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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.

Surname: Bayliss
Christian Names: Blayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Camberwell
Service #: A221147
Service: RAAF
Branch: Clerical/Linguist
Commencement of service: 1961
Completion of service: 1969
Case Notes:




Blayne Murray BAYLISS "PhD".Previously known as Blayne PEARCEY and was born Blayne JAMES now of the leafy suburb of Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria, served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) under the name of Blayne PEARCEY.

Pearcey desired fifteen minutes of fame and sought it through a media release which is farcical. Instead of fifteen minutes of fame as a "Super Spy", he has found, a lifetime of infamy on this website.

Here is the truth of Pearcey's service, the information was derived from his 171 page RAAF File.

Joined RAAF 11 July 1961 aged 18 years

Worked as Trainee Clerk and Administrative Clerk until 3 Dec 1964

January 1964,commenced Chinese Mandarin Languages course at RAAF
Language School

January 1964, promoted to Acting Sergeant

Promoted to Substantive Sergeant 4 Dec 1965

Applied for Commission. Application rejected 1October 1965

Posted to Hong Kong 22 Feb 1966

Returned from Hong Kong for disciplinary reasons 28 March 1967

March 1967 posted to Department of Air Linguists Pool, at School of Language Laverton.

Posted to Department of Defence as Linguist Melbourne 7 Feb 1968

Discharged from RAAF at own Request 24 March 1969

Bayliss has played childish games causing Politicians, Defence bureaucracy, and Department of Veterans Affairs to waste time in searching for information that he well knows, does not, and never has existed. Genuine applicants for Veterans entitlements have been made to wait while Bayliss plays out his fantasies.

We phoned Bayliss and he iterated what was said in the media release. In addition, he said that he was secretly working with the United States (US) National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other secret agencies, as well as spending time posted to the secret intelligence establishment at Pine Gap in Australia. He further said that all information about his secret work had been deliberately omitted from his RAAF Service File. Bayliss also disclosed that he worked at an Australian Intelligence establishment, where he would go to work in the morning and could be sent on "secret missions" at the drop of a hat, like the jaunt in the US Submarine in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Bayliss went on to say that some years ago he had to disclose his "secret service" because his medications for his "war caused" illnesses were costing him more than $100 dollars a month and he was hoping that his disclosure would influence the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to provide him with benefits. Bayliss soon learned that DVA do not give benefits to false claimants

Notice in the media release, that Bayliss has influenced his local Federal Member of Parliament to make enquiries on his behalf to get his "phantom" service recognised. He also said that a prominent Senator had on another occasion investigated his case with negative results (No surprise there). Bayliss is making claims in an attempt to falsely gain benefits, and is costing Tax payers money by wasting DVA time, and the time of busy Politicians.

His file is complete and accounts for his time during the 1960s when he claims to have; "Spent much of the 1960s near enemy lines decoding messages for the US Armed Forces in the Malayan Emergency and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident"

The US were not involved in the Malayan Emergency and in any case it ended in 1960 before Bayliss joined the RAAF.

The Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred on the 4 August 1964 at that time Bayliss was at the RAAF School of Languages, Laverton learning Chinese Mandarin

Bayliss also claims a Doctorate in Information Technology (IT) and uses the Post Nominal PhD. We are reliably advised that he has noted "PhD" on his RSL membership form. He told our investigator that he was awarded the Doctorate by the Bridgewater University, located in the United States.

There are two Bridgewater Universities in the United States one is in Massachusetts and the other in Virginia. We have contacted both establishments and neither have any record of a person named Bayliss or Pearcey ever earning a Doctorate.

Bayliss was again asked about his PhD and he said "Oh sorry. I meant Bridgewater in London" In fact he does not have a PhD, that, like his secret jaunts is no more than scurrilous deception.

He was involved in Intelligence work but only as a Linguist in an office, he was never a "James Bond" as he would have you believe. It could well be argued that his lies about his RAAF Service fall into the criminal category of "Deception to gain benefit".

Bayliss appears to be a respectable elderly gentlemen, however beneath the facade there is a calculating liar, fraud and wannabe.

People do not become "crooks" overnight and Bayliss is likely to have been falsely representing himself in one way or another all his life. We don't know what happened in Hong Kong that caused his immediate return to Australia but we are not surprised.

Bayliss holds the senior position of Treasurer at the Camberwell, Melbourne Returned and Services League (RSL) . Allowing such a person to hold that position of responsibility and trust after this exposure, would be an act of negligence by the Executive Committee of the Camberwell RSL

Australian and New Zealand veterans will not allow liars and fools like Bayliss to extol false claims of heroic service and at the same time disparage the ability of Defence to keep proper records of service.

Bayliss has used the valuable time of hard working politicians in an endeavour to falsely gain benefit. We do not have the naivety of politicians and we condemn Bayliss for his calculated, dishonesty.

He well deserves this place on our web site.







Surname: Kingston
Christian Names: Timothy
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cairns
Case Notes:



Timothy Kingston of Edmonton, Cairns, Far North Queensland has somewhat exaggerated his Military History.

According to Timothy he served in the Army and completed four clandestine tours of Afghanistan.

In reality, this dud has never pulled on a boot, and never suffered the lash of a Regimental Sergeant Majors tongue. He has not a skerrick, not a scintilla, not a crumb, of military history. He is just a pathetic wannabe liar.

He has told all who would listen that "he served for six years and did four tours in Afghanistan. His service in the "Sand Pit" involved secretive missions where he was parachuted in to conduct hostage recovery missions, in some cases he had to shoot his way out".   He also explains that he sought discharge "because he was "Sick of dropping people"

He said his unit was"4," which was an Intelligence Special Forces Unit. Initially there were eight people in his team but now there were only two left, all the others have been killed".

He further said he was "in a bad way, because of "PTS" (sic) and was waking up with bad dreams from when he was on tour." He also related that "he had to carry his dead friend out of the "field" when he was deployed, and had been involved in his funeral and another one of his friends".

More verbal garbage, "After he was discharged he was made redundant from a civilian job and within a day, the Army contacted him to offer him his job back as they really needed his skills and they had been keeping an eye on his career".

Kingston has a severe case of the "Walter Mitty syndrome" with unremitting tales of his heroic Defence Service. Kingston has never served, and would have no idea of what it takes to be even an ordinary soldier let alone one of the very elite who become involved in Special Forces Operations in war zones

We contacted Kingston and asked him about his Military Service.


Am back again, there seems to be controversy as to whether you have ever served in the Australian Defence Force, as have been unable to locate a Defence Service File for a person with your name?

Can you please confirm that you have served.?"

Here is his answer of the 8th April 2014

"Ididn’t serve in the army and don’t know where that information has come from

As we have numerous Statutory Declarations clearly defining where the information came from we responded to Kingston, see below:


We hold numerous Statutory Declarations from people who allege  you have related your military history to.

Because you state that the Statutory Declarations are untrue, we will report the Signatories to the Cairns Federal Police  for investigation regarding the possibility of making false declarations, which is a serious Federal offence.


Some advice for Kingston is to shut up, or join up, and put some substance to his tales, however, we would wager that he doesn't have the physical or psychological strength to pass even the Army Recruit Training program.

Fame and infamy is found in many corners. Kingston's corner, for ever more, is this web site, whenever his name is "Googled" it will lead straight to here, which is the price paid by those who falsely claim heroic Military service.

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.


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.

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.

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