Medal Cheats

Medal Cheats

Surname: Sardon
Christian Names: Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 01/06/2012
Completion of service: 27/02/2015
Case Notes:

 

Mathew Sardon enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 June, 2012. Following initial training, he was posted to 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery as an observer

Sardon is a classic military imposter. He is a wannabee, valour thief and medal cheat.

He is also a failed soldier who never deployed outside Australia during his 2 years and 8 months in the ARA. He subsequently transferred to the Australian Army part time Reserves, (ARes), where his services were terminated in June 2016.

Yet, to look at his impressive rack of medals, anyone would naturally conclude that he is/was a highly decorated member of the Australian Defence Force, who has been deployed on dangerous war like service.

In the below photographs, Sardon wears the following medals -;



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1. Australian Active Service Medal with two clasps - Afghanistan and Iraq.
2. Afghanistan Medal
3. Iraq Medal.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal. Operation Slipper, Afghanistan.

Above his medals he is wearing the -;

6. Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)
7. The Australian Returned from Active Service Badge. (RASB)

Sardon is not entitled to wear any of the medals or the two badges mentioned above.

He has purchased the entire lot to fraudulently represent himself to others that he is the real deal, a returned veteran with an impressive Australian Defence Force career. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the below exchange, Sardon infers that he is deployed on warlike service with United States Marines. It seems that this imposter will resort to any means available to maintain a façade to others about his false military service.

 


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We have statements that Sardon did not complete one bush training exercise during his limited regular Army service, due to his unsuitability to Army life.

Not everyone is suited to the harsh realities of Australian Defence Force service, and ANZMI is not critical of Sardon’s inability to carry out his allotted field duties.

However, ANZMI is critical of Sardon’s poor decisions to embellish his service and create a false military history to gain benefits and undeserved recognition, by stealing the valour of others who have “done the hard yards”

Due to his dishonest and illegal behaviour, Mathew Sardon has now gained deserved recognition on this site.

Sardon has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.
(Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations.).

ANZMI will continue to ferret out these imposters for as long as they offend, and for as long as we have the support of the Australian and New Zealand veteran community and the general public.

Surname: Shelley
Christian Names: Tony
Country: Solomon Islands
State or Province: Guadalcanal
City or Town: Solomon Islands
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Ordanance Corps
Commencement of service: November 1995
Completion of service: January 2007
Case Notes:

 

According to Troy Shelley, he was a multi skilled Special Forces Sergeant participating in missions and deployments to far flung corners of the Earth.

 


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Here is what Shelley has committed to print about his military career.


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Notice that he has written "Royal Australian Army Intelligence Corps" If he had ever served in that Corps he would know that there is no "Royal" in that Corp name. It is "Australian Army Intelligence Corps" (AAIC). He was never in the AAIC and he was never a Sergeant of any kind in the Australian Army.

Here are the chilling and dangerous deployments where he infers to have “fought” .

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Shelley is not listed on any of the Nominal Rolls of various Army deployments. Of course, the "nature" of his "Special Operations and Intelligence work" could be the reason he has been ommitted from lists of those who served in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda etc. The real reason is that he was never there.

The truth is, that Troy is a liar, cheat and wannabe of a very high calibre. His friends and acquaintances believe that they know a heroic ex Special Forces Sergeant with a cavalier personality. The truth is that he has deceived his friends and lives a “Walter Mitty” life.

Whilst Troy promotes himself as a tough veteran who has “been through the mill” many times over, the truth is that he did serve in the Headquarters of a Special Operations unit, however his duties were that of a Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps clerk and his duties were sedentary. He was an office worker.

We asked Shelley to prove his service and he responded with an image of a security pass. which he claimed proved his special operations service of multiple overseas deployments, but, in fact, all it proved was that he worked at a Headquarters in Australia. Usually, when departing a security establishment, these passes are handed back.

It appears that Shelley may have forgot. In any case, it is very handy for him to convince inexperienced "friends" of his dark past.

 


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We asked Shelley to provide evidence of his service. Three snippets of information were received from him.

Hi XX,
Sorry, as I do not know you and the work I did in the Military with Spec Ops and Intelligence. I am currently not willing to pass that information over.

Hi XX,
Yes I was in intelligence was highly cleared and served time with Head Quarters (sic) Special Operations (now Special Operations Command) May I ask why you are wanting to know my background?

I can also show a declassified version of my Soldier Medallion for Op Pollard for you need some more prove (sic)…. I hope the ID Card is all you need….. I understand and do not wish to have any problems with a fellow digger… Hope you understand.
(End)

Here are details about Operation Pollard:

Operation POLLARD

Australia: 15 Feb 1998 – 1 October 2001.

AO: All sea, airspace and land North and West from 5 deg 00 min S 68 deg 00 min E and encompassing the outer boundaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
As tensions grew high between Saddam Hussein and American President Bill Clinton during the simmering Gulf Conflict, the Australian Government was requested to provide military assistance to the United States-led Coalition Force in the Middle East.

Deployed: 1 x B707 Air Refuellers and crews, SAS Squadron, one ADF liaison officer. Total approx 200.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 17 September 2001: Non-warlike Service.
Awards & Qualifying Periods: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ'. Alloted 7 days/ Assigned 30 days.

Shelley may have, as a clerk, sorted some papers or did some typing about Operation Pollard, but he was never deployed to the Middle East or anywhere else at anytime during his service.

Being an Administration Clerk in the Army is a responsible and satisfying job. To be selected requires above average intelligence and an aptitude for that kind of work. Shelley should have been happy and proud of the job that he did in the Army, however it appears that his "Walter Mitty" gene kicked in, and he invented an entire new history for himself.

People who create an exaggerated false military history for themselves, will feel the wrath of the returned veteran community and also the acrimony from friends when they realise that they have been lied to.

Troy Shelley has enjoyed the kudos for many years of heroic false pretence. He can now endure criticism for his behaviour as he resides on this website in the company of hundreds of others of his ilk.

Welcome Troy.

Surname: Hayes
Christian Names: Robert Wayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Kalamunda
Service #: 5714696
Service: Army
Branch: Australian Army Catering Corps
Case Notes:

 

Most of those who appear on this website are cheats and liars, some like Robert Hayes are just dills who flaunt protocol and tradition. Hayes on numerous remembrance day occasions has worn the jacket of his father who served in the Royal Australia Artillery for thirty seven years.

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Hayes has committed a plethora of breaches of protocol by wearing the jacket which has his father's medal ribbons on the left breast and nineteen miniature medals on the right breast. He also wears numerous badges including an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) and Warrant Officer badges of rank. To "jazz" things up a bit, he has attached his own set of miniature medals to the left breast under his father's medal ribbons.

Notice that under the jacket, he also wears a shirt with a Special Air Service Regiment Logo. (SASR) This is the shirt of an excellent ex Service Organisation established in Western Australia known as Warrior Racing. That organization has approval from SAS associated organizations to wear and sell the shirts for charity. Warriors Racing is associated with the following:

Warrior Racing supports the following charity organisations:

Defence Care / RSL
Commando Welfare Trust
Soldier On
Legacy
Special Air Service Historical Foundation
Wandering Warriors
Overwatch Australia

Hayes served for two years as a National Serviceman in the Australian Army Catering Corps. During which time he served for one hundred and ninety eight days at Headquarters 26 Company RAASC in Vietnam.

ANZMI tries hard to stem the flow of "dills" wearing whatever they like in contravention to our heritage and established protocols and traditions.

Be assured that we will not falter in the quest to maintain the dignity of our tradition, heritage and protocols in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran and ex Service communities.

It is difficult to imagine why Hayes wears his father's jacket covered in medals and ribbons. He should be proud his own service and be satisfied with his own five medals.

The general public, proudly attending ANZAC Day marches and services, would have little idea of medals protocols, and would conclude that Hayes is a bemedalled war hero. Hayes would be well aware of the protocols that have existed for over 100 years in regards to wearing the medals/ribbons of direct family members.

Hayes is welcomed to this web site for his lack of respect to the ex service community.

 

Surname: Sikhampheng
Christian Names: Anoulak
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Army
Branch: Communications/Signals
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: 03/04/2014
Case Notes:

 

This is Anoulak Sikhampheng, a former soldier who was medically discharged from service in 2014.

Anoulak Sikhampheng

 

 

Sikhampheng served as a Communications Operator and during his service completed Force Preparation Training for Operation ASTUTE (East Timor) but that is it, he has never deployed outside Australia.

Sikhampheng was photographed in Canberra on ANZAC Day 2018 wearing the following awards:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) – No Entitlement

Afghanistan Medal – No Entitlement

Iraq Medal – No Entitlement

Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – Entitled

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal & Clasp – No Entitlement

He is also seen wearing the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) but has no entitlement to this award either.

 

There is no doubt here, Sikhampheng is a medals cheat and valour thief.   Apart from the ADM, he has no entitlement to the service medals he is wearing.    He is committing the following offences:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A

Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

And

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B

Improper use of service decorations

ANZMI is aware that police agencies are taking a greater interest in the reports of ‘wannabes’ on our pages, particularly since the exposure of a number of high profile ‘wannabes’ and the incarceration of others.

Let us hope they take an interest in Anoulak Sikhampheng.

Surname: Jones
Christian Names: John Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Bentleigh
Service #: R62275
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Musician
Commencement of service: 28/06/1963
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

John Paul Jones was a Navy Musician with a bent for the flute and the piano.  He joined the RAN for nine years  in 1963.  He served mostly on Shore establishments until1965.  He then deployed on two occasions to the former Republic of South Vietnam aboard HMAS Sydney, a converted aircraft carrier, aka The Vung Tau Ferry.

 

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The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows that Jones served for sixty eight days in South Vietnam.  In fact, he was  in Vietnam waters for a total of only five days and stayed aboard HMAS Sydney the whole time.  Sixty eight days are shown,  because the Navy counted the time from departure from the last Australian port until the first port of return.

 

John Paul Jones

 

For those five days in the safe sheltered waters of Vung Tau Harbour, Jones wears five medals, two of which are unofficial "tin" vanity trinkets.  The last two medals are self purchased and must not be worn on the left breast with genuine Defence Medals.

 

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The two offensive medals are commemorative medals  commissioned by a Naval Association associated with HMAS Sydney.

Before the early 1990s there were no medals for RAN personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. This has since been rectified with the official Australian Active Service Medal and the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal which are the first and second medals being worn by Jones

 

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We have been lambasting RAN veterans for wearing these two, and other "Tin"  medals for many years, and still they are worn.  To exacerbate the situation,  John Paul Jones is an executive of the Bentleigh, Victoria Sub Branch,  of the Returned and Services League (RSL).    Obviously he has been wearing these abominations for many years and the Bentleigh Sub Branch has no regard for such matters.

If the President of this Sub Branch has no regard for Australian Governor General and Department of Defence medal wearing protocols, he should stand down and allow someone with more fortitude to take his place.

 

Jones spent around five days playing his flute in the Vietnam war and should have been overwhelmed by the his generous rack of the three medals he was officially presented with, but alas, he needed two more medals, perhaps to represent one medal for every day spent in Vietnam waters.

 

Should Australian Army and Air Force veterans adopt the same criterion,  most would have more that three hundred and sixty five medals.

 

Jones has well earned his place as a medals cheat on this website and he is in good company with many others of his ilk.

Surname: Harding aka Hynes
Christian Names: John Wayne
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Manawtu, Wanganui
City or Town: Palmerston North
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: None
Service: Claims NZ Army with secondment to USA
Branch: SAS, SEALS
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE - June, 2018

John Wayne HARDING aka HYNES

We were unable to identify the second medal worn by Harding next to the Purple Heart.

It has now been recognised as the United States of America (USA) Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).

 

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The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.

It is a gross insult for a "grubby" dishonest poser  like Harding to be wearing the US DSC.

Harding  is an example of the worst kind of liar, cheat and wannabe.

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If academic degrees were given for mendacious, perfidious, deceitful prevarication, John Wayne Harding born 1 October 1947 aka Hynes would have a PhD.

He has to be a brilliant man to be able to keep up the dishonest charade that has baffled and entertained people in New Zealand (NZ) for many years. The problem for Harding is that any genuine veteran can pick him as a fake very quickly, because of what he says, what he wears and what he does. It is a wonder of NZ, why other veterans and ex service persons have not picked up his subterfuge over the many years he has been a fraud.

 

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Notice he is wearing the USA Purple Heart Medal which is presented to USA defence personnel,  who were wounded in action.  He also wears another unidentifiable US medal and ribbon.  On his left sleeve is the insignia of a US Air Borne Special Forces Ranger.  Then on his head he wears (badly) the maroon beret of  a US Ranger.  He also wears the rank of a USA Colonel and another unidentifiable badge on his epaulets.

 

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Here is the USA Colonel badge of rank he is wearing:

 

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According to Harding:

He joined the NZ Army, and he along with three other soldiers were seconded

to serve in the  USA Defence Force. 

He was employed in the USA Army in a drug detection unit with a dog named "Max".

He served in Vietnam with the "NZ Special Air Service (SAS) under Frank Rennie".   That must  have been between 1965 and December 1972.   (Frank Rennie was a famous NZ Soldier and does not deserve to be associated with Harding see here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rennie)   

He was seconded as a body guard to President Reagan and " took a bullet"

for Reagan.   (That must have been in March 1981.)

Reagan gave him permission to become a US Navy SEAL  as a reward for "taking a bullet for him”. The Reagan shooting was on 30 March 1981.

He retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel (Col) and uses that rank in his communications.  Here is an example where has written about his drug dog "Max"  He signed his name "Col John Wayne Harding US Army ( retired)"  The word "Col" is an abbreviation for "Colonel"

 

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He spent a lot of time on a Navajo reservation and can speak Navajo Indian and 25 other languages. (On occasions US Army used the Navajo language during WW2 instead of code).

He has a Psychology degree,

He is a qualified Pastor with the American Bible College,

Since returning to NZ after Thirty years in the  USA has worked with Drug Dog

detection (the same dog named Max that he had in the US),

Had guns taken from him by the NZ Police and is not allowed a gun licence because he had been  a US Navy SEAL,

Has a Social Welfare vehicle from NZ Government because of recommendation from US President Bush,

Has not applied for  War Pension from NZ as he does not want NZ Government to know about the USA war pension he receives through an Auckland Lawyer,

 

Is in constant pain due to all the shrapnel left in his body,

 

Has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has to smoke Marijuana to relieve the symptoms,

 

Suffers from the effects of "Agent Orange" from Vietnam  (No Agent Orange was sprayed in Vietnam after 1970.  On 16 October 1971 he was married in Motueka NZ and was not in the NZ Army when he was married.)

 

It is of no surprise that Harding is not listed on the official NZ  Nominal Roll of those who served in Vietnam.  In addition we received this email:

 

-------- Original message --------

From:  xxxxxxxx

 Date: 11/01/2017 2:55 p.m. (GMT+12:00

Subject: RE: [Website feedback] Name Search John Hynes or John Wayne Harding   - DOB 1 Oct 1947 - unclassified

 

Happy New Year,
We do not normally respond to blind queries like this without knowing who needs this information.
However, so the Vietnam War List can be verified, we can confirm that there are NO listings for this combination of name and/or alternate with this DOB in the NZDF system.
As far as we can establish on the information provided, this man did not serve at any time in Vietnam with the New Zealand Armed Forces.

Cheers
xxxxxxxxx

 

It is on public records that:

He was married in NZ in 1971.

He was on the Western Hut Electoral Roll from 1979 to 1983.

Was Bankrupt in 1999 and again in 2004 also using name John Wayne Hynes.

He now resides in a NZ Government welfare house.  We hope his "Defence Service" and "PTSD" were not taken into account when allocating him this taxpayer subsidised house.

It is also well known that the US Defence Department do not "pluck" soldiers from New Zealand  and give them a career that included being a Secret Service Presidential body guard,  a Navy SEAL and being promoted to the rank of Colonel.

We have traced Harding back to 1971 when he was married aged 24.  According to his "stories" he would have been a serving soldier at that time, unfortunately his haircut does not match his vocation.

 

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Be careful  if you approach Harding because he is not averse to threats of violence, which he does to display his false "tough guy" past.  Harding  is not a tough guy, but just a bully, a lying fraud and wannabe.

ANZMI has exposed numerous NZ "Veteran" fakes, most have been taken to court for falsely claiming to be returned veterans and wearing false medals.  Harding is a fake and a liar and should be given the benefit of having a Magistrate decide his fate.

We welcome "Colonel" (Retired) John Wayne Harding to the fame of  his exposure on this website.

 

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