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

Surname: Serre
Christian Names: Josephus Johannus Louis
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cairns
Service #: R63743
Service: RA
Branch: Air Branch
Commencement of service: 21 Sep 1964
Completion of service: 14 Nov 1969
Case Notes:

 

Joe Serre was born on the 27 August, 1947. He joined the Royal Australian Navy on the 21 September, 1964 for 9 years. Following training, and a number of Shore Base postings, he was deployed to HMAS Melbourne on the 11 January, 1965. He served on and off the ship for the following 7 months. Although he signed for 9 years, he was discharged on application after 5 years, for personal reasons in 1969.

 

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Serre is a lily gilder, an attention seeker, and a glory hunter.

The above photograph, from the Cairns Post, shows a solemn Joe Serre posing for the camera, whilst reflecting back on his Vietnam service on HMAS Melbourne. This photograph was taken at the Cairns Esplanade Cenotaph on Vietnam Veterans Day.

HMAS Melbourne was a Royal Australian Navy Aircraft Carrier that conducted a number of good will tours around the Far East in the period Serre was a member of the crew. It also conducted South East Asia Treaty Organisation exercises and was a member of the Far East Strategic Reserve. (FESR.)

During February and May, 1965, Melbourne served in the Malay Peninsula area and Singapore.

In late May, 1965, whilst in the Singapore area, Melbourne joined company with HMAS Sydney. Sydney was a former Aircraft Carrier, but later converted into a troop and transport ship for purposes of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. At this time, Sydney was en route to Vung Tau, South Vietnam, with troops and supplies for the Australian War effort.

Melbourne accompanied the Sydney to a safe area just outside Vietnam territorial waters. Melbourne stayed in this safe haven for a period of about four days. It was never deployed into the prescribed war zone theatre, or anywhere near land.

FROM RAN RECORDS. – HMAS MELBOURNE.

On 27 March she contributed to Exercise SHOWPIECE off Singapore designed to impress upon the political and military leaders of the region the continued strength and readiness of the British Far East Fleet. She joined HMAS Sydney (III)’s escort force for four days during the troop carrier’s voyage to Vietnam in early June, and arrived back home in Sydney later in the month

However, although not assigned to the theatre, years down the track, and as a result of multiple submissions by Naval Associations, the crew of Melbourne were later accredited with 23 days active service for this escort voyage by Department of Defence. This period included from the date they sailed from the previous port (Singapore) until they reached the next one, which was Sydney, Australia.

Following the representations, in 1993 the crew were entitled to the new award of the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal for the Sydney escort voyage in May, 1965.

In 1997 the crew were entitled to the new award of Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975, and Return from Active Service Badge for the same escort voyage.

In 1995, the crew were entitled to apply for Australian Service Medal and clasp, for their time in the Malaysian Peninsula and Singapore. Prior to that, the General Service Medal was awarded for that conflict.

Following the commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Day at Cairns, in Northern Queensland, the below mentioned story with his photograph appeared in the The Cairns Post.

Serre was quoted in this article headed as follows -;

VIETNAM VETS STAND TALL TO ATTEND A CEREMONY AT THE CAIRNS ESPLANADE CENOTAPH

Joe Serre served in the Royal Australian Navy during the conflict and was one of the first troops to be involved in the struggle in 1965.
“It took me 30 years before I finally took pride in our country and of what we did, and learnt not to be ashamed of it,” he said.
“We were called a lot of bad things when we got back, but the main thing to remember is we live in a great country and we should be proud.”

In this article Serre claims he was one of the first troops to be involved in the struggle in 1965. Serre did not go anywhere near the coastline and it is doubtful he would have seen anything of a war like nature. He states that he“was called a lot of bad things when we got back”

When Serre returned to Sydney onboard Melbourne on the 22 June, 1965, the crew were not officially publicaly recognised as having served in the South Vietnam war zone for that 4 day escort voyage. They were also not eligible for any medals for that trip. That came later in 1993, when they were awarded 23 days active service for the 4 days outside South Vietnam territorial waters.

No one would have known whether Serre, or the Melbourne went anywhere near the vicinity of South Vietnam when he returned home.

Serre seized an opportunity for the above photograph and his war story to be placed in his local Cairns paper for his own self serving purposes. His story of being called "a lot of bad things when we got back is rubbish."

There were no anti war protests in 1965, and the majority of the Australian population were supportive of our military commitment to the problems facing the Government of South Vietnam at the time. The first Australian anti Vietnam war moratoriums did not take place until May, 1970. Serre was discharged early from the Navy in November, 1969. At that time, his Vietnam medals, (AASM and VLSM) had not been proclaimed.

Serre spent 4 days on a tropical voyage without facing any danger, and he expects us all to believe that he is some sort of trail blazer who was subjected to ridicule for his minimal service.

We get dozens of emails from former Australian soldiers who roughed it “in country”in Vietnam, and Australian sailors who served on the gun line for 6 months, who are disgusted with individuals who seek notoriety and public recognition for very basic service. In this case 4 days in a safe area outside the Territorial waters of the Republic of South Vietnam.

There is an old saying that those who saw the least tend to spruik the most. Serre falls into that category.

ANZMI are here to put things into their proper perspective.

We hope Joe Serre finally remembers his true military service, and leaves the glory to others who are far more qualified to speak about their Vietnam service to Journalists.

Surname: Shakespeare
Christian Names: Danny Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Merimbula
Case Notes:

Danny Robert Shakespeare aka Michael Paggett

It is unsure if this con man was caught because of the link that was on these pages, but it makes no difference in the long run.  He has finally been caught and another SAS bogus veteran is in the hands of the law.

   The link has been removed, he is captured and we now await the results of his trial.  They will be displayed here as soon as known.

 

Danny Shakespeare has been sentenced and the Newspaper report is below.

 

 

 

Shakespeare Danny Robert  -  Wannabe, professional criminal, con man and “Love Rat”

In March 2005 we exposed Danny Robert Shakespeare who was posing as an ex Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) Trooper as part of his criminal activities to con vulnerable women out of their assets. We don’t usually use adjectives to describe wannabes, but have no doubt that Danny Shakespeare is a Scumbag extraordinaire, a professional criminal, and a person who falsely claims to have served in the Australian Defence Force. Below is a befitting photograph of Shakespeare, in handcuffs, and being lead by his captors to his deserved incarceration.

 

 

According to the newspaper report shown below, Shakespeare is wanted in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland and he may be in "male only" company for the next few years. Those he has stolen from, don’t get their money back, but at least he will be out of circulation and in the place he belongs.

 

 

We have numerous “Love Rats” on our web site who have, without conscience, conned vulnerable people for emotional or financial gain using the false ploy of being ex Special Forces Defence people. These people are ultimate cowards who have never served and never will.

 

“Scumbags” is a befitting term to describe Wannabe “Love Rats”

 

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: Sharply
Christian Names: Shane Christopher
Country: Australia
State or Province: North Queensland
City or Town: Airlie Beach
Service #: 8091392
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

8091392 Shane Christopher Sharply - Airlie Beach RSL Vice President

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Sharply is placing his hand over "his" six medals as a mark of respect to those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. The gesture was introduced following WW1 to indicate that the medals the person was wearing, meant nothing compared to the sacrifice of those who were Killed in Action.

Sharply is in fact, offering the supreme insult, because only one of the six medals he is wearing was earned by him, the others are all fake. In addition, below his medal rack he is wearing a fake Unit Citation for Gallantry. Here are the medals he is wearing.

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Sharply is a classic wannabe, who conned the Returned and Services League (RSL) at Airlie Beach in Northern Queensland. He claimed to be an ex Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diver. Clearance Divers are the Special Forces of the Navy, and to have served as a Clearance Diver is the equivalent of serving in the Army's Special Air Services Regiment (SASR).

We are reliably advised that Officers of the Airlie Beach RSL were told that Sharply was a fraud in 2012 and did nothing. Even though he was known to be a fraud, the RSL elevated him to the position of Vice President of the Airlie Beach RSL.

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When a senior member of the RSL executive was reminded by another member, that Sharply was a fraud he said "It's nothing really, everybody does it".

All from the Arlie Beach RSL, who knew that Sharply was a fraud, and did nothing, should be expelled as they have disparaged the organisation in a manner similar to Sharply covering his medals on the Commemorative occasion.

It took a letter from the RSL National Headquarters to induce the Airlie Beach RSL to take care of the situation.

Even when they acknowledged that Sharply was a fraud their actions are hard to comprehend. Instead of exposing Sharply, and expelling him from the RSL, they determined that Sharply had psychological problems and investigated this hypotheses, at RSL expense, by sending him to a Psychologist in Townsville. They rationalised their action by saying they thought Sharply may be a suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It is difficult to comprehend the stupidity of the Airlie Beach RSL in dealing with Sharply, but being stupid is not an uncommon trait with RSL executives.

We draw attention to:

The RSL at Lismore, New South Wales (NSW) where ex Major Andrew Phillip Alexander Johnstone a liar and wannabe is protected by the NSW RSL Far North District Council President, Retired Wing Commander Robert Mowle.

The Southport RSL quite happily support Secretary Mark Tull and Treasurer Sydney "Slim" Boese who both wear "Tin" medals with alacrity.

The Chairman of the Currumbin RSL Ronald Workman, wears self presented medals.

It took a lot of work to convince the Glenroy RSL In Victoria that Lance Smith, their President was a complete fake.

At Leongatha, also in Victoria, RSL President Dr David Edwards was exposed as a fake Veteran, as was a previous President of that RSL.

The RSL at all levels, have so watered down their membership criterion that executives are either blithely ignorant, through lack of experience, or simply don't give a damn. Perhaps they are more interested in the glory of their high position than taking care of integrity and honour.

The leadership of the Arlie Beach RSL knew of the accusations against Sharply, but did nothing except promote him to Vice President, then when they received a letter from RSL National Headquarters in Canberra, they referred Sharply to their Welfare Section who treated Sharply as a welfare case and sent him to a Psychologist in Townsville.

Perhaps Sharply told the Psychologist how he was a damaged person because he failed the Clearance Divers Course in 1992 and his service consisted of being a Leading Seaman Radio Operator.

Most ex Leading Seamen Radio Operators, are proud of their position and service and have not need to add five shiny medals and a Unit Citation to their chest and falsely boast of being a Clearance Diver.

There is no place for Sharply and his ilk in the Veteran Community. If he is still a member of the Airlie Beach RSL we suggest that he be expelled with ignominy, and that those from that RSL who have nurtured and encouraged Sharply through his deceit also be expelled.

Sharply sought fame in society by wearing five false medals and claimed within the community of Airlie Beach to be an ex elite Navy Clearance Diver

He has now achieved fame world wide on our web site, as a lying fraud and a wannabe.

Welcome aboard ex Leading Seaman Radio Operator Shane Christopher Sharply

Surname: Shaw
Christian Names: Bill
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Cairns
Case Notes:
 

 

Bill Shaw still lives in Cairns where in the 1990s he was a "medalled up", New Zealand Royal Navy  "veteran" and a full member of the Kuranda RSL.  As New Zealand is part of our bailiwick, determining Bill's real service was a snap – particularly because he had none.  During his membership at the Kuranda Returned Services League (RSL) Shaw is described as always being on edge and "jumpy", this state fitted well with his "war caused" emotional state, however, we now know that it was more likely because he was always afraid of being exposed as the wannabe and imposter that he is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the photograph, Bill Shaw has been presented with the Republic of Vietnam medal - The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm) - this has been pinned next to the Vietnam Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal by the then President of the Kuranda RSL. The presentation of this medal was organized by the then Secretary of the Kuranda RSL the venerable Dr Barry Owen Wright (See our cases page)

At the time when Dr Barry Owen Wright had the rest of the Kuranda RSL management committee dazzled with his false credentials, there were many who were suspicious, but did nothing.

Edmund Burke the Irish political philosopher said in 1770 "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

The integrity of the veteran community is the business of every ESO committee member  and every ordinary member. Too often we find that had the "Burke principle" been applied in a timely manner exposed wannabes would never have prevailed.

Bill Shaw is a wannabe and one of Barry Owen Wright's  creations from the Kuranda RSL (there are more to come).  Wright is the lying ex education corps officer who rewrote his military and civilian history so that his mundane life as a teacher and   librarian became a kaleidoscope of heroic events and achievements. Whilst secretary of the Kuranda Queensland RSL, Wright encouraged and conspired with others to allow wannabes to fraudulently participate in RSL affairs as veterans.

What is Shaw's real story?

Shaw was never a member of any of the New Zealand forces he is a wannabe riding on the bow waves of dreamed up glory, made possible by the consummate wannabe Barry Owen Wright and his mates, who had control of the Kuranda RSL in the 1990s.

Shaw said he was in the Kiwi Navy attached to an American River Patrol Operation . The official word from our partners across the Tasman Sea is;"No NZ sailors were attached to American River Patrols. It would be part of New Zealand history if they were.  Shaw simply did not serve in any capacity in South Vietnam either with New Zealand or Australian Forces."  To the best of our knowledge he has never pulled on a boot, spliced a mainbrace or cranked a propeller with any military force in his life.

The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm)was awarded to three New Zealand servicemen. Shaw was not one of them.

There were five people with the surname Shaw who served with the New Zealand forces in Vietnam. We have their names and Bill Shaw is not one of them

Bill Shaw has no entitlement to any of the medals he is pictured wearing.  If this person were a "decorated" Navy Veteran, he would be a household name in New Zealand and would be known.

Coached by the infamous Barry Wright, Shaw was obviously "building a case" for a pension with his pretend "night terrors" we believe this bizarre behaviour was setting up witnesses for his "pension" for "post traumatic stress disorder"

Bill Shaw still resides in Cairns, Far North Queensland even though Shaw has not continued his disgraceful charade into recent times he has earned a place on our web site for the eyes of the world for rest of his life. During the 1990s Bill Shaw wore medals he never earned, and he pretended to be a damaged veteran – both disgraceful acts which should never be forgotten by 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: Shea
Christian Names: Angus
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Geelong Area
Service #: Not Known
Service: Not Known
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Gus Shea is not a Vietnam Veteran.  

It is common knowledge in the Freshwater Creek - Mount Duneed area of Victoria that he is a Vietnam Veteran. The reason it is common knowledge is because he has told  his friends and associates that he served in Vietnam.   He also told a journalist who included the information in the Geelong Advertiser on the 20th October 2015.

He was featured in an article and here is what he said that is relative to this exposure:

 

We approached Shea about his claims and here is what he said in an email dated 7 November 15.

Shea refers only to the newspaper article.  He fails to mention his lies about his service to many others over a long period of time. We received an initial report about Shea in June 2015. The newspaper article of October 15 corroborated the evidence we had gathered.

Shea falsely claims to be a Vietnam Veteran. He is not, and therefore has earned a place on our web site.  We hope our exposure will correct the common knowledge in his area so that people will know that he is not a Vietnam Veteran and is in fact a liar and a wannabe

Welcome Angus Shea

Surname: Shelley
Christian Names: Tony
Country: Solomon Islands
State or Province: Guadalcanal
City or Town: Solomon Islands
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Ordanance Corps
Commencement of service: November 1995
Completion of service: January 2007
Case Notes:

 

According to Troy Shelley, he was a multi skilled Special Forces Sergeant participating in missions and deployments to far flung corners of the Earth.

 


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Here is what Shelley has committed to print about his military career.


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Notice that he has written "Royal Australian Army Intelligence Corps" If he had ever served in that Corps he would know that there is no "Royal" in that Corp name. It is "Australian Army Intelligence Corps" (AAIC). He was never in the AAIC and he was never a Sergeant of any kind in the Australian Army.

Here are the chilling and dangerous deployments where he infers to have “fought” .

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Shelley is not listed on any of the Nominal Rolls of various Army deployments. Of course, the "nature" of his "Special Operations and Intelligence work" could be the reason he has been ommitted from lists of those who served in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda etc. The real reason is that he was never there.

The truth is, that Troy is a liar, cheat and wannabe of a very high calibre. His friends and acquaintances believe that they know a heroic ex Special Forces Sergeant with a cavalier personality. The truth is that he has deceived his friends and lives a “Walter Mitty” life.

Whilst Troy promotes himself as a tough veteran who has “been through the mill” many times over, the truth is that he did serve in the Headquarters of a Special Operations unit, however his duties were that of a Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps clerk and his duties were sedentary. He was an office worker.

We asked Shelley to prove his service and he responded with an image of a security pass. which he claimed proved his special operations service of multiple overseas deployments, but, in fact, all it proved was that he worked at a Headquarters in Australia. Usually, when departing a security establishment, these passes are handed back.

It appears that Shelley may have forgot. In any case, it is very handy for him to convince inexperienced "friends" of his dark past.

 


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We asked Shelley to provide evidence of his service. Three snippets of information were received from him.

Hi XX,
Sorry, as I do not know you and the work I did in the Military with Spec Ops and Intelligence. I am currently not willing to pass that information over.

Hi XX,
Yes I was in intelligence was highly cleared and served time with Head Quarters (sic) Special Operations (now Special Operations Command) May I ask why you are wanting to know my background?

I can also show a declassified version of my Soldier Medallion for Op Pollard for you need some more prove (sic)…. I hope the ID Card is all you need….. I understand and do not wish to have any problems with a fellow digger… Hope you understand.
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Here are details about Operation Pollard:

Operation POLLARD

Australia: 15 Feb 1998 – 1 October 2001.

AO: All sea, airspace and land North and West from 5 deg 00 min S 68 deg 00 min E and encompassing the outer boundaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
As tensions grew high between Saddam Hussein and American President Bill Clinton during the simmering Gulf Conflict, the Australian Government was requested to provide military assistance to the United States-led Coalition Force in the Middle East.

Deployed: 1 x B707 Air Refuellers and crews, SAS Squadron, one ADF liaison officer. Total approx 200.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 17 September 2001: Non-warlike Service.
Awards & Qualifying Periods: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ'. Alloted 7 days/ Assigned 30 days.

Shelley may have, as a clerk, sorted some papers or did some typing about Operation Pollard, but he was never deployed to the Middle East or anywhere else at anytime during his service.

Being an Administration Clerk in the Army is a responsible and satisfying job. To be selected requires above average intelligence and an aptitude for that kind of work. Shelley should have been happy and proud of the job that he did in the Army, however it appears that his "Walter Mitty" gene kicked in, and he invented an entire new history for himself.

People who create an exaggerated false military history for themselves, will feel the wrath of the returned veteran community and also the acrimony from friends when they realise that they have been lied to.

Troy Shelley has enjoyed the kudos for many years of heroic false pretence. He can now endure criticism for his behaviour as he resides on this website in the company of hundreds of others of his ilk.

Welcome Troy.

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