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Surname: O'Leary
Christian Names: John Patrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: St Georges Basin (Nowra area)
Service #: Nil
Service: None
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Wannabe’s take many forms as our website can attest, some are just stupid, others are trying to ingratiate themselves in the ex-service community and will wear medals they have no entitlement to. Still others, like John Patrick O’Leary are just plain thugs who are more at home in the Domestic Violence Courts than the rifle range.

This is John Patrick O’Leary’s story. Many people have had the misfortune interacted with O’Leary and found him to be a nasty piece of work. Like so many other wannabe’s, his story of Army Service is full of daring front line action with the SAS, duty as a sniper, multiple tours of Afghanistan, ‘special work’ with the American’s and much, much more.

It may not be a surprise then, when we reveal that John Patrick O’Leary has never served as a member of the Australian Defence Force. He has never in his life stood picket, dug a hole, tied a knot or swept a tarmac. The only Mess he knows about is the trail of victims he has left in his wake.

We have statements from a number of people who have heard his gung-ho boasting but like so many others before him, he is the master of his own demise. Like so many wannabe’s O’Leary couldn’t resist talking to a reporter from the South Coast Register doing a story about of all things, street violence; something he is somewhat qualified to comment on.

O’Leary formerly resided in Darwin but has since relocated to the Nowra area. He is quiet adept at spinning yarns about his SAS service, but don’t dare question him because he has a rather nasty streak.

We have deleted a word from his Facebook post, but we think you will get the message.

In the following photograph O’Leary can be seen posing with what appear to be two Steyr Rifles. We know O’Leary has not had any form of military training but has used this photograph to add substance to his false pretence of military service.

John Patrick O’Leary is not a Veteran, nor an ex-serviceman. He is an imposter, playing on the courage and bravery of others to make himself appear to be the big man. He is much more at home threatening and committing acts of violence on those who are unable to defend themselves.

He does not have one iota of the values needed to be a member of the Australian Army, courage, initiative, respect and teamwork. O’Leary will no doubt continue with the pretense of being a former soldier, we can only hope that those who are yet to have the misfortune to cross his path read this story before being taken in by his lies.

O’Leary is no stranger to the Courts, so it should not come as a surprise to him to learn that by falsely claiming to be a Veteran of Afghanistan, he has committed the following offence against the Commonwealth.

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;

(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and

(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain

Let us hope that his continuing untruthfulness leads him to the Dock. For claiming to be a returned veteran, John Patrick O’Leary has earned a permanent place on our website for all to see.

Surname: Cerminara
Christian Names: Ralph
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 8298192
Service: Army
Branch: Gunner, Royal Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 27 August 2002
Completion of service: 18 September 2004
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Ralph Cerminara is described in some circles as ‘the self-described leader of the Australian Defence League or (ADL)’, others just call him a far right wing nutcase. We will leave that up to the reader to decide.

We know Ralph Cerminara to be a liar and ‘wannabe’. He is just another one of the new generation of fools who think they can claim operational service in Afghanistan and get away with it. This new generation 'wannabe' ingratiate themselves in various organisations by telling stories from ‘the sandpit’ or how they ‘buried a couple of mates over there’ so that anyone suspecting a lie is held to ridicule and abused by the wannabe or their associates.

This is the Ralph Cerminara story in a nutshell and a simple google search will help the reader understand what sort of person he really is. An active member of the Australian Defence League, Cerminara has a number of opinions which are quite disturbing. He has also appeared in the media as some sort of advocate for Defence Force Personnel.

 

 

Cerminara did serve in the Australian Army, but not with distinction. He enlisted on the 27th August 2002 and was discharged on the grounds, ‘Retention Not in the Service Interest’ in September 2004. He was discharged with the rank of Gunner, equivalent to a Private Soldier.

Since his unceremonious discharge from the Army, Ralph Cerminara, also known as Ralph Ski on Twitter has made quite a name for himself as the champion of the ADL. Look out if anyone dares to be critical of him or his policies, why? Because he is a ‘Veteran who buried his best mates’ as tweeted below:

 

 

Ralph Cerminara does not only tell his lies on social media, he is more than happy to do it face to face. In June 2013 he gave a speech to the Humanist Society of NSW entitled ‘A gunner in Afghanistan’ where Mr Cerminara, it was reported, served with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan in 2006. His speech, which purported him ‘Telling the truth in a world where the truth is the enemy’ was certainly profound, because the truth is definitely Ralph’s enemy. We know that he was discharged in 2004 and he did not serve in Afghanistan or any other overseas area during his two years of less than spectacular service.

 

 

When not mouthing far right politics, Ralph Cerminara has set himself up as some sort of self-appointed advocate for oppressed Defence Force personnel. Now that we know the truth about his reason for discharge from the Army, it might explain why he chose to embellish the truth when speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2013.

 


Ralph Cerminara is nothing more than a loud mouthed bully wannabe who couldn’t make it in the Army. He has found his way to the far right wing Australian Defence League and by spreading the lie that he saw service in Afghanistan, tries to use that false experience to support his distorted political views. He has no right to be called a Veteran and by making these false claims, he has committed offences against the Commonwealth:

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.

If the Australian Defence League has any morals, they will distance themselves completely from Ralph Cerminara. He has proven himself to be a liar and a valour thief. He has displayed so little integrity, that it is no surprise that his services with the Australian Army were terminated as "not being in the interests of the Service."

Ralph Cerminara should immediately take to social media, and his various websites and apologise to all members of the Australian Defence Force for his lies. He is an imposter.

We doubt that he will apologise. We will eagerly wait and see if the Federal Police take an interest in his false claims of operational overseas war service and take action against him.

CERMINARA UPDATE – 08th MAY 2014

Like the proverbial bad penny, Ralph Cerminara just keeps turning up. After our recent exposure of this wannabe you would think he would take a lower profile, particularly in and around the ex-service community. But no, after posting a call to arms on Facebook, Ralph made his way to Sydney’s ANZAC Dawn Service, resplendent in his ADL Tee Shirt and carefully avoiding the Artillery community who would no doubt love to catch up with him.

While at the Dawn Service, he managed to latch onto a poor unsuspecting sailor for this photo opportunity. We have disguised the identity of the unsuspecting sailor, who we know to have absolutely no association with Cerminara or his distorted political views. Trying desperately to convince the world that members of the Australian Defence Force are ready to answer his ‘call to arms’. Ralph posted the photo on the Facebook page of the Australian Defence League (ADL). Not surprisingly after our exposure, linking Ralph with the Defence Force is something the ADL is keen to distance itself from so the image was quickly removed.

This is an example of the lengths Ralph Cerminara will go to advance his aims and a timely warning for any member of the Defence Forces in uniform who maybe approached by him to avoid any photo opportunity.

Following the initial exposure, Ralph was quick to lodge a complaint with Facebook alleging that we were harassing him and demanded that his image be removed. He accused us of cyber-bullying which is quiet amusing when we read what he and his mates have been up to in recent months.

Since our first report, we have been contacted by a number of people who have had dealings with Ralph Cerminara and the information they have provided has been both illuminating and very disturbing.

Cerminara came to our notice for falsely claiming service in Afghanistan but it seems that was not his only claim to overseas service.

No Ralph, you did not go to Timor with 3RAR. Remember, you were a Gunner in Artillery, not a Rifleman in Infantry.

Cerminara enlisted on the 27th August 2002 and was terminated on 18th September 2004.

We have been contacted by a number of people who served with Ralph Cerminara during his short time in the Army and the stories they tell of his actions, conduct and behaviour are most disturbing. Regrettably, and out of profound respect for those involved we will not divulge what we have been told, suffice to say that those who know his story and suffered because of his actions can rest a little easier knowing that he has been exposed as a fake and a contemptible wannabe.

Hang your head in shame Ralph Cerminara, and never again attempt to use sacred days such as ANZAC Day to advance your own agenda. Your actions are offensive and strike at the heart of the values held dear by current and former members of the Australian Defence Force from all walks of life and who have proudly pulled on the uniform of our Country.

Surname: Dolman
Christian Names: Rodney Scott
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Bendigo
Service #: 3797219
Service: Army
Branch: RAAMC
Commencement of service: 01 Oct 69
Completion of service: 17 Jun 70
Case Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

3797219 Private Rodney Scott DOLMAN, born 11 April 1949, served as Australian Army conscript (National Serviceman) from 1 October 1969 until discharged as Medically Unfit on 19 June 1970 .

The above service of DOLMAN clearly details that this soldier served only eight months of his two years National Service obligation.

Post Army Service DOLMAN was employed by the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in Victoria, and was regularly observed wearing the ribbons of the Australian Vietnam Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal on his uniform shirt. Whenever a photo opportunity arose, DOLMAN would don a pullover to conceal the ribbons.

At one time Dolman was the Secretary of the Yarra Glen RSL (Returned and Services League) and led the march on our most sacred day - ANZAC Day.

ANZMI hold two signed Statutory Declarations which attest to the fact that as far back as 1998, DOLMAN as a CFA Fireman at Kinglake, Victoria wore the Vietnam ribbons on his shirt, and he would produce a laminated Australian Army ID card, purporting himself to be a Commissioned Officer with the rank of Lieutenant.

DOLMAN proudly told two CFA employees that he had served in South Vietnam as a "specialist sniper with 2 SAS" (Special Air Service Regiment) and that his radio call-sign was "God" whilst serving on Operation Phoenix. This operation was one of the most deadly actions of the Vietnam conflict. According to DOLMAN, his SAS team came upon a Viet Cong (enemy) team about to ambush an Australian Army patrol and his team attacked killing all the VC, thus saving his Infantry Battalion counterparts. For his actions, he was personally thanked by Major Peter COSGROVE (our current Governor General). The problem being is that history will show that Peter COSGROVE was a Lieutenant during his time in Vietnam from August 1969 to July 1970!! Not satisfied with extolling his own fantasies, DOLMAN insists that at a later meeting he was again thanked by Major COSGROVE.

Obviously there were questions raised over DOLMAN's military service. Concerned members of the CFA and the veteran community put their collective heads together and saw an obvious wannabe. Contact was made with ANZMI and the investigation commenced. In a matter of a few days it was ascertained this miscreant was certainly entitled to some prominence, and we don't mean the back slapping version of a prominent leader of men who to this day has earned the title of "Boss". DOLMAN has rode roughshod over every veteran who had spent time in a most dangerous and unforgiving theatre of war that was South Vietnam.

Dolman is a failed Medic who was discharged as "Medically Unfit" after only eight months. He is an oxymoron if ever there was one - a conscript who has deviously walked in the blood of every Vietnam veteran alive and dead. There is only one place in this universe for this failed creature, and that is here on the www for all to witness.

ANZMI mailed DOLMAN a letter giving him the right of reply to all accusations made. A deadline of 24 April was given and like most cornered vermin there was no reply. We were not surprised!

Our informants have advised ANZMI that DOLMAN has ingratiated himself into the ranks of the Victorian Rifle Association in Bendigo (Vic) and is currently attempting to raise funds for an indoor shooting range.

It would be most appropriate that a person of dubious character be removed from any such respectable organization for reasons of propriety and integrity alone.

Without any doubt, Rodney Scott DOLMAN has earned his correct place in history. It is of interest that this is further exposure of yet another bogus veteran sniper, who together with Rhodesian special service operative, Neil SPARK from the Bendigo RSL, have falsely pretended to be some sort of war heroes.

Is it the country air that attracts these deadbeats, or the assumption that everybody they speak to about their war experiences is a complete uneducated fool?

ANZMI leave it to the fair citizens and veterans of Bendigo. DOLMAN can be charged and convicted of serious offences against the Defence Act. The maximum penalties are stiff fines and a spell in prison. We leave that up to all of you.

Surname: Ben-Avi
Christian Names: Zev
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Yarraman Area
Service #: 3179822
Service: CMF and ARA
Branch: RAAC and RAAOC
Commencement of service: 29 Oct 67 & 24 Apr 6
Completion of service: 23 April 1983
Case Notes:

 

 

 

 

As has been noted in these pages before, wannabees and valour thieves come in many forms, but the lies told by Zev Ben-Avi over many years are breathtaking in their scope and the length of time that he has gone unchallenged. Ben-Avi has lied to the Army as a whole and to the veteran community.

To start with some of his lesser transgressions, Ben-Avi is often seen wearing a green Commando beret and metal Commando beret badge. He also gets about with a Commando shoulder flash sewn onto his motorcycle jacket just in case you missed the beret.

Ben-Avi has no right to wear this beret or badge as he never qualified for the green beret as a trained Commando. He enlisted as a Recruit in 2 Commando Company, CMF on 29 October, 67. He completed his recruit training between 23 March, and 5 April, 68 before enlisting in the ARA on 24 April, 68. He simply was not a member of 2 Commando Company long enough to ever qualify for the coveted green beret.

Ben-Avi certainly does not measure up to the Commando's code.


But wait there is more! Ben-Avi joined the ARA and was allotted to Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) where he was known for wearing the Commando flash on his tracksuit whilst at 1 Armored Corps.

To make matters worse, Ben-Avi seems to have developed a fetish about the Israeli Defense Forces and went about convincing people he had been a paratrooper in the Israel Defence Force. (IDF). Various versions of this claim are about but ANZMI located this interesting one on file at the Australian War Memorial.

The film was made in October 1973 and is captioned as follows :

An Armoured column heads out of Alice Springs to tackle a gruelling 1,000-mile desert trek through the Northern Territory. The men and machines are from the First Armoured Regiment normally based at Puckapunyal, Victoria. A total of 130 men and 12 armoured troop carriers are taking part in the month-long exercise, aptly named Giant Stride. It is aimed at testing the carriers and their crews in Desert Navigation, Long-range Communications, Tactical Movement and Survival. Before taking to the desert on the main stage of the exercise, the troops were taught special desert survival techniques. One of the skills was to make a solar still, to provide water through condensation. Their tutor was Sergeant Zev Ben-Avi, a former Israeli Army Paratrooper (for identification, he is the man with the big moustache). The more conventional method of drawing water from Artesian Bores was used to fill jerry cans for the long hot haul through Central Australia. The troops are due to finish the exercise later this month.

This clearly shows how he hoodwinked the Army with his masquerade as a former Paratrooper and Commando using it to advantage himself within the Army.

The story has got even bigger since those early days. Note the claim in this letter written by Ben-Avi himself :

The whinge - not all Jews are stereotypical. For instance some live in a country about a third the size of Tassie, many of whom understandably suffer from Holocaust paranoia, surrounded by about 80 million hostiles who live on the borders and who also (understandably) hate the guts of those 4 1/2 million Jews who live in that land of Israel.

One of those Israeli people has lived in Australia since 1967, coming here after the Six Day War of June '67 on 'loan' from the Israeli Defence Forces. This bloke was conscripted for service in Israel in 1956, serving during the '56 Suez War in 202 Paratroop Brigade under then Brigadier Moshe Dayan followed by service in the same Para unit in reprisal cross-border raids on terrorist camps in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. This service was followed by secondment as a military advisor to 5 different African countries (Ethiopia, Belgian Congo, Katanga - now part of Zaire as is the Congo - Uganda and Kenya). The African service was from 1959-64.

During the '67 Six Day War, this bloke commanded one of the three Paratroop Battalions that captured the old city of Jerusalem and the famous Wall of the Second Temple during vicious street fighting, being decorated twice during this fighting and the last two days of this was on the Golan Heights - again not much fun.

In October '67 this bloke was seconded again for foreign service this time to the Australian Regular Army being placed with 2 Commando, attached to SAS for service in Vietnam on special operations with MACVSOG (US) - Military Assistance Command Special Operations Group based in Danang.

This bloke came back to Australia determined to stay here as a migrant. The price to stay was - "Join the Army"! He did, being enlisted as a Sergeant (from Israeli Major, but no matter the pay was heaps better). He was posted to a Cavalry Sqn equipped with Armoured Personnel Carriers and found himself back in Vietnam.

Subsequently this bloke did 15 yrs with the Australian Regular Army before 'retiring' on a Veterans Affairs pension (TPI - Totally and Permanently Incapacitated). This bloke was also a founder of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. This bloke was an orphan and grew up on a children's kibbutz in Israel where due to the border location, military training started at 10 years old with border patrols begun at 13 years old and this bloke came from a family (from grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters parents etc) of 48 people. Only two of this family survived the "White Aryan Brotherhood" and its "gas appliances" and its "German shepherds" and its '"railway sidings". This bloke is now the only survivor of that holocaust and gets just a bit pissed off at cheap so called stereotypical shots at his own kind, including those rich cunts who live in Bellevue Hill NSW.

In case you hadn't yet guessed, the "bloke' that I am referring to is a hairy, ugly bastard who goes by the name of Zev Ben-Avi.

I have personally spent a childhood (if you can call it that) surviving through Adolph Hitler's mad schemes, followed by several years on hostile borders, followed by 11 years of professional soldiering in what is arguably one of the best defence forces in the world, followed by 15 years (including tours in Vietnam) in the Australian Regular Army. I am an expert at survival and I have spent most of my life in defence of the rights of people who cannot defend themselves against those who would put them down - from unsubtle cheap shots to outright genocide.


Zev Ben Avi
A Proud Hebrew


Thats the story he was telling by October 1992.

Unfortunately for Zev Ben-Avi this is easily demonstrated to be an outright tissue of lies.

Firstly, 2 Commando Company was never deployed on Active Service. It was strictly CMF.

Secondly, Ben-Avi was never in the IDF but safely in Coburg, Victoria. Any of these claims can be dismissed as outright lies.

Thirdly, he enlisted as a recruit in the ARA and not as a Sergeant.

Finally, his education and employment history shows that he completed the Intermediate Certificate at Geelong Technical College in February 1956 aged 16 years

He then attended a five years Optical Technical course at Kodak Australia.

Other Employment history shows:
Scientific Optical Labs Adelaide - Mar 63 to Apr 64
Murray Motors Echuca - Apr 64 to Dec 64
Self - Echuca Jan 65 to Oct 65
Tongala Milk - Tongala - Oct 65 to Feb 67
Kodak Research Lab - Coburg - Feb 67 to Mar 68.

So while he claims to have been an Israeli War Hero, he was just a normal everyday Victorian country boy with a fetish about the IDF.

Ben-Avi was born in September 1940. Apply that year of birth to his fanciful claims and you will see how ludicrous his claims are. It is not necessary to refute each individual claim as the whole document is clearly in the realm of the fairies. The Israeli Defense Forces would be interested to know how he has usurped the valour of the Parachute Brigade Commanders and its capture of Jerusalem during the Six Day War.

Coburg is a long way from Jerusalem and Ben - Avi must stand condemned as a valour thief, a wannabe and an outright liar.

When asked by ANZMI about his IDF service, he stood by his claims and offered no proof, as he said it was against IDF policy to do so.

MEDALS CHEAT

What makes this case all the worse is that Ben-Avi did serve in Vietnam with 3 Cavalry Regiment and was wounded in action. He left the Army with the rank of Sergeant and he should be pleased with that. As you can see however Ben-Avi was never satisfied with being a mere Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) crewman.

To improve his status to a level that he approves of, Ben-Avi has started wearing the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in recent times.

When challenged by ANZMI on his right to wear this medal he replied as follows :

The SVN Cross of Gallantry with palm is an individual award and I was only aware of this some years back when I received a letter from the USA having been promulgated by the Republic of Vietnam government in exile in Department of the Army General Order Number 8 (March 1974). There are two typo errors on the citation. My name has been misspelt -Zev Ben-Ami and my unit has been designated as -Royal Australian Army instead of Zev Ben-Avi and Royal Australian Armoured Corps. The citation reads -"For Individual Valorous Achievments in Support and Combat During The Twenty Year Allied Forces Democratic Mission in The Republic of South Vietnam."
The heading on the citation reads -
Military Assistance Command Vietnam
To all who shall see these, presents, greeting:
Established by the Vietnamese Government by Decree No. 74-b/Qt,
dated 15 August 1950 and Decree No. 96/DQT/HC, dated 2 May 1952.
This is to acknowledge that the President of the Republic of Vietnam
Has ordered that
CROSS OF GALLANTRY
VIETNAM
Awarded to:
Zev Ben-Ami

The Government in Exile was never the recognized Government of South Vietnam and has no authority to issue any medals on behalf of that Government. This award is not approved by the Governor General and amounts to a "Tin" medal that Ben-Avi knows is bogus. The Government in exile is now defunct but when doing business, it was based in Orange Grove California amongst the Vietnamese refugee population who funded it. We are sure that they would have been happy to issue trinkets on request. Again this award is totally without legitimacy and Ben-Avi must remove it from his rack immediately.

It is amazing how often medals just seem to turn up in valour thieves' mailboxes all by themselves. The wearer is still responsible if he or she chooses to wear them, and this is another outright insult to the veteran community from this low life.

Ben-Avi has earned his place on these pages many times over. His offence is so serious that removal of the offending medal and regalia will not suffice. Ben-Avi should apologise to all IDF veterans both here and in Israel. He should never be welcome at any RAAC or Commando function ever again for the damage he has done to their names.

Your shame will remain on public view forever.

Surname: Doubrova
Christian Names: Jaromir Henry
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Coober Pedy
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

 

 

Sitting around a public bar spinning yarns of military daring-do is the thing to do for many ‘wannabes’, but when those ‘yarns’ make their way into the National media and the storyteller tries to pass himself off as something he definitely is not then that is a whole new kettle of fish.

This is the story of Jaromir ‘Henry’ Doubrova, bar fly from Coober Pedy who used an interview to tell his farfetched story of service in Vietnam.

Reading the article, it would be clear to most that his story of service in Vietnam is nothing more than a fanciful tale cooked up in his own mind. That is until he tries to make the reader believe he was a Prisoner of War (POW). This statement moves him from just a ‘wannabe’ to being a Valour Thief of the highest order, deserving a permanent place on this website.


Doubrava’s flippant claim of being approached by Australian Army and American personnel to deploy to Vietnam without the hint of formal training in anything is ridiculous. Jaromir Doubrava did not arrive in Australia until October 1969 as a refugee.

Allowing for time for him to settle into Australia as a migrant, undergo vetting and training, relocate to Darwin, find employment as a gardener it is clear that it is completely impossible for him to have seen service in Vietnam as he would have us believe.

His claim to have been a POW is offensive and vile. The history of the Vietnam War will forever be marked by the ill treatment, depravation and torture meted out to US and Allied POW’s during the conflict. The experience broke many strong men and has left lifelong scars on all those who suffered at the hands of their captors.

Jaromir Doubrava was not a Prisoner of War in Vietnam.

For making the claim that he was a POW, and attempting to place himself in the same company of those brave men who endured, and those who lost the fight for life while in captivity Jaromir Doubrava deserves to be named and shamed. Such claims are offensive and cannot be brushed off as bar talk.

Jaromir Doubrava should apologise to the Veteran community as a matter of urgency, and in particular he should remove his hat, bow his head and give thanks to the men and women who served in Vietnam and to those who were POWs, because he was not one of them.

Surname: Spark
Christian Names: Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Maiden Gully
Service #: 358375
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Claims 1978
Completion of service: Claims 1996
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Neil Spark was born on the 2nd September, 1957. He is 56 years old. He has been a member of the Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch since May, 2012. Prior to that he was a member of the Cohuna/Leitchville RSL Sub Branch in Northern Victoria.

Spark is a blatant liar, a wannabee and a Fraud.

Spark has enthralled his fellow Bendigo and District RSL Club colleagues over the past two years with stories of his unique service with the British Army Training Team in Rhodesia from 1979 until 1980, as a seconded Australian Regular Army soldier sniper.

Below is a recent photo of Spark at a memorial service wearing the following medals -;

1. The Australian Conspicuous Service Medal. (CSM)
2. The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia. (ASM)
3. The Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal.
4. The Australian Defence Force Long Service Medal. (DFLSM)
5. The National Medal.
6. The Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
7. (Right chest) The Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

Spark has made the following claims to genuine returned and serving personnel at Bendigo and District RSL functions over the past two years.

In the late 1970's and early 1980's he claims to have been a sniper in 1 Royal Australian Regiment ( 1 RAR). As part of his Sniper Course he was sent to England to train with the Grenadier Guards. Four other 1 RAR Australians were then selected to travel to Rhodesia. He claims that he was sent to Rhodesia with a British Unit. He arrived in Rhodesia in October, 1979 and left in 1980. He was attached to the British Army Training Team (BATT). Spark claims that he was in Rhodesia with British Forces for 110 days.

Spark claims that he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1978 but he cannot remember his enlistment date. He has told colleagues that he served for 8 years Regular Army and 10 years a Regular Army Reserve soldier. He had such bad memories of Rhodesia that he did not tell his wife he went there for twenty years. He claims that because of this traumatic service, he was medically discharged from Army Reserves in 1996 with a service related psychiatric condition.

He claims that from 1983 to 1986, he was attached to the School of Infantry where he was a weapons instructor. In 1987, he states that he was transferred to the Military Police and was then discharged from the Army that year. He then states that from 1987 to 1996, he was a member of the Australian Reserve Forces attached to 8/7 Royal Victoria Regiment, Infantry, where he claims he was a Corporal.

During the past few years, Spark has also been observed on commemorative occasions wearing the Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)

When informed by other RSL members that he had no entitlement to this award, he commenced to wear the Army Combat Badge (ACB). He was then informed he had no entitlement to this award either. He then provided some bogus paper work to the Victorian State RSL H.Q. in the hope that they would approve his entitlements to wear one of these awards. His requests were eventually declined. He then admitted that Honours and Awards had sent these awards, (ICB and ACB) to him by mistake.

He then continued his deceit for a further period of time even though he must have known that he was being suspected as a fraud. He continued to add the post nominals of CSM (Conspicuous Service Medal) after his name in E mails and letters that he sent to individuals and organisations to further his deceit.

To be a good liar, you need to have a good memory. Over the past couple of years, Spark's stories of his unique military service started to waver and his stories became inconsistent.

As a result of this, Spark's RSL Club colleagues became more suspicious, instigated their own inquiries and eventually requested ANZMI to follow up their suspicions.

Inquiries were made at It's an Honour website and it was ascertained that Spark is not listed as a recipient of the Conspicuous Service Medal or the National Medal.

There is also no evidence of Spark being awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM), let alone a clasp for SE Asia.

Inquiries were then made with lists of Australian Service personnel who served with the British Forces in Rhodesia. Spark's name does not appear on any pay records of personnel engaged in that theatre of operations. His name also does not appear in the book, "Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers," Alexander Palmer, 1996. This publication names the 152 members of the Australian Army who were awarded the CMF Rhodesia Medal.

As there was a distinct lack of evidence supporting Spark's assertions, he was contacted by ANZMI and asked if he could support his claims with documentation.

Lo and behold, Spark responded with the standard reply. One which nearly every wannabee clings to when they are caught out. Ill health.
Spark responded claiming that he was suffering ill health and was housebound most of the time due to back problems, constant pain, blood pressure, constant medication etc etc. However, we are aware that only two weeks ago he attended an RSL function where he was in jovial spirits extrapolating more Rhodesian war stories to whoever listened over a few of drinks.

He then went on to say in his response to ANZMI, that he was never awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal, The Australian Service Medal with clasp SE Asia or the Commonwealth Monitoring Force Rhodesia Medal. He also mentioned that he has no entitlement to the Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

He did claim however that he is entitled to the National Medal for his service to the Victorian CFA in 1994. He also claims entitlement to the DFLSM and ADM as he claims he joined the Army twice. We doubt that he can provide evidence for any military service. He was given the opportunity to provide a copy of his Certificate of Service or Discharge Certificate, but none was forthcoming.

He claims that his deceit started three years ago when-; "I was standing at the side of a road in a small Victorian country town on Anzac Day and someone asked me to carry their flag in the Anzac Day march. Even though I was in great pain, I joined the march and felt 10' (feet) high. I then moved to a larger City and embellished what I already had" (done).

Spark has purchased his non awarded medals from a Medal Shop or the Internet. He has then had them court mounted at a Medals Shop and worn them brazenly to commemorative services.

He has continued the facade for at least three years that we know of. He has lied to his genuine RSL colleagues and shown them the ultimate disrespect by treating them like fools. He should be summoned before the next Bendigo and District RSL general meeting and requested to apologise to all the members present for his deception, arrogance, disrespect and outright lies. Then his association with the Victorian RSL State Headquarters should be terminated for good.

Bendigo and District RSL Sub Branch Club members are to be congratulated for their diligence and awareness of a medal cheat within their midst and exposing Spark's fraudulent activities.

They have set an example that every other RSL Sub Branch Club in this country should follow. If you have a wannabe wearing non awarded medals or embellishing their service for their self gratification, they should be exposed and shamed for stealing the honour of those military personnel who served and/or died in all conflicts.

For his actions, the not so bright Spark has earned his place on this website for evermore.

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