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Surname: Clark
Christian Names: Robert John Davis
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Auckland
City or Town: Kaukapakapa
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: Unknown
Service: NZ Army
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

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There are liars, medal cheats, valour thieves, and then we have Robert John Clark, who has managed the trifecta!

Clark has been on our radar for some time, thanks to those in military circles suspicious of this clown, who has appeared over recent years at both his local RSA (Kaukapakapa) and at a school in Takapuna in Auckland, New Zealand.

We have established that Clark served in the NZ Army in the early 1990’s, having never left NZ shores during that short period of service.

This hasn’t stopped Clark taken to wearing 13+ medals, to ANZAC parades and services, over recent years. And if that wasn’t sufficient, he carries, or wears, the highly honoured SAS (Special Air Service) beret at these occasions. But even this was not enough glory for Clark, who also tacked on his right chest, the US citation presented to the NZSAS by President George Bush, although, being the fool he is, Clark wore his upside down, which is the ultimate insult to those who served and actually earned this acclaimed citation!

Finally, Clark wears an NZSAS tie.

Clark never earned any of these medals or accoutrements!

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Medals left to right:
1. NZ OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL
2. UN – UNPROFOR (FORMER YUGOSLAVIA)
3. UN – UNMIS (SUDAN) WITH CLASP
4. NZ – GSM (WARLIKE) WITH CLASP – either SUEZ CANAL REGION, MALAYA, VIETNAM, KUWAIT * ?
5. UN – UNMIT (EAST TIMOR)
6. NZ – GSM (SOLOMON ISLANDS)
7. NATO MEDAL – could be: FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, or A NON ARTICLE 5 OPERATIONS with either BALKANS or AFGHANISTAN CLASP) ?
8. NZ – GSM (IRAQ) – still a current mission
9. NZ – GSM (EAST TIMOR)
10. NZ – LS & GCM (ARMY) – NO BARS = service of between 15 and 29 years (Bar issued at 30yrs)
11. NZ DSM with 2 x CLASPS: REGULAR + TERRIORIAL (or NATIONAL SERVICE)
12. MULTINATIONAL FORCE & OBSERVERS - SINAI PENINSULA MEDAL – still a current mission
13. TIMOR LESTE (East Timor) SOLIDARITY MEDAL
14. On THE right chest - US NAVY Presidential Unit Citation

By his own admission, Clark bought these medals online (NZ$700 according to him), and admits he made the citation in a drunken session with a friend. He claims to have been gifted his military SAS tie and beret.

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Clark says “he had spent years allowing people to think he had service with the NZSAS.” This, despite admitting that, although serving in the NZ Army in the early 90’s, he never once left NZ shores, or saw active service.

When questioned on this disgusting deception, Clark claimed that this year’s ANZAC service was the first occasion he had worn the medals, beret, tie and citation. ANZMI has received complaints from ex-servicemen who have witnessed Clark wear “his” tin and bluster at many previous ANZAC services over recent years.

But instead of owning his deception, when caught, Clark still chose to lie about the reason he has deceived his friends, family, fellow RSA members, and those who would be deceived by this shabby man.

Clark"s excuse for this deception? He stated that he presented himself as an NZSAS soldier as part of a cunning scheme to expose what he called profiteering from the sale of medals and military equipment online.

To add insult to injury, Clark then claims he had eventually intended to write a book about his experience as a medal cheat and valour thief.

Rob Clark, we will save you the bother.

Clark even admits his “stupidity” in an article in the NZ Herald on 1 May 2017 - There is a video and full admission in that article.
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11848290 

NB. The act of wearing un-earned medals is a crime under the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918. The maximum $500 fine and/or up to one month in prison.

Clark will remain on this site in perpetuity as a reward as a medal cheat, valour thief, and liar.

Surname: Tolcher
Christian Names: Anthony Desmond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Springwood
Service #: Never Served
Service: Never Served
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

TOLCHER UPDATE 11 MAY 17

Please go to the bottom of this page to read the latest.........

 

Anthony Desmond Tolcher was born on the 20 June, 1956. He also uses the name Timothy Diamond. This is the pseudonym he uses as an author.

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Tolcher is a shameless military fraud, without moral principles or integrity, and is a blight on the veteran community. He has deliberately told numerous lies, about his false military past, to sell books that he has written, and to profit from the proceeds.

Although he claims that this trilogy of books are “fiction”, he has publically stated that the information regarding the main character is based “loosely on his own life experiences.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

To support his outrageous lies, he had the following plaque manufactured and mounted in his office. We are aware that when he ordered this item, he convinced the gentleman concerned, that he served in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment at the dates nominated.

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There are a number of anomalies present in this plaque.

1. The service number provided 0216811 is not an Australian Army number. It is actually Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) series, NSW Enlistment via circa 1955 – 1956. (Tolcher was born in 1956.)
2. He then claims “Service 1969 – 1970 Basic Training (6 weeks) – Continued at Swanbourne.W.A. ” (As Tolcher was born in 1956, he would have been 13 years old. )
3. All of the claimed Army service details displayed on the plaque are fabricated.
4. He also claims that he served with the “Australian Secret Intelligence Agency” from 1981 to 2000. You would think that after an alleged 19 years in the employment of one of our National Security organisations, he would get the name correct. It is either ASIS or ASIO.
5. His claimed medals and citation awards are rubbish. The dates he has nominated for his receipt of the awards are totally inconsistent with the dates that these medals were officially proclaimed and awarded by the Australian Government..
(i) Australian Defence Medal (ADM), Proclaimed. 30 March, 2006. - Not 1970.
(ii)Vietnam Medal (VM) Proclaimed 8 June, 1968. - Not 2005.
(iii) Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Proclaimed 13 September 1988.. - Not 2005.
(iv) The Vietnam Star Campaign Medal should be the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Approval to award - May, 1966.

'In addition, the United States Purple Heart has never been accepted by the Australian Department of Defence as an award to Australian Defence Force personnel.'

According to Honours and &Awards, -
The Purple Heart is one of only two US military decorations that may not, by law, be awarded to non-US personnel (the
other is the Medal of Honor).
 
The U.S. Bronze Star has only been approved by the Department of Defence as an acceptable foreign award for issue to a handful of Australian Army personnel, who served in the former Republic of South Vietnam .

We are also aware that the two black and white photographs appearing at the top of the plaque are not photographs of Tony Tolcher, but other Australian Army service personnel who have identified themselves to us.

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In respect to Tolcher's medal rack above, he has not been awarded one of them.

They are -;

1.Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (Awarded for 181 days or more in Republic of South Vietnam)
5. United States Bronze Star. (Awarded for heroic achievement in a combat zone.)
6. United States Purple Heart. (Awarded to those wounded or killed in action)
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. (Awarded for heroic conduct while in combat with the enemy.)

Tolcher gave an interview on Youtube detailing his false military claims to enhance the sale of his books. We will not name the books here, as we do not wish to provide this charlatan with any more free publicity.

In this video, he tells the interviewer that, inter alia, - “on returning home from the South Coast, my wife was asking me about my life". He states that he then started telling her what he had done and she said that “You should write a book.” Later when I got home, I put it all down on computer. “It was all there in my head.” He then points to his head and says, “It is all loosely based on my own life, it is here, (pointing to his head again), all I had to do was punch it out.” We have a copy of this video.

As a result of this interview, where he claims SASR service, a number of former members of the Special Air Service Regiment contacted Tolcher and questioned his credentials and claims of military service. Below is his reply -;

Email reply to a former SASR vet- Well Hi xxxxxx (name deleted),

To answer your email, your name means jack shit to me too, and as i am in regular contact with a couple of former regiment bosses that have since risen to prominence, as governor generals. Mike who is one of the two, has advised me to verify your bonafides, and he is going to be doing the same. So i will ask for your former rank and, sabre squadron number.

If, as you claim of being an ex regiment member, you would also know about sealed records, obviously you haven't read any of my published books, that take a swipe at the govt to get them unsealed, which would benefit me greatly with my claim against the dva. As ex SASR you should be aware of the fact that no one is told everything, never make a bold statement that you no nothing about!

Oh, and yes i'm aware of the mentioned website, and other offences, get me your answers and i will be happy to talk to you, once you've been checked out, until then, cheers and up the regiment.


This pompous imposter is nothing but a low life arrogant individual who has stolen the valour of the Special Air Service Regiment for his own financial gain. He has absolutely no credibility whatsoever.

We tried to contact Tolcher by email on two occasions and invited him to explain his version of events. He failed to respond on both occasions..

We urge all our followers on this site to spread the word about Tolcher aka Diamond and not purchase any literary articles that he is associated with.

Tolcher needs to go public and apologise to all Vietnam veterans out there, without qualification. He should also apologise to all those people who have purchased his books, and who see him as some sort of “war hero.”

He should then donate all the profits of his sold books to Legacy.

Tolcher claims membership of the Springwood Queensland RSL Sub Branch. When asked by Sub Branch officials, he could not produce necessary proof of military service to that body, due to what he said was the “Official Secrets Act”. You know, "nudge nudge, wink wink." That is also a lie.

Anthony Desmond Tolcher, Military Imposter, from Springwood in Queensland, Australia will remain here for a long time to come.

 

TOLCHER UPDATE 11 May 17

Since our original exposure of military fraud Anthony Tolcher, aka Tony Diamond, there have been developments that have raised the interest of journalists and television media personalities throughout the country.

From the outset, we remind our readers that in our original exposure, we described Tolcher as a pompous imposter and a low life arrogant individual, who is a blight on the veteran community.

Following our publication, Tolcher was notified of the ANZMI exposure. He failed to express any remorse or contrition regarding his lies of Australian Army service as a decorated Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldier with Vietnam deployment. He failed to apologise for his deceit to his local Sub Branch or the Veteran Community. In fact he adopted a defiant attitude and maintained that his claims were factual and that his service records were "sealed."

Since then, his arrogance has manifested and he continues to snub his nose at the veteran community and treat our servicemen and servicewomen with the utmost disrespect and contempt.

On Anzac Day, 25 April, 2017, Tolcher, of Springwood, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, appeared at an official Anzac Day service in Watsonville, North Queensland, 1700 kilometres north of Brisbane. He was photographed wearing his fake purchased medals at this ceremony.

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In this photograph Tolcher is wearing the following unearned medals.

1. Australian Active Service medal 1945-1975 Clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Defence Force Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal.
5. United States Bronze Star Medal..
6. United States Purple Heart Medal.
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm..

He also wears a phony Unit Citation for Gallantry above the phony medal rack. On his right lapel he wears a purchased Special Air Service Regiment silver badge.

This photograph of Tolcher appeared on the Facebook site of the Western Progress Association Inc (Watsonville) the following day, 26 April, 2017.

It was captioned - “Decorated War Veterans (name deleted) and Tony Tolcher at the ANZAC Day Ceremony”

Following inquiries from journalists and other interested parties, the photograph suddenly disappeared from the Facebook site.

On Saturday the 29 April, 2017, the following Courier Mail Brisbane Newspaper article appeared.

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We are astounded at the arrogance of Tolcher. His insensitive so called “apology” as quoted by the journalist who wrote the above article is incredible. However, it is to be expected from this individual.

Tolcher is one of the worst imposters to ever appear on this site. He makes a lot of money out of his false claims of SASR military service.

He continues to sell his trilogy of books that he has written, which he states are based “loosely” on his life.

Every dollar he has received from the sale of these books, he has received immorally, by falsely pretending to be a decorated Vietnam War Hero and wearing purchased gallantry medals.

The veteran community should spurn this imposter at every opportunity, and treat him with the same contempt that he has displayed towards them.

We have notifed the Queensland State Police who hopefully will charge Tolcher for falsely representing himself at Watsonville, Queensland, on Anzac Day, 2017 with being a returned serviceman under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A., and Section 80B (6 months imprisonment or $3000 fine OR both)

Tolcher will have the honour of appearing on our Home Page shortly, with our other highly ranked Australian and New Zealand military imposters.

And there he shall remain for a long time to come.

 

Surname: Wilson
Christian Names: Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Unknown
Service: Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Robert Wilson is a Western Australian Policeman and now a Warrant Officer in the Royal West Australian Regiment of the Australian Army Reserves. The photograph below was taken in July 2016 when he held the rank of Sergeant:

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Here is a close up of the medals.

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He is wearing seven medals, he is only entitled to wear six on his left breast.

The problem is that the second last medal worn by Wilson is a Western Australian State Police Medal.

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Protocol is clear, State Police Medals are not worn on the left breast and in particular not when in Defence uniform. Wilson's actions break all the rules.

The Governor General of Australia has published a list of Australian and Imperial medals that are authorised to be worn. In addition there is a list of Foreign Awards that have been approved by the Governor General. There is no list of State Medals that may be worn on the left breast mixed with Defence and Federal medals.

We are aware that the Police Commissioner of Western Australian has given permission to mix State Medals with Federal Medals on the left breast. He is usurping the powers of the Office of the Australian Governor General who is the person who makes decisions about medals. We are also aware that in the headquarters of Western Australia Police there is a medals "expert" who is an ex Army Reservist who has misguided Police Commissioners, for many years, however it behooves Police Commissioners to "get it right" and not take notice of a Public Servant whose advice is based on personal aggrandisement.

It is suggested that the Western Australia Police Commissioner phone the Governor General and sort the matter out.

Robert Wilson for reasons known only to himself has flouted Department of Defence and Department of Honours and Awards rules by adding one extra, non approved medal to his already impressive rack. It was a foolish thing to do and he will now reside on this website among all the other medals cheats.

Surname: King
Christian Names: Gary Scott
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service #: 8214629
Service: Army
Branch: Reserves 25/49 RQR
Commencement of service: 7th Nov 2005 (t
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

“Give me enough medals and I’ll win you any war”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Gary KING is yet another Veteran who is not satisfied with his service in the Australian Army, service for which he has received appropriate medallic recognition.

KING enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1991 and served in Intelligence until 2005 when he transferred to the Active Reserve.   By all accounts he was a good soldier, completing a number of courses such as the Fraud and Ethics Training - which he qualified.  

Ironically, Gary KING is a fraud, and totally lacking in ethics.

KING served as part of Operations TANAGER and ANODE and has been awarded a Bronze Army Commendation and The Army Soldiers Medallion.   He is entitled to the following awarded:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) – Clasp East Timor

Australian Service Medal (ASM) – Clasp Solomon Islands

Defence Long Service Medal (DFSM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

He also has an entitlement to the Returned From Active Service Badge (RAS) and possibly, although not confirmed, maybe entitled to the UN East Timor Medal.

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In the above photograph however, KING, our very own ‘Napoleon Bonaparte’, who as we all know was also a Corporal is wearing a lot more medals,

In the photograph, he is wearing the following:

AASM with Clasps for Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan
ASM with clasps for Solomon Is II, MFO Sinai,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
INTERFET Medal
DLSM

UNTAET UN Medal with No2 device
NATO Medal, (Afghanistan)
MFO Sinai Medal

Why Mr KING, why?   Having served in East Timor and the Solomon Islands and received commendations for your service, what on earth has made you decide that you must now embellish your service and wear medals you clearly have no entitlement too.

Now, normally it takes a write up from ANZMI to get the authorities to act against imposters such as KING, but in a positive twist, he was terminated by Defence for wearing a large number of unearned medals after a photo of him appeared in the ANZAC Day 2014 edition of the Toowoomba Chronicle where it was seen by the RSM 25/49 RQR.

Our investigation into KING has unearthed many witnesses to his fraud, as if the photograph is not enough evidence.   Witnesses have come forward to provide evidence that KING is not only a medals cheat, but also a valour thief and an outright liar.

‘…Cpl. Gary King or 'Kingy' as he was known to us is a reserve soldier in 25/49RQR. When I first met him he was posting in from 31/42RQR as an instructor in the trainee coy. Kingy was posted to BHQ as the Bn Intelligence Cpl.  Right from the off he was an awe-inspiring figure; a twice instructor at Kapooka (or was it three?) 1RAR in Somalia service with 'special forces' when asked which one he alluded to SAS going on to say 'I was special forces... But I wasn't special forces, if you know what I mean?'.... No, we didn't know what he meant, only now do I think I understand; had I been posted to SAS I too would wear the winged dagger on a beret, not the SAS beret this being sf but not sf... If you know what I mean. I believe now that he was posted there as an intelligence soldier never actually becoming beret qualified. When I saw him wearing a para-smock I told him about another

Cpl. I'd seen kicking around with one who wasn't a paratrooper and Kingy immediately said that he got his for being a parachutist thus alluding to his SAS story. On yet another occasion I mentioned about 3RAR having the best-looking wings being the same as those worn by Aussie paras in WW2. He jumped in saying that his looked better as they were blue, the SAS obviously having blue wings. Without going into every detail of his stories as time went by they got more and more elaborate: working as a mercenary in Iraq and Afghan going with 2RAR to Rwanda (he can never decide whether he was in 1 or 2 RAR) getting demoted from Sgt twice, being forced out of infantry because he broke his back parachuting onto a building and it goes on. Finally, we come to Anzac Day the day the infamous day the Hines twins showed up Kingy was there too resplendent with his numerous gongs. I noticed he had no parachutist wings at all, further he had more clasps to his aasm than I would have thought possible regrets I can't remember all of them but one that did stick in my mind was Sierra Leone which I didn't know Australia even went to! A mate of mine who is still in the unit has more to say than I do about it. Sorry I have no photo but I believe the Somalia and Rwanda story ought to give you a good lead to establish whether he is full of crap or not…’

Our investigations reveal that KING was at no time a Recruit Instructor at Kapooka, nor did he serve in Somalia or Rwanda and was most definitely not SASR.  

Now that the Army has taken action and let KING go, it is likely he will now ingratiate himself into the RSL and Veteran community.   We have many cases on our website where RSL executives have failed to do appropriate background checks on new members, let us hope they heed this early warning and keep an eye out for the ‘little corporal’ in their ranks.

Welcome to our website Gary KING.

Surname: Barrett
Christian Names: Anthony Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Tamworth
Service #: 222263
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Commencement of service: 18 Jul 1972
Completion of service: 8 sep 1976
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There were Soldiers who were posted to the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Swanbourne, Western Australia as Support Staff. Anthony Joseph Barrett was one of them, he was a Driver. He was never an SASR Trooper who did the "Hard Yards" to qualify for that elite job. For many years Barrett has told a different story.

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Notice he has an SASR Dagger symbol tattooed on his shoulder. His motor car regularly seen around Tamworth is emblazoned with an SASR badge, but that's not all, he wears an SASR Signet Ring. The photograph below is of Barret's right hand. He uses the tattoo and the Signet Ring to illustrate that he was a genuine SASR Trooper.

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He also has confabulations to support his accoutrements. We have Statutory Declarations stating that Barrett claims:

"He was a Major in the SASR and served in Vietnam

Has combat experience in Vietnam and Cambodia

Was awarded the Medal for Gallantry"

Barrett spent all of his Defence Service in Australia, he was never deployed overseas and was never awarded a Medal for Gallantry.

He was born on 11 December 1952. His Discharge Certificate shows he enlisted as a Private Soldier on the 18 July 1972 and was discharged as a Private Soldier on 8 September 1976 for being "Medically Unfit". Unfortunately for Barrett, four years’ service is not enough to have started off as a Private Soldier and been promoted to the rank of Major. In addition had he been a genuine Major or SASR Trooper that would have been shown on his Discharge Certificate.

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An Association of genuine ex SASR personnel have become aware of Barrett and here is what they have to say.

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Barrett is the ultimate "Lily gilder" who relates to anyone who will listen that he was an active member of the SAS Regiment. He displays SASR paraphernalia to "give proof" that he was an SASR Trooper. He has been questioned many times in his home town of Tamworth in NSW, and most ex Service people are aware of his deception, but when away from home, and has an audience, he will give them the sad lies.

We welcome Anthony Barrett and hope that our exposure will stop his lies and deceit and get him back into the world of reality. Barrett can now look forward to years of infamy as a participant on our website

Surname: Anderson (DICK)
Christian Names: James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Gold Coast
Service #: R64828
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Aircraft Handler
Commencement of service: 27 Nov 1965
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

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James Anderson joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1965, under his birth name of James Anderson Dick.

Anderson trained as an Aircraft Handler at HMAS Albatross, his duties involving the marshalling of aircraft, and also aviation firefighting and rescue.

Anderson was posted to HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney, undertaking operational service with Melbourne, as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), and Sydney, providing logistic support to Australian troops in Vietnam.

For his service, Anderson is entitled to the medals he is wearing in the above picture, namely:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.
  2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal.
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75.
  4. Australian Defence Medal.

He is a veteran entitled to recognition for his service, however, Anderson took it all that little bit further.

Anderson came to attention through a media article in the Gold Coast Sun, on 24 April 2016, where he recounts his exploits and experiences during the ‘Indonesian Confrontation’ and the Vietnam War:

Gold Coaster Jim Anderson has finally put the past behind him after surviving the horrors of the Vietnam War

A VIETNAM veteran who has battled the demons of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for decades has finally emerged on the other side, stronger for the harrowing experience and more at peace with himself. Jim Anderson, 70, of Wongawallan, served in the Royal Australian Navy for 12 years. As a 20-year-old he went to sea to serve in the Indonesian conflict where he was confined in a small box in the ship’s magazines for 10 long days.

He then did a two-and-a-half-year stint on the HMAS Sydney from 1967.

“We did about nine trips to take troops and supplies to Vietnam and to bring soldiers home,” he said. “We anchored off Cape St Jacques, near Vung Tau in South Vietnam, and the troops we picked up were very traumatised. Some of those poor fellas were literally ripping their hair out.”

Mr Anderson said the growing fear of being blown out of the water by the Viet Cong and other experiences triggered PTSD. “They bombed the harbour while we were there and we had no way of protecting ourselves. We were sitting ducks,” he said. “The USS Meeker County had her stern blown out and we came alongside her just after she had sunk. I remember feeling so vulnerable. I had never drunk alcohol before but that’s when I started drinking. It was all the tension.”

To make matters worse, the RAN ships were docked at the mouth of the Mekong River and sailors unknowingly bathed in and drank water contaminated with deadly Agent Orange. Mr Anderson’s hands still shake and, worse, he has seen too many of his mates die of cancer or their children born with deformities.

However, he said when he came home, the PTSD really kicked in.

“Vietnam soldiers like me were spat on and abused. That was the worst part. We had pigs’ blood thrown on us in Sydney and I was punched by a woman who called me a baby killer,” he said.

Mr Anderson started experiencing debilitating nightmares and crippling anxiety.

“I would dream of chasing people around the house and of a woman dressed in black standing in the corner of the bedroom. I would jump out of bed and frighten the hell out of my wife, Lorraine,” he said. “I had flashbacks to Vung Tau every five minutes and such bad anxiety that I couldn’t go to the shops in case they were crowded.

That’s when I really got stuck into the grog. I was full of anger and I remember going down to a pub in Botany Bay in full uniform, hoping someone would pick a fight with me.”

Mr Anderson struggled with PTSD for 20 years until he finally took his wife’s advice and started intensive counselling. He was given medication and, with the unwavering support of Lorraine, started to tackle his demons. “I still have counselling but the anger has gone,” he said. “Life is good and I feel blessed.”

Today, Mr Anderson has eight grandchildren and is a much-loved husband, father and friend with a wicked sense of humour and unwavering optimism.

“Our experiences in life make us what we are.”

Anderson has made quite an emotive statement, however, upon examination of the readily available evidence, Anderson is simply telling nothing more than fantastic stories.

Within the day of this article appearing online, reader comments were made, throwing doubt on the claims made by Anderson.

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Let us examine Anderson’s claims.

“As a 20-year-old he went to sea to serve in the Indonesian conflict where he was confined in a small box in the ship’s magazines for 10 long days.”

Anderson joined HMAS Melbourne on 21 March 1966, the ship sailing 3 days later for the Singapore exercise area. On 24 March 1966, Melbourne came under control of Commander, Far East Fleet (CMFEF), and became attached to the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), until 25 April 1966, when the ship left that area of operation and conducted escort duty to the HMAS Sydney enroute to Vietnam.

Anderson speaks of the ‘Indonesian Conflict’. Although a treaty officially ending hostilities was not signed until August 1966, the conflict effectively ceased in September 1965, when Indonesia’s President was removed after an anti-communist coup.

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As shown in the above extract of the Report of Proceedings (ROP) for April 1966, Melbourne entered potentially hostile waters on the 3rd of April whilst transiting from Manus Island to the Basilan Straits (Philippines). As the ship was in proximity of Indonesia, Defence Stations were assumed until 2359 hours on 7th April. This was a total period of five days at Defence Stations.

Anderson was an Aircraft Handler and during Defence Stations, if on watch, would be part of the team marshalling aircraft on the flight deck and inside the hangar, as well as providing aviation fire fighting support.

Although the Melbourne was armed with 40/60 Bofors anti-aircraft guns, ammunition

would not have been prepared for distribution from magazines to each gun mount, until the ship had proceeded to Action Stations, the next level up from Defence Stations, and a situation where attack is imminent.

Anderson, as an Aircraft Handler, would not have been positioned in the magazines during Defence Stations and, if he had, it was certainly not for 10 days.

Melbourne’s ROP shows that this short period was the only time the ship went anywhere in the vicinity of Indonesia during that deployment.

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The official publication on Navy involvement in the ‘Indonesian Confrontation’, produced by the Navy History Unit in Canberra, totally rebuffs the claim made by Anderson:

“Prior to the "official" period of the Indonesian Confrontation, Melbourne was allocated to the FESR for 17 days from 28th February 1962 to 16th March 1962 and in company with the Daring class destroyer, Voyager & the "Q" class anti-submarine frigate, Queenborough, challenged the right of sea passage through the Indonesian Archipelago. This was the only time in the history of the ship that she was prepared for, and placed in a position to engage with an enemy if challenged”.

The next claim made by Anderson is just as fanciful when the facts are disclosed.

“Mr Anderson said the growing fear of being blown out of the water by the Viet Cong and other experiences triggered PTSD. “They bombed the harbour while we were there and we had no way of protecting ourselves. We were sitting ducks,” he said. “The USS Meeker County had her stern blown out and we came alongside her just after she had sunk. I remember feeling so vulnerable. I had never drunk alcohol before but that’s when I started drinking. It was all the tension.”

Vietnam service is recorded on a Nominal Roll, maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Whereas service for Army was calculated from the date of arrival in country until the date of departure, Navy ships were considered to be rendering operational service from the date of departure from the last Australian port, to the date of arrival at the first Australian port.

Accordingly, a ship could be accredited with 28 days ‘warlike’ service, yet only spending a few hours actually anchored in Vung Tau during that period, as was the case for HMAS Sydney whilst engaged in logistic support to the Vietnam operations.

The Reports of Proceedings for both Melbourne and Sydney, were accessed on the Australian War Memorial website to ascertain the validity of the claims made by Anderson.

Anderson was onboard Melbourne for the following Vietnam deployments:

25 Apr to 06 May 1966 – Melbourne did not enter Vung Tau, instead being diverted to what is now known as Con Son Island, some 100 km away, to refuel with HMAS Supply, and on completion, proceeded to Hong Kong on 04 My 1966.

25 May to 09 Jun 1966 – Once again, Melbourne did not enter Vung Tau, escorting Sydney down the Vietnam coast until these duties were taken over by HMAS Derwent. Melbourne then made passage for Penang, arriving on 09 Jun 1966.

In relation to those two deployments, Melbourne was not anchored in Vung Tau or even close-by to hostile forces.

Anderson served six deployments on Sydney which qualify for Vietnam service.

The following, taken from Sydney’s ROP, shows the dates of those deployments and actual time anchored in Vung Tau.

27 Mar to 26 Apr 1968 – 7h 00m

21 May to 13 Jun 1968 – 6h 58m

13 Nov to 28 Nov 1968 – 4h 20m

08 Feb to 25 Feb 1969 – 5h 25m

08 May to 30 May 1969 – 5h 30m

17 Nov to 05 Dec 1969 – 6h 12m

There is no mention in ROPs of Vung Tau harbour being bombed whilst Sydney was anchored or in transit. By comparison to other areas of the conflict, Vung Tau was largely free from Viet Cong activity.

In all, Anderson spent a total of 35 hours and 25 minutes anchored in Vung Tau. As no leave was granted during those port visits, Anderson did not, at any time, set foot on Vietnam soil. Unlike the majority of those who served in Vietnam, Anderson had the comforts and safety of Sydney at his disposal at all times.

So, let us now consider his claims about the USS Meeker County:

USS Meeker County (LST-980) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Meeker County, Minnesota, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

Originally laid down as LST-980 on 22 December 1943 at the Boston Navy Yard; the ship was launched on 10 February 1944 and de-activated in 1955.

In 1965, an urgent need for amphibious types caused Meeker County to be reactivated. Modernized at Baltimore, she recommissioned on 23 September 1966, underwent intensive training at Little Creek, and on 20 January 1967 departed for her new home port, Guam. She arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam, on 7 April and then sailed for Vietnam for a tour of duty as a unit of Landing Ship Squadron 3. Operating from Da Nang, she provided almost continuous support to combat operations in Vietnam into 1970.

Decommissioned in December 1970 at Bremerton, Washington, Meeker County was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 April 1975. 

The USS Deeker County only suffered battle damage during the D-Day landings in World War Two. Participating in the invasion, LST-980 was bracketed by bombs, one of which, a 125-pound dud, penetrated the hull and two bulkheads, killing one man and causing minor damage.

Again, Anderson has simply lied. The only bombing, so far, has been of his outright fantasy stories.

Then there was the following statement, which we will not even go into, other than to say, given the evidence, none of it is true.

“I had flashbacks to Vung Tau every five minutes and such bad anxiety that I couldn’t go to the shops in case they were crowded. That’s when I really got stuck into the grog. I was full of anger and I remember going down to a pub in Botany Bay in full uniform, hoping someone would pick a fight with me.”

The reporter at the Gold Coast Sun was contacted and could not speak highly enough of Anderson. To date the paper has not retracted his story or followed the matter up, even after public comments doubting the validity of the article. A simple bit of fact-finding by the reporter would have avoided the embarrassment which has followed.

As ANZAC Day once again approaches, more ‘wannabees’ will crawl out and want to tell grandiose stories of their exploits to anyone prepared to listen, some of these stories will once again appear in the media, as gullible reporters fall for such tales of derring-do.

Veterans abhor other Veterans who grossly exaggerate their service, Anderson has done just that for no other reason, than to falsely raise his profile and gain preposterous sympathy and benefits from Department of Veterans Affairs.

It is best summed up in the final statement by Anderson ; “Our experiences in life make us what we are.” We are quite confident that his lack of experiences have justifiably made him the liar he is.

James Anderson, the lies about your history now cement your future place here on the website with others of your ilk.

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