Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'B'
Burnett with his dazzling display of combat decorations. Remember, this man is now clean-shaven and bald
Alan George Burnett is unique in the annals of CPMH team investigations. He not only rates a mention on these pages but is also listed on the US Phony Veterans site along with another fake American serviceman (St Ives) after a joint investigation on both sides of the Pacific.
Alan George Burnett was born in England and emigrated to Australia with his family as a small child. His family took up residence in Queensland and that basically is where he has spent the majority of his life until now. He is currently on the run and may be in Melbourne. He is, or at least was, a short balding fat man with a beard. Since being exposed he is now clean shaven with a shaved head who now really does have bad dreams about the veterans who haunt him.
Burnett's major claim to fame is that he was the "lone survivor" of one of America's most famous battles in the Viet Nam war, The battle of Hamburger Hill.
He can sit in a pub or club and between crying sessions, with you buying his beer, and can tell you the harrowing minute-by-minute the true account of this battle..... but he can't tell you the name of his division or battalion commander. These are the only facts omitted from the story of Hamburger Hill that are produced in an American magazine readily available in any newsagency.
He will tell you about the nights where he is woken from his dreams of battle to see his whole platoon, killed to the man, standing at his bedside asking him why he survived and they died. He will recite for you a very impressive service record where he saw action in 5 major battle areas in Viet Nam and an even more impressive list of battle honours where he received the following:
Not a bad list of awards for a man that has never worn the uniform of any country. His ability to lie to ex-service organisations shows that he spent a lot of time and effort creating his story, but was it worth it in the long run? Initially, because he was using US service details and war exploits, his story was believed and he became a founding member of the VVAA (Viet Nam Veterans Association of Australia) in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, Queensland.
At one time, it was not easy to verify US Service records, unless you contacted a CPMH investigation team or know the exact area to approach in the United States. These days, processes are much faster and simpler. Burnett even rose through the ranks to hold an executive position on the committee, until the colour of his war stories began to turn black on him.
Burnett joined the 173rd Airborne Association in Queensland, an Australian branch of this famous American unit association and his stories of bravery, although unique, appeared genuine to some of the members until they started to question some of his wounds that did not bear scars. He claims to have been wounded in the back from a RPG (Rocket-propelled Grenade). This wound causes him unbearable pain, but miraculously there are no visible scars. This is also the case with his numerous bullet wounds. Suspicions aroused, the 173rd contacted their counterparts in the US and no records could be found for the service number he produced. Challenged, he decided to change it and try again. Not only did he change his service number but he also changed his date and year of birth and where he thought he was born in the USA. Naturally none of this panned out as he was born in England.
Burnett further compounds his errors by getting married here in Australia. Wife number one decided she had more than enough of the deceit, and leaves. Burnett tries again with wife number two. Failure again. Using his well-crafted skills in fiction, screaming poor and in need of help, he gets a third wife who takes pity on the "veteran" but quickly she becomes suspicious of his war stories and lies and the relationship ends. Further investigation appears to show that he has never sought a divorce from his previous wives before he takes the matrimonial steps again. Burnett now single, resides in a cabin in a Brisbane northern suburbs caravan park where he still continues to tell his fictitious war stories to anyone who will take pity on him and buy him a beer. He claims PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) through a Psychiatrist. There are alleged tales of a huge payout from an insurance company for this complaint.
At this time, CPMH is contacted and becomes aware of Burnett's details. A check of his service details through the US confirms he is a fraud. A Current Affair (a Nine Network program which has worked with CPMH before) is contacted and a plan is put into place to visit and expose him at his cabin. Unfortunately, through the investigation period by CPMH, Burnett got wind he was about to be exposed on national TV and very quickly told his close neighbours that he had been advised by the Department of Veterans Affairs that he had to move to a Veterans' Invalid Hospital in Hobart, Tasmania, for specialised treatment on his back injury (remember the RPG wound). ACA and a CPMH team leader went to his cabin and were advised that they had missed him by half a day. He had vanished into thin air.
A check by CPMH with Veterans Affairs confirmed his story was a lie. A check of the veterans' rehabilitation hospital in Hobart also confirmed he had lied about this location. Alan George Burnett is still on the run. He has been reported as living in the Hervey Bay area of Queensland. The team checked but he could not be found in this location. He contacted a person he thought was still his friend in NSW for help. The friend immediately contacted CPMH and advised that he was heading for the Victorian capital, Melbourne.
CPMH have since been advised that he has applied for a loan through a major credit union in this location. The team is currently looking for his place of residence in the southern city. A Current Affair still want to interview this war hero and we have been asked to advise the Federal Police and the Insurance Company of his whereabouts.
This investigation continues on foot.
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.
Benjamin Joshua Burrows was obviously dissatisfied with his mundane military service. For most people it would have been a worthwhile and interesting experience, but after discharge Burrows daydreamed of a more robust military experience, and then converted the daydreams to verbal adventures, that made him a Special Forces hero.
We have Statutory Declarations detailing what he has said about his military history. Here is a synopsis:
"He spent most of his military career as a Special Forces operator and was deployed overseas every year. He injured his back in a parachute accident whilst on an overseas deployment. He was lodged in a tree for two days before being rescued..
During another of his deployments he was wounded in the stomach by a mortar fragment resulting in evacuation to, and treatment in a Hospital in Germany.
Following this accumulated grievous damage to his body he transferred from Special Forces and became a Physical Training Instructor".
Here is what he has told people about where he served in the Army.
1 Recruit Training Battalion - awarded Crossed rifles for marksmanship
5/7 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (18 months then to Special Forces on recommendation of Regimental Sergeant Major)
Special Air Service Regiment
2 Commando Regiment
4 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando)
Incident Response Regiment
Schoolof Artillery(Physical Training Instructor) (PTI)
22 Construction Regiment (PTI)
Burrows has an "official" Defence document to support his Military History and here it is:
It is desired to advised that the document is the strangest Statement of Service that we have seen, in fact it is a ridiculous forgery, obviously designed and executed by Burrows. He is known to have used it as part of his Resume to seek work.
Notice that his Statement of Service shows that he was a Sergeant and mirrors his many years of dreamed up "hard slogging" with Special Forces units. Also of note is that his "Awards" have been marked as "Classified".
Here is the truth of Burrow's Military History.
All of his service was in Australia.
Joined Army January 1996 and did Recruit Training
Posted to Royal Australian Infantry Corp for further training until late April 1996.
Posted as Private Soldier to 5/7 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment where he served until February 1998.
Posted to School of Artillery until September 1999
Transferred to Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corp where he served until 2001
Attained rank of Corporal January 2001
Transferred to Army Reserve until 2008 when he was discharged.
His actual service was nothing like that listed on the fake Statement of Service or the verbal description given by Burrows.
Burrows has massively exaggerated his military history for whatever reason wannabes do such things. He lied to his loved ones, his friends and submitted lies as part of a Resume to gain employment in Government Contracted operation relating to immigration.
From now on whenever Burrows name is entered into a computer Search Engine details of this exposure will be shown. We have been exposing frauds liars and wannabes in the Veteran and ex Service community for twenty years, those who were exposed twenty years ago are still on this site as will Burrows be in twenty years time.
Those who choose to steal the honour of the Veteran and Ex Servicemen and Women will be caught and exposed on this web site without fear or favour as is Benjamin Joshua Burrows.
Graham Ross Burzacott was born about 1934. In July, 1952, at 18 years of age, he commenced compulsory National Service Training in the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF). He served for 176 days full time RAAF service at Ballarat in Victoria as part of his training. Below is his National Service record.
In the photographs below, Burzacott wears four medals and ribands.
He wears -;
1. The Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. The National Service Medal. Entitled.
3. The unofficial Queens Golden Jubilee Medal . Not entitled. Tin purchased commemorative medal.
4. National Service tin purchased unofficial medal.
Burzacott is another example of a member of the Australian National Servicemen's Association adding tin unofficial medals to his two genuinely awarded medals.
He served his time, he completed his required duty as did hundreds of thousands of other National Servicemen. He should be satisfied with that. There is no need to purchase tin medals and add them to your genuinely awarded medals. Doesn't make sense.
We mentioned in a previous write up of John Bauerle, another former National Serviceman, who wore three unofficial purchased medal ribands on his National Serviceman's Jacket at an official ceremony. He is the President of the Albury-Wodonga National Servicemen's Association and has been for 17 years.
The National Servicemen's Association of Australia have to get their act in order and discipline their members for ignoring long established medals protocols, in order to maintain respect and dignity within the Australian Defence Force and Veteran community.