Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Donald Moselen, Chairman of the Otaki Community Board and sometime President of the Otaki RSA made history today by being the first person convicted under the 1918 Act which makes it an offence for a person to wear medals to which he/she is not entitled.   

What surprises me is that he thought he could get away with it.    The Vietnam veteran community is a close knit group where everyone knows everyone.   Membership of our 'club' was closed off in 1972 and late comers aren't welcome.    Moselen claims to have served in 1974 in some sort of 'spook' operation.   It is simply amazing how the many wannabes unmasked in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand claim to have been members of the Special Air Service (SAS) or suchlike. 

Reminds me of the story relayed to me by a member of the British 22 SAS along the lines that if everyone who claimed to be part of the operation to 'cleanse' the Iraqi Embassy in London following its take-over by armed terrorists in 1980 had actually been there, the Embassy balcony would have collapsed under their collective weight.

Why it is that people like Moselen who clearly has a community profile should seek to embellish that profile by leeching off the honour of those who served beggars belief.   He deserved what he got and more.


Random Punter said...

I think it was the Iranian Embassy, wasn't it?

The Veteran said...

RP ... on the money (gives himself a swift uppercut).