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

Surname: Wagner aka Ragno
Christian Names: Shane or Cosimo
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Eglington
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Claims 1969 to 1976
Case Notes:




Wagner stood in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Canberra and gazed at the Long Tan Cross that was on loan for exhibition. He also identified "himself" in a photograph taken in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in August 1969 that was accompanying the exhibition. Here is Wagner gazing at the Cross at the AWM

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We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Wagner claims to have fought in the Battle of Long Tan with D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on the 18th August 1966.

The Statutory Declarations state that Wagner claims; He was in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam and then served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He said he was the youngest soldier to serve in Vietnam and became a "Sniper" with a 140 odd "strikes" to his name and he liked to work alone.

 Shane Wagner was born Cosimo Ragno in Italy in October 1951 and came to Australia as an infant. At the tender age of fifteen in 1966 he certainly would have been the youngest person to serve in Vietnam.   All Vietnam nominal rolls and data from 6RAR have been checked and, Wagner aka Ragno did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force at any time. To join the Army you had to be 17 years old and to be sent to Vietnam you had to be 19 years old. Wagner aka Ragno is a liar and a Wannabe.

We contacted two retired senior members of D Company, 6RAR and they advised that Wagner is not known by the 6RAR fraternity and did not serve with 6RAR in Vietnam or at any other time in any capacity.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Wagner to enquire about his service. Wagner said he was an ex Serviceman and he served in "Nam" with 6RAR during 1967 and 1968. Any Vietnam veteran who uses the Americanism "Nam" is immediately suspected of being a crook, then when you realise that 6RAR was not in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968 it is obvious we have found another one.

Wagner claims to have gazed at the Cross on another occasion in 1966 when it was "originally erected" in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation. Unfortunately for Wagner the cross was not erected until 1969, during 6RARs second tour of duty in Vietnam. A solemn commemorative ceremony at the newly erected Long Tan Cross was conducted in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in Vietnam on 18th August 1969.  

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This photograph below was taken on 18 August 1969 and was also part of the AWM exhibition, those in the photograph are genuine ANZACs. The photograph was taken on the 18 August 1969. Wagner identifies himself as the third person on the left side of the photograph


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It is not Wagner, and we are sure that because of the 9 millimetre pistol the person is wearing he is most likely from 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, whose unit in 1966, after four hours of engagement by the 108 men of the beleaguered D Company 6RAR provided the necessary support and firepower to be able to repel the North Vietnamese and help rescue the 90 heroic survivors of D Company 6RAR.  

 Here is a synopsis of the final stages of the battle.

 AT 1900 hrs during the battle 3 Troop of 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron advanced through 'D' Company's position, carrying out a quick sweep of the area through which the attacking Vietnamese were forming up for another attack, catching the enemy on their flanks and inflicting heavy casualties.  Upon seeing the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers the enemy broke off its attack, the survivors melting away back into the jungle and leaving the Australians in possession of the battlefield.  The Australians suffered 18 men killed and 24 wounded. Of these, one of the men that had been killed was from 3 Troop.

As well as being a lying wannabe he has lied in the Magistrates Court about his non existent military service and in doing so, has perverted the course of justice. Here is what his legal representative told the Magistrate at a hearing at Maroochydore Queensland in 2013.


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Wagner is not, and never has been on any Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability benefits. Here is more of the lying palaver he has uttered.


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Wagner has mentioned a very honourable man (name expunged) as being his guide and mentor to get his "Entitlements" from DVA. Wagner does not know, and has never communicated with the person he has mentioned. In essence Wagner is not fit to wipe the mud off the man's boots.

There were 3,629 Australian and New Zealand casualties in the Vietnam War 521 of those died and thousands more have since suffered and died from the effects of the war. People like Wagner are a blight on the Veteran community.

Wagner falsely claims to have served in Vietnam at the famous ANZAC battle of Long Tan.

This entry will serve to advise those he has deceived that he is a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

Wagner richly deserves his years of infamy on this website.

Surname: Walkley
Christian Names: Terrence Ralph
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

In the spring edition of the newsletter, 'Over the Top' - Ringwood Victoria, Returned and Service Leagues club, included a colour photograph of a member celebrating ANZAC Day 2002 at their club rooms. Everybody knew "Terry the Pom" - he was a veteran of the British Army due to service in Borneo/Malaya and for this service he was awarded the General Service Medal, Borneo.

He had also advised anybody interested that he also had service with the Australian Army - and done a tour of duty in Viet Nam.   His vehicle bore the mandatory Viet Nam ribbons sticker and Terry had found the comfort and camaraderie particular to the Viet Nam Veteran membership of his RSL.   His active service in South Viet Nam was something that had adversely affected his health and mental well being - those close to him were concerned for his welfare.

Once the newsletter hit the streets some Viet Nam Veterans experienced warning bells.  Here was a picture of one of their own wearing his medals out of sequence.   Concerns were directed to the Executive Committee and a cursory check was completed with ANZAC House and official Military sources.    Apart from his British Army service, this charlatan had NEVER served in the Australian Army, or for that matter any branch of the Australian Defence Forces.


CPMH was contacted and liaised with the RSL.   It is known that the RSL corresponded with Terry and gave him a seven [7] day period of grace to either produce evidence to the contrary or explain his actions.

Walkley did neither.   CPMH contacted him and gave him twenty one [21] days to produce irrefutable documentary evidence of his Service in Viet Nam or apologise in writing to the Viet Nam Veteran community   [included with this correspondence was a copy of the new penalties for offences against the Defence Act 1903].  Terry has not replied to this letter either.


What should leap out to the reader is the stupidity of this individual.   Had he done the correct research he would have been aware of the precedence of wearing Active Service Medals.   The Veteran community then would not have twigged and his bogus activities would still be attracting sympathy and the encouragement of 'The Brotherhood' and his other clan of believers.

It is not known if Terry has attempted any War caused disability claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs.   It is common knowledge that DVA access this site from time to time in the interest of preserving the rights of legitimate veterans and we would encourage them to check their records to see if any such claims may have emanated.

Terry Walkley is a veteran in his own right.  Why he saw the need to embellish his status is unknown.  His obvious inaction in showing the gumption to answer all contact for his deeds has earned him a place on this site.  Had he replied to the RSL or CPMH with the appropriate apology, it would have been accepted, if he pledged to refrain from attempting to be a Viet Nam Veteran again.


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.


Surname: Wallace
Christian Names: Erin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Cranbourne
Service #: Nil
Service: Claims Army
Branch: Claims Nursing Corps. RAANC
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:


At ANZMI, it gives us pleasure to expose long term military imposters, who have gained considerable kudos and public recognition, for many years from close friends, workmates, family and the media. Their deceit has also seen advancement to higher work positions above others, who are generally more deserving, and who have greater credibility and honesty.

When your world comes crashing down after years of being a military fraud and false pretender, you only have yourself to blame.

Stealing the honour of those military personnel who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice is a low act. To steal the honour of Australian Army Nurses, many of whom returned with mental health issues, is also a low act.


Erin Wallace is a Military Fraud, an Honour Thief and a Medal Cheat. You can also throw in liar.

For many years her deceitful conduct has convinced those close to her that she is a bemedalled Vietnam War Veteran, who served in the Australian Army as a Nurse.

Wallace is 69 years of age. She is currently the Gippsland Regional Manager for St John Ambulance, and resides in Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria. She has held this position for 5 years.

Over recent years, her medal rack has grown as displayed below.


Photograph above taken in 2016, she wears the Vietnam Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Notice she is missing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM Proclaimed in December 1997) and the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM Proclaimed 20 March, 2006.)



More recent photograph since 2016. She now wears the AASM as well as the ADM with the original two medals.

Only 43 Australian Army Nursing Sisters served in South Vietnam between 1967 to 1971. The youngest Nursing Sister was 22 and the eldest was 45 years of age. Their ranks ranged from Lieutenants to Majors. They had a tough job.

The last Australian Army Nurses to leave South Vietnam did so in November, 1971 when the Australian Field Hospital closed. The last Australian troops, 4 RAR, left on the 7 November, 1971.

Nursing Sisters did not complete normal Officer Training at that time. Many were "Direct Entry" from being a qualified practicing civilian Nursing sister to be an Army Commissioned Officer. After being commissioned, they completed an orientation course at School of Army Health, Healsville Victoria, and would have gained experience in an Army hospital in Australia or Concord Repatriation Hospital, Sydney, before deployment to South Vietnam.

For Wallace to have served at the youngest age of 22 years as a qualified Sister and Lieutenant, in the last year of Australia’s involvement ( ie.1971), she would have to now attained the age of 71 years plus. (at 2021) As she is 69 years of age, her time line is out at least two years at the very minimum.






The above screenshots are from a St John Facebook video Wallace made to publicise and self promote her alleged Vietnam service and other achievements. She claims that she was an Army Nurse who returned from Vietnam to the Darwin Docks, where she was met and was impressed by St John Ambulance people, who gave her cups of tea and vegemite sandwiches.

That statement is also a lie. No Australian Army Nurses returned home by ship.

You will notice that she now wears the following medals -;


1.The Officer of the Order of St John Medal. Top row.
2.Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) Not entitled. Top row.
3.Vietnam Medal. Not entitled. bottom row.
4.Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) Not entitled. bottom row.
5. The Service Medal of the Order of St John bottom row.
6.Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) 180 days in country. Not entitled. bottom row.

Wallace’s name does not appear on the DVA Vietnam Nominal Roll as having served in South Vietnam in the Australian Army. Also taking into account maiden names, only two persons with first names Erin served in the Australian Army in South Vietnam. She is not one of them. Her name also does not appear on the List of Australian Army Nurses that served in South Vietnam between 1967 and 1971.

Wallace was contacted by email at St John Ambulance, Victoria and given an opportunity to respond to information received that she is not entitled to wear the above medals or was not an Army Nurse as she has claimed. She was also requested to provide the following information -;

1. Proof of Australian Defence Force medal entitlement.
2. Her service number, Unit, and rank.
3. Date of commencement of Army service.
4. Date of completion of Army service.
5. Date she deployed to South Vietnam as an Army Sister and Lieutenant.
6. Date she returned to Australia.

She has not responded and we do not expect a reply.


Wallace is an Affiliate member of the Dandenong RSL Sub Branch, Victoria, due to a relative being a service person. She is also a Social member of the Leongatha RSL Sub Branch, Victoria.

If she was a returned veteran, Wallace would be a full member of Dandenong RSL Sub Branch and not an Affiliate Member.

Wallace is a high flyer in the Victorian St John Ambulance. She has received many accolades over the years.

St John Victoria was contacted and informed that Wallace was a Military Imposter who has committed offences against the Defence Act 1900.

Section 80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
Section 80B.Improper use of service decorations
Penalty - $3,300 dollars fine or six months imprisonment or both.


Former and current Returned Veterans of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces will not stand by and observe valour thieves and imposters benefit from fraudulent claims of military service.

The Victorian Police have been notified and hopefully will take action against Wallace for her fraudulent behaviour. It may well be that Wallace has committed further criminal offences of “Obtaining benefit by deception” and “False pretences”, in regards to her behaviour.

St John Ambulance, Victoria would be well advised to check her curriculum vitae to ensure that all her documented claims are truthful and accurate. Particularly, her Vietnam service background as an Army Nursing Sister and Officer.

RSL Victoria should also give Wallace the boot from their organisation.

An update for Ms Erin Wallace will be provided as this matter progresses.

Another St John Ambulance Valour Thief and Medal Cheat offender was Christopher Chant. See below.


Chant resigned from his Executive position due to the ANZMI investigation. Wallace should do the same or be sacked immediately.

St John Ambulance Australia, is a well respected organisation. It needs well respected personnel to carry out their objectives.

Welcome to ANZMI, Military Imposter, Medal Cheat and Valour Thief, Erin Wallace.

Surname: Wallis
Christian Names: Harold Gilbert
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sussex Inlet
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

R29418 Harold Gilbert Wallis DOB 21/05/1928 of Sussex Inlet NSW served 22 years with the Royal Australian Navy as a cook on RAN Ships and Shore Bases.

He served the Nation for a long period which he should be proud of, having sailed the seas and visited a number of ports. Wallis was not satisfied with that and has embellished his service. Read his story here.

We were sent a photograph of Wallis taken at the Vikings Football Club Erindale ACT showing Wallis wearing a large number of medals.

He was quoted as saying that his service record was not available due to the Secrets Act. Well Harold Wallis your records are available and on checking your service record you are now entitled to wear three medals, though at the time of your discharge from the Navy you only had the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Listed here are the medals which I will indicate the ones he is entitled to in bold and the ones he is not. I will start from left to right with the top row


  1. United States Meritorious Medal (Not entitled)

  2. Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 (Not entitled)

  3. Defence Medal World War 2 (Not entitled)

  4. War Medal 1939-45 WW 2 (Not entitled)

  5. British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Post WW2 un-official medal, should not be worn)

  6. Australian Service Medal WW 2 (Not entitled)

  7. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (entitled with one clasp FESR, Far East Strategic Reserve, issued after discharge)

  8. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Not entitled)

  9. United Service Medal Korea (Not entitled)

  10. Korea Medal (not entitled)

  11. General Service Medal 1962 (Not entitled)

  12. Naval General Service Medal no clasp (Not entitled, you only get the medal issued once and further clasps added to it, if entitled)

  13. Vietnam Medal (Not entitled)

  14. South Vietnam Campaign Medal (Not entitled)

  15. Australian Defence Medal ( entitled for the period of service in the Navy, issued after discharge)

  16. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (Not entitled)

  17. Naval long Service and Good Conduct Medal (entitled issued prior to discharge)

  18. Returned from Active Service Badge (Not entitled, was never in an Active Service area)

Wallis enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy 21st May, 1946 and discharged on the 20th May, 1968. He was not old enough to serve in World War 2 and should not be wearing those medals at all.

On checking the dates of the ships he served on, only one came up as being in the Far East Strategic Reserve which was HMAS Vampire from June to December 1960 before going in for a refit until April 1961.This would entitle him to wear the ASM 45-75 with clasp FESR. You will notice in the photograph he is wearing three clasps.

Wallis did spend most of his ship time on HMAS Melbourne which was all in Australian waters. He also spent short times on other ships, but none of these ships whilst he was on board were in the waters of Korea, Malaya, Indonesia (during the confrontation) or Vietnam. Most of his service was in docks on board ships or shore bases.

As can be seen by the number of medals he is wearing and his service record, Wallis has gone right over the top in trying to fool people that he saw a lot of active service during his career with the RAN.

 He is showing a complete disrespect to the sailors he served with and the RAN and to all veterans who actually saw active service. He has brought disgrace upon himself and his family. For this he will grace our web site for the rest of his life.


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: Walsh
Christian Names: Leo William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Service #: R49576 & 214436
Service: RAN & ARMY
Branch: RAN, RAInf, 1 SAS SQN
Commencement of service: 1953
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:




Every now and then, a case comes to our notice concerning an ex-serviceman who embellishes his medal entitlement, which just leaves us scratching our head and asking, why?

This is the case of Leo William Walsh, OAM an ex-serviceman who served in the Royal Australian Navy, discharged and enlisted into the Australian Army and served with distinction in the Special Air Service Regiment seeing active service in Borneo, the Malaysian Emergency, and two tours of Vietnam with SASR and 6 RAR. He is now the Curator of the Queensland Military Memorial Museum. For his service to the community through the museum, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). During his service in the Navy, he was awarded a Naval Board Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Leo Walsh was one of a select group of SAS to have seen action in Borneo and the Malaysian Emergency.

And in Vietnam during two tours.

WHY then would such a distinguished ex-serviceman embellish is service by wearing medals he has no entitlement to? Leo Walsh wears an impressive array of medals on his rack.

The medals he wears are:

OAM (General Division) - Entitled
Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 - Entitled
Korea Medal - Not Entitled
United Nations Service Medal for Korea - Not Entitled
Naval General Service Medal (1915 - 62) - Entitled
General Service Medal 1962 - Entitled
Vietnam Medal - Entitled
Defence Force Long Service Medal - Entitled
Reserve Force Medal - Entitled
National Medal - Entitled
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
US Bronze Star - Not Entitled
Vietnam Campaign Medal - Entitled
Pingat Jasda Malaysia - Entitled

He is entitled to clasps to the medals listed above; AASM45-75 (Malaysia, Vietnam), ASM45-75 (FESR, Korea, PNG, Thailand)

Walsh served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1953 until 1959 when as his records show, he was discharged SNLR ‘Services No Longer Required’.

The Korean War broke out in 1950, and a ceasefire agreed to in 1953 effectively ‘ending’ the war. His record of service shows that he served on HMAS Tobruk from 1st September 1955 until 3rd January 1957. During this period, HMAS Tobruk deployed to Korean waters, Walsh along with all other members of the crew became entitled to The Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with Clasp ‘Korea’

It can be clearly seen in the photographs of his medals, Walsh is wearing the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.

Personnel who served in Korea during the time of the Korean War are eligible to receive up to three medals; the Korea Medal, the UN Medal for Korea and the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.

The medal was instituted in July 1951 and awarded for service in Korea between 1 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.

The United Nations Service Medal (Korea) is awarded to those members who were posted for any period with the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

The medal is also awarded to personnel who served in adjacent areas like Japan and Okinawa operating under UN command or sent to support UN operations in Korea in the relevant period from 1950 to 1954.

Clearly, Walsh did not serve in Korea and has no entitlement to wear either medal. The only entitlement he has is to the ASM 1945-75 with Clasp Korea.

ANZMI contacted Walsh and gave him numerous opportunities to explain why he wears the two Korea Medals and why his name does not appear on the nominal roll of eligible veterans. His reply, below, leaves a lot to be desired.

Yet again, we are expected to believe that all supporting records have been expunged or ‘lost’. If we accept that he enlisted underage as he claims and went to Korea almost immediately after his recruit and trade training, surely it is not unreasonable that someone who he went to recruit school and trade training would remember him and be able to vouch for his story. If indeed he went to Korea you would think he could advise the job he had there, but no, every request made to him to provide this basic information has met with blank replies, health claims and threats of legal action. The whole scenario of being underage and sent to Korea is just a little hard to believe we think.

The question must be asked as to how the Department of Defence Honours and Awards were able to find records to send him the war medals, yet apparently there are no records of his ‘underage service’. Walsh would have us believe that the Navy expunged his ‘underage service record’ to avoid embarrassment to the Navy. If such a mistake was made it would be in the public interest to know how the Navy could make such a monumental error occur without records being kept. In reality, how could such a ‘secret’ be kept for so long by Walsh and those who knew him, trained with him and served with him? If you believe Leo Walsh, you must also believe that man did not walk on the Moon. The answer is of course an easy one. Leo Walsh has no entitlement to wear those medals.

The third medal in question is the US Bronze Star worn by Walsh.

The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the US Military. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the "V" device.

The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star. Foreign soldiers, as well as officers from the other Federal uniformed services are also eligible to receive the decoration when serving with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

A record of awardees of the Bronze Star is kept and readily accessible on the internet and includes awards to Foreign Service personnel, including Australians. As expected, a search for Leo William Walsh reveal no award was made.

A common mistake made by medals cheats who award themselves US awards and Medals is that no records of such awards were kept. The common belief that US Generals distributed medals like confetti is a misnomer. Had the award been made to Walsh in Vietnam, a record would have been made, but again no such record can be found.

Leo William Walsh wears an impressive rack of medals, reflecting distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force but he has no entitlement to three of them and by wearing them, he is committing offences against the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

Under other circumstances, it could be argued that Walsh is wearing these medals while in ‘period’ Army Dress, costume if you will. However, as can be seen in the photograph below, he wears them on official commemorative occasions as well.

So the question is why? Why, Leo Walsh would you sully your distinguished service in the Armed Forces? Indeed as a member of an elite Regiment such as the SAS, with service in Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam - why do you feel the need to steal the valour due to genuine veterans who saw active service during the Korean War?

We at ANZMI also have information concerning the manner in which the US Bronze Star possibly came into your possession. If this information is correct you should hang your head in shame.

With such a distinguished record of service, it is difficult to label Leo Walsh as a medals cheat, but regrettably, that is what he is. Wearing the Korean Medals is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and those ex-servicemen and women who served with distinction in Korea. His wearing the US Bronze Star when a genuine entitlement cannot be established belittles his genuine service. His actions cannot be condoned, even by such a distinguished ex-serviceman. Let us hope that the appropriate authorities take action against him. In any event, his actions have undoubtedly tarnished the respect which should be owed to him and he must live with that. Welcome to the ANZMI website Leo Walsh.

Surname: Walter
Christian Names: Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Cobram
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Russell Walter

As a "guest speaker" at a Probus meeting in a rural part of Victoria yet another RSL Executive has been exposed as a bogus veteran - this sort of behaviour only serves to further besmirch the already damaged reputation of Australia's only true veterans' league....how much lower must the RSL be dragged before 100% justice is dealt out to those who offend ???


The rural Victorian tabloid "Cobram Courier" on Wednesday 15 February 2006 on its social page "Roundabout" printed details of Cobram Men's Probus Club engaging a guest speaker Russell WALTER who "spoke of International Intelligence.  Mr WALTER had led an eventful life flying 65 missions "spotting Cessnas" in Vietnam, pursuing a nursing career in 2005, before retiring to live in Barooga".

WALTER is a member of the Cobram Barooga RSL and spent almost two years on the Sub-Branch Executive Committee as Secretary.  During this period it is alleged WALTER advised those who queried his rank that he left the Army as a Major, others state he advised he was a Colonel.
With the article of his supposed Vietnam service published in the local paper, veterans began questioning the bona fides of their past RSL Sub-Branch Secretary - a glaring anomaly was his lack of command of  written English, something a commissioned officer in the Australian Army prides himself on.

ANZMI was contacted and a subsequent thorough investigation into WALTER's military history revealed that yes, he did indeed serve, he was a National Serviceman who enlisted on 24 April 1956 and was Discharged 20 March 1957 medically unfit with clinical notes attached to his file as follows: "This disability is likely to remain for such a period as to prevent the resumption of training within a period of five years - DDMS S Comd". 

WALTER was allocated to the corps of Ordnance as a Private soldier, posted from 20 National Service Battalion to 3 Stores Company and spent his 11 month Army life plagued by medical problems. 

With all the evidence at hand WALTER was contacted and asked to explain his claims of  being an Army Officer and Pilot. His replies are below including his apology directed at us. We don't accept or reject apologies, in this instance it's up to the Veteran Community at large. We will monitor all replies for or against and advise the outcome around the end of September.

----- Original Message -----
From: Russell & Kaye Walter
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 4:26 PM
Subject: reyour letter dated 27-06-06


    Dear Sir,
                 With refence to your letter dated as above i wish to inform you that at no time did i state when giving an address to a Probus club did i ever state that i was a VIietnam Veteran, nor that i flown thirty mission over Veitnan, at the time i was in Loas fling for a private air line,nor did i state that i was a major or Lieutenant Colonel.
                  Therefore i offer all the Vietnam veterans/R&SL,my  apologies for any misconstrue over this matter.
                                                                                                                                 Regards RUSS WALTER


WALTER has denied fraudulently representing himself as a veteran - an offence under the Defence Act.
This man served his country albeit in a restricted manner - was awarded a National Service Commemorative Medal and in due course will be awarded the Australian Defence Medal, obviously he felt the need to embellish his service - and the ensuing embarrassment will be down to him.


----- Original Message -----

From: Russell & Kaye Walter
Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2006 1:23 PM
Subject: apologies

  Dear Sir.
              Further to your mail on 24.06.06 and my email of 28.06.06,as some 48hours has has passed i have had time to reflect on my actions of the past and in doing so i can say what a bloody fool i have been,and what injury i have caused our veteran veterns.
             As such i wish to again apologies to you,your members,dependants,and i can only say how bad i feel about my past mistake's.I have always held the Veitnam Veteran vets i the highest regards, and have not and would not like you think i would have a bad  word to say of them.
            I will not belong to our local RS.L. sub-branch nor any other branch and will not renew my member ship when it expires, once again please accept my honest apologies and if it was at all possable in the near future i would like to meet you face to face as men and discuss this matter.
                                                                                              Yours truly Russ Walter


----- Original Message -----
From: Russell & Kaye Walter
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:44 PM
Subject: re your email
Thank you for your email of to day,as i informed youi did work for a private company, but i am not in a situation whereby i am unable to disclose this inforemation to you,but i will give you some back ground of my self.
In 1961 i join the Chief Secreatary,s Office attached to the office of the State Insurance Commision as an investorgator reporting back to the Crown Law Dept,later i was transferred to Comberra and then went to the firm that employed whilst i was oversea,s,i spent some six month,s in Laos when i waseffected with astomach infection and was sent back to australia where some 8/10 of my stomach was removed, i would have no objection to yougeting my medical.
M y wife has in the time i have known me all way,s called me Colonel.
When i was over in Laos i was called the Major.
My Medals are  1 Commonwealth National Service Medal, amd the National Service Association Medal {SA] Branch INC. And id dose amaze me that the person who informed you of myMedal,s was not aware that the Medal,s were not Service Nedal,s as would be found on any of your menbers as quite a nimber of national service menbers wear same when attending servce,s.
                                                                                           regards Russ.I

He apologised and then feeds us malarkey about being some sort of spook in Laos. We can't believe a word he says now.

"My Medals are  1 Commonwealth National Service Medal, amd the National Service Association Medal {SA] Branch INC."

The medal on the right was not awarded for service, it is a purchased National Serviceman's Association trinket, much favoured by those who never served overseas but feel they have to wear something on commemorative occasions as if they'd actually been somewhere and done something . If worn at all, it should be on his right breast and well below any Next of Kin medals that may be worn,where such things belong.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.


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