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

Surname: Herve
Christian Names: William Jean-Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Paddington
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

William, Jean-Paul Herve` of Horsham, Victoria, was born William Thomas Harvie on the 6th  September 1947 at Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales. He joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on the 12th February 1966 aged eighteen years. He served as a Steward in the RAN. 

From the 20th September 1969 to 11th April 1970 he served aboard HMAS Vendetta during Vendetta's deployment in Vietnam waters on the "Gun Line". Details of Vendetta's Gun Line duties can be read here;   http://www.navy.gov.au/Naval_Operations_in_Vietnam      

Herve aka Harvie, was not satisfied to have served honourably on Vendetta as a Steward and has invented a very different history of his Vietnam service


 


Herve` is an Artist as well as a Steward and we assume he “souped” up his name to paint a better picture of himself to impress his "Arty" mates. He is known in art circles for his religious paintings and his historical dioramas. He was a member of the Hornsby, NSW Art Society, and the following report identifies Herve` aka Harvie the artist.


“Hornsby Art Society Members Exhibition This year, visitors are in for a treat when they come to Hornsby Art Gallery to see Members' works. As well as a variety of quality paintings from Hornsby Art Society members, there will be a special display of 16 hand crafted historical dioramas created by member, William Hervé. This is the first time the display has been on show for public viewing. Until recently, William painted many art works with a religious theme. Then, about two years ago he discovered the magic of dioramas, and decided to add dioramas to his creative palette and engage others through this interesting visual medium. A Vietnam War veteran and a keen historian, William has extensively researched each period he has presented, to accurately portray the countryside, lifestyles of the people, their uniforms and equipment used in various periods of war. He states: "I don't like war, and in no way glorify it, but I find making dioramas a good way of recording history to share it with younger generations." Chief Hanger from the gallery's hanging team, Tony Prince, will also exhibit several of his handcrafted model aero planes. An exhibition not to be missed! The Exhibition will open on Wednesday 3 December 2008.”

 

Note the “blurb” says that Herve` aka Harvie is a “keen historian”. As shown below in relation to his own history of his Vietnam service he is very much more of a fiction writer than a historian.

Herve` the “historian” having adopted a "racy" French name, could not be satisfied with serving as a Navy Steward in Vietnam, so he has adopted  a new service history changing from mundane galley duties to sinister, heroic secret missions.

He claims to have been a marksman in the Navy, there is nothing on his service record to prove or disprove that claim, but we believe it is germane to his other claims. His statements are shown below.

He was seconded to the United States Navy because he was a Marksman.

He operated under a false name as the missions he undertook would cause outrage back home in Australia and the United States.

On several missions he had to shoot women and children, when tunnel systems were discovered in villages.

He was awarded two medals for bravery by the United States Government but was unable to accept these awards on advice from the Australian Government.

His name does not show up on the Australian Vietnam Veteran nominal Rolls because the missions were classified secret by the United States Military.

We hold Statutory Declarations relating to the above statements here is an excerpt.

William Jean-Paul Herve` does appear on the Vietnam Nominal Roll - see below.  He is listed as R64987 William Thomas Harvie his current name, William Jean-Paul Herve` does not appear on the Nominal Roll because he adopted it well after his Navy service was completed.

 

We have contacted both senior and junior RAN personnel who served with Herve` aka Harvie on HMAS Vendetta whilst in Vietnamese waters, they are disgusted with Herve’s claims, and state very clearly that he never left the ship.

Simply put Herve` aka Harvie was not seconded to the US Navy for special operations, it is ludicrous to say that a Steward would be deployed in such a way, even if he were a Marksman, which is very much doubted.

Perhaps Herve` aka Harvie got the notion from the Steven Seagal movie "Under Siege" where an Admiral's very meek Cook/Steward was really a hot shot undercover operator. 
 
Left wing politics during the Vietnam War made a lot of noise about Australian and Allied forces killing women and children.  It is an abhorrent assertion, and any genuine veterans like Herve` who maliciously and dishonestly add weight to that false notion deserves to be treated with contempt by the Veteran Community.
 
Herve’ aka Harvie never left HMAS Vendetta to embark on covert operations ashore in Vietnam, he is a disgusting liar who has grossly exaggerated his service and brought disrepute to the Royal Australian Navy by claiming that he killed Vietnamese women and children.

Herve` now joins the ranks of other disgraced ex sailor wannabes like Hammal, Kirkman, Robinson, Nelson, benSerai, Muller, Taylor, Pidgeon, Wright and others who will remain on our web site until the day they die.


 

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: Heta
Christian Names: John
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: Not Known
Service: NZ Army
Branch: Territorial
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

In late September 2015 John Heta of Auckland, New Zealand (NZ) was arrested by the police. He  successfully conned the police and gained their sympathy and support by spinning a yarn about how he was a damaged war veteran. 

The police in an open display of largess and affection, deciding to get some public relations mileage from the incident and gave the story to the New Zealand Herald.  After  a deluge of clamour and objection from New Zealand Veterans the Herald Newspaper printed the following retraction.

 

 

Here are excerpts from the NZ Herald article that alarmed New Zealand Veterans.

 

Heta has done a disgraceful thing, he has falsely blamed his petty criminal activities and anti social behaviour on the horrors of war. 

Heta claims to have been a United Nations Peacekeeper who served five tours overseas including Iraq and Sarajevo. In fact, Heta did serve in the NZ part time Army, but was never deployed to any overseas operational areas.

He exhibits the behaviour of a  pathological liar  who has the ability to take advantage of those trying to help him.

We are sure that in future, if the police involved in this incident,  come across a genuine Veteran in need of help they will display a less than friendly attitude.  Heta has made life a little bit harder for Veterans in genuine need.

New Zealand Veterans will be happy to see Heta on our web site where he well belongs as a liar, conman  fraud and a wannabe.

 

Surname: Higham
Christian Names: Gary Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Bribie Island
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

"Sir"Gary Douglas Higham a “Knight of the Realm” with a handlebar mustache

Gary Douglas Higham is not your average wannabe. He claims to be a Knight of the Realm who served in Vietnam and was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilot. If questioned about his Knighthood he may flash a piece of paper but won’t let you read it. We are reliably advised that when he enters an RSL Club and when he braces the bar, he insists that the RSL staff refer to him as “Sir Gary”, and insisted on being entered into the Bribie Island RSL data base as “Sir Gary”

 


The colour photograph of Higham is very recent, taken on Rememberance Day, 11th November 2009. 

According to Gary Higham he was the last Mirage Pilot and a Mirage test Pilot and he crashed a Helicopter resulting in disabilities. None of those claims are true and we are reliably advised that his only Department of Veterans Affairs accepted disability is for deafness.

Highamis well adorned with a raffish handle bar mustache that any British Wing Commander would be proud of. However, stylish hair around the top lip is insufficient qualification to wear RAAF Pilot Wings.

Notice in the photo that “Sir Gary” wears no accoutrements indicative of his Knighthood, but he does wear Vietnam Medals, Pilot Wings and other medals.  His medal rack when compared to his actual RAAF service is sufficient to damn him as a wannabe. These are the Medals he is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75

Vietnam Medal

Australian Service Medal post 1975

Defence Force Service Medal

Australian Defence Medal

UN Medals: UNEF II

Vietnam Campaign Medal

RAAF Pilots Wings

The only medal of this lot he would be entitled to wear is the Australian Defence Medal, which is awarded to recognise Australian Defence Force Regular and Reserve personnel who have demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the nation by serving for an initial enlistment period or four years service whichever is the lesser.

Higham was born on the 5 April 1958, so in 1972 when Australian involvement in the Vietnam War had ceased, Higham was fourteen years old. On 8th January 1974 he joined the RAAF as a sixteen year old Apprentice Electrical Mechanic and was posted to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales to complete his training.


 

After completing his Apprenticeship we believe he remained in the RAAF until 1982. Most of his time was spent at Amberely RAAF Base in Queensland. In 1982 he had attained the rank of Leading Aircraftsman (LAC). Because of legal time restrictions we have no details of his actual date of discharge, however we have an entry on a document dated 5 March 1982 showing him to hold the rank LAC and we are reliably advised that he was discharged in 1982. Having attained that rank, it is hardly likely he is entitled to wear Pilots Wings or ever flew an aircraft.



Higham has no Military or personal history that could possibly lead to an Imperial Knighthood, and although we have no positive evidence to prove that point, it is self evident that he is a fraud and a wannabe because he is wearing medals from the Vietnam War and other Defence medals to which he has no entitlement.

Higham never at any stage served in the Vietnam War.  During his RAAF service he was never a Pilot, never served overseas and he is not an Imperial Knight.

Higham has been cavorting around the Caboolture, Queensland area for years sporting various racks of fake medals, without any interference from law enforcement agencies, who with some coaxing from local Ex Service Organisations could easily charge Higham under the Defence Act 1903, with at least three offences:

1.   Impersonating a veteran.

2.   Wearing medals he has no right to wear, and,

3.   Impersonating a person who is entitled to wear medals.

The veteran community is diminished when it is infiltrated by idiots like Higham and we urge all veterans to keep watch and let law authorities know when a fake is detected. If law authorities fail to take action let us know and we will do their job for them.

Some advice to Higham. Get the medals and the wings off, shave off your mustache, grow up and stop making a nuisance of yourself.

13th May 2010

Update - “Sir”Gary Douglas Higham a “Knight of the Realm” with a handlebar mustache.

Higham was spotted this ANZAC Day again wearing all his fake medals and his genuine handlebar mustache at the Bribie Island RSL on ANZAC Day.

He was pulled aside and told he was wearing medals and accoutrements he had no entitlement to and all he did was mumble, and claim that he was unaware that he had been exposed as a wannabe on our web site on the 18th Dec 2009. It is reported he was handed a copy of the exposure so one would think that the message may have gotten through.

Gary Higham is a serial wannabe and a pest to the veteran community.  In our exposure of the 18th Dec 2009 Higham was shown driving a mobility scooter, this ANZAC Day he was afoot although a bit wobbly from alcohol. Perhaps from time to time he also pretends to be disabled

Good Veterans of the Bribie Island area should keep a good eye out for this persona non gratis and when he is spotted pretending to be a returned Veteran or a jet pilot or a Knight of the Realm politely tell him to grow up.

 

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: Hines
Christian Names: John and George
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: citizen Military Force
Case Notes:

The Hines Twins - John (Jack) Anthony Hines and George Edward Hines, aka George Edward Carr – Warning viewing the photographs in this exposure may cause nausea.
 

John (Jack) Anthony Hines of Oxenford, Queensland was born on the 1 April 1944. Being born on that date does not mean that he is an April Fool’s Day buffoon, however having read the information supplied by Hines to us, we believe these twins are the ultimate Grand Masters of April Fools. We don't really have to say much, because they allowed themselves to be photographed in Brisbane, Queensland on ANZAC Day 2012 which stirred the Veteran community more than any other case we have completed. As you read about the remarkable career of the Hines twins. Savour the detailed information about "Military Assessment Surveillance Keep (MASK)", "Cherry Red Boots", “Battle Axes” and the blackest of “Black Ops”



John Hines of the Hines twins was contacted to ascertain who they served with, and where and what all the ribands and medals were awarded for. Hines replied in exquisite detail, we have included excerpts from various emails. Jack Hines wrote:

"LlST OF COMBAT, SKIRMISHES AND SERVICE WHILST SERVING

WTH THE MILITARY ASSESSMENT SURVEEILLANCE (sic) KEEP

OF JOHN ANTHONY HINES SERIAL NO. 2192192

1. Injino, 2. Wessels/Marchinbar/ Badu Islands at the top of Australia, 3. Borneo, 4 Sarawak, 5. Indonesia, 6 Maylasia, 7. Vietnam – North and South, 8 Laos, 9 Cambodia, 10 Thailand, 11 Madagasca, 12 Mozambique, 13,Chasng priates to islands between Madagasca/Mozambique, 14 Serria Leone, 15 Chad (twice), 16 Lybia (twice), 17 Algiera, 18 Niger, 19 Botswania, 20 Zambia, 21 Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, 22 South Africa (3 times)

MEDALS AWARDED TO ME DURING SERVICE WITH MASK

1. 18TH LAA Artilary Regiment Medal (Lost and had to be made up), 1.Special Forces Black Ops Medal, 2. Commando Regiment Medal, 3.Special Commando Neck Madelian, 4. Reserve Medal, 5. 2 Aistralian Medals from the UK, 6. 1 Australian Forces Medal from the UK, 7. Voluteers Cross from the UK for completing 4 missions, I completed seven, 8. Police Medal (later replaced two bravery medals – read book), 9.National Meal, 10. Active Service Medal, 11. Australian Active Service Medal, 12. The Vietnam Medal, 13. Australian Serviece Medal, 14. 3 Gallantry Medals of which I only have one, 15. Borneo Service Medal, 16. Thailand Service Medal, 17. Cambloda Servce Medal, 18. South East Asia Medal, 19. Indonesian Service Medal, 20. Mozambique Servide Medal, 21. Madagasca Service Medal, 22. Serra Leone Service Mecal, 23. Chad Service Medal (twce), 24. Liybia Service Medal (took some time), 25. B otswana Service Medal, 26. Comat Readiness (US Medals), 27. Weapons Efficiency (USA), 28. Infantry Combat Badge, 29. Golden Jublee Medal, 30. Citizen Military Forces Medal, 31. Centenery of Federation Medal, 32. Wilson Medal for being wounded 3 times but only got one, 33. Mertiours Award For Outstanding Service from UK, 34. Exellence in Military Taicte Awad from UK, 35. 3more medals CARO/MAS owe me but I couldn’t be bothered applying for.

UNIT CITATIONS IS A RECOGNITION OF AN ACT OF COURAGE AS A WHOLE UNIT AND RECOGNISED BY THE UNIT LEADER.

1. Borneo (Written up by Toby), 2. Laos/Cambodia (Witten up by Toby and Ray Simo)

3. Zimbabwe (Written up by Flip (Doc) Decker

This list may look quite awesome, but most of these medals were due to service in other foreign countries the UK and the USA. It took some effort to extract medals from foreign lands, sometimes years but medals from our Australian TEC (The Executive Committee) were asked for and received without question. The Gold wings represent having dropped from 20,000 feet more than 5 times and the dagger represents skills with hand cutting weapons. Silver wings represent over 50 jumps into foreign lands and during practice. The three Citations and Infantry Combat Badge speak for themselves.

My brother wore only half of his compliment of recognitions, as most of them went missing over 40 years. His crossed rifles represent a marksman, but the original issue was cross Browning 9 Millimetre Pistols.

TEC was an Australian Government Group formed from the Labour, Liberal and National Country Party during my time. TEC consisted of 9 personnel that I knew of. As I was close to taking over Dragon 2 (see insignias on left arm) some things became known to me. The cross Battle Axes, as said, was our primary close quarter fighting weapon and it was give to me over 40 years ago. The one on my bottom sleeve I had made up as the others had rotted away. The Green Beret was issued to me when I was in 1Cdo but would not disgrace it because of several, or a lot of jealous individuals who had no idea who we were, but would rather talk amongst themselves like a bunch of nosey women. I might add that not one of them came up to ask who we were I shake our hands, so much for the wearers of the current Green Beret and new beret badge. I now wonder about some of them and their medals. Just because your name is in a book, doesn’t mean squat when the chips are down.

I served my country with distinction for 16 years, until I was unable to return to MASK because of injuries, then I had to wait another 22 years before I could say anything. I am so very happy that I was able to tell my mother and father of our deed, before they died, my father last November and my mother of the brain – although alive in a Home. They both wept when told."


More from Hines:

“I was quietly spoken to by Rayne (Ray Simo) Simpson VC and WO Toby Trainer. They came to my home during the cooler period getting onto winter after picking ‘me’ out from the entire 1Cdo Coy unit. As I was told that I had been under surveillance for 3 months as a possible candidate for MASK recruitment, by their Induction Committee. Although I could stay with 1Cdo until I was accepted or rejected by MASK.

I signed up. I signed a pay book had a photograph taken for the pay book and many documents before a Government Official at the beginning of the course that including signing the 40 year Secrecy Act Bill in a hinterland location within the ‘live firing range’, not far from the Jungle Training Centre (later changed to the Land Warfare Centre) at Canungra.

“There were 20 recruits in my course and we only knew each other as numbers. Two of us remained after 6 months me as No. 11, the other bloke was No. 4. During our course 4 recruits were killed, two being by pistols and two from falls, quite a few with serious life threatening wounds and the others just left. I stood alone at my Inaugural Ceremony and received a Gallantry Award from Sir Rhoden Cutler VC at Watsons Bay Barracks, with other members of our unit”

“I was wounded in Australia at Injinoo up the top end of Aussie and for the same action I received a gallantry gong. I was heavily shot up in my right hand and wrist in Dec/1966? At the (supposedly) end of the Malaysian Confrontation so-called police action. I was wounded again at Harare Airport Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) receiving a bullet in the left knee and a sabre spear in the right shoulder in 1982 along with the KIA’s of Toby Trainer and two other close friends of 16 years. I won’t mention their names to you as I don’t want you harassing their relations, if you could find them. But they are mentioned in my book only by their code names.

“ I have a hand written very old letter from Sgt Arthur Ralph, the MASK Senior Trainer whom I saved under heavy fire from the northern Blacks tossing spears and firing captured M1 Garand rifles from Indonesian Military who were on our soil and raped 80 black women and kids and they turned on us thinking we were the same – I still have that hand written letter dated the 23 March 1967”

“ I had a Pension Hearing before the DVA where I produced an old rusty Battle Axe in a glass frame (which was MASK’s primary close quarter fighting weapon) with the words embossed into the metal ‘M.A.S.K. Special Forces – 1966’. It was a training axe. I spoke about MASK for quite a while, but the Female Chairperson hardly looked at me and the case was over before it started.”

“Unofficially I have been told that I'm the highest decorated soldier in Australia - ever. CARO and MAS don't have anything past my CMF records and even some of them have been altered”.


The real military History of the Hines Twins

Both John and George enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) on 7 November 1963 with the 18 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. They transferred to 1 Commando Company CMF on 5 February 1965, were awarded their Green Beret on 10 October 1965 after passing the required Green Beret tests. We know John was discharged at his own request on 14 March 1967 and that George was discharged on 31 May 1967. Neither joined the Australian Regular Army nor did they serve overseas on active service. We have John’s service record confirming his limited military career.











 



 

There are two course reports for John. If you read the comments, he was an average soldier and was never selected for any highly trained Special Force unit in the Regular Army. These records are a reflection of the true military history of John Hines all he has said about his MASK frolics are childish comic book lies.

Medals and ribands



As evidenced in the photograph the Hines twins have produced elaborate “props” to support their false military history and they actually marched in Brisbane last ANZAC Day 2012 wearing their false trinkets. They are both falsely wearing the coveted Infantry Combat Badge on the wrong side and upside down. The gold wings they are wearing appear to be that of the United States Navy/united States Marine Corps. On the left breast they are wearing an Australian Army Parachute Badge which is worn on the upper right arm. Many of the medal ribands worn are obsolete and some cannot be found on medal charts or medal books. They have most likely randomly purchased the ribands and medals from a medal shop or Military enthusiasts Swap Meet.









Below are medals being worn by John Hines that we have been able to identify from our extensive medals library. Many of the medals are self purchased “Tin” Commemorative medals and are a true reflection of the lack of integrity and honour shown by the Hines “Clowns”

Medals John and George HINES

John Hines. Ribands from the top left.

1. General Service Medal 1962 UK/AUST,

 2.Papua New Guinea 10th Anniversary Medal PNG,

3. Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 AUST,

4. Vietnam Medal AUST,

5. Australian Service Medal 45-75 AUST,

6. Cross of Gallantry with Palm (individual) SVN

7. United Nations Medal UNMOGIP/UNIPOM observer India/Pakistan (seen in old photo)

8. Humanitarian Overseas Medal AUST,

9 Conscript Medal TIN,

10. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal SVN,

11. Centenary Medal AUST, 12. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal UK,

13. Papua New Guinea Independence Medal PNG,

14. Regular Force Medal TIN,

15. CMF (Citizen Military Force) Medal TIN,

16. U/K,

17. Distinguished Service Medal AUST,

18. U/K,

19. Vietnam Medal US design,

20. National Medal AUST,

21. Police long Service UK ribbon changed from old photo,

22. Colonial Police Long Service 3 ribbons identical in medal book Police/Prisons,

23. U/K,

24. Reserve Force Medal AUST,

25. Army Service TIN UK,

26. General Service Cross TIN UK,

27. United Nations Special Service Medal

28. U/K,

29. Volunteer Reserves Service Medal UK,

30. U/K,

31. International Millennium Medal 2000 TIN,

32. U/K,

33. Republic of Korean War Service Medal Korean Commemorative Unofficial,

34. Liberation of Kuwait missing the gold state emblem,

35.Armed Forces Honour Medal 1st Class SVN

John Hines. Medals left to right under the ribands.

Australian Active service Medal (minus clasp Vietnam), Vietnam Medal, Australian Service Medal, Clasp unknown, Individual Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the last two being South Vietnamese medals

John Hines. Citations right breast.



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1. SVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

2. Meritorious Unit Citation, (device not clear)

3. Unit Citation for Gallantry (device not clear)

George Edward Hines AKA CARR. Ribands left breast

1. Australian Active Service medal AUST,

2. Vietnam Medal AUST,

3. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal SVN,

4. U/K,

5. Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal UK,

6. Ulster defence Regiment long service and Good Conduct Medal UK,

7. U/K,

8. U/K,

9. U/K,

10 General Service Medal 1962,

11. U/K,

12. Reserve Forces Medal AUST,

13. Australian Service Medal Aust,

14. National Medal Aust,

15. U/K,

16. Vietnam Medal US,

17. CMF (Citizen Military Force) TIN.

Medals below ribands

Australian active service medal minus clasp, Vietnam Medal, republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Both Hines brothers are falsely wearing Australian Active Service Medals and Vietnam Campaign medals. Wearing those medals and claiming to be a Returned Veterans is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 Part IV Sections 80A and 80B, both offences attract a maximum fine of $3,300 or six months prison or both. The only medal they may be entitled to is the Australian Defence Medal.

Summary and conclusion.

We have not launched an in depth prosecution to prove the Hines twins are liars, frauds, wannabes and cheats because their antics and their statements speak for themselves. Not only do these Buffoons falsely claim to be “Black Ops” secret agents but they have the audacity to march with genuine veterans on ANZAC Day. John Hines is a name dropper, naming numerous famous soldiers to support his deception and of course all of named are now conveniently deceased.

But that’s not all, these despicable Buffoons have assailed the Department of Veterans Affairs with false claims and forged documents in a bid to be awarded benefits. Their level of intellect is astonishingly low whilst their audacity soars beyond comprehension. Here is John Hines final words with the usual threats well known to all wannabe idiots

“Firstly, I would like to state that according to my Solicitor, I don’t have to tell you anything and it was his view for comments, remarks, newspaper articles and or investigations, to be allowed to go ahead, then we would own the newspapers and litigate every person who had a hand in extending the stress and anxiety levels these slanderous remarks had done to the psychological and psychiatric and mental condition to myself and my brother. Waiting 40 years to come out so-to-speak and get hit with such a tirade of abuse”

John Hines


THE HINES BROTHERS HAVE NO HONOUR AND NO INTEGRITY THEY ARE WANNABES IN THE EXTREME

Updated 24th Aug 2013

 

John Hines codenamed “Jack Sparra” has his day in court - The Final Chapter.

 

We hope that we have seen the last of the Hines Brothers. John Hines offended, was detected, exposed on our web site, arraigned before a Court, and convicted of criminal offences. George Hines aka Carr pleaded guilty and is yet to be sentenced. John Hines pleaded not guilty and took the matter to a hearing.

 

John Hines was found guilty of the charges laid and newspapers, and TV News broadcast the results Australian wide.

 

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Magistrates Comments

 

Below are some comments made by the Magistrate during sentencing.  He made about a twenty minute address to our nations soldiers in his sentencing.

 

“The sacrifice of our soldiers is held in the highest esteem.  Those who have given so much are entitled to march and receive the communities honour John HINES has held the highest disrespect for our community and those who have sacrificed their lives for this country

 

His actions strike at what we, as Australians hold dear He has wrongly sought to claim the honour and respect of those who justly deserve it

 

The offences are not trivial.  On the contrary I consider them serious. The findings of guilt I have made establish your claims of service are false. 

 

You have shown no remorse for your actions and the disrespect of your false claims.  I am concerned you will persist your offending and as such I need to take steps to ensure your offending is stopped” 

 

(John HINES is the first person in Australia to fight these charges and take the matter to a hearing.  All other persons previously charged have pleaded guilty. This shows the audacity of John Anthony HINES)

 

Sentence. Charge 1

 

“$1000 fine Good behaviour bond for 2 years.

 

12 months probation order.

 

To report to corrections within 24 hours to undertake psychiatric treatment, monitoring and counseling as directed by Probations

 

Not to leave Queensland for 12 months” 

 

Charge 2

 

“$500 fine – 1 month to pay or 3 days in default.” 

 

Assets

 

“The Commonwealth DPP will seek to seize the proceeds of any sales for HINES book in the event it is published”. 

 

John Hines aka “Jack Sparra” created his ridiculous, fictitious dream world and claimed it as fact. His motive was to make money from his denigration of military history.  He thought nothing of the hurt and anger he caused to Australian and New Zealand Veterans and the families of those who did not return. 

 

He has been comprehensibly foiled in his aspirations of fame and fortune by ANZMI, the Queensland State Police and a Magistrate who convicted him and ordered seizure of income resulting from him cashing in on his false book.

 

John Hines, is an infamous convicted criminal, and a certified liar, cheat and wannabe, who falsely claimed to be a “Secret Black Ops” soldier.

 

We at ANZMI vow to take care of all who insult the service of Australian and New Zealand Veterans.

 

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: Holcomb
Christian Names: Paul Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Manilla
Service #: 211995
Service: Australian Army - Regular and Reserves
Branch: RASIGS
Commencement of service: 1976
Completion of service: 1984
Case Notes:

 

Paul Edward HOLCOMB thought that he could be the big fish in a small pond by turning up to ANZAC Day Commemorations in the small rural town of Manilla, NSW wearing his rack of medals and SAS Beret.   He believed his impressive stature as a Vietnam Veteran and SAS soldier gave him the right to censure the drill of the young ADF personnel who formed the Cenotaph Party.   The problem is that it is all lies; Paul Edward Holcomb is neither a Vietnam Veteran nor a former member of the elite SASR.

 

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Holcomb’s subterfuge would have gone unnoticed had it not been for the due diligence of the local RSL Sub Branch who had the presence of mind to front him and challenge his bombastic claims of daring do.

The Sub Branch challenged Holcomb and after discovering that he was not a Vietnam Veteran, demanded that he make a public apology. It appears he did this, and it should be at this point that the story ends. However, it seems Holcomb just can’t let it go, with rumours circulating in Manilla since the alleged apology was made, that Holcomb only signed the letter of apology after being ordered to from ‘above’.

Furthermore, he has not joined the RSL because he was treated so badly by the RSL after returning from Vietnam. Clearly he would like people to think that the RSL has a vendetta against him, but this is definitely not the case. The Sub Branch had hoped the matter was finished, but it appears Holcomb would prefer the community to accept a different version of events.

Other stories would have us believe that his Vietnam service occurred whilst he was a member of the UK Armed Forces. Of course, with most medal cheats, we know that they will change their version of events to suit the occasion.

Holcomb managed to keep the truth from his family for many years, using the same ‘secrecy’ story that so many ‘wannabes’ use when confronted. His claims of service in the British SAS are completely false. He has claimed to have been on ‘secondment’ to the Australian SAS when he went to Vietnam. Holcomb cannot explain that if he had seen active service with the SAS, why would he be required to complete recruit training and then end up in the signals corps?

As they say, ‘never let the truth stand in the way of a good story’.
 

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The true story about Paul Holcomb is somewhat different.   We are advised by those who know him that he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1976 and after completing his recruit training was allocated to the Signals Corps (RASIGS).    During his commendable service in the regular Army, we are told he served as a Recruit Instructor at 1RTB Kapooka, ‘The home of the Soldier’.   If this is in fact true, his subsequent impersonation of a Vietnam Veteran and a member of the SAS is even more offensive and contemptuous to the veteran community because it would be expected that a Recruit Instructor, entrusted with the responsibility to inculcate young men and women with the values of the Australian Army would rather flush them down the toilet just to big note himself after his service life.   Holcomb left the regular Army in 1984 and served four years in the General Reserve from 1988 to 1992 before cutting his ties with the Army.   It stands to reason that his enlistment in 1976 makes any claim to Vietnam service completely impossible.


Holcomb can clearly be seen wearing the following medals:


Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (No Entitlement)


Vietnam Medal (No Entitlement)


Vietnamese Campaign Medal (No Entitlement)

 

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In a later photograph, Holcomb can be seen wearing miniatures of the above medals which include the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).   The ADM is the only medal he has an entitlement to wear.


By adorning himself with medals suggesting service in Vietnam, which by his own admission are replicas he has committed the following criminal offences:


DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A - Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of 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.


(2) For the purposes of this section:

(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 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.


Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(4) A person shall not falsely represent himself as being the person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred.


There is no doubt that Holcomb, by his own admission has committed offences against the Commonwealth and should be brought to task for his actions.   The token apology he offered is not sufficient and he should be held to task in a Court of Law.


Claiming service with the elite SASR is a common ploy by many imposters, hoping that the secrecy that surrounds operations by the regiment will cover up their lies.   If the pretenders like Holcomb take this approach, you would think they would research their false service history a little more closely.   The beret being worn by Holcomb in each of the photographs has the famous winged dagger badge of the SAS, the only problem here is that it is not a badge that would be worn by a member of the Australian SAS.

 

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The badge worn by Holcomb is a cloth badge and this type of badge is worn by the British SAS.


Even a cursory search on the internet would reveal to people like Holcomb, the following facts:


‘The SAS had previously worn a red beret (indicating them as a Parachute Company) with the Infantry Corps Cap Badge. In 1966, the SAS was given permission to change over to the beige (sand) beret.   However since most of the SASR was deployed to Borneo at the time, all they could get were the British SAS berets with the cloth Winged Dagger emblem on them. Later on that year the cloth patch was replaced by a black flash and a solid gold metal Winged Dagger emblem on top of it.’ (Source: www.diggerhistory.info)

 

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If Holcomb wishes to claim to have been a part of the SAS, perhaps he needs to do a bit more research before donning the cheap beret he probably purchased in an Army Disposal Store or on the internet where they are readily available.


Perhaps not in the same league as wearing medals for which he has no entitlement, Holcomb none the less is stealing the honour of all members who have qualified to wear the coveted beret of the SASR.   To be selected to join the SAS is an honour not easily won and for Holcomb and those like him who choose claim SAS service is an affront to the SAS and the Australian Army.


By his own admission, Paul Edward Holcomb is a medal cheat who claims operational service in Vietnam and wears medals to support his claim.   He is an honour thief for wearing a beret for which he did not earn the right.   As a former soldier he would have been well aware that his actions were wrong, indeed illegal.   He has committed offences against the Commonwealth of Australia and deserves to be dealt with by the Courts.

Surname: Holden
Christian Names: Rian James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

The American para wings above the riband bar are a nice touch, along with the SASR badge on the right top, the RAINZ infantry badge and the US POW/MIA patch. Guess the militaria shop was right out of ICB's on the day he went shopping?

 

This character lauds himself as one tough, combat-hardened individual. In a desperate bid to be accepted into the Veteran Community Rian James Holden, or Ryan James Holden, or Morgan Holden, or Broomfield or several other names we have discovered he has been using, tried to infiltrate the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club of Queensland in 1995. Unfortunately for this former New Zealand resident however,  the VVMC conduct service checks of all applicants to the club and the service record concocted by Holden was so much in doubt that he was questioned on the facts.

A record of this "interview" with Holden is shown below

Broomfield, calling himself Holden also made the fatal mistake of depicting himself, as many bogus Veterans do, as being a former member of the SASR (the elite Special Air Service Regiment), albeit the New Zealand SAS and stated that he had served in Rhodesia. Perhaps this somewhat dim-witted impostor thought that by using a kiwi claim to fame he might get away with his charade.   

Not so. This poor unfortunate, who did not take the time (as most hard-to-trace imposters do, and therefore make our job a challenge) to research anything he attempted to claim, has been caught out at every attempt he has made to be accepted as a Veteran.

One of his biggest drawbacks is his age and some of the medals he is claiming.  In particular it means he would have been awarded the General Service Medal with Viet Nam bar at the tender age of 7.  Further investigation by the VVMC found that the patch he wore depicting the NZ Viet Nam Veterans Motor Cycle club was a fake patch that he had made up in an embroidery shop in Toowoomba Queensland. He personally paid for 4 of these patches to be made.

Our New Zealand counterparts have also confirmed that the patch is not from the VVMC NZ

 After being exposed by the VVMC and being told to move on, Holden again attempted to infiltrate another biker club for currently serving and Veteran Defence Force personnel. The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club quickly became aware of him and another of his friends (also a Veteran impostor) and they were told to "ride on"

 

All of this must have been niggling in the back of the mind of this individual and he decided that it was time to set the cat amongst the pigeons. Holden, using another bogus name, emailed CPMH and gave false information on a genuine Veteran in an attempt to belittle and defame him. Unbeknownst to Holden, the veteran who he tried to have exposed is very well known Australia-wide for his assistance to the Veteran community; and after investigation it appears he is also the person that initially exposed Holden as a fraud. Motive, anyone?

Behind the scenes several people had reported Holden to the site prior to this event and an investigation into him was already on foot. To keep Holden's attention a team member carried on email conversations with him over several weeks saying that the team was investigating the Veteran he had reported but every now and then would ask him pertinent questions about his own service history.

Like a fish to the bait Holden supplied his lies about being a member of Victor 6, a part of 4 RAR (4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment) during their last tour in Viet Nam 1971-72. The member of CPMH who was conducting the investigation into his service just happened to have done his tour in 4 RAR and is well acquainted with the Nominal Roll of Victor and Whisky Companies. Further information about Victor 6 was sought from Holden and his answers were sent to our counterparts in New Zealand who confirmed he was lying.

All this information was collected and collated and when everything had been confirmed as being absolutely correct Holden was sent an email saying some of the information he requested on the Veteran he had reported was about to be sent to him and that he should look at it all, digest it and keep it all confidential until such time as it was placed on the pages of CPMH. He agreed to all this and it is envisaged  he jumped at the chance to have this information and must have been sitting, possibly with his mates, at his computer waiting for it all to arrive.

Again he was disappointed. The mail he received contained a newspaper article where he was sentenced for fraud.  

The conversation, that had been flowing back and forwards to New Zealand for confirmation of his status, pictures that had been forwarded to CPMH by other informants showing him wearing ribbons, an SAS badge and wearing an SAS beret whilst attending a R&SL Sub-branch with another of his impostor mates who also appears in the picture below were all building a good word picture of this fraud.

His accomplice  is standing on the left with his hand on the shoulder of another biker from the "Combat Veterans" Motor Cycle Club.  Holden is shown in the photograph standing on the far right (head circled) with the SASR beret in his left pocket.

Holden had indicated in the report he filed with the site that he specifically wanted to publicly humiliate the genuine Veteran as he was wearing badges on his vest that he was NOT entitled to.    The reply to that was to include a photograph of Holden in his biker outfit where you can clearly see ribbons with SAS parachute  wings above them and an SAS patch displayed lower on the vest.   He should have taken his own advice on these matters as now he will be instructed to remove all military accoutrements that he is not entitled to by a very angry group of genuine Veteran bikers, possibly from three clubs.

Holden was invited to respond to CPMH's email outlining the facts surrounding his history prior to his being placed on the site. He has declined this offer and in fact has removed his group photograph you see here on this site from the Combat Veterans site located here http://comvet.qldwide.net.au - he has also removed his email address from the site and after a group visited his home in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, it appears that he may have moved location. Combat Veterans International along with Veteran Organisations in Australia and New Zealand have been informed of the bogus Veteran status of Holden.

There are reams of information on this bogus Veteran including videos that have been forwarded to the team by Veterans from both countries. as is our practice, not all information we have on file has been placed here on the site.

Ryan's claims to all service and awards, other than a short stint with the New Zealand Territorial Army (reserve), are false. His NZ Army No was Q47164, Full name Rian James Broomfield, DOB 5 Oct 56, blood group, O RH Pos.

Veterans and Defence motorcycle clubs aren't known for their generosity and acceptance of charlatans. We expect to hear more on Broomfield, posing as Holden in the future.

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.

 

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