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Surname: Henderson
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Gulgong
Service #: 218959
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: 1970
Case Notes:

 

David Henderson was born in the United Kingdom on the 3 September, 1945. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and was subsequently posted to the Republic of South Vietnam on the 6 August 1969. On the 19 November, 1969, he was posted to 8 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment ( 8RAR) where he served as a Private in that Infantry Battalion until the 20 April, 1970. He then returned to Australia.


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In the above photograph, Henderson is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service medal clasp Vietnam. (AASM) Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Entitled.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Entitled.
5. United States Army Commendation Medal for heroism or meritorious achievement.. Not entitled.
6. Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Not entitled.

Henderson is the President of the Gulgong Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub Branch in mid-west New South Wales. A respectable position.

Henderson, though is a medal cheat, a valour thief and a big noter.
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He is not entitled to wear the US Army Commendation Medal. He has purchased and awarded this medal to himself.
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Criteria: The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States other than General Officers who, while serving in any capacity with the Army after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself by heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Award may be made to a member of the Armed Forces of a friendly foreign nation who, after 1 June 1962, distinguishes himself by an act of heroism, extraordinary achievement, or meritorious service which has been of mutual benefit to a friendly nation and the United States.

Henderson is not entitled to wear the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He has also purchased this medal and awarded it to himself.
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Degrees

The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross was awarded in four degrees, with a basic medal followed by higher degrees which were the equivalent of personal citations on an organizational level (also known as having been "Mentioned in dispatches").

The degrees of the Gallantry Cross are as follows:
Gallantry Cross with Palm: cited at the Armed Forces level
• Gallantry Cross with Gold Star: cited at the Corps level
• Gallantry Cross with Silver Star: cited at the Division level
• Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star: cited at the Regiment or Brigade level.

You will notice that Henderson claims that he was awarded the highest degree of this gallantry medal by the former Republic of Vietnam Government. (bolded).

Henderson served in 8RAR in Vietnam from November, 1969 until April, 1970 when he returned to Australia. During that time, the Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting with the enemy at the Long Hai Hills during Operation Hammersley. The Vietnam Government bestowed the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation for their actions in that battle, that occurred between the 10 February and the 9 March, 1970.

One 8RAR soldier was awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm during their deployment. It was not Private David Henderson. In the below comprehensive official list, he does not get a mention in the Battalions honours for that tour of duty.

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Henderson is entitled to wear the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit citation, but not the individual Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm. There is a distinguished difference between the two. Citation depicted below -;




He has been warned by former colleagues of the 8RAR Association on several occasions, and also the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, that he has no entitlement to the two offending medals in question, and that he should remove them from his rack. He has told some former 8 RAR colleagues, that he was awarded the medals when he was with 9 Battalion RAR, prior to his posting to 8 Battalion RAR in November, 1969. That statement is false. He was never awarded either medal at any time by any official source. He has defied the advice of former 8RAR colleagues to get the medals off, with total disrespect to all Australian soldiers, who have been officially awarded both medals.

Arrogance perhaps, vanity, or both!

Henderson has been the President of the Gulgong RSL Sub Branch for the past 26 years. He should lead by example and not wear medals that he has purchased and awarded to himself.

Henderson was contacted by a Researcher and given an opportunity to provide an explanation to wearing purchased medals. The Secretary, on his behalf, replied and stated in writing inter alia -;

“Please be advised that the wearing of these medals was done in good faith by Mr Henderson having previously been given false guidance by professional individuals.

He has subsequently realised that he is not entitled to the two medals you have mentioned and has removed them from his rack. He is embarrassed and upset that this has occurred.

He has proudly served as President of the Gulgong RSL sub-Branch for 26 consecutive years and was only led to believe he was entitled to wear those medals in recent years”.


When questioned by one former 8RAR member, Henderson stated that local medal experts told him he was entitled to the two medals. They were allegedly two Sub Branch ladies. Henderson then filled out the required forms, the ladies sent them away and presto, the two medals arrived in the mail and were court mounted with his genuine medals. The ladies, according to Henderson, cannot be contacted now, as they both moved to Canada.

Henderson would know as well as every other former Australian Army Vietnam veteran, that you do not receive a U.S Government heroism medal and a Vietnam Government Gallantry Medal by sending away for them. He purchased them at a Medal Dealers Shop or on ebay.

Henderson is a fraud and he knows it. He has been told to remove them on at least two occasions, he ignored that advice, and now that ANZMI is making inquiries, he produces the “false guidance” excuse.

As a false pretender, he should resign or be kicked out of the NSW RSL immediately. The NSW RSL has enough ongoing problems at the moment without medal cheats and valour thieves like Henderson holding the Executive position of Sub Branch President, within the organisation.

ANZMI has not been provided any evidence that Henderson has removed the offending medals.

There is no excuse Mr Henderson, get rid of the un-awarded medals and resign your post.

Surname: Johnson
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: Nil
Service: Never Served
Case Notes:

 

They say that every picture tells a story. Craig Johnson aka Foot, is another motorbike riding military imposter who has walked the walk and talked the talk about his secret army service in Vietnam. Johnson likes motorbikes and wearing Australian military medal ribands that he has not earned. When it comes to Military imposters, this dude takes the cake.



Johnson joined the Brisbane Military Brotherhood Motor Cycle Club (MBMMC) in September, 2017. He indicated that he was not ready to talk about his service in Vietnam or wear his medals, as it was too traumatic, and that he was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD)

In March 2018, Johnson told other Club members that he was now “ready to wear them.” He then commenced wearing the following medal ribands on his motorbike vest as indicated below.




They are -;

1. Australian Active Service Medal riband. Not entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal riband. Not entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal riband. Not entitled.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal riband. Not entitled.




Johnson raised suspicions among other genuine military veterans when he informed them that he had to pay officials to have his military records erased due to his Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) service in the jungles of Vietnam. ANZMI has signed statutory declarations that indicate the following -;

1. He was asked his Army service number on numerous occasions, but stated that this number had been erased by officials so that his service would remain secret.
2. He would tell scary stories about his SASR mates and he would break down due to his PTSD.
3. He implied and let us believe that he was SASR.
4. He told me that an official changed his service number by one digit, so that his service records would never be found. .
5. Following repeated requests for his service number he subsequently left the MBMMC.
6. He wore Vietnam ribbons when we now believe that he was never in the Australian Army.
7. He began to 'drip feed' us stories and from my memory broke down and wept at least twice. A
particular occasion was Anzac Day 2018. He received a lot of sympathy and comfort.




The above document was obtained indicating the concerns of a MBMMC member.

Johnson was contacted by a Researcher and invited to respond to allegations that all his claims of Australian Army service were false.
He stated inter alia, that “he had never been in the Army”, but -:

I agreed to join (the MBMMC) as what they call a Sierra member,NON serving, because I knew things that id learned from a very close retired serviceman & my age they convinced themselves I was more.
From day one I told them all i wanted was to be a Sierra member, i remained in their club almost 2 years & I couldn’t put up with there (sic) crap any longer. So I left, then he followed & immediately started his crap on a larger scale & he kept blaming the illness & heat. Then when it hit the fan he started all this. Im over it.

Johnson was asked if he had worn Australian Defence Force medal/ribands. His response was inter alia that -;

While i was a sierra member of mbmmc i was told by the them (sic) national president if I had ANY reletive (sic) that served in any service I should wear their regalia so i had my fathers ribbons & some patches on my vest, when i resigned from the club I immediately removed them. I did have a vietnam ribbon to represent a cousin who passed away several years ago. I have since disposed of them as they were not original & were very tatty due to weather wear n tear.

Johnson’s version of events is completely at odds with MBMMC members who have provided statutory declarations and photographs in regards to this matter.




Johnson, has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B, by falsely pretending to be an Australian returned serviceman, and wearing Australian military decorations that he is not entitled to.

We are told that Johnson is a Justice of the Peace for the State of Queensland. Hopefully, when the relevant authorities read this article, that honorable appointment might be rescinded.

Surname: Slocum
Christian Names: Guy Dennis
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 4233044
Service: Royal Air Force (RAF)
Branch: Pilot
Case Notes:

 

Guy Slocum is either a complete fraud, or is an RAF Fighter Pilot who exaggerates his service.


There are other retired RAF and RNZAF Pilots residing in New Zealand who noticed Slocum's recent publicity, and knowing that some of what he has said is bunkum, pointed us in his direction.

An RAF Squadron Leader named Guy Slocum is mentioned in the London Gazette, where occurrences relating to RAF Officers are published. We don't know whether this is the same person or a person who has stolen the identity.

Here is what Slocum has said at Rotary Club meetings in Auckland


He could have flown some of the aircraft listed, but there is a comprehensive list of Lightning pilots and Slocum is not included: See here: www.lightningpilots.com/Directory.html

We have reports from ex RAF and RNZAF pilots who attended the meetings when Slocum was the guest speaker. Here are excerpts from their reports:

"Hello xx,

Yes, I attended his talk at the Warbirds at Ardmore. Essentially the same talk as described in your two attachments, though I can not recall him mention being the youngest pilot. He did describe the 3 key events; refuelling, Tupolev incident and Libyan dogfight, fairly much as narrated.

XXXX"

From: XXXXXX

"Yes, he definitely repeated the Bear/Lightning ejection story and the Libyan MiG one.

He could get away with it to a few old dears at the Rotary Club, but I'm surprised he tried it at the Warbirds where he must know there are current and former RAF and RNZAF pilots and engineers.

I attended the briefing at the Warbirds and not a single person with any relevant knowledge believed him.

XXXXXX"


Hi xx

The two attached reports are the same as what was included in the NZ Warbirds event – though I don’t recall him mentioning being the youngest pilot/youngest Sqn Ldr. He may well have mentioned this – but I don’t recall it.

Kind regards, xxxxxxx


We asked Slocum to please comment on his "Russian" North Sea Adventure and his "Dog fight" in Libya:


"Afternoon Guy

To diffuse the current situation regarding your RAF service, can you please confirm in statement form, all that has been published regarding your RAF service.. In particular information about your action in Libya and your interaction with a Russian Aircraft.

Details from you should settle the matter.

Regards

xx
Researcher"

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" From guy
5:04 AM (1 hour ago)

I am not at liberty to discuss any issues relating to my RAF Career with anyone I do not know and who is not prepared to fully identify themselves. Moreover, I disown any such activities as you mention

Please do not trouble me again

regards"


Notice that Guy disowns the heroic bits of his history. Other ex pilots have declared Slocum as a fantasist.

Slocum has told the stories, and now denies having told them, despite his very public presentations.

He has earned a seat on ANZMI flight 101 from which there is no ejection seat.

Surname: Gill
Christian Names: Gregory John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Rockhampton
Service #: 120293
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian ordance Corps
Case Notes:

 

Gregory John Gill is wearing five medals for his service in South Vietnam. He should be wearing four.


Notice that he wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
Vietnam Logistic and Support Forces Medal - NOT ENTITLED SELF PURCHASED "TIN" COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Entitled

The second last medal is the offending medal. It is a self purchased "Tin" Commemorative medal that is not approved by the Australian Government. It was created by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) veterans, who illegally wore it in protest, to not receiving recognition for their visits to Vietnam. In 1993 the Australian Government approved an official medal, the Logistic and Support Medal (LSM), to reward RAN personnel for their Vietnam visits. Since the protests have been appeased, there is no reason to wear the "Tin" medal. This is the offending medal.


This is the Logistics and Support Medal approved to be worn by the Australian Government since 1993.


This is the first instance reported of an Army veteran wearing this medal, whereas it is commonly still incorrectly worn by RAN Vietnam veterans. A recent instance is ex RAN Captain Brian Lawrence SWAN who also appears on this website.

When asked, Gill said that he had purchased the medal at a meeting in Brisbane many years ago, and that "lots of blokes around Rockhampton wear it"

It is amazing how the Rockhampton veteran community have ignored Gill's offending.

Although they have failed in their duty, we will not.

Gregory John Gill is welcomed aboard and we hope that Rockhampton veterans take note of the situation.

Surname: Hill
Christian Names: Allan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Rockingham
Service #: R59496
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Fire Control
Commencement of service: 19 November 1962
Completion of service: 17 May 1964
Case Notes:

 

If you insist on wearing "Tin" medals it is best not to exhibit them, by getting media attention and exaggerating your service.


Allan Hill sailed aboard HMAS Parramatta on 25 May 1965 from Singapore to Vietnam on escort duties for HMAS Sydney. HMAS Parramatta arrived back to Singapore on 14 June 1965. In a media report Hill described his service in Vietnam as "A cuff diver whose roll was to work closely with Clearance Divers looking for explosives in the Mekong Delta River"

HMAS Parramatta was in Vietnam for three uneventful days, patrolling and mostly at anchor, well away from the Mekong Delta River. The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Hill as serving in Vietnam for twenty one days, but the RAN system counts days from departure from the last allied Port, to arrival back to another allied Port.


Here is an excerpt of HMAS Parramatta's Report of Proceedings for the time spent in Vietnam in November 1965.


Hill wears eight medals, for his three days service in Vietnam and his routine RAN service, he qualifies for five.

He has added three non authorised commemorative "Tin" medals, to his rack, these are.

Far East Service Medal - TIN
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal- TIN
HMAS Sydney Medal - TIN


Hill needs to adjust his ballast, otherwise he may list heavily to the port side. Not only will the listing upset his bearing but will also sink his reputation.

Such listing will never upset HMAS ANZMI, where he will stay in the brig until he removes the offending medals, then he shall be allowed the poop deck to contemplate his offence.

Surname: Hutchinson
Christian Names: Robert John
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: V46801
Service: Army
Branch: Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Commencement of service: 1974
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

 

Robert (Bob) John Hutchinson was born on the 12 April, 1957. He served in the New Zealand Army from 1974 to 1989 in the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Hutchinson is a medal cheat and a valour thief.







In the above photograph Hutchinson is wearing the following medals -;

1. New Zealand Operational Service Medal. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal is a New Zealand campaign medal for award to New Zealanders who have served on operations since 3 September 1945. Eligibility for the NZ OSM commences the day after the final eligibility date for the 1939 - 45 New Zealand War Service Medal.

2. New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Sinai Clasp) Non War Like. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) is a New Zealand campaign medal, authorised in 1992, for award to New Zealanders who have served in peacekeeping operations for which no separate UN medal was issued.

3. New Zealand Defence Service Medal. (Regular Clasp.) (Entitled)

4. Multinational Force and Observers medal (Sinai) (Not entitled)

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration that was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Hutchinson raised concerns among Veterans when he wore his medal rack at recent Anzac Day and Armistice Day Services at Rotorua. He was eventually approached by New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (R&SA) members who notified him of those concerns. He denied that the medals were not officially issued to him and claimed that they were legitimately awarded. .

He was then informed that inquiries were made through official sources and that evidence disclosed that he had never been awarded the three medals in question. He again denied the accusation and claimed that the information gleaned was wrong.

However, he could not provide written proof of the awards.

ANZMI has been investigating Hutchinson for some time. There is not a doubt that Hutchinson has never been awarded the three medals indicated. He is a Medal cheat and a valour thief who has treated his fellow RSA members and the community with contempt. If he is still a member of the RSA, he should be directed to apologise and then given the boot.

Genuine veterans will not sit idle and watch medal cheats and imposters parade with them on official remembrance days.

Hutchinson is the Co-owner of the Rotorua Art Café. Next time you visit there, ask him where and when he served in Sinai, and which operational campaign he served in to receive his Operational Service Medal. You might also ask to see his medals. They should all be engraved with his name and service number on the rims.

Let us know his response at enquiries@anzmi.net and we will give him an update!

 

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