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Geoff McGibbon is a Veteran in his own right, contrary to what you may have seen on television news at the time of his exposure, however, he is one of the ever growing number of genuine Veterans who are not satisfied with their actual service and have to inflate their ego and civilian positions in life by claiming war service that is not rightfully theirs. Geoff is one of these people. He was good with his masquerade, very good, as he fooled a lot of people in high profile positions. This includes not only the Veteran community as a whole, but genuine members of the SAS, the unit he claimed he served in, in Viet Nam, and also politicians, high court judges, the Royal Life Saving Society [RLSS] of which he became Executive Director and members of the United States Veteran Community including a couple of their Medal of Honor winners.
Let Geoff McGibbon's story be a lesson for all Veteran Organisations to take heed of. Always check the bonefides of those applying for membership to your organisation. Do not accept copies of discharge certificates. Sight the genuine article and take a copy of it for your records and if necessary contact the Central Army Records Office for verification of service prior to finally accepting any application for membership of your organisation.
Geoff McGibbon's actual overseas service and decorations are shown below:
Army Service Period: 1962 - 1967
Active Service: Sabah from June 1965 to November 1965 [5 months]
SAS Service: Nil
Viet Nam Service: Nil
Decorations and Awards: General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Borneo,
All of the above information less the new Malaysian medal, would have been listed on his GENUINE Discharge Certificate or available from the Central Army Records Office.
There will be more on McGibbon shown here on the site as soon as we wade through the mountain of paperwork forwarded to us on him. In the meantime go to the link below and you will see what the media have disclosed on this man after investigating his past, when awarded the Order of Australia medal in this years Honour list. CPMH supplied the photos and information on his military service and his medals to the media and there are major errors in reporting the story. The reporter has cropped the photo and stated that McGibbon said "he had never worn false medals". Now after reading this story right through you will be taken to the media section of the site and see the uncropped photo showing these medals on his chest. By our reckoning he is falsely representing himself to be a returned serviceperson [Viet Nam] and wearing awards which have not been bestowed upon him. Both are offences against the Defence Act carrying maximum penalties of 6 months in prison and/or $3300 in fines. He is entitled to medals for his service in Malaya and Sabah as a RAEME Electrician. Will the Federal Police again refuse our request to have this person prosecuted in accordance with the Defence Act for wearing the Viet Nam Medals?
The story of Geoff McGibbon, SAS Viet Nam Veteran unfolded on 6 Feb 2005 in the Australian media, both in newspapers and on television Australia wide. CPMH has been aware of McGibbon's false Viet Nam service for a long time and was preparing a site entry to be released once all information had been confirmed as accurate. It was coincidental that at the same time a newspaper reporter, who shall at this stage remain nameless, had seen McGibbon's name in this years Honours list and has made a feeble effort to search into his background. He realised that it was possible that McGibbon was a bogus Veteran and emailed CPMH to see what we knew about him. CPMH responded to his request and forwarded to him the information we had confirmed as being correct, thinking that the reporter would publish the truth. Accompanying this was a photograph showing McGibbon wearing Vietnam medals and a SAS beret. This photo was cropped by the reporter to suit his lies printed and televised across Australia. His credibility as a news reporter on Veteran matters, as far as we are concerned is now shot, and anything he may print or relay to Television news in the future on Veteran matters will not be considered as true facts, but a distorting of facts to suit his own agenda. Just what is the agenda in this case, well read on and see if you agree with us.
The following is the true story of Geoff McGibbon that should have been relayed to both the written and electronic media by this reporter. These are the facts we provided. We will distinguish clearly what was provided and what was reported and you, the readers, make up your mind about everything shown below.
Geoff McGibbon is a genuine Veteran of Malaya and Sabah.
Above are the facts. We will now expand on these facts for our Veteran readers to fully understand what we see happening here and then you decide if you wish to follow the 'lead' of this reporter in his quest to attempt the removal of the OAM.
The reporter approached CPMH for information on McGibbon. These facts and a photo were forwarded to the reporter. He failed to respond to the information provided either to thank us for the information or to question it against what he was preparing to make public. Instead he went off on his own tangent and as a consequence published and broadcast lies to the Australian population. After reading all these facts follow the link into the media section and you will see exactly how he reported this story to the newspapers.
The story that hit the television news had it that McGibbon is not a returned Veteran at all. Another lie, as the information above on his overseas service was passed to this reporter and he changed it to suit his story, the same as he cropped the photograph supplied to again confirm with his distorted lies that McGibbon had never worn false medals. These can be seen on his chest in the uncropped photograph also in our "Media Wall of Shame", that you will be directed to shortly. To top off the story he relayed to the television audiences, he made the inference that because McGibbon was not a Veteran and that he was exposed for being a bogus Viet Nam SAS Veteran, that the Veteran community should rally and petition the government to have the OAM bestowed upon him rescinded.
Having seen this story on TV, CPMH received many emails from an outraged Veteran community saying they were going to petition the Government to have this award removed. We emailed them back with the following and we ask that all of you reading these pages also consider this before you entertain the request of this reporter to email the Government asking for the OAM to be rescinded.
First let me reiterate the facts, the truth that has been omitted from this reporters story:
Geoff McGibbon is an SAS Vietnam Veteran fraud. He has worn Viet Nam medals and claimed to have been in the SAS in Vietnam. He had been approached by SAS personnel about this in the late 1980's however he continued to wear the medals up to 2003 that we can confirm at this stage.
Geoff McGibbon is a genuine Veteran in his own right. Even though he has been found to wear medals he has no entitlement to, CPMH must stress the fact that he has service of which he should be proud of and satisfied with. If he had claimed only this service then he would not have appeared on these pages. However in his defence of the lies published in both newspapers and the television news reports, CPMH will back him on his genuine service.
CPMH also does not endorse the reporter in his quest to have the OAM rescinded because of McGibbon's bogus Viet Nam service. The awarding of the OAM was done through the RLSS and has nothing to do with his Military Service either real or bogus. We have it on good authority that the RLSS nominated him for this award for his outstanding service to this organisation of which he became an Executive Director and therefore the Veteran community should not support the rescinding of the OAM requested by the reporter based on his bogus Viet Nam service alone. It is out of our ball park because he has never been charged or convicted of this. However as a concerned citizen you could request its rescinding and also that he be charged with the bogus veteran offences.
This email below was sent to the reporter to see if we could find out exactly what his agenda was. He failed to respond to our request so the email was forwarded a second time. Again he failed to respond to us. That email is reproduced below in full. To date, 11 Feb 2005, there still has not been a response to this email.
This is the delivery receipt. We know this reporter got our email.
<<RE: WHAT'S THE STORY>> Your message
Subject: RE: WHAT'S THE STORY
Sent: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 12:48:17 +1100
was delivered to the following recipient(s):
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX on Tue, 8 Feb 2005 12:48:46 +1100
I am forwarding this email to you again as the previous may have been lost in cyberspace. If there is no reply to this by tonight I will consider that you are ignoring us for some reason as you were quick off the mark to request the initial information on the McGibbon story and our site will be amended to reflect the facts as they really are.
The site is viewed by thousands of serving and ex serving Military members, politicians, police etc. who need to know the truth as it really is. Im sure that once they all read it, it will be passed amongst the community at large and they can all then make the decision on whether they should support the rescinding of the OAM as a concern of Veterans or not.
Its a pity you have severed communications after distorting the facts on this story as we could have supplied you with information on some very prominent people who are masquerading as Veterans that we are going to make public in the near future.
Sent: Monday, 7 February 2005 12:05 PM
Subject: WHAT'S THE STORY
XXXXX, you contacted us for information on McGibbon and we forwarded off a lot of info for you to use. You didn't have the courtesy to respond to any of the emails. This story has now hit the airwaves right across the country and I would like answers to the following as soon as possible please.
We provided you with photographs clearly depicting Viet Nam medals on the chest of McGibbon. You cropped this photo for the newspapers and then proceeded to add that "McGibbon said that he had never worn false medals". Lies. You had the photo but you printed this without referring to, or cropping the photo to show that he infact did have them on as well as the SAS beret.
On the nightly news service the report, and I can only assume that you must have had a hand in this as you are the reporter that got all the information from us, they stated that McGibbon has no Military Service at all. Again a pack of lies as we forwarded to you his service record clearly showing he was in RAEME as an electrician and had served in Malaya and Borneo. Again lies in the media as this man is a Veteran in his own right. He just isn't a Viet nam Veteran.
Further to this you have manipulated the "Bogus Hero" story via the newspapers and the TV to aid you in a quest to have the OAM awarded to McGibbon rescinded and all the reports have asked that the Veteran community get behind this and lobby the government for its removal. Why? This OAM was sought by the Royal Life Saving Society, [RLSS], for deeds he has performed while being in this organisation. I have it on very good authority that the RLSS made no mention of his Military service when requesting this award so why are you asking the Veteran community to support your quest to have this award removed when it was not initiated by them nor has it anything to do with them? The organisation you should be lobbying is the RLSS.
We as CPMH have for years contacted the Federal Police to obtain convictions against the Defence Act for those who falsely represent service people and wear medals they are not legally entitled to wear. We will again approach them on McGibbon. If this had been done prior to your 'breaking story' and McGibbon had been charged and found guilty of this offence then he may well have had a conviction that could have stopped him getting the award of the OAM. This still could not be supported by the Veteran community as a whole as the award is from the RLSS, but it might have shown a conviction that the Governor General, also a former SAS member could/may have used to reject the award. As the Federal Police fail to support Veteran request to have these charges laid and convictions recorded, the McGibbon file on our books has laid dormant for over 4 years, waiting for the time that the FEDPOL actually start supporting us and doing their job of charging them and then we will load them up with almost all the people that appear on our pages.
Since your story broke and Veterans have seen the lies about McGibbon's service in the papers and on TV, saying he is not a Veteran at all, we have received a huge amount of email. Some of these stating that he is going to be removed from his RSL club. Why? He is a Veteran in his own right for Malaya and Borneo as we told you. This man is going to suffer huge embarrassment for falsely claiming to be a Viet Nam Veteran, but do not strip him of what he has rightly earned. That is only the work of an irresponsible reporter and I dont think you fit this mould. Prove to us that you are good and retract all the lies and print the truth and give this man back a little of his honour that he deserves. He is now down and there is no need to kick him in the guts on false and misleading information.
So in conclusion what was your real agenda with this story? Was it to expose McGibbon as a bogus SAS Vietnam Veteran? Was it to discredit him of the real service that we advised you about? Was it to attempt support from the general Veteran community to assist you in removing an OAM that appears to have been genuinely awarded by the RLSS?? Do you have a grudge against the RLSS?
You have not replied to any other emails. I would appreciate a reply to this one so we know what's going on.
So above you see the email forwarded to this reporter asking him to explain himself and what his intentions really were with this story. During the period of time we waited for his reply we contacted a few people in Canberra where he resides and asked about his reporting of incidents that may be of interest to the Australian public, especially those to do with anything Military or on Veterans. The response was nearly unanimous and basically says "Why let the truth get in the way of a good story". To date, 11 Feb 2005, this reporter still has not answered our emails. In response to this and all you have seen above you are now directed through the link below to the "Media Wall of Shame" area of the site. Scroll down until you see the picture we supplied and the crop job done on this along with the lies that were printed in the media contrary to the correct information being supplied. This story was obviously followed through to the television media by this reporter as he and he alone had all the information and projected his lies to them. This false information was subsequently aired on every television news on 6 Feb 2005. McGibbon may have masqueraded as a bogus Viet Nam Veteran and he has been exposed for this, however, he has genuine service to his credit and has been awarded an OAM by the RLSS for services to that organisation and the Veteran community, in our opinion, should not be manipulated by this reporter to try and remove an award that has nothing to do with his Military service, bogus or genuine. If you wish to object to it do so as a concerned citizen but be careful with the use of bogus veteran as he has never been charged with the offences. This needs to be rectified but the Federal Police will not listen to complaints about bogus veterans claiming service and medals. This video footage is a distortion of the truth as presented to the television media. Irrespective of what is said in this clip McGibbon is a Veteran. See the video news coverage here
It is up to you to determine who is supplying the truth here and whether the Veteran community should object to the awarding of the OAM by the RLSS.
The basic bottom line of this story is Geoff McGibbon has been masquerading as a SAS Viet Nam Veteran since the 1980's. He has been exposed here on the site for this, however the lies depicted in the media need to be exposed as well. Geoff McGibbon has genuine Veteran service and is therefore entitled to be a member of the ex service organisations and have the truth told about what was reported in the media. It is our aim and intention to shown bogus activity to the Australian and New Zealand Veteran communities, but we will also protect genuine service, even if the member has overstepped the mark in the past.
We have tried in vain in the past to have all these bogus people charges with the relevant offences. All requests have been refused by the Federal Police. Maybe its time all Veterans reading these pages contact the Minister for Federal Police and ask the question, why? If McGibbon had been charged and convicted it would add weight to the rescinding of this OAM.
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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.
Mary McGuire nee Entwistle claims to be a fully qualified ex British Army Nursing Lieutenant. She claims to have served in both Malaysia and Vietnam whilst still a Lieutenant in the British Army and her work was classified as "TOP SECRET". In fact her service is so secret that she claims she was never issued with a nurse's Personal Identification Number [PIN] nor a military service number - issued to every single recruit in every armed service in the free world. Her mission, that she tells everyone about, was that in Malaysia and VietNam she was required to wash and embalm all the bodies of Australian and American KIA before they were shipped home. It is known that some, but not all bodies were embalmed prior to return to Australia and these were done not by Australian or 'British' personnel, but by a US Army unit in Saigon. There were no Australian or British personnel posted to this US unit.
CPMH has been in touch with several senior members of the medical staff from the VietNam era and it has been confirmed that few Australian bodies were embalmed for transport back to Australia and that there were no British military personnel employed in Viet Nam with Australian Army medical services.
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.
Archbishop Dr. Peter McInnes: C.J., O.S.B. Primate Hon. D.D., Hon. D.C.L., B. Th., Dip. Bus. (Admin & H.R.), Dip. Sport (Coach.), Dip T. & A.S., N.C.A.S., J.P. (Qual.)
ANZMI has the objective of exposing frauds, liars, cheats and wannabes in the Veteran community, the job is done without fear of favour and irrespective of position in society of the wannabe.
When Mao Tse Tung said “Religion is poison” we are sure he was talking about the kind that "Somalia and Cambodia Veteran" Archbishop “Commander” Peter McInnes dispenses to his unsuspecting flock in the Beenleigh area of Brisbane, Queensland. We are reliably advised that he has a profane tongue that can spit out very “blue” words and a very quick and bombastic temper that he uses against those who question his methods or “wisdom”. He has been know to say “Who do you think they will believe, a Bishop, or you a lowly tradesman” ? This behaviour is text book wannabe behaviour.
The reason we have exposed McInnes is because, as well as being an Archbishop of a schismatic church who wears false medal ribbons on his Archbishop vestments, he likes to be associated with matters Naval and Military, on occasion he wears the uniform of a Navy Commander and also claims to have served with the Australian Army in Somalia and Cambodia.
In the photo above, notice on his right side he is wearing World War 2 ribbons, which were perhaps issued to a relative, however it is unfortunate that he has attached them the wrong way around.
On his left breast he is wearing four medal ribbons, we believe these represent:
1. Dutch War Service 50th Anniversary Medal.
2. Voluntary Service Medal.
3. Far East Strategic Service Medal
4. Centenary Medal
He is not listed on the official web site “Its an Honour” as having been issued the Centenary medal, so like the other three medals it is a self purchased medal being fraudulently worn.
McInne’s church the Anglican Independent Communion is a schismatic entity that has separated from the traditional Church of England, it is a recognised religious group and of course receives hand outs from us taxpayers. McInnes runs the church in Queensland and does all the things an Archbishop would do including conducting marriage ceremonies.
On one occasion he “spliced” a pretend Navy Admiral whilst McInnes was wearing a pretend Navy Commanders uniform. The “Admiral” he performed the marriage ceremony for was none other than Rear Admiral, Sir Peter Lapko, KMC KIOM GNSOC (whatever all that means) of the Australian Navy Brigade with a “Knighthood” from the Comic Opera, Hutt River Province of Western Australia. We assume that McInnes feels that he can wear the uniform of a senior Naval Officer because he claims to be the Chaplain of the pretend sailors of the Australian Navy Brigade. See below, Lapko wearing his glorious Rear Admiral's uniform. Also shown is his much presented Calling Card.
It is of interest that “Rear Admiral Sir” Peter Lapko is ex 58808 Private Petro Lapko who served in Vietnam with 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in 1966/1967 and never in his life served in the Royal Australian Navy. We are reliably advised that when Lapko visited a Far North Queensland RSL some years ago he insisted on being address as “Sir Peter” or just plain “Sir”. In addition, on a ceremonial occasion in Cairns he laid a wreath in his Navy Rear Admiral's uniform. Seems like he is well and truly lost in a europhic fog of self adoration, based on false rank and a false title.
Back to the “Archbishop” – We have Statutory Declarations from genuine Veterans declaring that McInnes has told them directly that he served with the Australian Army in Somalia and Cambodia. We hold the nominal rolls for both areas of operation and McInnes is not shown. He is a liar and a wannabe, which are not the best of situations for an “Archbishop” to be in.
In a resume` found here http://aicaustralia.com/index.php?page=clergy McInnes says “At the suggestion of family and Mal Lomax I joined the military at 17 and served in various locations”.The “Various locations” he mentions were only in Northern Tasmania where he was a member of an Army Reserve Transport unit for a very short time.
In the wedding photograph, McInnes is wearing the rank of a Royal Australian Navy Commander on the basis that he was a Chaplain in the Navy. Unfortunately the only Navy he relates to is the pretend “Australian Navy Brigade”. In any case Navy Chaplains do not wear rank at all, as detailed below:
“Like chaplains in the Australian Army and RAAF, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) chaplains are commissioned officers and wear the uniform of a RAN officer, but like chaplains in the British Royal Navy (RN) they do not wear a rank. Rather they wear the same cross and anchor emblem worn by RN chaplains on their shoulder rank slides and do not have gold braided rings or executive loops on their winter sleeve coat or summer shoulder boards”.
Even if McInnes was a genuine Navy Chaplain (which he is not)as a Chaplain he has no entitlement to wear the rank of a RAN Commander and by doing so he adds another chapter to his offences as a wannabe, which are:
McInnes is supposed to represent all that is good about human beings in his role as a senior church officer, when in fact he is a fraud, a liar, a cheat, and a wannabe. He offends veterans and he offends those with Christian ideals.
After reading what we have said, would you kiss this Archbishop’s ring as a sign of respect?
Updated 15th Sep 2010
Update - Archbishop Peter McInnes
McInnes has used up all his credits in the Veteran community and he is now persona non grata.
How many times need we say that if you are a wannabe you will be caught and exposed just like McInnes has been by us, and followed up by the Brisbane Sunday Mail newspaper .
Notice that McInnes admitted to the newspaper that his only Military Service “was with the Army Reserve in Tasmania” We have Statutory Declarations stating that McInnes has lied to genuine Veterans with claims that he served in Cambodia and Somalia. Below is another photograph of McInnes in a Navy uniform playing at being a Navy Officer.
ANZMI and the Sunday Mail have reported McInnes as a military wannabe. Dishonesty of this kind is not conducive to instilling confidence among his “flock” from his schismatic Church of England.
McInnes is quoted as saying: “I ask not to be judged solely on this issue, but to be considered for all the volunteer work I do in the community and not just the past”. We are reliably advised that McInnes does volunteer work, as one of the Work for the Dole schemes. So his volunteer work is really self serving rather than charitable. It is for sure and certain that he would never get a paid Archbishops job in a mainstream church.
We also assert that being an “Archbishop” is just another chance for McInnes to play dress up and pretend he is something that he is not.
Some free advice for McInnes – Get a job, stop playing dress ups, stop telling lies, and stop swearing at people. - Amen
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.
Brent McKean could not "cut the mustard" as an Army recruit. There is nothing wrong with that, as everyone is not suited to be a Soldier. The training is arduous and relentless, it is designed to train people to a basic level, so they can then be trained in a specialist field.
There is however a lot wrong with someone who has failed recruit training and then pretends to be an elite Defence Force Commando who had also served as an elite Navy Clearance Diver.
On 24 April 2015, McKean was buying a Burger at the same time and place as a Police Officer who was also a current serving Army Reserve Officer as well as a member of the elite Queensland Police Rapid Action and Patrols Group (RAP).
From the moment he was spotted by the Police Officer, McKean was doomed, and here is a media report of the event.
McKean is a classic wannabe, who wanted the public to see him as something he is not and could never be. He has however achieved one thing, and that is being named as a liar, cheat and wannabe.
Welcome Brent McKean of Ashmore
Robert Richard McLARNON,
born 28 June 1957 at Belfast, County Antrim, of the Hervey Bay area Queensland, a man of adventure, excitement, fought in many areas with different civil and military units all over the world and killed 400 people whilst attached to 22 SAS UK.
We think he has a very good imagination and should be writing books on his factitious world of fantasy.
McLarnon claims to have served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) from 30 June 1975 until 14 June 1982 Northern Ireland during which time he was attached 3rd QRF (Quick Reaction Force), 22 SAS United Kingdom . A total number of 7 years service with the RUC and 22 SAS.
The QRFwas part of the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is Britain's newest special operations unit. Formed around a core component of members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1para), with additional troops from the Royal Marines and the RAF regiment, the SFSG provides infantry and specialised support to SAS and SBS special operations.
You will note under Campaign and Service medals, he states he was awarded the Police Service Medal which denotes the award of the George Cross, no other medals are mentioned. More on that medal later under medals entitlements.
Again in these documents he is only claiming service with the RUC and 22 SAS as part of an RUC Police Special Services Unit stationed at “D” Division Head Quarters, North Belfast and no mention of service with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) a military unit.
A specialist anti-terrorist unit was formed and named the Special Patrol Group as a part of the RUC. It was formed in the early 1970’s and disbanded in 1980. The unit was made up of RUC police officers who received special training in handling side arms (semi-auto pistols) and sub-machine guns. They were used for high risk arrests or searches of houses for weapons and bombs. They may have worked with Special Force (SF) units on occasions but were not part of an SF unit.
He also claims to have been Parachute Regiment trained. This is highly unlikely as he was a Police Officer who is a civilian and not a member of the Defence Force. Only military personnel from all branches of the Defence Forces can do a Basic Static Line Parachute course if it is requirement for them to carry out their duties. Members of the Defence Forces applying for a Special Force unit, if not already qualified, must pass the Selection Course for that unit before going on to qualify as a Basic Static Line Parachutist and further advanced parachute courses.
He has made claims of serving in a number of countries in operations in the UK, Europe, North Africa and Central America whilst a member of the RUC attached to 22 SAS.
The British Army was in Northern Ireland from 1969 through to 1997 when 30,000 troops were withdrawn reducing the force to just 5,000, with the last group 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment vacating the Army complex on 25 June 2007. The RUC was renamed in 2001 as the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Research on the internet shows RUC officers did serve in Bosnia and Kosovo as peace keepers, which would have only occurred after NATO and United Nations intervened which ended the hostilities between the warring parties. Hostilities took place in Bosnia between April 1992 and December 1995, in Kosovo that occurred between 1998 and 1999. Only a small group of PSNI officers are recorded as serving in Iraq to train police in the town of Basra after the fall of Saddam.
As for his service records McLarnon can apply for a record of his service with the RUC and any military unit he served with through the appropriate channels in the UK to confirm his service and he is aware of this as he has stated that himself.
On looking at this document, it looks nothing like any military documents ANZMI have seen over the years. The title for 22 SAS is not 22nd Special Air Service. If you wish to read up on 22 Special Air Service Regiment, the correct title, click onto the following link.
Close Quarter Combat (CQB), it takes years of training to obtain a Black Belt in Martial Arts. The army runs Unarmed Combat Courses to deal with hand to hand fighting. CQB is part of Counter Terrorist Training which includes firing pistols and sub-machine guns at close quarters and being able to instinctively get a head shot without having to aim in the split seconds you have to react and avoid hitting any hostages. It takes a long time and training to reach that stage.
If you look at the “Required Training-Passed Date”, the year is 1975, the same year he joined the RUC. What would take years to get the qualifications listed, McLarnon appears to have done in a very short period of time. ANZMI does not think anything further needs to be said about that document.
As you can see from his application to join the Tri-Service Retreat Inc, he repeats his claims to have served in the UK, Europe, North Africa, and Central America and only suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Further information received states he was wounded in action against the IRA.
You will also note that he uses the Post Nominals GC after his name. McLarnon has never been awarded a George Cross Medal and therefore is not entitled to place the Post Nominals after his name and he is not entitled to wear the RUC GC medal he is wearing when the RUC was awarded the George Cross Medal as a Unit Citation. Similar to the award made to the island of Malta during World War Two, which is shown on its flag.
He now has added that he served in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), a military unit as well as the RUC. That would be done to cover him wearing the General Service Medal as it was not issued to the RUC.
We contacted the RUC George Cross Foundation giving them the information we had and received the following reply.
To answer your questions
1 The award of the George Cross was to the organisation and therefore no one is allowed to wear a George Cross or to have the post numerals GC.
2 It would appear that Mr R McLarnon served in the RUC but as a member of the Reserve.
3 He would be entitled to wear the RUC service medal which was issued long before the George Cross.
4 I have no indication that he served in the UDR but the Military General Service medal with the Northern Ireland bar would be appropriate for such services.
5 The service numbers are incorrect.
6 It is unlikely that he was attached to other arms as it is unlikely that he would have served outside Northern Ireland.
I also enclose a copy of another enquiry from Australia and the similarities are startling. Contact XXXXX XXXXXX (mail to: deleted) his enquiry dated 3 May 2008.
We also contacted the Ulster Defence Regiment and after sending out the information to branches, the following information was received.
Reply to one of my contacts from a man who served in SAS for 24 years. Excuse the abbreviated language..
Hi XXXXXX, see from XXX he was 22 SAS for 24 years,
Hi XXXXX Robert McLarnon is not entitled to wear SAS Tie or blazer badge, if he was only attached, you have got to have served with 21 SAS , 22 SAS ,23 SAS , Has he got a SAS association, number ? And he is wearing the Queens Jubilee, it was only awarded to all serving personal at the time and you must have 5 years service, it was awarded about 5 or 6 years ago. He would have been too young for Korea, Malaya and Borneo, Aden, if he was in the UDR from the start surly he would have the UDR medal, I would f..k him off ,hope this helps mate XXX ,you can pass this on to XXXX XXXXXX if you wish ,
We appreciate the assistance from the RUC George Cross Foundation and the UDR Association.
McLarnon also stated he was a member of the Campbelltown RSL NSW which he joined in 2002, badge number 15705 when he applied to join the Hervey Bay RSL. The President of Hervey Bay RSL contacted the President of Campbelltown RSL and on checking their records back to 1998, they have no record of McLarnon being a member of their sub-branch.
We have received assistance from the Hervey Bay RSL and one of the members has supplied a Statutory Declaration in which you can read the exaggerated stories McLarnon has been telling the members.
He has made claims that he used his flak jacket to protect a pregnant woman who later gave birth to a son and called him Rob. He states he was a police officer in the Bronx area of New York in the USA, which is hard to believe considering you have to live in the USA for five years before getting citizenship to get a job with the military or government department. His exploits in South America and South Africa is also stretching the imagination.
His claim that he killed 400 people whilst he was attached to 22 SAS, stretching the fantasy a little bit more.
The biggest fantasy would have to be about the Bali bombings which took place on 12 October 2002 when 202 people were killed , 88 of them Australian and a further 240 injured. Being a secret group of ex SAS the Australian Government recruited them to go to Bali to take out the terrorists, but backed out at the last minute. McLarnon obviously does not know that Australia has its own SAS Regiment.
He wears the SAS beret and Badge most likely UK and has now taken to wearing the Commando beret. At present we do not have photos of him wearing either beret, but we would appreciate it, if someone does have a photograph of McLarnon wearing either beret if they could forward it to us. Next ANZAC Day would be a good time to get one if anyone sees him. He does believe his own lies as he has been telling them long enough to march next ANZAC Day wearing all his medals and either beret.
Robert McLarnon’s medals are a real mixture, most likely bought by McLarnon himself.
The RUC Medal GCissued 4 November 2001 Official, but not entitled to this medal (The RUC George Cross Foundation stated he may have been in the RUC Reserve and his service numbers are incorrect. Had he served in the RUC Reserve he would only be entitled to the original RUC medal issued in 1982)
This is the medal he should be wearing which was instituted on 20 July 1982 and not the one with the blue edges which was instituted 4 November 2001 when the RUC received the Unit Citation for the George Cross.
The RUC Medal, first medal instituted 1982
The RUC Medal showing it was awarded the George Cross as a Unit Citation, second medal.
Within two years of being awarded the George Cross the RUC was replaced by the PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland)
General Service Medal clasp Northern Ireland.Official medal, entitlement doubtful (The UDR Association no longer have access to the records and could not confirm that he served with them bearing in mind the two service numbers stated by Mc Larnon are incorrect and the fact that he claims to have been attached to 22 SAS Regiment serving with them all over the world. Also McLarnon makes no mention or gives any dates as to having served with the UDR in his application to join Hervey Bay RSL). He is not entitled to it by serving with the RUC as they were issued the RUC Service Medal.
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002.Official medal, not entitled as he was here in Australia at the time and not a serving member of the British Military Forces.
The procedure for the issue of the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 was entirely different. It was not offered to Australia for general issue to Australians. As a consequence, very few Australians are entitled to the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002. The only exception is the small number of people who received the medal as a personal gift from the British Government. For example, Australia’s only two living Victoria Cross recipients did receive the medal. (At the time)
Active Service Medal.Unofficial medal, what we refer to as a purchased tin medal and should not be worn.
Defence Meritorious Service Medal (USA) 3rd Highest Award, official medal, not entitled, only awarded to the US Military
The Defence Meritorious Service Medal
(DMSM) was established by Executive Order 12019 on 3 November 1977 and implemented by DOD 1348.33–M.
The DMSM shall be awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defence only to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after November 3, 1977, distinguished themselves by noncombat meritorious achievement or service.
Only under the most unusual circumstances will the DMSM be awarded as an impact award for outstanding TDY (Temporary Duty, US military abbreviation) achievement. The DMSM is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally meritorious service performance and to honour an individual's accomplishments over a sustained period.
The eagle is symbolic of the United States; the pentagon shape alludes to the Department of Defence, and the laurel wreath represents achievement. The colours, crimson and white, are duplicates of the colours of the Legion of Merit ribbon. Bluebird is the colour associated with the Department of Defence.
Note: Update of information received after ANZMI forward McLarnon’s documents to the RUC George Cross Foundation, Ulster Defence Regiment and the Police Service Northern Ireland.
From the RUC
I am advised that the military numbers are incorrect in that there are not sufficient digits. The number for the RUC GC service is incorrect and in fact we have identified the officer whose number it is.
This is from a soldier who served in the UDR.
I've just read his claims, and while it is unbelievable it also angers me when people claim to be something they quite obviously are not. In saying that I found myself shaking my head and smirking to myself in total disbelief at his claims, the man must be one of the biggest Walters I've ever heard of, and I can only imagine the stories he must have told his wife and family (and God knows who else) !!!
I know that what I say may not be of any help or change anything, but from what he claims I have noted the following; -
He makes reference to the RUC and quickly states the award of the George Cross, while he is correct in that the award of the GC was made to the RUC it was a 'collective' award and not to any individual as I think he is trying to imply (now that he's living in Queensland where nobody knows him I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually wearing one).
The RUC never had a Special Service Unit. They did have SPG (Special Patrol Groups). These groups received more range/weapon training than the ordinary policeman and would have been called in after intelligence was received to carry out searches for weapons, etc. while the ordinary policeman would have manned the cordon, etc , but they certainly didn't have a 'specialised unit' that worked solely with the SAS on a regular basis as he implies.
The RUC would have had dealings with Special Forces, just as they had with all units and Regiments in the province, but this would have been carried out by Special Branch in order to supply information and if an operation was to be carried out then either the area would have been sterilised completely or the RUC/Army/UDR would have been used to patrol the area at a distance. They were never attached to the Special Forces as he again would have you believe. He may have been in the RUC and he may have been on a particular job knowing that something was happening, but he certainly would not have been doing what he implies as an RUC officer.
As a Soldier I was also of the opinion that to even apply for the SAS (or Special Forces) you first had to have five years Military Service. As a member of the RUC (a policeman) he was a 'civilian', if I've got this right I gather that he only served in the RUC and that he had no further Service after leaving them in 1982 ??? If that is so then I find it impossible to believe, or even consider, that the SAS would train a 'civilian' in all the things he claims, particularly when his 'certificate' clearly states that HALO is a requirement ?????? And why on earth would a mere policeman need to be Para trained? OK, he may have done a parachute jump (as many of us have) but that doesn't make him 'Parachute Regiment trained' ... and I can't believe that anyone could be deceived by anything he has produced as it's clearly fake, just as he is.
Please keep me informed. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he perhaps served in the RUC, but I think I can safely say that he was never in the Ulster Defence Regiment. Thankfully the good, decent, honourable and brave officers and Soldiers of the RUC and UDR more than make up for the likes of Mr, McLarnon.
As can be seen from the information received by the RUC George Cross Foundation, the UDR Association and the documents in McLarnon’s own hand as well as the lies he has told, McLarnon does live in a world of fantasy. As he is in Australia, he most likely thought he would get away with spinning his false yarns. His time has run out and he has lost a lot of friends he had by telling tall stories.
We do expect more information will be forth coming once this goes to air.
For his actions Robert McLarnon will grace our web site for the world to see as he has stolen the valour of the real police officers of the RUC who died or were injured doing their duty.
He has tarnished his name and brought shame on himself and family. He has also shown a total disrespect to 22 SAS Regiment, Royal Ulster Constabulary, and Ulster Defence Regiment and to the meaning of medals he falsely wears.
We have received more information and more photographs of Mclarnon, a couple of him wearing the UK SAS beret. McLarnon was never a member of the UK SAS and is not entitled to wear the beret or any other items which indicate he was a member of the UK SAS, such as the tie, badge on his jacket, lapel badge, let alone the beret
We have also received a copy of a document created by McLarnon as a history of his military service and service to the community. In the document he states he did active service from 1975 to 1982. In his Statutory Declaration already on his case page you will see that service was only with the RUC and allegedly attached to 22 SAS UK. This we know is false. As you will see earlier in the case he supplied incorrect service numbers for the RUC and believe this service to be false.
He claims to have participated in a US exchange program with the New York Police Department serving with the 41st Precinct in the Bronx. It has been confirmed with the RUC that no exchange program with the New York Police was ever in place during that time period.
He also claims to have served with the 1st Battalion Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) in a Recon Platoon. We have been contacted by a member that served in that Battalion at the time. He advised us that no battalion in the UDR had a Recon Platoon and he and others do not recall his McLarnon’s name or that he served in the 1st Battalion UDR. McLarnon fails to state what years he served with the UDR.
As our ex UDR member stated everybody knew who was in their battalion, you may not know everyone in the Regiment which would have consisted of a number of battalions, but most certainly you would know members of your own unit.
The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross was awarded as a unit citation to both the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment in October 2006. As the United Kingdom does not have unit citation medals or insignias as the Australian forces, members wore a small CGC lapel badge either on their lapel or on the ribbon of their Northern Ireland Campaign Service Medal, the General Service Medal. The RUC have two lapel badges, one indicating the issue of the George Cross. Another lapel badge that has popped up is an SAS/RUC lapel badge. With the recent killing of an Irish police officer by hard line IRA (Irish Republican Army), it is doubtful if anyone would wear a lapel badge that would make them a target for the IRA.
It appears McLarnon is a born liar and fraud who has made up a false CV of what he has done during his lifetime. We already know from a retired New South Wales police Sergeant that McLarnon’s claims of being a private instructor to the NSW Tactical Response Team is false as each State Police Force would have their own instructors that would have been trained by the Australian SAS in Counter Terrorist work.
As for the rest of the information he has put in the document, it should be treated as very doubtful especially his claim of have a degree in Criminal Law. He does fail to mention with which University and when he received these degrees.
McLarnon is an out right liar and lives in a world of his own making up stories as he goes and expects people to believe him.
You will notice in the Statutory Declaration supplied by our informant that McLarnon is under investigation for discrepancies in funds when he was the Treasurer of the Tri Service Retreat Inc which sends parcels to our troops serving overseas which we highly commend them for. The discrepancies are between his reports and the bank statements, so what else does that make him. A large sum of money has mysteriously appeared in the Tri Service Hervey Bay Inc account. It is not known who placed the money in the account.
Robert McLarnon you have made many enemies within the area you live. Our advice to you is to get rid of false medals and desist from telling any more outlandish lies about your service as we have been informed that three English gentlemen turned up on ANZAC Day looking for you, but you were nowhere to be seen
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Wayne N McLean of Delacombe near Ballarat Victoria
According to Wayne McLean at the age of eighteen years he was dodging bullets as a helicopter medic participating in the battle of the siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam. To be a successful wannabe you have to know your military history and when it comes to Military History you have to be damn good to beat us. On our side we have thousands of Veterans who have served in every theatre of war from World War 2 until present time.
Khe Sanh was a vicious battle between USA Marines and North Vietnamese from 21 January 1968 to 8 April 1968. McLean was born on the 11 July 1951 which means that he was seventeen years and ten months old at the conclusion of the famous battle. Here is a photo of his Victorian Driver’s Licence clearly showing his birth date.
We know, and any amateur Vietnam historian knows that no Army personnel were deployed to Vietnam until after their nineteenth birthday, so 1951 rules out Wayne as a Combat Medic.
According to McLean he was posted to the Australian 1st Armoured Regiment Squadron as a “Medic” and then detached to a United States Helicopter Air Ambulance “Dustoff” unit.
Of course we won’t find an official service record because he claims to have changed his name. We have checked every person in A, B and C Squadrons of 1st Armoured Regiment who served in Vietnam and there is no person named McLean and no person from the Royal Australian Medical Corps with the first or second name of Wayne.
Wayne spins garbage war stories, here is an example:
“On his first mission as a “Dustoff” helicopter medic, the African American pilot of the aircraft offered him his first marijuana cigarette.
His helicopter was involved in transporting approximately ninety wounded soldiers, on sequential missions, eighty of the casualties died”
We hold a properly signed and witnessed Statutory Declaration from a person who directly told of his war exploits, we have distorted some of the Statutory Declaration for security reasons:
Here is some information from a genuine dustoff Australian medical Corps soldier:
There was only one African American in 45th a crew chief. There just were not any African American pilots that I saw and I was all over the place from Tan An in the Mekong Delta to Kartoum in the North and Cambodia in the West, never did I see an African American pilot and very few African American crew members. The marijuana incident that “happened” in 1968, they probably were flying the UH-1C then, they were harder to fly as they did not have an automatic collective like the later UH-1H and as for the crew smoking pot whilst flying a difficult precision aircraft like the C model, no way.
The Battle of Khe Sanh was in 1968 in I Corps; 1st Armoured Regiment arrived in Vietnam in February 1968 at Nui Dat in III Corps; The battle was between the US Marines and the North Vietnamese Army; The battle was fought between January and April of 1968; The only Australians who contributed to the battle were the crews of 2 Squadron RAAF in providing air support; Some Australian medics were seconded to the USA 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) The 45th Medical Company serviced only the III Corps area. The battle of Khe Sahn was in I Corps area.
Wayne N McLean spins a twisted tale of service in Vietnam that to him would appear uncheck able, because he claims to have been attached to a USA unit and claims to have changed his name. It is easy to “pick holes” in his story because:
No one under the age of Nineteen years served with the Australian Army in Vietnam.
No Australian Medical Corps personnel worked with USA units servicing the I Corps area where the battle of Khe Sahn was fought.
Despite what is depicted in Rambo type movies, genuine Veterans know that helicopter pilots did not nonchalantly smoke marijuana whilst on operations.
Wayne N McLean of Delacombe near Ballarat in Victoria is a disgraceful liar and a wannabe.
We would like to hear from any other Veterans or ex Servicemen who have had the displeasure of meeting this fraud.