Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'C'
Graeme Caddy of Mandurah Western Australia
If you want to pretend to have served with, or been part of Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Operations, Perth is not a good environment to conduct your wannabe activities.
The SASR is based in the sandy suburbs of Perth and many ex SASR members have made Perth their home. This lesson was learned by Graeme Caddy of Mandurah Western Australia.
As illustrated in the photograph, initially Caddy was a bit camera shy and hid behind a styrene cup, but an feisty ex SASR member managed to get some other photos showing Caddy’s full countenance.
We hold Statutory Declarations regarding claims made by Caddy, as follows:
“Initially Caddy was heard “mouthing off” about his SASR experience in a Car Dealers premises. He claims to have served in the Royal Australian Airforce and spent thirteen years on Special Operations with the SASR.”
Then again from a different source:
“Before Christmas a friend, and Vietnam Veteran and I were in a motorcycle shop in Victoria Park here in WA, when a chap started up a conversation with my mate. During the conversation this Mr Caddy learned my mate was a Vietnam Vet, so he then stated in front of me that although he was officially in the RAAF, he actually spent 13 years "On Special Ops with the SAS"!!! Now, my ears pricked up and I asked him exactly what did he do whilst on these special ops, and he replied he was a photographer. I immediately knew he was a fraud because firstly, I didn't know him and believe me, I am, or was well known around the traps in SAS.
Mr Caddy told me the SAS often took he and another chap out on operations. When I asked him where, he would not say.”
Below are some excerpts from the Statutory Declarations
After being photographed it must have dawned on Caddy that he had been describing his Special Operations service to the wrong people and here is a report of his squirming:
“At mid-day today I received a call on my mobile from this Graeme Caddy, suggesting I have "Misunderstood" him!!! Please believe me, he categorically stated he had been in the RAAF, but had spent thirteen years "On Special Operations with the SAS" as a....wait for it....a photographer. I have a witness who I am sure would corroborate my statement and I'm prepared to sign a sworn affidavit if need be.
The truth of the matter as I told Mr Caddy earlier, he has been big mouthing himself and he has been caught out and he is a fraud. I have also laid a complaint against him with the AFP today”
Whether Caddy ever served in the RAAF we don’t know, the point is we do know that he never served on any operations with the SASR.
If all the wannabes who claimed to have served with the SASR had actually served it would have been the largest unit ever formed in Australia.
Caddy’s claim of having participated in Special Operations puts him in the category of claiming to be a returned Veteran, when he is not. Making that claim is sufficient for him to be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Section VII, Part 80A “Falsely claiming to be a returned airman”. This offence attracts a penalty of $3,300 fine, or six months imprisonment or both. Caddy has been reported to the Federal Police. Those involved should also be aware that State Police can prosecute under the Defence Act.
Caddy is a fraud a liar and a wannabe who will remain on our web site until the day he expires.
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.
Graeme Rex Caesar enlisted in the RAN in 1961. He was 18 years of age when he signed on for 9 years. On his Linked in page he claimed 20 years RAN Submarine service. (1961 - 1981) Although since our recent contact with him, he has now changed these dates to (1961 - April, 1970) 9 years Submarine Service. These changed dates are significant as you read on.
Caesar is currently the Interim National President of the Submarines Association of Australia (SAA). This Association has branches in all states of Australia. Caesar was the President of the Queensland Branch prior to his being appointed Interim National President in early 2014. He claims to have been awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy (Phd), Organisational Management at Harvard University (USA), and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Applied Psychology at Oxford University.(UK)
He refers to himself as Doctor Graeme Caesar.
The National AGM for the SAA will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia from the 7 November, 2014 to the 14 November, 2014. It will be the commemoration of 100 years of Australian Submarine Service since 1914 when the first two Australian Submarines AE1 and AE2 served in the First World War. There will be a number of International submariners from various countries also attending in addition to Federal Politicians.
Caesar is expected to stand and be voted in as the substantive National President at that conference. It is a prestige position.
Unfortunately for Caesar though, he is an imposter and a military fraud.
In 18 months, Caesar's medal rack with additional clasps has more than doubled.
On the 5 January, 2010, the photograph below was posted on his Facebook page.
Caesar is wearing the following medals with his Coast Guard mess jacket.
1. The Australian Active Service medal 1945-1975. One clasp. (AASM)
2. The Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 with one clasp. (ASM)
3. The Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
4. The Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal.
In a photograph posted on his Facebook on the 28 July, 2011, eighteen months later, Caesar is wearing significantly more medals as indicated below -;
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with clasps Malaysia and South Vietnam.
2. General Service Medal 1962 with clasps Borneo and South Vietnam.
3. Australian Vietnam Medal.
4. Australian Service Medal 1945-1975, with clasps - Special Ops, FESR (Far East Strategic Reserve) and PNG. (Papua New Guinea.)
5. National Medal.
6. Australian Defence Medal.
7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days or more operational service in South Vietnam or Vietnamese waters)
8. Pingat Jasa Medal. (90 days operational service in Borneo, Malaysia waters.)
9. Community Service Medal. (tin unofficial medal.)
10. 2001 Year of the Volunteer medal. (tin Commemorative medal.)
You might wonder how we can identify the clasps on all his medals in the above photograph. It was easy. Although not in correct order, he describes them on his Linked In page below.
Honors & Awards
Additional Honors & Awards
Australian Active Service Medal (Malaysia and Vietnam)
Australian Service Medal (Special Ops, FESR and PNG)
General Service Medal (Borneo and South Vietnam)
Australian Defence Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Star
Pingat Jasa Malaysia
Community Service Medal
International Year of the Volunteer Medal
Caesar came to our notice recently due to the rapid increase of medals and clasps to his rack over the past few years.
We obtained a copy of Caesar's Naval Record. Entries pertaining to his postings do not match his claimed medals entitlement.
As a consequence, we contacted Caesar in writing and requested information from him regarding his Naval service and the medal entitlements he claims. We requested any documentation that might support his assertions. A simple request just to address the anomalies regarding his service record and his claims. Caesar failed to respond.
However, a concerned Non Executive ordinary member of the Submarines Association Australia, sent us a copy of a communication written by Caesar that he received erroneously.
See below -;
For the personal information of the SAA National Executive, National Committee and National Officers
I have been contacted by a somewhat secretive unofficial group who call themselves the Australian and New Zealand Military Imposters wanting to know about periods of my service that do not appear in the publicly available records.
Like a lot of you, I saw service in Submarines and other Ships and Postings that is not on the public record and perhaps never will be, and I have no intention of replying to their enquiry nor entering into any correspondence of any sort with them.
Dr. Graeme Caesar
Submarines Association Australia
Now you would think that if you received a simple request to provide details of your distinguished military career in campaigns that allegedly involved operational service in Malaysia, Borneo and Vietnam, you would be only too happy to respond like all genuine veterans do when we request information from them.
Caesars lack of interest in responding to our request convinced us that he may not be the veteran he claims to be. We then had a closer look at him.
As a result of our inquiries we have ascertained that Caesar is entitled to the following medals.
1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with clasp Borneo.
2. Possibly General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Borneo.
3. Australian Service Medal 1945-1975, clasp FESR.
4. National Medal. (9 years RAN service and remainder possible Coast Guard service.) (15 years minimum service required.)
5. Australian Defence Medal.
He has no entitlement to wear the following medals and clasps.
1. Australian Active Service medal clasps Malaysia and Vietnam.(1945-1975)
2. Australian Vietnam Medal.
3. General Service Medal clasp Vietnam.
4. Australian Service Medal clasps 1945-1975 (Special Ops and PNG.)
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days or more in Vietnam waters.)
5. Pingat Jasa Medal Malaysia. (90 days or more in designated area.)
6. Community Service Medal, tin purchased medal.
7. 2001 International Year of the Volunteer Medal. tin commemorative medal.
In his E mail to his Executive members, he claims that he "saw service on ships and other postings that is not on the public record and perhaps never will be".
If that is the case, why didn't Caesar just contact the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and rectify "their blunder" for not including his name on the Vietnam War nominal roll.
The Vietnam War Nominal Roll has been in existence since 1997. He has had 17 years to correct it. One communication to the AWM could have solved the problem. Not hard.
If he wears the Vietnam medals openly, and has posted photographs of himself wearing them on his Linked In and Face Book pages for the world to see, why is it such a secret?
Why is his Vietnam active service not shown on his Naval records or the Vietnam Nominal Roll?
Why hasn't he corrected it?
Why does his name not appear on any ship's crew lists that deployed to Vietnam waters for six months or more?
Why does he state that he saw service on ships and other postings that is not on the public record and perhaps never will be? He is implying that his service was top secret.
He claims six months Naval service in Vietnamese waters. ( i.e. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal) We don't know when. He may remember, but he won't tell us! Maybe he was on "Special Ops" again and all his secret records were destroyed like so many other imposters claim on this site.
Maybe he will tell his colleagues at the Fremantle conference in November, 2014 what ship he was on, the dates his ship served in Vietnamese waters, his duties, His Commanding Officer's name etc. We are sure that his SAA members will have a great deal of interesting questions to ask him.
As it has now been 45 years since the RAN completed six months deployments in Vietnamese waters (HMAS Brisbane 6/3/1971 to 15/10/1971 was the last HMA Ship deployed) , Caesar should have no difficulty explaining to the SAA members his secret service in clandestine operations. Surely it is not top secret anymore!!.
After all, he will be their President with the utmost integrity and he will no doubt be leading by example.
So much for his Vietnam service.
If we now look at his alleged operational service in Malaysia and Borneo as he claims on his Honours and Awards Linked In page, he asserts that he is entitled to the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 with clasps Malaysia and Vietnam. He also claims the General Service Medal 1962 with clasps Borneo and South Vietnam.
Caesar enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on the 2 July, 1961.
According to his records, Caesar served from 1961 to 1964, at Shore establishments and HMA ships. He states that in this time he trained as a Naval Clearance Diver. About the equivalent of an Army Special Air Service Regiment operative. His records do not confirm this and about the only similarity he had to this was completing an RAN "swimming test" in July 1961.
He had service with the HMAS Quiberon from 30 September, 1961 to the 5 August, 1962. During this time the HMAS Quiberon had no active service accreditation. In other words no operational service in that period.
His record indicates that he served on the HMAS Sydney when it was re-commissioned from the 6 August, 1962 until the 6 December, 1962. The HMAS Sydney had no active service accreditation in that period.
He was then posted to the HMAS Parramatta on the 31 December, 1962. He served on and off that ship until 9 July, 1964. During that time the HMAS Parramatta made one 31 day operational deployment to Borneo waters from the 26 May, 1964, until the 26 June, 1964.
His record discloses that for the remainder of 1964 he served at Shore Establishments and on the 14 December, 1964 he flew to the UK for Submarine training.
He states on his National SAA curriculum vitae (c.v.) that he was posted to the United Kingdom in 1964 for Submarine training at HMS Dolphin. He then served with HMS Talent and HMS Grampus. In 1968 he moved to Scotland where he was to standby for the completion of HMAS Ovens, an Australian submarine being built. He states that Ovens was commissioned and he served on her in 1969 as second coxswain.
He now states on his changed Linked in Page, that he left the Royal Australian Navy in April, 1970 and not 1981. He must have had a memory lapse. He was actually discharged on the 1 July, 1970.
Therefore his only operational service was 31 days on the HMAS Parramatta in waters off Borneo. Those facts indicate that he is also not entitled to the Pingat Jasa Malaysian medal which requires 90 days service in the designated operational area.
In addition to this, to be eligible for the Malaysia clasp, Caesar would have to have been deployed in the qualifying area between the 17 August, 1964 and the 14 September, 1966. However, in August 1964 he was posted to Shore establishments in Australia prior to his posting to the UK in December, 1964 for submarine training. He has no entitlement to this clasp.
His claim to a clasp for Vietnam service on his General Service Medal is interesting. The Wikipedia attachment below clearly indicates that Caesar is not entitled to this award.
This clasp was instituted by Royal approval on the 16 December 1965 for "members of our Australian Armed Forces who qualify by participation in operations in defence of the Republic of Vietnam as from 24 December 1962, and to a date to be determined,..." Between 1963 and 1965, at least 68 members of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) and 232 members of the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam qualified for the clasp. However, a decision of 1966 relating to the institution and award of the Vietnam Medal led to the stripping of the award from the RAAF personnel. A Royal Warrant dated 8 June 1968 retrospectively changed the qualifying periods to:
Between 24 December 1962 and 29 May 1964,
• 30 days' service in ships operating in inland waters or off the Vietnamese coast.
• 1 day in the service of a land unit.
• 1 operational sortie.
• 30 days' service on an official visit.
For service after 29 May 1964, personnel were awarded the Vietnam Medal. Thus, only 68 clasps were issued, and all 68 went to AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam)members.
The last paragraph is interesting. Caesar has no entitlement to this clasp whatsoever. He was never a member of AATTV and he has no Vietnam service.
He also has no entitlement to the "Special Ops" clasp that he wears on the Australian Service Medal 1945-1975. This clasp was awarded to Naval personnel who had qualifying service in Oxley Class Submarines from between 1978 to 1992. Caesar left the Navy on 1 July, 1970.
His Naval records also do not indicate that he is entitled to wear the PNG (Papua New Guinea) clasp on the ASM 1945-1975.
Below are his two tin medals that should not be worn on the left side and mixed or added to military medals. These are just unauthorised medals that can be purchased from the Internet for about thirty dollars each.
The Community Services Medal.
The 2001 International Year of the Volunteer Medal.
Caesar is just one of many high profile wannabees who have worked and bluffed their way up through the system to gain executive positions on Ex Service Organisation (ESO) committees and gain undeserved benefits and recognition.
Recently we exposed former ESO Executive and RAN Leading Sick Berth Attendant Trevor (Doc) Anthony for similar false representations of his operational military service, in addition to four former Presidents of Victoria RSL Clubs who have since resigned or been ejected.
We are also currently investigating other ESO executives who have gained positions through lies and deceit and who will be appearing on this site soon. One even claims that he is a victim of the "tall poppy syndrome". Most imposters undoubtedly think that with the passage of time, they will not be discovered.
Caesar is an imposter without credibility. He should resign, as should all other "tall poppy imposters" currently holding positions in ESO organisations before they appear on this site.
We requested information from him recently regarding proof of his entitlements to medals that he wears and displays on his Linked in and Facebook pages. He failed to respond but two days later, he removed all the offending photographs of himself wearing the non entitled medals from his Facebook page and his Linked in Page as well as his list identifying them all.
As mentioned above, he has also now changed completely his dates of service in the Royal Australian Navy by reducing his enlistment period by eleven years to a discharge date in April, 1970 rather than his previously stated date of 1981.
Unfortunately for Caesar though, the photographs of himself, that he is now trying to extinguish, will remain on this site for evermore as a reminder for him. Also for the world to see what a fraud and charlatan he really is.
He has no respect for all the genuine Vietnam veterans by trying to steal their honour. He should publicly apologise to all Vietnam Veterans. He has also shown complete disrespect to his Submarine Association of Australia colleagues by claiming military awards that he has no entitlement to.
Caesar has committed an offence against the Australian Defence Act 1903 as amended.
Section 80B IMPROPER USE OF SERVICE DECORATIONS.
1. A person is guilty of an offence if-;
(a) the person wears a service decoration and;
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.
30 Penalty Units or imprisonment for 6 months or both.
In addition to his fraudulent display of medal entitlements that he has not been awarded, we made some inquiries at Harvard University regarding his claimed Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) qualification. We were not surprised when we received confirmation from the Registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University that they have no Graeme Caesar on their records for this award. They have never heard of him.
We then contacted the Harvard Extension School (On line Courses), but they also confirmed that they do not award Phd's and they also have no record of him. Therefore his claim of Doctor status from Harvard University is also false.
At the time of writing, we are awaiting a response from Oxford University UK in respect to his claimed Bachelor of Science (BSc) Applied Psychology award.
Should be interesting!
The Submarines Association of Australia should take stern action against this imposter and eject him from their organisation altogether before he causes further damage and embarrassment to their good name.
They should also report him to the relevant authorities for his fraudulent behaviour of wearing service decorations and other claims of false educational qualifications, including Doctor status, that he has no entitlement to.
Welcome to the website Graeme Rex Caesar.
Graeme Rex Caesar Update – 23 Apr 15
Graeme Rex Caesar, or Doctor Graeme Rex Caesar, as he likes to be known is at it again.
He is not only a Military Medals cheat but also a false pretender and an outright fraud.
Even following our 2014 exposure of Caesar claiming false PhD (Doctor) status, he still claims to have been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Organisation and Management) at Harvard University, USA.
We have been advised in writing by Ms Caroline Harvey, Enrollment Services Co-Coordinator, Office of the Registrar, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, that Graeme Rex Caesar has never been recorded as a Student at Harvard.
He has also never been awarded a PhD from Harvard Extension Faculty (Distance learning) as that Faculty does not offer PhD's. to students.
We have also made inquiries at Oxford University, United Kingdom, where Caesar claims he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology).
Mr. Max Todd, Assistant Registrar (Compliance) Council Secretariat, University Offices, Wellington Square, informed us in writing that Caesar was never a Student at that University either.
Caesar still claims on his linked in page, graemecaesar.com/styled-3/index.html on his Education profile that he has these awards.
We are still awaiting results from La Trobe University in respect to his Bachelor of Business claims.
Below is a resume of his claimed educational qualifications on his website.
I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to study at three of the world's leading universities.
University of Oxford
Bachelor of Science (Applied Psychology)
La Trobe University
Bachelor of Business (Personnel and Industrial Relations)
Doctor of Philosophy (Organization and Management)
Caesar claimed in the Gold Coast Bulletin on 2 March 2015 that he had the above qualifications when interviewed about a new business that he has commenced on the Gold Coast. The Journalist was told absolute lies in respect to Caesars claimed educational qualifications in an endeavor to obtain free publicity for his new company. The below mentioned article is an extract from that publication.
Caesar came to our notice in 2014 when he was the Interim National President of the Submarine Association Australia. (SAA) (See exposure above) He was intending to stand as the National President of the Association in November 2014 in Perth. He was expected to win. However he was caught out as a medals cheat, a fraud and an imposter beforehand and was duly exposed.
This Anzmi initial exposure caused him to resign from the SAA immediately. He caused serious embarrassment to the SAA at the time due to his high standing within the Association and our exposure of his fraudulent conduct.
It was a timely exposure, due to the fact that at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Submarines Association of Australia, the SAA was also commemorating 100 years Australian Submarine Service since Submarines AE1 and AE2 began service with the Royal Australian Navy.
This was in addition to the election of their new National President, which would have been Caesar. Numerous high ranking Royal Australian Navy, Defence Department officials as well as overseas dignitaries attended the 2014 AGM and celebrations.
We have been contacted by executives of the SAA who have expressed their sincere appreciation of the Anzmi exposure, before Caesar could have created any more damage to their organisation by being elected National President, and then being discovered as a Fraud during or after that election.
In the photograph below, Caesar is standing with some highly decorated and senior current and former Naval personnel at the Submariners Walk, Brisbane. We have blacked out their faces due to the embarrassment it would cause them. These other three gentlemen were responsible for initiating a plan for this commemorative Sub Mariners Walk and celebrating the satisfaction of having their ideas come to fruition. In the photograph however, and in the dominating position and displaying his false unawarded medals is Caesar. (Front right of photo)
In the photograph above, Caesar is wearing six unauthorised medals on his rack and a number of clasps that he has never been awarded. These medals and clasps are mentioned above in his initial exposure.
Caesar has threatened legal action against Anzmi. Whilst he continues to wear unawarded medals and falsely claim that he is a Doctor, we will keep featuring him on this site.
We advise any member of the public or business community who deals with Caesar to verify all qualifications that he claims, and be suspicious of anything he says.
We challenged him in 2014 to produce evidence of his false claims to military medals he was not entitled to. We received no response other than threats of legal action.
We again extend an invitation to Caesar to provide evidence of his Harvard University PhD, Oxford University Bachelor of Science and La Trobe University Bachelor of Business. We do not expect an answer, other than more legal threats.
Information displayed on this site is always supported by photographic and/or documentary evidence.
Caesar is fond of free publicity. We have notified the Gold Coast Bulletin about Caesar's fraudulent activities. Hopefully their own update will appear shortly, and he will be given some additional free publicity as well as ours.
Jeffrey Steven Campbell is from Esk, One Hundred Kilometres West of Brisbane, he is a well know Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) Volunteer and when in uniform wears five medals on his left breast contrary to State and Federal medals protocol.
We recently exposed an ex RAN man and two Salvations Army Everyman workers for wearing fake medals and we have had a lot of inane remarks from less than erudite people for exposing "nice people". Frankly we don't give a damn if you are a nice person, a Bishop, RSL President, Politician, Butcher, Baker or Candlestick maker, if you degrade the value of medals by not following protocols and One Hundred years of tradition, we will nail you to our web site as a medals cheat.
Campbell is the epitome of a rural "Mr Nice Guy". However he has a penchant to enhance his image by wearing false medals.
These are what he is wearing:
Australian Centenary Medal (ACM) - Entitled - for work as Volunteer
National Medal (NM) - Entitled - for work as Volunteer
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) - Not entitled
United Nations International Year of Volunteer Medal (UNIYVM - "Tin rubbish"
Emergency Service Medal (ESM) - "Tin rubbish"
Campbell is entitled to wear only two medals on his left breast, they are the Australian Centenary Medal and the National Medal.
The one Defence medal he is wearing is a replica sham. He enlisted into the Army in June 1989 and was discharged in April 1990 as being "Unsuited to be a Soldier". He did not fulfil the criterion as shown below:
How it is awarded
The Governor-General (or his delegate) awards the Australian Defence Medal on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Force (or his delegate).
The eligibility criteria requires completion of an initial enlistment period or four years service, whichever is the lesser. The criteria also includes those who could not serve the four-year qualifying period or complete an initial enlistment period for one or more of the following reasons:
the death of a member during service;
the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to compensable impairment;
the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.
The United Nations International Year of Volunteer Medal and the Emergency Service Medal are both self purchased junk that should not be worn at all.
The QFRS is a prestigious well organized and managed institution with a clearly defined medals policy. Here is the essence of their policy:
Campbell is in breach of Federal, State and QFRS medals policy. As stated early in this presentation we take no notice of those who have no respect for protocols and tradition. People like Campbell and the Salvation Army people we recently exposed, wear unearned and worthless medals to falsely enhance their standing in the community. It is deception and dishonour and no decent person would do it.
Jeffery Steven Campbell of Esk in Queensland has earned his place on this web site.
In the above photograph, Simone Campbell is shown, on ANZAC Day, 2015, wearing the Australian Defence Medal, and no campaign medals. She is missing the Defence Long Service Medal, which she was awarded, on 01 May 2010.
Campbell, after RAAF recruit training, went on to train as a clerk administrative. However, after a short time, she transferred to the steward mustering. Following a few years as a steward, she was accepted for crew attendant (flight steward) training. Campbell was then posted to Number 34 Squadron (34SQN), March 1999, as a crew attendant, on DA900 Falcon, VIP aircraft, ferrying members of the Federal Parliament, on their business activities. Subsequent to Campbell’s 34SQN posting, she was posted to 33SQN, as a crew attendant, on Boeing 707 aircraft.
Following several more postings, to ‘ground jobs’, Campbell resigned from the RAAF, on 04 August, 2008 and transferred to the RAAF Active Reserve, where she continues to serve, with the rank of sergeant.
On 11 January, 2016, an article appeared in the newspaper, the ‘Illawarra Mercury’, about Campbell’s exploits. In the article, she made some very unusual and interesting claims, about her RAAF service.
Excerpt from 'Illawarra Mercury':
‘Sergeant Simone Campbell was with the Royal Australian Air Force for 17 years and flew on missions in and out of Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor. And was a member of support teams following the Bali bombings and tsunamis. She has personally endured many challenges. Now the work she does with youth and some of the six million Australians who suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is helping many.’
Further in the article, Simone claims:
‘In September 1999 her aircraft was loaded with Special Forces bound for East Timor. It landed at night between two mountains and with no runway lights. She could see shots being fired. She did that for the next six months and learned to live with fear.
That was followed by support missions after the Bali bombings and tsunamis before being sent to the War on Terror. When she finally returned she found it hard to re-adjust. “I had to find ways to control the memories. I do have night terrors. Living with the horrors of what you have seen…is quite traumatic.”
Analysis of Claims:
Campbell claims that, in September 1999, her aircraft was loaded with Special Forces troops, bound for East Timor;
In fact, in August 1999, Campbell was on conversion course, at 34SQN, Canberra. The DA 900 Falcon aircraft, which she was training for, was not involved in any East Timor tasks. Actually, the Boeing 707 aircraft, of 33SQN, her much later posting, were engaged in ferrying SF troops from Townsville to Darwin only, where the B707 tasks terminated. Those tasks were then taken over, by 36SQN and 37SQN, C130 Hercules aircraft. Further, on 19 October 1999, Campbell had just completed the four week, RAAF Combat Survival course. Something does not add up, with her timing.
Campbell’s claims, of seeing ‘tracer bullets’, and landing between two hills, are pure fantasy, as she was never there.
We hold evidence, from an earlier and unrelated investigation, where a former senior Australian Army member, who was deployed in East Timor between 16 September, 1999 and 21 April, 2000, who has stated:
“I was there from 16 September 1999 to 21 April 2000. If there was any small arms fire (separate to the shot fired at a runaway prisoner), I must have slept through it."
"Timor kicked off on 16 September 1999 and Dili (and the surrounding areas) were secure by 23 September 1999. I can tell you that the entire area, including the airport, was secure.”
Campbell’s other claims of being in Iraq and Afghanistan, are a total fabrication. There is no evidence that she was ever posted to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).
The ‘Defence Act 1903, Part 80A’ states:
‘Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits 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.’
The first Bali bombing occurred on 12 October, 2002. One month prior, to the bombing, 10 September, 2002, Campbell was posted to 285SQN, a training squadron at RAAF Base Richmond.
The second Bali bombing, occurred on 1 October 2005 and, at that time, Campbell was posted to Headquarters, Air Command, at Glenbrook, NSW, to be the valet, to the Air Commander Australia. That posting was effective on 10 January, 2005, well before the second Bali bombing. Which Bali bombing are you referring to, Sgt Campbell, as neither fit your timeline?
Another of Campbell’s claims, is her involvement in the ‘Boxing Day Tsunami’, which occurred on 26 December, 2004. On 10 January, 2005, Campbell went on the ‘ground’ posting, mentioned above. At that stage, the 33SQN Boeing 707 aircraft were not yet involved in ‘Operation Sumatra Assist’, subsequent to the tsunami and, when they were involved, such a large aircraft would have been restricted to major, undamaged airfields, nowhere near the devastation.
Campbell’s claims are categorised as valour theft, by ‘gilding the lily’. However, to make such claims is distorting the truth, and manipulating the facts, to suit her personal agenda.
Campbell was asked to provide evidence of her involvement, in what she claims, by sending scans of her ‘Aircrew Flying Log Book’, which would have solved the matter, outright. Unfortunately, she refused to do so. Aircrew log books have no security classification, whatsoever.
The full article, in the ‘Illawarra Mercury’, is at:
Members of the Australian Defence Force, police, fire and ambulance services, put their lives on the line, every day. Do they boast about it? No way – they just get on with the job. The point is that they have plenty to boast about, but choose not to. ANZMI have found, with vast experience, that those who have done the least boast the most.
There must be something in the Wollongong water, as another fitness instructor, Lee Thomas Carr, also appears on ANZMI, for telling tall stories about his ‘nothing’.
Maybe Carr and Campbell should get together and swap war stories.
Simone Elaine Campbell: There is no doubt that you have served your country well, during your RAAF service, and have contributed to your community, with your involvement in assisting people with emotional problems.
Unfortunately, you have made false claims about active service, in East Timor and the MEAO, to enhance your standing in the community, and to influence people to attend your training classes, by inventing non-existent 'heroics'. Because of that deception, you will remain, in these pages, for a very long time.
Mario Caresimo is the President of the Port Augusta Returned and Services League (RSL).
Younger Veterans from the area say the RSL is very unfriendly and full of grumpy old men. They avoid the RSL like the plague and Mario Caresimo is the Plague Master. Mario came to our attention for wearing his medals incorrectly. One would think that in an RSL there would be someone who would have a basic knowledge of medals. This is obviously not the case in Port Augusta. Unfortunately lack of knowledge, inattention to protocols and tradition and the poor treatment of young veterans is the way of the modern RSL.
Last ANZAC Day Caresimo wore two incorrectly mounted medals during the ceremonies. The first is the Australian Defence Medal and the second is the Australian Service medal.
Caresimo served in the RAAF Reserve as an Engine Technician with 24 Squadron based at Edinburgh in South Australia. During his service he went on numerous flights within Australia and one trip to Butterworth in Malaysia. Perhaps he earned the Australian Service Medal for being on an aircraft that landed in Malaysia.
We asked Caresimo about the medal and he replied
"I will need to find my documents stored in a 20’ storage container with a lot of my belongings and files"
Obviously Caresimo has not been able to "find his documents" as we have not heard from him for some months.
Through the Port Augusta RSL we contacted the person who mounted Caresimo's medals and after some discussion he said "Who gives a f*** what way they are mounted".
Wearing medals the wrong way around and not knowing what the medals are, does not bode well for a person occupying the prestigious position of an RSL President. Caresimo is not a fit and proper person to occupy the position and we suggest he resign and sort out his medals before he brings the RSL into further disrepute.
Caresimo has earned his place on this web site for his bumbling managerial style and as an RSL President wearing his medals the wrong way around.
62279 Private Timothy John Carlin initially from New Zealand and now of Newstead Victoria, was previously known as Timothy Allen Southwick and also known as Harry Carlin.
Carlin is another "sufferer" of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by his Operational Service deployment to Vietnam. He uses the excuse of PTSD for his occasional deplorable behaviour. The problem is that Carlin has never been deployed on operational service, and his bad behaviour is just an aspect of his need to be seen as a tough but mentally scarred Commando Trained returned Veteran. He describes his education qualifications as "The Australian Special Forces College". (There is no such establishment)
Carlin's name changes did temporarily hamper our search for his true military history which is a lot different from Carlin's version.
We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Carlin said that,
"He served in Vietnam with 2 Commando Company in the late 70s, he says that 2 Commando Company were deployed as private contractors until Fraser (The Prime Minister of the era) pulled them out. In addition, in numerous Facebook Posts he gave strong indication of service in the Middle East conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan"
At no time was 2 Commando Company ever deployed to Vietnam and unlike the recent Middle East wars there were no Australian Private Contractors deployed to Vietnam at any time during or after the war
We are reliably advised that Carlin had the audacity to seek psychological counselling from Department of Veterans Affairs in relation to his Vietnam War Service. He also approached Department of Defence for the issue of Vietnam Campaign medals. Both government agencies gave him short shrift. He was able to explain to his family that the lack of Government co-operation was because his work was secret and his file expunged.
In fact Carlin's full military file is available on application to National Australia Archives.
He was a Private soldier who served two stints of one year each with the Army Reserve on a part time basis consisting mainly of week-ends and one or two nights a week.
His status as a soldier puts him at the bottom of the pile and he would in no way be sufficiently skilled for the type of deployments he claims.
In essence Carlin is a big noting, liar and wannabe who has offended many people with his laughable claims of being a Returned Veteran. Carlin need no longer seek fame through his tales of Commando service in Vietnam, as his countenance and his true military history can be viewed in every corner of the world through the medium of this web site.