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

Surname: Wapper
Christian Names: Adrian
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Alford
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Uknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:




Adrian Wapper of Alford, South Australia had a dream that he had been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1989 whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy.  He dreamed that he had been on Muster at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, when the medal was pinned to his chest. 

Here is Wapper on ANZAC Day 2015 sporting his OAM.

As well as the OAM Medal Wapper is wearing a Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) and an Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Both these medals are awarded for time in the Defence Force.

The OAM is this medal:

The OAM is the  pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.  It is a prestigious medal presented by the Governor General.

Those awarded the OAM are well feted and the awards widely publicised.  We could find no information about Wapper's award and contacted him seeking information. Here is his response.

"Hi. xxx.

In answer your Email, I too have been doing an investigation and contacted the Defence Archives and Records and talked to Cathy. She has organised for me to obtain my record of service and Certificate of service. She also put me onto Honours and Awards and I talked to Winston. He too was very helpful. I in formed them of what was happening and the problems I have. They informed me to not worry and yes you are correct , according to the records I do not have a OAM . So I Have destroyed the medal as per their instructions and are awaiting their input into the matter. I Did , a few years ago have Alcohol and mental problems which contributed to this . To this day I still can see the presentation of the medal and still thought it was real. I thank you for the jolt to bring it back to reality and to help me cope with these problems I had and still have. Those today I spoke to understand and I hope you do. I realise I have let a lot of people down, including you. I would however like to keep in contact with you if it is at all possible?"

Cheers and thanks!"

Wapper our understanding of the situation is very different from your expectations. We direct the following question to you.

"Can you also see in your dreams where you purchased the OAM award, had it Court Mounted by a Medal Dealer in South Australia and how much you paid for it.  Surely that dream  would have alerted you that something was amiss?"

We believe you are a fraud, a liar and a wannabe who wore the medal to raise your standing in your community.  We have reported the matter to South Australia Police and look forward to action from them.

Having enjoyed the kudos of being a feted and false OAM recipient we hope you enjoy your new found fame on this web site.


Surname: Warusam
Christian Names: George Barnabus
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Aurukun
Service #: Army Reserve & Navy
Branch: Infantry/Navy Recruit
Case Notes:


George Warusam is a worrisome man who resides in a remote area of Far North Queensland (FNQ) and claims to be a Veteran of the Vietnam War and wears all the medals. He also claims to have served at Royal Australian Navy establishment HMAS Cerberus during the 1980s when he was twenty years old. In addition he claims to have served with an Army Reserve unit for thirty years. Warusam was born on the 4th October 1954.

The ribbons and medals represent:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Both left and right breast
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM) Not entitled
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled

The medals indicate that Warusam spent at least one hundred and eighty one days at war in South Vietnam. There are two aspects that prove that Warusam is a liar and medals cheat.

When he was asked for details of his service here is what he said in answer to an email from a researcher.

"Good afternoon Mr Warusam

I take the liberty of seeking information from you regarding the medals that you wear when in Army Cadets uniform.

Would very much appreciate if you could please advise about your Vietnam service.

What unit did you serve in.
What years did you serve in Vietnam.
What is your age.

Thank you in anticipation.


"From George Warusam

"I was at HMAS Cerberus is a Royal Australian Navy base that serves as primary training establish for RAN personnel do my training at 1980's during the ending of Vietnam War and I was just an ordinary seaman base in Cerberus 20 yrs of age. Was born 4 Oct 1954. I will be 65 within two months time"

As Warusam was born 4 October 1954 he is now aged 64 years. To have served in Vietnam before the end of the war in March 1972 he would need to be at least sixty seven years old. He said he was a recruit at HMAS Cerberus in the 1980s when he was twenty years old.
In fact in 1980 he would have been twenty six years old. The Royal Australian Navy had withdrawn all ships and personnel from Vietnam by March 1972.

He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll.

Warusam wears a set of Vietnam medals plus an Anniversary of National Service Medal. He wears the Australian Defence Medal on both his left and right breast.

Warusam has also stated that he served for thirty years with the 51st Infantry Battalion (Army Reserve Unit) whose Headquarters is located in Cairns, and has sub units throughout the Cape York region. He claims to have held the rank of Corporal.

He is now an Officer of Cadets at an Australian Army Cadets unit at Aurukun FNQ with the rank of Lieutenant. Officer of Cadets rank has no authority in the Australian Defence Force, and traditionally is worn only for Cadets unit business.

George Warusam never left Australia either as a Soldier or a Sailor and has decided to make himself out to be a veteran of the Vietnam war by wearing five ribbons above five medals on his left breast and one medal on his right breast.

We don't know what the truth of his Defence service is. He may have spent some months in the RAN and may have spent years in an Army Reserve unit, however at no time has he served with the Australian Defence Force in South Vietnam.

If Warusam served with the RAN and an Army Reserve Unit he should have been content with that, but for reasons known only to him, has chosen to falsely claim to a Returned Veteran of the Vietnam War.

In his local community and the ex service community of Australia, he has gone from hero to zero.

Warusam is now enlisted to serve with ANZMI for many years. We welcome him and thank him for his impending service, however he is forbidden to wear his fake medals.

Surname: Watmore
Christian Names: Allan Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Kilburn
Service #: 315518
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry and Transport
Commencement of service: 12 April 1972
Completion of service: 26 July 1974
Case Notes:

Watmore would have you believe that:
He served for six years in the British Army  before migrating to Australia and that included active service in:
Malaysia Northern Ireland Aden Falklands


Here is a photo he exhibits wearing a UK uniform complete with bear skin hat..


He served with the Australian Army in Vietnam and was awarded The Star of Gallantry medal for carrying wounded soldiers to safety even though he was badly wounded himself.

 He served with the elite Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant  and trained SAS Soldiers.

The truth of his military history is as follows:
When he enlisted into the Australian Army he declared on his Attestation Form that he had never served in the Armed Forces of Australia or any other country


He enlisted into the Australian Army  on the 12 April 1972. Had he been a UK Veteran who had seen service in Malaya, Northern Ireland, Aden and the Falklands his Recruit and Corps training would have been reduced accordingly, however he spent six months at Recruit and Corps training which is the same period as required for any raw recruit.

After Recruit and Corps Training he served with 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)  at Woodside in South Australian, then for a short period with 6th Battalion Royal Austsralian Regiment (6RAR) which was deployed to Singapore until December 1973. He was reposted to 18 Transport Company on 1 Jan 1974 and was Absent Without Leave from 23 March 1974 until 19 June 1974, then Discharged as a Private Soldier for the reason of being "Unsuited to be a Soldier".

Here is his Discharge Certificate


Watmore was never anywhere near Vietnam during the war, yet it 1975 we are reliably advised that he had the audacity to apply for  Vietnam Medals from the Department of Honours and Awards, his request of course was denied.  This action shows that he has desired to be seen as a Vietnam Veteran since at least 1975.

Here is what Watmore put on his Facebook page.


Watmore has earned none of the medals shown on the Blazer, those on the right are false medals from his false UK Service, and those on the left are false medals from his Australian service. He is also falsely wearing the elite Infantry Combat Badge.

The Orange coloured medal above the Australian Medals on his left hand side is the coveted Star of Gallantry which recognises acts of outstanding heroism in action in circumstance of great peril.  The Star of Gallantry was introduced into the Australian honours system on 15 January 1991. 

As Watmore was sacked from the Australian Army in 1974 it is ridiculous for him to claim a medal that was invented in 1991.  Star of Gallantry recipients are shown  here  www.itsanhonour.gov.au/   Watmore is not listed.  Here is more information about the Star of Gallantry

Watmore's claims to have served in the SAS and been a Staff Sergeant are pure lies.

He never rose above the rank of Private and his record indicates that he has not a vestige of the stamina and courage required for what it takes to be an SAS Trooper.

This classic wannabe has been lying and cheating since 1975 about his military service.

He exhibits the characteristics of a pathological liar and therefore he has most likely misrepresented himself in all walks of life.

We suggest to Watmore to crush and  burn the false medals and the blazer, and apologise to all genuine Veterans who have done what Watmore could not do, and that is to serve honourably in the Defence Force.
We call upon all those who know him, to confront him and call him a liar, and to any ex Service organizations he may be a member of,  to cast him out with ignominy.

Watmore, for many years has bathed in the false kudos of being an heroic returned Veteran, now he can fester in the real shame of being an "outed" liar cheat and wannabe.

Surname: Watson
Christian Names: Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Mackay
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Case Notes:

Paul Watson is an enigma. He is not the dribbling drunk at the end of the bar trying to impress with outrageous stories of war time exploits.  He is a sales representative for Detroit Diesel.  He is the Secretary of the North Mackay Bowls Club.  He is described as a very private person who does not tell war stories of boast of daring exploits as depicts many wannabes. 

He is also a liar who is in a position of trust.

On previous years he had marched on ANZAC Day with other veterans but minus the ribbons and medals.  Yet on ANZAC Day 2006 he went to the RSL wearing the Vietnam Medal Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon and what was believed to be the Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon but no medals.  He stood out because of the soiled and bedraggled condition the ribbons were in.  He was asked by other veterans where his medals were and said initially that he had lost them but subsequently changed his story and said that his former wife had his medals.

Veterans who saw Watson were suspicious, mainly because this was the first time he had worn ribbons even though he had previously marched with veterans on ANZAC Day.  Veterans were so suspicious two of them went to see him at his home in Hocken Street, North Mackay and questioned his right to wear service decorations.  He was asked to clarify his service.  Paul Watson told these veterans that he was a member of 17 Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (17RNSWR), Citizen's Military Forces, and had trained at  the Jungle Warfare Training Centre at Canungra (J.T.C) prior to service in Vietnam.  He said that he had been sent to Vietnam on three occasions, six days at a time, where he had been attached to 3 RAR trialling special weapons in the   Mekong Delta.  He said that he was entitled to wear the Vietnam medal.  When asked why he was wearing the other ribbons he refused to answer.  Obviously he had no answer.

ANZMI has perused this mans record of service. From this it was ascertained that he is nothing more than a wannabe, a very poor CMF NCO and a liar.

He did serve with 17 RNSWR, service number 2183836.  He commenced his CMF service on 5 May 1965, was promoted to Corporal on 10 September 1966, promoted to temporary Sergeant on 1 May 1967, re-enlisted for two years on 5 May 1967 and was discharged at his own request on 23 May 1968.

Would this be a person who would be sent on specialist duties to South Vietnam? His attempts as an instructor would indicate not.

He instructed on the CMF Division Recruits Course 5/67.  In the subsequent report on CMF instructors WO's and NCO's in November 1967 he was described as being below average in most areas and only average in others.

His platoon Commander comments, "Has not put sufficient effort into task, somewhat lazy, lacks control of squads, poor bearing".

Company Commander comments, "Appears to need a lot more experience to be capable of holding this rank, possibly too rapid promotion".

Senior Instructor's comments, "This NCO was disappointing and not up to the high standards of most 17 RNSWR NCOs'

Watson was also advised in writing that he must improve or discharge could follow and as we now know, it did soon after.

This man is one poor excuse for a CMF NCO.  Anyone who has ever served with the 17 RNSWR would not be proud that he was once one of their ranks.  Vietnam Veterans should be disgusted that this sorry fellow has stolen their honour.

Paul Watson's record of service shows that he has never served overseas so why would he say that he had? Why would he be stupid enough to tell ex 3 RAR veterans that he had served with 3 RAR in the Delta?

We don't know the answer to those questions and would be pleased if anyone could enlighten us.  We wonder if he has anything else to hide as it would appear that when ever someone tries to take his photograph he appears to move away so it can't be taken.  One thing we do know however, Paul Watson spent a few short years with a CMF unit during a period when many young Australian men were fighting an enemy in another land.  In his CMF role he never did much and never went anywhere and, as indicated by his record of service, was not very good as an NCO in fact he was not even mediocre, he was below average.  This man has worn service decorations he is not entitled to and claimed to be a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.  He has dishonoured real veterans at their day of remembrance, ANZAC Day.  He has also committed serious offences against the Defence Act 1903, namely section 80A, Falsely representing to be a returned servicemen and section 80B, Improper Use of Service Decorations.  Each one of these offences carries a penalty of a fine of $3300.00 and/or 6 months imprisonment.  

ANZMI wrote to Paul Watson giving him the opportunity to provide us with evidence of his service in Vietnam.  We have not received an answer however, an unsigned letter purporting to have been written by Paul Watson was left in the letter box of one of the 3RAR veterans who confronted him on Anzac Day.  This letter was subsequently obtained by ANZMI and it indicates, though the truth of this has not been verified, that Watson was wearing the ribbons of an alleged friend who was killed in action in Vietnam.  The deceased person has immediate relatives who can wear the ribbons on Anzac day and for this reason we will not publish the letter without obtaining express permission from the family so as not to re-kindle bad memories for them. 

Paul Watson, you have no right to wear service decorations nor have you the right to claim warlike service.

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: Watson
Christian Names: Geoffrey James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Imbil
Case Notes:

Geoffrey James Watson arrived in Imbil, nestled in the peaceful Mary Valley in Queensland's Cooloola Coast hinterland in 1996 and immediately joined the Mary Valley Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub-branch where he is still a member today. When approached by the previous committee about his reasons for joining he stated that he was transferring from the R&SL in Orange, a town in the regional west New South Wales. Watson was subsequently elected secretary of  the Mary Valley R&SL and due to his position, the pivotal role in the Sub-branch which processes paperwork and checks and balances, no-one it seems took the time to check his transfer from Orange R&SL, nor his service history.

On ANZAC day in 1997 he attended the parade and services wearing the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB), three USA citations, the Australian issued Viet Nam medals and walks/marches  with a limp and a stiff arm; alluding to his numerous wounds  from gunshots and rockets that he suffers from... or perhaps it from the helicopter in which he crashed... or perhaps the ships he was on that were bombed... all these tales of heroism and courage under fire have been visited upon the Veterans of Imbil over the past few years.

He was confronted by  a Viet Nam Veteran  about the ICB, medals and citations that he was wearing because the Veteran noticed that the ICB was being worn upside down, thus drawing his attention to it. In answer to the challenge,  the veteran was told that the ICB was "given" to him by a friend.

Alarm bells started to ring. Normally, the Sub-branch secretary would be informed.

In addition to this story Watson advised members of the R&SL that he had been in a chopper [helicopter] smash in Viet Nam, but to others he told the stories that he had been shot in the head, hands, and knees, however, remarkably he bears no scars from these horrendous wounds, no doubt there may have been divine intervention on that score; as one of his stories relates to how he helped Mother Teresa while she was in Viet Nam!

Watson's flights of fancy don't stop there; as he has told others that he was caught in a bunker that was bombed and was also got bombed while on a ship.

All up it appears that Imbil's Mr Watson has seen more action than Audie Murphy, the free world's most decorated War Veteran, which brings us to the point where this most-wounded person also states that he served in the United States Merchant Navy; he has given the service number 1793233R as his.   

Watson's claims in the US Merchant Marine are currently under investigation through our US counterparts. The result of which, no doubt, will prove as false as all his other claims to service and being wounded in action.   

It should be noted here that a serviceman's number is unique and will only ever be issued to one individua thereby making it quite easy to check on a service record through the stated country's service personnel files. These results will be placed on the site as soon as known.

Since being confronted about wearing the ICB upside down, Watson has not marched with the R&SL. Is this because he is afraid to put the medals on again, knowing it is a federal offence to do so if he is NOT the recipient of these awards? or has his courage under fire failed him in far easier peacetime pursuits?

A good Veteran impersonator would have at least studied the bogus medals he chose to wear and would ensure he had them on in the right order and worn the right way up. That way he would  ensure he did not incur the wrath of a angry old Warrant Officer or some other sharp-eyed ex-service person as also happened in the case of Marks, the RAAF impostor on another page of this site. One would also assume that a good impostor, who chose to say he was a serviceman in the US forces, would at least wear US medals and not Australian-awarded ones.    

Watson has also "advised" those that have confronted or questioned his service, that he will sue or take the said person to the "anti discrimination board", or the CJC (Queensland's Criminal Justice Commission) neither have jurisdiction in this area, and that makes him quite laughable and lowers his credibility even further.  

Watson is not easily dissuaded from his chosen role as a warrior, as it now seems that even though he is no longer the secretary of the R&SL, he still attends and spreads his tales of valour and heroism to any one that will listen, particularly at the Imbil Bowls Club on Friday evenings where he attends with his wife and entertains the bowls community with his warries and stories of bravado in battle to anyone foolish enough to listen.    

The Veteran community of Imbil have had enough of this "war hero's" lies and tall stories and contacted the team at CPMH who have since conducted a thorough investigation in Australia (and have launched an investigation in the US) confirming that Geoffrey James Watson is just like all the other imposters on this site. An Australian military check of his so called service details through Defence have come up blank.  A check of the Viet Nam Veterans Nominal Roll produced the same. A CPMH team member from Orange, NSW (The team has members everywhere there are genuine Veterans) approached and spoke to the following people and organisations from that town;

  • The Secretary/Manager of the Ex Services Club,

  • The Naval Association,

  • The R&SL, and the

  • Armoured Corps Association of Orange.   

All of the aforesaid organisations have never heard of the bogus war hero G. J. Watson. Sufficient checks of Defence and Ex Service organisations have been conducted to declare that this person is just another impostor breaking a federal law by impersonating the brave men and women who have fought under the flag of this great nation.   

The results of the US service check so far have also drawn a blank. It is not expected that this situation will change.

Post Script: Further advice has been received at CPMH that Watson was photographed wearing medals at a memorial service in Orange.  The details of this are currently being sought from the source in Orange and will be posted when received.

At the time of writing the US search of personal files cannot locate a 1793233R Geoffrey James Watson on any data base connected with  Merchant Marines or Military personnel.

Naturally (as is the case with every impostor uncovered by CPMH), Watson is invited to produce his unaltered service documents and award certificates for his United States Citations and service in the United States Merchant Marines.

Until such time as he does this all information from the records of both Australia and the United States held by CPMH confirms he is a fraud and has never served in their armed forces in any theatre of war.

Following this investigation, Watson has resigned his membership of the R&SL, and his name has been struck off the Sub-branch roll.

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: Watson
Christian Names: Dean
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Port Elliot
Service #: Unknown
Service: Royal Australian Naval Reserve
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


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Dean Watson is the President of the Port Elliot RSL Sub-Branch in South Australia.

The above photograph was taken on ANZAC Day 2016, just one of many taken over the years, where Watson has been wearing the following:

1.       Australian Service Medal 1945-75.

2.       Reserve Force Decoration.

3.       National Medal

4.       Australian Defence Medal.

5.       FESR Commemorative Medal (unofficial ‘junk’ medal).

Watson served for many years as an officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR) and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Watson did, however, serve a short period of continuous service in 1966, when he was part of the officer complement on the survey vessel HMAS Diamantina.

It is this period of sea service that underpins this particular case and clearly evidences that, apart from Watson wearing an unofficial medal, he also has no entitlement to be wearing the ASM 1945-75.

Watson was contacted regarding his entitlement to the ASM 1945-75, and provided the following response:

“I was a Reservist on full time service during 1966 on HMAS Diamantina. Subsequently, I found out that it had been attached to FESR while carrying out oceanographic work Up Top in the second half of the year.

I assume everyone in the ship in that period would have qualified for the ASM 45-75 if they had not already or later qualified in other ships”.

All of HMA Ships supply a monthly report to Naval Headquarters, listing significant events in the day-to-day operation of each vessel. These are known as a Report of Proceedings (ROPs) and are available for the public to access on the Australian War Memorial website. These reports go on to make a lasting history of our Australian Navy and its’ involvement in all conflicts up to, and including, Vietnam.

The ROPs for Diamantina, for the period August to November 1966, were examined and relevant entries, regarding ships’ location, are as follows:


2                  Set sail for Christmas Island

3 to 10          Surveys conducted off Christmas Island

10                Crossed Australian Station limit CHOPPED to COMFEF

12 to 24        Singapore, Scientific Operation MONSEA

25 to 29        Singapore

29                Sail to commence OP MONSEA in South China Sea


1 to 11          Trials between Hong Kong and Singapore

12 to 13        Subic Bay

14                Gulf of Lingayen

22 to 30        Hong Kong


1 to 6            Hong Kong

7 to 17          South China Sea surveys

18 to 22        Singapore

23 to 31        OP MONSEA


1 to 5            OP MONSEA

7 to 8            Singapore and slip at 1600h

8                  Sail for Fremantle

15 to 30        Alongside Fremantle for refit

Nowhere in the ROPs is Diamantina recorded as being assigned to FESR as part of the Australian Far East Fleet. The entry on 10 August 1966, “CHOPPED to COMFEF” however, could give rise to the mistaken belief of the crew that the ship was performing duties as part of the FESR. COMFEF refers to ‘Commander, Far East Fleet’.

Confirmation has been received from the Navy Historical Unit in Canberra, confirming Diamantina was never attached to FESR. In relation to the reference ‘CHOPPED to COMFEF’, this indicates signal handling procedures in that all signal traffic for Diamantina came under the distribution list of COMFEF for as long as the vessel was in that area.

Watson was again contacted, this time with the new information, and the following response was received:

“When I became aware of the FESR award, I applied to Defence Honours and Awards stating my period in the ship and much later received the medal. Consequently, I am unaware of the exact period the ship was attached to FESR. There would have been a CHOP signal after the ship sailed from Singapore for Fremantle in late October/early November, but I am unaware of it”.

The involvement of the ADF, be it Navy, Army or Airforce, during the ‘Indonesian Confrontation’ has been a very contentious issue, specifically in the determination of type of service rendered – ‘warlike’, ‘non-warlike’ or ‘peacetime service’ and the appropriate entitlements for each type of service.

In 1999, a review examined possible anomalies in service entitlements, affecting members of the ADF who served in South-East Asia during the period 1955-75. The review was chaired by Major General R.F. Mohr, the final report, at 176 pages, became known as ‘The Mohr Report’.

The following extract from this report concerns Diamantina:

During the review there had been a number of enquiries regarding the involvement of Diamantina in the Indonesian Confrontation and the FESR in general.

Submissions argued that Diamantina served in the South-East Asian region, including in areas of conflict, and that its crew’s service should therefore be recognised as qualifying service. Submissions added that the fact that personnel serving with the ship were not allotted for service as part of a conflict should not disqualify them from having their service recognised as qualifying service.

The review thoroughly investigated the service of Diamantina and determined that the ship, although it entered the operational area, did not have a mission to pursue military objectives in connection with Confrontation. There was no evidence to suggest that Diamantina had active rules of engagement allowing the use of lethal force or that the level of threat was such that there was an expectation of casualties. Given the similar circumstances of HMAS Moresby, it was concluded that these two ships did not render warlike service in connection with confrontation. Moreover, as the roles of Diamantina and Moresby were to conduct scientific research and surveying respectively, it was concluded that the classification of ‘non-warlike’ service under the VEA would not be appropriate.

In summary: HMAS Diamantina was not involved in the Confrontation, nor was it ever allotted for duty with the FESR, therefore the crew would not be entitled to the award of the AASM 1945-75 (with clasp MALAYA) or the ASM 1945-75 (with clasp FESR).

In 2003, this was further confirmed in the Review of Veterans Entitlements – Department of Veterans Affairs.


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 Once again, Watson was contacted, with the suggestion, he may have been awarded the ASM 1945-75 in error. Watson was also asked if an official letter was received and were his service details engraved on the edge of the medal.

Watson replied:

“I received the ASM with FESR clasp accompanied by SOM, DNPS(M) letter through MHQ advising the Governor General had approved the award”.

Watson did not respond to the question why a man of his experience would be wearing a commemorative medal alongside official medals. One would assume that an ex-serviceman, RSL Sub-Branch President and former Secretary of the Naval Association of Australia, would be well aware of medal protocol.

Dean Watson, the evidence is overwhelming – you do not have an entitlement to the ASM 1945-75, for your service in 1966 onboard Diamantina and have now earnt the award of appearing on the ANZMI site.

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