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

Surname: McLean
Christian Names: James Ronald Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Wangaratta
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army
Branch: Armoured Corps
Commencement of service: 1984
Completion of service: 2006
Case Notes:

 

 

 

James McLean completed many years of respected Army Service mainly in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps where he was a skilled Crewman on Armoured vehicles. After his discharge he became a Fire Fighter in Victoria and seems to have run off his tracks.

Notice that McLean is wearing on his left breast:

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)        -  Not entitled

General Service Medal (GSM) (Imperial)  -  Not entitled

Australian Active Service Medal    -  Entitled

Defence Long Service Medal        -  Entitled

Australian Defence Medal             -  Entitled

United Nations UNTAC Medal       -  Entitled

Above, and to the right of his rack, he is wearing a newly presented National Emergency Medal. Awarded for service as a Fire Fighter, he is entitled to that medal.

His deception

The ICB is a prestigious badge awarded to  serving members of the Australian Army for service as an Infantryman in warlike operations. McLean has never served in such a roll.

The GSM is an imperial medal that McLean claims was awarded to him for service in Northern Ireland whilst attached to United Kingdom Forces during his Special Air Service Regiment service during the 1980s.  In fact McLean has never served with the SASR attached to UK Forces and never served in Northern Ireland.

We hold Statutory Declarations declaring that McLean has told people  he also spent two weeks in Somalia with SASR.  In addition he claims to have been on a solo exercise "mission"  in Bass Strait Victoria to "Retake" an oil/gas rig, however he misread the tides and drifted past the Rig and had to have his "ship" return and  pick  him up.

McLean does have a history with SASR in that he attended two selection courses, one in 1991 and another in 1992.  He failed to complete the courses and was withdrawn on both occasions.

McLean earned the Australian Active Service Medal and the United Nations UNTAC medal for Peacekeeping operations in Cambodia.  He earned the Australian Defence Medal and the Defence Long Service Medal  for completing years  of service in the Australian Army.  He earned the  National Emergency Medal for civilian fire fighting duties.

He should have been satisfied with his awards and his service, but for reasons known only to him he awarded himself an extra badge and medal.

McLean is a medals cheat, a liar, a wannabe and a fraud, he wears a prestigious badge he did not earn, a UK medal he did not earn and tells lies about having served on dangerous operations in the elite SASR.

McLean's reputation has now been sullied by his own actions.  Those who choose this path of false fame will, like McLean be exposed on this website.

 

Surname: McMurtrie
Christian Names: Darcy James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Darcy James McMurtrie

 

Darcy James McMurtrie almost served in Vietnam as a Guard at the Australian Embassy in Saigon.

 He was posted to the Australian Embassy Guard Platoon on Army Headquarters Posting Order SVN 6/73 dated 10th January 1973.  McMurtrie did not go to Vietnam, as the Posting Order was cancelled on the 2nd March 1973, because the Australian Embassy Guard Platoon was to be recalled to Australia in June 1973.

 

 

McMurtrie will tell those who will listen that he served in Vietnam with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), and was attached to the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

A genuine, and very well known ex SASR Vietnam Veteran met McMurtrie by chance, and McMurtrie gave him a “rundown” of his Vietnam service and details of a Parachuting accident that occurred whilst attending a Free Fall Parachuting Course, that left him with a prosthetic leg.

Below is a transcript from a Statutory Declaration that we hold: inter alia

“I met a Mr Darcy McMurtrie. During discussions with Mr McMurtrie he claims to have lost a leg during a course (Military Freefall Parachute) at the Army Parachute School. I was quickly able to establish that Mr McMurtrie was not telling the truth about his accident and that he never attended such a course at the Parachute School.

In further discussions with Mr McMurtrie he also told me that he was a Vietnam Veteran and had served with 7RAR (attached to SAS) during his service in Vietnam.  He also has a private car that has a large sticker on the rear window that says “Vietnam Veteran and Proud of it””

Below is further information from the genuine Veteran:

“McMurtrie was very passionate about him having lost his leg on a parachute jump at the parachute school, even after I told him he was talking to the ex xxxxx xxxxx  of training wing, and that he had never been to the parachute school let alone done a course there.. His reply was that he had been there and has a photograph of him in his black jump suit on the course. My reply was .. there’s your answer mate.... only instructors wore black suits and students wore orange suits...”

McMurtries Service Record shows that he did attend a Basic Parachute course at the Air Support Unit Army Component between 23 January and 15 February 1974. His records do not reflect any accidents or injuries associated with that course. A Basic Parachute Course is a long way different from a Military Freefall Parachute Course.

 

McMurtrie did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force and has never been attached to the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR). The last Australian Army units departed Vietnam in December 1972. McMurtries Certificate of Discharge shows no Overseas Service during his National Service from 30 September 1970 to 29 March 1972.

 

After being a civilian for eight months McMurtrie re-enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on the 11 December 1972.

McMurtrie continued with routine service. The last entry accessible on his file is dated mid 1982 when as a Private soldier he participated in Exercise Long Star in West Germany.

We know that McMurtrie has lied about serving in Vietnam with 7RAR attached to SASR, whether McMurtrie attended a Military Freefall Parachute course at some time after 1982 and injured his leg we don’t know, however, we do know that if he has a photograph of “himself” wearing a black jump suit during a descent it will be false.

McMurtrie is a wannabe fool who eventually told his story to the wrong person, and is now comprehensively exposed as a liar and wannabe. Because he lied about his military service his true military history is now available on this web site for all to see. Those who choose to gamble by grossly exaggerating their military history, have very high odds of joining McMurtrie and the hundreds of other liars frauds and wannabes we have exposed. Wannabes, be aware, ANZMI’s network is comprehensive and those who choose to be wannabes will eventually be exposed.

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: McPherson
Christian Names: Stephen
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Case Notes:

Live: 22 Nov 2013

553895 Stephen McPherson of Western Australia- Safety Trainer and accomplished liar.

Stephen McPherson operates a Safety Training Company. He would have staff and trainees believe that he is a person of the murky world of secret "Special Forces" work with the Defence Force, Federal Police, Australian and United States of America (USA) Government Departments. He claims USA Homeland Security were to endorse his company during 2013.

He also claims to hold a Federal Police Identification Card, "which is required for some of his work".

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According to McPherson he served in the Australian Army for fifteen years as a Medic, and, "did some Army Police and Intelligence work, before spending eight years in Special Air Services Regiment (SASR)".

On another occasion he stated that he served with Military Police, transferred to Intelligence and then went to SASR as a qualified operator. He also tells of how he was picked up by an unmarked aircraft and flown to Afghanistan where he did consultancy work for Special Forces. He claims to have "codes" which he gives to his wife when he goes to "Afghanistan in case they fall into the wrong hands".

McPherson was asked by and ex-Army Veteran, if he was going to the "Gratto" for ANZAC Day. He did not know what the "Gratto" is. Uh oh, alarm bells rang. All ex SASR know of the Army Gratwick Club, (Gratto) located at the SASR Barracks at Swanbourne.

We are reliably advised by a person who knew McPherson at the time of his service, that he spent a total forty nine days in the Army, before being discharged as medically unfit in January 1981. He failed Recruit Training and all of his talk of clandestine operations and being an ex SASR member is total bovine excrement.

The Veteran community will not tolerate fools like McPherson who fabricate forty nine days service in the Defence Force to years of service as an elite soldier. McPherson insults us, and we bestow upon him our zero tolerance policy and expose him as a fraud, liar, cheat and wannabe.

Welcome to our web site Stephen McPherson

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

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

Surname: McTernan
Christian Names: Paul John (aka Leigh Paul)
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Safety Beach
Service #: 324509
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Aug 81
Completion of service: Dec 84
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Paul John McTernan, JP is a very special individual. His Modus Operandi is deception, innuendo, inferences and never admitting to anything. In fact, his favourite saying is “I never said that…!” McTernan likes to think he can outsmart anyone who questions him about his military history. However, we here at ANZMI are far smarter than the average bear and we have proven that McTernan is a liar, a cheat and a wannabe all rolled into one portly little package!

McTernan is a Welfare Officer and a DVA Advocate for those ex-serving members and veterans who wish to make a claim for an injury incurred during their service. This is ANOTHER example of a fraud, a cheat and a liar making his way into a respected position within a Sub Branch. When are Sub Branches going to start doing background checks on ex-serving members and veterans applying for membership with the RSL? This is the only way of avoiding embarrassing situations such as McTernan.

McTernan has made claims to have had prior service as a Trooper with 2 Commando Company in the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Claims which he supported in his application to join the Woolgoolga RSL Sub Branch. Here is his application….


It all seemed fairly straight forward until it came to light that McTernan had also claimed to have been an Infantry soldier in 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in the early 1980’s. This is where McTernan came unstuck. Why you ask? Unless McTernan has an identical twin, he could not possibly have served in two places, in two different countries, at the same time.

According to our friends in the Rhodesian Services Association, no one by the name of McTernan ever served with 2 Commando Company in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, or within the Rhodesian Army for that matter. Furthermore, McTernan claimed on his application to join the RSL to have served in the Rhodesian Army from 1 December 1980 to 4 December 1994. McTernan should have studied geography a bit more before completing the application because Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in April 1980, eight months prior to his claims to have enlisted in the (disbanded) Rhodesian Army.

To make matters worse for McTernan, there’s absolutely no way he could have been awarded the three medals he listed on his application. These medals are:

The Rhodesia Medal,
The Rhodesian General Service Medal, and
The Zimbabwe Independence Medal.

The reason is quite simple – McTernan had never served in the Rhodesian or the Zimbabwe Army.

Interestingly, on his application for entry into the Australian Army (dated 18/8/81), McTernan ticked ‘NO’ to question 31: “Have you ever served in any armed force?” Even he admits to have never served in the Rhodesian Army. Furthermore, on the same application McTernan details his employment history. This history also covers the period he claimed to have been in the Rhodesian Army. Here is a copy of McTernan’s application to join the Army. Take note of Question 31 (it’s a little blurred) and his Employment Particulars:

More proof McTernan is a fraud, a liar, a cheat and a wannabe!

A point to note is that no one has ever seen McTernan wear his “Rhodesian” medals. It has been noted however, that when McTernan is seen on ANZAC Day or Rememberance Day and asked why he isn’t wearing his medals, he has responded with “I don’t need to wear my medals to prove my service” (or words to that effect). In fact, McTernan is only authorised to wear the Australian Defence Medal (ADM) for his service with the Australian Army.

McTernan served for just three years as a self-described "baggy-arsed" Infantry soldier with (the then) 2/4 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment and never deployed on operations overseas. Interestingly, on McTernan’s application to join the RSL, he claimed to have been deployed to Somalia under the UN sanctioned United Task Force (UNITAF). This US led operation was conducted in 1992 – nine years AFTER McTernan discharged from the Australian Army. To make sure it was beyond reasonable doubt a search of the Nominal Roll for all Australian Defence personnel who deployed to Somalia concluded that no one by the name of McTernan was ever deployed to Somalia.

And if you thought the hole McTernan was digging for himself was deep enough, think again…..

Technology, in particular Social Media, is a wonderful thing to keep in touch with family and friends. But, for those who wish to “embellish” their standing within their peer group and within the community, it can be a very effective tool, but one that can easily bite you squarely on the backside. McTernan regularly likes to post photos on his Facebook page depicting “soldiers” going about their everyday routine. Remember though, McTernan is a master of innuendo and inference. He never put his name to a photo that showed members of either the Rhodesian or Australian Special Forces. He never used the words “me”, “I”, “us” or “we”, instead adding comments like “On patrol with 3 CDO…..”. An excellent example is the following photo:

This photo is not the original photo that McTernan had posted on his Facebook page. He has since removed it when questions arose about its authenticity. The caption he had attached to the photo was “on patrol with Rhodesian army 3 commando operation repulse 1979”. He never said it was him in the photo, but he ‘inferred’ it was him. A friend of McTernan’s asked the following question:

XXXX: On patrol with Rhodesian special air service 1979? Photo

Paul McTernan: I was never on patrol with the Rhodesian Special Air Service in 1979. The only thing I posted up was photos of the Rhodesian Army!

XXXX: Ok I accept that, I read it wrong it said on patrol with Rhodesian army 3 commando operation repulse 1979. Some of my close friends asked me as well, not the ones who argued with you.

XXXX: I shall get back to you, but when you did all your recruiting for site you also asked some of my friends who served in SAS, they asked me if I knew you.

XXXX: I did not serve in SAS,I taught them on SAS patrol medic courses. You will also find one of my friends up until recently was high in the RSL retiring as a Colonel. That is why I asked if you had taken it further, with RSL

Paul McTernan: Not a problem XXXX, I was just a baggy arse infantryman in the Australian Regular Army and proud of it. I had nothing to do with the Australian or Rhodesian SAS. Kind regards

This is a perfect example of McTernan’s ability to ‘infer’ he is the person in the photo and was with the Rhodesian Special Forces. But, whenever questions are asked, he simply resorts to his classic and well-rehearsed response of “I never said that”.

Interestingly, the photo of the soldier was part of a photo shoot in 2011 and the weapon being carried by the soldier is an airsoft FN paintball gun. This is another example of McTernan trying to pass himself off as someone he never was. McTernan also made a comment about ANZMI on his Facebook page:

"They are anonymous cowards who make unsubstantiated allegations".

When ANZMI quizzed McTernan about the statement he had made, he asked where that statement had come from. We couldn’t direct McTernan to the location of the quote, because he had deleted it from his Facebook page.

Also on his Facebook page is this photograph:

McTernan was asked by one of his friends…

XXXX “Where was that photo taken mate?”

McTernan “Over in the west mate”

The vehicle in the photograph is a modified Unimog used by the SASR at that time (1980’s – 1990’s). Once again, McTernan is INFERRING he had a relationship with SASR, but never confirms or denies it. He also has another photograph of himself on his Facebook page:

In this photograph McTernan is holding a Heckler and Koch MP5 9mm sub-machine gun. This weapon is primarily used by police and Special Forces personnel world-wide. McTernan is also sporting a blue polo shirt embossed with “Australian Defence Training Academy”. Again, McTernan is inferring he has a relationship with Special Forces or Special Operations of some kind. He is not, and never has been, involved in Special Forces or Special Operations, either military or civilian, whatsoever.

McTernan also likes to vent his frustrations through the media. We already know he’s quite active on his Facebook page, but he also like to put his 10 cents worth through the local newspapers. McTernan has voiced his opinion many times through Letters to the Editor, but this one stands out the most:

In the very first sentence McTernan states:

“As a former soldier who has fought on the battlefield and has also witnessed first-hand the horrors of war…”

Looking at McTernan’s military history, it’s easy to conclude that the closest he has ever come to a battlefield is probably during a game of Skirmish. It must have been truly horrifying to see all those people with paint splattered all over their overalls and screaming in pain from the stinging impact of those little balls of paint!!

AS for McTernan’s post nominals ‘JP’. ANZMI was able to learn that McTernan is not an authorised JP in NSW. McTernan first became a JP in QLD. However, he is currently suspended due to his failure to re-register within the required timeframe. Anyone who has had documents signed by McTernan should seek legal advice to determine whether the documents submitted to the respective authority are still considered to be legally acceptable.

McTernan must have sensed ANZMI was closing in on him. On his Facebook page McTernan began heaping praise on ANZMI for the work we do exposing liars, cheats and wannabe’s. Such praise included:

“I admire the good work that your organisation does in exposing military imposters.”

Too late Mr McTernan, far too late! You are an imposter, a liar, a valour thief and a wannabe of the highest possible calibre. Welcome to the ANZMI website Mr McTernan for all the world to see.

 

Paul John McTernan

Update 01 SEP 15


To begin, ANZMI would like to make it clear that we have no interest whatsoever in the antics between McTernan, the Woolgoolga RSL Sub Branch or the Save the Woolgoolga WW1 Memorial Group. Our focus is on McTernan’s false claims to have served in the Rhodesian Army and other relevant information connected with this case.

A great deal has occurred since McTernan was exposed by ANZMI. He has been extremely active on social media, particularly on Facebook where he has attempted to explain to all and sundry that “ANZMI got it all wrong“!

“Wrong” is a very appropriate word to use Mr McTernan, but it’s not ANZMI that got it wrong, it’s you!

On the Regiment Family Facebook page McTernan has claimed that the application to join the Woolgoolga RSL Sub Branch that appears on his exposure has been forged (scroll up to review the application on McTernan’s original exposure).

On 11 August 2015 here’s what McTernan had to say:

“Folks with regards to the false and misleading statements made about me, I have currently sent letters to the various organisation’s (sic) requesting copies of certain documents. I an (sic) concerned that on face value particular documents appear to be forged and/or fraudulent, when the certified copies of the originals are sent to me, I will post up for all to see and then, I will then seek legal advice against those responsible for the forged documents and also the false and misleading defamatory remarks made against me.”

And on 12 August 2015 (on the same Facebook page):

“I have never severed (sic) in either the Rhodesian SAS or 2 Commando Company. The document is a fraud. The hand writing is not mine; my date of birth is 17/1/1961 and not 1960 as alleged. I Joined the Australian Army in 1981 and not 1980 as alleged in this bogus document.”

The dates that McTernan’s claims to have served in the Australian Army are only a minor issue. The issue is that McTernan claimed on his application to have served in the Rhodesian Army from 1980 to 1994.

An outright and blatant lie!

What ANZMI didn’t include in his original exposure was the back page of the application that clearly shows McTernan’s signature. His handwriting is unique and indisputable. Here is the back page:


This page shows not only his, but also the Sub Branch Secretary's and a witness’s signature. Below is a Statutory Declaration made by the Sub Branch Secretary who witnessed McTernan complete and sign the application on 14 April 2009:

McTernan claimed on Facebook:

The document that was sent to ANZMI is a fake; i have never seen that document before. It has been fabricatedto NSW Head office.”.

The Sub Branch Secretary did not complete the application on McTernan’s behalf. This is incredibly easy to prove by comparing the handwriting in the Secretary’s Statutory Declaration to the handwriting on McTernan’s allegedly “forged” application. They are NOT the same. The Secretary’s handwriting style is vastly different to McTernan’s.

You’ll also note that McTernan’s signature on page 2 of the RSL application has a distinct slant to the left. It’s distinct and unique because McTernan is right-handed. It’s considered to be quite rare for a right-handed person’s handwriting to slope to the left. Comparing his signature on page 2 of the application (the slant to the left) and the handwriting on the page that ANZMI posted on his exposure, they both slant the same way – to the left. Therefore the application posted by ANZMI was undeniably completed by McTernan. Other idiosyncrasies relating to the way McTernan writes are also easily identifiable. For example; letters R, M, N, S, J, numbers 2, 4 and 7.

McTernan’s handwriting on his application to join the RSL can also be matched with his handwriting on the Enlistment application (see below). Even though the time difference between the two documents is almost 30 years, it is easy to ascertain that both documents were written by McTernan.

ANZMI investigators are not handwriting experts, but it doesn’t take a Degree in Handwriting Analysis to conclude the writing on both documents is the same.

Also, the application that McTernan purports to be the “real” application that he posted on the Regiment Family Facebook page is not the certified true copy that he swore he would produce. This alone indicates that McTernan may have “forged” his own application in an (awkward) attempt to prove his innocence.

The application ANZMI posted is NOT “forged” as McTernan would like you to believe.

With regard to McTernan’s denial of ever saying he served in the Rhodesian Army, apart from the irrefutable evidence that has already been produced, ANZMI was provided with a screenshot of an online conversation McTernan had with a member of the Regiment Family Facebook page. During the conversation McTernan states he was in the Rhodesian Army in 1979 (FYI: The person McTernan is conversing with also has the first name “Paul”). Here is the screenshot:

Once again McTernan claims to have served in the Rhodesian Army and further proof that he’s a pathological liar.

On the Regiment Family Facebook page McTernan wrote:


“As for the media article on ANZMI which stated quote; “as a former Soldier who has fought on the battlefield and has also witnessed the horrors of war”, This is 80% a true statement, However what was not properly conveyed was my back-ground as an overseas security consultant.

My family left the UK in the 1970’s because of the trouble in Northern Ireland and also due to the constantly bullying that my family suffered, due to my father being an Irishman. I saw bombed out buildings in Belfast and Derry, people attacking one another, riots and being constantly attacked at school and in our neighbourhood. I also witnessed war torn horrors in both South America and Africa on and off from 1989 to 1991. However, I was not a soldier I was just a security consultant.

It’s up to you what you want to believe and personally I do not give a F__K!”

80% true statement? Which part of it is 20% a lie?

This is another example of McTernan’s need to lie. One where he clearly admits that all he says is not necessarily the truth.

McTernan’s statement “As a former soldier who has fought on the battlefield…..” This lie alone is more than enough to make every current and former member of every defence force in the world who has done their time on a REAL battlefield seethe with anger at McTernan for telling such an outright and diabolical lie.

He has trivialised the service of so many just to further himself within the local community.

Furthermore, McTernan clearly states his family migrated from Ireland to Australia in the 1970’s (according to his Enlistment Application – previous addresses – it indicates the McTernan family arrived in Australia in 1975). At that time he would have been 14 or 15 years old (at the most), yet McTernan claims to have had an argument with his family and ran away overseas to find adventure, only to find bloodshed and misery. He claims to have returned to Australia in 1980 and joined the Army!

On the Save the Woolgoolga WW1 Memorial Group Facebook page McTernan wrote:

On his application to join the RSL McTernan stated he joined the Army in 1981. This is supported by his Enlistment Application (below) dated 18 August the same year. Yet, in his Facebook entry (above) he states he joined the Army in 1980 and under the name Leigh McTernan! His Enlistment Application clearly shows he joined the Army under the name Paul McTernan.

Does McTernan even know who he is?

Judging by his Enlistment Application, from 1975 to 1981 McTernan was living with his family in Victoria. From 1979 (18 years of age) to 1981 (20 years of age) he was continually employed pumping petrol and wiping windscreens at three different service stations! With this information alone it proves he never ‘ran away overseas..’ He was living with his family in Victoria and working as a grease monkey the whole time.

Here is page 1 and 2 of his Enlistment Application, judge for yourself:

He found bloodshed and misery? It must have been a fairly traumatic experience while working in petrol stations!

Mr McTernan you are an outright liar, a cheat and a despicable person without an ounce of honesty and integrity!

You have been well and truly BUSTED!!

On a final note,

It has also been revealed that, on McTernan’s Facebook page, he claims that between 1994 and 1997 he obtained a Diploma in Social Science Justice from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria. According to the Admin staff at Swinburne Uni, no one with the surname McTernan has ever studied there, either on campus or by distance education. Another ‘McPorkie’ maybe?

On McTernan’s Facebook page he states that his favourite quote is:

The hall has been rented, the band has been paid, time to see you dance”

Let’s see you tap dance your way out of this one McTernan.

 

 

Paul John McTernan Update
20 March 2016


Not a lot of time has passed since ANZMI’s last update on McTernan’s lies and fraudulent claims of service in the Rhodesian Light Infantry and his claims to have been a “former soldier who has fought on the battlefield and witnessed first-hand the horrors of war”. You’d think it would have ended there….

Wrong!

Investigations by ANZMI do not stop once a person has been exposed on our website, we keep an eye open for anything that might catch our attention and provide us with enough evidence to post an update.

It’s now evident that McTernan hasn’t limited spreading his lies about his fictitious service in the Rhodesian Light Infantry to Facebook and local newspapers, he has also spread his vile dribble on other website forums. One such forum is on the nissanpatrol.com.au website, of which he is a member.

In the case of McTernan, ANZMI has discovered information that pre-dates our original exposure. If there ever was a case where the comment “final nail in the coffin” was appropriate, this would be it.

If you refer back to the 15 September 2015 Update, McTernan claimed:

I have never severed (sic) in either the Rhodesian SAS or 2 Commando Company. The document is a fraud. The hand writing is not mine; my date of birth is 17/1/1961 and not 1960 as alleged. I Joined the Australian Army in 1981 and not 1980 as alleged in this bogus document.”

Bogus document? Read on and judge for yourself…..

While it’s not known what the topic of conversation was about, on 17 April 2013 McTernan made this comment on the nissanpatrol.com.au forum:

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What an incredible lie!

In the year McTernan claims he was fighting a war in Rhodesia, losing close mates and killing multitudes of enemy, he was actually pumping petrol and wiping windscreens at various service stations in Melbourne. If you need to refresh your memory, see his Enlistment Application included in ANZMI’s original exposure.

On 6 July 2013, McTernan was asked if he served in Vietnam. His response was:

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Needless to say, during 1979 and up to the time of his enlistment in the Australian Army (1981), McTernan was working in Melbourne as a service station attendant.

On the 5 August 2013, a member of the Nissan Patrol forum posted this:

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To any ex-serving member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) it would have been an incredible honour to meet one of the founding members of the RLI. However McTernan, fearing he would be exposed as the cheat and liar that he is, never responded. Perhaps a missed opportunity?

And sometime during 2013 and 2014, McTernan posted this on the forum:

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The nickname (or user name) McTernan used on the forum was “RLI” (Rhodesian Light Infantry - which he later changed to PMC – Paul Mc).

On 12 January 2014, McTernan made sure every reader completely understood his claims to have been a member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry and the dates for when he served:

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McTernan enlisted in the Australian Army in 1981.

And on 5 June 2014, McTernan reiterated what his user name was:

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And if you think it stopped there, think again….

On 20 June 2014 there was this:

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McTernan never posted a list of his “last rites weapons”. Considering McTernan was a service station attendant between 1979 and 1981, it is highly unlikely he was able to conduct experiments on the capabilities of the F1 9mm automatic weapon. He certainly wasn’t in any Defence Force. Another McPorkie maybe?

And finally, just to confuse things even more, in late 2012 McTernan posted this on the patrol4x4.com forum (of which he was a member):

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If there was ever any doubt surrounding McTernan’s innocence, this update will have cleared up any such reservations a person may have had.

McTernan continues to lie in an attempt to defend his less than honourable character. He has not only offended the Australian and New Zealand veterans and ex-serviceman community, you can now include the veterans of the Rhodesian Light Infantry as well.

You have forever claimed a permanent top spot on the ANZMI website for all the world to see.

 

Paul John McTernan

Update

05 June 2016

 

Congratulations Paul John McTernan, your exposure of being a liar, a cheat and a wannabe has gone international with a similar organisation to that of ANZMI having also published your ridiculous antics. McTernan now appears on the Facebook page of the "Rhodesian Wannabes, Bloaters and the Scum that support them”. It won’t take long for other such organisations to follow suit.

Even though McTernan’s claims of having been a former soldier in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) have been irrefutably exposed as blatant lies, more information is still being forwarded to ANZMI that pre-dates everything else we have published so far.

As unbelievable as it may seem, in 2009 McTernan even tried to convince an ex-RLI servicemen that he was a former member of the RLI during the period 1979 to 1980. Here is what that ex-serviceman had to say:

“Quite a “Once upon a time” history. He actually claimed to have written a book on the experience, which he said he would send to me, but never did. It was going to be published as “Born To Fight” with a possibility of being published by a proper publishing house like Allen & Unwin or Pan Macmillan etc”.

McTernan was writing a book on his “experiences” while serving in the RLI and he was going to call the book “Born To Fight”? If it did get published, it would have been a very interesting read indeed! But remember to go to the section of the library or book store labelled “Fiction”.

It’s clear that McTernan has been delusional for many, many years.

The ex-RLI serviceman also stated:

“McTernan…….. probably wanted to serve in Rhodesia, but lacked the initiative of others around the world who came to join us in the RLI”.

McTernan lacked initiative? No revelations there!

The ex-RLI serviceman clearly had suspicions about McTernan’s claims to have served in the RLI and commented:

“I did a little digging myself in 2009 because words that I had with him eventually did not stack”.

The ex-RLI serviceman quickly realised that McTernan was lying about his supposed service with the RLI. A realisation that most people, who have been unfortunate enough to have had dealings with McTernan over the years, also came to the same conclusion.

It seems that McTernan wasn’t happy with just fabricating his service in the RLI. Unbelievably, he even applied for Rhodesian medals. Below are the applications he submitted (via an organisation called “We Were Rhodesians”) for the issue of such medals:

 

RLImedals1a 2

RLImedals2a 2

Note his service for each of the awards. The first and second confirm McTernan tried to pass himself off as a Commando. The third is his application for the Rhodesia Medal where his service is listed as “Civ”. We are led to believe McTernan was applying for the Rhodesia Medal as a civilian! We know! Unbelievable, right!


The ex-RLI serviceman said:

“Note the award date of the RGSM (Rhodesia General Service Medal) vs his date of birth and date of attesting. RGSM was awarded to him, apparently, when he was four years of age. He must have applied for these medals. Because my RLI service ended in ’76, I certainly was not in a position to verify facts as claimed, but when I saw that, I chose not to proceed with further assistance around those medals. At that stage I did not know of the existence of ANZMI.”

An RGSM as a four year old? McTernan, if you’re going to fraudulently apply for a medal, at least make your age of attesting a believable one!

This gentleman was able to quickly ascertain that McTernan was a fraud and a liar. Had he have known ANZMI existed, we could have exposed McTernan much earlier and saved a lot of people a whole lot of angst.

In 2009, McTernan was in contact with another ex-Rhodesian serviceman, again trying to fraudulently obtain Rhodesian medals he wasn’t entitled to. Below is an email from McTernan to that person:

From: Paul McTernan [
allison.paul@bigpond.com ]
Sent: 10 June 2009 09:58 AM
To: XXXX
Subject: Service number

Hi XXXX,
I served 12 months with the 1st Bn Rhodesian Light Infantry, 3 Commando, from 1979 to 1980.
My service details were 730199 Tpr McTernan PJ.
CO at the time was Bate, I forgot the last CO's name.
RSM was Read
OC's was Price I think?
I have forgot the CSM's name.
I was discharged due to injuries to my right arm and right leg.
Would my med docs be a source of info?
Regards,
Paul McTernan JP

According to McTernan, his OC (Officer Commanding) was killed during the “Bush War” in 1979 (see previous update). And how could he have possibly enlisted into the Australian Army with such injuries that were serious enough for him to be medically discharged from the RLI?? There’s definitely no mention of these injuries detailed in his application to join the Army. If McTernan wants to prove he suffered such serious injuries, we are more than willing to view the medical documents and be proven wrong.

But wait! Of course there’s no mention of such wounds when he applied to join the Australian Army, because in his application McTernan stated he had never served in another Armed Force.

And in the email, McTernan included the post nominal “JP” (Justice of the Peace). In response to ANZMI’s original exposure, McTernan claimed he “has never used the post nominal “JP” while he has been a resident of NSW”. Since McTernan was a resident of NSW at the time he sent the above email, we think McTernan should retract that statement and admit it was just another one of his lies.

Once again, McTernan has come up with another totally different version of his fake Rhodesian service history, different than any other we have previously encountered.

As for McTernan’s application to be awarded the three medals…

Suffice to say, he didn’t get them.

Finally, the ex-Rhodesian serviceman had this to say….

“Paul did buy some Rhodesian Drinking glasses from CQ Store of Rhodesian Services Association New Zealand Registered Charity CC25203. I cannot help the urge I have to demand that he return them”.

RLIglass 2

The truly sad thing about McTernan’s lies is that, whenever his name is googled, not only will his name appear in the search results, but also his daughter’s (who happens to be a gifted sportswoman).

No one should suffer for the mistakes of others, no matter who they are.

 

Surname: Mead
Christian Names: Leslie W
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Padstow
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Leslie W Mead of Sussex Inlet in New South Wales

 

For many years Mead has pretended to be a Vietnam Veteran, worn the medals, talked the talk and walked the walk at both the Padstow NSW and Sussex Inlet NSW Returned Services League (RSL) Clubs and Sub Branches. He was a full member at Padstow and an affiliate member at Sussex Inlet.   Mead is now hereby named and shamed as a liar, a cheat and a wannabe.

 

 

In the photograph Mead is clearly shown wearing the Vietnam Medal rack and a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB] and the coveted Infantry Combat Badge [ICB]. He has stated to RSL members that he served in Vietnam as a Commissioned Officer.  He told an ANZMI Investigator that he served in Vietnam with 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). 

5RAR have an association web site that contains the names of all who served with the Battalion in Vietnam.  Mead is not included on the 5RAR nominal roll; in addition Mead is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) official Nominal Roll.

On another occasion Mead told an ANZMI Investigator that his only service was as a 1950s National Serviceman and as an Officer of Army Cadets.  He gave his Regimental number as 20331.  Central Army Records Office has no record of any person serving under that Regimental number in the Australian Regular Army.  It is an Army School Cadets number. If he ever served as a 1950s National Serviceman he has no Service File under the name of Leslie William Mead.

Here is the response to our request for Mead’s service file:

Ms xxxxxxxx,

Regarding your recent inquiries:

Leslie W Mead born 17/6/1940, 20331 – CARO cannot identify a serviceman with those details

Regards,

xxxxxxxxxxxx
Reference & Information Services
National Archives of Australia


Mead has spent years in both Padstow NSW and Sussex Inlet NSW creating a false military history for himself. It is our job to correct Mead’s false military history and we hope those people who have been lied to for many years now fully appreciate the extent of lies and dishonesty served up to them by Mead who was supposed to be their friend.

Now that he has been named and shamed we hope he feels it was all worth while, because he has gone from being an honourable Vietnam Veteran and RSL member to a liar, cheat and wannabe in one fell swoop.

Leslie W Mead is liable under the Defence Act 1903 to be charged and placed before a court for falsely claiming to be a returned veteran and for wearing medals he is not entitled to wear; both of these charges have a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine or six months prison or both.

The lack of due care exhibited by the RSL in checking the credentials of those applying for membership has become ingrained into the culture of the RSL. The RSL has an integrity problem because of the “watering down” of membership criteria. Veterans no longer control many Sub Branches as the Sub Branches have been taken over by people like Mead and by ex Servicemen who have never experienced operational service.

Any good work that may have been done by Leslie W Mead as an Officer of Cadets has been scuttled because Veterans will not abide those who steal their honour.

We hope that Mead does the right thing and scuttles away from the Veteran community.

 

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: Mealey
Christian Names: John Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Bunbury
Service: Army
Branch: Transport
Case Notes:

John Alexander MEALEY

 DOB 28/06/1949, of Bunbury, 5717049 was a National Serviceman who was officially posted to the SAS Regiment on the 1st August 1970 as an ECN T109 Driver till his discharge on completing his 2 years of service. Read why he appears on this page

Mealey commenced his two years of National Service on the 2nd October, 1969 and was posted to 2 Recruit Training Battalion for his basic army training. He was then posted to 3 Training Battalion on the 10th December 1969 where he completed his Infantry Corps training.

On the 23rd March 1970 he was posted as an ECN 343 Rifleman to attend the 3/70 Basic SAS Training Cadre which ran from 08th April to 13th May 1970 as the first phase of qualifying as an SAS Trooper. Those that completed and passed phase one would go on to do phase two, the Basic Static Line Parachute course which would qualify them as an SAS Trooper and the right to wear the SAS Sandy Beret and SAS Badge.

Mealey failed the first phase before the cadre was completed and attended an Army Trade course known as a Driver T 109 which qualified the person to drive a number of types of army vehicles. He completed this course on the 19thJune 1970 and was formally posted to Base Squadron SAS Regiment as a Driver ECN T 109. He was with Base Squadron till his discharge from the army on the 30th September 1971.

 NOTE.   ECN.....Employment Category Number.... A method of classification of various employments within the Australian Military system.

In the South Western Times, dated Thursday May 2, 2002 a photo appears of Mealey marching on ANZAC Day with a group of qualified ex SAS members in Bunbury. He is wearing the coveted SAS Sandy beret which he is not entitled to wear as he failed the basic SAS course.

He was last seen wearing the beret on the 29th April 2007 at Subiaco Oval. This was part of the 50th Anniversary of the SAS Regiment prior to the Len Hall AFL commemorative game starting between the Fremantle Dockers and Adelaide. Members of the SAS Association marched around the oval whilst 44 Army cadets marched onto the oval, each carrying a flag depicting the SAS coat of arms in remembrance of the 44 members of the regiment who were killed on duty.

The Len Hall AFL commemorative game was started by the Fremantle Dockers as a tribute to the last West Australian World War 1 Gallipoli Veteran who later passed away on the 24th February 1999, aged 101.

Mealey is the second National Service person to be exposed as falsely wearing the SAS beret when not entitled to do so. Though he is not claiming to be a veteran he is by wearing the SAS beret showing his lack of loyalty or respect to serving and ex-serving members of the SAS Regiment as well as those that have fallen on active service or in training that did the hard yards to earn the right to wear the beret.   Members of the SAS Regiment as well as the members of the SAS Association must be wondering how this could be happening. Surely the credentials of anyone applying must be checked out especially for an elite unit such as the SAS. We know he is a member of the WA Branch and it will be interesting to see if the WA Branch of the SAS Association will expel this fraud or keep him on in their Association as they have with Dennis Liddelow who also appears on our site.

Is the SAS Association no better than a number of RSL branches that are mentioned on this site for failing to check the credentials of members they have let into their branches and occupy high positions in their branches.

A number of wannabes claiming SAS or Special Forces service appear on our site and after Mc Gibbon was caught out we would have thought the SAS Association would have carried out a back ground check on all its members.

20th Dec 2010

Well we finally have an update from a disgruntled member of the SAS Association to advise us what has been done by the WA Branch in regard to John Mealey and Dennis Liddelow who were both National servicemen and posted to the SAS Regiment and appear on our web site. The WA Branch Committee has taken it upon itself to form a Disciplinary Sub-Committee and accept apologies from Mealey and Liddelow on behalf of the WA Branch and the SAS Regiment

It is obvious that the WA Branch Committee is a law onto itself and does not keep its members informed of what is occurring and appear to be covering up the fact that two of its members appear on our web site.. The future will tell what effect that will have on its membership.

When a person appearing on our web site submits an apology our criteria is set out below.

1.     They offer a written apology to the veteran community at large, and
2.     They offer a written apology to their unit/ship/muster
3.     The offended Veterans accept the apology. 

The apology must be accepted by all, not a few.

One must assume the committee knows that number of its members and the unit would not accept their apology, thus the reason for the way they handle things.

They will remain on our web site for eternity and we will be adding updates as members of the public report any other information to us.

To ANZMI
 
Subject Mealey and Liddelow on your web site.
 
This is to advise you that on the 29th August 2010, the WA Branch of the Australian SAS Association held an Annual General Meeting. A member of the committee put forward two motions to have Mealey and Liddelow who both appear on your web site be expelled from the WA Branch in breach of the WA Constitution in that they have brought discredit to the Regiment and the Association. The reference to the Association Constitution wording is “To preserve the Regiment’s good name and guard its interests”.
 
Only a small group of the members attended the Annual General Meeting, compared to the number of members within the branch. The motions were not sent out with the AGM papers 30 days prior to the meeting as required by the Incorporation Act so most members would not have known about the motions nor would they know the story behind the motions in that two of the WA Branch members appear on your site. They would not also be aware that Liddelow, the worst of the two has lied about his short service when posted to the SAS Regiment to finish off his National Service as a steward.
 
Only a small number of members attending the meeting voted to expel them, the rest don’t seem to mind that both have worn the SAS Beret and Badge when not qualified to do so and that Liddelow has told a lot of lies serving in Vietnam with the SAS and having one of the highest kill rates.
 
It appears that if you have been posted to the Regiment at some time, it makes no difference what lies you tell about your service with the Regiment or that you have worn the SAS Beret and Badge which is not an easy task to earn the right to wear the beret and badge of the SAS Regiment or any Special Force unit, you will be protected.
 
It appears that a Disciplinary Sub-Committee was formed and discussed the cases of Mealey and Liddelow and came up with recommendations. I did ask my mate what has happened about them as I was not at the meeting. He sent me the following result and I have crossed out the name of the president mentioned who was not even the president when they were discovered. We don’t know when the meeting was held as no one was advised about it or of the result. I and a number of members are disgusted the way the matters have been handled. My membership is due to run expire and I will not renew my membership if this association is not going to be open and accountable to its members.
 
I read your web site as I know a number of other members do and you are doing a great job. I have forwarded this email to your organization as I am totally disappointed in the lack of fortitude by the committee to keep its members informed of what is happening. Keep up the good work.
 
Yours Sincerely
 
XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
 
Please be advised that following the meeting of the disciplinary sub-committee the following recommendations were made.
Disciplinary Sub-Committee Recommendations
Re - Dennis Liddelow & John Mealey
The disciplinary sub-committee recommend that:
• The apologies tendered by Dennis Liddelow and John Mealey be accepted.
• The resignation tendered by Dennis Liddelow be accepted.
• The members be advised individually of the outcomes of the hearing.
• The complainants be advised of the outcomes of the hearing.
• The matter be listed as an agenda item at the next Annual General Meeting of
the Australian Special Air Service Association (WA Branch).
These recommendations are based on the facts presented to us and are made in the
belief that that there have been no further instances by either member since they were
admonished by XXXXX XXXXX the ASASA (W A Branch) president at the time.

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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