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

Surname: Meyers
Christian Names: Graeme Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Graeme Kenneth MEYERS, date of birth 03/08/1951 of Albany R96070, served in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and did one trip to Vung Tau, South Vietnam on the troop ship HMAS Sydney.

He appears on this site as he has misled a reporter from the West Australian Newspaper and the leader of the opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP by asking for an apology.

Graeme Meyers enlisted in the RAN as a Junior Sailor on 5 April, 1967 and was posted to HMAS Sydney from 26 April 1968 to 3 November, 1968.

Graeme Meyers spoke to the reporter Joseph Catanzaro of the West Australian Newspaper about his service in the RAN and being sent to Vietnam on the troopship HMAS Sydney which was published in that newspaper on 20 July, 2011.

In the first paragraph Meyers claims he was only 16 years old when he was sent to war to Vung Tau Harbour. This is incorrect; he was 16 years and 10 months old when he did his trip to Vung Tau leaving the port of Brisbane on 21 May 1968 and returning to Brisbane on 13 June 1968 as a Junior Recruit 1st Class

HMAS Sydney was at anchor in Vung Tau from 0647 hours to 1305 hours on 1 June 1968, a total of 6 hours and 58 minutes.  Myers goes on to state “the trauma of being thrust into a combat zone at such a tender age led to mental health problems that still plague him today.”

Vung Tau was the Australian Logistics Base with a large airfield used by the RAAF, US Air Force and Army. It was also the Rest and Recreation Centre where soldiers actually located at the Australian Task Force Base at Nui Dat, in a real combat zone used to take a total of five days leave. Soldiers would wear civilian clothes and not carry any weapons. There was also a good beach where soldiers could enjoy a swim in the ocean and a beer.

It is common knowledge in the military that logistics and supply units are always placed in a safe area well to the rear of a combat zone.

This makes it hard to consider Vung Tau as a combat zone. To the soldiers who did go on operations in the jungles of South Vietnam, Vung Tau was a holiday resort.

Meyers states “He is still haunted by the sights and sounds of war and the Chinook helicopters roaring overhead, patrol boats circling his ship and the foreboding glimpse of jungle looming over the edge of the landing barge.”

In all the trips to Vung Tau I never saw or heard any sounds of war. Maybe I had too much to drink and missed it all. As part of security measures patrol boats would be circling the ship to keep any other craft away from the Sydney and  probably also looking for Viet Cong using hollowed out bamboo sticks trying to swim out to the ship to sink it.

The Chinook helicopters would be ferrying supplies and heavy equipment from HMAS Sydney to the logistics’ base and dropping them off at varying points some 7 kilometres distance. As for the foreboding jungle, there wasn’t any. The nearest jungle would have been at least 20 kilometres away.

Kenneth Meyers apparently handed his medals in to a Labor State MP to hand to the leader of the opposition, the Hon Tony Abbot MP and was seeking an apology from Mr Abbott as it was the Liberal Party that was in power in 1968.

Mr Meyers also said was the “secret shame of the Australian Defence Force-their use of child soldiers during the Vietnam War.”

Sydney Meyers you have got that wrong too, soldiers had to be 19 years old to be sent into an actual operational area. You were at the time a Junior sailor 1st Class after under going training at three shore bases before doing a stint on the HMAS Sydney which besides being used as a troop ship for conveying troops to and from Vietnam was also a training ship for Junior Sailors.

We believe it is Graeme Meyers that should be apologizing to everyone for his deception to the reporter and Mr Abbott about his service and trip to Vung Tau.

It is sad to read such rubbish like this from an ex-serviceman who never went into the jungles of Vietnam and did the hard yards in actual combat, some of whom never returned.

HMAS Sydney was just a troop ship conveying troops and supplies from Australia to Vung Tau and taking the infantry battalion being relived back to Australia.

Graeme Meyers for your loose manner of handling the truth, we find it an insult to all Vietnam Veterans and to the relatives of those that lost their loved ones in the jungles of South Vietnam. You will now grace our web site.

 

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: Middleton
Christian Names: Raymond N
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Coomera
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Case Notes:

Raymond N MIDDLETON believed to reside in the Coomera area Queensland and visits the Southport RSL.  42743 Gunner Middleton served with 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Army in South Vietnam. Purchased a South Vietnamese a Cross of Gallantry and awarded it to himself.

 

 

Ray Middleton did his tour of South Vietnam and is entitled to wear the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation awarded to 161 Battery on his right breast.

http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/category/m/m2a.html

This citation was awarded to 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery by the President of South Vietnam to recognise service in Vietnam from 17 July 1965 to 8 May 1971. The citation was presented by General Nguyen Van Minh, Commander of Military Region III, at a Battery Parade at Vung Tau, South Vietnam, on 8 May 1971. The citation was also awarded to 2 New Zealand Army Training Team Vietnam (2 NZATTV).

This unit citation is worn as a dress embellishment by members of 161 Battery. Personnel who were posted to 161 Battery during the period for which the citation was awarded (and up to the unit’s withdrawal from Vietnam in 1972) may wear the insignia of the award at all times. Personnel subsequently posted to the unit may wear the insignia only while they are serving with the unit.

This unit citation is sometimes referred to as the Republic of South Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Presidential Unit Citation, or the Republic of South Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation in the colour of The Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaf.

He is not entitled to wear the individual South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He has purchased this medal to try and make himself out to be some kind of hero when he attends services wearing his medals. He is also wearing an un-official medal with his official medal which goes against the rules of medal protocol.

There is a full list of New Zealand soldiers who were official awarded foreign medals at the following web site and his name is not on it.

http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/resources/awards

The medals Middleton is wearing from left to right are as follows;

New Zealand Operational Medal (entitled)

Vietnam Medal (entitled)

New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (warlike) (entitled)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (entitled)

South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm (not entitled, purchased)

New Zealand Army 150th Anniversary Medal (not entitled, un-official commemorative medal)

There are strict rules regarding the wearing of medals which have been published by the government and by the RSL. Below is just a small list of medals that should not be worn with official medals.

Ray Middleton and others like him are not satisfied with the medals they have been officially award and purchase un-official commemorative medals as well as other official medals they are not entitled to for no other reason than they are show ponies and want people to believe they are  some kind of heroes.

Ex-service organizations should check the records of their members and ensure they are only wearing the medals they are entitled to and also that they are not wearing un-official tin medals.

Ray Middleton, your lack of any pride or respect for the medals you are entitled to wear and by wearing a tin medal as well as a self purchased Gallantry Medal you will now grace our web site for all to see.

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: Milfull
Christian Names: Terence John
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Logan
Service: Army
Branch: Craftsman
Case Notes:

Terrence John Milfull. Whilst serving in Vietnam, Milfull held the rank of Craftsman which is what Private soldiers are called in the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME).

Milfull must have been much thought of, because according to Milfull he was singled out by The South Vietnam Prime Minister, Air Vice Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky who personally awarded the medal The Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm leaf, to him during a unit parade at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. 

 

Maybe Milfull got the medal in relation to one of the “ripping” yarns he tells, like when he was a passenger in a USA fighter jet that was hit by a missile and he had to take over the controls and fly it back to the base at Bien Hoa, or it could have been for the time he was taken for a “spin” in a USA U2 Spy Plane from the Bien Hoa base and glided at 92,000 feet.

 

 In the photograph Milfull is wearing:

The Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 Clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Medal

Australian Defence Medal

The Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm leaf (2nd from the right)

Vietnam Campaign Medal

He is not entitled to wear the Cross of Gallantry and his story of how it was presented to him is childish, along with his silly stories about his rides in US Military Jet planes. Milfull’s behaviour is unbecoming a senior executive of two Ex Service Organisations.

Milfull is:

President Logan & District TPI Social Centre

Senior Vice President Logan and District RSL Sub Branch Inc.

 

His service in Vietnam was with the Australian Logistic Support Company (ALSC), at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam . His unit was attached to the 1 Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) Group, which came under the operational control of the United States, 173d Airborne Brigade. When the 1 Australian Task Force established at Nui Dat and 1 RAR returned to Australia Milfull was transferred to 101 Field Workshops RAEME and relocated to Nui Dat.

On the occasion when the above photograph was taken Milful was attending a 173rd Air Borne dinner at the Tweed Heads, New South Wales Bowls Club. At this function he told his “stories” and was called a liar by numerous veterans who served with him. Milfull chose to leave the building.

Milfull is a liar and a wannabe and therefore must not hold senior executive positions in Ex Service Organisations; he can however occupy a senior position as an exposed wannabe on our web site – Welcome to our webs site 18647 Terence John Milfull.

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: 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.


Militich 01

 

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).       

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