Wagner aka Ragno (Born 10 October 1951) in Italy

Date of Entry: 06/08/2017
Surname: Wagner aka Ragno
Christian Names: Shane or Cosimo
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Eglington
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Claims 1969 to 1976
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Wagner stood in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Canberra and gazed at the Long Tan Cross that was on loan for exhibition. He also identified "himself" in a photograph taken in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in August 1969 that was accompanying the exhibition. Here is Wagner gazing at the Cross at the AWM

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We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Wagner claims to have fought in the Battle of Long Tan with D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on the 18th August 1966.

The Statutory Declarations state that Wagner claims; He was in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam and then served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He said he was the youngest soldier to serve in Vietnam and became a "Sniper" with a 140 odd "strikes" to his name and he liked to work alone.

 Shane Wagner was born Cosimo Ragno in Italy in October 1951 and came to Australia as an infant. At the tender age of fifteen in 1966 he certainly would have been the youngest person to serve in Vietnam.   All Vietnam nominal rolls and data from 6RAR have been checked and, Wagner aka Ragno did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force at any time. To join the Army you had to be 17 years old and to be sent to Vietnam you had to be 19 years old. Wagner aka Ragno is a liar and a Wannabe.

We contacted two retired senior members of D Company, 6RAR and they advised that Wagner is not known by the 6RAR fraternity and did not serve with 6RAR in Vietnam or at any other time in any capacity.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Wagner to enquire about his service. Wagner said he was an ex Serviceman and he served in "Nam" with 6RAR during 1967 and 1968. Any Vietnam veteran who uses the Americanism "Nam" is immediately suspected of being a crook, then when you realise that 6RAR was not in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968 it is obvious we have found another one.

Wagner claims to have gazed at the Cross on another occasion in 1966 when it was "originally erected" in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation. Unfortunately for Wagner the cross was not erected until 1969, during 6RARs second tour of duty in Vietnam. A solemn commemorative ceremony at the newly erected Long Tan Cross was conducted in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in Vietnam on 18th August 1969.  

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This photograph below was taken on 18 August 1969 and was also part of the AWM exhibition, those in the photograph are genuine ANZACs. The photograph was taken on the 18 August 1969. Wagner identifies himself as the third person on the left side of the photograph

 

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It is not Wagner, and we are sure that because of the 9 millimetre pistol the person is wearing he is most likely from 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, whose unit in 1966, after four hours of engagement by the 108 men of the beleaguered D Company 6RAR provided the necessary support and firepower to be able to repel the North Vietnamese and help rescue the 90 heroic survivors of D Company 6RAR.  

 Here is a synopsis of the final stages of the battle.

 AT 1900 hrs during the battle 3 Troop of 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron advanced through 'D' Company's position, carrying out a quick sweep of the area through which the attacking Vietnamese were forming up for another attack, catching the enemy on their flanks and inflicting heavy casualties.  Upon seeing the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers the enemy broke off its attack, the survivors melting away back into the jungle and leaving the Australians in possession of the battlefield.  The Australians suffered 18 men killed and 24 wounded. Of these, one of the men that had been killed was from 3 Troop.

As well as being a lying wannabe he has lied in the Magistrates Court about his non existent military service and in doing so, has perverted the course of justice. Here is what his legal representative told the Magistrate at a hearing at Maroochydore Queensland in 2013.

 

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Wagner is not, and never has been on any Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability benefits. Here is more of the lying palaver he has uttered.

 

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Wagner has mentioned a very honourable man (name expunged) as being his guide and mentor to get his "Entitlements" from DVA. Wagner does not know, and has never communicated with the person he has mentioned. In essence Wagner is not fit to wipe the mud off the man's boots.

There were 3,629 Australian and New Zealand casualties in the Vietnam War 521 of those died and thousands more have since suffered and died from the effects of the war. People like Wagner are a blight on the Veteran community.

Wagner falsely claims to have served in Vietnam at the famous ANZAC battle of Long Tan.

This entry will serve to advise those he has deceived that he is a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

Wagner richly deserves his years of infamy on this website.

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