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Markovic UPDATE 21 Apr 17
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WARNINGbeware of Goran Markovic, a Serbian born Australian citizen, from Lalor Park NSW who is now roaming Europe. He is a relentless con man, liar and wannabe with no conscience. Saying he has the morals of a pig is insulting pigs. He targets vulnerable people and like a pig hunting truffles, he is relentlessly. He applies charm and hard luck stories until he has exhausted his victims money supply. It is known that he works on multiple "victims" at the same time.
Markovic is an Australian Citizen who does his dirty work in Europe, mainly in France but also in Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Serbia. He falsely claims to be:
A Colonel in the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF)
A Group Captain in the RAAF
A Pilot in the Australian Flying Doctor Service
An Officer of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)
An Officer of Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
Interpol Taskforce Commander
Interpol Crime Squad Head Australian Bureau of Interpol.
A Pilot with New South Wales Civil Aviation Authority. (CAA)
Adrian Basile and has a fake passport in that name.
He often uses the rank of Colonel during introductions and conversations. The idiot does not know that the RAAF does not have "Colonels". He also fails to understand that the Civil Aviation Authority is a National Organisation and not a NSW State Authority. Below are examples of his tools of deceit.
Falsely using rank of Colonel, endorsed on the bottom of a fake air ticket he used in one of his scams.
False Australian Driving Licence:
False Australian Civil Aviation Card
From false media reports
Unfortunately his innocent and vulnerable targets are "everyday" honest trusting people who are charmed by his false claims and demeanour.
Here is an example of his modus operandi from a recent victim, who was an Australian travelling in Europe:
"I was travelling alone in Europe last year and staying at a hostel in Florence, Italy in April when Goran Markovic turned up saying he had all his documents, passport etc stolen. I helped him out by letting his mum send money to my passport and then giving him the money.
He showed me a police report from the Italian police. He then started telling me that he works as an Interpol Investigator.
He told me he works on and off for ASIO/ASIS doing regular secret assignments. He also said he worked as a pilot for the NSW Civil Aviation Authority and had been a pilot in the Australian Air force in which he reached the rank of Colonel. He often used the title Colonel when talking with people.
He said he fought in the Serbian/Bosnian war and had a lot of Australian military experience.
We travelled for about 10 days together as friends as he had convinced me that he was a devoted partner and father, was committed to putting criminals in jail and basically seemed like a decent and good person. At the end of the 10 days when I was going to leave, he showed me papers from NATO in which he had been activated for duty in relation to the Ukrainian conflict
I gave him my car until I could organize something else (it's a UK car). He now has that (stolen as well) in addition to the $120,000 he stole from my family and I."
He has been using my identity to stay at hotels in Europe (often not paying for the bill). He is using my name on emails to potential victims, see below:
Everywhere he goes he tells similar stories about being in the Australian Air Force etc
We know he is somewhere in France trying to find another victim.
We have a list of four others who have been similarly conned by Markovic.
Markovic is a constant conman forever on the prowl. He has well set up files and false documents to support his stories, and usually starts with a story of how he has had his Money and documents stolen, then begs for a small amount of money. He then ingratiates himself into the life of his target and gradually relieves them of larger amounts of money.
If you know anything of this Psychopathic Australian Ambassador of evil please let us know so that we can contribute to his demise.
Markovic defames the integrity of Australian RAAF Officers and we hope his inclusion on our web site helps to bring him to justice.
Markovic UPDATE 21 Apr 17
Markovic slunk back into Australia and went into hiding in South Australia. His criminality had caught up with him in Europe and he made a run for home.
Markovic had fled from Australia Fourteen years ago. Before scuttling off to Europe he had been convicted of more than ninety crimes in Australia and was facing further serious charges.
The long arm of the law new he was back in Australia and this fake "ASIO" operative aka fake RAAF "Colonel" was soon located by Police and arrested.
Markovic is a despicable human being who has chosen a life of petty crime at which he has not been very successful. Let's hope that the four Warrants relating to his criminality before fleeing from Australia Fourteen years ago give him some time to reflect on his iniquitous life style whilst looking through Prison bars.
Welcome back Markovic you are an immoral, callous fraud and have hurt many innocent and generous people. Claims of being a retired senior RAAF Officer have bought the Australian Veteran Community into disrepute.
MAJOR GENERAL" DONAHUE - UPDATE - APR 17
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“Major General” Neville McBryde Donohue– Major General and Collingwood Supporter
Every now and then an incredibly stupid wannabe will bob his head up and be spotted by genuine Veterans.
In this case the “head bobber” is “Major General” Neville Donohue from the picturesque Dandenong Ranges in Victoria. Here is our man in all his “Generalship” glory:
Never before in the history of ANZMI have so many reports been sent, by so many, to so few (of us). Veteran forums and networks went viral and the above photograph taken at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on ANZAC Day 2013 was flashed all over Australia. The power of the internet prevailed and another and more interesting photograph arrived identifying Donohue.
In this photograph, Donohue is seen giving a stirring ANZAC Day 2013 speech at St Michaels Church, Kalorama in Victoria, before heading off to the MCG, ANZAC Day Football match, between Essendon and Collingwood, where he paraded his mighty haul of fake medals.
Who is Major General Donohue? Of course any person who barracks for Collingwood football club has to be a bit suspicious, but being a Collingwood Supporter and wearing a huge array of fake Military medals and claiming to be a Major General confirms that he is less than a balanced person.
We are reliably advised by ex members of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals (RA Sigs) that the “General” is in fact ex Serviceman313847 Corporal Neville McBryde Donohue from the Kilsyth area of Victoria. He served in the Australian Army between 1970 and 1976 and was never deployed to any Operational Areas. He has confessed that most of the medals are fakes but says his Vietnam Medals are genuine. That is a lie. He may be entitled to only one medal the Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Perhaps it is just as well, that we have exposed him, as we all know the case of a Corporal becoming a Fuhrer.
This case incited even more interest from the Australian Veteran Community than the Hines Brothers seen here: http://www.anzmi.net/hines/hines.html
Like the Hines Brothers case, State Police were quick to swoop on Donohue and lay appropriate charges.
The Australian and New Zealand Veteran community are more than ever before, sensitive to frauds, wannabes and medals cheats. Those who take liberties are gambling that they will not be caught and named and shamed on our web site. In this gamble the odds are well stacked in favour of ANZMI. So go ahead make our day.
Donohue will have his day in court.
We will track him and report his disposition.
MAJOR GENERAL" DONAHUE - UPDATE - APR 17
After four years of lies, deceit and denial Donohue has been found guilty in a Melbourne Magistrates Court and earned a little prison time. Even so, the idiot has appealed his conviction: Here is the Newspaper coverage:
We can see that the Magistrate got it all correct. It is unfortunate that Donohue is still exercising his initiative by lodging an appeal. Let's hope that he is given a harsher sentence as a result of the appeal.
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.
FLAHERTY UPDATE April 2017
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Anthony John (Tony) Flaherty, was born on the 5 May, 1944 at Renmark in South Australia. He is the current Mayor of the District Council of Mallala, South Australia, having been elected to this position in early 2016.
He resides in Two Wells, a small town, 40 kilometres north of Adelaide. He is the President of the Two Wells Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005. He is also the Mallala Citizen of the year 2016.
Flaherty is a glory hunter and a valour thief, who has for at least 46 years, been relating to others, outrageous lies to convince them that he is a Vietnam War Hero.
As a result of these preposterous lies, he was voted in as Mayor of that District in 2008 and again in 2016.
He is now seeking high office within the RSL South Australia State Branch as a State Board Member. He is asking for support from South Australian State RSL executives and members to vote for him at their next upcoming State Board election.
Tony Flaherty is a long time fraud.
Included on his personal resume for election to that office, he has claimed, inter alia, the following -;
TONY FLAHERTY OAM JP
• Regular Army 13 years.
• Army Reserve 10 years.
• Active Service Malaya 1967 – 1969. 8 RAR.
• Vietnam 1969 -1970. Served with 8 RAR in Long Hai Mountains. Operation Hammersley, Platoon Commander role, 8 Platoon, C Company, liaison appointment US Forces at Long Dien.
Tony Flaherty enlisted in the Australian Regular Army about 1963. Following Recruit Training he was selected for Australian Army Catering Corps duty as a Cook. He progressed through the Catering Corps ranks and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
He claims Active Service in 8 RAR (8 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment) Malaya from 1967 – 1969. At this time, he was a member of the Australian Army Catering Corps and not an Infantry Battalion. He was never a member of the 8 Battalion RAR in Malaya. That statement is a lie.
Australian Active Service for Malaya concluded on the 30 September, 1967 and not 1969. Therefore, he did not have active service in Malaya. That statement is also a lie.
In any case, 8 RAR arrived in Malaya in October, 1967. If he was attached to 8 RAR at the time, it was as a Cook in the Catering Corps.
Flaherty was subsequently posted to the then Republic of South Vietnam on the 19 November, 1969. He completed his tour and returned to Australia on the 5 November, 1970.
The above document is a copy of the Vietnam Nominal Roll entry for Anthony John Flaherty.
Flaherty was posted to Vietnam as a Sergeant, with the duties of a Cook, Australian Army Catering Corps. He was attached to 8 RAR during his time there. He was never a member of 8 RAR., or any other Infantry Battalion on this posting, or any other posting during his entire Army service.
He falsely claims that he served with 8 RAR in the Long Hai Mountains on Operation Hammersly in Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. Another lie.
In early 1970 8 RAR took part in Operation Hammersley, a reconnaissance operation in the Long Hải area. This operation began on 10 February and on 18 February it captured a large bunker complex after the Vietnamese Communist defenders withdrew following air raids. The operation continued until 9 March, with the battalion carrying out patrols and conducting ambushes in order to engage Communist troops. These operations were successful, and 8 RAR was awarded the South Vietnamese Government's Meritorious Unit Commendation, including Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation for its role in the operation.
In the above photograph Flaherty can be seen wearing the South Vietnam Government's Cross of Gallantry, with Palm Unit Citation ribbon decoration. (Right side of coat lapel) He is also wearing the Australian Infantry Combat Badge above his medals.
With regard to Operation Hammersley, members of 8 Battalion RAR used hard (field) rations from tins and packets during this operation.
There was no requirement for an Executive Chef or Maitre D where these men were fighting. They were engaged in heavy contact with the enemy in the Long Hai Mountains.
Alas, our highly trained fighting machine Tony Flaherty was not with them on this occasion, and certainly not leading any Platoons of hardened Infantrymen, as he claims.
As indicated, Flaherty also wears the Australian Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) with his medals in addition to the South Vietnamese Governments Meritorious Unit Commendation mentioned above -;
The Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) is awarded to serving members of the Australian Army for service as an Infantryman in warlike operations.
The ICB was first established in July 1970 for recognition of infantry service in battle or on operations, following the decision of the Military Board in January 1970. The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and to hold ground, to repel attack, by night and day, regardless of season, weather or terrain. The purpose of the ICB is to recognize this unique role and the particular training, skills and hardships attendant upon service as an infantryman. In exceptional circumstances, the ICB may be awarded to members of other corps, where they have qualified for it as infantrymen.[1
Any member of the Australian Army who:
• was on continuous full-time service as an infantryman at the time of deployment;
• has given satisfactory service as an infantryman;
• has served either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service on warlike operations for a single deployment or operation; and
• has not been previously issued the ICB.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Approval Authority may approve the issue of the ICB to members on exchange/attachment duties for service with allied units who meet the criteria, and/or to members who would have met the criteria had they not been killed, wounded, disabled or evacuated.
Flaherty does not meet any of the above criteria.
Since Flaherty posted his resume for the RSL State Board election up on the internet, there has been a furious reaction by former senior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers, who were attached to 8 RAR at the time of the Battalion’s deployment to Vietnam, and who were directly involved in Operation Hammersley.
We have been forwarded copies of Statements from very concerned former senior members of the Battalion, who state the following, inter alia -;
1. (excerpts Witness 1) Sgt Flaherty was a Sgt Cook and a good one. However,. He was jealous of his peer group wishing to acquire the stature and involvement of an infantry soldier and not as a cook. Though he desired and made no secret about it, Sgt Flaherty never commanded a unit or su¬b unit of C Coy in Vietnam. If he is doing this then it is purely his desires and imagination and it is not true.
2. (excerpts Witness 2) This bloke has been making claims that he ‘commanded’ platoons of C Coy 8RAR for many years. He has even some how wangled, I believe, to get himself issued the ICB despite being posted to 8 RAR, as xxxxx has advised, as a cook. Regarding his claim to have commanded 8 Pl on Op Hammersley, pages 52 and 53 of The Grey Eight in Vietnam, 8 RAR’s unit history, clearly show Lt Chris Sinclair leading men of 8 Platoon as xxxxx has quite rightly stated.
3. (excerpts Witness 3) I have read Tony Flaherty’s claim that he was a Platoon Commander of 8 Pl on Operation Hamersley and find it totally offensive to all who served in that platoon. My memory of these events are clear and I recall that 8 Platoon consisted of Chris Sinclair as Platoon Commander, xxxxxxxx as Platoon Sergeant with Chad Sherrin, ‘Opie’ O’Brien and xxxxxxx as Section Commanders.
4. (excerpts Witness 4)) I served for 30 years in the Infantry Corps and served on active service with C Company 8 RAR as a section commander with 9 Platoon C Company for the entire tour in 1969-¬70. I am concerned of the continuing statements that Ex Sgt Tony Flaherty of the Royal Australian Army Catering Corps (RAACC)is making regarding his war service record, he has made these statements for many years and has been the cause of many discussions amongst the C Company veterans. My memory is clear that Sgt Tony Flaherty was the C Company Sgt Cook and definitely did not serve in any capacity, command or other with 8 Platoon OR ANY OTHER PLATOON at any stage of the tour. The only time that I saw Sgt Flaherty on Operation Hammersley in February 1970 was to visit the 9 Platoon ambush position on the morning of 16th February with the CHQ group after a large action that resulted in a large number of enemy killed. Sgt Flaherty arrived and spent the majority of the short time that the CHQ was there taking MANY photos of the dead enemy until he was advised to stop. I am aware that Sgt Flaherty did accompany some TAOR patrols from the main base at Nui Dat when the company was on operations as part of Rear Details.
Witness 4 states that, “I am aware Sgt Flaherty did accompany some TAOR (Tactical Area of Responsibility) patrols from the main base at Nui Dat when the Company was on operations as part of rear details”
At most, even if Flaherty did accompany some perimeter patrols around the base, he was certainly not on full time duty as an Infantryman at the time of his deployment, and did not serve a continuous or aggregate of 90 days on deployment or operation. (as an Infantryman) He has no entitlement to wear the ICB whatsoever.
These infrequent functions were commonly known as “swannies” in Vietnam. Accompanying trained Infantrymen to patrol a perimeter"outside the wire" as a “rear detail” on a few “swannies” does not justify his wearing of an ICB.
Another witness has provided documentary evidence that at his acceptance speech for the 2016 Mallala Citizen of the Year award, Flaherty informed the gathering, how “he was on Patrol in Vietnam in command of his 8 Battalion RAR Platoon, when it came under heavy enemy fire, and that he had to personally call in artillery support to save the day”. Another lie.
Flaherty was also called to account regarding his false claims, by a former 8 RAR member, who had been seriously wounded in combat in Vietnam. He is still suffering the effects of his injuries.
In this regard, we have another signed statement -;
(Excerpts Witness 5.) “You will note in all cases the individuals making these statements in regards to Flaherty’s claims in two cases highly decorated for gallantry, and in all cases went on and enjoyed commissioned rank. It would be very foolish of the RSL to ignore these statements after complaints had been made by xxxxxxxxxx and a seriously wounded member of that platoon. More so that Flaherty through a Director of the RSL called the wounded soldier a liar. The battle scars carried by this soldier is a bit more factual than the fantasies and stolen valor of ex Sgt Flaherty. Reports indicate that Flaherty has been living this lie for some 46 years and it must be stopped. Stolen valor and false claims of this kind are an insult to those that have done the hard yards, lost close friends, been wounded and in some cases decorated for their actions and this individual is not fit to walk in their shadow let along (sic) be appointed a director of the RSL”.
Flaherty claims on his resume a “Liaison appointment to US Forces at Long Dien”. This is just another outright lie. Can you possibly imagine an Australian Army Cook with the rank of Sergeant being appointed to liaise with United States Army Forces personnel at Long Dien. Maybe he was swapping recipes with our American allies and advising them how to cook up some bangers and mash with damper. Glory be!!!
It is beyond belief that this imposter can steal the valour of so many honourable Australian Infantry soldiers for so long. And not just those still living.
He is an absolute disgrace and should be booted out of the South Australia RSL completely, let alone being appointed to the State Board of the S.A. State RSL Branch, where he would create further disgrace to that organisation, if elected.
He should resign from his Mallalla Mayoral duties immediately, and hand back his 2016 Citizen of the Year award. The Mallala Council and community should notify the office of the Governor General, Canberra, to take action in regards to the Order of Australia award he was presented.
Flaherty needs to publically apologise to all 8 Battalion RAR personnel, particularly the former wounded soldier he offended, all Vietnam Veterans in general, the constituents who voted him in as Mayor, all the members of the Two Wells RSL Sub Branch, and the RSL South Australia State Branch.
He should just then resign all positions he holds. He has no credibility.
In fairness to Flaherty, we sent him three emails, to offer him an opportunity to provide evidence of his claims, or explain his version of the allegations made against him.
We have received no reply.
We continue to expose executive office holders of RSL Sub Branch positions in Australia as being frauds. RSL New South Wales under the new leadership of State President Rod White and CEO Glenn Kolomeitz are trying to do something about it.
Lets hope they get some support.
We look forward to completing an update of this valour thief and imposter in the near future.
FLAHERTY UPDATE April 2017
Since our original exposure of long time military fraud Anthony Flaherty, of Two Wells, South Australia, there have been a number of developments, that ANZMI readers need to be made aware of.
ANZMI stand by all the factual evidence that we published in June, 2016, in regards to Flaherty’s false claims of military service as an 8 Battalion RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) - (Infantry) Platoon Commander, C Company 8 Platoon, - Operation Hammersley, Long Hai Mountains, South Vietnam, 1969 – 1970.. Also that he falsely claimed "active service 8 RAR in Malaya, 1967 - 1969".
Flaherty now claims publicly in televised and written media, that he has been vindicated by the National body of the Returned and Services League (R&SL) of all false claims of South Vietnam Infantry military service, made against him by former Commissioned and Non Commissioned Officers of 8 Battalion RAR.
This claim of vindication is also false, and it is a continuation of preposterous lies that he has stated about his service, to convince himself and everyone else that he is some sort of Infantry Platoon Commanding war hero.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
In September and October, 2016, as a result of numerous signed statutory declarations received from former 8 Battalion RAR members, refuting Flaherty’s claims, the South Australian State Branch of the R&SL, (RS&L.SA), conducted a Tribunal hearing into the matters.
The Tribunal concluded that Flaherty had indeed misrepresented his South Vietnam military service as a Platoon Commander, 8 Battalion RAR. at Operation Hammersley. It also determined that his claim of active service in Malaya 1967 - 1969 - 8 RAR. was also false.
He was then stood down from his position as a S.A. State RSL Board member for the remainder of his current term. This was a position he had recently been appointed to in 2016. Surprisingly, although his credibility and integrity was seriously tarnished, Tribunal determinations allowed Flaherty to remain as the President of the Two Wells R&SL Sub Branch.
Flaherty then appealed this decision to the National body of the R&SL.
On the 3 March, 2017, a reference to this matter appeared on the Adelaide Channel 9 News. The misleading report declared that Flaherty “was this week vindicated” as far as his claims were concerned. Also in the segment, there was an apology extended to Flaherty by the National RSL CEO Ms.Georgie Macris, on behalf of the Acting National President Robert Dick.
Flaherty then seized the moment and gave the Reporter Ben Avery an emotive response about how “he was never going to wear his medals again”, but was happy now that he had been vindicated.
The facts of these events however, are far removed from what the Television Reporter put to air with Flaherty’s interview. Flaherty’s claims have again stirred the emotions of all the former 8 Battalion Infantry soldiers, who have provided sworn statutory declarations, stating that Flaherty’s claims of serving as an 8 Battalion RAR, Platoon Commander in South Vietnam are lies.
On investigation of the Channel 9 television news report, it is quite apparent that it had been edited to favour Flaherty. The report was incorrect and misleading.
It was ascertained that the National RSL CEO Ms. Georgie Macris, did not apologise for the action taken against Flaherty. Ms Macris apologised for the length of time and delay that it has taken to resolve the matter.
The National RSL has actually referred the matter back to S.A State Branch for a “fresh” Tribunal Hearing . At the time of writing, there is no result at hand.
As stated, Flaherty distorted the facts to publicly claim that he has been cleared of any impropriety.
FROM THE BUNYIP NEWSPAPER. -;
Tony cleared of allegations
March 8, 2017
TWO Wells Returned Services League (RSL) branch members have continued to throw their support behind their president, and Adelaide Plains Mayor, Tony Flaherty, after he was last week vindicated of false allegations made against him.
Mr Flaherty was cleared of allegations, made by the Royal Australian Regiment Association in July, which argued he had falsely claimed to have acted as a Platoon Commander during the Vietnam War, despite being sent to serve as a cook.
The allegations, and subsequent investigation by the RSL state board, saw Mr Flaherty dismissed from his board position, by a state tribunal, despite him presenting evidence to support his case.
Mr Flaherty then fronted a National RSL tribunal to appeal the decision, with its findings being made public last week.
In a statement aired on Friday night’s Nine News bulletin, the National RSL stated that “central to the complaints against Mr Flaherty…is wrong, ill-informed… there was no effective attempt at mediation (and) it might be argued that Tony was subject of a sustained campaign”.
Speaking during the same bulletin, Mr Flaherty – who did not return The Bunyip’s calls for comment – said his reputation had been tarnished as a result of the allegations and the state tribunal’s decision.
“I think the thing that got me was the way people turned on me,” Mr Flaherty told Nine News.
“I was never going to wear my medals again.”
Two Wells RSL secretary and long-time friend John Allen said the home branch has offered nothing but support to Mr Flaherty.
“We support our president 110 per cent, we believe exactly what he has said is right and all we can do is stand by him and support him,” he said.
National RSL chief executive Georgie Macris publicly apologised to Mr Flaherty, on behalf of both branches, during the Nine News report.
“I would like to apologise on behalf of the national president of the RSL, Robert Dick, and state president Tim Hanna to Mr Flaherty,” she said.
It is understood Mr Flaherty’s lawyers are currently preparing a defamation lawsuit against the RSL
As stated in our original exposure, we have six statutory declarations from former senior experienced members of 8 RAR. We recently received an additional statutory declaration which conclusively proves that at no time whilst Flaherty was in the Republic of South Vietnam, did he ever serve as an Infantry Platoon Commander. In particular , 8 RAR or on Operation Hamersley. He was a Cook, and by all accounts, a very good Cook
The following article appeared in the InDaily Adelaide Independent Newspaper. The comments also regarding Flaherty’s allegations being recently overturned by a National Tribunal are incorrect.
InDaily has been told it is a constitutional requirement that the board has at least two more elected board members than appointed ones.
Darwin branch president Don Milford is an ex officio board member while Tony Flaherty is on self-imposed absence while he considers suing the RSL over accusations he fabricated his service record –allegations that were recently overturned by a national tribunal.
Flaherty was not on a "self-imposed absence", he was stood down for the remainder of his elected term by the S.A RS&L Board.
In response to this misleading article, the below mentioned email was sent to the Editor of the “InDaily Newspaper” by a former highly experienced 8 Battalion RAR member.
I do not believe your story contained within the above link, is accurate. Inter alia, it is stated that"Tony Flaherty is on self-imposed absence while he considers suing the RSL over accusations he fabricated his service record - allegations that were recently overturned by a national tribunal."
Have you read the findings of the "national Tribunal"? If not, how can you claim that the fabricated allegations "were recently overturned by a national tribunal"? My advice is that the National Office of the RSL has not yet considered Tony Flaherty's appeal to them for his removal from the SA State RSL Board as a result of their belief that Tony had, in fact, fabricated his service record. I believe the National RSL Office has apologised to Tony only for their delay in considering his appeal! I served with Tony in Vietnam and hitherto regard him as a friend. Tony was a Sergeant cook in Charlie Company, Eight Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) and I was a (deleted), later to become a (deleted) in 8 Platoon Charlie Company of 8RAR. One of Tony's claims is that he was the Platoon Commander of 8 Platoon, 8RAR in Vietnam. HE WAS NOT!
Tony's fabricated service record with Charlie Company, particularly his fabricated service record with 8 Platoon, has been refuted with Statutory Declarations by the Charlie Company Commander in Vietnam, the 8 Platoon Commander in Vietnam, two 8 Platoon Sergeants in Vietnam, at least one Section Commander of 8 Platoon in Vietnam. A very forceful on undeniable source of the truth about Tony's service record with Charlie Company 8RAR in Vietnam. Unfortunately for Tony, the truth does not align with Tony's fabricated service record. Every single surviving 8 Platoon soldier who served in Vietnam and who has been recently contacted about Tony's claims, has refuted Tony's claims and have become very disturbed and annoyed at Tony's claims.
I would sincerely ask you to respond to this email and if you feel so disposed, you can publish this email.
In conclusion, the weak decision by the R&SL South Australia State Branch Tribunal to just remove Flaherty from their State Branch Board for the remainder of his elected term, but allow him to continue within the R&SL organisation as a President of the Two Wells Sub Branch is a sad indictment on how poorly that State Branch is currently administered.
In a previous ANZMI exposure of another South Australian self confessed military fraud, Gerald Francis Harrison OAM, of Adelaide, a Mr. Bill Denny OAM, then high ranking SA RSL Board member, and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army, defended the outrageous lies of Harrison, who had claimed to be a member of 3 Battalion RAR at the battle of Maryang San, Korea in October, 1951.
See here Harrison
Denny, defending Harrison’s lies, stated to the InDaily South Australian Newspaper that -;“ANZMI are “scumbags” who hide behind anonymity and destroy peoples careers.”
Denny is oblivious to the fact that military imposters in our community gain undeserved recognition, cash and other benefits by living their lies for years, and convincing gullible people like Denny, that they are a person of honesty and integrity.
The S.A. RSL Management Board is now in complete disarray, with major financial problems and infighting. The CEO has resigned, as have a number of Committee members, including Denny, who resigned in November, 2016.
The Flaherty matter needs to be resolved expeditiously. If the SA RSL hierarchy allow imposters like Flaherty to continue unpunished, it will degrade the organisation considerably. They need moral conviction, courage and leadership.
We have on good advice that there will also be dozens of genuine Royal Australian Regiment Association members, who are former Vietnam Infantry soldiers, resigning and walking away from the South Australian R&SL forever, if Flaherty is permitted to continue his charade without retribution.
Who can blame them.
ANZMI and the RS&L South Australia are in possession of 7 sworn statutory declarations from former 8 RAR members proving that Flaherty is a liar and that his claims are fabricated. All this evidence must be weighed against Flaherty's extraordinary claims.
Flaherty cannot produce one witness to corroborate his version of events, OR, contradict the seven statutory declarations made by senior 8 RAR members, who genuinely fought on the battlefield.
In March, 2017, a questionnaire was sent to dozens of former 8 RAR Infantry personnel by senior members of the Battalion, regarding Flaherty's ridiculous claims. This was as a result of Flaherty's threats of legal action against members, disputing his lies of being an 8 RAR Platoon Commander, Operation Hammersley.
It was forwarded to us by a very concerned former member who received this questionnaire, and detests wannabees as much as we do.
YOUR ASSISTANCE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
To all my Fellow Charlie Company Mates who I served with in Vietnam,
Due to the very widespread media coverage of claims made by Tony Flaherty, who was our Charlie Company Sgt cook in Vietnam, I have been asked to communicate with you, as a member of Charlie Company 8RAR, to seek your help in trying to clarify what actually evolved as best you can remember from your "first hand" knowledge (not hearsay) in answer to the following several questions:-
1. Do you recall, from your own knowledge, if Tony Flaherty was put in charge of any unit or sub-unit, other than Catering Corps/Mess Duties? YES NO (circle one)
2. If YES to question 1, what unit, sub-unit, section or platoon was Tony Flaherty in command of?..............................................................................................
3. If you have answered YES to question 1, what was the period of time that Tony Flaherty was in command of that unit, sub-unit, section or platoon? ........./....../.........
4. What Section and Platoon where you in, in Vietnam? ...................Sec .................Pl
5. What was your period of service in that Section or Platoon? ...../......../......... to ....../........../...........
6. If you were in more than one Section or Platoon during your time in Vietnam, please indicate the period served in each Section and/or Platoon.
..........Sec ...........Pl ......./....../.......to ......./...../....... ........Sec ........Pl ......./....../.......to ...../......./......
To date, 30 replies have been received from a cross representation of former Platoon and Company members of 8 RAR. In particular former Platoon Commanders and Section Leaders.
Not one has confirmed or supported Flaherty's claims. Two responses agreed that Flaherty was a member of a couple of rear detail Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR) patrols, when the Battalion was absent from base on operational duties engaged with the enemy. This was normal procedure when the Battalion was assigned to engage the enemy elsewhere, and logistics personnel were utilised to conduct TAOR security patrols around the base.
Flaherty had no contact with the enemy whatsoever. Any claim that he did is false. Any claim that he was a 8 RAR Platoon Commander on these TAOR Patrols is a lie.
Seven former 8 RAR senior personnel have signed sworn Statutory Declarations detailing Flaherty's lies. Thirty other former 8 RAR personnel have now also completed a questionnaire rejecting his lies.
If Flaherty is telling the truth, then seven senior credible former Infantry soldiers have knowingly sworn false statutory declarations, punishable by law !
You be the judge !!
The time for any attempted mediation is over. You do not mediate with imposters.
Like most imposters who appear on this site, Flaherty has threatened to sue ANZMI and everybody who has disputed his false claims.
We here at ANZMI say go right ahead. We are confident that we can produce another 100 statutory declarations proving Flaherty is an imposter and liar of the highest order.
When the S.A RSL State Branch show some backbone and determines an appropriate outcome in this matter, we will look forward to publishing the results in our next update.
Kenneth Edward ENGLISH Update 19 Dec 16
English has now departed from the Sub Branch committee and the RSL Memorial Club Board of Directors.
In 2016, English was directed by NSW RSL State Branch to resign all positions he held at the Sub Branch, and to never stand again within the RSL movement in any capacity. He subsequently resigned as Junior Vice President.
As a consequence of this decision, members of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club, where English held the position of Senior Vice President, then put the Executive Directors on notice that they wished to hold an Extraordinary General meeting for English to explain his lies about his claimed Vietnam service to members.
When English was notified of this discontent, he resigned the position forthwith.
He is still an ordinary member of the RSL Memorial Club and Sub Branch.
Warren Thomas, close friend of English, and the President of the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch, tried to cover this matter up for a number of years. Thomas was reprimanded by NSW RSL State Branch, for the attempted cover up and inaction. Thomas continues in that role for the present time.
Both Thomas and English should hang their heads in shame for allowing this matter to continue for so long without notifying NSW RSL State Branch, the membership of the Sub Branch or the Memorial Club.
KENNETH EDWARD ENGLISH UPDATE. 17 June, 2016.
We exposed Kenneth Edward English, Senior Vice President, Cronulla RSL Memorial Club and Junior Vice President, Cronulla RSL Sub Branch, as a Vietnam Veteran imposter to the world in 2014. Over many years he persisted with his deceitful, immoral and illegal behaviour. On six known occasions, he claimed that he was a Vietnam veteran who had returned from active service in January, 1968.
In fact, he had not one day of active service, in Vietnam or anywhere else.
His abhorrent and disgraceful behaviour was overlooked and covered up by his close friend Warren Thomas, the current President of the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch. Thomas is also a Director of Cronulla RSL Memorial Club Ltd.
English was duly reported to the senior executive of the New South Wales Returned and Services League of Australia, State Branch, Sydney as an imposter by the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia. (VVFA) and others.
English finally resigned his membership of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, Granville in 2015, due to their concerns regarding his fraudulent claims, and our last exposure where we provided conclusive evidence that he was, and is, a Vietnam veteran fraud who had joined that organisation by telling lies about his Royal Australian Navy Vietnam service. He also removed the three VVFA medal riband decal stickers that he had purchased and placed on his motor vehicle.
Following the report to the RSL NSW State Branch, an investigation concluded that English had falsely claimed Vietnam operational service in the Royal Australian Navy.
This was in contravention of the Defence Act 1903 Section 80A. (Falsely representing himself to be a returned sailor, soldier or airman)
As a consequence, English was summoned to RSL NSW State Branch, Sydney, on the 22 February, 2016. He was then directed by the State Branch Executive to, resign his Junior Vice President position of Cronulla RSL Sub Branch, and any other Sub Branch positions immediately, in lieu of such determination being enforced by State RSL.
This was on the basis that his false claims will bring further discredit upon the League and Cronulla RSL Sub Branch. He has been further instructed that "this is to be a permanent termination and he is to never again stand for any position within the RSL organisation".
His President and friend Warren Thomas, who attempted to cover this matter up for years has also received official notification of this direction.
Thomas, photo above, was officially reprimanded by RSL NSW State Branch for his part in the cover up, as was one other Committeeman. However, Thomas continues as President of the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch and Director of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club Ltd.
Thomas has no credibility and should also resign his positions for knowing that whilst English was holding an executive position on the Sub Branch committee, and Senior Vice President of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club Ltd., he was a Vietnam veteran imposter. Thomas did nothing about it. He then supported English and protected him for years after English was originally exposed as a fraud and a liar.
Like most imposters and their supporters, Thomas has threatened to sue ANZMI for our factual disclosures.
Sometimes the truth is difficult to accept.
Following his resignation from the VVFA Granville, English finally resigned from all positions on the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch committee on the 15 March, 2016 in accordance with the RSL NSW State Branch direction.
He still remains an ordinary RSL Sub Branch member, and incredibly Vice President of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club, a different entity,for the moment.
As the current Memorial Club Vice President, he still receives a generous yearly cash honorarium , free trips away, free meals, free drinks and other benefits. Benefits that ordinary members do not receive.
English was elected to the Memorial Club Board on the false premise that he was a "former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) rating, with active and emergency service". This false information was included in his resume for election to the Memorial Club Board. We have a copy. Just more lies.
The Cronulla RSL Memorial Club President and committee members should demand the resignation of English from their Board immediately, to save further embarrassment by bringing the Memorial Club into disrepute as well.
He is still the Secretary of the The Sutherland Shire Naval Association, Sydney. That body should also demand his resignation for his lies.
The new executive of RSL NSW State Branch have made an emphatic statement to those who desire to join that organisation and seek executive Sub Branch office by claiming false military service. If you falsify your service, you will be caught out, disciplined and/or expelled.
Mr Rod White, President of the RSL NSW State Branch and Mr Glenn Kolomeitz, CEO, RSL NSW State Branch have made it abundantly clear in their mission statement that core values of integrity and honour will be strictly adhered to.
These values will hopefully encourage younger veterans from Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, the fourth wave of veterans, to join their local RSL Sub Branches and participate in continuing the proud traditions of the RSL organisation.
It is their future and their families future as well.
We will gladly support Mr Rod White and Mr Glenn Kolomeitz in continuing with these ideals by weeding out imposters and their supporters at executive level or otherwise, who are detected within the League or other ex service organisations.
ENGLISH UPDATE - 17 Apr 15
Since our recent disclosure of imposter Kenneth Edward English, the Cronulla (Sydney) RSL Club Sub Branch Junior Vice President and RSL Memorial Club Senior Vice President, he surprisingly continues to hold both of these senior executive positions, even though he has been proven to be a Vietnam Veteran fraud.
We have received notification that members of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia are amazed that English still retains both executive positions after records disclosed that he is an imposter. He has not contacted the VVFA and apologised for his lies or resigned his Vietnam veteran membership.
English not only lied about his Vietnam active service to the then Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, but also on his Cronulla RSL Sub Branch resume, to a local St George Leader newspaper Reporter, several other places including RSL Sub Branch members, but we have since been sent his original resume for the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club by concerned RSL Memorial Club members, where he holds the executive position of Senior Vice President and obtains substantial monetary benefits.
In this document, where RSL Memorial Club members are informed of the committee person's credentials, and vote accordingly, English again claims that he had "12 years RAN (Royal Australian Navy) with, "Active (service) and emergency reserve (service) capacities."
We remind the reader that English had no active service whatsoever.
Not one day.
He has deceitfully claimed active (operational) service again to enhance his standing within the membership and community to gain positions on both committees and attract votes to acquire generous benefits. His deceit has happened on at least six occasions that we know of, and have been mentioned above.
English is cunning.
Now that he is entrenched in his positions for another three years, he has altered his false Cronulla RSL Memorial Club resume and deleted the words "active and emergency reserve (service)capacities",following suspicions from RSL Memorial Club members and committee members. He has also altered his Cronulla RSL Sub Branch resume where he told blatant lies about his "active service in the Far East and New Guinea" whilst he was in the Australian Navy.
Frauds like English use every means to get themselves voted on RSL Club committees, but quickly remove any tell tale signs of deception once they are elected and established in their positions, where they then seek further advancement to an executive role and increased benefits.
Like English, they even stand for President.
When caught out, they just shrug their shoulders and hope life goes on just as before because of the support they gain along the way.
We have also been notified that English has continued to lie about his RAN Vietnam service since he was originally discovered as a fraud in 2011.
Following our original disclosure in 2014, he was subsequently reported to the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch President in writing by a highly respected local resident, that he falsely claimed to him that he went to Vietnam on the HMAS Sydney. This was three years after he had been originally reported for telling Sub Branch members lies about his false Vietnam service and bringing his RSL Sub Branch into disrepute.
We have received further reports from Memorial Club members of how he told them that he was a crew member of HMAS Sydney when it went to Vietnam, however he was "put off at Brisbane due to illness".
English is an incorrigible liar and has been for years. Medical experts may classify his condition as "mythomania or pseudoligia fantastica", a psychiatric condition where the person loses personal judgement and distorts reality. He considers himself a tall poppy.
Others might say he is just an imposter and a glory hunter chasing further recognition.
Members of all Ex Service Organisations (ESO's) expect their committee representatives to be scrupulously honest.
English is a proven imposter, yet he maintains his prestigious rewarded positions with support from his President and a few of his Sub Branch committee mates.
English has not been ordered to resign by his friend, the President of the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch committee Mr. Warren Thomas.
Our advice to Thomas is that if you protect an imposter, you can consider yourself an imposter. You are just one step away.
Thomas in an e mail he sent to Anzmi stated -;
"We at Cronulla share your concerns about anyone obtaining benefit or kudos by purporting service in our armed forces that is untrue."
This edict must only apply to others, but somehow not for his mate English.
Thomas should also resign for his double standards and lies. He lacks leadership. He has threatened ANZMI with legal action, but he knows that what ANZMI have published is the truth and is supported by documentation. That is difficult to get over. We welcome any legal action that he or English are willing to pay for. They know how to contact us.
We do not usually get involved in Club politics but when RSL Presidents defend blatant imposters and then threaten us with legal action, it behoves us to get the truth out there.
Particularly when they are disrespectful of other genuine Vietnam veterans as indicated below.
Another Executive Cronulla RSL Sub Branch Committee member, again defending English, recently sent an offensive e mail to Mr. Bill Hobson, of ANZMI regarding Bill Hobson stating, "all he did was cook baked beans on the Vampire." and denigrating his Naval Vietnam service.
Is it true that Bill Hobson claims to be a Vietnam Vet but all he did was cook Baked Beans on the Vampire"
Also, in 2014, Cattell posted the following message on a website called "Cav's Blog".
Cattell, oblivious to the fact that Bill Hobson is a pseudonym, lambasted him in another e mail posted on the internet, in that,
"This little pr-ck Bill Hobson was a Cook on the (HMAS) Vampire and spent 16 days in the South China Sea. Think he got a medal. Wounded by baked beans".
"Kerry Cattell May 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
I agree wannabees need to be outed but ANZMI outs brothers. I wrote to Hobson about outing Keith Joyce. Now Joyce wears some medals incorrectly but this guy was THERE. MM and Army commendation Medal (US) for valour. This little prick, Bill Hobson, was a cook on the VAMPIRE and spent 16 days in the South China Sea. Think he got a medal , Wounded by Baked Beans.He would understand that some brothers have PTSD and if they want to wear a Sheriff's tin star with their medals it doesn't worry me."
Denigrating Royal Australian Navy Cooks on widely read social media is not a very smart comment to make from an RSL Executive Committee member. You could make a lot of enemies with that attitude.
There is a William Hobson who was a "Royal Australian Navy Cook" on the Vietnam Nominal Roll, and who served honorably on the HMAS Vampire, but we can assure you that it is not Bill Hobson Anzmi.
Importantly, William Hobson the Navy Cook went to Vietnam. English, who Thomas and Cattell are defending did not. English claims to have gone, but decided to go on holidays instead, knowing the ship was leaving for Vietnam in a few days. English is the imposter here. William Hobson, Royal Australian Navy Cook, HMAS Vampire IS NOT.
He is a genuine Vietnam veteran, who does not need the disrespect of Cattell denigrating his Naval active service on at least two occasions that we know of.
We are certain that every RAN cook who ever served in Vietnam waters or elsewhere, and was accredited with active service or not, would not be very impressed with Cattell's comments. When censured by ANZMI for these highly offensive remarks, Cattell later recanted and stated that "someone must have used his e mail address (to send these messages) without his knowledge". That excuse is like "The dog ate my homework."
We here at ANZMI respect all genuine servicemen and women who have contributed to this Nation. We do not discriminate as to what Branch of the Services or positions they hold or held in their honorable service. They all support each other.
We do however, have a problem with wannabees, frauds and all those who defend them. Cattell denigrates the Vietnam service of others to protect his mate.
Cattell also mentions, " If some brothers have PTSD and want to wear a Sheriff's tin star with their medals, it doesn't worry me". Cattell adopts the position that you can wear what you like and say what you like about your alleged military service. If Cattell ever becomes in charge of an RSL Branch, it will be open slather. All the imposters and wannabees will love him.
We get dozens of e mails from young Afghanistan, Iraq and Timor veterans who inform us that they decline to join the RSL movement due to wannabees holding controlling positions within the organisation. This situation is not helped by the likes of RSL Presidents and others we have exposed as imposters recently, who have gained their positions by deception.
Lance Mailer Smith, President, Glenroy RSL Victoria,
David Hugh Edwards, President, Leongatha RSL, Victoria,
John Malcolm Griffiths, President, Essendon RSL., Victoria,
Geoffrey Phillip Lyles, President, Kyneton RSL, Victoria,
Douglas Craig OLoughlan, President, Bright RSL Victoria,
Alexander Robert Fullarton, Former President/Secretary, Carnarvon RSL, Western Australia,
Graeme Rex Caesar, Interim National President, Submarines Association of Australia, Queensland,
and of course -;
Mr Kenneth Edward English, Vice President, Cronulla RSL, NSW.
However, in spite of what ANZMI does in exposing RSL and other ESO frauds, we encourage those younger veterans to join the respected RSL organisation, participate, stand for committees, and continue the fight against wannabees and medal cheats and report them to ANZMI, to safeguard the legacy of what has been handed down by genuine returned RSL veterans over decades.
Whilst they are out there, and whilst we have your support, we will continue our exposures and provide regular updates of all imposters who continue to hold ESO committee positions and those who defend them.
The truth is our ally
Being exposed by Anzmi as a military fraud and a wannabee has no time limitations. Some of the imposters we have placed on site here have lived the lie for years.
We try and correct that by exposing the truth. The truth is our aim and the truth is our motive.
We continually remind Ex Service Organisations and in particular RSL Clubs to monitor and regularly audit their members for claimed military service and medals entitlements. Without these protocols, an anything goes situation prevails.
One organisation that regularly audit their records and require stringent documentary proof of military service of applicants who apply to join their organisation is the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia. (VVFA)
Kenneth English is another example of how imposters get themselves elected into executive positions on Returned Services League (RSL) Club committees and enjoy the fruits of their deceit for years until they are caught out.
R95543 Kenneth Edward English, Born on the 9 October, 1950, joined the Royal Australian Navy on the 9 July 1966. He enlisted for 12 years as a junior recruit.
Following his training, he became an Ordinary Seaman, (Stores Assistant). He eventually served on HMAS Sydney from 29 June, 1967 to 10 December, 1967, when he took leave and was then posted to HMAS Moresby, following completion of his leave on the 1st January, 1968.
These dates are significant as you read on.
He is currently the Senior Vice President of the Cronulla Returned Services League Memorial Club (RSL), and the Junior Vice President of the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch located in Sydney. He is currently the Secretary of the Sutherland Shire Naval Association. He considers himself a "tall poppy".
English has claimed Vietnam Naval active service on the HMAS Sydney in December, 1967, but in fact he had none.
The integrity of Kenneth Edward English has come to the attention of ANZMI investigators that confirm that he is a long time imposter and fraud.
Members of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia, (VVFA), formerly Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, (VVAA), and others, are concerned that English is not who he claims to be.
On the 22 May, 2008, English completed details on an application form for membership of that organisation falsely claiming to be a Vietnam Veteran with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) service on the HMAS Sydney, on dates between the 29/6/67 to 2/1/1968.
This application was accepted on the basis that the information he provided was the truth. The Vietnam Nominal Roll was checked and his name appeared on it.
His application was approved on that basis.
He was then granted membership as a Vietnam Veteran of that organisation and as such, he applied for and purchased Vietnam War Ribands bumper bar stickers for his vehicle, and the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Lapel badge.
A copy of his VVFA record disclosing the information he provided is shown below.
The document below is the erroneous Vietnam Nominal Roll entry from the Australian War Memorial records, that his application was checked against and approved.
The executive and members are not too impressed when imposters fraudulently misrepresent themselves to join their great long standing organisation and claim the honour of Vietnam veterans to gain benefits when in fact, they had no Vietnam service at all.
A spokesperson told us that -;
"When we came home from Vietnam a lot of military personnel would not even admit to being a Vietnam veteran because of the way we were treated. Now people falsely misrepresent themselves and cash in on it to get benefits and courtesies that they don't deserve and steal our honour. He slipped through the system somehow by telling lies."
His records at the VVFA still have him registered as a Vietnam veteran with HMAS Sydney, Royal Australian Naval Service as indicated above.
At the time English joined the VVFA in 2008, his name had been included on the Australian War Memorial, (AWM) Vietnam Nominal Roll, Canberra, in error since 1997.
He was aware at the time he joined the VVFA that his name had been placed on the Roll in error. He did nothing to correct the mistake. For years he then delicately tip toed and in fact crossed the line of ethics and integrity in respect to his alleged Royal Australian Navy “active service”, knowing his chances of being caught out were minimal.
Over the years, he managed to build up a false image that he is a Vietnam Veteran, including joining the VVFA. He has then used that misinformation to gain key positions on committees to gain undeserved financial benefits and increased standing in the community.
During his naval service, Ordinary Seaman Kenneth English served in the Far East Strategic Reserve in a non combatant peacetime capacity and also in New Guinea as a Stores Assistant. At the time English served, these areas were non war like and not classified as active duty.
In June, 1967, English was a crew member of HMAS Sydney.
HMAS Sydney was a retired Naval Aircraft Carrier, but due to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the ship had been re-commissioned in 1962 as a troop and transport ship. From May, 1965, the ship was engaged in the highly important role of transporting troops, supplies, ammunitions, vehicles and other war time necessities from Sydney to Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam. It was affectionately known as the Vung Tau ferry.
On the 11 December, 1967, whilst a crew member of HMAS Sydney, Ordinary Seaman Kenneth English availed himself of 21 days annual leave. His leave record is shown below.
A few days later, HMAS Sydney commenced its voyage from Sydney via Fremantle, Western Australia, to Vung Tau, Vietnam with its necessary provisions for the war effort.
This was the HMAS Sydney’s 8th voyage to Vietnam.
English at this time was enjoying his annual leave, whilst his shipmates were training and readying themselves for whatever lay in front of them on active service in Vietnam waters.
The Ship's records indicate that on this particular voyage, HMAS Sydney was accredited with 15 days active service from the 20 December, 1967 to the 3 January, 1968. The ship transported 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment to Vietnam.
Every Naval crew member posted on the ship at the time was accredited with the equivalent active service days, and this was accrued from when the ship left the last Australian port of Fremantle to when it returned to Fremantle 15 days later.
In 1997, the records of all Australian servicemen and women, Army, Navy and Air Force, who had served in the Republic of Vietnam or Vietnam waters, were posted on the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans web site for public viewing.
In a massive task undertaken, some errors were made.
One particular error was the inclusion of naval rating R95543 Kenneth Edward English, Ordinary seaman, stores assistant, who was credited with 15 days active service on the HMAS Sydney from 20 December, 1967 to the 3 January, 1968 when the ship departed Fremantle for Vung Tau, Vietnam and returned to Fremantle.
He was in fact on annual leave during this time.
English became aware of this glaring error, but as stated, did nothing to correct it. In fact, some years later, he used the incorrect information to his own advantage when applying for positions on RSL Club executive positions.
Positions that reward him with cash honorariums, meals, drinks and trips away. Benefits that other normal members do not have access to.
In the document above , his Curriculum Vitae (C.V) for election at his local Cronulla RSL club indicated that he saw “active service” with the “Far East Strategic Reserve and P.N.G.”
The Far East Strategic Reserve was only classified by the Australian Government as “active service” if, in the case of the Royal Australian Navy, the ship had qualifying service in prescribed war like areas. His description would indicate to the reader/member that he had served in a war zone. The only prescribed war zone at the time English served in the Navy was Vietnam. He certainly did not go there.
He was on holidays!
As for performing "Active Service" in Papua New Guinea in the 1960's, no further comment is required. He would have known that, due to the fact that he would have been entitled to be awarded with the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM).
The above document is an extract of an article that appeared in the local Newspaper. In his role of Sub Branch Vice president, English was a Master of Ceremonies at Munro Park Memorial, Cronulla, in regards to the commemoration of the death of an Australian Soldier, who had been killed in action in Afghanistan. When interviewed, English told the reporter that he (English) was in fact a Vietnam War veteran. This was included in the local newspaper write up.
A Newspaper spokesperson has been contacted by ANZMI, who confirmed that the reporter would not have accredited English with being a Vietnam War veteran unless the reporter was told by English himself.
We were told, "How else would our Journalist know, you just don't fabricate things like that."
The above photograph is English wearing the Vietnam Veterans lapel badge he purchased from the VVFA.
English also placed the VVFA bumper bar "Vietnam war riband" sticker on his personal vehicle disclosing to all that he was a Vietnam veteran with active service.
He would have known that when the VVFA made inquiries to confirm the legitimacy of his claimed Vietnam service with the Australian War Memorial, they would have located his name on the Vietnam Nominal Roll. He knew that his particulars had been placed there in error, therefore, he had nothing to fear and he did nothing to correct it.
We have also ascertained that English directly told some Cronulla RSL Sub Branch members that he went to Vietnam on the HMAS Sydney in December, 1967.
ANZMI recently contacted the Cronulla RSL Sub Branch President to ascertain the outcome of a reported investigation initiated by concerned members that English was not who he purported to be and was not a Vietnam veteran at all.
However, the President, Warren Thomas reported in writing that the matter was finalised.
Thomas stated that "Some time ago it was reported that Mr English appeared incorrectly on the nominal roll of Vietnam Veterans along with some other "hear say" about his Vietnam service" Thomas stated that they are aware of the matter, but the investigation has been finalised. In other words, no further action. Thomas further responded in writing that,
"We at Cronulla share your concerns about anyone obtaining benefit or kudos by purporting service in our armed forces that is untrue."
If that is the case Mr. Warren Thomas, why did you allow English to carry on in executive positions within the RSL Memorial Club and Sub Branch after it had been brought to your attention and proven that English was an imposter claiming Vietnam service when he had none. Why would you do that?
By concealing the facts, Thomas is treating his fellow Memorial Club and as far as we know Sub Branch committee members with complete disrespect, arrogance and contempt.
Our inquiries have revealed that the New South Wales R.S.L. State Headquarters has not been notified by Thomas of any investigation into the fraudulent activities of English.
As a consequence, English continues to hold positions and gain benefits at Senior Executive level at both the Memorial Club and the Sub Branch as though nothing has happened. Recently, he was re-appointed as the Senior Vice President of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club for another three years. He had previously stood for President but was defeated.
He has never been reprimanded. We have been assured that he and Thomas have never revealed his deceptions or apologized to the RSL Memorial Club Committee and members or, as far as we know, the Sub Branch Committee and members. They are all unaware of his unethical behaviour and his “wannabee” status.
We recently contacted English. He stated that he apologised to the Sub Branch members who he told he was a Vietnam veteran, however after several requests, he refused to provide us with the names of these members and we are unable to confirm the truth of his statement. Why won't he tell us? You can make your own mind up about that.
Our investigation has revealed that as a result of him being reported to the Sub Branch President Thomas as an imposter , he finally organised the removal of his name from the Vietnam Nominal Roll, after he knew it was incorrectly listed there for 17 years.!!!
However, no one at either Club is the wiser and he still obtains the benefits.
When asked for any further conditions imposed upon him, both English and Thomas declined to respond.
English stated however, that "This is clearly a tall poppy syndrome attack and a witch hunt based on hearsay."
Well we do not consider English to be a "tall poppy" and we certainly do not think it is"hearsay". Far from it. He has acquired his so called "tall poppy" positions at the RSL Club by producing misleading documentation on his c.v. regarding his "active service" , untruths to members and deceit. He has also misled voting members who placed their trust in him by his behaviour. "That is not hearsay"
He lied to the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia in May 2008 by claiming false Vietnam Royal Australian Navy service when he had none. "That is not hearsay either."
English had every opportunity to travel to Vietnam on the HMAS Sydney. However, he took annual leave instead for his own reasons, knowing that the ship was leaving in a few days time. He subsequently became aware of the administrative error at the AWM and used this error to his own advantage to claim Vietnam active service for many years.
He has used the honour of his genuine shipmates who left for Vietnam on the HMAS Sydney in December 1967 and Vietnam Veterans in general, to enhance his own status in the community to gain undeserved substantial financial benefits and rewards for years.
He should write to the Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia immediately and apologise for his deceitful conduct and resign his membership.
There was no misunderstanding. English claimed to that organisation that he was a Vietnam War Veteran with RAN service on the HMAS Sydney on the dates indicated when he applied for membership, and then purchased the war ribands sticker for his car and VVFA badge.
The Memorial and Sub Branch committees should also take action against wannabees lurking in their midst and not conceal the facts from their members.
English should resign from all his self described "tall poppy" positions at the Club immediately. If he does not, then he should be shown the door. He should also publicly apologise to all Vietnam veterans for stealing their honour.
It is an offence under the Defence Act 1903 to claim to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman.
DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A - Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.
(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain.
The President who made the poor decision to cover up for English in this fiasco, knowing full well that he is a Vietnam veteran imposter, should also resign from his positions for the integrity of the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club, the Sub Branch and the NSW State RSL Headquarters.
Genuine Vietnam veterans have struggled with mental issues and other major disorders for years because of what they endured.
Those who steal their honour are not fit for executive office in the RSL organisation.
Live: 04 Nov 2013
Updated: 19 Nov 2013
Ronald Samuel Workman OAM, of Palm Beach, Queensland for the past 20 years, has been Chairman of the Board of the Currumbin Returned Services League (RSL) and the President of the Memorial Club.
A216946 Ronald Samuel Workman, served one tour in Vietnam with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a Loadmaster with RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam, which was later renamed 35 Squadron. It was also known as Wallaby Airlines for just less than seven months. The aircraft was a twin engine Caribou, which was used to transport troops and supplies all over South Vietnam during the war by both RAAF and United States Squadrons
You would expect a man holding such high positions would set an example to the members by adhering to the correct protocol of wearing medals, which seems to be lacking in a lot of Sub-Branches of the RSL in Queensland.
The medals Ronald Workman is wearing from left to right are-;
Medal of the Order of Australia. (entitled)
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75. (entitled)
General Service Medal 1962. (entitled)
Vietnam Medal. (entitled)
Australian Service Medal 19445-75. (entitled)
Centenary Medal. (entitled)
National Medal. (entitled)
Australian Defence Medal. (entitled)
United States of America Air Medal. (entitled since 2008)
Republic of South Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star (not approved)
Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross (not approved)
Vietnam Campaign Medal (Republic of South Vietnam medal entitled)
A number of Australian servicemen were offered awards by the Government of the Republic of South Vietnam during the war, but only a small number were approved by the then serving Australian Government, following recommendation by the Australian Defence Department. That is not to say that they could not keep them as a memento, but they could not be worn on the left breast with official medals approved and awarded by the Australian Government.
In that situation, they should be worn on the right breast.
Ronald Workman does not appear on a list of names from all three armed services that served in Vietnam as having been awarded any foreign medals.
The list contains all the awards which include Imperial (British), United States of America, Republic of South Vietnam and Cambodia, and was compiled from researching all records of the three services and overseas involvement.
He was only awarded the United States Air Medal after years of negotiation between RAAF Associations and American Associations to seek approval from the United States to award the medal to 35 Squadron. The same representations cannot be applied to the South Vietnam Gallantry awards, as that Government ceased to exist after the fall of the Republic of South Vietnam, when the North overran the country in 1975.
Below is a speech made recently in regard to matters involving the Queensland RSL.
In the speech he made and interesting statement;
“I’ve shot people and I’ve killed people and I know how to stand my ground.”
We know that the squadron flew missions all over South Vietnam carrying troops and supplies. This included missions to remote bases where the aircrafts were shot at. The job of a loadmaster is to unload or load the aircraft as quickly as possible in high risk areas so that the aircraft could lift off the ground hastily and reduce threats of incoming fire from the enemy. The forces on the ground are responsible for protecting the aircraft and its crew.
As already stated, Queensland Sub-Branches seem to be the worst for members wearing medals that they are not entitled to.
Two members of the Southport RSL, who also appear on our site, Mark Tull and Sydney Keith Boese, have been voted into executive positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Maybe the Queensland RSL should look at other Sub-Branches in regards to members wearing unofficial or not approved medals.
Ronald Workman, you have earned the right to appear on our site for the lack of leadership and integrity for a man in your position.
Updated: 19 Nov 2013
We have received a number of enquiries regarding Ronald Workman being a qualified Loadmaster whilst in Vietnam and the wearing of the General Service Medal 1962 (GSM).
Firstly, Roanld Workman was a qualified Loadmaster whilst in Vietnam, but at the time they did not have a Muster for Loadmaster which is why he is shown as an Engine Fitter.
The GSM 1962 has two clasps on it which cannot be read, he also has two clasps on his Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 which indicates he should only have one clasp on his GSM if he served in the Malaya Peninsula or Borneo.
Only the members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam are entitled to the clasp VIETNAM as any RAAF personnel awarded the GSM 1962 Clasp Vietnam were withdrawn and replaced with the Vietnam Medal by Royal Warrant dated 8 June 1968.
If Ronald Workman is wearing the clasp Vietnam with his GSM 1962, he should remove it.
This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.
Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.
Ronald Samuel WORKMAN update. 19 Dec 16
Rambo Ron Workman is at it again with his heroic stories of Vietnam service as a Caribou Loadmaster in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Following our exposure in 2013, where he was exposed as a medals cheat and a liar, for purchasing and wearing the Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross, Workman has now participated in a Currumbin RSL video interview, making outlandish claims of his Vietnam service. His Vietnam service is recorded on the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial, from the 17 February, 1965 to the 15 October, 1965. (8 months or 241 days.)
The video was part of a series in which Currumbin RSL Sub Branch members are interviewed and tell their war related stories to members of their RSL or anyone else who is interested in watching.
In his latest dribble, Workman makes the following claims to his adoring followers, who must now be concerned about his mental health or ability to retain his executive position of President of the Currumbin RSL Sub Branch.
The video can be accessed at Australiaremembers.com.au - Veterans Stories - Ron Workman remembers. We encourage all our readers to view it.
Talking about himself and his mates, Tiddles Pinkerton, who “got” the Military Medal, (he was actually awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal) and Shorty Williams RAAF, who Workman said “got” shot in the arm. Workman claims to the interviewer, that he (himself) “got” the Cross of Gallantry.
The last sentence is true. Workman “got” the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry” He “got” it after paying approximately 50 Australian dollars at a Medals Shop or he “got” it in the mail after a purchase he made on EBay. This is also how he “got” the Republic of South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross, and paid a similar amount. He would have then paid about 400 dollars to have his medals “court mounted”
His supporters should request the paperwork that always accompanies these medals when they are officially awarded. He has no paperwork.. ANZMI requested it 3 years ago and we are still waiting.
Workman claims that he was involved in 1200 or more missions in South Vietnam. Workman spent 241 days in Vietnam for his claimed 1200 or more “missions”. If you take in to account that Workman would not be expected to work 7 days per week, we could reasonably state that he would have had at least one day off per week. That equates to about 34 days off. Then he would have had about 5 or 6 days R& R or in country R&C, Total 40 days at the very minimum.
From those figures ANZMI estimate that Workman must have been involved in at least 6 “missions” per day, every day that he was on duty. Now that is a lot of missions. He further states that he also had to buy his own survival knife. Apparently they were not on issue! Hopefully it was a tax deductable item.
His video story does get better though, and becomes increasingly dramatic with his shooting of an unarmed Viet Cong prisoner on a RAAF Aircraft.
Workman relates a horrific story where - “he was giving a Vietnamese girl mouth to mouth resuscitation after she had the top of her scalp blown off by Viet Cong. He had the three Viet Cong prisoners on board his transport aircraft. One of the Viet Cong prisoners started laughing at Workman so Workman stated ‘I shot him, I did not kill him, but if you say it again you are dead.”
Now that could have been a perilous decision to the aircraft and crew safety to shoot the Viet Cong prisoner whist he was on Workman’s aircraft. What if he had missed?
We have contacted a few of Workman’s former colleagues who cannot remember this incident, let alone being told about it.
Confessing on a publically accessed video to shooting an unarmed Vietnamese prisoner may well be considered a war crimes atrocity. Workman should seriously consider this, the next time he visits Saigon or Hanoi on holidays.
Workman states in the video that he was so depressed regarding his service, that he later sought the assistance of a Psychologist in Burwood, Sydney. He later refers to him as a Psychiatrist. Workman states that he made four audio tapes of his Vietnam service and handed them to the Psychiatrist to listen to, whilst Workman went to the pub and had 6 beers. “When he returned to the office, the Psychiatrist walked out of his office, as white as my shirt,” and said to him, “Sorry I cannot help you.” Workman states that he then left the office and threw his tapes away. Now we at ANZMI think that this Psychiatrist should be struck off. It must have been heart wrenching for Workman to be dismissed so cheaply and then have to discard his tapes. It may well be that the Psychiatrist was so affected, that he had to make an appointment with his own Psychiatrist.
At this stage of the dramatic video, Workman’s Currumbin RSL Sub Branch followers must be rolling around the floor having a good old belly laugh.
We repeat, we have been waiting 3 years for President Workman to send us proof of his awards of the South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the South Vietnam Air Gallantry Cross. We will not hold our breath. Maybe he could just send us his receipts.
Workman is a disgrace to the RSL movement. He should be booted out immediately.
It is individuals like Workman, who hold senior executive positions within the RSL, and who wear purchased gallantry medals, that the younger 4th wave of veterans from Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan refuse to join the RSL movement. Who can blame them?
In our original exposure Workman claimed that -;
“I’ve shot people and I’ve killed people and I know how to stand my ground.”
He continues to tell preposterous stories of his toughness to gain some sort of recognition, including “shooting and killing people.” even in a RAAF aircraft!
Returned & Services League of Australia, Queensland State Branch President, Stewart Cameron CSC, should direct Currumbin RSL executives to remove this ridiculous video from their website, and “retire” Rambo Ron Workman, for the embarrassment he has caused their Club and the RSL in general.
RSL State Branches publicise “Mission Statements”, “Visions” and all sorts of other philosophies to their constituents.
One of the core “Vision” statements of the Queensland RSL State Branch is -;
1. Maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour
This “visionary statement” flies in the face of their lack of action in regards to Currumbin RSL Sub Branch President Ron Workman wearing un-awarded gallantry medals for years, and his claims of shooting unarmed Viet Cong in RAAF aircraft to big note himself.
ANZMI will follow this matter up and disclose to our readers, what action Queensland RSL State Branch take in respect to Workman and his ridiculous claims.
Just when we thought we had cleaned up the Navy's propensity to wear tin medals, along comes Kenneth Edward Neath a prime example of wearing "Vanity" medals that are nothing more than worthless tin junk.
Neath has been awarded four medals for his service, but wears six. The last two are self purchased duplications of the second and third medals.
He was awarded these:
Australian Active Service Medal(AASM) for service in Vietnam
VietnamLogistic and Support Medal(VLSM), for service as a member or crew of a ship in the prescribed area of operations of Vietnam in support of Australian forces
Australian Service Medal(ASM) with Clasp FESR for his service with the Far East Special Reserve for service in South East Asia and
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)for completing his enlistment period in the RAN
Here are the worthless duplications of his second and third awarded medals:
These medals are Commemorative self purchased junk created by Navy Associations. As such if they are to be worn at all, they should be worn on the right breast. These two medals would have cost Neath more that $120 and do nothing more than feed his vanity to be seen as a Veteran with six medals instead of four.
Neath also wears his Return from Active Service Badge (RASB) together with his genuine and fake medals.
This is a common fault in the Veteran Community and whilst not a big offence it is not what the badge was meant for. See here:
Despite our efforts to eradicate the wearing of "Tin" Vanity Medals we are sure that soon we will be publishing more offenders
We welcome Kenneth Edward Neath to our ever expanding list of medals cheats.
UPDATE ON KENNETH EDWARD NEATH 19 Dec 2016
The appearance of Neath on the ANZMI site in 2014 does not seem to have fazed him at all. On top of that, successive RSL Sub-Branch Executives seem to have turned a blind eye to his continual attendance at commemorative services in Eden and Merimbula, wearing the abomination medals and perpetuating his dishonesty.
Neath pops up at the 2015 Centenary of ANZAC service in Eden, still with all his medals on show.
In 2016, Neath once again pops up, this time at the Vietnam Veterans Day service in Merimbula. Once again he is wearing his dodgy medals. He even gets interviewed for the local media (Merimbula Magnet online), with the following being reported about his Vietnam service:
“Vietnam War veteran Ken Neath from Eden was in the crowd. He worked in the engine room of the HMAS Melbourne in 1967 while it was flying night operations into north Vietnam, then on the MV Jeparit in 1968 – the “most controversial ship in the war”
Neath was posted to HMAS Melbourne for the period February to August 1967.
Every month, the Commanding Officer of HMA Ships will provide a Report of Proceedings (ROP), to the Admiral, summarising the activities of that ship and other noteworthy items. ROPs for vessels involved in all Australian conflicts, up to Vietnam, are a matter of public record and can be viewed on the Australian War Memorial website.
An inspection of HMAS Melbourne’s ROPs for the period of Neath’s posting, shows:
Alongside Garden Island undergoing refit.
1-17 Alongside Garden Island undergoing refit.
17-31 Sydney/Jervis Bay area performing workups.
1-30 Workups and exercises on East Coast.
1-9 Passage to Rabaul (commence FESR duties).
10-18 Passage to Subic Bay, Phillipines.
19-25 Passage to Yokohama, Japan.
29-31 Passage to Kure, Japan.
1-3 At Kure, Japan.
3-21 Passage to and alongside Hong Kong.
21-30 Passage to and alongside Singapore.
1-5 Singapore to Manila, Phillipines.
7-26 Exercise SEADOG with US Navy.
26-31 Passage to and alongside Singapore.
1-8 Singapore to Fremantle (cease FESR duties).
8-11 Alongside Fremantle.
11-31 Passage to and alongside Sydney.
As you can see, there were no “flying night operations into north Vietnam” during this deployment. How long Neath has perpetuated this falsehood is anybody’s guess, but they say that if you lie to yourself often enough, you start believing that lie.
One may think that is all, but as they say on the TV, “But wait, there’s more”!
Neath can also be seen wearing the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).
The Australian Defence Medal was established on 20 March 2006 by Letters Patent. It recognises qualifying efficient service of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) Regular and Reserve personnel, including National Servicemen, who have served since the end of World War II.
As for any medal, there are regulations and criteria for its award, namely:
The eligibility criteria requires completion of an initial enlistment period or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also includes those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period or complete an initial enlistment period for one or more of the following reasons:
- he death of a member during service;
- the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to compensable impairment;
- the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.
The Service Records for sailors who joined the Royal Australian Navy prior to 1970, are digitised and available to the public on the National Australian Archives (NAA) website.
The above copy of the front page of Neath’s “Ratings Record of Service Card” shows that he enlisted on 22 October 1966 and that enlistment period was for 9 years.
The rear of this document shows quite clearly that Neath received a “Free Discharge” (being one at own request) on 29 May 1969.
Neath did not complete his initial enlistment, nor did he complete at least 4 years service, having discharged just over 2 years and 6 months after enlistment. In no way has Neath qualified for the award of the ADM, another lie he has perpetuated.
Kenneth Edward Neath, you have already been called out once for your behaviour, but you have continued your charade and brought yourself attention once again.
To have been detected on the day of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Commemorations, makes it even worse in the disrespect you have brought on your fellow veterans.
However, the blame cannot lay entirely with you. The fact that successive executives of various RSL Sub-Branches have knowingly and willingly let you partake in commemorative services is a clear indictment on their own integrity and fitness to hold such responsible office.