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

Surname: Van Assen
Christian Names: Jooitsen
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Tennant Creek
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Jooitsen Van Assen "Dutchy"
According to “Dutchy” he was a member of the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and served heroically in Vietnam where he worked with United States soldiers. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal by the United States Army following his part in the rescue of One Hundred prisoners of war. (The Purple Heart is awarded to United States soldiers who are wounded in action)

In this photograph you can see that “Dutchy” was a bit shy to show his gleaming array of medals and was careful to place his arm in front of them to thwart the photographer.


The determination of the photographer was not easily thwarted and he snuck a phone camera under the table and got a shot of the medals. The photo, although a little blurred shows “Dutchy” wearing the following medals;
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
Vietnam Medal
Defence Force Service Medal
National Medal
Purple Heart (USA)
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Vietnam Campaign

Tennant Creek locals were suspicious about “Dutchy” because of the Purple Heart and also he could not remember his Regimental number – you show me a soldier who can’t remember his regimental number and I will show you a very likely candidate for our web site. “Dutchy” also spruicks about how Vietnam ruined his health – obviously playing the sympathy card of a wounded hero. 
Tennant Creek may be way out in the middle of no where but the local veterans are not yokels and can sniff out a suspected wannabe when the occasion arises. Wannabes should be aware that ANZMI has eyes and ears all over Australia and sooner or later they will be exposed.
We were very pleased to assist the good veterans of Tennant Creek to expose Jooitsen “Dutchy” Van Assen as an impertinent and disgraceful wannabe who steals the valour of genuine veterans. He has committed an offence against the Defence Act, 1903 (as amended). It is a federal offence to claim to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman, subject to six months' imprisonment and a fine of up to $3300. 
We approached our usual sources regarding a Service File for Jooitsen Van Assen and got the following reply.

Dear Sir

Thank you for your inquiry regarding VAN ASSEN, Jooitsen  

Post-WWII Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO). They have advised us that they were unable to locate a record for this individual. We provided them with the following information:

Name:   VAN ASSEN, Jooitsen                                    
DOB:    22 March 1942                                                  
Served: 1960-1975                                                             
Service No:     Unknown                          
“Dutchy” is a dud, and as far as we know whilst he may have pulled on the odd clog or two has never pulled on an Army boot of any kind, he is the worst kind of wannabe, who claims to have served with the elite SASR and to have given heroic service and  been wounded in action.

We wrote to Van Assen asking for information about his Military Service, however he chose to ignore our letter.
Dutchy is a thief of veteran honour and will for the rest of his days languish on our web site an honour he richly deserves.

10 Apr 2010

Good news from the Red Centre, “Dutchy” has been charged and arraigned before a Magistrate and  convicted under the Defence Act 1903,  for his actions described in our exposure.

He was charged with:

Falsely represented himself as  a person on whom a service decoration had been conferred.

Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier.

Van Assen was fined $1,000 and placed on a two year good behaviour bond.

“Dutchy” is the second court conviction for our Wannabe “stars” this year.  The other was Colin Maurice Gibbons who was awarded four months jail, of which he was directed to serve fourteen days and placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for twelve months. 

This is a very welcome trend and Australian and New Zealand Veterans sincerely thank the Victorian and Northern Territory Police for their prompt and decisive action.

Here they are Exposed - Charged and Convicted

  Gibbons Jailed and 12 months Prob                                             Van Assen $1,000 fine and 24 months Prob


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: Van Bommel (aka Van
Christian Names: Zayne
Country: Australia (EX NZ)
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Q995845
Service: NZDF (Territorial & Regular)
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:




This is the story of Zayne Van Bommel (aka Van Day), a Kiwi who now frequents our shores and was last heard of residing in Western Australia.

Van Bommel spins an interesting yarn about his Military Service and it may not surprise the reader to learn that much of it is claimed to be in Special Forces.   Van Bommel served in the New Zealand Defence Forces as a Territorial soldier (Reservist) and for a period in the Regular Army.   His account of his service suggests some spectacular adventures as a member of the SAS, but we know differently.

Like so many wannabes before him, Van Bommel (Van Day) has come unstuck because of his Facebook verbosity.   Here is an example of what we mean. 

The image depicts our hero being treated for a minor training injury.   Van Bommel can’t leave it at a simple training injury and expands the story to suggest he received a wound in the same part of his face from a grenade.

Van Bommel has never been the model soldier, we have evidence from a very reliable source that as a Territorial Soldier, Van Bommel was a disciplinary nightmare.   One report we received pretty well sums up the type of solider Van Bommel really was.   In the words of one of our sources;

“During an exercise in Tekapo, his performance during the exercise was not up to standard and was receiving a bit of flak from one of his NCO's, he decided he'd had enough, and went AWOL, and left on foot in the direction of Burnham Military Camp, from memory it took him a couple of days to arrive back at Burnham.   He was charged and marched into the CO's orderly room, and was sentenced to the Services Correctional Establishment (cells).

Zayne lost his temper in the orderly room when he was sentenced, he began throwing chairs and flipping over tables, he was subdued, and handcuffed by the Regimental Police.”

Other informants have provided statutory declarations in which they recount Van Bommel as claiming to have served with the SAS as well as other fanciful claims which include:

Claims to have served with the Australian Army, 4RAR (Commando) in Iraq.

Claims to have operated in private security in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Claims to have been a sniper while serving in the NZ Army.

Has exaggerated his SAS selection efforts/achievements substantially.

Unfortunately for Zayne Van Bommel, his service record does not support any of his outlandish claims.   His service in New Zealand began in 1993 as part of 6th Battalion (Hauraki), later serving with 1 RNZIR until 1995.   From 1995 until 2000 he was posted to 2/1 RNZIR (Para) and by 2008 he has returned to the 6th Battalion (Hauraki).   Nowhere is there a secondment to the Australian Army, nor training or employment as a sniper.   Despite his service record which is clear, he still tries to convince his Facebook friends that he is a man of action.

During his less than stunning service, he may have commenced the SAS selection course but definitely did not complete it, despite his attempts to suggest otherwise on Facebook.

Zayne Van Bommel (aka Van Day) is a fraud and a wannabe.   He has exaggerated his service in the New Zealand Army and portrays himself as something he most definitely is not, a Special Forces Operator. 

Welcome to our website Zayne Van Bommel (aka Van Day).





Surname: Van Der Klooster
Christian Names: William
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: North Richmond
Case Notes:




William Van Der Klooster, born in 1947, at North Richmond, NSW, was seen at Katoomba RSL Club, NSW on Anzac Day, 25th April, 2006.  He was wearing an Australian Naval Officer's uniform showing the rank of Captain and with numerous ribbons indicating overseas service.  He was also wearing metal "pilot's" wings and metal insignia on each shirt collar as well as being in possession of a Naval Officer's peaked cap (Captain or higher).  Was this man a real naval officer?  No he was not and he had been arrested charged and fined for a similar offence prior to this.

On 25th April 2006, Anzac Day in Katoomba, New South Wales.  Veterans have been to the dawn service and the Anzac Day parade and many of them are now enjoying catching up to mates and reminiscing.  It was like that at the RSL Club however there was one exception. William VAN DER KLOOSTER was at the RSL Club relaxing, playing the poker machines and going to the restaurant the same as other members.  He also, like other members, was wearing uniform.  He was wearing Naval Officer's uniform and in such a manner so that others could interpret or believe that he was actually a serving naval officer.

Was this man a naval officer? No, he subsequently admitted to the NSW Police that he was not, nor ever had been, a member of the Armed Forces.

This is not just a story of a wannabe pretending to be a returned serviceman.  It also shows the disdain in which veterans are being treated by the authorities when wannabes seek to steal their honour.

Patrons of the RSL Club who saw William Van Der Klooster were suspicious. 

A serving Naval Officer who had attended the Anzac Day parade in uniform and then attended the RSL described William Van Der Klooster as wearing what appeared to be an officer's Summer white working uniform and was suspicious because uniform for Anzac Day had been promulgated by signal as 'Winter ceremonial with medals'.  Van Der Klooster was wearing shoulder boards of the rank of Captain, a number of medal ribbons, but no medals, white shorts and stockings and white training shoes and had with him a naval officers cap with braided peak.

An executive of the RSL stated that he had been advised by another member that Van Der Klooster had stated he was a serving naval officer.  The executive described Van Der Klooster as wearing white shorts, white military belt, white shoes, white long socks, white short sleeve shirt, naval rank boards (Captain) numerous ribbons indicating overseas service, metal 'pilots' wings and metal insignia on each shirt collar and had in his possession a naval officer's peaked cap (Captain or higher).  The RSL Executive asked Van Der Klooster to accompany him to the administration area and then called police.  When police attended Van Der Klooster was identified and admitted that he was not a member of any Military Service and had purchased the uniform and ribbons from various Sydney stores.

The NSW police apprehended Van Der Klooster and took him to Katoomba Police Station. (Police Reference: Event No 29224686) This was recorded at the RSL by CCTV, a photo of which has been extracted.

The photo is not good but the only one available.  The photo depicts two apprehending police officers in the background, Van Der Klooster in the white naval uniform and various RSL Club officials and patrons.

As the Defence Act 1903 is Commonwealth Legislation, the NSW Police contacted the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who is responsible for prosecuting such offences.

The RSL executive was subsequently advised by the apprehending police that they contacted the AFP and were told that they, the AFP, would not be able to prove an offence as they couldn't prove that Van Der Klooster "..actually intended on people believing that he was an actual returned serviceman.." and that he was"...simply dressing up to enjoy the day.." The executive was further advised that the NSW Police had been told by the AFP that this offence only carried a penalty of $200 and that Van Der Klooster had been convicted and received a similar fine some years ago. This was sufficient reason for the NSW Police to release Van Der Klooster without charge.

The RSL executive took this event very seriously.  This man, William Van Der Klooster, posing as a returned serviceman, dishonours all those veterans who have served their country.  It is also considered such by the legislature who make it a serious offence under the Defence Act 1903. section 80A 'Falsely representing to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman' and section 80B 'Improper use of service decorations'. Each of these offences has a penalty of 30 penalty units ($3300.00) or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

The executive complained to the AFP, outlining the events that occurred at the Katoomba RSL involving Van Der Klooster, explaining the alleged response from the AFP, believing that if this was the case they, the AFP were guilty of gross negligence in their duties stating that "the Government has recently taken a firm stand on military impostors where they have increased penalties considerably.  On one hand we appear to have the government bleating to the media on how they intend to fix the problem (higher penalties) and on the other, we appear to have the government enforcers totally ignoring the issue"He advised the AFP that he was happy to assist in any way to have this matter finalised.

  The AFP replied with the following email:

I refer to your correspondence dated 6 May 2006 in which you requested information on the Australian Federal Police policy on situations where we receive reports on persons wearing military attire and/or medals which they are not entitled.    

I wish to inform you that whilst the AFP has the primary responsibility for investigating criminal offences against the Commonwealth, the number of offences referred to the AFP exceeds our investigative capacity. The AFP must therefore ensure that its limited resources are directed to the matters of highest priority and the decision to accept or reject matters for investigation is guided by this precept.  The AFP is not resourced to investigate every complaint or allegation made, even when there is sufficient information to suggest that there is a breach of the law. 

Each case is assessed and a decision is made whether or not to allocate the required investigative resources. Each matter reported must be balanced against all other new referrals as well as ongoing investigations and commitments. This decision is made in conjunction with the AFP Case Categorisation and Prioritisation Model (CCPM), available on our website www.afp.gov.au.

The AFP cannot comment on any action taken by the NSW Police in relation to this matter.  

Federal Agent

Team leader Client Liaison Team

Sydney Office  

9 June 2006

That is the response to a complaint by a senior RSL executive member.  That response is not unexpected but it is still disappointing that when you have an offence  where the legislature have recently increased the penalties to $3300.00 and/or 6 months imprisonment and (as you will see) declared that this is considered serious and that the honour of veterans must be protected, and yet the investigating Authority did not have sufficient resources to arrest an offender where he is caught in the act, detained, with available and willing witnesses and CCTV footage, a situation known in police parlance as 'a walk up start'. Its a sad joke.

Following the AFP's response to the RSL executive, ANZMI again contacted them.  This time we received a similar response with a new twist.  The following email was received from the AFP:

Locked Bag A3000 Sydney South NSW 1232

Telephone 61 2 92864720 Facsimile 61 2 92864718


ABN 17 864 931 143
Dear Mr 

I refer to your email sent to Federal Agent XXXXX  XXXXXX dated 14 June 2006.

I advise that the AFP does not have a specific policy in regards to "..Investigating any matters that may be detected as offences under Sections 80A and 80B of the Defence Act 1903".

Whilst the AFP has primary responsibility for investigating criminal offences against the Commonwealth, the number of offences referred to the AFP exceeds our investigative capacity. The AFP must, therefore, ensure that its limited resources are directed to the matters of highest priority and the decision to accept or reject matters for investigation is guided by this precept.  The AFP is not resourced to investigate every complaint or allegation made, even when there is sufficient information to suggest that there is a breach of the law.

The AFP evaluates all matters that are referred for investigation in accordance with its Case Categorisation and Prioritisation Model (CCPM).  The CCPM is used to provide a transparent, objective and consistent basis for evaluating and comparing AFP operational activities from a range of perspectives including:  the gravity/sensitivity of a matter; the current investigational workload of the AFP; and the availability of resources. Each case is assessed on its individual merits and a decision is made whether or not to allocate the required investigative resources based on the CCPM and the current availability of resources.

I appreciate that it would be disappointing to the legitimate RSL members whom Mr XXXXXX and others represent when decisions are made not to proceed on matters such as these.

I understand that the Department of Veterans' Affairs has an Investigations area that may be able to provide you with an alternate remedy for the investigation of matters such as these.  Perhaps you might consider referring this matter to the Department at the following address:

Directorate of Honours and Awards

T - 1 - 49

Department of Defence


1800 065 149 


Federal Agent XXXX  XXXXXXX


Operations Monitoring Centre

Sydney Office

14 June 2006

ANZMI contacted Danna Vale M.P to ascertain what was the actual background relating to the increases in penalties for offences against Sect 80A and 80B of the Defence Act 1903.  Mrs Vale referred ANZMI to her speech when introducing the legislation into parliament.  In this speech on the 26 March 2003 she states in part, relating to increasing penalties from $200 fine to a maximum penalty of $3300 and/or six months imprisonment for breaches of sections 80A and 80B of the Defence Act, that these changes reflect the gravity of the concern of the government and the wider community with practices that are unlawful, deceitful and disrespectful of our veterans and service personnel.

Danna Vale said, "Person falsely claiming defence service they did not undertake or complete, or medals or decorations they were not entitled to, are disrespectful to real veterans and defence personnel.  Our veterans and service personnel are held in the highest regard by our community.  Their service and sacrifice deserves strong protection from those who wrongly seek to claim the same honour and respect.  The government delivers this protection through these increases in penalties".

For veterans who have served their country this has to be a frustrating situation.  On the one hand we have a previous minister for veterans' affairs saying that wannabes are disrespectful to real veterans and defence personnel who are held in the highest regard by our community. "Their service and sacrifice deserves strong protection from those who wrongly seek to claim the same honour and respect.  The government delivers this protection through these increases in penalties". Then we have the law enforcement organisation responsible for enforcing commonwealth legislation saying that they do not have the resources to provide the protection promised by the government.

Senator Ellison appears to be the appropriate minister to answer this dilemma so we asked him:

The Hon. Christopher Ellison

Minister for Justice

3rd July 2006
 Dear Sir,

I am a member of Australian and New Zealand Military Impostors. (ANZMI)  We are a veteran's group dedicated to exposing persons who fraudulently portray themselves to be returned servicemen or fraudulently wear service decorations.  You will find our web site at www.anzmi.net

For sometime now we have been providing evidence of people who commit offences contrary to the Defence Act 1903 to the appropriate authorities but to no avail.  A recent occurrence was a matter that occurred at Katoomba, New South Wales on Anzac Day, 25th April 2006. A person was detected in the RSL following the Anzac day service.  He was wearing the uniform of a Naval Officer and many overseas campaign medals.  Veterans at the RSL soon detected that this person was a fraud. In fact he was not, nor had ever been, a member of the Australian Armed Forces. The NSW Police were called and they detained this person. As this was a Commonwealth matter the NSW Police contacted the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

It has been reported to us that the response from the AFP was that they were unable to do anything. The reasons they gave were totally incorrect.  In fact they appeared not to know the seriousness of the offence, advising the NSW police that it only carried a $200 fine when in fact the penalty is 30 penalty units ($3300.00) or 6 months
imprisonment or both.

In frustration the president of the Katoomba RSL contacted ANZMI for advice.  We were able to advise of the section, penalty and facts in issue for the relevant two offences committed by this false pretender. On our advice he contacted the AFP.  His complaint to the AFP is attached at Annexure A.

The reply he received from the AFP was to the effect that the AFP couldn't handle such cases as they were under resourced.  That reply is attached at Annexure B.

This is a surprise considering the speech given by Danna Vale in parliament on the 26 March 2003 when introducing the Defence Legislation Amendment Bill 2003, 2nd reading. In this speech she said in part:

"The first relates to changes to increase the penalties for improper use of service medals and decorations and for false representation as returned service personnel. These changes reflect the gravity of the concern of the government and the wider community with practices that are unlawful, deceitful and disrespectful of our veterans and service personnel.

The bill increases the penalty for wrongly claiming to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman, or for wearing a medal or decoration to which a person is not entitled, from a $200 fine to a maximum penalty of $3,300 and/or six months imprisonment. The Defence Act already makes it clear that an exception to this penalty is where a family member, who does not claim to have been awarded the medal or decoration, is wearing the medal or decoration. The bill also increases the penalty for destroying or defacing a medal or decoration from a fine of $200 to a maximum fine of $6,600 and/or 12 months imprisonment.

Persons falsely claiming defence service they did not undertake or complete, or medals or decorations they were not entitled to, are disrespectful to real veterans and defence personnel. Our veterans and serving personnel are held in the highest regard by our community. Their service and sacrifice deserves strong protection from those who wrongly seek to claim the same honour and respect. The government delivers this protection through these increases in penalties".  The full speech is attached at Annexure C.

ANZMI contacted the AFP in relation to this matter and in answer the AFP repeated that they were under resourced to deal with such matters however, they advised that the Department of Defence had investigators and may be able to assist.  This reply is attached at Annexure D.

This was also a surprise, although we are aware that there are now many commonwealth departments who have their own in-house investigators, it was our belief that they were there mainly to investigate fraud or impropriety involving personnel of their own departments.  We are aware however, that it is possible for such investigators to investigate offences against the act administered by that department; we are not sure whether it would be appropriate as often there are cases that involve not only offences against the Defence Act 1903, but also other legislation.

A case in point is another matter involving a veteran who has not only committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 in wearing medals of valour not conferred, but also, by deceit, dishonesty and forgery in having such awards recognised by the Defence Department, has probably committed a variety of offences contrary to the Criminal Code, 1995 (Cmth).  A copy of the report of that matter, which was recently forwarded to the Department of Defence, is attached at Annexure E.

Sir, we seek your advice on this issue. Who is the appropriate body to investigate such matters.  As was stated by Danna Vale when introducing the penalty increases in the Defence Act 1903 The service and sacrifice of veterans deserves strong protection from those who wrongly seek to claim the same honour and respect.  Since these penalty increases were introduced the government has failed to provide that protection.  To increase a penalty without a corresponding policy to investigate and prosecute is not protection.

Yours sincerely 


To this date we have had no response from the Minister and in the meantime we have wannabes such as William Van Der Klooster, by their actions, openly insulting the veteran community, men and women who have put their lives at risk to serve the country.

The penalties in the legislation relating to wannabes were increased because of concerns expressed by the veteran community.  In fact they, the veteran community, have been conned.  Wannabes are free to insult veterans with impunity.  It is now time for the veteran community to advise their local members that they don't like to be conned and that this legislation must be given teeth in the way of proper, adequate law enforcement resources and policy.

  13 Oct 2006  Extract of the Blue Mountains Gazette on line

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: Van Moosdyk
Christian Names: Shane
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Shane Lee Fontana, also known by his birth name Van Moosdyk, has attempted to ingrate himself with Vietnam Veterans all over the world, trading on the brotherhood of returned service personnel by pretending to be one of them.

Fontana has perpetrated his false credentials on his web site and bulletin board system titled the Vietnam Veterans BBS Service, claiming to have been wounded in-country, and sporting medals on many solemn occasions including the funerals of genuine veterans. Further he has infiltrated the RSL in Victoria, rising to the position of Secretary of the Lilydale sub-branch - although being careful to avoid scrutiny of his 'service' by joining as a social member. His web site features a photograph of a plaque awarded to him by that sub-branch for his çontribution to veterans'.

Fontana was reported to the Australian Federal Police who investigated the claims and then referred the matter to the DPP for prosecution.

There is no record of a Fontana or Van Moosdyk having served with the Australian Army in any capacity, either ARA or CMF during the time Fontana claims he served.

More evidence   

The medals Fontana has worn ... they include the Australian Vietnam Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with a reverse featuring King George! Wrong War Shane!) and the Republic of Vietnam Medal. The King's head is a dead giveaway.

Fontana is the one referred to in this article by Nick Papps (a journalist with an interest in helping expose military imposters) as the man who confessed to Federal Police after they raided his home..

Here's the "Biography" that Fontana had published on a US web site;

And here's the Lilydale RSL Sub-branch award for "Achievement" presented to Fontana.


All claims are false.

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: Vango
Christian Names: Joseph John
Country: United Kingdom
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Joseph John Vango "DCM, MM BS"


The United Kingdom (UK) website - http://www.arrse.co.uk/content - ARmy Rumour Service (ARRSE) is an erudite and very successful UK medium for those with connections to the British Services.   They often expose “Walts” on their site. “Walts” is an abbreviation for “Walter Mitteys”. Recently for his sins Joseph John Vango a “Pom” who served with 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Korea was featured as a “Walt on their web site.

 Vango was born in London on 26 Jan 1926 and now resides in Gloucestershire.

We were very amused when one of our ARRSE mates described Vango’s rack of medals as  “looks like the **&@###*  Dulux colour chart”.  With permission from the ARRSE we present Joseph John Vango.




Like a crocodile submerged in a watering hole waiting for hapless prey to stop by for a drink, the Waltenkommando wait patiently – and usually not for very long. Down to the water’s edge to slake his thirst steps Mr Joe Wildebeest – or Joe Vango to be more precise. The water stirs.

A Land Down Under

It all started in a land far far away a couple of years ago when one of our colonial cousins Down Under spotted something in a magazine that didn’t add up. Said colonial is an expert on medals – in particular those pertaining to the Korean War. The magazine was ‘The Morning Calm’, the journal of the British Korean Veterans’ Association (BKVA), and it had been donated to our man in the Antipodes by a friend and Korean ‘vet’ – that’s as in veteran, not as in a slanty-eyed James Herriot.

Anyhow, in the April 2007 edition our man spots the name of one Joe Vango DCM MM – Gloucestershire Branch Secretary and former 3RAR (3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment) Korea, WW2 veteran and ex-POW. Now, our man did 23 years in the mob and knows that a double gallantry award winner is something that doesn’t exactly grow on trees. Surely he’d recognise the name of such a distinguished hero?

Being a historian, our man - let’s call him ‘Steve’ – has a shed-load of literature concerning all things medal-related - and in particular records pertaining to Australian units in Korea and who got what. Surprise surprise, guess who's name is not on the list? A trawl through that trusty Walt-outer the London Gazette likewise yielded a big fat zero. Nothing. Nada. Niente. Neither DCM or MM to such an individual in Korea or otherwise.


Somewhat miffed, ‘Steve’ pens a rather stiff missive to the editor of 'The Morning Calm' and flags up Vango as a possible Walt. The editor then sends the letter on to the Honorary General Secretary of the BKVA – Frank Ellison OBE BEM JP who contacts Vango and squares up to him regarding his medal rack. Frank, understandably treated the allegations seriously and took a very dim view of such fraudulent claims, but it seemed that the writing was on the wall, despite feeble protestations from Vango that he had a letter from the Australian Army authorising him to wear both decorations – which in itself suggested that he had them before joining the RAR.

It transpired that Vango did actually see service in Korea with 3RAR and had a Service Number that indicated he was a British enlistee with possible prior service in the British Army. Records, however, showed no such decorations and nor was he listed as a POW. He did not serve in Malaya, Borneo or Vietnam. Oh dear!


Bubbled, Vango does a runner and goes off the radar. However, the story doesn’t end there. Fast forward two years to June 2009. The Normandy Veteran’s Association are parading for the last time at the Cenotaph in olde London towne. Like a moth to a candle the opportunity to hog the limelight was simply too good to miss and in to the spotlight steps our Wildebeest.


Festooned with enough tinware to put even Phil the Greek to shame, Joe Vango DCM MM is on parade – and it makes for an impressive sight. Sporting a blazer and beret with the badge of the Wiltshire Regiment, his medal rack looks like the f@#$%^g Dulux colour chart and within a short time he’s been spotted by the Gongpolizei. Rule 1 of Walting: never, never, ever have your photograph taken. Joe's medals are:

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Military Medal

1939-45 Star

France & Germany Star

Defence Medal

War Medal

General Service Medal 1918

Korea Medal

UN Korea Medal

Australian Active Service Medal  1945-75 (Korea)

1953 Coronation Medal

1977 Jubilee Medal

2002 Jubilee Medal

Even with some other associated tat that he'd pinned on that's quite a rack! Within 24 hours Vango had been featured on a medal experts' forum and was duly shredded. It’s a small world – one of the members being the bloke who spotted Vango in the first place. Vango’s reputation was junked and yet again another walt was outed.


It’s not the first time that someone with creditable service has over-egged the custard. But pitching up to a parade sporting gallantry awards that you’re not entitled to is invoking the Curse of ARRSE. Why do they do it? God knows. But times have changed Walter. The internet is your enemy

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: Vincent
Christian Names: John Leslie
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Caboolture
Case Notes:

As John Leslie Vincent, he was another mover and shaker in an Ex-Service Organisation [ESO] who believes the ex-service  community is comprised of idiots who will swallow whatever they are told. Some of these organisations are riddled with wannabes who are generally in the hierarchy, the president, secretary or committeeman, a few of them appear here on our pages and there are more coming soon.

The warped mind of the wannabe demands that his lies be heard by the largest possible audience, what better audience than a few hundred members of an ESO.


This poseur was eventually fully investigated while a member of the Returned Services League (RSL) in Caboolture, South East Queensland, after being initially exposed as a wannabe in Central Queensland.

Another of his stories is that he arrived "in" (sic) Nui Dat, Viet Nam, by helicopter at 11:30 pm, 31st December, 1959. Supposedly a meaningful time and date but aged 17?    We think not.

If by "in", he means the 1st Australian Task Force base, his timing is a long way out. The base wasn't set up until years later.

Other claims are that he served under two names, two service numbers and two birthdates but he can't supply a discharge certificate because "they won't discharge me".

Consider yourself discharged  Mr. John Leslie Vincent.

He told others that he served in Viet Nam under the name John Vincent, not John Leslie,  and his stories could only relate to AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Viet Nam) type service. That was a bad move because we know of the real John Vincent who served honourably with AATTV.

In November 2004 he was seen wearing a WW1 North Africa Medal although we don't have a photo of him wearing this.

He was the ESO club's curator of Military memorabilia and we believe that a thorough audit has been made of the items since his departure.

His ESO membership card showed this service number, 2238412.

Later, on being questioned about his service number because this membership card had mysteriously vanished, he supplied these numbers.

N741742, which he claimed was his CMF number issued around 1960-61 and 227418 which he claims was his Regular Army service number.

Of these numbers, N741742 is a WW11 number and 227418 is close to his actual number and appears to be purely for ease of remembering when challenged.

His actual Military service follows.


Enlisted Citizen's Military Forces, 2RNSWR, Newcastle, NSW, 3 June 1963.

Transferred to 1/15 Royal NSW Lancers Parramatta NSW, 1 July 1964. 

In late May 1965 he stopped attending CMF parades; apparently he had moved to Melbourne, Victoria.  The delay in his discharge is as a result of the time it took for the Army to catch up with him and recover issued equipment.

Discharged, 16 May 1967 for non-attendance, AWL (Absent Without Leave)

See here his full service record.

Another of his stories.  A six months training course with the Special Air Service (SAS) and promoted to Warrant Officer, Class Two.    How many days did he serve in training with 2RNSWR and 1/15 RNSWL before this intensive course?   Exactly 56 days and 14 hours, he was paid a handsome sum of around 125 Pounds  (A$250)  for this. Hardly the makings of a fine service record that would see him accepted in the SAS ranks.

Using the name John Leslie, he had his fantasies published in a book that was funded by taxpayers and is available in some schools, libraries, Council Offices and ESOs. It's a fine book that used interviews conducted by young people with WW11 and Viet Nam Veterans but is now tainted by the absolute garbage that was spewed forth by this wannabe. 

He has resigned from all committee positions at the ESO where he was in the midst of campaigning for Club Secretary and like most wannabes, he has threatened legal action against the person who initially exposed him for what he is and also members of the ESO Executive.

His deluded mind also has him telling stories of commencing litigation against another ESO in his area, he is able to afford this because, as he says, he won Lotto. Yeah, right.

He is a congenital liar and should seek professional help but this won't save him from appearing here for the term of his natural life.

There's not much more we need to say about this individual, we'll let you read his story as published and you let us know what you think.

You will see in the story below, this section:

We would indeed be interested in hearing from anyone from the Royal NSW Lancers that can verify his MC being mounted in a case in the Sergeants Mess, or if in fact, he was ever even invited into the Sergeants Mess of this unit.

Go here to read the rubbish supplied by Vincent to the young person who wrote the story

If you have doubts about anyone involved with your ESO, please contact us at information@anzmi.net and we'll tell you how to go about obtaining Military records. There is a privacy act which covers documents less than thirty years old but the last Viet Nam Veteran who served in an operational role left that country in 1972.

There are no "Sealed, Locked up, Under 100 year secrecy act, Never to be released" Military records for anyone who served in Viet Nam in an operational role.  The 30 year secrecy act for Viet Nam is finished and all Service records are now available.

For $25 or less, you can confirm or deny your suspicions. If you need assistance in deciphering any records, we would be only too willing to assist. Just contact us and we will advise how you can obtain these records.


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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.


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