Polglaise

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Polglaise
Christian Names: Wayne David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Bendigo
Service #: 3206970
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Reserve and Cadets
Commencement of service: 1988,1997,2001
Completion of service: 1998,2000, 2006
Case Notes:

 

 

 

ANZAC Day 2014 in rural Bendigo, Victoria, a leather clad biker look alike mixed it up with genuine veterans. The photos, taken at the Bendigo RSL, attest to him bedecked with medals depicting operational/active service. He also wears the coveted Infantry Combat Badge, the AIRN (Operational Readiness) badge, the Returned From Active Service Badge and what looks like an American service medal as well as other trinkets of interest.

The photo taken from his rear clearly shows the back patches which indicate he is an Australian Army veteran of the Iraq and Timor conflicts.

Those he spoke to on the 25th of April, heard POLGLAISE extol his Army history with tales of being posted to the Special Forces Training Centre (SFTC) for one year and becoming their Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Close Quarter Battle (CQB) (Hand to hand Fighting). He also claimed he went on to work in the "Dojo" at 2 Commando Regiment, trained Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldiers in CQB and unarmed combat prior to their deployment to Iraq in 1999. He claims this was all before he was deployed himself to Iraq in Close Personal Protection duties as both a soldier and civilian.

POLGLAISE then proceeded to hand out business cards of his "Kombative Concepts Method" where boldly printed appears his title of "KCM Director and Founder - Commander Wayne POLGLAISE.

His qualifications make Chuck NORRIS look like a novice!! This "veteran" sure has the stuff of heroes. On his business card he has even taken the liberty of plagiarising the badge of the US Special Forces Rangers and then added his company logo title to the badge. This is something we feel that the Rangers will be contacting "Commander" POLGLAISE about in the very near future.

Concerned veterans from Bendigo gathered and after a wonderful bout of investigations and interviews with local Army Reserve Units in the area, determined the following genuine service of POLGLAISE:

Enlisted to the Army Reserve June 1988 in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) posted to 15 Transport Squadron Bendigo.
Discharged April 1989 - no qualifications.

Enlisted July 1997 - Army Reserve - Allocated to Royal Australian Infantry Corps (RA Inf) posted to 8/7 Royal Victorian Regiment, Bendigo.
Qualifications: Recruit Training - No other qualifications.
Discharged April 2000 - Operational (War) Service Nil, Honours and Awards Nil.

In November 2001 POLGLAISE was enlisted as an Australian Army Officer of Cadets, with the rank of Second Lieutenant Instructor at the Simpson Barracks, McLeod Victoria. He resigned in 2006.

POLGLAISE was a part-time soldier for two periods of service totalling some three years and seven months with no war service and absolutely no participation in Special Forces. He was then instructing school cadets for five years.

How is it he illegally wears combat medals and the like?

ANZMI emailed POLGLAISE giving him the opportunity to explain himself see below:

From: ANZMI
To: Wayne David POLGLAISE
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2014 7:28 PM
Subject: Suspect Bogus Veteran Wayne David POLGLAISE

My name is Rodney from ANZMI (Australian & New Zealand Military Imposters). Our aim in life is to expose to the world those that falsify active/operational service in theatres of combat. Should you never have heard of us simply Google ANZMI and you will see what our objectives are.

I am in possession of photographs of yourself taken last ANZAC day where you are wearing current issue medals depicting operational service, an Infantry Combat Badge and other items of militaria including a back patch and Australian flag motifs depicting Iraq service with the Australian forces. A thorough check of records within our means shows no record of you qualifying for operational service.

ANZMI operates without fear or favour, this email gives you the opportunity to prove beyond doubt that you are a returned serviceman, including your factual service history, or explain why you illegally wear medals that have not been issued to you. Should you choose not to reply to this email our investigators will proceed with the possibility of exposing you to the www without delay. Take the time to visit our website and you will see that there are those who have been subject to hefty fines and in some cases imprisonment for falsely purporting to be a returned serviceman.

You have until Friday 23 May 2014 to respond to this email.

Rodney
ANZMI Investigator"

It was no surprise that he never replied. This is the standard action of a bogus veteran who considers if he ignores our contact, that the matter will just disappear and nothing more will be heard.

Veterans and the general population of Bendigo must be reeling in disbelief at the exposure of three "Walter MITTY's" in as many weeks - the recent exposures of SPARK, DOLMAN and now POLGLAISE have led to concerns that the HINES twins from Brisbane may be headed their way to establish another M.A.S.K. unit and will be recruiting from the area. It seems that there is no shortage of questionable candidates to select from.

Wayne David POLGLAISE - welcome to the world wide web. Your dishonesty and total disrespect for genuine veterans alive and dead is now available for the entire world to view - you are a disgrace to any uniform you ever wore.

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