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Surname: Sangster
Christian Names: Perry Stuart
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Case Notes:
 

 

Perry Stuart (Lofty) SANGSTER has associated with veterans for many years, as a member of various motor cycle groups in the Northern Territory and South Australia, including the H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) in Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide, Australia Patriots M/C and Southern Cross M/C.  Sangster has regaled members of these clubs with stories of his extraordinary service in South Vietnam, with the SAS (Special Air Service) and the U.S. 5th Airborne, and of the war wounds he received to his back and legs.

His further claims of having served in Somalia and Gulf War 1 have been dismissed as the ramblings of a complete fool.

Sangster's story, as told to his wide circle of friends and acquaintances, is as follows:

He served in the Regular Army as a  Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RAEME ) mechanic, but later transferred to SAS. 

He served in Vietnam with SAS and the U.S. 5th Airborne, fighting at the Battle of Long Tan, and being decorated for his exploits during that battle. 

Sangster has 'dodgy' knees and other serious health issues that he attributes to his service in Vietnam.  He further attributes his severe medical problems to the shrapnel that has been removed from his back and legs.

He is unable to claim benefits for the injuries he received in Vietnam, under the Veterans Entitlements Act, which is administered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. 

His records are sealed due to the extremely sensitive nature of his duties with SAS and the U.S. 5th Airborne. 

He cannot disclose details of these covert operations because some of them are very close to criminal activities. 

His service file and medical file are unavailable to him, so he cannot prove his present disabilities are caused by the shrapnel wounds to his back and legs. 

The only evidence he holds for a veteran's claim is his discharge certificate, but that unfortunately doesn't show his "special service" deployments.

Sangster wears the ribbons of the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) , Vietnam Medal and Vietnamese Campaign Medal, on his leather vest.  He also wears a SAS cap badge and SAS para wings on the vest, along with a Vietnam Veterans Association (VVAA) embroidered patch and a number of patches identifying membership of various motor cycle organisations.  His Harley Davidson motor cycle is adorned with a sticker on the rear mudguard, depicting the Vietnam War service ribbons he wears on his vest, and he has RAEME badges affixed to the bike.



 

Now that you have read what Lofty Sangster has to say, let's look at the facts. 

Perry Stuart SANGSTER was born in Adelaide on 21st November 1946.  During his schooling at Prince Alfred College he served in the School Cadets for three years, attaining the rank of Cadet Sergeant, prior to being discharged from the School Cadets  when he left school. Sangster was educated to Intermediate Certificate standard ( 3 years of High School)  and took up an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic at Somerton S.A. in 1964.

The above information was taken from Sangster's Army records and the Personal Data Sheet he completed when he enlisted in the Australian Military Forces.


 



Sangster didn't enlist in the Regular Army, he enlisted in the Army Reserve, then known as the Citizens Military Forces.  Perry Stuart SANGSTER joined the RAEME - LAD (Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers - Light Aid Detachment) of the 3/9 SAMR (South Australia Mounted Rifles) on the 25th January 1965, being issued service number 446655.  His service concluded when he was discharged on the 22nd May 1968.

Sangster's only military service totalled three years 4 months, as an Army Reservist, during which time he held the rank of Craftsman, the RAEME equivalent of Private.


 

Sangster regularly travels between Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide practising his occupation of diesel mechanic.  He attends biker rallies and regales all present with his tales of heroic deeds and moans about his war ravaged health, for which the government gives him no support.  The more alcohol he consumes, the more heroic the deeds become and the more bitter his rhetoric against the government.

Many people over the years have taken pity on Sangster and have tried to help him apply for a Disability Pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, but have been fobbed off with the story that 'his records are sealed'.  On at least one occasion we are aware of, he was advised by a concerned ex-serviceman that all service records are available after 30 years, so he could now apply to have his records released, enabling him to extract evidence in support of his claim for a Veterans' Affairs pension.  Sangster claimed that his records contain such sensitive information that they are sealed for longer than 30 years.

Knowledgeable ex-service personnel have been suspicious of Sangster's claims for years.  Very few have challenged Sangster, who is somewhat intimidating at 6' 4 (193 cm) tall, and those that have done so got the 'sealed records' story.

Apart from the erroneous, romantic, 'James Bond' notions that files are 'sealed forever', there are too many inconsistencies in Sangster's yarns to deflect suspicion by veterans, who have made numerous reports to ANZMI in recent years.

The action at Long Tan has been so heavily researched and written about, that anyone claiming to have been involved can be found out very easily, from the mountain of evidence available.

Any person claiming to have been awarded conspicuous bravery or service awards or decorations relating to their military service, can also be easily checked out, by searching the following web address: 
http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au

Sangster seems to have watched the wrong movies, or scrambled the information he has acquired from movies or books, to support his fantasies.  His constant referral to his service with the " U.S. 5th Airborne" is a dead giveaway to any service  personnel who have ever had anything to do with the U.S. Special Forces  There was no such unit.

Sangster tells everyone that his activities with SAS and U.S. 5th Airborne, are top secret, and 'hush-hush', because he participated in activities bordering on the criminal.  Fair dinkum!!!  Would any self respecting small time criminal tell anyone he participated in crimes, but he can't tell you what they are?  That Sangster admits any of the rubbish he spruiks has already breached any security that might have once existed.  So, what did you do in the war Lofty?

Many veterans are aware of the extremely wide contacts that ANZMI maintains with ex-service organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Internationally.  Claims made of SAS service can be quickly checked against nominal rolls and confirmed or refuted, by ANZMI simply sending an e-mail.  Similarly, claims of service with overseas units, like the U.S. 5th Airborne, are just as simply and quickly confirmed or refuted. 

If any visitor to our ANZMI site is suspicious of stories they have heard from any individual 'super soldier', e-mail us at: 
information@anzmi.net   and we will assist you to establish the facts, or offer you advice on where you can search for the information you seek.

Falsely claiming to be an ex-serviceman and wearing non-awarded service medals or ribbons are both criminal offences under the Defence Act and are punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

DEFENCE ACT 1903

Impersonation and Service Medal Offences

Section 80A creates an offence of falsely representing oneself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman.

Section 80B creates an offence of improper use of service decorations.


We at ANZMI have been aware of Sangster's claims for some years, but until now have not been able to obtain statutory declarations from witnesses, to support the information we had in our possession.  We carry out research and obtain documentary evidence, e.g. service records, to support all claims we make on the site.  When we have compiled sufficient evidence to overwhelmingly prove our case, we then contact the person we have investigated, offering them the opportunity to deny the claims made against them, or to provide evidence such as their service records, to prove their innocence.  If suitable evidence is provided we abandon the case, otherwise, we ask that a written apology, addressed to all units and service personnel involved, be sent to ANZMI so we can forward it to the people concerned, for their acceptance, or otherwise, of the apology.. 

Only after this process is conducted will we consider displaying a person on our 'Cases' pages.

Sangster was sent a letter from ANZMI as outlined above.  We decided to extend the time we allow for an answer to our communications to a full month, in recognition that Sangster's work often takes him away from his base.  We have not, to this date, received any reply from Sangster, either by post or e-mail.  Should Mr Sangster offer suitable evidence in the future that his claims are true, he will immediately be removed from the site.

If Lofty Sangster ever tells you his tales of heroic deeds, and/or his hard luck story of being abandoned by the government, which refuses to give him treatment for his war disabilities, just tell him you have seen the facts on the ANZMI website, and suggest he might like to avail himself of professional help to sort out his personality disorders.

Should anyone tell you their records are sealed, locked up, under a 100 year secrecy embargo, or never to be revealed, the first words you should think of is........."bloody b......t".

While we may never know the full nature of some SAS operations, or who carried them out, those personnel had a parent unit, and their records from that unit are available after the 30 years secrecy embargo.  

Scroll down to our Brian Day story, we have his complete SAS records and we would have Lofty Sangster's as well, if he ever served in the unit.

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: Schafer
Christian Names: Robert Neville
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Robert Neville Schafer - Phantom of the Jungle??

Robert Schafer served as a Driver with an Infantry Battalion in Vietnam from 28th  Dec 1967 to 6th Aug 1968.

He enlisted as a National Serviceman on the 29 Sep 1965 and was discharged 29 Sep 1968. He obviously committed himself to an extra year to serve in Vietnam, which is very commendable.  It is unfortunate that Schafer has foolishly navigated himself onto the Wannabe reef.

 

 

Schafer is another, who claims to have been a Phantom of the Jungle having served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam, but of course cannot speak about it because of the Official secrets Act.  Like all wannabes though, it is no good being a hero if you cannot talk about it, so bit by bit he dropped little pieces of his SASR service to both individuals and to groups.

At hospital group meetings he has blamed his SASR Vietnam Service for his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has said he was involved in ambushes deep in the jungle away from the Australian Base and was part of a group assigned to kill Viet Cong leaders around Hanoi. Schafer also claims to have been Wounded in Action in Vietnam.

Here are the two cards that make up Schafer’s record of service, they show that his service was routine and as follows:

29 Sep 1965  Enlisted  -  Recruit Training

8   Dec 1965  Posted to 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) as a Rifleman

28 Jun  1966  Changed employment to Driver still at 3 RAR.

29 Sep 1967  Re-engaged for a further twelve months.

27 Dec 1967  Departed Adelaide

28 Dec 1967 Arrived Vietnam serving with 3RAR

6  Aug  1968 Departed Vietnam

29 Sep 1968 Discharged from the Army.

Below is an extract from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll showing that during his whole service in Vietnam Schafer was a Private soldier with 3 RAR. We are reliably advised that he served with Administration Company in the role of Driver Employment Code Number (ECN) 302

 

 

Claims of service with elite units is in epidemic proportions Army SASR and Tunnel Rat, Engineer Units are popular as well as Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers. We have never had a Wannabe who was a Clerk or a Cook or one of the hundreds of other mundane, but essential jobs that support front line troops. They all want to be heroes.

We have cases stacked up waiting to be processed, and we warn Wannabes that they could be next into the breech and about to be named and shamed on our web site. If you have been claiming false service, we suggest you contact those you have been fooling, apologise and hope we don’t know about you.

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: Scherzer
Christian Names: Friederich Franz, aka Frederic
Country: Australia
State or Province: Vic
City or Town: Richmond
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: Unknown
Service: Army & RAAF
Branch: RAE, Sec Pol
Commencement of service: 04 Mar 08
Completion of service: 07 Jun 12
Case Notes:

 

 

 

You would have to wonder at the sheer audacity of some blokes.  Here we have Freddie Scherzer, all ship shape and Bristol fashion as our matelot colleagues would say, proudly graduating from an RAAF Dog Handler’s course.  But a not very clear photo taken on the day is very interesting.

On Scherzer’s dress uniform we can see what are believed to be an Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with 2 clasps, Iraq 2001 and ICAT, the Afghanistan Medal, the Iraq Medal and the NATO medal with ISAF clasp.  No doubt a very impressive rack topped off with a Meritorious Unit Citation and the Army Combat Badge. 

The only cloudy moment on what was probably a very fine day for Freddie is that he is not entitled to wear any of the medals.

A section of Scherzer’s former LinkedIn profile (since removed) makes for good reading:

“I have been responsible and involved in the planning, management and supervision of high standard construction tasks and continuous training conducted by the Australian Army in Australian and overseas communities; this includes the erection of bridges and other structures, the production of potable water, the management and supervision of over 100 local and foreign soldiers and the accurate advice and direction to superiors throughout various tasks.

In this position, I was able to manage superiors and subordinates effectively and efficiently, work with various government agencies in Australia and overseas and be able to communicate with various groups and individuals.  A career highlight was accepting the role and responsibility to detect and disarm improvised or conventional explosives whilst serving overseas with my explosive detection dog.”

Sounds as if Freddy was quite a digger!  But what is the real story?  From what we have been told, this is the reality of Scherzer’s military service.

In March 2008 Friederich Franz Scherzer joined the Australian Army at the age of 19. Following basic training he was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers.  He successfully completed a number of courses including one which left him qualified as a basic combat engineer. However, from what we are lead to believe we are confident he was not involved in any training in the army which would qualify him as an IED dog handler.

Early in 2011 Scherzer seems to have left the Australian Army and commenced service with the RAAF.  He completed a basic security course before finishing training as a basic dog handler. Freddie and his dog then carried out security duties at both Richmond and Amberley RAAF bases.  Sometime in early 2012, Scherzer and the military parted company.  The only award he is entitled to is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM))

Yet again we have a man who has served his country in 2 arms of the military, an achievement he should be well satisfied with.  Unfortunately like many former service personnel whose stories come the way of ANZMI, Friederich Franz Scherzer has decided to guild the lily. 

In ANZMI rankings, Scherzer is a first class medal cheat.  Not only is this an affront to all Australians who served their country, it’s a disgrace to the RAAF uniform he dishonoured on that graduation day.  But you have to ask yourself, why did not one senior NCO or officer present at that graduation parade not asks questions about Scherzer’s impressive awards? 

And is often the case with frauds such as Freddie Scherzer, he has regaled a number of his former military colleagues with many tales of daring do.  He claimed to have served as an Engineer with 1CER based out of Holsworthy NSW and that he had deployed three times within his short Army career. During his overseas service he claimed to have been involved in fire fights with the Taliban and that he had engaged and took the lives of enemy fighters. We find that this is pretty standard modus operandi of wannabes like Scherzer.

On another occasion in Freddie’s vivid imagination he was involved in a search for explosives when a child came out of a house and began firing at his patrol group.  Quick as a flash and with a well-honed veteran’s skill Scherzer returned fire and killed the kid.  Fred then claimed that the child’s mother picked up the weapon forcing him to also take her out.  Those of us familiar with the film American Sniper will have a sense of déjà vu at this point of Scherzer’s war exploits.

Another tale that seems to also have an American Sniper ring to it is Scherzer claiming to have been on a sat ‘phone talking to his partner back in Australia and coming under fire.  Ever cool Freddie ended the call by saying that he ‘had to go’.  Quite a man!

This stuff goes on and on; Fred patrolling in board shorts because of the heat, Fred being the first breacher during compound raids, exiting a tunnel and taking enemy fire only to be saved by his body armour and so on and so on!  Not content with these fabulous ‘warries’, during the RAAF dog-handler’s course, Scherzer would occasionally flash the legendary sand coloured beret of the SASR.  This he said he gained when he was posted to the SAS as a quartermaster!  Freddie is obviously versatile as well. 

And yet again we get another taste of Hollywood with Freddie claimed that while on patrol in Afghanistan, his patrol entered a building, previously occupied by the Taliban and found a suitcase containing $US 100,000.  This is almost a scaled down story very much like the Gulf War movie, Three Kings. Scherzer says that he and his mates shared and pocketed the cash, which was later smuggled back to Australia in their trunks. But Scherzer was always prepared for close questioning about his exploits, hiding behind his ‘PTSD’ to end the conversation.

Over the years ANZMI has exposed numerous medal frauds, cheats and wannabes from virtually all conflicts involving Australian Defence Forces from the Second World War through to Iraq and Afghanistan.  But in recent years we have seen a rise in the numbers of myth perpetrators of more contemporary conflicts such as Somalia, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Sometimes it seems that our work will never be done.

For all his bravado, Freddie has earned his place on this site.

 

 

 

Surname: Schmidt
Christian Names: Colin William
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Kingaroy
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Case Notes:
 

 

Colin William Schmidt – Kingaroy Queensland

Colin William Schmidt born 24 April 1931 has lived most of his life around Kingaroy, a rural town in Queensland about 210 kilometres North West of Brisbane. He is pictured below resplendent with his Korea Medal and his RSL badge and tie. Colin William Schmidt is a sad Wannabe .

 

 

 

 

On 22 April 2003 the following Newspaper clipping appeared in the local newspaper.

 

Claims made by Schmidt in the Newspaper article

 

Regimental number QX21422.

His regimental number was 121422, not QX21422. His CMF service was so ineffectual that he could not even remember his regimental number. See his Attestation Form that was filled out on his enlistment, his regimental number is very clear.

 

 Joined Citizens Military Forces in May 1950

He joined the CMF on 11th October 1949 and was allocated to 9th Infantry Battalion (The Moreton Regiment) as a Private Recruit and he was discharged "At his own request" on 12 th September 1950 still a Private Recruit. See entry on his Record of Service:

 

On enlistment his rank was Private recruit and on discharge his rank was still Private recruit.

 

Volunteers called from CMF for service in Korea

Schmidt did not volunteer for service in Korea. We have perused records of his entire military career and see nothing but a record of a man who never completed recruit training in the eleven months before he requested a discharge.

 

Schmidt seconded to D Company, Moreton Regiment 2/9 Battalion (Infantry) AIF. Schmidt served for his entire enlistment of eleven months, with 9th Infantry Battalion, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane Queensland.

 

Embarked for Korea on Board HMAS Duntroon.

Schmidt never left Australia during his Citizens Military Forces (CMF) Service and the MV Duntroon never carried troops to Korea. Section "P" of his CMF Record of Service detailing " Embarkations, emplanements, Disembarkations, Deplanements and other Major Movements" is blank – no entries whatsoever. See Below
 

 

HMAS Duntroon disabled off the Philippines, troops transferred to HMAS Leeuwin returned to Australia

No such incident occurred. According to Senior Naval Historical Officers, Department of Defence, Canberra.    MV Duntroon completed troop-carrying duties in 1949/1950, and then returned to coastal shipping duties. In the book "The Official History of Australian the Korean War 1950 –1953" by Robert O'Neill there is no mention of the MV Duntroon whatsoever.

 

Discharged at the end of 1950

Schmidt was discharged from the CMF on 12 September 1950. Still a Private recruit.

 

Schmidt also verbalises a slightly different story about his embarkation and return to Australia.   He tells stories of his attempt to participate in the Korea conflict, it goes like this.

 

"Embarked for Korea on MV Duntroon, en route the MV Duntroon was shelled by a Russian submarine and sunk.   I survived and boarded the MV Cape Leeuwin. I returned to Brisbane never having reached Korea and discharged from the CMF in November 1950. I was awarded two or three campaign medals, which I lost."

 

Schmidt shows around a photo of "himself" and a group of soldiers on the wharf at "Pinkenba, Brisbane" on the day of his dreamed up "embarkation" and departure on the MV Duntroon.

 

We are reliably advised that the person circled, that Schmidt purports to be himself, is in fact a Lieutenant, and the Lieutenant and the soldiers in the photo, are all from 4 Platoon, B Company 3 rd Royal Australian Regiment.  The photo was taken in Korea very soon after the very famous battle of Kapyong on the 23rd and 24th April 1951.

 

The same photograph hawked around by Schmidt as his embarkation evidence unfortunately (for Schmidt) appeared in the Brisbane Daily Mail on the 24 th April 1994 as a story about the battle of Kapyong and depicts soldiers of 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.

 

Pillar of the community, RSL President and ex School Principal

Colin Schmidt is a pillar of the Kingaroy community and (until now) a very respected veteran of the Korea conflict, a retired school principal, a former six term president of the Returned Services League (RSL) and still a senior and very active member of the League. We visited Kingaroy and photographed their honour board, that shows Schmidt as serving as President in 1992,1993,1996, 1997,1998 and 1999.   See below.
 

 
 

Schmidt claims RSL membership and veteran status on the basis of embarking for service in Korea in 1950.   As per his newspaper story. – Now that you have seen his service records it can only be concluded that everything he has said about embarking for Korea is a lie. He served his whole term in the CMF at Kelvin Grove, Brisbane from 11 th October 1949 to 12th September 1950.  Schmidt was a Private recruit, who never completed his recruit training in his eleven months service.

 

It is difficult to understand how a person can cope with the knowledge that they are living a lie, and liable to exposure at any time, exposure, that will destroy their reputation. This is particularly so in medium sized rural towns where prominent people are known by most of the residents.

 

The Schmidt saga is an open and shut case, of a country town becoming blinded, by a con man seeking self-gratification by claiming to be a veteran of the Korea conflict, when in fact his service consists of eleven months CMF service as a Private recruit. He chose to seek this gratification in the local Returned Services League (RSL), in which he has held the office of president on six occasions.   There are lots of clubs where people could gain notoriety and respect in a country town, like Rotary and Lions, but Schmidt, for some reason needed to be seen as an RSL member and a returned Korea veteran.

 

We understand an audit of membership bona fides is now under way.   If you have a Wannabe who has held the Presidents position six times, then he could have allowed anyone to become a member. When more than one of these impostors gain entry they multiply exponentially and the integrity of the RSL is very much compromised.

 

Have no pity for Schmidt. Genuine veterans are ordinary people, however, unlike Schmidt, for a period of their lives they have given extraordinary service to qualify for veteran status.   As a result of their service, many veterans suffer mightily. Schmidt has never given active service and never been anything but a CMF private recruit.   Should he have had the desire in 1950 to serve in Korea he could have done so, but he chose not to do the hard yards. Now, after what he thinks is a time beyond people's ability to expose him as a fraud, he claims veteran status and basks in the kudos of that status.

 

Schmidt, an ex school principal didn't do the hard yards, but claims the honour, and he is exposed as a conman, a liar and a cheat, a status that is hard to abide in a rural Australian town.

 

From 1983 the minimum requirement for RSL membership is six months continuous CMF service.   Locals reliably advise us that Schmidt was a member of the RSL for many years before 1983. At that time membership criterion of the RSL was that the member be returned from active service. It can be assumed that Schmidt has been posing as a Korean Veteran for more than 40 years. Schmidt is not a soldier who has returned from active service and never even completed his CMF recruit training, yet he has risen to the high office of president of the Kingaroy RSL on six occasions.

 

The Newspaper article shown above details Schmidt's regimental number as QX21422.   Soldiers never forget their regimental number, but if you joined the CMF and then never really attended, perhaps you may forget. The regimental number QX21422 belongs to a real WW2 soldier, this could and should have been checked by the Kingaroy RSL, who by their inaction have aided and abetted this man in his disgraceful conduct.

 

To support his membership of the RSL Schmidt has developed a line of answers to deflect questions from persons suspicious of him. His stories are so silly that his cloak of respectability that comes with being a local school principal must have blinded people.   Just ponder  – this lying fraud of a schoolteacher has presided over the education, and to some extent the moral and ethical standards of many generations of Kingaroy citizens.

 

As well as being a moral hypocrite, he is also a physical thief as he wears a Korea medal (pictured above) that he is not entitled to. Schmidt says that he was issued with three Korea medals but has lost them. Also he says he was never issued with any discharge papers.

 

Schmidt wears one medal, after claiming to have lost three others. The one that he wears has a regimental number and name endorsed on it.   We are reliably advised that the name on the medal is not his, but it belonged to a genuine RAAF Korea veteran.  The medal was presented to the Kingaroy RSL and now it is being worn by Schmidt, - do we detect an offence under Federal and Queensland law?

 

As we do with all ex service people, we sent Schmidt a letter asking him to explain his behaviour. A copy of our letter is shown below.
 
Mr C W Schmidt

76 Haly Street

Kingaroy  Qld 4610                                                                    27 January 2006


Dear Mr Schmidt

Our organisation protects the honour of veterans; you may wish to see our web site at www.anzmi.net <
http://www.anzmi.net/> . 

It has come to our attention that you claim to be a veteran of the Korea War.

We have been unable to find any evidence that you served in Korea, or embarked from Australia with the intention of serving in Korea.


We note that on occasions you have worn the Korea Medal.

It is requested that you please produce some documentary evidence to support your claim of service in Korea and your eligibility to wear the Korea Medal.

We ask that you respond to this letter by the 5th February 06.   Please address your answer to XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Should you choose to ignore this letter we will consider publishing your details on our web site.

If you produce evidence that you are a genuine Korean Veteran, we will not bother you again.

Yours sincerely
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Schmidt was quick to answer our letter, and we are sure that members of the Kingaroy RSL will be amazed to read that Schmidt claims no involvement whatsoever in Korea, and he claims to have found the Korea Medal in a garbage bin and was not aware it was an offence for him to wear this medal.

 


 

From the letter above.

"I joined the local RSL approx 15 - 18 years ago..."   Not true Mr Schmidt.

He joined over 40 years ago when joining the Returned Services League required the person to be a fully fledged returned serviceman, a war veteran. How did he manage to gain membership while not a returned serviceman? What did he present as proof of his war service? The answers aren't known and probably never will be, due to the relevant RSL documents having been deliberately destroyed.

 

Note that Schmidt has decided to resign from the RSL and claims poor health.   It is suggested that the resignation is well timed, because, there are a lot of RSL members who will find it hard to believe Schmidt's letter after all of the lies he has told them about his Korean escapade, especially, the bit about embarking from Pinkenbar on the M V Duntroon, and being shelled by a Russian Submarine, climbing up the cargo nets of the rescue ship, and seeing his mates killed during this action. Schmidt lied to his friends and deceived the Kingaroy community and now lies to us in his letter of apology. We judge him as a blatant liar, and expose him as a unrepentant Wannabe who is well worthy of the wrath of the Kingaroy community. 

 

It was not really very wise to create history by sinking a ship, especially the very famous WW2 Troop Carrier MV Duntroon. Schmidt says it was damaged or sunk in 1950. The MV Duntroon was not damaged in 1950 and did not sink. The Senior Naval Historical Officer, Department of Defence, Canberra says it had no role in the Korean war, it was never sunk and was towed out of Melbourne in 1960 for breaking up.

 

There is no doubt that Schmidt has fraudulently posed as a Korea veteran for many years in the Kingaroy area of Queensland and he has supported his posing with some very "lame brain" poorly researched "stories".

 

Schmidt you are a fraud, now it is time to get out of the RSL then apologise to the citizens of Kingaroy who, for your own gratification, you have deceived and conned for many years.

 

Schmidt has posed as a war veteran and therefore will feature on this site for the rest of his days.   We suggest to Schmidt and to all Wannabes polluting our veteran community that you seek help from a psychologist, for your devious personality defects and disorders.  

 

Below are the details off the medal Schmidt claims to have found in the trash.  If you are the owner of the medal, or a surviving Next of Kin of this Serviceperson and would like the medal please contact us for information on where the medal is currently being securely held.

 

 

Service Record

Name : Lingard, Kenneth
Service : Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number : A12821
Birth Date : 2 October 1925
Birth Place : Sydney, NSW
Rank : Leading Aircraftman
Mustering : Armament Mechanic
Honours : None for display
Days in Service : 323
Prisoner of War : No

 
Unit History
Start of service End of Service Unit
4 October 1952 25 February 1953 No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron
7 May 1953 22 May 1953 No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron
8 June 1953 18 November 1953 No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron

9 March 2006.  See here the South Burnett Times  front page news.
 

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Veteran community. All information presented is fact and the truth. Information was gleaned from communications between ANZMI and Mr Schmidt  and reports received from private citizens. Statements of fact and statutory declarations support these reports.

 

 

Surname: Scott
Christian Names: Ian
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Bodalla
Service: Citizens Military Forces
Case Notes:

Ian Scott the crooked Divisional Commander

In our hall of infamy we already have more than one wannabe from the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and now we have Ian Scott of Bodalla, NSW. Before he was sacked from the position, he was the Divisional Commander of the RVCP base at Narooma , NSW,  who was big noting himself as a Vietnam and Malaya Veteran to his subordinates.

 Despite being exposed as a blatant dishonest wannabe and being stripped of his position of authority the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol  has allowed this dishonest wannabe to remain in its ranks.

Whether the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol promoted him to the position, taking into consideration his false Malayan and Vietnam Service is not known. Wannabes certainly have a penchant to push themselves into positions of prominence in Ex-Service Organisations, Cadet Units and organizations run along military lines like the Volunteer Coastal Patrol, this is especially so where uniforms are worn. Others who feature on our web site - Russell “Chuck” Walters was also a Divisional Commander from the Merimbula NSW area and Russell Lee Jones was from the Taree area of NSW. Jones, to better his position in the Coastal Patrol, was pretending to be an ex Navy officer. (Have a look at these two previously exposed wannabes after reading about Ian Scott)

 

 

 

The medal ribbons Scott is wearing in the photo indicate service in Malaya and Vietnam and by his own very quiet admission he is not a Veteran and his only service was with a Citizens Military Forces Communications unit in Melbourne. When he was cornered by an alert veteran organization  he very quietly confessed to falsely wearing medals. We are reliably advised that he claims to have “found” the medal ribbon bar at a rubbish tip and out of patriotic fervour decided to wear it.  We are also reliably advised that Scott claims to have apologized and handed back the medal ribbon to Vietnam Veterans , however  he did not hand the medals back, and none of the Veterans we have communicated with from his area were aware of an apology,  if  it  happened it must have been whispered up a deserted street at midnight.    

 

Ian Scott is a simpleton wannabe, falsely claiming Malayan and Vietnam Service.  We all learned in the Army that proper preparation and planning prevents poor performance. With regard to Scott’s charade his preparation and planning was very sparse. His Defence Force service was very limited and is described as follows:

 

He said he was a Citizens Military Forces Corporal serving in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in the early 1960s when he was asked if he wanted six weeks holiday in Vietnam. He jokes that he didn’t even know where Vietnam was but agreed to go and ended up serving in Vietnam for over a year working with ‘Training Team three” in the elite and highly decorated Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, and with US Forces in Vietnam and Cambodia. In conversations with real Vietnam Veterans his conversations were always vague, when asked where he served he would say “Ah, all over the place, yeh served at the Dat.” 

 

Just about any genuine Veteran would cough into his ale if he heard that story and that is precisely why Scott now graces our web site.

 

In recent times we have had a run of simpleton wannabes, enhancing their life stories by claiming to have been to war with the Australian Defence Force. Making such claims particularly to gain benefit by promotion in an organization or simply to feed an inferiority complex will not be tolerated by the genuine Veteran community.

 

ANZMI has thousands of eyes and ears all over Australia and in other parts of the world helping us to guarantee the integrity of 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: Scott
Christian Names: Steven Wayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Humpty Doo
Service #: 855149 (PMKeys)
Service: Army
Branch: 5 RAR
Commencement of service: 23 Feb 09
Completion of service: 07 May 12
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Looking at the above photo of Steven Wayne Scott conjures up images of a latter day ‘Crocodile Dundee’. And when you see Steve’s Facebook entries you get the impression that he is certainly following in the footsteps of Paul Hogan’s tough-as-nails character, Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee.

Top End off-road four wheel driving, wild pig and buffalo hunting, rodeos are all listed among Scott’s interests, supplemented by lots of drinking if his photos are anything to go by. No doubt at the end of a big day spent in the great outdoors Steven also likes to spin a few ‘warries’ about his time as a grunt with 5RAR. And of course if you stretch the truth maybe just a little (or a lot) everyone will just laugh it off as ‘Steve being Steve’.

However, it’s a whole new ball-game if a few tall tales are told about your military service in a court of law. But if you are appearing before the ‘beak’ on a swag of traffic charges, Steven Scott seems to think that all’s fair.

Earlier this year the 23 year old appeared before Darwin Magistrate Greg Cavanagh and pleaded guilty to numerous charges of driving unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured and without number plates on his pride and joy, a battered old Nissan Patrol. Oh and there was also the matter of drink driving! The magistrate rightly said of Scott “He has a complete disregard for traffic laws.” And apparently he has a similar lack of respect for the truth.

Scott’s lawyer, Peter Maley, told the court that his client had served in the Australian Army for 4 years. He went on to say that the ex-digger had seen overseas duty in both Afghanistan and East Timor. To add a little icing to the cake presented to the magistrate, Mr Maley said that Scott had also been injured during his service.

While some of us might have reached for our hankies at this stage, Magistrate Cavanagh’s heart remained apparently untouched when he fined Scott a total of $7,400 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

From information we have about Steven Wayne Scott’s army service we can confidently say, that apart from possibly some border protection operations, he has never left Australian shores, let alone seen active duty in Afghanistan or East Timor. As our original informant remarked, Scott was a liar when he served in the Australian Army and apparently still is. This may have been one of the reasons Scott and the military parted company with his file apparently marked ‘Retention not in the Service’s interests’.

We have been in touch with staff of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Darwin and advised them of Steven Scott’s disregard for the truth and suggested they might be interested in pursuing an appropriate prosecution against him. We suggested that Scott, through his defence counsel, has tried to obtain sympathy and leniency from the court by claiming to be a returned veteran, injured while on active service.

Some of you may be aware that in recent years, ANZMI has uncovered other cases of individuals using false military service before courts in attempts to elicit better results in criminal cases. One was Peter James Andrews:
www.anzmi.net/index.php/search-full-data...earch.results&sid=61

The other was Ian Ronald Crowden: www.anzmi.net/index.php/component/sobipr...437:Crowden&Itemid=0

Not only can this be contrary to the law, it is an insult to all who have served their country in military service.

Steven Wayne ‘Crocodile Dummy’ Scott has rightly earned a place alongside fellow valour thieves, wannabes and medal cheats on ANZMI’s web-site.

 

 

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