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Surname: Doran
Christian Names: Kenneth James
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Gulgong
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Kenneth James Doran is the Public Officer for an organization called Veterans Villages Incorporated operating in the Taree, Forster/Tuncurry area.  See the fair trading document below.

aka Ken Doran, David Doran & Rodney Doran.

Mr. Doran has made claims of war service in Viet Nam, of being an Army Officer, of being currently on leave of absence from the Department of Foreign Affairs and having a contract with the Government.  He and his two associates were sent from our Nations Capital to expose wannabes in the Taree area of NSW. One of these cohorts claims to have saved Doran’s life in Viet Nam.  The basic fact is that Mr. K. J. Doran served in the Army for 11 months before being discharged on Psychiatric grounds.  No overseas service.  No discharge as a Major.

Doran also acted as a Pensions/Welfare Officer with the Viet Nam Veterans Federation Great Lakes sub-Branch in Forster.  He is currently operating within the Taree Vietnam Veterans Group.

It was at a meeting in Taree, convened by Doran on the 26th July 2001 of ex-service organizations that included representatives of the TPI Association, Taree RSL, Taree Legacy, War Widows Guild, Veterans Partners Support Group, Great Lakes VVF sub-Branch and Veterans Villages Inc. that Doran was first challenged over his service details.

 It was noted that Doran was wearing a Returned from Active Service Badge on the left lapel of his coat. When questioned on his service Doran claimed to be a National Serviceman and that he had served with 1RAR in 1965 and then again with 3RAR in 1969.  Prior checks of the Viet Nam Veterans Nominal Roll failed to reveal any person by the name of Ken Doran ever serving in Viet Nam.  Once again Doran was challenged on his name at which time he stated his real name was David Doran, he had changed his name for reasons he was not prepared to divulge at the meeting.  A legitimate Veteran who had previously questioned Doran’s bona fides was drummed out of a Veteran’s organisation.    See the letter below.

The wearing of the Returned From Active Service badge [RASB], when not entitled, is a Federal offence.

It has been reported that the number on the RASB that he wears is A473738.  A check of this number through archival records is yet to be conducted to see who this badge was issued to

 He has also claimed to be Rodney James Doran. 

R.J. Doran did serve with the Australian Army Assistance Group, Viet Nam in 1972. He was born in 1952 and is much younger than the Doran in question.

A check of archived Defence Department records at the Australian National Archives, revealed Kenneth James Doran served with the Australian Regular Army from September 1964 to August 1965 (11 months) in that period of time he served with the Royal Australian Infantry and Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

Kenneth James Dorandid not serve overseas or on active service and received no Medals or awards so he could not have been a National Service Lieutenant who served with 1 RAR in Viet Nam, 1965. In fact, 1RAR’s first tour was the only tour that was comprised of Regular soldiers only. No National Servicemen.

 Doran tells many different stories about his service details and pulls the “I’m still covered under the Official Secrets Act” bit as the guise for not producing any documentation of his service. This is also indicated in the letter displayed above and it would appear that Doran used this to ‘pull the wool’ over the eyes of the executive of the VVA. Great Lakes   Doran, if not already aware, will be after seeing himself here, that all Viet Nam Veterans records are now available to the general public and the said 30 year secrecy act for Viet Nam is over.

 As occurs many times in this kind of situation, the President of the Veterans Association, which Doran is a member of, strongly defends Doran’s claimed status.   Veteran Organisations who insist in covering for bogus Veterans will also be named on this site as it would appear that such organisations are not doing proper service checks prior to accepting members.

 Doran has admitted in an interview with a reporter from the Sydney Daily Telegraph that he had never served in Viet Nam.

Doran has now parted company with the Forster group and has established a group in Taree, doing the same thing and making the same false claims of veteran status. Some in Forster still send veterans to Doran for assistance.

1….Doran claims to be in possession of a DVA White (specific treatment) Card.  CPMH is well aware that Doran has no entitlement to DVA authorised Veterans medical treatment.

2….The previous President of the V.V.A.Taree Sub-Branch organised support to remove Doran from the Association premises. This was done in the interests of the members and the Ex-Service Community at large.

At an extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday 9th September, this President of six months was voted out by Doran supporters. A non-Veteran, Trevor Brauer, was re-installed as President. Doran was applauded as he entered the room after hiding out in the car park.

One comment made at the meeting by a Doran supporterwas “ I don’t care what the constitution says, we’ll run it our way” The Association Secretary resigned on the spot. He was immediately replaced by a Doran supporter.

This meeting was so stressful for many of those in attendance that some left and those remaining needed a 30 minute break to restore their composure.

Attention was paid to the immediate changing of bank account signatories.

 3….The Taree V.V.A. Sub-Branch is back in Doran’s hands with his wife installed as the advocate for AAT and VRB matters.

4…. Another meeting will be held by the Sub-Branch on the 12th of October 2003 to consider its future with one item on the agenda being to move away from the Granville V.V.A.and form another group to possibly be incorporated.

 WHYis this information here on this site ??? It’s here to demonstrate just what can happen to decent, honest, Ex-Service people who have done their level best to provide a   friendly atmosphere and quality, free, advocacy to genuine Veterans. Those previous members who may have been in a fragile state at the time are probably a lot worse off now. What do they do and where do they go now that their sense of belonging to a once highly regarded organisation has been removed? Removed by a bludging wannabe and his bludging wannabe cohorts who demand money for providing useless advocacy.

14 Sep 06

We have seen in the past, that when a wannabe gets into a position of power in an ex services organisation, he invites others of similar ilk, they have no innate respect for real Veterans and operate the ex service organization in a manner to suit their personal needs, they also take on roles of "assisting" genuine Veterans with claims for benefits and in general welfare situations, the wannabes are naturally dishonest and steer their whole operation towards dishonest practices to the detriment of the innocent Veterans seeking help.

There is a group of such people involved in an independent veteran's operation in Taree in NSW. It is the Taree Vietnam Veterans Association. Mr James Meehan is the President, Mr Graham Stenner the Public Officer, and lurking in the back ground pulling the strings of his puppets is Mr Ken Doran. This crew is then fortified by the likes of "Captain" Russell Lee Jones.

     DORAN       MEEHAN       STENNER          JONES 

In the past we have named Kenneth James Doran of Taree to be a liar, a scoundrel and a wannabe. Doran exhibits the guile of a sociopath and he has a group of easily lead sycophants who have obviously been mesmerised by this con-man.

In our original report we advised that Doran had worn a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) that he claimed to be his own. We all know that he has no entitlement to a RASB because he has never been involved in any overseas military operations – ever.  The badge he wore was numbered A473738. The badge owner has come forward and given us a Statutory Declaration regarding this transaction. He states inter alia

In 2001, Ken Doran, of Vietnam Veterans Taree, was acting as my advocate with DVA. He asked me to loan my RAS Badge to XXX XXXXXX, an ex National Serviceman, so that he had a badge to wear at a march.  

I had to press Doran for the return of the badge. 

"I have recently read an article about Doran being a Vietnam Veteran impostor.  Apparently, when Doran was challenged. In July 2001, about his bona fides he was wearing a RAS Badge and quoted the number A473738. That badge was mine"  

Doran is known to have worn this badge and said that it was his own. The wearing of the RASB, when not entitled, is a Federal offenceagainst Sect 80B of the Defence Act 1903

You are reminded of the following.....

Kenneth James Doran served with the Australian Regular Army from September 1964 to August 1965 (11 months) in that period of time he served with the Royal Australian Infantry and Royal Australian Army Medical Corps before being discharged on Psychiatric grounds.  He was never in Vietnam and was never an Infantry Officer.

An illustration of the extent of Doran's deceit is in an aspect that was not revealed in the original story. You should recall that Doran told a newspaper that he was not a Vietnam Veteran.

Doran claims in the article to have made only one "off the cuff" remark about being a veteran. He is a liar, he has made many claims about being a veteran as well as wearing a Returned from Active Service Badge and showing people a newspaper clipping about his "Vietnam service"

Prior to saying he was not a Vietnam Veteran, Doran had shown this to numerous people that "proved" his involvement in "secret operations" in Vietnam. It illustrates the strength of his criminal intent to fraudulently portray himself as a Vietnam Veteran.

 

Remember we noted some of Doran's aliases on our Cases page...."aka Ken Doran, David Doran & Rodney Doran" and this from his original exposure at the top of this page.... "Once again Doran was challenged on his name at which time he stated his real name was David Doran, he had changed his name for reasons he was not prepared to divulge at the meeting"

The clipping is a simpleton's photocopy fake. Newspapers do not use "True Type" font. There are no paragraph indentations, the grammar is poor and "immediately" is wrongly spelt.

More importantly the clipping maliciously and wrongly indicates disgraceful behaviour by an Australian unit, easily identified as 1 RAR who worked with the US 173rd Airborne Brigade during 1965 - 66.

It purports to be a report of his Courts Martial in Canberra, although the quality is poor we show it here to illustrate that although Doran has said he has never claimed to be a Vietnam Veteran, the planning and production of this document was executed with only one intention, and that was to prove he was a Vietnam Veteran and an Infantry Officer who was in the thick of clandestine operations. The newspaper states that at a courts martial in Canberra he was exonerated in relation to six charges of unlawful execution of six Viet Cong prisoners in Vietnam.   

The fact that Doran dressed in the uniform of an Infantry Lieutenant for the photo is indicative of the extent of his careful planning for the purpose of deceiving people. It is also indicative that he has in his possession for whatever purpose an Infantry Officers military uniform.

We now name James Sidney Meehan, President of the Taree Vietnam Veterans Association, as a liar, a fraud, and a generally dishonest person.  

Meehan was in the Royal Australian Navy and visited Vietnam in 1969 for just a few hours and during this time he never set foot on land at all.   Meehan is one of those people who submit outrageously exaggerated claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) in the hope of pension payments and other benefits, not only did this poor excuse for a man submit dishonest claims but he had the audacity to appeal decisions made by DVA and subsequent judicial bodies. Finally, at the end of the line, The Administrative Appeals Tribunal cleared up a few "errors" in his evidence. It just so happens that all of the "errors" formed the very basis of his quest for compensation and a pension:

If you look here http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/aat/2003/429.html  (according to other information, his names are James Sydney, not Sydney James) You will see that evidence showed:

"That, when the whole of the material is considered, it is clear that Mr Meehan's memory is very seriously flawed, multiple examples were offered.    

(a)      He wrongly thought he was in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. His first visit was in fact 12 months after the Tet Offensive.   

(b)      He thought he had been to Vietnam five times whereas he went only twice.  

(c)      He thought he was in Vietnam for five months whereas he was in Vung Tau Harbour on two occasions for only 5 ½ hours on each occasion  

(d)      He thought he had seen people being killed and injured whereas he had seen no such thing  

(e)      He incorrectly thought he had transported body bags  

(f)       He thought he was part of a group of three clearance divers who checked the hull of the HMAS Sydney below the water line whereas he performed no such function  

(g)      He thought he had been a sentry in the bow of a landing craft in Vung Tau Harbour at night whereas his ship had been in Vung Tau Harbour only in daylight - the ship was in Vung Tau Harbour from 7.00 am to 12.25 pm on one trip and from 6.55 am to 12.25 pm on the second trip).  

(h)      He thought he heard scare charges in Vung Tau Harbour at night while in his bunk when in fact he was never in Vung Tau Harbour at night.

It's nice to know that costs were awarded against Meehan and rightly so. Let us say what the tribunal didn't say – James Sydney Meehan is a liar and his other  qualification is that he is one of Doran's disciples. Nefarious, dishonest people like Meehan clog up the DVA system and cause genuine needy veterans to wait in line behind these liars and cheats.   

Graham Stenner, the Public Officer of the Taree Vietnam Veterans Association, is a liar and a close associate of Doran. 

Stenner has publicly stated that he had two NSW ex-detectives investigate Doran's bona fides and they reported back to him that Doran was a genuine veteran....An obvious lie.

Stenner's allegedly phoney war stories are in a league of their own too. He saved Doran's life in Vietnam?...... Maybe not.

President of the Taree Vietnam Veterans Association 2003 - 2004 and another member of this "push" is "Captain Russell Lee Jones (MN)" another proven liar, who is featured on our Cases page immediately above this entry.

We believe that the group of liars is more than a quartet and more likely to be a sextet or a whole orchestra. This is because liars and cheats are drawn to one another as is the case with Doran, Meehan, Stenner and Jones of the Taree Vietnam Veteran's Association.

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: 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: 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: Downey
Christian Names: Tom
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Goulburn
Service #: Unknown UK
Service: Unknown
Branch: UnKnown
Commencement of service: UnKnown
Completion of service: UnKnown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

We get some odd bods reported to us at Anzmi. Downey is a classic odd bod. He looks great all dressed up in his near perfect French Foreign Legion uniform with all his medals.

He attends Anzac Day and Remembrance Service days at Goulburn in his uniform. He tells anyone who is interested that he served in the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) UK for 20 years and the French Foreign Legion for 22 years.


Downey wears a lot of medals. Some are difficult to identify due to medals being hidden by others.

However we have identified that among his grand collection on display , he wears the following medals -;

General Service Cross. UK

Active Service Medal UK

Suez Canal Zone Medal UK

Suez Medal UK

British Forces Germany Medal UK

National Service Medal UK

Cold War Victory Medal UK

Hors De Combat UK.

QE2 Coronation commemorative Medal. UK.

The above nine medals are self purchased tin medals that just add colour to his shirt. They can be purchased from Medal Dealers in the United Kingdom for about 20 to 40 pounds sterling each.

He also wears the General Service Medal. 1918-1962. (GSM) UK

On his left side he also wears -;

The Cross for Military Valour. France.

Insignia for the Military wounded. France.

North Africa Security and Order Operations Commemorative Medal with clasps. France

They are all purchased tin or commemorative medals that can be ordered on the net.

We did not waste our time trying to verify his alleged military service. None of these medals have been officially awarded except possibly the GSM. If he had been awarded any other official medals he would be wearing them.

In any case, foreign medals, official or not, should be worn on the right side unless approval is given from the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat, Government House for official medals to be worn on the left.

Approval has not been given in this case.

We did however discover a photo (below) of two of his French Foreign Legion colleagues who he may have served with.


We have received reliable information that the French Foreign Legion uniform he wears is also suspect and does not conform with a genuine uniform.

Tom Downey has a problem with credibility. This colourful character will now adorn our site with his two colleagues for his indiscretions.

Surname: Doyle
Christian Names: John Henry
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Townsville
Case Notes:

Perusing the offenders on this site you will most likely note the number of people that we have cited who  have held an executive position within ESOs (ex-service organisations), or they say they were in the Special Air Service or some fanciful 'special operations' group and their missions were that secret they still cant talk about them, or if they do they "will have to kill you". 

Odd you say?? 

Well not really, as the military imposter or 'wannabe' is the epitome of a coward that didn't have the intestinal fortitude to put on a uniform and do his bit. In his dreams he likes to think that he has the ability to be better than the real thing. You will find that most of these people will say that they served in the SASR, Australia's elite troops, the AATTV (Australian Army Training Team, Viet Nam) or they will have been a member of a platoon that has been in a famous battle, like the battle of Long Tan. Always pay attention to anyone who claims he was a member of this elite band of soldiers called the SAS or if he says he was the hero of a major battle. 

Ask them questions, and the more you ask the more they will lie to you as they like the attention and they will give you all the information you will need to place them firmly on the pages of this site for life. 

Meet John Henry Doyle, who was a past-president of the Townsville Returned and Services League. 

There is not a lot we can add to the fine job done by this reporter and as is stated in the article mail order medals are the problem here as anyone off the street can write away for and receive through the mail any medal they wish to purchase. There is no offence in doing this, however; if it is the intention of the purchaser to wear this medal and pretend to be a returned serviceman then a federal offence has been committed and they will stand trial when caught. 

It is the aim of CPMH with the assistance of people such as yourself, the media and police to ensure that the bogus person is caught, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (Defence Act 1903). 

Doyle and the major publicity he has attracted gives us a chance to explain a little more about why we are here. Mentioned here with Doyle is another bogus member of the Townsville R&SL who has recently been jailed for fraud. For the full story on Ted Miskiewicz go here, http://members.nbci.com/prominentvet/ 

Is being caught, getting a small amount of exposure in the press and a small fine a big enough deterrent to the bogus veteran? The maximum fine in accordance with the Defence Act is chicken-feed; less than most speeding tickets, and the 6 months in prison is never carried out no matter how serious the offence may be. 

These penalties appear by no means to be a deterrent to the imposter as he will pay the fine, suffer some embarrassment and then usually moves to another town and starts his deceitful tales all over again as is shown on this site in the case of Rod Bolam. It may mean he might have to purchase 'his' replacement medals and awards again but he will do that because he likes to bask in the glory of what he thought he might have done if he he had the courage to enlist in the first place. 

The majority of imposters listed on the pages of CPMH and our US counterparts wannabe pages are full of cowards who steal the identity or good name of genuine veterans and denigrate the ANZAC tradition by telling their lies to captive audiences of mainly innocent civilians who cannot pick the difference between the truth and the lies they tell. Some are indeed accomplished and clever and have researched the bogus lifestyle in which they fantasise and in some cases they have fooled genuine veterans and their families for long periods and have also fooled the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

This lust for seeking fame as a hero of war gets bigger and bigger as they become more confident with the lies they are spreading, until they become so confident they make one tiny error in their story which ultimately becomes their undoing. There are many on the pages of this site in that category that you will see as you pass through and there are more to follow. 

Shortly you will see the story of the bogus veteran who promoted himself to Lieutenant Colonel in the Armoured Corps and organised and took a contingent of genuine veterans to 'The Wall' in the USA. We have him on film spruiking his lies and on his return from America he awarded himself the Defence Force Service Medal for 15 years of bogus activities he has performed hidden in the veteran community with his lies. We invite you to continue returning to this site as he will appear here on the pages very soon. 

These bogus veterans may be able to endure a little embarrassment of a once-only appearance in their local paper but once placed on the pages of CPMH they have a life sentence as there is no removal from these pages once you have been identified as a bogus veteran. 

As stated in this article on John Henry Doyle the veteran community has a zero tolerance of bogus veterans and if you endorse this view, please email the Minister for Veterans Affairs, and any or all other politicians and voice your disgust at the infinitesimal fines issued to these people. 

You will find a poll [link removed] on this site where you can indicate what you think the fines should be for the federal offence of impersonating a veteran. Please pass your opinion on to the politicians by talking to your local member (there is an election this year, and the veteran vote is significant in today's closely-fought electoral campaigns) and maybe if enough pressure is applied from veterans, concerned civilians and the media we can instigate a change in the fines and jail sentences. 

With significant and punitive fines and genuine custodial options in our legal (as opposed to justice)  system, plus concerted campaigns to shame the imposters in our midst; the potential to rid our  community of military imposters can only be enhanced. Your action, can help put an end to imposters. 

There would be an enormous public outcry from the various state police departments if bogus police, fire and emergency services personnel began turning up in their areas of responsibility. Those that died, those that were wounded and those who suffer physical and psychological consequences of their service in theatres of conflict deserve no less respect. 

Do your bit.

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: Doyle
Christian Names: Harley Stewart
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service #: R58376
Service: RAN
Branch: Stores Victualling
Commencement of service: 25 Sep 1961
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

Harley Stewart Doyle JP, is the State Vice-President of the Vietnam Veterans of Australia, South Australia Branch. This is an important and well-respected organisation for ensuring support to Vietnam Veterans in times of need, lobbying Government, and other forms of advocacy.

Doyle should be commended for his years of faithful service to fellow Veterans.

Doyle, however, should be condemned, for perpetuating dishonesty over many years by wearing medals he has not been awarded.

 

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The above photograph appeared in a number of syndicated publications throughout Australia, commemorating Vietnam Veterans Day in 2014. Here, Doyle can be seen wearing the following medals:

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75 (2 clasps) – only entitled to one clasp for this medal.
2. General Service Medal (GSM) 1962 (1 clasp) – no entitlement.
3. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM) – entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 (1 clasp) – no entitlement.
5. Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – entitled.
6. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (PJM) – no entitlement.

Doyle joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1961 from the Adelaide Police Barracks, where he was a Probationary Constable, swapping one uniform for another.

 

Doyle 1 2



Pre-1970 Navy personnel records are publicly available from the National Australian Archives (NAA). Those records, in the case of a sailor, took the form of a “Ratings Record Card”. This item followed them throughout their career, until 1970, when this information was transferred to an electronic record.

 

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On the rear of the card is recorded all postings of the member. This information was recorded meticulously by administrative staff to ensure that every day was accounted for in regard to where the sailor was at that time.

Doyle’s first sea posting was to HMAS Duchess.

On 24 February 1964, just two weeks after the Voyager disaster, the Australian Government accepted the British offer of a replacement ship.

Duchess arrived in Sydney on 19 April 1964 with a combined RN/RAN ship’s company and a week later sailed for Williamstown Naval Dockyard for a much needed refit. She was commissioned into the RAN as HMAS Duchess (I) at Williamstown on 8 May with Commander Ian Burnside, RAN, in command.

The RN component of the crew returned to the UK leaving the ship completely in RAN hands for the first time. Duchess remained at Williamstown undergoing refit until 20 November 1964 when she departed for her homeport of Sydney. She arrived two days later and immediately began work-up in preparation for her first deployment on 19 January 1965.

Doyle served on the Duchess from 08 May 64 to 03 Jan 65.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) keeps copies of the Report of Proceedings (ROPs) for HMA Ships, from both World Wars, the Korean War, and up until the end of the Vietnam War. Those documents are available online on the AWM website for public perusal.

An inspection of the ROPs for Duchess over the period Doyle was posted there, shows that the ship was in Australia undergoing refits and sea-trials. Duchess did not leave Australia on operational deployment until 19 Jan 65, as the extract of DVA records below discloses. Doyle posted off the ship 12 days before this deployment.

 

Doyle 4

 

Doyle was next posted to HMAS Sydney from 04 Jan 65 to 04 Apr 65. During this period Sydney did not leave Australian waters.

Doyle returned to Sydney on 28 Mar 67, completing three trips to Vietnam, as shown on the Vietnam Service Certificate below. These were the only operational deployments undertaken by Sydney in that year, spending from June to December alongside in Australia, undergoing refit.

 

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From the information provided so far, it can be seen that the three deployments to Vietnam were the only warlike, or non-warlike, service by Doyle. This becomes very relevant when Doyle’s entitlement to the medals he is wearing is scrutinised.

AASM 1945-1975: In the photograph Doyle can be seen to have two clasps to this medal. As his only warlike operational service was onboard HMAS Sydney, the medal should only have one clasp, namely ‘VIETNAM’.

GSM 1962: The GSM is an Imperial (UK) Award, instituted in 1964 to replace the Naval General Service Medal 1915-62, and the General Service Medal 1918-62. As is with all General Service Medals, it is issued with clasps, which define the operational service for which the award was made.

The clasps most commonly awarded to Australians are ‘MALAY PENINSULA’, ‘BORNEO’ and ‘SOUTH VIETNAM’, the latter awarded exclusively to Australian troops.

There are a number of qualifying criteria for the award of this medal. Doyle did not see any relevant operational service in those areas between 1962 and 1966 and is therefore not entitled to that medal.

VLSM: In 1993, the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal was established to recognise those who had served in Vietnam during the time of the Vietnam War, for relatively short periods of time in support of Australian operations and who had not received any recognition for that service.

Doyle is entitled to the award of this medal for his deployments to Vietnam on HMAS Sydney.

ASM 1945-75: Doyle is also wearing this medal, to which is attached one clasp.

The ASM 1945-75 was approved in 1995, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with, prescribed non-warlike operations during the period commencing on 3 September 1945 and ending on 16 September 1975.

For the time of Doyle’s service, the appropriate clasp would be ‘FESR’ for service with the Far East Strategic Reserve, between 02 July 1955 and 31 October 1971. However, Doyle did not see service in this area of operation. Doyle is not entitled to the medal or the clasp.

ADM: The ADM recognises ADF personnel who have efficiently completed either an initial enlistment period, or four years’ service, which ever is the lesser, and all of the relevant service was after 3 September 1945. Doyle is entitled to this medal.

PJM: In 2004, the Malaysian Government offered Australia the PJM medal to commemorate ADF personnel who served to uphold the sovereignty of Malaysia during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation, between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966. The Australian government accepted the offer and has issued over 8,000 medals.

Once again, Doyle did not undertake qualifying service and is therefore not entitled to wear that medal.

Harley Stewart Doyle, you were appropriately awarded for your service in defence of our country, but chose to add a further three medals to your rack.

Harley Doyle was contacted by ANZMI. He was requested to provided an explanation as to his wearing of non awarded medals. He replied that in respect to the General Service Medal, he was on the HMAS Duchess when it sailed close to the qualifying area for the medal, so he thought that he would buy the medal and place it on his rack.

In respect to his purchasing and wearing the non-entitled second clasp on the Australian Active Service Medal, the non-entitled Australian Service Medal with one clasp and the non-entitled Pingjat Jasa Medal, he stated that it was "just something that he did at the time."

Harley Doyle, your actions have sullied all of your work with the VVAA and call into question your fitness to hold an executive position within that organisation and also fitness to remain as a Justice of the Peace. You are a Medals cheat and you should stand down immediately as the Vice President, South Australia State Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.  You have no credibility.

You are now among good company on the ANZMI website.

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