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Surname: Toigo
Christian Names: Michelle Catherine Maria
Country: Now resides in USA
State or Province: California
City or Town: California and formerly Queensland
Service #: F1104394
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RACT and RAADC
Commencement of service: 1986
Completion of service: 1994
Case Notes:

Michelle Catherine Maria TOIGO, aka Manu Fox TOIGO joined the Australian Army aged seventeen years after growing up in the far north Queensland sugar cane town of Ingham. There is no doubt that she was an adventurous young lady to have made that career choice at such a young age.

Since her discharge from the Australian Army in 1994, Toigo has had some success in the United States entertainment industry. Here is what Ms Toigo says about her Army Career as part of her "show biz" Biography.

We all know that people can be creative with biographies and resumes and a little poetic licence is acceptable. However Ms. Toigo, in writing her biography, has created more "poetry" than Lord Byron.

"July 1986 - January 1994 (7 years 7 months) Lavarack Barracks, Townsville Australia"

Toigo, before being posted to Townsville spent three months at Recruit Training at Kapooka in New South Wales. She was then posted to the Royal Australian Army Corps of Transport (RACT), Puckapunyal, Victoria for driver training. Toigo was then posted to District Support Group, Puckapunyal as a Private Driver, before being transferred to the Armoured Centre at Puckapunyal, again as a Private Driver. After all of that, Toigo finally arrived at the Townsville Lavarack Barracks Logistics Company, Queensland.

"Served the Australian Army for over 8 years. Trained and worked 4 years in combative Operations Deployment Forces with Infantry as Transport Support and Infantryman."

Toigo was never more than a Private Driver and a Private Dental Assistant. Her only "Combative Operations" would have been protecting bicuspids and molars from dental decay.

In 1991, Toigo transferred from RACT, to the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps, to train as a Dental Assistant. Toigo was posted to 16 Field Dental unit as part of 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion, Townsville, until her discharge in 1994.

"First of 118 women to be selected for combat Operations Deployment Forces in Townsville, Lavarack Barracks working with Infantry, Artillery, Armored (sic) and Engineers."

Toigo may have been selected for Combat Operations Deployment but was only ever employed in non combative roles as a Driver and a Dental Assistant

"First female to have trained S.A.S as prerequisite for and to compete as a Team member for 3rd Brigade Military Skills competition. Personally recognized by the Brigade Commander for my courage and achievement".

Toigo entered a Military Skills competition and was praised for doing well as a female competitor. A Private Dental Assistant training Special Air Service (SAS) Troopers Naaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

"First assigned as Attache for Armored (sic) Corp director and first female to be posted to Armored (sic) unit."

Her posting to the Armoured Corps was to the Armoured Centre, a Training establishment. This posting involved driving Unit Administrative vehicles.

"Precision and Security Driver for High Ranking Military Officers and Politicians. NATO Security Clearance - Australian Army."

All part of the duties of an RACT driver.

"Awarded "Best Shot" in Basic training - Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales."

May have been "Best Shot" in her Platoon during Recruit Training.

"Awarded "Student of Merit" for initial Employment Training course of Corps of Transportation".

True - Came first in class during her initial driver training - Whoopeeee do.

"Employed overseas to Rwanda/Somalia attached to 2/4RAR Infantry Unit and was with Transport Support for supply deployment to local villages or Mogadishu Airbase Security"

Lies - This is the most damning aspect of her claims. She falsely claims to be a Returned Veteran. The above paragraph is all lies. During her service she never left Australia and was employed only as a Private soldier Driver and Dental Assistant.

Her poetic licence is further exhibited in other biographical documents see here.

Ingham is a town in Far North Queensland, Australia, not Italy. She was never deployed to Somalia and seriously injured. During Australian involvement in Somalia 1992 - 1994, Toigo was a Dental Assistant at Townsville.

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Toigo again declares her involvement in Somalia and Rwanda, as if she were there and seriously injured.

We contacted Toigo and requested information about her Military History and here (in part) is her response:

"I just got back from visiting a survival school for several days. I apologize.

I first want to say I'm flattered that you think my resume is interesting. Yes, I've had a very interesting life and all those experiences have set the path to many other endeavours that I've pursued.

If you would like to talk to me more about my resume I would be willing to speak to you in person. Is there a number I can contact you? Or, is there a number to contact the publicist that you said wishes to talk to me?

My career with the Army is well over decades ago and don't have much to do with the Military except my few years with the Special Operations Training Group which I haven't worked for 18 months or so. I admire and respect the Military as there are soldier's more deserving of recognition and support."

"There are soldier's more deserving of recognition and support" She certainly got that right !

The "Special Operations Training Group" she refers to is a private enterprise quasi military organization located in Coronado, California, see here.

www.sot-g.com.php53-7.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/about/rob-roy/

Toigo again poetically suggests that it is Military establishment where she has worked as recently as 2012.

We sent Toigo a further email in 12 March 14

Dear Ms Manu Toigo

It is desired to advise you that we have found that your Resume` has been grossly exaggerated with regard to the work that you did as a member of the Australian Defence Force.

Whilst some poetic licence can be ignored, the fact that you falsely claim to be a Veteran with involvement in Somalia and Rwanda cannot be overlooked.

Veterans of Australia and New Zealand will not tolerate such behaviour and unless you can provide evidence to support your claims, you will be exposed as an imposter and a wannabe on the Australian New Zealand Military Imposter website.

It is an offence under the Australian Defence Act 1903 to falsely claim to be a returned Veteran. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

We look forward to your response.

We notice that her false biographical detail has been removed from her LinkedIn Account.

Michelle Catherine Maria TOIGO aka Manu Fox Toigo served successfully as a Private, Driver and Dental Assistance in the Australian Army. She has created a false military history and declared the details to the world on the Social media. For her temerity, we take pleasure in publishing to the world her real military history and will ensure that she maintains a position of shame on this web site for ever more.

 

Update 20 March, 2014.

More information about Toigo has been received. In an email to us Toigo said:

"My career with the Army is well over decades ago and don't have much to do with the Military except my few years with the Special Operations Training Group which I haven't worked for 18 months or so."

We contacted the Special Operations Training Group mentioned in her email. It is a civilian organisation operated by a genuine ex US Marine. Here is the response (inter alia)

"On 18 March 2014 20:12, Xxxdxxx xxxxxx wrote:
Mr. Xxxxxxxx,

When she worked for SOT-G Manu, was part of a team that conducted military type training for corporation. She had a role as a level 1 cadre, (newbie) served as contractor, not an employee. She worked a few event over a 2-3 year period. She worked more in LA with combat casting than she did with us, but she was noticed and she spoke often of her days in the SAS , and her Native New Zealand Maori.

Part of her resume had incorporated her being selected as 1 of 3 women, She had to fight guys on her team everyday , she was a sniper, she fell from a Helo, on a mission and she she is on disability from the service, As a result Etc....

I might have more details when I talked to the crew later today.

But she did present herself SAS"

The world now knows that Toigo was a very ordinary Private soldier who served for less than eight years in the Australian Army. Initially she worked as a Vehicle Driver then worked as a Dental Assistant. She was never deployed overseas, was never an SAS Trooper, was not a Sniper and did not fall out of a Helicopter

For many years Toigo has created the false persona of being a battle hardened Military Veteran and for many years has basked in the kudos from her deceit. Antonyms for kudos are disrespect, dishonour, condemnation and disrepute.

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you tell a lie it becomes part of your future.

Surname: French
Christian Names: Maurice Bede
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Narellan
Service #: 2794442
Service: Australian Army National Service 1970-1972
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 28 January, 1970
Completion of service: January 1972
Case Notes:

 

 

2794442 Maurice Bede French was born on the 22 October, 1946. On the 28 January, 1970, he was conscripted into the Australian Army as a National Serviceman. He served in RAEME (Royal Australian Electrical Mechanical Engineers) for two years from April, 1970 until his discharge in January, 1972, when he joined the CMF for a further two years.


On the 24 December, 1970 he was posted to the Republic of South Vietnam with RAEME, 102 Field Workshop as a welder. He served in country for 10 months until he returned to Australia on the 9 October,1971.r

According to the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans, Craftsman (Private) Maurice Bede French had one normal tour of Vietnam from 24 December, 1970 to 9 October, 1971. He was stationed at Vung Tau and also spent time with 3 Cavalry Regiment, Nui Dat as a RAEME Boilermaker/welder.
 


However, Craftsman French has embellished his service by relating untruths regarding his operational Vietnam Service. According to French, he was no ordinary craftsman welder in RAEME. He was an Armourer and a highly specialised trained individual whose deeds and skills were unheard of by anyone in the Australian Army in Vietnam or for that matter Australia. Particularly some members of his former unit and colleagues at a Narellan Social Group that he is an active member of.

We have statutory declarations from deponents that French has told them that during his service in Vietnam that -:


 (i) He arrived in Vietnam two days before Christmas 1967.

(ii) He was at the American Base at Khe Sanh just before they closed the base/airport down due to the heavy North Vietnamese artillery bombardments.


(iii) In his first deployment from December 1967 until November 1968, he was attached to a special operational section in RAEME during his time in Vietnam and he was assigned to working with the Americans.


(iv) During this time he and his specially selected colleagues manufactured bullets with porcelain tips with "drops of mercury behind the porcelain", whilst working out of a mobile unit.


(v) The porcelain bullets were manufactured and used because, “they made a bigger hole in you.” and the shrapnel spread to other parts of the body.


(vi) He personally delivered the porcelain bullets to American bases including Khe Sanh, Hue, and other major trouble spots for use by the Americans against the enemy.


(vii) He flew to the Island of Guam from South Vietnam and obtained the ingredients for the porcelain bullets and returned them to Vietnam as personal luggage.


(viii) He witnessed a person shot in the shoulder by one of his porcelain bullets and some of the shrapnel travelled in his body and was located in his liver.


(ix) At the completion of his first tour, he signed on for a further five years.


(x) His second tour was from December, 1970 until October, 1971.


(xi) He was discharged as a Sergeant in 1972.

French has told colleagues that he was first conscripted in the January, 1967 intake, and was at Khe Sanh in late December, 1967, virtually hours after his arrival and just before they closed the Base Airstrip down due to North Vietnamese artillery bombardments.

Well this really is a riveting success story of a covert RAEME Craftsman operative on secret operations that will make good reading in the eventual publication of his personal memoirs.

However, an ANZMI investigation into the above claims has concluded that Craftsman Maurice Bede French has surprisingly stretched the truth somewhat.
A check with his Army records and the Australian War Memorial Vietnam Roll, indicated that French had one tour of Vietnam from 24 December 1970 until 9 October, 1971, almost three years after the Khe Sanh onslaught had finished.

He did arrive a few days before Christmas, but he is out by three years.

He actually arrived on the 24 December 1970 and not 1967 as he claims. He served at Vung Tau and Nui Dat carrying out vital duties for the entire period as a boilermaker and general RAEME necessary requirements. He was discharged as a Craftsman/Private from the Australian Army following completion of his two years National Service and his one tour of Vietnam. He subsequently joined the part time CMF (Citizens Military Forces) as a Sapper/Private in 108 Plant Squadron, RAE.(Royal Australian Engineers) for two years. He discharged as a Sapper.


 

Porcelain bullets with mercury tips were never manufactured by Australian or any other allied Defence Force personnel in Vietnam. In fact, this would be in contravention of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Convention. It is also a figment of the imagination of French to gain attention as a “frontline wannabee”.

Try finding “porcelain bullets”, being used by the Military in 1970 or 1971 on the internet. Not there? “Must have been really top secret.” Could you possibly imagine an Australian Private Craftsman soldier engaged in highly secret and illegal activities with American Army personnel manufacturing these so called porcelain/mercury bullets.

Maurice Bede French, National Serviceman, RAEME, is a genuine Veteran of the Vietnam War. He has embellished his service to impress others that he was more than what his records disclose.

He should be satisfied with the fact that he served as a RAEME craftsman in Vietnam and leave the heroics to Sylvester Stallone and his ilk.

If his stories get any bigger, he could end up giving evidence at a War Crimes Commission in Hanoi.

Surname: Militich
Christian Names: Yordan
Country: NZ
State or Province: Hawkes Bay
City or Town: Naiper
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

 

Yordan Militch is an idiot!

Even he says so. The Army says so. And now the courts say so!

This ex Army corporal bought a swag of medals from an online trading site (Trade Me) and wore them to impress some school students who were told of his daring stories of his time in the SAS in war-torn Afghanistan.

Except Militich never left NZ once in the couple of years he served in the NZ Army.

For all his glory-stories, medal cheating and valour theft, Militich will now live forever in the world of the ANZMI, with the rest of the wannabe's and pond scum.


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Yordan Militch admits he made a 'dumb mistake' claiming to be a former SAS soldier. He is a builder by trade.

EVA BRADLEY/Fairfax NZ
BUILDING HIMSELF UP: Crime
'Idiot' builder made fake war hero claim"

He bought medals off Trade Me, pinned them to his chest - and made up elaborate tales about life as an SAS soldier.

Yordan Militch captivated crowds with stories of picking off the enemy as a sniper, and saving his mates from dangerous situations.

But his tall tales came to police attention after he spoke at an educational course in Hastings last year.

He admitted yesterday that he just got carried away.
"I thought I was something I wasn't, and that was it."

Militch wore six medals when he spoke at the Landmark Forum and described himself as one of the most decorated soldiers in New Zealand, the police summary presented to the Napier District Court said.

He described serving in Afghanistan and East Timor, and being deployed as a sniper.

He claimed he was awarded two medals for saving his mates, and the others recognised his peacekeeping efforts.

In reality, Militch is a family man living in a house he built on the Hawke's Bay coast.

He served in the artillery division of the Defence Force between 2002 and 2004 at Linton. He was never deployed overseas and did not serve with the SAS.

"I made a dumb mistake, and that was it," he told The Dominion Post yesterday.

He said the military had rung him up and called him an idiot. He agreed.
Militch appeared in court this week and pleaded guilty to breaching the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918. He was convicted, fined $300 and ordered to pay $150 court costs.

He said he wanted to apologise to everyone he had fooled, including students at Lindisfarne College a few years ago.

He was taking boot camps in Hawke's Bay at the time, and was recommended to the school as an inspiring speaker.

"At first he was very convincing, but some things didn't ring true," college rector Ken MacLeod said.

Militch told the school he was a sniper deployed overseas and at one point had Saddam Hussein in his sights. MacLeod became suspicious and contacted parents with military connections. He believed they passed on the suspicions to the Defence Force and the police.

Militch said his family were shocked to learn about his escapades but remained supportive.
- © Fairfax NZ News



We have also received a letter from the school where Militich chose to do his boasting:



Good Morning,

We have found a photo of Yordan wearing at least 9 medals however we feel that given his conviction and his apology to the College via the news media that further embarrassment for him from us is unwarranted. As a Christian School we feel that it is time to let him have a fresh start and for his family to not be embarrassed further.

Should the NZ Army formally make this request then we might reconsider.

Kind Regards,

XXXX XXXXXX

(Name Witheld)
Lindisfarne College
Hastings
New Zealand
PO Box 2341 Hastings

Surname: Irwin
Christian Names: Neville Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Goodna
Service #: 2216650
Service: Army
Branch: Citizens Military Forces
Case Notes:

Neville Joseph Irwin of Goodna, Queensland recently bathed in the glory of National newspaper and Television coverage for being a Returned Vietnam Veteran who was not allowed to fly our National Flag on Australia Day.

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The problem is that Irwin is a liar, a fraud and a wannabe. See below where he exhibits a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in Vietnam that is signed by the Prime Minister of Australia

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It is no wonder that forty two years after the end of the Vietnam War, the journalist who sighted the certificate when reporting the flag issue, believed that Irwin was a genuine War Veteran.

Irwin has "conned" his local Federal Politician  into issuing him the Certificate which  is hung in a prominent position on his living room wall.

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The Certificate is the centre piece of the three frames shown above. The other two frames contain an Australian Defence Medal (ADM) and an Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Eligibility for the ADM

The Australian Defence Medal recognises Australian Defence Force personnel who have efficiently completed either an initial enlistment period, or four years service, whichever is the lesser, and all of the relevant service was after 3 September 1945.

Eligibility for Anniversary of National Service Medal

The Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (ANSM) was introduced in 2001 to recognise those who completed their obligation under the two National Service schemes that had operated in Australia between 1951 and 1972.

Irwin had the opportunity to salve his itch for Active Service, but chose to fulfill his National Service obligation by opting to serve only in Australia by joining the Citizens Military Forces (CMF).

Here is his Military history:

He enlisted into the CMF Unit, 41 Royal New South Wales Regiment in August 1968 and was discharged in February 1970.

He again enlisted in September 1970 with the same unit. As soon as he had  completed his National Service obligation in October 1973 he was again discharged.

In two different newspaper articles Irwin is quoted as shown:

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We contacted Irwin and requested an explanation for his claims of being a Returned Vietnam Veteran.  Despite all the newspaper quotes and the false Certificate of Appreciation, that he blatantly displays to all who enter his house, he denied ever making claim to have served in Vietnam

Irwin dodged the chance of putting himself in harms way as a Soldier, by opting for part time service with the CMF in lieu of serving two years full time service as a National Serviceman, with the possibility of overseas deployment.

By claiming to be a Returned Veteran, Irwin exhibits forethought and planning in his attempt to steal the honour of those who have been to war.  Despite what "Wannabes" of Irwin's ilk may think, Veterans world wide will not allow these sleazy beings  to get away with their deceit.

Irwin's attempt to be seen as a wronged nationalistic flag flyer, by claiming to be something he is not, and never will be, is a low act.

For his deceit, Veterans and the general public worldwide, now know that he represents the thousands of liars, cheats and wannabes who infest Veteran Communities.

People like Irwin are easily able to fool journalists, politicians and the general public, but ANZMI is represented by thousands of genuine Veterans throughout Australia and New Zealand, who will never allow people like Irwin to steal their honour.

Irwin is condemned as a liar, cheat and Wannabe and will represent those infamous qualities on our web site for many years to come.

Surname: Newbold
Christian Names: Alexanda
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Adelaide
Service: None
Case Notes:


Alexanda Newbold of Adelaide South Australia (SA) claims to have been a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army. He is involved with the SA Scouting Movement and proudly shows "his" campaign medals to impressionable fellow scouts.

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Notice that Newbold wears an array of Campaign Medals as well as an Infantry Combat Badge to "prove" his claims to be a returned Army Veteran.

Australian Active Service Medal
Afghanistan Medal
Australian Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal
The Afghanistan NATO Medal
 
When Newbold married, he wore the medals with the full ceremonial dress of a 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR) Commissioned Officer, together with a coveted Sherwood Green Commando Beret and a Sword. Unfortunately we have no photographs of this event, however as is the usual case one may turn up after publication.

In fact, other than a Boy Scout's sneaker, Newbold has never pulled on a Defence boot of any kind. He is an unscrupulous liar, cheat and wannabe. There should be no place for him in Scouting Movement as it includes keen young Australians who would naively give misdirected homage to Newbold for his false Military achievements.

During the early stages of this investigation, we contacted the Scouting Movement of South Australia and advised them of Newbold's dishonesty. Since then Newbold has turned himself into South Australian State Police, confessed his criminal activities in relation to the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

We hope the South Australian Police do their duty and put him before a Magistrate.

Wearing campaign medals and combat badges is easy, earning them is another thing. Many Australians have died earning the medals that Newbold is wearing, and untold thousands of others suffer from the experience of earning medals whilst serving their country in war. Wearing medals without earning them is unacceptable, hurtful and offensive behaviour.

As sung by the musical icon Slim Dusty, this is the "Land of no Second Chance". We do not pick and choose whether a person is exposed based on extenuating circumstances. Be assured if you falsely claim to be a returned veteran your infamy will be recorded here.

For his dishonesty and his yearning to be seen as a decorated returned veteran, Newbold has well earned his place on this web site.

Surname: Fearn
Christian Names: John David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toorbul
Service: None
Case Notes:

John David Fearn born 8 November 1945 of Toorbul Queensland likes uniforms, he claims Army Service and is a Fireman who often attends Commemorative Ceremonies with a bonny Kilt girding his loins and Tam O'Shanter perched on his noggin with an Army Shirt complete with "Australia" badges on the epaulettes and a Lanyard around his shoulder.

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Fearn the Fireman tells people he is ex Australian Army and that he has been waiting Twenty Five years for his medals. He will also tell you that the delay is due to his "Secret Service" as he was seconded from the Army to Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) for undercover operations in Cambodia, and that the secrecy surrounding the operations in Cambodia must be causing the medals delay. He will then say that because of the secrecy of his secondment to Cambodia, all mention of it would probably be removed from his Army File.

We sent Fearn a polite letter requesting information about his service.

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He advised people at the Fire Station that he had received hate mail (our letter) about wearing a kilt which he says he is perfectly entitled to wear.

If he were genuine he could have simply given us his service details and the matter would be finished, however like all wannabes he huffs and puffs and threatens legal action.

To spin silly yarns about ASIO operations in Cambodia is indicative of the childish naivety of Fearn. Most people are led to believe that Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) would have run such operations, but then again, who really knows?

We are reliably advised that Fearn gets his "nick nacks" like Australia badges Lanyards etc from a small museum at the Returned Services League (RSL) Village at Caboolture Queensland where he is the curator.

Fearn loves to relate his "secret service" to the gullible young blokes at the Toorbul Fire Station and anyone else who will listen.

National Australia Archives have been unable to locate an Army File for Fearn, that together with his stupid "Secret Service" tales, tells us that Fearn is a liar, cheat and wannabe.

We suggest that he cease and desist with his cockamamie claims to have been seconded from the Army to be a secret operative in Cambodia. His claims are lies and he well earns a position on this web site.

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