Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'D'

Surname: Dale
Christian Names: Victor Churchill
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Coolgardi
Service #: 5411678
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Victor Churchill Dale wears a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) that he did not earn.

 

Dale

 

Dale wears three medals they are:

 

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM)  -  Not Entitled

 

Here is the offending medal:

 

Dale 2

 

At ANZMI, we do not take into consideration excuses, or make value judgements. There are no grey areas, only black and white.  Should  any person flout laws and protocols regarding military service or the wearing of medals we will report them without fear or favour.  It is the readers responsibility to consider the extent of the offending.

 

Victor Dale did the hard yards as an Infantry Soldier in Vietnam with 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) from  7th June 1967 until 17 Jul 1967 and then with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) from  18 July 1967 until 6 November 1971.  A total of 153 days.

 

Dale

 

To be eligible to wear the RCVM he needed to complete 181 days in Vietnam or be evacuated home as a Battle Casualty.  He did not complete the 181 days criterion and he was not a Battle Casualty.  He was medically evacuated after he developed tropical ulcers and cysts. He departed Vietnam on 6 November 1967 and after spending 7 days in a Military Hospital in Butterworth Malaysia, he was moved  on to  Sydney Australia.

 

Victor Dale is a respected Bush Poet and although we condemn him for wearing a false medal we are happy to advertise his work here:    http://www.victorchurchilldale.com.au/

 

All serviceman who served in Vietnam know the rules regarding the RVCM however there are many offenders listed on this website.  Our work does not weary them.

 

Be aware that if you falsely wear the RVCM or any other false medal it is likely that you will be noticed and then exposed on this website as a medals cheat.

 

Surname: Dann
Christian Names: Guy Luther
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Hobart
Service: Army
Branch: Cavalry Regiment
Case Notes:
Guy Luther Dann – Of Hobart Town – Liar, fraud and wannabe.

Dann has an image around Hobart of being a “Man about Town” who did some hard time on military deployments to far away places with strange sounding names. He also bleated to a TV News Channel about how tough it was in the Army, because others were mean towards him. That should not have concerned a battle hardened, often deployed Cavalry Trooper like Guy Luther  Dann, the problem is, that in reality, he is a fraud, liar and wannabe. 

 

Dann-1

 

In the photo he is wearing:

1         Australian Active Service Medal 1975

2         Afghanistan Medal

3         Iraq Medal

4         NATO Medal with Clasp ISAF

 

According to people who served with Dann he spent from July 2007 until August 2010 in the Army.  After basic training he served with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. Despite the rack of four medals he wears, former members from his unit advise that he earned no medals at all. In addition, during his interview with the TV News Channel he said "He was expecting to be, one day, deployed overseas to fight for his country", that expectation was never realised.  

 

During his mundane service he was an administrative burden who never fitted in, and spent time as a detainee at the Australian Defence Correctional Establishment in Holsworthy, New South Wales.

 

Soon after departing the Army he was known to get around Hobart wearing his old uniforms to town and to parties, and in the manner of most wannabes, he has told the big lie that:

 

“He knows confidential things and the Army has paid him out for his silence”

 

In fact Dann was an ill disciplined Trooper (the equivalent of a Private Soldier).  His work was ineffectual, and he could not work without close supervision. Can you imagine a person with those credentials “Knowing confidential things” and to suggest that the Army would pay a person to “Keep quiet” is laughable?

 

On ANZAC Day 2013 Dann may have cut a dashing figure wearing a suit, and four campaign medals and telling the lies necessary support his behaviour, but don’t be fooled.  Guy Luther Dann is an ex Serviceman, he is not a returned Veteran.

 

He is a liar, fraud and a wannabe who has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A and 80B

 

80A  Falsely representing to be a returned soldier

80B  Improper use of service decorations

 

Both of these offences have a maximum penalty of a $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

Tasmanian State Police have been advised of Dann’s offences and we hope, like many other wannabes have been; he will be arraigned, before a Magistrate and penalized. If that doesn’t happen, at least he will remain exposed on this web site as liar, fraud and wannabe.

 

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Day
Christian Names: Brian Raymond
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service: Army
Case Notes:
 

 

 

NOW DECEASED

 

Brian Raymond Day. aka Sir Brian Day, aka Dr. Brian Day, aka Doris Day, aka Dolly Day. 

215849. Born 1942.

 


Photo from
"WAR Australia & Vietnam Edited by Kenneth Maddock and Barry Wright" (1987)ISBN: 0-06-312099-2

Another wannabe who is an executive member of an ex-services organisation. (ESO)

Day is the President of Toowoomba (QLD) RSL, it's Sub-Branch, and a life member of the VVAA NSWBranch Inc.

This individual who demands to be addressed as "Doctor Day", is also a Frontiersman, just like Ponting, Weatherall and Ryan who appear on our site.

Brian Day did serve with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) from April 1971 to April 1972, his second tour.

Before it was removed due to being challenged by Veterans, Day's CV was posted on a Blue Mountains Vietnam Veteran's website and it clearly stated,

"1967 - Posted to HQ Australian Forces Vietnam - Australian Army Training Team, US Special Forces"

For all you Veterans who have ever heard Brian Day's war stories and wondered whyhis service history does not appear on the Vietnam Veteran's Nominal Rollas shown below.

 

Here's why, on his first tour he claims was with AATTV and US Special Forces, he was actually a Corporal Batman, ECN 175, for 8 months with HQ AFV (Saigon) and then an instructor at 1ARU, a Rifleman, ECN 757.     

He had been a Batman in Australia for quite some time as well. 

These details have been cut from his Army records.

 

"Unit.  now HQ AFV (Army Component) as Batman ECN 175  28 Jan 1967"

"Unit.   now 1 Aust Rft Unit  (Rft Str)=(Reinforcement Strength) 2 Oct 67"

A Batman? An Orderly, a Soldier who attended to mundane daily tasks for Officers.

1ARU? 1 Australian Reinforcement Unit, Nui Dat. He was a Corporal and Section Commander with this unit that trained newly arrived Infantry reinforcements. 

What we would like from you readers is your input into the Brian Day story. Have you heard his tall tales of war service and would like them confirmed or denied? Would you like to comment on any of his wild tales? Do you have any doubts about the badges and awards he wears?   The photo below depicts Day on the left sitting beside Barry Wright showing off Day's awards.  Both appear on our site pages. Both are worth reading.


This photo is from John Pilger's book, "A Secret Country"

Please contact us at  information@anzmi.net  with your comments and questions and we'll display them on the linked page. These should only relate to Day's Vietnam service, real or imagined.

Your name and contact details will not be displayed, we do however request that you supply your branch of service and also Corps if ex-Army.

Comments will be posted fairly quickly and questions answered after only a brief delay. 

You are able to view comments, questions and answers here

Day's CV as presented on the internet is held to be a faithful reproduction of information supplied by him. All answers to questions posed are supported by Military documents and statements from private citizens.

20 May 2006
 

At last, Brian Day admits that his first tour in Vietnam was not with the AATTV and attached to US Special Forces as he had told people over the past almost 40 years.
A snip from his bio as presented by the Blue Mountains Veterans Group.

1967 - Posted to HQ Australian Forces Vietnam - Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, US Special Forces.

A snip from the Toowoomba Chronicle article shown below.

"I've always been open about what I did that year," he said. "In 1967 I was posted to HQ AFV Saigon – I spent about eight months in administration and four months training reinforcements.

Now that the cat's out of the bag, Mr. Day confirms the information we originally presented as fact.

 
Toowoomba Chronicle Front Page - Dr Brian DAY, 11 May 2006. 
Read his news article response to our charges of him being one of the most outrageous wannabes who ever drew breath. ANZMI has received no communications from Day's legal advisors.

 
Note the opening statement and the capitalisation of the first two words.
"HE HAS faced the enemy over the front lines in Vietnam, but Brian Day is now fighting a bloody battle to save his reputation"
Where and when did you ever face the enemy Brian Day?

13th May 2010

Update - Dr Sir Brian Day

In case you were wondering as to the whereabouts of the bloke with the pseudo Doctorate and Knighthood.

“Dr” “Sir” Brian was snapped at a service in Bendigo Victoria on ANZAC Day 2010. Following our original exposure, Day moved from Toowoomba Queensland to Bendigo Victoria.  His attempts to snaffle position in the Bendigo RSL were thwarted perhaps by our exposure. It is a simple truth that Australian Veterans who exaggerate their service and also pose as “Doctors” and “Knights” are not welcome in the Veteran community; especially after receiving a Doctorate from a bogus university, and a Knighthood from a mob like the Frontiersmen who like to dress up and play act at being personages of importance.

Here is Brian Day on ANZAC Day 2010 at Bendigo Victoria.

 

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

 

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
Case Notes:

 

 

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.

Deacon 1

 

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.

Deacon 2

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: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
Country: Canada
State or Province: Ontario
City or Town: Ottawa
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

Willy Bruce of Ottawa Canada should be congratulated for being the first Canadian to feature on our web site. Be assured that "Silly Willy" well earns a place in the annals of Australian and New Zealand military history for being a sham of a Shaman and a sham of an ex RAAF Pilot in Vietnam.


Notice that Silly Willy is wearing three Australian medal ribbons, they are:

Australian Defence Medal Ribbon (ADM)

Vietnam Medal Ribbon


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon


"Silly Willy' is wearing the ADM in the wrong sequence, it should be the second last ribbon and not the first.

Silly Willy gets lots of publicity for his false Veteran Status, see below:

Here is a photograph of Willy and "his" downed helicopter that he purports to have been flying in Vietnam aged 19 years.


No person by the name of Bruce served with the RAAF 9 Squadron in Vietnam and in any case there has never been a person in the RAAF who has qualified to fly a helicopter at the age of 19 years let alone fly in a combat zone. Bruce is not listed on the Australian Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll. Notice that he claims to have sustained an injury in Vietnam that ended his Service career.

9 Squadron was the only unit that employed Australian and New Zealand helicopter pilots in Vietnam. The 9 Squadron Association have never heard of Bruce and have provided a complete list of personnel who served in Vietnam with that unit and Bruce is not included.

We requested Bruce's RAAF file through the Freedom of Information system and we are not surprised to learn that Bruce does not have an RAAF file.

 


If Bruce were to ever return to Australia he could be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Part VII Sections 80A and 80B for Falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran and Wearing Medals that were not conferred.

We declare Willy Bruce to be a liar, fraud, wannabe and con man. A man who would lie to those he calls his friends is a sham without conscience. He has grossly insulted Australian and New Zealand Veterans and we are sure that Canadian Veterans will feel the same way.

We would very much appreciate an update on this mans activities from any person who has had the misfortune to meet him.

Falsely claim to be an Australian Veteran in any part of the world and there is a chance you will join Willy Bruce as a liar fraud and wannabe on this web site for ever more.

 

UPDATE - WILLY BRUCE - 14 May 14

In our original exposure of the Canadian Willy Bruce the lying cheat and wannabe, we wrongly identified one of his medals as being the Australian Defence Medal, when in fact it is the Canadian Queens Jubilee medal. From a distance and considering that he was wearing Australian Vietnam Campaign medals the Jubilee medal is almost identical with the ADM.

Here is what we named the medal as. Australian Defence Medal


And here is what it actually is. Canadian Jubilee Medal.

We hope that Canadian Veterans Associations are taking action against Bruce for his deceit, when information is to hand we will provide another update.


UPDATE WILLY BRUCE - 20 JUNE 2014

Willy Bruce no longer beats the drum. The Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association (CAV) have taken decisive action against this long term lying fraud. Not only is he a fake Veteran of the Vietnam war but is also a fake Native American.

Below are letters from the CAV, firstly requesting Bruce to produce evidence of his service, and secondly, due to his failure to do so, a letter expelling him from the CAV.

This action is proof to all liars, frauds and wannabes that Veterans across the world have the ability to unite and expose those who steal their honour

LETTER TO BRUCE FROM CAV

May 12th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada
Without Prejudices
Willy Bruce

Please be informed that the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association have been contacted by private citizens in Australia and The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) also based in Australia. www.anzmi.net/index.php/enquiry

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) on their web site under the

Title – Most Recent Cases
In the list of name appears the name “BRUCE”.

Bruce contains pictures, personal information, and allegations of fraudulent claims.

Surname: Bruce
Christian Names: Willy
City or Town: Ottawa
State or Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil

Upon the receipt of this information from the Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI) and recognizing your pictures but not the personal information. The CAV embarked on the first due-diligence requirement that being the vetting The Australia & New Zealand Military Impostors group (ANZMI).

This was accomplished with the help of our ADF Veterans contacts in Adelaide Australia and our Military contact in Australia the Canadian Defence Advisor - Australia and New Zealand at the High Commission of Canada, Canberra Australian Capital Territory .

Our ADF Veterans Contact reported that The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) is well known, that they are mainly Vietnam War Veterans volunteers, some highly decorated, and they rarely get things wrong.

Our Military Contact checked with Australian Defence and the ADF, as well as DND Canada, and stated that the organization which has contacted the CAV is a private group which seeks to challenge and identifies persons who are seen as or are reported as Australia or New Zealand military imposters.

The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) does not hold any special status and is simply a citizen advocacy group run on a non-profit basis. Their aims and objectives, although honourable, are not endorsed by the government, as there are appropriate mechanisms to address these issues through official channels.

Considering the foregoing and because of the unofficial status of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) the CAV will provide you with an opportunity in time to:

3) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as ADF Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

4) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

Further to the possession of ADF Documents, Discharge Papers, and Veteran Served with references, if you have these Proofs of Military Service we advise you to have a Lawyer contact The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) and demand the proof that they have in their possession and are basing their allegations on.

The CAV, also requires copies of all documents of Proof of Military Service in the Australian Defense Force (ADF), the expectations are that the documents of Proof of Military Service will be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014. Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are received by the CAV in the time frame indicate and are accepted by the CAV as Proof of Your Military Service we will support any action you wish to take against The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

Where the documents of your Proof of Military Service are not received by the CAV in the time frame indicate on or before Friday, June 13th 2014. The CAV will consider the allegations being made on the web site of The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) as factual and proceed in Canada as the law allows to take whatever actions are appropriate and to disseminate The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group’s (ANZMI) web site’s URL to those it may be of interest to.

Willy, at this point the CAV is without verdict of any kind and applies in your favour the full benefit of the drought to these allegations made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI).

The CAV bears no animosity or prejudgments and to the proof of this have Cc two Honourable Presidents of Veterans Originations’ as observers as measure of our sincerity.

Richard Blackwolf
National President & CEO

Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association
Documents to be received on or before 2359 Hrs. Friday, June 13th 2014 may be sent via:

E-mail
[email protected]
Facsimile
250 900-5276
Canada Post
Canadian Aboriginal Veterans
34 Kingham Place
Victoria, British Columbia
V9B 1L8

CANADIAN ABORIGINAL VETERANS AND SERVING MEMBERS ASSOCIATION

National Communiqué
June 18th 2014
Willy Bruce
540 Cambridge Street South
Ottawa, Ontario
K1S 5M7
Canada

Willy Bruce

Mr. Bruce, not having received any communications requested from you regarding the matter brought to your attention on May 12th 2014 notably the allegations being made by The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) based in Australia.

The CAV has provided you with multiple avenues of contact and an opportunity in time of over thirty days with a grace period of several days to reply:

1) To provide Proofs of Military Service meaning all document held such as Australia Defence Force (ADF) Discharge Papers, ADF Medical Records, Administrative Documents, or obtainable Documents held elsewhere including military photos of the Viet Nam War era featuring yourself and others jointly in a photo.

2) Proofs of Military Service also include the contact information of fellow ADF Veterans served with in Australia or Viet Nam.

A search today under your name (Bruce) on The Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group (ANZMI) Web Site indicates to us that the Allegations made there still stand as being Valid because it is apparent that you have not provided the ANZMI or the CAV any evidence of Military Service in Australia or anywhere else for that matter.
www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipro/?pid=62&sid=410:Bruce

Mr. Bruce, it is apparent that you are not a Veteran of Military Service or a ADF Veteran of the Viet Nam War, the expectations are that you will henceforth conduct yourself as a Civilian and totally refrain from presenting yourself as a Military Veteran, wearing any military style clothing, and making a pretends of being a ADF Veteran.

As a Non Veteran there is a requirement for you to return the “Canadian Aboriginal War Veterans Millennium Medal” presented to you in year 2000 and any other Aboriginal Veterans medallions and Uniform Kit items that are in your possession to the CAV at the Address provided herein.

Mr. Bruce, your Biography available on the internet mentions that “He was unsure of the benefits or disadvantages of "coming out" as an Aboriginal person in the working world” and goes on further to say “However, Willy was inspired to share his native culture with fellow employees when he heard the beating of a drum at a traditional native ceremony at NRCan”.
There is no following statement of which Culture was being referred to and there is no evidence of you being a member of a First Nation or a Métis Nation.

In consideration of the void of documents and other proof of being Aboriginal there are reasonable grounds to suspect that your claim of being Aboriginal is also a pretence.

Mr. Bruce, you are often seen in military style dress and wearing a “Warriors Brest Plate and Shield” from the Plains Culture, there is no evidence noted anywhere that you are a member of a Warriors Societies of the Great Plains Tribes, discontinue this practise, it is an affront to those Societies and their Military Service and War Veterans.


Mr. Bruce, you are not welcome to conduct or attend any event held at the National Aboriginal War Veteran Monument in Ottawa now or at any time in the future.

This matter will receive wide distribution, the Canadian legal system has not been searched for Laws governing the impersonation of a Veteran of Military Service or a War Veteran of an Allied Military Force.

Reports of the continuation of the your impersonation of a Military Veteran of any kind will cause the CAV to seek legal Council on this matter.

CAV - National Executive

Surname: Coret
Christian Names: Gerardus Cornelius
Country: Australia
State or Province: TAS
City or Town: Lilydale
Service #: 37866680
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Gerardus (Gerry) Coret, Justice of the Peace and President of the Lilydale (Tasmania) RSL Sub-Branch, served 376 days in Vietnam as part of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

Coret 1 2

The above photo of Coret was taken in December 2015 at the Lilydale District School, where the Avenue of Honour, a garden area that honours fallen soldiers from the Lilydale region, was officially opened as part of local ANZAC Centenary commemorations. Coret can be seen here with his campaign medals proudly displayed.

Coret 2

In September 2015, Coret attended a wreath laying at the Lilydale Cenotaph as part of the “Centenary Experience” display in that town. This was just one of the hundreds of commemorative events conducted throughout Australia for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Again, Coret can be seen displaying his medals and one could assume he wears these same medals to all official RSL-related functions, and has done so for some time. He should be proud of the medals he received for his active military service, and also his continuing service as a member of the RSL Sub-Branch Executive.

Coret, however, cannot be proud of the fact he has attached a commemorative, or as more commonly known, a ‘tin medal’, to his Service medals. Doing such may impress those that do not know, however, you do not fool your fellow veterans, who would recognise you had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

Coret 3

The Front Line Service Medal was issued by the 2/12 Infantry Battalion Association, based in Queensland, to identify those who took part in World War Two front line actions with the Infantry, differentiating them from other units. It was manufactured and sold by that Association as a funds raising exercise. They made a lot of money selling this tin trinket to gullible people, who had no association with the 2/12 Infantry Battalion whatsoever.

Defence Honours and Awards has this to say about such medals:

“Medals not listed in the order of wear may be worn officially, on an unrestricted basis, only with the express permission of the Governor-General. As a general rule, such permission is extended only to official awards of foreign governments. It has never been extended to private commemorative medals. Those medals should not be worn at all, and certainly never on the left hand side and mounted with officially issued medals”.

Coret has deliberately flouted Government policy in order to give himself just that little more recognition and set himself apart from other Veterans. What he does not seem to understand is that he does not need that piece of ‘tin’ to show his ‘front line’ service as that has been adequately recognised by the Infantry Combat Badge he also wears on his suit.

Perhaps Coret could take onboard some advice from his Hobart cousins, who for a number of years have put out an instruction before each ANZAC Day, regarding dress, saluting and etiquette, stating at section 7:

“Occasionally a person will wrongly claim to be a returned veteran and wear medals to which they are not entitled. This practice is deceitful and disrespectful to the veteran community. Further, there are a number of unofficial medals not recognized through the Australian Honours system which should not be worn at events such as ANZAC Day”.

Gerardus (Gerry) Cornelius Coret, your Vietnam service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear. However, by adding a worthless commemorative 'tin' medal, you have earned yourself a place, in the ever-increasing numbers of RSL Sub-Branch Executives, who choose to flout protocol and convention, and in doing bring discredit on the Honours and Awards system and Veterans who have been awarded legitimate medals.

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