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Surname: Slocum
Christian Names: Guy Dennis
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 4233044
Service: Royal Air Force (RAF)
Branch: Pilot
Case Notes:

 

Guy Slocum is either a complete fraud, or is an RAF Fighter Pilot who exaggerates his service.


There are other retired RAF and RNZAF Pilots residing in New Zealand who noticed Slocum's recent publicity, and knowing that some of what he has said is bunkum, pointed us in his direction.

An RAF Squadron Leader named Guy Slocum is mentioned in the London Gazette, where occurrences relating to RAF Officers are published. We don't know whether this is the same person or a person who has stolen the identity.

Here is what Slocum has said at Rotary Club meetings in Auckland


He could have flown some of the aircraft listed, but there is a comprehensive list of Lightning pilots and Slocum is not included: See here: www.lightningpilots.com/Directory.html

We have reports from ex RAF and RNZAF pilots who attended the meetings when Slocum was the guest speaker. Here are excerpts from their reports:

"Hello xx,

Yes, I attended his talk at the Warbirds at Ardmore. Essentially the same talk as described in your two attachments, though I can not recall him mention being the youngest pilot. He did describe the 3 key events; refuelling, Tupolev incident and Libyan dogfight, fairly much as narrated.

XXXX"

From: XXXXXX

"Yes, he definitely repeated the Bear/Lightning ejection story and the Libyan MiG one.

He could get away with it to a few old dears at the Rotary Club, but I'm surprised he tried it at the Warbirds where he must know there are current and former RAF and RNZAF pilots and engineers.

I attended the briefing at the Warbirds and not a single person with any relevant knowledge believed him.

XXXXXX"


Hi xx

The two attached reports are the same as what was included in the NZ Warbirds event – though I don’t recall him mentioning being the youngest pilot/youngest Sqn Ldr. He may well have mentioned this – but I don’t recall it.

Kind regards, xxxxxxx


We asked Slocum to please comment on his "Russian" North Sea Adventure and his "Dog fight" in Libya:


"Afternoon Guy

To diffuse the current situation regarding your RAF service, can you please confirm in statement form, all that has been published regarding your RAF service.. In particular information about your action in Libya and your interaction with a Russian Aircraft.

Details from you should settle the matter.

Regards

xx
Researcher"

.
" From guy
5:04 AM (1 hour ago)

I am not at liberty to discuss any issues relating to my RAF Career with anyone I do not know and who is not prepared to fully identify themselves. Moreover, I disown any such activities as you mention

Please do not trouble me again

regards"


Notice that Guy disowns the heroic bits of his history. Other ex pilots have declared Slocum as a fantasist.

Slocum has told the stories, and now denies having told them, despite his very public presentations.

He has earned a seat on ANZMI flight 101 from which there is no ejection seat.

Surname: Gill
Christian Names: Gregory John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Rockhampton
Service #: 120293
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian ordance Corps
Case Notes:

 

Gregory John Gill is wearing five medals for his service in South Vietnam. He should be wearing four.


Notice that he wears:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
Vietnam Logistic and Support Forces Medal - NOT ENTITLED SELF PURCHASED "TIN" COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Entitled

The second last medal is the offending medal. It is a self purchased "Tin" Commemorative medal that is not approved by the Australian Government. It was created by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) veterans, who illegally wore it in protest, to not receiving recognition for their visits to Vietnam. In 1993 the Australian Government approved an official medal, the Logistic and Support Medal (LSM), to reward RAN personnel for their Vietnam visits. Since the protests have been appeased, there is no reason to wear the "Tin" medal. This is the offending medal.


This is the Logistics and Support Medal approved to be worn by the Australian Government since 1993.


This is the first instance reported of an Army veteran wearing this medal, whereas it is commonly still incorrectly worn by RAN Vietnam veterans. A recent instance is ex RAN Captain Brian Lawrence SWAN who also appears on this website.

When asked, Gill said that he had purchased the medal at a meeting in Brisbane many years ago, and that "lots of blokes around Rockhampton wear it"

It is amazing how the Rockhampton veteran community have ignored Gill's offending.

Although they have failed in their duty, we will not.

Gregory John Gill is welcomed aboard and we hope that Rockhampton veterans take note of the situation.

Surname: Hill
Christian Names: Allan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Rockingham
Service #: R59496
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Fire Control
Commencement of service: 19 November 1962
Completion of service: 17 May 1964
Case Notes:

 

If you insist on wearing "Tin" medals it is best not to exhibit them, by getting media attention and exaggerating your service.


Allan Hill sailed aboard HMAS Parramatta on 25 May 1965 from Singapore to Vietnam on escort duties for HMAS Sydney. HMAS Parramatta arrived back to Singapore on 14 June 1965. In a media report Hill described his service in Vietnam as "A cuff diver whose roll was to work closely with Clearance Divers looking for explosives in the Mekong Delta River"

HMAS Parramatta was in Vietnam for three uneventful days, patrolling and mostly at anchor, well away from the Mekong Delta River. The Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll shows Hill as serving in Vietnam for twenty one days, but the RAN system counts days from departure from the last allied Port, to arrival back to another allied Port.


Here is an excerpt of HMAS Parramatta's Report of Proceedings for the time spent in Vietnam in November 1965.


Hill wears eight medals, for his three days service in Vietnam and his routine RAN service, he qualifies for five.

He has added three non authorised commemorative "Tin" medals, to his rack, these are.

Far East Service Medal - TIN
Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal- TIN
HMAS Sydney Medal - TIN


Hill needs to adjust his ballast, otherwise he may list heavily to the port side. Not only will the listing upset his bearing but will also sink his reputation.

Such listing will never upset HMAS ANZMI, where he will stay in the brig until he removes the offending medals, then he shall be allowed the poop deck to contemplate his offence.

Surname: Hutchinson
Christian Names: Robert John
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Rotorua
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: V46801
Service: Army
Branch: Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Commencement of service: 1974
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

 

Robert (Bob) John Hutchinson was born on the 12 April, 1957. He served in the New Zealand Army from 1974 to 1989 in the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Hutchinson is a medal cheat and a valour thief.







In the above photograph Hutchinson is wearing the following medals -;

1. New Zealand Operational Service Medal. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand Operational Service Medal is a New Zealand campaign medal for award to New Zealanders who have served on operations since 3 September 1945. Eligibility for the NZ OSM commences the day after the final eligibility date for the 1939 - 45 New Zealand War Service Medal.

2. New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Sinai Clasp) Non War Like. (Not entitled)

The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike) is a New Zealand campaign medal, authorised in 1992, for award to New Zealanders who have served in peacekeeping operations for which no separate UN medal was issued.

3. New Zealand Defence Service Medal. (Regular Clasp.) (Entitled)

4. Multinational Force and Observers medal (Sinai) (Not entitled)

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is an international military decoration that was first created on March 24, 1982. The medal was established under the authority of the Director-General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) which were established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Hutchinson raised concerns among Veterans when he wore his medal rack at recent Anzac Day and Armistice Day Services at Rotorua. He was eventually approached by New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (R&SA) members who notified him of those concerns. He denied that the medals were not officially issued to him and claimed that they were legitimately awarded. .

He was then informed that inquiries were made through official sources and that evidence disclosed that he had never been awarded the three medals in question. He again denied the accusation and claimed that the information gleaned was wrong.

However, he could not provide written proof of the awards.

ANZMI has been investigating Hutchinson for some time. There is not a doubt that Hutchinson has never been awarded the three medals indicated. He is a Medal cheat and a valour thief who has treated his fellow RSA members and the community with contempt. If he is still a member of the RSA, he should be directed to apologise and then given the boot.

Genuine veterans will not sit idle and watch medal cheats and imposters parade with them on official remembrance days.

Hutchinson is the Co-owner of the Rotorua Art Café. Next time you visit there, ask him where and when he served in Sinai, and which operational campaign he served in to receive his Operational Service Medal. You might also ask to see his medals. They should all be engraved with his name and service number on the rims.

Let us know his response at enquiries@anzmi.net and we will give him an update!

 

Surname: Stewart
Christian Names: Fredrick James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Huskisson
Service #: R109737
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Supply and Secretariat (Steward)
Commencement of service: early 1970's
Completion of service: after 1991
Case Notes:

 

Frederick James Stewart wears eight medals, he is entitled to wear seven.


His first two medals are for service in Vietnam. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll shows Stewart served thirty days in Vietnam, however twenty two of the thirty days were spent sailing from Sydney to Vung Tau. After less than twenty four hours at anchor, he spent eight days sailing from Vung Tau to Hong Kong. He actually spent only twenty hours anchored in Vung Tau Harbour and received two medals. This information can be found on page 117 of this reference: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1420171

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His last two medals are for service in the First Gulf War during 1990/1991 One is genuine, but the last one The Kuwait Liberation Medal, may be worn on the right breast, as it is not on the Governor Generals approved list, of Foreign Medals. See here: www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awa...n-awards-australians

 

The wearing of this non approved Kuwait medal is becoming prevalent in the ex RAN community, and it is time for the Returned and Services League (RSL), (for example the Huskisson RSL) to counsel those who offend. RAN Associations are also ambivalent towards this breach of protocol, and to protect Veterans covenants and tradition, they must take action to curtail this behaviour.

Veterans' Vessel VV ANZMI, now has a starboard watch of ex RAN veterans who flaunt protocol and tradition by wearing this and other non approved medals.

Serving on AV ANZMI is not a pleasure cruise.
Surname: Craine
Christian Names: Trevor R.
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Northam
Service #: 120190
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:

 

Tevor is the Vice President of the Northam WA, Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). Below he is shown doing his duty on Remembrance Day 11 Nov 2019.



Craine is a Navy Veteran who served on HMAS Sydney during the 1st Gulf War in 1990/1991. Like quite a few other errant matelots, Craine wears one extra medal with his four genuine medals. His fourth medal is the official Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait medal which has been approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia

The offending medal is the fifth one nearest his left shoulder.



Here is the official Honours and Awards policy regarding this medal

Any person smart enough to be an RSL Vice President, must be smart enough to be able to follow the simple rules of medals protocol. Perhaps he feels a little more important when he wears the extra medal. Unfortunately his personal kudos is less than the derision he deserves from the veteran community.

Craine will not be lonely aboard the good ship ANZMI, as he has quite a few Gulf War shipmates aboard, who have also deigned to wear the medal.

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