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

Surname: Militich
Christian Names: Yordan
Country: NZ
State or Province: Hawkes Bay
City or Town: Naiper
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

 

Yordan Militch is an idiot!

Even he says so. The Army says so. And now the courts say so!

This ex Army corporal bought a swag of medals from an online trading site (Trade Me) and wore them to impress some school students who were told of his daring stories of his time in the SAS in war-torn Afghanistan.

Except Militich never left NZ once in the couple of years he served in the NZ Army.

For all his glory-stories, medal cheating and valour theft, Militich will now live forever in the world of the ANZMI, with the rest of the wannabe's and pond scum.


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Yordan Militch admits he made a 'dumb mistake' claiming to be a former SAS soldier. He is a builder by trade.

EVA BRADLEY/Fairfax NZ
BUILDING HIMSELF UP: Crime
'Idiot' builder made fake war hero claim"

He bought medals off Trade Me, pinned them to his chest - and made up elaborate tales about life as an SAS soldier.

Yordan Militch captivated crowds with stories of picking off the enemy as a sniper, and saving his mates from dangerous situations.

But his tall tales came to police attention after he spoke at an educational course in Hastings last year.

He admitted yesterday that he just got carried away.
"I thought I was something I wasn't, and that was it."

Militch wore six medals when he spoke at the Landmark Forum and described himself as one of the most decorated soldiers in New Zealand, the police summary presented to the Napier District Court said.

He described serving in Afghanistan and East Timor, and being deployed as a sniper.

He claimed he was awarded two medals for saving his mates, and the others recognised his peacekeeping efforts.

In reality, Militch is a family man living in a house he built on the Hawke's Bay coast.

He served in the artillery division of the Defence Force between 2002 and 2004 at Linton. He was never deployed overseas and did not serve with the SAS.

"I made a dumb mistake, and that was it," he told The Dominion Post yesterday.

He said the military had rung him up and called him an idiot. He agreed.
Militch appeared in court this week and pleaded guilty to breaching the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918. He was convicted, fined $300 and ordered to pay $150 court costs.

He said he wanted to apologise to everyone he had fooled, including students at Lindisfarne College a few years ago.

He was taking boot camps in Hawke's Bay at the time, and was recommended to the school as an inspiring speaker.

"At first he was very convincing, but some things didn't ring true," college rector Ken MacLeod said.

Militch told the school he was a sniper deployed overseas and at one point had Saddam Hussein in his sights. MacLeod became suspicious and contacted parents with military connections. He believed they passed on the suspicions to the Defence Force and the police.

Militch said his family were shocked to learn about his escapades but remained supportive.
- © Fairfax NZ News



We have also received a letter from the school where Militich chose to do his boasting:



Good Morning,

We have found a photo of Yordan wearing at least 9 medals however we feel that given his conviction and his apology to the College via the news media that further embarrassment for him from us is unwarranted. As a Christian School we feel that it is time to let him have a fresh start and for his family to not be embarrassed further.

Should the NZ Army formally make this request then we might reconsider.

Kind Regards,

XXXX XXXXXX

(Name Witheld)
Lindisfarne College
Hastings
New Zealand
PO Box 2341 Hastings

Surname: Miller
Christian Names: John Victor
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Narraweena
Service #: 28641
Service: RAN
Branch: Steward
Commencement of service: 11 Dec 45
Completion of service: 30 Jul 48
Case Notes:

 

 

 

John Victor Miller was issued with the prestigious Order of Australia medal (OAM) for "Service to World War Two Veterans particularly through the recognition of under-age servicemen". His whole efforts in this endeavour were based on the false premise that he was an underage World War Two (WW2) Veteran.

In the above photograph miller is wearing the following medals:

1939-1945 Star - No entitlement.
Pacific Star - No entitlement.
Defence Medal - No entitlement.
1939-1945 War Medal - No entitlement.
Australian Service Medal 1939-1945 - No entitlement.
Australian Service medal 1945-1975 with Japan Clasp - May be entitled.
Unofficial British Commonwealth Occupation Forces Medal-Self purchased tin
Norwegian Defence Medal 1940-1945 - No entitlement.

The medals he wears in the above photograph are based on his Merchant Navy Service and Royal Australian Navy Service on the vessels:

SS Sjobris.
HMAS Shropshire.
HMAS Australia.

The truth is that he had no Merchant Navy Service, and all of his RAN service was after WW2 had ended.

He "sold" his false war history to a prestigious Private School, who celebrate the service of genuine underage Servicemen who fought in WW2. Eventually historians at the School were able to establish that Miller was a fraud, liar and wannabe and have "sacked" him from the organisation he foundered.

Miller's autobiography is one of a courageous, patriotic youngster who went to war at thirteen years of age in a Naval Auxiliary Patrol in St Vincents Gulf, South Australia. He then served as a Gunner in the Merchant Navy on a Norwegian Merchant Ship. After serving on the armed Norwegian Merchant Ship, SS Sjobris he enlisted into the RAN and served on RAN war ships, HMAS Shropshire and HMAS Australia.

Here is what he said about wartime service in the Merchant Navy and the RAN

"Waiting until the Norwegian ship S.S. Sjobris had docked, he made his way up to the bridge and greeted Captain Hans Johanson with the salute of the year. “Sir, I am a well-trained Cadet seeking a position.” Needing additional crew and influenced by appearances rather than age, the skipper signed on Cadet Miller as a “Yungman.” The luck continued with a R.A.N. - D.E.M.S. gun crew arriving the following day; Leading Seaman Doug Harding and Able Seaman Jack Manning shouting out instructions as their 25-year-old Balfour four-inch was hoisted aboard the Sjobris. Within minutes he had been accepted as a gun crew member by Doug Harding"

"With the Pacific ‘island hopping’ it was realized what enormous casualties lay ahead, especially the invasion of Japan itself. There was no doubt the most serious of these threats would come from the Japanese air attack corps. Large numbers of Allied ships were already being sent to the bottom by Kamikaze suicidal crashes, and this would steadily increase. Selected gunnery personnel including 1st Class AA Gunner Miller were given specialized training to combat this threat, and utilizing the latest American technology, sent back to their ships. The HMAS Australia (a Kamikaze put her out of action for a period) and HMAS Shropshire, were two Cruisers which Able Seaman John Miller served on"


He also falsely described the tragic circumstances of the death of a crewmate.

"The gunnery experience under Doug’s guidance enabled an earlier than normal entry into the R.A.N. and while in training he had gone to the aid of a young indigenous lad from Bunbury, and since that unfortunate incident, Billy Crocker stuck to his rescuer like glue. A few days after arriving in New Guinea, Billy was blown up at Finschhafen and rushing to his sickbay bed, I found a very badly mutulated (sic) mate. Finding it impossible to hold the dismembered hand, the only option was to lean forward and try to reassure my friend. “It’s okay Billy, I’m here with you now.” Coming out of his semi-conscious state, the first faltering words were about his appearance “What do I look like, Dusty… how bad is my face?” My answer was not the best. “You’ll be okay Billy, they’re doing wonders with our pilots faces.” A dome-like contraption with lots of hot inner globes covered his body and the doctor after feeling a protruding foot, shook his head. Moments later there was a gurgling noise with black liquid streaming from his mouth; and my best friend had been lost."

The above is a despicable lie.

The truth is that Miller had no maritime service until he enlisted in the RAN aged Seventeen years and five months in December 1945, three months after the end of WW2. His first departure from Australian was aboard HMAS Shropshire in January 1947 when as an Ordinary Seaman, with the trade of Steward, he was a crew member when the Ship visited Japan and returned to Australia in March 1947.

Here is both sides of his Navy Service Record. Although faded his service history can be traced.


As far as service aboard the Norwegian armed Merchant Ship SS Sjobris is concerned, there is no record of Miller ever having served in the Merchant Navy, and in any case we have the entire Sailing schedule for that ship for the years 1940 until 1946. The Vessel arrived in Fremantle on 15 August 1942 from Karachi and sailed only in Australian waters until March 1946 when it departed for Hong Kong. Here is an example of its Sailing Schedule.

The lies proffered by Miller of his Naval service are indicative of a pathological liar who has put a lot of thought and planning into his deception.

He is a long term offender who over many years created a false service history to glorify himself. He has wallowed in the accolades from his deception and most likely received financial benefit. He has been awarded the Medal for the Order of Australia (OAM)on the basis of a huge lie. We and others have made representations to the Office of the Governor General to have his OAM rescinded.

Ronald Barry Larcombe is another Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) cheat.

 

UPDATE - JOHN VICTOR MILLER -29 OCT 15

The circle of retribution has turned for Miller.  The Order of Australia Medal  (OAM) that was presented to him by the Governor General has been rescinded.

Here is the media report:

Frauds and Wannabes are being exposed by ANZMI at the rate of six per month.  Those who indulge in stealing honour  from the Veteran community should be aware that eventually they will be caught and exposed.

If you are currently enjoying false kudos for fake Defence service, be prepared to suffer the ignominy of featuring on this web site.

 

 

Surname: MITCHAM (Formerly SZ
Christian Names: Jacob Phillip (Jack)
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Not Know Yet
Service #: 3170199
Service: Army
Branch: CMF & Reserves
Commencement of service: 27 Jun 67
Completion of service: 02 Jun 84
Case Notes:

 

 

 

This is Jack Mitcham (aka Jack Szmekura), a rather unsavoury individual who would like us to believe he is a veteran of the Vietnam War, at least which is the story he likes to put around.

Jack Mitcham is a fraud and a wannabe.   He is keen to tell anyone who would care to listen that he is a hardened veteran, safe in the fact that having changed his name, no one would be able to track down him or the truth of his story.   He didn’t reckon on us here at ANZMI or our ever growing number of ex-service personnel who have had a gutful of wannabes and are more than happy to report fools like this to our website.

Like most wannabes, Jack is not satisfied with embellishing his actual service with stories from Vietnam.  No, Jack also adds that old cherry “Black Ops” to his repertoire of stories so that nothing he says can be checked.   In Jack’s case, nothing he says is the truth.

We hold Statutory Declarations attesting to Jack Mitcham’s tales of daring do in the clandestine world of Black Ops but there is little point recounting them here as most ANZMI followers would have read it all before, you know, those ‘special’ missions that only wannabes like Mitcham and John Rambo seem to get allocated.

Notwithstanding, Mitcham did attempt to enlist into the Regular Army in 1965 but (and by his own admission) failed the IQ Test.   In 1967, he applied to join the Citizens Military Forces (CMF), today known as Reserve Forces.  

Here is his application for enlistment into the CMF, please note the answer to question 19.   Hardly the response of a crack ‘special forces type’.

The truth about Jack Mitcham (aka Szmekura) is very different.   His service is entirely in Australia as a member of the CMF and his service was less than spectacular.   That is not to belittle CMF service, but in this case the record speaks for itself.   Jack’s CMF Service Record is full of no attendance and disciplinary actions and very little promotion and effective service.

Genuine veterans live with their experiences every day and for some this is a debilitating existence which most would not wish upon their worst enemy.   So when wannabes like Jack Mitcham surface, and using their so called war service as an excuse for their less than social behaviour and aggression towards others we here at ANZMI will expose them for what they are, wannabes of the lowest order.

Welcome to our website Jack Mitcham (aka Szmekura).       

Surname: Mitchell
Christian Names: Robert
Country: United Kingdom
State or Province: Devon
City or Town: Dartmouth
Case Notes:

Robert Mitchell

 

Robert Mitchell, a former British Royal Navy Commando is the Secretary of the Dartmouth, United Kingdom Branch, of the Royal Naval Association and he is a liar and a wannabe who wears false medals.

  The reason this “Pom” features on this Australian wannabe website is because he claims to have carried a bullet in his groin for forty years after clandestine operations on board Australian/New Zealand Gun Boats that were ordered upriver in Cambodia. He also claims to have been “Tagged” to an Australian Battalion in Vietnam.  Neither Australia nor New Zealand ever had Gun Boats deployed in Vietnam, nor were any British Commandos ever “Tagged” to Australian Battalions.

 

 

Now read the bizarre story behind Mitchell’s claims of being wounded and carrying a bullet in his groin for 40 years.

 

 

 

Mitchell is wearing four medals that he has described in this newspaper clipping.

 

 

The first medal Distinguished Service Medal

Mitchell claims to have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM). He was never in Vietnam as he claims, and therefore his DSM is a dishonourable lie. Here is information about DSM awards:

Every DSM award has to be published in the London Gazette – even for covert operations. Nobody named Robert Mitchell has been Gazetted. Twenty One DSMs have been Gazetted since the 2nd World War. These are:

Two for Royal Navy awarded for service in Brunei and Borneo

One for Royal New Zealand Navy awarded for service in Borneo

Four for Royal Australian Navy for service in Vietnam

Twelve British Servicemen for service in The Falklands

Two British Servicemen for service in the Gulf war.

The second medal is the British General Service Medal 1962 (GSM) with two clasps

Mitchell claims the GSM as the Vietnam Campaign medal. The GSM with clasp Vietnam was awarded to Sixty Eight Australian soldiers who were members of the elite Australian Army Training Team AATTV who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1964. After 1964 Australian Servicemen were issued with the Vietnam Campaign Medal.  Mitchell has not earned the GSM with clasp Vietnam because he was not there and therefore is wearing it dishonourably.

The third medal St Johns Ambulance Medal

This is not a medal issued for Military Service it is for service as a civilian with St Johns Ambulance Brigade.

The Fourth Medal New Zealand Australian Campaign Medal

Not an official medal, it is a self purchased Commemorative “Tin” Medal with no significance and should not be worn.

The Bullet

In another newspaper report a spokesperson for the Torbay Hospital, where Mitchell was operated on, denied having removed a bullet.  See here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132713/Former-soldier-said-surgeons-removed-bullet-leg-40-years-accused-fantasist-hospital-contradicts-claims.html

Mitchell is a liar who created a false heroic military history that involved him serving with Australian units in Vietnam.

Mitchell did not carry a bullet in his groin for forty years.

He did not have a bullet removed at the Torbay Hospital as claimed.

He did not go “Upriver” on Australian/New Zealand Gunboats.

He never served in Vietnam “tagged” to an Australian Battalion.

He was never awarded a DSM.

For fooling with Australian Military History and for creating a false military history for himself we are happy to include this despicable “Pom” on our web site where the whole world can see that he is a liar, cheat and a wannabe

Shame Mitchell shame.

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: Mitchell
Christian Names: Paul Gregory
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Loch Sport
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Paul Gregory Mitchell - a Kiwi who "Fought in North Vietnam"

There was something “Fishy” about Paul Gregory Mitchell of the picturesque seaside town of Loch Sport in Gippsland Victoria.

His claimed  New Zealand military service was of such a fanciful nature that genuine Loch Sport veterans were alerted to having a suspected liar,  fraud and wannabe in their midst.

 

Mitchell is a Kiwi immigrant who thought he could fool Australian Veterans by claiming to be a New Zealand, Vietnam Veteran.  He may never have been discovered as a liar, fraud and wannabe had he chosen to lie about being an ordinary Infantry soldier or a Cook or Tank Driver.  Like most wannabes, Mitchell chose to live in a world where his “Service” was clandestine, heroic and difficult to be confirmed – by ordinary Veterans – but not by ANZMI.

It was known around town that Mitchell was a New Zealand “Vietnam Veteran” and when asked about his service  over a friendly beer, at the local pub, he confirmed his service in Vietnam on numerous occasions to numerous genuine veterans, but always added;

“I can't talk about it as I am sworn to secrecy because we were fighting in North Vietnam.”

Although local veterans were suspicious about Mitchell’s claims, they decided to seek conclusive proof by calling in the “Ghost Busters” of the Veteran world and sent us a request for help.

The first port of call for ANZMI was to check the New Zealand, Vietnam Veterans nominal roll, and of course, he was not listed.  There are six Mitchells listed on the roll, but no Paul Gregory Mitchell, this anomaly was always explained away by Mitchell, as being because of the secret nature of his service.

When contacted by an ANZMI Investigator by phone, Mitchell flatly denied ever making any claims about serving in Vietnam, but then, slung in some innuendo to indicate that if he had served, he could not talk about it. He finally he said “If you want me to say that I did not serve in Vietnam, then I will say it” this sentence was put in such a way to infer that he was being security conscious and was prepared to lie rather than admit that New Zealand soldiers had illegally operated in North Vietnam.

During our investigation Loch Sport Veterans who had heard Mitchell’s lies on a first hand basis, confronted him and after considerable effort, he capitulated and admitted that he had never served in Vietnam with the New Zealand Armed Forces or any other Armed Force.

Paul Gregory Mitchell of Loch Sport is a liar, a fraud and a wannabe which is not a good citizenship category to be in whilst residing in a small country town.

There is sufficient evidence available for law enforcement to charge Mitchell under the Defence Act 1903 Part Vll section 80A, which says, that falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman is an offence with provisions for a penalty of a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

Should the aggrieved Veterans of Loch Sport, report this matter to their local State Police and provide affidavits, the police would be obliged to charge Mitchell and have him before the local Magistrates Court.

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: Montague-Elliott
Christian Names: Allen Angus
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Tivoli
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Case Notes:

Allen Angus Montague-Elliott -  Big name, big liar.

Among the worst kinds of wannabes are those who use fictitious war experiences to explain their ridiculous antics and disgraceful behaviour towards their friends, family and those they work with  such a man is Allan, Angus, Montague-Elliott of Tivoli Queensland.

 

 

Montague-Elliott claims to have served in the Army in the Vietnam War. He is a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) trained Pension Officer and works with the Ipswich, Queensland unit of the Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Inc. (VSASA). The VSASA unit took Montague-Elliott on face value and embraced him as a Vietnam Veteran. The President of the VSASA unit was alerted to the possibility of Montague-Elliott being a fraud and without bothering to check defended Montague-Elliot.  Being a member of such an organization gives wannabes the appearance of legitimacy. Montague-Elliott told the President of the organization that he completed recruit training at Puckapunyal, Victoria, then, after further training at Canungra, Queensland he was deployed overseas. Any alert person would see that Corps Training is missing from the equation.

During a court hearing in 2008, Montague-Elliott claimed to have been traumatized during his period of National Service. The Magistrate said.  “For reasons that were understandably not further explored in the evidence, it appeared during the xxxxxxxx, cross examination that he had endured a particularly traumatic event whilst conscripted to national service. This event has obviously left a deep emotional scar on the.”

Montague-Elliott was never a National Serviceman, he enlisted in the Citizens Military Forces (CMF) on 28 March 1966 and served part time service until July 1967, when he was discharged from the CMF for misconduct, relating to a civil offence involving illegal use of a motor vehicle. For that offence he was sentenced to serve fourteen months at the Youth Training Centre (YTC) in Malmsbury, Victoria.

On 14 August 1969 having completed his term at YTC he again enlisted in the CMF.  This time he chose to serve in the CMF, as a way of fulfilling his National Service obligation and avoid the possibility of service in Vietnam. He served as a part time CMF soldier until 5th July 1971, when he was again discharged because he “Failed to render efficient Service”.

The true history of Montague-Elliott’s military service is shown in the following document:

 

 

 

 

The dates shown cover almost the whole time of the Vietnam War and according to his service record there is no possibility that Montague-Elliott ever served in Vietnam. Now let’s look at all the outrageous wannabe statements he has made:

“He was employed in Vietnam fixing tank tracks, one day he fired his rifle out of the back of an Armoured Personnel Carrier and shot some enemy troops”

“He has a Veteran Pension Card and he stated also he can claim as much money he wants while he has this Veteran’s Pension Card’

“There were no records of his Vietnam service because he was involved in the Black Market and was dishonourably discharged”

“He did two tours of Vietnam and blamed that for his abusive personality”

“Accidentally shot another soldier and was sent to army jail”

“Whilst in Vietnam accidentally shot an Officer.

“he acted the way he did because once a man had been trained to kill. It was impossible to get rid of violent impulses. The army trained men to kill sent them to kill, and then just abandoned the violent men it had created”

“I am a Vietnam Vet, who has killed for flag and country. I also killed because the army taught me to kill, but I was a killer no matter which way you slice it.”

“I have not lied to you I am a Military Vet”

“But I have my Dad’s medals and mine in a tin, War Medals”.

“I am a Vietnam Vet and I had a secret”

Some of the above quotes are written in Montague-Elliott’s own hand and others are contained on Statutory Declarations.

Here is an example of a statement written in his own  hand writing.

 

Let there be no doubt that this bloke is an evil con man and with a name like Montague-Elliott he is already halfway up the straight. His naive Doctor wrote a letter to his family suggesting “they be more understanding because of his war record”, and even suggested they join a Veterans support group for relatives of returned Veterans. Obviously Montague-Elliott has finagled this letter from his Doctor with false sob stories of his horrible war experiences. Montague-Elliott has pretended to a Federal Magistrate, his family and friends, a group of VSASA veterans, his Doctor and obviously many others that he is a Vietnam Veteran.

The lies told to the Federal Magistrate were in relation to explaining his disgraceful behaviour, and his evidence was given on oath and accepted as true by the Magistrate. He has deliberately lied to the court.

Montague-Elliott has committed an offence under the Defence Act 1903 by Impersonating a Veteran. It is unlikely that the Federal Police will take action, and therefore we are pleased to expose Allen, Angus, Montague-Elliott as a liar a fraud and a wannabe

 

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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