Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'

Surname: benSerai
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cairns
Case Notes:

Nothing wrong with such a statement, in fact being able to make it in our wonderful society is one of the reasons we have gone to war. The problem is Richard benSerai is a wannabe of monumental proportions and is wearing Defence Force medals that he is not entitled to wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

benSerai is wearing the following Australian medals:

 

1.  Australian Active Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with a clasp

2.  Vietnam Medal

3.  Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with a clasp

4.  Defence Force Service Medal with 1st and 2nd clasp. (Signifying 25 years service)

5.  Vietnam Campaign Medal (signifying he spent more than six months in Vietnam)

 

Now read the whole article that appeared in the Cairns Post

 

 

According to Richard benSerai his Service File has been expunged or hidden because his service was secret and conducted as an Australian serving with the United States Forces. Serai’s file is so well hidden that the Defence Department, The National Australia Archives, the Royal Australian Navy, and the Australian Naval Association have never heard of him. Surely someone would know him because he wears the Defence Force Service Medal with two clasps, this signifies that he spent at least twenty five years in the Australian Defence Force.

 

The benSerai household was contacted at Clifton Beach, a suburb of Cairns and his wife was very careful in what she said. It went like this

 

“Yes Richard did serve as an Officer in the Australian Navy but he cannot talk about it because it was secret and he was working with the United States. There are no records because all his files have been removed”

 

The good lady was probably telling the truth - as she knows it – but we know differently. Although he looks like a jaunty ex Navy Officer with his rack of medals Richard benSerai is a low life, no good lying wannabe. For him to publicly stand up with false medals jingling and making suggestions of how veterans should change their ANZAC Day ceremony is the very peak of vexatious arrogance.

 

By wearing those medals and claiming to be a returned veteran benSerai has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903 which allows for a fine of up to $3,300 and jail for six months or both. We are reliably advised that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) having been made aware of Richard benSerai have said they do not have the resources to pursue such people.

 

Australian Veterans believe the AFP attitude is downright wrong, and believe if it were the AFP's honour that was being stolen they would jump into action and have this bloke before a Magistrate in a flash. ANZMI urges veterans to bring this state of affairs to the attention of their politicians. 

Richard benSerai of Clifton Beach in Far North Queensland made a big splash in his local newspaper with false information about himself; we have now corrected that information and extended his fifteen minutes of infamy by exposing him as an imposter and a wannabe

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Beren
Christian Names: Arthur Black
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Kerikeri
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: R63055
Service: RAN
Branch: Electrical
Commencement of service: 08 mar 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Arthur Black Beren (formerly known as Arthur Taiono) was born in the Cook Islands, spending his early years there before moving to Australia, where in 1964, he joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Postings included HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Duchess and HMAS Yarra, involving operational service as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve, and later off Vietnam.

 

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The above photograph appeared in several online articles, both in the United States and New Zealand in 2014 and 2015. Arthur can be seen wearing the following medals:

1.       Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (entitled)

2.       Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (entitled)

3.       Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 (entitled)

4.       Regular Forces Service Medal (unofficial ‘tin’ medal)

 

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The Regular Forces Service Medal is a commemorative item, more aptly described as ‘junk’. Protocol dictates that such items are never to be worn with official medals and if they are to be worn (though never at an official function), it is on the right breast.

Arthur eventually retired from the RAN and moved to New Zealand, where he is the Honourary Welfare Treasurer of the Kerikeri Returned Services Association (RSA). The wearing of this offensive medal surely denigrates his own service history and his position within the RSA Executive.

The issue here, although seemingly minor, is that Arthur, along with so many others who grace the ANZMI site, have seen fit to add a piece of ‘junk’ to their medal rack to look just that little more impressive and important.

Arthur, if you feel so strongly that you need another medal, ditch that worthless piece of tin. Instead, write to Defence Honours and Awards to receive your Australian Defence Medal, for which you are very much entitled to for your service to Australia.

In the meantime, welcome to the ANZMI site.

Surname: Bergin
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Darwin
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

David BERGIN claims to have served in a US Navy Special Forces group named Sea Air and Land (SEALs), but in fact he is all blubber and no SEAL. 

According to Bergin he was serving in the Australian Army when, with help from “above” he was transferred to the US Navy to fly Apache helicopters, where he attained the rank of Colonel. As well as flying helicopters, Bergin became an elite US Navy SEAL. Read more here.

 

David Bergin, an Australian born citizen, who resides in Darwin Northern Territory, Australia, had the audacity to wear a United States, Navy Trident Insignia, US Navy Cross and a number of United States medals that indicated he had served with the elite Sea, Air and Land (SEAL) section of the USA Navy.

The occasion was a “March out Parade” at the Australian Army Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.  As seen in the above photo.

The above photo shows Bergin as a “Cool Dude” complete with sunnies and medals. Obviously he is “not too bright” because one does not steal the honour of US Navy SEALS or falsely wear the SEAL Trident, and US  medals without expecting a landslide of angst from former and current serving SEALS and Veterans everywhere.

Bergin must be seriously lacking in common sense, if he thought he could get away with his deception at a Military event attended by Senior Defence Service Personnel, and ex Service Men and Women.

You can read up on the general history of the US Navy SEAL Teams here;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_SEALs

David Bergin has been claiming to be a SEAL for a number of years as well as making numerous preposterous claims some of which we will list.

We have received a number of reports over a period of time regarding BERGIN and are in possession of Statutory Declarations. We now have a photograph of BERGIN with his false medals to seal the investigation and confirm that he is NOT and never was with the US Navy SEALS.

He has also claimed that he was awarded the US Medal of Honour but lost it, the highest award that can be presented to anyone serving in the US military.

Thanks to one of our readers, we have made a slight correction in the paragraph relating to the Victoria Cross for Australia.

We have also received further information regarding SEAL 7 which you can play at the following link

http://www.angelfire.com/pro/sealteam7/

The Medal of Honour is presented to the awardee only by the President of the United States at a special ceremony which is well covered by the media similar to the way the ceremony is carried out here for recipients of the Australian Victoria Cross.

Above the medals he is wearing the US Navy SEAL Trident Insignia.

To earn this insignia a US Navy Sailor must first successfully complete the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Training program and then complete a follow on secondary training program sequence which is compiled in the SEAL database.

Medals

The lone medal above the others is;

US Navy Cross, the second highest military decoration for Valour that may be awarded to a member of the US Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard for extraordinary heroism in combat. It is equal to the Army “Distinguished Service Cross” and “Air Force Cross”

Below that he is wearing seven medals the top three being;

US Silver Star (3rd highest military decoration)

US Bronze Star (4th highest combat decoration and 9th US Military award in order of precedence)

Purple Heart(awarded to those killed or wounded in action, the next highest being the Bronze Star)

The four medals below them are;

US Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Unknown

US Navy Expert Rifleman Medal

US Navy Expert Pistol Medal

As you can see David Bergin has made himself out to be a real blood and guts hero stealing the valour of real veterans, a number of which have paid the ultimate sacrifice. You can’t get any lower than that.

A check of databases in the US listing the recipients of the highest decorations awarded some of which include the citations reveal that David Bergin was never awarded the Medal of Honour, US Navy Cross, Silver Star nor does his name come up on any other databases

His excuse for not wearing the Medal of Honour is that he lost it and could not get a replacement because all records of such events were sealed in his record and personally burnt by the US President to protect him.

The real reason he cannot purchase a Medal of Honour is listed below as the medal cannot be manufactured, sold, bartered or traded by law.

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, signed into lawby President George W. Bushon December 20, 2006,[1] was a U.S. law that broadened the provisions of previous U.S. lawaddressing the unauthorized wear, manufacture, or sale of any military decorations and medals.

He has obviously purchased medals belonging to someone else over the internet the same as he would have purchased the SEAL Trident Insignia.

Some of the other claims he has made.

He served in the Australian Regular Army and wanted to become an Apache Helicopter pilot. He was friends with someone high up who put in a good word for him and got him transferred to the US Navy and became a SEAL serving with SEAL Team 7 in Afghanistan.

Because of an intelligence blunder his SEAL Team ambushed a vehicle filled with Australian soldiers.

Claimed he was in possession of missile launch codes in a room at the US Consulate in Sydney and was capable of launching nuclear missiles.

As part of his military service, he was an Apache pilot with the rank of Colonel.

Flew his helicopter to the White House and landed it in front of the President.

Because of his knowledge within the US Military he is followed by CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Agents.

He has flown Air Force One.

He also has a large tattoo of the US Navy SEAL Trident which he proudly shows off to everyone.

They are just some of the claims Bergin has made to people in Australia.

Bergin was never a US Navy Seal. We have contacts around the world with people who have served in many units who can easily confirm if a person is what he says he is.

As our contact stated there is no record of a David BERGIN completing the SEAL Training. He is not now or ever was a Navy SEAL, Navy Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) “Frogman”, a member of any Naval Combat Demolition Unit (NCDU), or a member of the Naval Amphibious Scouts and Raiders (S&R).

He added, there are records of every man who qualified for the title of “SEAL”; there have been and will continue to be secret missions, but there are NO secret SEALS.

Now David Bergin was contacted by phone by us to answer some questions to confirm his status of being an ex US Navy SEAL which are totally UNCLASSIFIED and every real SEAL will gladly provide to confirm his claim of being a US Navy SEAL.

David BERGIN’s response was;

“He served with the US Navy SEAL’s but, he could not have anything published nor could he talk about it”.

This seemed to be a strange answer considering he tells anyone who is willing to listen when he brags about his exploits as a US Navy SEAL.

David Bergin also has a problem as to what military service he served in considering he flew Air Force One, was an Apache helicopter pilot with the rank of Colonel, a rank which does not exist in the US Navy as seen at the website below.

http://www.militaryfactory.com/ranks/navy_ranks.asp

David Bergin, you are an outright liar of the highest order, who has either seen too many movies or live in a world of fantasy. By telling those lies you have earned a place on our website so that current and ex-service veterans can look down on you like the scum that you are for stealing

28th Mar 2013

Thanks to a reader of our website we received the following email sent to us by an eye witness both at the recruiting centre and the march out parade advising us about David BERGIN”s lies about his military service and the medals he wore. We applaud the person for sending us the email. Should anyone come across BERGIN in their travels and he continues to brag about his false military history you can contact us on our website www.anmzi.netand we will update his story. Nothing in the email has been altered except the name of the person has been removed.

On 26 January 2013 15:34, xxxxx xxxx <xxxxxx@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hello
My name is xxxxx xxxx and my brother was a member of the marching out parade from kapooka in august 2011 in which David Bergins wife was also a member. when searching through your site on Australia day 2013 i immediantly recognized the image of David bergin and the decorations he wrongfully was wearing that day. This action compelled me to write this email in the hope of it being published on your website as to add an eyewitness account to your profile. The recount begins with the march out of 33rd Platoon Delta Company 1RTB multiple witnesses including my brother,father and myself. Engaged in conversation with others who had recently conversed with Mr Bergin and also upon overhearing him conversing which he did claimed to have:

1. Be an former active duty navy seal of seal team 7 serving in Afghanistan and Iraq

2.a former apache helicopter gunship pilot whom was a veteran of Afghanistan

3.and to have been awarded the navy cross

Upon closer analysis of his stories all members present recognized the stories to be greatly exaggerated and indeed falsified due to numerous inconsistencies. Upon recognizing the distinctive US navy cross i conducted my own research in which i also found no evidence to back his claims.

I greatly applaud your exposition of this fraudster stealing the credit from true soldiers such as my brother and the legitimate US navy seals who have paid the ultimate sacrifice

Ps this is also not bergins first attempt to deliberately mislead others about his former military service three months earlier during a enlistment ceremony at Defense force recruiting at parramatta. Bergin did indeed claim to have been an US SEAL and former apache pilot with combat tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and to have been personally decorated by the united states president.

I ask you add my account to his profile but however edit my name from publication

I again thank you
xxxxx xxxx


Sent from my iPhone

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Bermingham
Christian Names: Lionel Gene
Country: Thailand
State or Province: Bangkok
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Lionel Gene BERMINGHAM - Genuine SASR and 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Vietnam veteran and medal fraud.

 

BERMINGHAM carved a reputation throughout all his years as a regular volunteer soldier particularly in most forms of parachuting - testament to the inordinate number of jumps he made is the recorded hospitalisations due to injuries allied with this hazardous past time. 

 

 

Whilst this man put himself in danger many times he has now earned the chagrin of many of his contemporaries because of his wearing of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - a foreign award made to all allies who served more than 181 days in South Vietnam. The only reason any veteran would receive this award who served less than the prescribed time would be because of being Killed In Action (KIA), Casualty Evacuated (CASEVAC) due to being Wounded in Action (WIA) or being taken Prisoner of War (POW).

 

Documentary evidence shows BERMINGHAM arrived in Vietnam on the 4th of June 1966 - and returned to Australia on 1st September 1966 following medical evacuation for what can be deduced as a skin problem - on 10 October 1966 his medical Physical Employment Standard (PES) was downgraded from Forward Everywhere (FE - Class 1) to CZNT (Communication Zone Non Tropical) - Unfit to serve in hot/humid environment

 

Numerous Vietnam veterans posted to Vietnam for a standard 12 month period were brought home early due to medical problems with skin ailments - the climate and hygiene conditions were not suited to their health.

 

BERMINGHAM was awarded the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) on 3 August 1971 and the Vietnam Medal on the 15th of September 1971 -  The Department of Veterans' Affairs nominal roll of Vietnam Veterans' shows clearly that BERMINGHAM spent a total of 88 days in South Vietnam - well under the qualifying 181 days to be awarded the Vietnamese Campaign Medal - as he was medically evacuated due to a skin problem he has absolutely no entitlement to be wearing the award - we can only assume that like many of his contemporaries who appear on this website that BERMINGHAM has purchased the medal to satisfy some urge to make himself look more of a man - and one must ask why would a veteran who has a proven record of sky diving life threatening situations step out of line and lower himself as a wannabe??

 

ANZMI see his actions as indefensible and deem him a medal offender.  Gene BERMINGHAM - welcome to the www of medal cheats

 

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Bier
Christian Names: Jan
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Echuca
Service #: 324561
Service: Army
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: 20 Jan 82
Completion of service: 29 Aug 86
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Jan Bier was born in Germany on the 23 October, 1964 to Dutch parents. They moved to Australia and Bier enlisted in the Australian Army in January 1982. He was 17 years and four months of age. He had less than 5 year’s full time Army service

Bier is now a resident of Echuca in Victoria and is a current member of the State Emergency Service, Echuca.

Bier is an unscrupulous liar and a fraud who puts himself out there as a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) War Hero on “Black ops” and also with Falklands War Operational service. This bloke is a clown whose fraudulent deeds need to be exposed to not only all his family and friends in Echuca, but everyone who views this site.

The above photograph depicts “Corporal” Jan Bier (on the left) standing alongside his portly SASR “Captain” mate named “Fat Mick” who we will get to later.

Bier is wearing the following -;

1. He wears a British Army sandy coloured SAS beret with the SAS hat badge.
2. On his left shoulder he wears a light blue British Special Air Service Lanyard.(worn incorrectly)
3. On his left side he wears the Infantry Combat Badge (Australia) with a cloth parachute badge underneath.
4. On his right sleeve he wears Corporal rank insignia and another cloth parachute badge.
5. Around his waist he wears the Australian Army SAS Stable Belt signifying service with the Special Air Service.

The polyester uniform Bier is wearing was withdrawn in the 1990’s as well as the Stable belt. Photograph below.


Bier was photographed (below) on Anzac Day a few years ago in his home town of Echuca with his overweight, unfit “Captain” mate, who is also pretending to be a SASR warrior. On this Anzac Day, they led the Echuca Moama RSL March with a former Naval Petty Officer Andrew Fleming, who is also to appear on this site shortly for his own misconduct.

As you can see by the photograph, all the genuine returned from active service veterans were required to march behind these two pretend SASR boofheads. If only they knew!

It is a disgrace when low life imposters like these two force their way into Anzac Day Marches and place themselves at the forefront of the proceedings, at the expense of more worthy genuine veterans, who are then forced to follow behind them.

The factual military history of 324561 “Corporal” Jan Bier is somewhat different to his stories of courageous active service on “black ops” as a parachuting Sniper in Bougainville and also Falklands War service with the British SAS.

He enlisted in the Australian Army as a 17 year old. Following Recruit Training he was posted as a Private in the RAAOC at Bandiana where he carried out the duties of a Storeman, Warehouse Duties, Ordnance Corps.

He remained in the Army until his requested discharge for personal reasons in August, 1986 as a 21 year old. At the time of his discharge he was still posted as a Private in the RAAOC at Bandiana where he still carried out the duties of a Storeman, Warehouse Duties, Ordnance Corps. A very unremarkable career but remarkable in a sense, in that he was charged on four occasions within his short time for -;

(a) “conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline” on two occasions,
(b) “neglect to obey published orders” and
(c) “Use insubordinate language.”

The Army were glad to get rid of him. They won!!

Bier however claims that following his discharge, he re-enlisted and was selected for SASR training. He carried out "Black Ops" in Bougainville as a Sniper, but of course he is unable to talk about it because it is all a big secret. However, when pressed, he will tell folks on Anzac Days, that as an Australian SASR soldier he was transferred on loan to the British SAS where he was posted to combat duty in the Falklands War.

Ho hum!

One of the problems of this outrageous lie is that the Falklands War finished on the 14 June, 1982. Bier joined the Australian Army as a 17 year old in January, 1982 and was posted as an Ordnance Corps, Storeman, Private to Bandiana, Victoria, where he remained carrying out Warehouse duties for the next four years.

Also Bougainville was never prescribed as a war like area and Bier’s arrogance just typifies his disrespect for those he tells his lies to, and the service of genuine returned veterans. Bier is a false pretender who will bring shame to any organisation that he is associated with. He will be here for evermore.

We are currently having difficulties trying to locate "Captain Fat Mick”, who is depicted in the above photographs with Bier. We are are aware that his name is Michael Woolard from Melbourne. We are certain that this idiot not only has no SASR service, he has no military service whatsoever. We seek the assistance of our readers to locate him to ensure that he also gains his true place in the military history of this Country as well. We know that he rides a Harley Davidson and is presently employed in the mining industry.

These two idiots, who have acquired the names of Dumb and Dumber, are up there with the Hines Brothers from Queensland, who are also knuckleheads that like to fraudulently pose in military garb on Anzac Days.

Welcome to the site Messrs Dumb and Dumber!

 

 

 

Surname: Blackwood
Christian Names: Barry Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Cairns
Service #: R95816
Service: RAN
Branch: Junior Seaman
Commencement of service: 03 Jan 67
Completion of service: 21 Nov 68
Case Notes:

 

 

Barry Gregory Blackwood received succour from the Judge who heard his criminal charges in the Cairns District Court. The Judge obviously believed that Blackwood suffers from the distress of "fighting in Vietnam". Here is the media report.

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Notice the comments made by the Judge Morzone about Blackwood being a damaged war veteran. The Judge obviously understands the problems that are often faced by genuine Veterans who have served in war zones. Blackwood has dishonestly misled the Court regarding his "trip" to Vietnam to the point we believe he has Perverted the Course of Justice.

The Judge's words would have one believe that Blackwood was a damaged "Battle hardened" Veteran of the Vietnam War. The truth is that Blackwood spent only six hours at anchor in the peaceful Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Parramatta. HMAS Parramatta dropped anchor at 0700 hours on the 9 April 1968 and weighed anchor at 1300 hours on the same day. Like most other days, there was no war like activity, in or around Vung Tau on the 9 April 1968.   Here are extracts from the ship's Report of Proceedings for that day.

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The full report dated 3rd May 1968 can be found here:

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/awm78/

Blackwood had a less than illustrious Navy career. He joined as a Junior Seaman in 1967 and was discharged as being unsuitable in 1968. Here is an extract from his Navy Service Record

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The Vietnam Nominal Roll shows him as being in Vietnam from 5 April 1968 to 17 April 1968. Twelve days. That information is misleading and results from a system invented by the RAN at the time. It is actually the time departing Singapore until returning to Singapore.

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This system has resulted in hundreds of Navy personnel being wrongly awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. That medal requires One Hundred and Eighty days in Vietnam waters. The ships that were on the Vietnam Gunline are listed as having been in Vietnam for that period, but none of them were, because every now and then they departed the Gunline and sailed off to other countries for leave or repairs. The whole issue is such a shemozzle that neither the RAN nor Honours and Awards are prepared to address the matter.

Blackwood is not a PTSD wracked veteran of the Vietnam war as depicted by the Judge who had obviously been misled. He spent Six hours in the Vung Tau Harbour with no enemy activity whatsoever and would have enjoyed the comforts of HMAS Parramatta.  

The Judge said "You saw and did things which, like so many others, has resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and like so many others in your situation have turned to drinking to cope with the demons that endure from that experience"  In fact Blackwood saw nothing and endured nothing from the Vietnam war, he is a liar, fraud and should not have been given leniency for his behaviour.

Blackwood was an unsatisfactory sailor and, since his discharge, has been an unsatisfactory citizen, with a number of serious convictions. The Veteran community do not want him, and we urge the Cairns Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge him for 'Perverting the Course of Justice', with the hope of his serving the full 18 month prison sentence, that he was awarded.

Unfortunately we have not be able to locate a photograph of Blackwood and if any reader can help it will be much appreciated by Veterans of Australia and New Zealand.

In the meantime we sentence him to a place on our website where he will remain for a very long time.

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