Barry Gregory Blackwood received succour from the Judge who heard his criminal charges in the Cairns District Court. The Judge obviously believed that Blackwood suffers from the distress of "fighting in Vietnam". Here is the media report.
Notice the comments made by the Judge Morzone about Blackwood being a damaged war veteran. The Judge obviously understands the problems that are often faced by genuine Veterans who have served in war zones. Blackwood has dishonestly misled the Court regarding his "trip" to Vietnam to the point we believe he has Perverted the Course of Justice.
The Judge's words would have one believe that Blackwood was a damaged "Battle hardened" Veteran of the Vietnam War. The truth is that Blackwood spent only six hours at anchor in the peaceful Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Parramatta. HMAS Parramatta dropped anchor at 0700 hours on the 9 April 1968 and weighed anchor at 1300 hours on the same day. Like most other days, there was no war like activity, in or around Vung Tau on the 9 April 1968. Here are extracts from the ship's Report of Proceedings for that day.
The full report dated 3rd May 1968 can be found here:
Blackwood had a less than illustrious Navy career. He joined as a Junior Seaman in 1967 and was discharged as being unsuitable in 1968. Here is an extract from his Navy Service Record
The Vietnam Nominal Roll shows him as being in Vietnam from 5 April 1968 to 17 April 1968. Twelve days. That information is misleading and results from a system invented by the RAN at the time. It is actually the time departing Singapore until returning to Singapore.
This system has resulted in hundreds of Navy personnel being wrongly awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. That medal requires One Hundred and Eighty days in Vietnam waters. The ships that were on the Vietnam Gunline are listed as having been in Vietnam for that period, but none of them were, because every now and then they departed the Gunline and sailed off to other countries for leave or repairs. The whole issue is such a shemozzle that neither the RAN nor Honours and Awards are prepared to address the matter.
Blackwood is not a PTSD wracked veteran of the Vietnam war as depicted by the Judge who had obviously been misled. He spent Six hours in the Vung Tau Harbour with no enemy activity whatsoever and would have enjoyed the comforts of HMAS Parramatta.
The Judge said "You saw and did things which, like so many others, has resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and like so many others in your situation have turned to drinking to cope with the demons that endure from that experience" In fact Blackwood saw nothing and endured nothing from the Vietnam war, he is a liar, fraud and should not have been given leniency for his behaviour.
Blackwood was an unsatisfactory sailor and, since his discharge, has been an unsatisfactory citizen, with a number of serious convictions. The Veteran community do not want him, and we urge the Cairns Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge him for 'Perverting the Course of Justice', with the hope of his serving the full 18 month prison sentence, that he was awarded.
Unfortunately we have not be able to locate a photograph of Blackwood and if any reader can help it will be much appreciated by Veterans of Australia and New Zealand.
In the meantime we sentence him to a place on our website where he will remain for a very long time.