Here is his official military service,
make the comparison. The following information was confirmed on
enquiry and is on the public record. Note the variations between
the two and the comments made by the research
officer to the true service record.:
Stephen John Stinson
Date of Birth:
10 Oct 1946
Regular Army 4 Jan 1966 to 21 Sep 1979 (nil
Military Forces 22 Sep 1979 to 23 Jan 1980
Rank on Discharge:
School - Jan to Dec 1966
Composite Ordnance Depot - Feb to Jun 1967
- Jun 1967 to Nov 1967
Composite Ordinance Depot - Nov 1967 to Feb
- Feb 1968 to Dec 1970
NT COMD - Dec 1970 to May 1972
- May 1972 to Aug 1973
- Aug 1973 to Nov 1973
PNG (seconded to Dept of Ext Affairs - Nov 1973
to Jan 1976
(AC) PNG Jan 1976 to Nov 1977
- Nov 1973 to Nov 1979
Vietnam - Feb 1969 to Feb 1970 (5RAR and MATT
Phuóc Tuy Province)
- Nov 1973 to Sep 1977
Medals (Issued by ADF):
Active Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp Vietnam
Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp PNG
US Meritorious Unit Commendation
of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit
from Active Service Badge
ADF Honours and Awards
Army Medal Section have confirmed the above
as being issued by the Australian Defence Force.
They advise that this entitlement was
confirmed to Mr. Stinson in August 1999.
Records indicate no
connection with Special Forces or service prior
to 1966. No mention of any service with the
Australian Army in Borneo.
Certificate of Service:
Appears to be a self made certificate based
on a copy of a Certificate of Service issued
to him by Defence in Sep 1979. Someone has amended
the enlistment date, added various medals to
the original, added colour and moved the Army
watermark up to the top of the Certificate.
A copy of the original issued by the Army in
1979 is above. Interestingly the Australian Active Service
Medal 1945/75 Clasp Vietnam and Australian Service
Medal 1945/75 Clasp PNG were not available until
the mid 1990’s. They were not contemplated in
How they are able to be entered onto a
Certificate of Service issued in 1979 is interesting.
Another medal he is claiming is the General
Service Medal with Clasp South Vietnam, this
was issued for service in Vietnam between 1962
and 1964 only and mainly to members of the AATTV,
he did not enlist until 1966?
He is also claiming
medals for service in Borneo, on the Malaya
Peninsula and in Northern Ireland. Again there
are no records of his service in these
operational areas. He appears to have had service
with the PNG Constabulary after leaving the
Army so he may have the PNG 10th Anniversary
Medal as claimed.
He has no entitlement to the
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977;
he was never issued this by Defence. There is no record of his being awarded foreign awards
of the US Army Distinguished Service Medal or
the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
He may have been awarded these but has never
had these foreign awards approved by the Australian
Government's Department of Prime Minister and
Cabinet, so they cannot be formally recognised.
However, these foreign awards may also be fabricated
like the Certificate of Service.
Career (as displayed by Stinson on the Internet):
Claims service in ARA from 1963? He enlisted
in 1966, on enlistment claimed “nil previous
States service (Military?) in Australia,
Malaysia. Borneo, Singapore, United Kingdom,
Northern Ireland, Europe, United States and
New Zealand. His military service records do
NOT confirm service other than in Australia,
Vietnam and PNG? The rest may have been with
his civilian employment.
Open, and shut.
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