Le'Raye

Surname: Le'Raye
Christian Names: Ian Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Parafields Gardens
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

In 1966 Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye of Parafields Gardens in South Australia spent 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour in Vietnam and now disgusts Veterans with his lies about his Vietnam Service and the role he alleges HMAS Vampire had in that war.

 

Here is what he had to say:

 

 

 

In the Newspaper article Le`Raye said that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnamese coastline and that they could have hit an orphanage. Le`Raye also says he completed “one tour of Vietnam”, lies about HMAS Vampire’s role, and pontificates about the Vietnam war in general.  In fact, Le`Raye spent  less than 2 days in Vung Tau Harbour and most likely never set foot on Vietnamese soil.  Below is the relevant page from the Report of Proceedings (RoPs) for HMAS Vampire during the month of May 1966.   Vampire’s activities in Vietnam in May 1966 are detailed.

 

RoPs show that HMAS Vampire escorted HMAS Sydney into Vung Tau Harbour and tied up at 0825 hrs on Wednesday 4th May 1966, then weighed anchor at 0600 hrs Friday 6th May 1966, and departed to provide a departure screen for HMAS Sydney. Following that task, Vampire proceeded to Hong Kong.  At no time after departing Vung Tau did HMAS Vampire fire shots, nor did Vampire fire shots in Vietnam waters at any time during the whole period of the Vietnam War.. 

Here is a paragraph about the history of HMAS Vampire:

“Commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1959, Vampire served in Fleet Tours and Naval exercises in the 1960s as part of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve with SEATO (South East Asia treaty Organisation). It took part in exercises off Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia in 1965 and made troop escort runs to Vietnam in 1965-1967 and again in 1969. She was never directly involved in any action.”

You will notice in the photograph that Le`Raye has added two self purchased “Tin Medals” to his rack of authorized medals. It is against protocol of The Department of Defence Honours and Awards Section and the South Australian Returned and Services League to wear “Tin Medals” on the left breast mixed with authorized medals.

Honours and Awards policy for unofficial medals is:

“unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events, but if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.”

South Australia Returned Services League (RSL) Policy is:

WEARING OF NON-OFFICIAL MEDALS

The RSL actively discourages the wearing of non official medals at RSL and other ceremonial or commemorative functions. 

“If Commemorative Medals are worn, they should be positioned on the right breast and not mixed with Service Medals or Decorations”.

 As Le`Raye was speaking as a representative of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA) of South Australia, Northern Suburbs Branch, we enquired to that organization regarding  Le`Raye. We received a fast and threatening response from the Public Officer of that organization, all written in capitals to emphasize that they mean business.  

 ---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: VVAASA_Assoc <vietvetsa@chariot.net.au>

Date: 23 August 2011 10:53

Subject: ian leraye

To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

 DEAR xxxx

OUR INVESTIGATIONS REVEAL MR IAN LERAYE IS NOT WEARING ANY MEDALS HE IS NOT ENTITLED TO DVA RECORDS SHOW SERVICE IN MALAYSIA MALAYA AND VIETNAM THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WAS A BROAD STATEMENT INDICATING THE NAVY WAS NOT AWARE OF THEIR TARGETS IMPORTANCE IN MOST CASES FURTHURMORE IF MR LERAYE IS MADE AWARE OF ALLEGATIONS LITAGATION  MAYBE

POSSIBLE

PAUL COPPOCK

PUBLIC OFFICER VVAA

In a response to the threat from Coppock we said (in part):

“Your threat of litigation is most unseemly, and in any case the first defence to that kind of litigation is the truth. We will present the truth, whilst Le'Raye has lied.”

Le`Raye is wearing two self purchased, unofficial “Tin Medals” on his left breast, they are; 

Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal.

This unauthorized medal duplicates the official Vietnam Logistic Support Medal that Le`Raye is also wearing

Far East Strategic Reserve Medal.

Le`Raye is wearing a clasp FESR to his Australian Army Service Medal that officially reflects his FESR service. The “Tin” FESR Medal is a meaningless trinket.

Both of the above medals are “double up” silly trinkets, designed to make the medals rack a little bigger, maybe with sailors, size does matter.

The Government Department of Honours and Awards and the RSL clearly state that wearing “Tin” medals with legitimate racks is against protocol. Navy Veterans are the most common offenders, and it is obvious that Mr Coppock and the VVAA of South Australia also support the wearing of “Tin”.

To Summarize:

Le`Raye falsely states that HMAS Vampire bombarded the Vietnam Coast from about 8 km off shore.

Le`Raye falsely states that “Army Spotters” and RAN ships were cavalier and careless enough to bombard Orphanages.

Le`Raye has grossly exaggerated his role in the Vietnam war considering that his total experience was 45 hours and 35 minutes in Vung Tau Harbour on board a war ship.

Le`Raye said “he had served in conflicts in Malaysia and the Far East but said Vietnam left different scars. It was not a nice war.”

Le`Raye also falsely enhances his Navy Service by wearing unauthorized “Tin” medals.

Ian Francis Dean Le`Raye for all of the things above, welcome to our web site.

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 declarations.

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