On ANZAC day
2001 he was spotted wearing the following
collection of [replica] medals
The Australian Active Service Medal 45/75 with clasp Vietnam,
The Korean Medal,
The Vietnam Medal,
The Vietnamese Campaign Medal,
The Infantry Combat Badge, and the
US Presidential Unit Citation.
This brave warrior of two major conflicts, Korea and Vietnam [no mean feat considering one of his major claims to fame was fought before he was born], has his regimental number tattooed on his arm and if this raises your curiosity, then he is quite prepared to relate the following stories to anyone that will listen.
It would appear that whilst serving in Vietnam he was holding a wounded Vietnamese child in his arms when enemy small arms fire decapitated the said child right there in his grasp. This despicable act by the enemy has played on his mind ever since, causing severe nightmares and flashbacks to his time in battle.
To lighten this story after he has relayed it to you, he will then proceed to tell you how he adopted another Vietnamese orphaned child while he was in country.... Where is this child now?
Another of the deeds he will relate is how, whilst in battle, a "bomb" hit a tree causing it to fall on him, injuring his spine. This injury suffered in battle was to see him medically evacuated to Australia..... and his back pain has been a major concern ever since. One could ask the question here as to why he was medevaced back to Australia when an action such as this, caused in the field, would surely have seen him casevaced to Australia if the wound was severe enough.
It would appear that our would-be hero has not done quite enough research into his bogus battle service as he would have discovered that there is a vast difference between being medevaced and casevaced.
Smarting and disillusioned by his "treatment" from his wartime experiences, Wightley refuses to enter the R&SL as long as "Bruce Ruxston's ass points to the ground". Here we can see that he has obviously spoken with some disgruntled veterans who have ill feelings about the treatment some veterans received on returning home and has adopted their views as his own. If the truth is known, he is not game to enter a R&SL club for fear of being caught out and completely humiliated in front of his "veteran brothers", a bit like being exposed on the Internet for feats of valour that simply couldn't, and didn't happen.
If you think that the story is good so far; please read on. Here are some truths about our war hero that need to be told.
Wightley's army number is 3178435 , yes that is his real service number and it is tattooed on his body. Ian Russell Wightley enlisted in the ARA in March 1971 for three years . But, due to his personality (and other) problems he was discharged in November 1972, as "Not suitable to be a soldier".
On completion of recruit training he was allocated to the Infantry Corps and posted to the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. However he saw no active service , and was not awarded any medals, honours, or accoutrements .
All the medals that Wightley owns and wears are available from a medal shop (they are replicas ) . His military service medal collection includes the Korean medal. The Armistice for Korea was signed at 10:00am 27 July 1953. Ian Russell Wightley was born on 3 October 1953, so he was still in liquid form when the Korean Veterans were in uniform.
Had he ever appeared in one of the R&SL branches, that he refuses to enter, he would no doubt have been duly questioned about his rack of medals by all within the premises and his "war-caused" PTSD level would have skyrocketed.
Wightley's story would be quite comical if the circumstances were different, but this miscreant has earned himself a most questionable reputation, now on the public record . His appearances in the Victorian Courts are of a most serious nature.
There is no doubt that there will be a further update on Mr Wightley in the very near future.
Update ....Since the inclusion of Wightley's story on the site, a group of very disgruntled Viet Nam veterans decided to approach him about his said feats in Viet Nam and his collection of medals.
Upon seeing the veterans approaching, Wightley immediately rang the police.
On their arrival the veterans informed the police of the facts and that they were there simply to take possession of the replica medals worn by Wightley and to discourage him from telling his stories. At this stage he openly admitted to the police and the veterans that the medals "belonged to a mate" and he was simply wearing them as a sign of respect to his mate. The medals were handed to the veterans and they and the police were satisfied with the outcome and departed Mr Wightley's premises.
We expect more developments in this matter.
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