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Surname: Ryan
Christian Names: Shane
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Case Notes:

Updated 17 Nov 2013

 

 

Normally media articles are not the complete story here on the cases pages, however in this case we have made an exception as the Herald Sun have done an excellent job and are still following through on this case.  As more is printed in the media this page will be upgraded.   Read all about this hero and then if you feel the desire please contact the Herald Sun and let them know your feelings towards this hero and others you may know of that fit the same mould.   There are thousands of them out there and they all need exposure, heavy fines and a stint in jail in accordance with the laws that are in place but rarely used.

Make believe: Shane Ryan.
Picture: Bill McAuley Herald Sun

 

 

and there you see him.  This Walter Mitty hero who has now admitted to bogus civilian bravery awards, has in his possession stolen Miliary medals and has admitted to impersonating a war veteran.   All of the above are Federal offences and we will see just how they pan out. 

Maybe because the Royal Humane Society are pursuing this there may be charges laid against him for the awards he received from the society but we guess that the Government and Federal police again will ignore the crimes committed against the Defence Act 1903.  To date they have not acted on any of the offences we have offered to them and we have provided all information required to obtain a conviction.  One of these also includes a convicted paedophile, possibly using his bogus Army uniform to enter schools to tell war stories, which they have completely ignored.

Shane Ryan, the hero, is not finished with yet.  If you have information pertaining to his Military Service we would like you to contact us.  He may also be in receipt of fraudulent DVA disability payments that you are aware of.  We need to know if he is. The Herald Sun has also published more articles on this villain.  Well done Herald Sun.  Keep the information on these bogus hero's in the public forum.

Updated 17 Nov 2013

 

Shane Ryan Update. He is at it again.

 

Ryan is to appear in the Frankston Magistrates Court, Melbourne on the 20 December 2013. He failed to appear for his first "appointment" and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Since then he has had two "appointments" the last being on the 28th October 2013, when his Defence Solicitor requested an adjournment.
 
The State Prosecution advised that the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions were taking over to prosecute the charge of "Obtain by deception". The Magistrate extended Ryan's bail and ordered him to reappear on 20th December 2013.
 
Ryan is a "rat cunning" recidivist, intent on creating a fictitious, glorious military career for his posterity. The last bout we had with Ryan was in 2004 which is detailed above.
 
We have been pursuing Ryan on this current matter since June 2012. After concluding our investigation in late 2012 we became aware of others with an interest in Ryan and put finalization of our case on hold, so as not to jeopardise pending legal action.

 

The matter came to our attention when a Rhodesian Army Association advised us that Ryan had applied to join their organisation, and to support his application had produced United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence (MOD) documents.

 

When we approached Ryan about the documents he confidently advised that the documents were genuine. We believed that the documents were genuine, in that they had emanated from the UK MOD; however we knew that the information shown of the documents was false.

 

As the UK Ministry of Defence do not release information of any kind we were temporarily "stumped". However whilst our questions to the UK MOD were not answered, we believe our allegations were sufficient for the MOD to raise questions about the matter and apparently advise Australian authorities.

 

Below is email traffic concerning the UK MOD between Ryan and ANZMI when our investigation commenced.

 

24/6/12

 

Dear Mr Shane Ryan


I do independent research for various organisations and specialise in Defence personnel. Have been tasked by the UK Ministry of Defence in relation to forged documents bearing your name that they hold. Apparently the documents were used to seek membership of the Rhodesian Services Association located in New Zealand. Perhaps this matter can be resolved in the preliminary stages by a simple explanation from yourself? I always approach these matters from an independent point of view and, as am very busy with more important matters, would like to wrap up this matter quickly.


Sincerely

 

Sir 24/6/12

 

I am unable to open your attachment so ccn (sic) offer no comment. As any document I may or may not have sent to the Association to which you refer came originally from the MOD. your claim to be investigating on MOD's behalf is of interest. I have therefore forwarded your email to the CO MOD for their appropriate attention.

 

Regards

 

Dear Mr Ryan 24/6/2012

 

As you can not open the document, do you want me to send it to you in another form so that you can forward it to the CO of MOD? If you are unable to work with me in this matter will proceed without your input.

 

Sincerely
24/6/12

 

Thank you MOD have your orginal sic), email I am sure they will be in touch. The two documents sent to that Association were originated by MOD, who have advised me they haven't (sic) heard of you. I have been asked to forward any communications from you to MOD


Regards Shane

 

Mr Ryan 24/6/2012

 

No problem, please keep MoD in the loop, I will be phoning them when they open tomorrow. Most Australian retired Army Officers are happy to discuss their Service History. Would you be amenable to discuss yours?. Particularly your experiences in Rhodesia.


Regards

 

Dear Mr Ryan 27/6/12

 

You are invited to comment on the following. An investigation has been conducted into your claims of Service in Rhodesia as an Australian Army Infantry Officer and it is believed that your claims are false and that you have forged United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Documents. Should you choose to not comment, this information will be forwarded to Australian and United Kingdom law enforcement authorities, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Australian media, and the Australian Veterans organization ANZMI on the 4 July 2012.

 

Sincerely

 

Blogs <[email protected]>; 27/6/2012
to spva-dmsmodmoc., me
Officer in charge
 
Sir

 

Further to my prvious (sic) communications I am accused by This felllow (sic)of forging two letter sent to me by MOD.,Would you confirm to t0o that person these two letters are genuine.

 

Regards

 

Shane Ryan

 

[email protected]> 27/6/2012
to me, spva-dmsmodmoc.

 

Mr xxxxx

 

You appear to have made your mind up on this matter. I feel it best MOD anwser (sic)you allegation, as I doubt any comment I may offer will satisfy (sic) you, the letter are genuine, I have asked MOD to confirm that fact to you.
 
We have copies of the documents mentioned above but will hold them until after the Court Hearing.

 

At some time between June 2012 and June 2013, the Frankston Returned Services League (RSL) became involved in the prosecution, after the court case we will be able to

 

publish Frankston RSL's involvement in the matter.

 

Ryan has attempted many planned gambits in his quest for false fame, however on each occasion he has been thwarted. He was a failed Army Reserve Officer.
 
He is however a very successful and confirmed fraud, liar and wannabe.

 

More to follow after the 20th December 2013

 

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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: Rysdale
Christian Names: Alex
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Tahmoor
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

It seems that a lot of military imposters exposed on the ANZMI website are pursuing their one moment of glory in their lifetime. Something to impress their immediate family, fiancées, close friends and the wider community in general.

Alex Rysdale, born about 1951 of Tahmoor (near Picton) NSW, is typical of this type of imposter.

Rysdale is a disgrace and an embarrassment to the veteran community. He should hang his head in shame. He is a low life individual who has stolen the valour of all those brave men, who fought and died in the Vietnam War. He insinuates that he was a member of Special Forces, "in a Squad of six."

He is an outright liar without honour or integrity.

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Rysdale gave an in-depth interview to an unsuspecting Journalist from the Wollondilly Advertiser, about his heroic deeds as a Special Forces operative in the Australian Army, whilst he was fighting in the jungles of South Vietnam in 1969.

The below story was published on the 6 November, 2017 in that newspaper and also in the Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser, shortly after.

Everything stated by Rysdale that appears in bold italics in this article is a lie. He has never served.


WOLLONDILLY
ADVERTISER


NOVEMBER 6 2017 - 11:06AM
Vietnam veteran faces horrors of war
• Ashleigh Tullis

 

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Tahmoor's Alex Rysdale is a member of the Picton Anzac Day Committee but wants nothing to do with the government or RSLs because of the way veterans were treated after the Vietnam War. Picture: Chris Lane

I did become an animal.”
Tahmoor’s Alex Rysdale continues to live with the nightmares and horrors of fighting in the Vietnam War.
At 18 years old he enlisted in the Australian armed forces and was sent to Vietnam in 1969.
“I was a soldier,” he said. “I fought my way through the war both physically and mentally.”
Mr Rysdale still struggles with what war made him do.
“You change,” he said. “You become an animal. You do things that are worse than anything an animal can do.
“The hardest part is when I came back into the world and nobody cared.
“We didn’t have the camaraderie in the outside world.
“The hard part is remembering. I don’t want to remember and I keep away from the triggers.”

Mr Rysdale went into the army after completing his apprenticeship as a typewriter mechanic.
In 1969 he started his basic training and was named the cadet of the year. He trained in Western Australia and Queensland before being sent to Vietnam.

“Our squad went on patrols, looked for tunnel networks and cleared them out,” the veteran said.
“We were called to hunt down a sniper and take him out.
“We were to spot the enemy’s troop movements. Our squad of six would come up against 200 North Vietnamese Army troops and we would have to fight our way out.”

Mr Rysdale recalls one particular time when he thought he would die.
“We were asleep in a shallow grave and were covered in leaves to hide ourselves,” he said.
“There was a trail 10 metres to the left. I could hear them because the ground was vibrating.
“Three hundred North Vietnamese Army troops walked past us.
“Somehow we weren’t spotted.”

 

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Alex Rysdale still lives with the scars from his service. Picture: Chris Lane

Mr Rysdale was evacuated from Vietnam in 1970.
I was shot and blown up at the same time,” he said.
“I was hiding behind a tree when we were out on patrol looking for troop movements.
“Three in our squad were killed.”

Mr Rysdale was taken to Germany then to Sydney to the Concord Repatriation Hospital.
“After I got out of hospital I was walking through the city and there was a construction site,” he said.
“A worker was using a jackhammer and I hit the ground and started screaming like a lunatic.
“Someone kicked me and told me to go to a shelter because he thought I was drunk.
“People will never understand what we went through.”

Mr Rysdale suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and said he can “just snap” at times.
“I wake up screaming at night.” he said. “Doctors can put a name on it but I think the nightmares are my own shame about what I did over there.”
Mr Rysdale said he has never really talked about his time during the Vietnam War.
The way he was treated after the war was why he never wanted anything to do with Returned Service Leagues or the government.
“I remember how badly we were treated by people back home,” he said.
“One time I was on rest and recuperation and I was so excited to have a home cooked meal by mum and get hugs and kisses from my family.
“As soon as I got off the plane I had eggs and tomatoes thrown at me and I was called a baby killer.
“I turned straight around and flew back to Bangkok.
“To this day I have never heard one of the idiots put their hand up and say they were really sorry.
“Our government didn’t recognise Vietnam as a war and that meant the guys were not given the rights and recognition they deserved for a long time.”


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A wreath laid at the centenary ceremony during Remembrance Day at Picton Memorial Park. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Mr Rysdale is the last member of his squad and was very close with his fellow soldiers.
“I loved those blokes,” he said.
“We didn’t see each other often but I still thought about them.
“During the war we had so much fun as a whole group because we were a tight knit unit of six guys.
“So when only three of us came back with scars from being mentally wounded and abused, it didn’t seem right to have fun because it wasn’t with everybody in the group.
“If we would catch up at a funeral then we would buy six beers. One beer each for guys who didn’t come back and one for us.
“I think that was a fitting way to remember them.”

Mr Rysdale said he did not go to Remembrance Day or Anzac Day ceremonies until last year when he was asked to lay a wreath.
He is a member of the Picton Anzac Day Committee and helps man fundraising stalls, sets up for the ceremonies and is a part of the committee’s discussions but otherwise does not want to attend the ceremonies.

Mr Rysdale does however have a lot of admiration for the committee and what they have created in the Picton Memorial Park.
“Personally I think (name deleted) should be knighted for his hard work, dedication and the time he has put into helping veterans and the committee,” he said. (End of Article)
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Rysdale is a grandstander. We wonder what he has told his immediate family and brand new fiancée. We know that he told the Committee of the Picton Anzac Day Committee (PADC) that he was a Vietnam Veteran. With that background, he was accepted immediately as a committee member. When asked why he never wore his Vietnam medals on Anzac Days, he replied to the Committee “that the originals were mounted in a frame on his wall at home and that he did not have a set of replica medals".

Rysdale’s name does not appear on the Department of Veteran’s Affairs - Vietnam Nominal Roll - It is accurate. His name also does not appear on the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Association record of former members. His name also does not appear on any other documentation held at the National Archives of Australia for military service in any branch of the Australian Defence Force.

Rysdale is a pathetic individual who has placed himself out there in the public domain as a War Hero. He is nothing of the sort and should be shunned by the people in his home town of Tahmoor, New South Wales.

We sent Rysdale a request, giving him an opportunity to explain his extraordinary claims of heroic Vietnam War Army service, his enlistment and discharge dates, Army service number and his Unit.

He replied stating that - "I have spoken with the reporter at the advertiser and onformed (sic) her of my opinion on this. You dont know me and never will. You think that in this particular instance you are doing the right thing. I agree with what you do is great but not this time. I am not happy to continue this as per your demands and and have resigned from the Anzac committee. All this has done is cause me the utmost pain. Please talk with Ashley and she will be happy to discuss this with you".
Regards
Alex Rysdale


Any pain being suffered by Rysdale, is due the the fact that he knows that he has been well and truly caught out as a military imposter and valour thief..

Rysdale has committed an offence under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903 Part V11, Section 80A - Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

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

ANZMI have notified the local authorities.

The last we heard, the Wollondilly Advertiser is publishing an update of the original story shortly.

The update should read a little differently and will be factual.

 

 

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