Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'H'
Gerald Francis Harrison OAMhas lied about his military service for at least 40 years. Even after our extensive investigation there are still questions unanswered. He has admitted to an ANZMI investigator that he has comprehensively lied about the details of his service in Korea. Harrison claims to have served under the name 4400165 Edward Ernest Carr. Carr's birthdate is the same as Harrisons. We have also traced a 1957 marriage announcement advising of Carr's marriage to a lady named xxxxxx. It is known that Harrison's ex wife had the same name. We have also traced an Edward Ernest Carr to the Rostrevor Secondary School in Adelaide, which is the school Harrison claims to have attended. There was another person attending Rostrevor School in the 1950s named Gerald Harrison, he was a champion sportsman, however he was not "our" Harrison.
Here is Harrison's version of his service that is now filed as official war History in "The State Library of South Australia". It is 26 pages of fanciful lies, designed to turn the service of a very mundane uninteresting private soldier into the service of a cavalier warrior who has become a false doyen of the Adelaide Veteran Community:
The document can be read in full at this reference:
Much of what Harrison has said is fiction. He falsely claims to have arrived in Korea in 1951 and served on "the front line" until 1953. He tells of being involved in the historic 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) Battle of Maryang San in October 1951 and of being wounded in action on more that one occasion.
Harrison claims his original name was Edward Ernest John Carr. There is a document on Carr's file showing that he changed his name by dropping "John" as his third Christian name.
Sometime after being discharged from the Army, he claims to have changed his name to Gerald Francis Harrison from Edward Ernest Carr.
If he served in Korea under the name of Edward Ernest Carr, he did not arrive in Korea until 4 October 1952 and departed on 6 October 1953, his service was very ordinary and the only time he was wounded was when a Corporal A K Allen punched him on the nose in February 1953. The Corporal was charged with striking Carr, and Carr was charged with using offensive language to the Corporal.
As detailed in his personal history, on return to Australia, Harrison/Carr claims to have attained the rank of Sergeant, and been posted to Malaysia where he qualified as a parachutist. In fact, after Carr returned to Australia he stayed in South Australia and he was discharged as a Private Soldier on 17th January 1955.
When questioned about his lies he admitted that he had lied about his time in Korea but stated that he had stolen the service of his cousin named Maurice James Carr who had also "served in Korea from 1951 to 1953". This is a lie because whilst a Maurice James Carr did serve in Korea he did not arrive until October 1952 and was not at the battle of Maryang San and was not wounded in action.
It is obvious that Carr is a pathological liar who will say whatever he thinks he can get away with.
It is bizarre and incongruous that a person who has comprehensively lied about his military history could be awarded an OAM for educating children about Australia's military history. Note that the OAM citation says:
"For service to the welfare of Veterans and their families, and to the Community as a participant in programs developed to educate children about Australia's' military history"
Harrison was so good at his deception that he convinced the 3RAR Association that he was at the battle of Maryang San. On the 2 October 2011 at a special ceremony he was awarded a Commemorative Certificate and Life Membership to the Association for his participation at Maryang San. Below is a photograph of the occasion together with a clipping from the 3RAR Association "In Touch" newsletter.
Harrison has a high profile in the Adelaide Veteran community. He has been the President of the Korea and South East Asia Forces Association and is a member of The South Australian Consultative Forum. The purpose of this forum is:
"To provide a mechanism for regular consultation and discussion between the Deputy Commissioner and Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) to discuss systemic issues that concern the veteran and defence communities arising from the range of DVA operations".
We assert that Harrison is not a fit and proper person to have influence in the Adelaide Veteran Community, we suggest:
His OAM should be rescinded by the Office of the Governor General.
He should be expelled from the 3RAR Association.
Expelled from all ex Service organisations.
All reference to his association with Maryang San should be expunged from records
The personal history ensconced in the South Australian State Library should be destroyed, or at least marked "fiction".
We are aware that many in the Adelaide Veteran Community will find it hard to believe that this kindly venerable "gentleman" is a liar and a con-man with a track record of 40 years of "big noting" and deceit.
He is very suited to be on this web site and must be removed from all aspects of the Adelaide Veteran Community.
4717380 Phillip Charles HAWKER of Berri in the Riverland region of South Australia planned and executed a manoeuvre to make himself a Vietnam Veteran, without ever departing Australia's shores.
Hawker's Defence File shows that he was conscripted as a National Serviceman on the 1 July 1965 and discharged on 30 June 1967. He served in the now defunct Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) as an Air Despatcher. In 1969 he re-enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) where he subsequently attained the rank of Captain.
Hawker's Defence Service file, clearly records no overseas service, yet in an audacious manner he convinced Defence Department Honours and Awards that he had served in Vietnam. On the 5th October 2000 the Acting Director of Honours and Awards approved the issue of two medals for his "Vietnam service". Here is the letter:
Note that the approval was issued on the basis of a Statutory Declaration (Stat Dec)submitted by Mr xxxxx, that supported other Statutory Declarations. We have contacted Mr xxxx and he advises that he can't recall any such visits to Vietnam and he wrote on the Statutory Declaration what Hawker asked him to say.
Hawker has coerced xxxx and other members from his ex Army unit to sign Stat Decs stating that they had knowledge of him going to Vietnam. Here is xxxx's Stat Dec
We have in our possession a third Statutory Declaration, however we have been unable to contact the author.
As far as Army Records are concerned, Hawker never went to Vietnam and Defence Honours and Awards have ignored Central Army Records Office advice.
Subsequently on the 5th November 2007 Hawker endeavoured to use his Honours and Awards Veteran status to "con" benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
Here is an excerpt from a long submission from Hawker to DVA, where he clearly states he served in Vietnam.
Hawker has added a bit of drama to his fictitious adventures, with a secret sortie that got "shot up with small arms fire" a "very angry Army Officer" and "long smelly boxes he assumed were coffins"
It is absurd to assert that Private Soldiers were secretly bundled off to Vietnam and then warned by Officers and Warrant Officers that they were under the Official Secrets Act and could not talk about their experience.
The real reason that Hawker waited until 1992 to submit his claims was because he had to wait until ex Warrant Officer Ray Harvey was deceased, because Harvey was the only person who could directly refute Hawker's claims
We have been working on this case for more than a year. In the early stages of the investigation we advised Honours and Awards that we believed that Hawker did not go to Vietnam and that the matter involved false Statutory Declarations. Honours and awards advised that they had advised the Australian Federal Police and they were handling the matter.
Because no action had been taken we decided to again take the matter up with Honours and Awards and we received this positive reply.
UNCLASSIFIED 22 Nov 13
Your phone call to the Directorate of Honours and Awards seeking information on an individual is acknowledged.
Unfortunately information of this nature canot (sic) be released to third parties. I can assure you however that we will contribute to any formal (sic) that may be conducted.
We are prepared to state that Hawker did not go the Vietnam and that he has executed a devious plan to be able to wear Vietnam Medals and falsely attempt to claim DVA benefits. He has succeeded with the medals part but despite a long winded and fraudulent submission to Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) he has been refused DVA benefits.
Hawker has manipulated people who should know better, and convinced them to commit crimes by making false declarations. As well as his fraudulent submissions to Honours and Awards and DVA Hawker has committed criminal acts by falsely wearing medals and claiming to be a returned Veteran.
Throughout his DVA submission he posed scenarios then created explanations, for instance:
ex Warrant Officer Ray Harvey, the only person who Hawker claims had first hand knowledge of the affair is deceased.
He was told he was on a secret missions and ordered not to talk about them.
The only place his trips were recorded were on his Log Book, and Central Army Records Office (CARO) had destroyed that. Log books are personal issue to individuals and are never sent to CARO.
Hawker is a devious person who systematically planned and executed an operation to defraud the Department of Honours and Awards and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Honours and Awards made a bad decision based on false Statutory Declarations.
It is clearly noted on Hawker's CARO file that Honours and Awards were advised that Hawker did not at any time serve in Vietnam during his National Service commitment or at any other time during his Army Service.
We suggest that he return the ill gotten medals and remove himself from contact of decent veterans.
Peter Hawkins enlisted into the RAAF, 10 Feb 1967, served as an Airfield Defence Guard at Ubon, Thailand, arriving 15th Dec 1967 returning to Australia after 6 months on compassionate grounds. On return he remustered as a Physical Training Instructor serving in numerous units as expected of a long serving member of the RAAF and then he eventually remustered again finishing his career as a Warrant Officer, Discipline. WO(D)
An Airman of such standing and integrity, someone young Airmen & women could look up to and to aspire to become, a role model for the young officers to emulate, someone who's leadership they could epitomize.
Peter Hawkins, you have been caught out wearing the Vietnam Medal and Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with clasps Vietnam which, you are not entitled to. You have been caught wearing what appears to be Tin at the end of your medals rack as well. If you must wear tin to enhance your service then the appropriate area to wear them would be on the right breast and well below any NOK medals you may be able to wear.
Peter now resides here and the "war service" he claims is now available to the world.
29th May 2011
We have managed to identify the un-official tin medal that Peter Stanley Hawkins is wearing as well as other RAAF personnel who also wear it. The medal is known as the Ubon Medal, a worthless medal obliviously struck up by ex RAAF persons that served at the RAAF Base Ubon Thailand during the Vietnam War.
Whoever designed the medal should have chosen a different ribbon for two reasons; the first is that the colours chosen are that of the Thai National Flag. Using the colours of a National flag to make up worthless piece of junk for these glory hunters to make them selves look like they are some kind of heroes by wearing extra medals they are not entitled to, is an insult to service personnel who have earned their official medals.
The second and this is just as insulting more so to the Thai people is the ribbon had been used for an official Thai medal in 1933 named “The Safeguarding the Constitution Medal” and was awarded to those who assisted in suppression of the 1933 rebellion against the constitution and the newly formed constitutional monarchy of 1932.
On the observe is a radiant two-tiered pedestal bearing the Constitution within a floreate wreath. On the Reverse is the deity Pra Siam Taewathirat (Lord Protector of Siam).
The top bar is inscribed in Thai “Sacrificing Your Life” and on the suspension “For The Country”
Our recommendation to these ex RAAF personnel, who wear the medal, is to remove it as it is highly offensive to the people of Thailand. It should also not be worn with official awarded medals.
You will see in the photograph taken in 2007 in Perth other ex RAAF personnel wearing the same tin medal and one member has it mounted in front of an official medal. Obviously some ex RAAF personnel have no knowledge re the protocol of the wearing medals which does not say much for their pride or intelligence.
This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth obtained from Service records.
Live: 05 Nov 2013
Barry Francis Haydon of Kingaroy, Queensland, would have you believe that he was an extraordinary, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Ordinary Seaman.
Haydon has put himself in the category of the "courageous" characters, who are also located on this web site. See Noel Patrick “Molly” Muller and Alistair Ross Hardy, who, as Navy Seamen were also "involved" in heroic clandestine operations in the jungles of South East Asia.
For more than twenty years, Haydon has told tales of his extraordinary service with the RAN and a United States Navy Sea Air Land (SEAL) unit. We hold statutory declarations relating to the ridiculous claims made by Haydon and we will show that he is a liar and a wannabe.
It is hard to believe that the United States Navy SEALs would recruit an unspectacular Australian Ordinary Seaman, who after nineteen months service of a nine year enlistment period, was discharged from the RAN as being "Unsuitable", as indicated below on his official RAN file.
According to Haydon, the SEALs recruited him as soon as he left the RAN and sent him "back up country" (To Vietnam).
Haydon joined the RAN on 22 August 1970 and departed on 27 March 1972.
During his short stay in the Navy he served on HMAS Brisbane in Vietnam from March 1971 to October 1971 as a nineteen year old Ordinary Seaman. His service was ordinary, as was just about every other Sailor, Soldier and Airman who served in Vietnam.
As shown above, Haydon was employed as an Ordinary Seaman, Underwater Weapons. (Under training). When asked about his job involving Underwater Weapons he said,
"No, that should be Diver as "Underwater Weapons" means a "Diver"
RAN Clearance Divers are a Special Forces elite group. They have never heard of Haydon. RAN personnel who served in Vietnam as Divers, are clearly shown on the Vietnam Nominal Roll as "Clearance Divers".
After being snapped up by US Navy SEALs and returned to Vietnam. He tells of his mission to extract Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Officers from the Australian Embassy in Saigon. He says -;
"We had to remove all identification and of course wear 'civvies' we made a high speed dash up the river to a pick up point. We got them, as it was pretty crowded, we did a hot extraction".
Then in a secret RAN unit he did operations in Australia:
"We had to come up river to the New Farm area of Brisbane in the 1970s. Removed all identification and wear civilian clothes because if we were caught we were on our own. The mission was to remove documents from an office on the river bank, then do a high speed extraction down the river"
Whilst serving on HMAS Hobart
"He became inebriated in Singapore. His ship left without him. He had to ‘hitch hike’ to Vietnam to try to catch his unit. On the way he was caught up in a battle, but was rescued by the Green Berets"
On another occasion -;
“You know how these things happen. I recall that when I was up country, I heard some movement one night. I let off a full ‘mag’ and then I realised what I had shot was a bird”.
In a recent incident, a very high profile, highly decorated Veteran visited Kingaroy and Haydon had the audacity to invent a story about how the visitor had rescued his father during a battle in Korea.
In April 1972, after his removal from the RAN, Haydon joined the Australian Citizens Military Forces (ACMF) (Part time) as a Private soldier. One would think he would have acquired an elevation in rank after his "Secret Service".
He was discharged from the ACMF in 1974. He then re-enlisted into the Army Reserve (Part Time) in March 1979, where he qualified as a Cook at the rank of Private, until he was discharged at his own request on the 26 May 1980.
Ex-Service persons from the Kingaroy area are exasperated with Haydon's ridiculous stories that are not told in jest, but in a manner to enhance his persona as a returned RAN Veteran, who did much more than was ever expected of an RAN Ordinary Seaman.
Most Veterans are content with their true military history and have no desire to grossly exaggerate and lie about it. Haydon does not realise that those he tells his tales to, know immediately that he is a liar, a wannabe, and a person who has earned the disrespect of the Veteran Community everywhere.
He has well earned his position on our web site and unlike the RAN we find him most suitable to serve on our web site.
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.
It is difficult to record the story of a 'real life war hero' who has no military experience whatsoever. Many of the infamous fake warriors that are exposed on these pages have some service to embellish and in many cases years of service that is simply embellished to enhance a career, gain access to taxpayers' money, or impress a partner or mates.
Not so in this case. Frederick Richard Heinze was born on the Twenty-First of September 1946; he is a Virgo-Libra cusp child. That is where he has been every since, a wandering adolescent claiming dubious military service. Of course Fred travelled the predictable path all wannabes follow. He claims to be a member of Australia's Special Forces, the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, and during his obligatory tour of duty in Vietnam he was a helicopter pilot. As you will read below, he was not an officer flying helicopters in Vietnam as he was commissioned some ten years after the war.
All Heinze's claims are false.
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.