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

Surname: Eather
Christian Names: Owen Michael
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Mosman
Service: Army
Branch: Transport
Case Notes:
Owen Michael Eather (Born Evans)

Officers are supposed to be 'gentlemen'. Through their training, actions and responsibilities, officers hold a higher trust and standing in both the military and wider general community.

When an officer lies, acts in a deceitful manner and wears awards to which he is not entitled and then when challenged, uses questionable tactics to intimidate and threaten those who question the veracity of his claims; he dishonours his commission, his service and the officer tradition.


When the awards in question are for gallantry, the action becomes even more despicable, debasing the awards and distilling the actions of those who lived and died to earn theirs.

Owen Michael Eather of Mosman, a suburb of Sydney New South Wales, graduated OCS (Officer Cadet School, now closed) in June 1966. He was postedto South VietNam (SVN) as a Platoon Commander with 85 Tipper Platoon. He has never been awarded any decorations but was observed by several people in Sydney on an Anzac Day wearing;

  • The United States Silver Star (an equivalent to Australia's Military Cross and/or Military Medal).
  • The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Another Eather, unrelated, a WO2 (Warrant Officer Second Class) with the AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam) was awarded these two awards and has recently died from cancer. That Owen Michael Eather was wearing the same medals was a coincidence?

When challenged about wearing these un-earned awards, a letter purporting to be from a Sydney firm of solicitors suggests that the decorations (supposedly awarded ín the 'field') could not be worn previously as "There have been regulations preventing the wearing of foreign awards until recent times".

The same letter goes on to claim that Eather served at Fire Base Coral and Fire Base Balmoral  and came under fire on "numerous occasions" as an observer with 161 Reconaissance Flight.

The chief-challenger in this case, an ex-senior Warrant Officer in the Australian Army, who had received the letters of demand from the solicitor, has been given by Eather a declaration that he will not wear the Silver Star or the Cross of Gallantry again. Also the Warrant Officer has been given a personal written apology and a letter to an ESO (Ex-Service Organisation) to whom he had complained about an action and a statement made about him by the Warrant Officer, stating his apologies.

Also an assurance that the questionable letters of demand were withdrawn was given by Eather and that no legal action would take place. 

The ex-WO went to Eather's office in Sydney NSW, got the assurance and the apologies and explained to Eather in no uncertain terms that should Eather ever try this form of masquerade again, the consequences would be drastic and debilitating for Eather personally, his reputation in business and in the Australian community, that is, total exposure in the mass media and reports to all relevant authorities and organisations. 

Eather's claims to both awards, are false.

14th Oct 2012

Captain Owen Michael Eather

Our original exposure of Eather was in the mid 1990s.  At that time Eather apologized and promised to never wear fake United States bravery medals again. Unfortunately he has “fallen off the wagon” and again wears the USA Silver Star medal and The Vietnam Gallantry medal.  Also, he has been lobbying and whining to all who will listen, to prove his fictitious claim. He obviously believes that the more often he repeats his claim the more likely it will be believed. His modus operandi includes quoting and referring to witnesses who are now deceased:  See the photo below that was taken on ANZAC Day 2005


Eather's two middle medals are not Australian Government issued or approved. The medal second from the left is the same shape as a USA Silver Star, and the medal third from the left we believe is The Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. These are the same medals that Eather promised never to wear again.

Eather has “friends in high places”, and is highly skilled in the threats and litigation department.  Eather needs these skills, because he so much wants to be seen as a hero of the Vietnam War, that he invents deeds of heroism and then defends his inventions with sickening threats of calamitous retribution against those who question his honesty.

It is unusual for an ex Commissioned Army Officer to behave in such a dishonorable way, however after documenting Eather’s claims, we have no other course of action than to pronounce him a shameful recidivist liar, fraud and glory hunting wannabe.

Perhaps motivated by a personality disorder, Eather has an insatiable desire, to be proclaimed a war hero.  He is still pursuing a USA Silver Star that he falsely claims to have been awarded out of a brief case, by a mysterious and now deceased USA Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Colonel who was accompanied by a Deputy Province Commander on a road in Vietnam.

Eather claims he single handedly, using an M60 mounted on a Landrover, foiled a Viet Cong ambush, involving a Deputy Province Chief and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer (later killed in the TET offensive). He described this action to an aviation Brigadier Paul Lipscombe, (now deceased) circa 1990 and has been expanding on it ever since.

Here is his version of events:

“Over this period, Owen and another Lieutenant came to the rescue of two Americans, a small contingent of south Vietnamese Regional Force soldiers (two squads) and a Deputy Province Chief, Captain (Dai Wei) DVC.  The lead American was a CIA Colonel.  At the end of this brief but successful engagement which saved these men’s lives, the Colonel opened a Samsonite briefcase and removed two star shaped medals and awarded them to Owen and his “mate”.  On the back were the words “for gallantry in action””

We have a first hand witness of a meeting at Cat Lo, near Vung Tau from which we believe Eather contrived his heroic action.

‘Some time in December 1967, while returning from a leave day (probably a Sunday) at Vung Tau, I was driving a Landrover in company with a vehicle with a leave party aboard. Evans/Eather was also in the Landrover. At Cat Lo, we slowed and pulled up outside a well known brothel.  From inside came two Americans, one an army Major, the other a Captain. Both had "had a few drinks" but weren't falling over drunk, merely in a cheerful mood.

They waved, then came over to the Rover, and in a friendly manner said it was "Great to see Aussies and thanks for everything you have done - you all deserve a special medal" 

There was some minor "war talk" and the two vehicles then drove on to Nui Dat without incident.

There was no "action" as Eather describes no medal award”.

Eather’s unit was included as part of the Task Force Maintenance Area (TFMA).

The Officer Commanding the TFMA has said: 

“I was not aware of any award of such medals to any member of the TFMA at Nui Dat during my time as OC TFMA in 1967-1968.  2Lt Evans (Eather) was 2IC of the Transport Unit in the TFMA and Capt Jack Humphries (now deceased) was his OC. Eather did not approach me about any medals and Humphries did not mention any such incident to me”.

Veterans know, that had such an incident occurred involving Eather’s unit, it would have been the “talk of the town’ and the TFMA commander along with every member of Eather’s unit would certainly have known about it.

Eather attended Officer Cadet School Portsea, and graduated with another controversial ex Army Captain who served in Vietnam at the same time as Eather. His name is Barry Corse. Over the years Eather is known to have maintained contact with Corse up to at least 2007.   The relevance of this relationship is that Barry Corse also claims to have been awarded a USA Bravery medal without it being recorded or recognized by the Australian Defence Force.

Barry Corse claims he was detached to an American combat unit, and that he was the only Australian Officer to ever command American Troops in combat during the Vietnam War.  He claims he was decorated for bravery by the Americans. However, there is NO record of this detachment, or of his alleged command of American Troops or of an award for bravery, either Australian or American.  Corse claims these records have disappeared from his Service Record.

Perhaps Eather and Corse conspired to contrive their heroic service and now giggle over their silly behaviour, although we are reliably advised that they may have fallen out and no longer giggle together.

Eather is now off on a different tangent to emulate “Biggles”. He is claiming heroic service with161 Reconnaissance Flight (161 Recce Flt) that operated in Vietnam from September 1965 to March 1972.  Eather was attached to 161 Recce Flt for rations and quarters, no more no less. At no stage was he ever posted to, or a member of 161 Recce Flt.

Eather has written a paper and submitted to the 161 Recce Flt Association for publication as an historic report. In the document, Eather describes himself as flying for hundreds of hours including many hours of harrowing and dangerous work including the romantic “Boys own” adventure shown below:

“The pilot would tune to the Armed Forces Radio pop music station.  A popular hit was “Love is Blue, a French orchestral tune, lush, lilting and romantic.  Glen got into the swing and swooped in time to the melody.  I was potting at a few targets with an M 16 listening to this in the headset, this about June ‘68.  We thought it was pretty cool and didn’t see the irony until a lot older”.

We are reliably advised that his claims have been comprehensively rejected as fiction by 161 Recce Flt. Eather claims that Flight Logs and other documentation were not correctly recorded and do not show his true contribution to that unit.  161 Recce Flt historians say Eather’s claims are fabrications, and his total involvement with 161 Recce Flt were some “Jolly” flights.  

Perhaps Eather has the need to be a hero because he was a figure of derision within his unit in Vietnam, he had the name “Flower Power” and many anecdotes are told about his ‘”F Troop” type antics.

Let’s summarize.

Summary One

Eather claims to have served heroically in Vietnam, this included saving high ranking USA Officers from an ambush.

Neither his Officer Commanding, (now deceased) nor the senior Officer commanding the TFMA or any members of his unit ever heard of the incident. A soldier from Eather’s unit has described an event involving two USA officers outside of a brothel; the mildly inebriated USA officers praised Australia’s involvement in the war and said you all deserve medals – no more, no less.

Summary Two

Eather was rationed and quartered at 161 Recce Flt, whilst in Vietnam, during that time he went on “Jolly” flights as a passenger. Eather claims Hundreds of hours of flying in very dangerous circumstances. He asserts that 161 Recce Flt were lackadaisical in keeping log books and their records are inaccurate.  The 161 Recce Flt Association is furious at Eather’s allegations and declares his recollections as reckless fiction.

Eather has been hacking away at his claim of heroic service in Vietnam for Twenty years, as time goes by, he carefully selects his ”witnesses”  from the ranks of those who have departed this world.

It is possible EATHER is building up a false Vietnam war background to convince the Department of Veterans' Affairs to accept his fantasy moments of  life threatening wartime stressors, to gain a disability pension.  ANZMI have seen this behaviour with other offenders who appear on our website.  His fellow officers, and the soldiers under his command to a man deny any knowledge of his claimed heroics, and they of all people would know

Eather was a less than average Royal Australian Army Service Corps Officer who served in Vietnam he was not admired by those he worked with. In the veteran community he continues to be a pariah because of his false claims of heroic actions.  We are sure the Eather story does not end here, and we will continue to report his lies and fraud until he stops

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: Edwards
Christian Names: David Hugh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Leongatha
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

David Hugh Edwards of Leongatha, Victoria, is a Doctor of Philosophy and served in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Equipment Supply and Logistics Officer.  He has never had active service.

Here we see another transgressor Returned and Services League (RSL) President, who has taken the disgraceful course of pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran.


Had some members of the Leongatha RSL not voiced their suspicions to the Herald/Sun,  it is assured that Doctor David Edwards would still be parading about wearing medals he has no entitlement to, as well as attracting the attention of genuine veterans.

In the photograph, you can see him marching on ANZAC Day as the President of the Leongatha RSL wearing seven medals which are as follows from left to right:


Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 clasp Vietnam.

Vietnam Medal.

Australian Service Medal 1945-75.

Defence Force Service Medal.

National Medal.

Defence Force Medal.

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (awarded by the government of South Vietnam).

Peter Mickelburough, the Freedom of Information Editor had the article below printed in the Melbourne Sunday Herald on Sunday 13 October 2013.


The only genuine thing this wannabe has admitted to is that he is indeed a “Dill”.

In the article, Major General McLachlan stated that Doctor David Edwards was only entitled to wear the Defence Force Medal and the National Medal as he had served for 15 years.  He also advised Doctor David Edwards to be in touch with the local police.

ANZMI will follow up on this matter to ensure that this in fact occurs.

Leongatha RSL has also ascended to questionable fame due to the fact that in 2002, ANZMI exposed the then President Raymond Mathews JP,  as a bogus Vietnam Veteran.  This charlatan was at the time,  the Manager of the Vicroads Office and was subsequently incarcerated for six months for selling false licences to outlaw motor cycle gangs.


The erudite reader will have by now twigged that in the last 11 years,  Leongatha RSL has elected two bogus veterans to the highest position of their Executive Committee.  How could this occur you may ask? The general reply is that no proper research was done in vetting these scurrilous aspirants.

To hear the old chestnut "Someone was asleep at the wheel" is an understatement - surely any administrative staff at Leongatha are aware of the Google search for the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans - or Korea veterans, and lastly World War 2 veterans?

This is a commonly used tool for confirming active service and would have to be 95% correct - ANZMI access this information on a daily basis checking information provided by informants, why can't paid staff do the expected checks and balances?

David Edwards in his own right has the qualifying service to be a Service Member of the RSL - a Commissioned Officer who attained the rank of Wing Commander in the RAAF,  and who joined the Leongatha RSL in 2002 (the same year MATTHEWS was outed as a bogus veteran).

Why he sought to fraudulently expose himself to all about him by posing as a Vietnam Veteran beggars belief.  Insecurity perhaps?

Dr David Hugh Edwards - welcome to rogues gallery, with your Doctorate in Philosophy, you can now spend some time philosophising on your misdeeds and how you duped your fellow RSL colleagues with your disgraceful actions.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular 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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Ellery
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Altona
Service: Army
Branch: Army 5/7 Infantry Battalion
Case Notes:


Craig Ellery is another St John Ambulance Officer who has embellished his medal rack. He currently carries out his duties as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona. Melbourne Victoria. He is a Medal Cheat and Honour Thief.


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In the above photograph, Ellery wears the following medal ribands.

1. Australian Service Medal. (ASM)
2. Defence Long Service Medal. (DLSM)

Second row.
3. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM).
4. Voluntary Medical Service Medal. (VMSM) U.K Award. Not entitled.


5. International Year of the Volunteer Medal. (IYVM) Tin medal


ANZMI received information that Craig Ellery has embellished his rack and is not entitled to wear the last two medal ribands displayed on his rack. The VMSM and the IYVM.

1. The VMSM is shown below.

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The VMSM is a United Kingdom award proclaimed in 1932. It is awarded for 15 years continuous service as a volunteer for St Andrews First Aid or the British Red Cross. It is a Long Service Medal rewarding those volunteers who have served those Institutions for the required period. It is recognised in the Australian Honours and Awards system, and may be worn on the left side when awarded.

Recipients of this award are registered in the London Gazette.

Ellery is not registered in the London Gazette as a Recipient of this medal.

The last medal on his rack is the International Year of the Volunteer Medal. See below -;


International Year of Volunteers was designated for 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly. The initiative aimed at increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, to highlight the achievements of the millions of volunteers worldwide who devote their time to serving others, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteering.

This medal is not listed on the Australian Honours and Awards System. If worn, it is to be worn on the right breast and not mixed with or added to medals approved for wear by the Governor General on the left breast. It is a tin medal.

Ellery was contacted by a Researcher and invited to provide proof of his entitlements to the VMSM and the IYVM.

In a hostile response he stated -;

First Response

Mr. (name deleted) or whatever your name is.
I do not have to answer to you or anyone else concerning what honours and awards I possess. I know I have an entitlement to any medal I possess, so do what you will, you coward. If you care to meet me in a public forum I will be more than happy to present any documentation.
Have a good day!

Second Response

He then responded -;
You may take whatever you will from my email. The fact is I was awarded those medals from the appropriate delegates of those organisations, in Australia for my service to those organisations, in Australia. Do what you will as I don't care. This is my last message. Any messages from you or ANZMI (faceless cowards) will be deleted and blocked.

You would think that it would be a simple task to produce some supporting documentation for medals that you wear on your left breast. Any genuine medal recipient who is invited by ANZMI to provide that documentation does so. The matter is then concluded, and we congratulate them for their service.

On this occasion however, Ellery has adopted an aggressive attitude and states that he was awarded the VMSM in Australia for work he has done for those UK bodies (St Andrews First Aid and British Red Cross) in Australia.

If that is the case, why did he not just provide the evidence. He should be proud of his achievements over the 15 years he has put in to acquire the British VMSM medal, whilst not leaving Australia.

Following Ellery's belligerent response, a Researcher then contacted St Andrews First Aid, Australian Headquarters about Ellery's claims. This is their response -;

It appears that Craig Ellery was a member of St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia for a short period of time during the mid-2000s and ceased to be a member in February 2007.

Further, I can state that there is no record of Craig Ellery ever been awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal (VMSM) through St. Andrew’s First Aid Australia. Currently we have six members of our organisation who have been awarded the VMSM and they are listed in the schedule of approved foreign awards by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Craig Ellery is not one of them.

The British Red Cross, United Kingdom, were also contacted and they have no record of Craig Ellery ever being awarded the VMSM.

Ellery is a medal cheat. He has also stolen the honour of those six St Andrews First Aid personnel who have been recognised and awarded the VMSM for their dedication and loyalty.

Ellery needs to remove both medals from his rack immediately. He sets a bad example for St John Ambulance, and the young persons he mentors as a St John Divisional Youth Manager, Altona, Melbourne, Victoria.

He joins a growing list of St John Ambulance personnel who now grace the ANZMI website for their lack of credibility.


It is now abundantly clear that St John Ambulance need to carry out an intensive audit, to ensure that all their staff comply with Australian Governor General Honours and Awards medal wearing protocols.

Surname: Elliott
Christian Names: Colin Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Dandenong
Service #: R95102
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Underwater Control
Commencement of service: 10 Oct 1965
Completion of service: 1972
Case Notes:



Colin Francis Elliott is a well known Australian comedian, and also a Vietnam veteran.

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The above photograph appears on the personal web page of Elliott. Here he can be seen wearing the following medals:

  1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
  2. Vietnam Medal
  3. Australian Service Medal 1945-75
  4. Australian Defence Medal
  5. Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal
  6. Vietnam Service Commemorative
  7. Far East Strategic Reserve Commemorative
  8. United States Navy Unit Commendation

Elliott joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 16, commencing as a Junior Recruit at HMAS Leeuwin in West Australia. Before reaching his eighteenth birthday, he was serving in Vietnam onboard HMAS Hobart.

During this deployment, Hobart was attached to US Navy Forces, serving on what became known as the “Gun Line”, and heavily involved in the bombardment of Vietnamese based land targets, whilst coming under fire herself.

Seeing enemy action was not the only significant event of this deployment. After a fire broke out on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, killing 143 sailors and injuring 161 more, Hobart assisted with rescue and medical support.

For her service with US Forces, Hobart was awarded the US Navy Unit Citation:

For Exceptionally Meritorious Service during the period 10th March to 20th September, 1967, while engaged in Combat Operations in direct support of Free World Objectives in South East Asia. As an element of Task Unit 70.8.9 HMAS HOBART provided Naval Gunfire Support for United States and Allied Forces ashore in the Republic of Vietnam, and as an element of Task Group 77.1 in the Gulf of Tonkin, supported Naval Operations against North Vietnamese logistics groups and lines of communications. Undeterred by frequent, vigorous, accurate enemy shore fire, HOBART was responsible for the destruction of numerous enemy installations, earning an enviable reputation as an Aggressive Eager and Dauntless Member of the US Seventh Fleet. The outstanding Team Work, Courage and Professionalism displayed by HOBART Officers and Men reflect Great Credit upon themselves and the Royal Australian Navy and were in keeping with the Highest Traditions of the Naval Service.

Elliott was later posted to HMAS Stuart and deployed to South East Asia as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), sailing from Sydney on 22 March 1969.

It was during this deployment Stuart was one of a number of Australian ships participating in a SEATO exercise with US Navy units in the South China Sea.

On 3 June 1969, USS Frank E. Evans sailed under the bow of HMAS Melbourne and was cut in two, with the loss of 74 lives. Elliott was part of the crew of a whaler from Stuart conducting searches for survivors in that pre-dawn tragedy.

By the age of 19, Elliott had not only been on active combat duty, but had also assisted in the response to two naval tragedies. These experiences would manifest in later life with depression and alcoholism, as detailed in his autobiography ‘In Between The Laughter’.

Elliott was appropriately recognised for his service, as is shown in the official medals he is wearing. Unfortunately, Elliott has seen fit to embellish his rack of medals by adding the Vietnam Service Commemorative and the FESR Commemorative medals.

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These medals are quite simply junk. They have never been officially awarded by any country and are more often simply purchase by the wearer to inflate both their medal rack and self-importance. Their wearing is simply an insult to the service of veterans.

Elliott, for whatever reason, has chosen to display this tin junk. Perhaps it is part of his comedy routine, in which case the joke has backfired and Elliott has earned a perpetual billing on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Ellis
Christian Names: Graham Howard
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Moor Park
Service: Army
Branch: National Service
Case Notes:

1/724306 Graham Howard ELLIS, DOB 31/08/1938 of Moor Park, Queensland served as a National Serviceman with the 9th Infantry Battalion from the 8th January 1957 to the 28th July 1959.There would not have been a problem till he turned up on Vietnam Veterans day on the 18th August 2010 at Bundaberg, Queensland wearing the Green Beret of the US Special Forces with the flash of the 5th Group and foreign medals as seen in the photo.




Graham Ellis was finally identified after his photo was transmitted around Australia and when contacted to explain how he came to have been awarded the foreign medals and the Green Beret he was very vague with his answers. He alluded to have been serving in the Intelligence Section of Battalion Headquarters of the 9th Infantry Battalion Citizen Military Forces at the age of 31 years. See below a summary of the vague answers he gave.

“I was with the Intelligence Section in Headquarters of 9th Infantry battalion in Queensland (not 9 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment) when I was approached by a man I cannot name as he was CIA. He got me to do a written test and the next thing I know I was on a flight out of Darwin on an Air America CIA flight and arrived in South Vietnam. I was posted to an “A” Team US Special Forces with detachment 502 or 503 and we worked with South Vietnamese Rangers. The “A” Team has 12 men in it and they are trained so that there are two medics, two engineers, two of everything.

I cannot remember what the unit badge was I have on my beret as it has been so long ago. I was wounded and got shrapnel in one leg, the face and temple. I did five month and 20 days there late 1969, early 1970 before I had enough and was flown back to Darwin on a Continental Airways flight which is also CIA.”

He was questioned further to clarify things such as the name of the South Vietnamese Unit he served with also the badge he was wearing.

“I can’t remember the South Vietnamese unit I served with or where I was posted in South Vietnam because it was so long ago. I don’t know what unit the badge belonged to, I actually picked it up at an Auction when I used to collect such things. I even have an Iron Cross. I only put the medals on the left side as friends of mine told me a new law had come out in the mid 90’s saying I could wear them on the left.”

We have searched many web sites to identify this badge, but have not been successful. The badge that should have been worn is the US Special Forces badge with the 5th Group US Special Forces flash which is on the beret. Each group had its own flash.

Ellis is wearing two Unit Citations one being the US Presidential Meritorious Unit Citation issued to a unit.

The other is the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Award with Palm

Out of the medals Ellis is wearing, he is entitled to only the first two Australian medals.

From left to right the medals are;

  1. The Australian Defence Medal
  2. The National Service Commemorative Medal
  3. US Bronze Star
  4. US purple Heart
  5. US Vietnam Service Medal
  6. Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Medal which also appears to have a Palm or device
  7. South Vietnam Campaign Medal

Ellis is not entitled to wear the last five medals. During our research of the US Special Forces web sites we came across the web sites for Detachments A-502 and A-503 and his name does not appear on the nominal rolls of either detachments.

Ellis’s only military service was as a National Serviceman when he signed up for 5 years service on the 8th January 1957. He was transferred from A Company 9th Infantry Battalion to the Intelligence section at Battalion Headquarters then transferred to the National Service Inactive list on the 28th July 1959 before being official discharged on the 30th June 1960.

How Ellis can imagine that people would believe that he was posted to the US Special Forces in South Vietnam on operations after just doing a written exam and with very little military experience when soldiers of the US Special Forces had to undergo a tough selection course before being further cross trained in other specialist courses over a long period of time before they would be allowed on operational duties has me lost for words.

Graham Howard Ellis has not only made a fool of himself, but he has shown disrespect especially to the US Special Forces who lost a lot of good men in South Vietnam, but he has also brought disrespect upon himself, his family, other Vietnam Veterans and Australia. For this he will grace our web site for the entire world to see.

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: Ely
Christian Names: David
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Sefton Park, Adelaide
Service: RAAF (not confirmed)
Branch: Claims to be a Loadmaster
Commencement of service: 1979
Case Notes:




David Ely of Adelaide South Australia, was given the opportunity for a bit of media self promotion. Unfortunately, when speaking of his Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service he decided to spice it up a bit with some false heroic involvement in the Vietnam war.

Ely did not serve in the Vietnam war.  The RAAF Helicopter unit he refers to was 9 Squadron which departed Vietnam in December 1971.

Here is what was said by Veterans who served with 9 Squadron:

"For example, if Mr Ely is 63 years of age, he was born in about 1951?

If he joined the RAAF in 1979, he was 28 when he joined. Not impossible of course, but unusual?

What is impossible if he joined the RAAF in 1979 is that he ever served in Vietnam.

All Australians were withdrawn from South Vietnam many years before 1979.

He states he served in a helicopter squadron?

The RAAF Squadron was 9 Squadron; which left Vietnam in December 1971.

9 Squadron certainly never operated out of Butterworth; what a ridiculous claim?

There is no record of Mr Ely in the Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans.

No 9 Squadron member has any knowledge of a Dave Ely. (Another Mr Ely did serve as a RAAF Flight Sergeant – Armourer, but he was born in 1935.)"

An ANZMI Investigator spoke to Ely and here is the report of that conversation;

"Note:  Spoke to Ely he claimed he was not in Vietnam until after the war and had done clandestine rescues of  Australian servicemen who had been missing in action because they had run into the jungle during the war.

It was put to him that he is a liar, and he said the reporter had got it wrong, he was not operating out of a Huey Helicopter but from a C130 Hercules aircraft which some years after the war were clandestinely landing on airstrips in Vietnam and rescuing Australian soldiers who had deserted."

That is an idiotic story from someone with no knowledge of the history of the Vietnam war

We concede that Ely shows leadership and courage following his non service related amputations, however we do not take into account  extenuating circumstances when reporting fraudsters and liars.  Often it is said to us:

"You should let this person off because he has done a lot of good work for the ex service community"

Fraudsters and wannabes be warned there are no extenuating circumstances that would deflect the exposure of a wannabe on this web site.

David Ely of Sefton Park, Adelaide can not be described as a clever fraud or wannabe, he is just a dill who has made up a "Rambo" story to enhance his standing in the community.

The repercussion for this behaviour is to be listed on our web site for the whole world to see.

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