be researched through the It’s ‘An Honour Website’ among others.

By placing the MiD on his Vietnam Medal, he is claiming recognition for an act of valour that he did not perform, or at the very least, was not considered worthy of recognition.

We have evidence that Kennedy has made numerous claims of service with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam and other places. He falsely claims to have been wounded in action (WIA) in Vietnam by a phosphorus grenade during an enemy contact.   As with the MiD, there is no record of this occurring.   He cannot blame a glitch in the records, the Army has been recording WIA events for over 100 years.

For a man who has served his country in Vietnam with distinction and later as a member of the ADF, we can only wonder why he feels the need to embellish his service.   Like many wannabes on our website, Kennedy has made claims of daring do with the SASR such as being dropped off the coast of Darwin and paddled into estuaries dodging crocodiles.

Unfortunately for Mr Kennedy, the SASR has never heard of him.

We cannot imagine why a man of Kennedy's experience would want to cheat with a bravery award and falsely claim to have served with the SASR, but that is what he has done.   By his own actions, he has tarnished his genuine service history as well as his reputation.   By falsely claiming to have been awarded the MiD, Kennedy is committing offences under the Defence Act 1903:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and

(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

As a Special Constable, a position which demands honesty and integrity, Kennedy has let himself and his peers down.   Let us hope that the appropriate authorities in NSW recognise his actions for what they are and take action against him.

Surname: Fraser
Christian Names: Anthony C
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Wodonga
Service #: 143860
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Stoker
Case Notes:

 

Anthony (Tony) Fraser served in the first Gulf War aboard HMAS Brisbane during 1990 and 1991.

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Tony Fraser is wearing five medals one of them is not approved by the Australian Governor General.

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Australian Service Medal (ASM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal (LKM)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Not to be worn

US Navy Meritorious Unit Citation. 

The offending medal is the Kuwait Liberation Medal issued by the Government of Kuwait.

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There are no medals issued by the Country of Kuwait that are approved to be worn on the left breast by Australian Defence Veterans

Fraser has a medal that he should not wear. Honest Medal Dealers know the rules and will not mount "dodgy" medals, however like all trades, there are renegades who will do anything for an extra dollar.

There is space for Fraser on this website and if we knew the name of the person who mounted the Medals we would also include him/her.

Surname: Robinson
Christian Names: Lisa
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Forest Lake
Case Notes:

 

Ms Lisa Forest knowingly ignores medals protocol and tradition by wearing a State medal with her two Federal Medals.

 

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Ms Robinson is wearing:

Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Unofficial New South Wales Emergency Services Medal (ESM) - Not to be worn

Federal medals are hard earned and those who earn them are justly proud as they are issued under the authority of the Governor General of Australia.

Ms Lisa Robinson wears an unofficial State Emergency Medal (SEM) with her Federal medals contrary to protocols and tradition.

Here is the offending medal.

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We are reliably advised that Lisa Robinson served as a Reservist in both the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.

She is an active member of the Forest Lake Returned and Services League (RSL) and wears the offending medal at the RSL on commemorative occasions.

If RSLs are not working to maintain the integrity of our medals system what hope do we have?

Lisa Robinson knows well that she is wearing a non approved medal as she wrote on Social media.

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Ms Robinson chose to knowingly wear an unauthorised medal contrary to protocol and tradition and therefore has been allotted space on this website.

Surname: Barrett
Christian Names: Neville Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Launceston
Service #: 6708907
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Case Notes:

 

Neville Barrett did a lot of hard work during the 375 days he served with the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam

 

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For his service he earned five medals and a Badge.  He wears five medals, but one is a fake, one is missing, one is a fake and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) is missing.

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) - (Missing from his rack)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Out of order should be last medal

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM) (Out of order should be second last medal on rack)

Front Line Medal (FLM) - (Self purchased vanity medal must not be worn)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) (worn out of order should precede the ANSM and RVCM)

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)- (Missing)

 

The offending medal is the FLM that is a self purchased, meaningless piece of junk that has no place mixed with genuine medals on the left breast. He is not wearing an AASM which should precede all his other medals.

 

The FLM medal is sold by Medal Dealers for $60.

 

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Instead of the FLM, Barrett is entitled to wear the prestigious Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) which is the official badge that differentiates those who served as Infantrymen on combat duties.

 

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Rather than wear the prestigious ICB, Barrett has chosen to wear a worthless self purchased trashy $60 FLM.

 

Although Neville Barrett did "the hard yards" in Vietnam he has earned a place on this web site for blatant disrespect to medals protocols

 

 

Surname: Craft
Christian Names: Eric Eugene
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Geraldton
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: December 2006
Completion of service: July 2018
Case Notes:

 

Eric Craft was born in December 1988 and at 18 years of age in 2006, joined the Australian Regular Army (ARA) where he served until 2017.  He then transferred to the Army Reserve and was discharged in July 2018. During all of his Army service he remained a Private Soldier.

 

Craft

 

Craft has not settled back into civilian life, and blames his bad behaviour on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that he developed during his many "overseas combat deployments".

 

In fact Craft was never deployed to any war zones during his twelve years of service, his entire service was spent in Australia.

 

We hold six Statutory Declarations detailing what Craft has said about his time in the Army.

 

According to Craft he served in Malaysia, Afghanistan (4 tours) Iraq, Solomon Islands, Europe, Somalia and East Timor among other medals he also claims the USA Purple Heart for being wounded in action. During his last tour of duty in Afghanistan he says he was captured, tortured an raped.  He was also involved in "Black Ops" and his service records have been "wiped and sealed under the Secrecy Act".

 

Whilst in Afghanistan he was selected to work with US Army Rangers, elite Special Forces and Delta Force . It can be assumed this lie is to cover his previous lie of being awarded a USA Purple Heart Medal.

 

According to Craft he attended and passed the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) selection course with ease and because of his combat experience was urged to join SASR, however he choose to return to his Battalion in Adelaide.           

 

He plays the false PTSD card to the hilt and has phoned people during the night crying and seeking counselling for the pain of his combat experiences.

 

We are reliably advised that his whole family believe he is a damaged Returned Soldier.   Lying to loved ones about false service to get succour is the ultimate betrayal. It is also the epitome of treachery against genuine veterans.

Craft is given Star status on this web site where he will remain forever.

Surname: Manson
Christian Names: Dennis Smeaton
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 18223
Service: RNZN & Royal New Zealand Dental Corps
Branch: Dental
Commencement of service: 21 May 1964
Completion of service: August 1987
Case Notes:

 

Medals:        

  • NZ Operational Service Medal
  • Vietnam Medal
  • NZ General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) with Clasp: VIETNAM
  • NZ Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  • NZ Defence Service Medal with Clasp: REGULAR
  • Silver Star (USA) – not approved for wear by NZ citizens
  • Purple Heart (USA) – not approved for wear by NZ citizens
  • South Vietnamese Campaign Medal

Dennis Smeaton Manson is on the executive, and is the welfare officer, of the Devonport (Auckland, NZ) RSA.

His photo and profile info is displayed on their website.

 

Manson

 

Manson is also a liar, fraud and medal cheat!

Manson is a decorated Vietnam veteran, awarded six official medals (listed above). However that wasn’t sufficient for this self-avowed hero, who chose to obtain and wear 2 United States medals on his rack . One is the Purple Heart, a medal known as the “blood medal”. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

Even that wasn’t sufficient for Manson, who decided to obtain one of America’s most prestigious awards, The US Silver Star. Because of this decorations seniority it is almost always presented by a high-ranking military officer or US diplomat. This would also be widely reported throughout New Zealand, and in military circles, as it is such a rare award.

According to Manson, his Silver Star and Purple Heart simply arrived in the mail.

This is what he claimed when asked for an explanation

“In September 2011 I received a package from Washington DC and wondered what it was. To my astonishment it was 4 medals with a note with words to the effect of "We have noticed you have not requested your medals. Please find the medals enclosed. Thank you for your service."

"I went and showed Jimmy Jones the then President of the Devonport RSA the note and medals. I told him I know I am NOT entitled to 2 of the medals as they are for US Service personnel. He then said we should have a presentation. He arranged for The Flagstaff Devonport's local paper to be in attendance and presented the medals 3 Oct 2011”.

Manson was half right, he most certainly was not entitled to wear two of the medals. The fact is, he was not entitled to wear all four of the medals that arrived "out of the blue in a plain package", apparently from Washington, DC. Apparently the then President of his RSA (Jimmy Jones) took Manson's word that he was entitled and apparently, insisted on a full presentation in front of the local media.

Here is the article and photo in the local paper showing Manson presented with the two medals by the President of the Devonport RSA.

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Source:   The Flagstaff – Devonport 3rd Oct 2011

 

In an attempt to remove any doubts over the award of these medals, Manson then approached the NZ Defence Force requesting they acknowledge his claim that the US Government retrospectively awarded him these medals in 2011.

It was very quickly proved that Manson’ claims were fanciful, that he was never awarded either the US Silver Star or the Purple Heart, and his request was declined.

We have a copy of the report from the Advisor Medals Policy of Headquarters, Defence Personnel Executive, NZDF, stating:



We are aware of the campaign being raised for recognition of this award by Mr Dennis Manson.

 

NZDF have found no documentary evidence to support Mr Manson’s claims that the US Government retrospectively awarded him these awards in 2011.   All we have seen to date is his claim and the bare medals.

 

We have not sighted any citations, nomination forms or official letters from the US military to support his claims.

 

Attached for your information is the approved listing of all awards for service in Vietnam. There is still further research being conducted for some of these awards.   A US Silver Star would have been a major feature in this list if anyone had known of it.

 

LDA D.S. Manson was WIA at Tam Quan near Bong Son on the 1st March 1970 in the same incident where 80166 Sgt GS Watt, RNZAF was killed. Both were subjected to the same medical evacuation and NOTICAS action. Sadly Sgt Watt died of his wounds in Bong Son, LDA Manson was treated and recovered.

 

The NZ Services Medical Team unit war diary does not mention any US awards for Mr Manson as a result of his actions that day. There is also no indication that we can find of any NZ gallantry nominations from the two unit Commanding Officers over this period. HQ V Force files do not show any indication of any NZ gallantry nominations being raised through the NZ Services Medical Team or offer of US awards from the US Army HQ they were part of.

 

Finally – Ian McGibbon’s authoritative book on Vietnam “New Zealand’s Vietnam War” covers this incident in one paragraph on p.333. It confirms that Manson was ‘lightly wounded’ and that Sgt Gordon Watt (RNZAF) died of his wounds following this incident, but little else as he could find no other verification.

As a long serving member, who is also an executive member of an RSA, Manson would have been aware of medal protocols, especially involving such high profile decorations.

He would also have been advised by colleagues and NZDF following his request, of the rules around wearing of decorations under NZ Law, as follows:

'..No person may wear a medal or decoration awarded to them by a foreign government unless it has been approved for wear by the Sovereign.'   The Military Decorations and Distnictive Badges Act 1918 and the  Military Badges and Distinctive Badges Act 1974 refer.

On the official NZDF medals website is displayed the only awards presented to NZ personnel by the Government of the United States of America.

The Gallantry Awards to New Zealanders by the Government of the United States for service in Vietnam which have been approved for acceptance and wear:

Bronze Star with ‘V’ Device (for gallantry) - two awards

822606 Captain B.D. Chippindale, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
For acts of gallantry while attached to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry (United States Army)

30650 Captain B. Meldrum, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

- For acts of gallantry while attached to 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment (United States Army)

Distinguished Flying Cross - one award

82805 Flying Officer M.R. Callanan, Royal New Zealand Air Force

- For acts of gallantry while attached to 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (United States Air Force)

 

Here is the link to this item: http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/news/archive2009.html#recipients

No mention of Manson there!

Worryingly, the RNZN has a policy of bringing in the 'old and bold' to talk to new recruits about their experiences in the Navy. Manson has been paraded as a decorated hero, to speak of his bravery and show off his unique array of decorations.


This photo shows Manson (highlighted) with the current (as of Nov 2018) Executive of the Devonport RSA.



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Dennis Smeaton Manson is a VALOUR THIEF and a FRAUD. He has knowingly obtained a high order US military gallantry in combat (The Silver Star), and an award for being wounded when in combat with the enemy (the Purple Heart).

Manson has then represented himself publicly as a decorated combat veteran. He has stolen the honour of those US and other service persons who have legitimately earned the Silver Star in order to present himself as a ‘war hero’ to others, and has also fraudulently represented himself to have been wounded in action with the enemy by wearing the US Purple Heart.


Below is the Act Manson happily breached - twice!
 

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Finally, Manson is guilty of breaching the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 (copy above).



Perhaps the Devonport RSA may like to mitigate their shame by laying a complaint with the NZ Police over Manson’s disgusting deceit!

Manson is a deceitful character who should be booted out of the RSA altogether for bringing discredit upon that organisation. When the RSA is currently struggling to attract younger members, imposters like Manson show total disregard for honour and medals protocols, that have been in existence for over 100 years".

He is a fraud.

Following an approach to the Devonport RSA, and the National RSA, we received a copy of a letter sent to Manson advising that he was breaching RSA rules (rule 14) and advised to respond.

Since then we’ve been advised Manson has agreed to remove the US Purple Heart and the US Silver Star from his rack. The CEO of the RSA National Office has since confirmed the above and expressed the attitude to such issues, saying “the RNZRSA and RSA clubs take this stuff seriously”

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