It seems the war weary Russell “Chuck” WALTERS had just been elevated to the position of Divisional Commander of the Merimbula Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, and had already been involved in rescuing three men from rugged seas.
Utter disbelief was shared by the Ringwood R & SL members, sure, they knew “Chuck”, he had joined their Veteran's League on the 20th of June 1968 giving his date of birth as 30 June 1945 and in 1975 and 1976 he was elected and served as Secretary on the executive of that veterans establishment. WALTERS then transferred to the East Malvern (Vic) R & SL in 1990 and maintained membership there until 1993 when he moved interstate. Evidence of employment whilst in Victoria is a business card showing he was the Administrative Officer with Terumo Corporation in the bayside suburb of Mordialloc (Vic), and subsequent information of being employed as a private investigator! Our investigators uncovered this information from checks with our R & SL contacts.
How could it be possible that “Chuck” served 33 years with the US military and be in Australia for all these years? His tales of being involved in the Grenada skirmish in 1983, Panama in 1989 and then Somalia for Operation “Just Cause” in 1993 lent further disbelief in his “Walter MITTY” ramblings to the press. On ANZAC Day 2005 in Merimbula,“CHUCK” paraded in full US Marines officers dress uniform wearing a most colourful display of combat and service ribbons – including the coveted Purple Heart – this is part of the picture that was also published in the newspaper that initially interviewed him.
CPMH was contacted by concerned R & SL members who requested a complete investigation be carried out. WALTERS was contacted officially on 2nd of May 2005 and given until 31st of May to reply with either proof of service or an apology to all returned servicemen.
It is obvious he chose to ignore our correspondence – so, true to our word to him, contact was made with the local press.
Some people interviewed over this pretender,treated the matter with brevity and actually had a laugh at his antics. CPMH was most swift in reminding these folk that as patriots we take a much different view – the Australian Federal Government has recently outlaid millions of dollars in Coastal Defence for surveillance involving drug/people smuggling, illegal fishing and National Security. WALTERS through his posturing and bogus ministrations has inveigled himself into the mesh of this governmental initiative – and this in our opinion,verges on criminal activity.
No doubt the American Embassy in Canberra will have some input into this matter once it becomes public knowledge. CPMH will monitor all proceedings and keep our followers advised of proceedings.
29 June 2005. Not more than one day on the web site and the Merimbula News Weekly have unfolded the true story of Chuck the Marines, Marine. This should be a timely reminder to all the bogus people who check these pages to see if you have been listed, that if you get a letter from us asking you to "please explain" your exploits and service, that you SHOULD NOT IGNORE US. Doing this just confirms to us that there is something amiss and we will check you out via any and all means available.
In this instance, the help from the Merimbula News Weekly and especially reporter Bethany Dortmans, was invaluable in getting the full expose on Chuck and we thank them for the coup de grâce on the front page of their newspaper 29 June 2005.
The full story courtesy of the Merimbula News Weekly is shown below.