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

Surname: Waugh
Christian Names: Peter Ross
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Taree
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Peter "Muddy" Waugh

Below are the documents that got Peter "Muddy" Waugh into "hot water" with just about everybody in the veteran community, especially the 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Association and the Royal Australian Engineer's, "Tunnel Rats" Association. 

 

Muddy claims in his "story" that, he;

Spent lots of time in choppers.

Spent lots of time in the bush

Remembers too many contacts

Was 300 metres down a tunnel when his light went out

Still trembles when the lights go out.

Set off a trip wire and was wounded in action with a "gut full of scrap"

We are reliably advised that at a recent Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder course Waugh related to others on the course that:

He served Fourteen months in South Vietnam.

Was an M60 Machine Gunner for Six months

Was a Forward Scout.

Was a "Tunnel Rat"

Stepped on a 500lb bomb booby trap and lived to tell the tale.

Another veteran told us that Waugh had told him:

"He'd been down tunnels and was blind in one eye from shrapnel, he also stated that he had served in D Company of the 8th Battalion"

Another good one is; 

"He said he was awarded a Military Medal whilst serving with 8RAR, when asked for details about this he said, sorry I don't like to talk about it"

Waugh recently went on a "return to Vietnam" tour with the Taree VVA. In a hotel in Saigon in June 2007 he again claimed to a group of veterans that  "He had gone down tunnels".

There are too many lies listed to refute one by one, so let's just be kind and say that most of Waugh's utterings are "fantasy". Waugh said in his Taree VVA article. "Brief recollections of most which according to my Psych (sic) I have buried somewhere in my head"  These recollections are not buried, they are just not there - never having happened. We hope that Waugh hasn't told his "Psych" all of these stories in his bid to gain the benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, that he currently enjoys, because that would be fraud.

We have acquired Waugh's service file from the National Australia Archives through Freedom of Information Legislation. His service was typical of many thousands of National Servicemen from the Vietnam era.         

He was enlisted into the Army as a National Serviceman on the  1 Oct 1969.   After recruit and further training he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to the 1st Army Reinforcement Unit (1ARU) in Vietnam on the 15th Jul 1970, where he stayed until 13th August 1970. He was then posted to 8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (8 RAR) on the 14th August 1970, where he remained until the 4th October 1970 - a total of fifty two days with the Battalion.  He then returned to 1 ARU where he spent half of his time on Field Punishment and in Detention. On 14th January 1971 he was posted to 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) until his return to Australia on 8 July 1971.

What were his duties at each unit?

1st Australian Reinforcement Unit (1 ARU) at Nui Dat. Infantry reinforcements from Australia were posted to 1 ARU.  Waugh spent about a month doing assimilation and training in preparation for posting to 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

8th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.  He was with 8th Battalion for only fifty two days. During this time, he worked with both C Company and Administration Company. We are reliably advised that most of his time with the Battalion was spent running the Company Bar and he also painted the bar with the Ettamogah Pub motif (as shown in the Taree booklet). 

1ARU.  Ordinarily  he would have been reallocated to the incoming Battalion, however, 8RAR was not replaced so he spent one hundred days at 1 ARU of which Forty Nine were spent under punishment.

HQ 1ALSG. He did not return to a Battalion but was posted to HQ 1ALSG Located at Vung Tau, it was the Logistic Support Headquarters for Australian Forces in Vietnam.

Apart from his forty nine days of field punishment and detention, Waugh served honourably and usefully in Vietnam and should be enjoying the honest company of his good friends, however he has been deserted because those who served with him know that he has lied about his service.

Following the story in The Manning River Times, numerous protests were lodged to the newspaper, resulting in a meeting between the Editor, aggrieved veterans and members of the Taree VVA

The meeting resolved nothing, Taree VVA executives strongly defending Waugh.

The President of the Taree VVA, Mr Richard A Albert , who is a genuine Vietnam veteran, claims to have been unable to detect that Waugh was lying  and followed up the meeting by placing the following rebuttal in the local newspaper, we suggest he had help from their well known legal adviser.

An Infantry veteran sent a letter to the Editor of The Manning River Times in response to Richard Albert's rebuttal, below is what he said.

The 8 RAR Association were not amused about Waugh's version of his service history with 8 RAR in Vietnam and wrote him the letter shown below:

Waugh had no need to exaggerate his war service and it seems that until he joined the nefarious Taree VVA he was never in trouble.  We don't know why Muddy developed the need to lie about his Vietnam service, there could be many reasons, among which is the creation of "stories" to convince his "Psych" and The Department of Veterans Affairs that he has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Who knows?

Waugh may not have been brought to account for his damn lies, had he ceased telling them and apologised at an early stage and got on with life, however, he insists that everything he has said are "true blue" war stories.

Although Waugh is a genuine veteran who spent a year in Vietnam his recollection of his personal history in Vietnam, which he freely published, are just damn lies. Veterans who did the hard yards with 8RAR and other combat units, especially those who served as Tunnel Rats will not allow veteran wannabes like Waugh to get away with deceitful self aggrandisement.

Waugh 

Did not spend lots of time in choppers.

Did not spend lots of time in the bush .

Cannot remember too many contacts, because he was not involved.

Was never 300 metres down a tunnel when his light went out.

Is lying when he says he trembles when the lights go out (In relation to going down tunnels.)

Did not set off a trip wire and was wounded in action with a "gut full of scrap".

Never served fourteen months in South Vietnam.

Was not an M60 Machine Gunner for Six months

Was not a Forward Scout.

Was not a "Tunnel Rat".

Never stepped on a 500lb bomb booby trap and lived to tell the tale.

Was not blinded in one eye from shrapnel.

Was never awarded a Military Medal whilst serving with 8RAR.

Waugh published and has stated false recollections for the purpose of self adulation and perhaps to support claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 At ANZMI it is part of our charter to make sure that personal histories are honest and respectful of their fellow veterans and the units they served in.

Footnotes - Warning 1: Veterans who have told lies to gain the Special Rate of compensation (TPI) and DVA investigate them, could finish up in court, just as other wannabes have.  The maximum penalty for this criminal act includes gaol.  Even if it is a lessor penalty, the veteran will be convicted of a crime and that means a permanent criminal record.  Who wants one of these?  This should ring alarm bells for those who have already obtained DVA benefits via  false reports and sound a warning to those who are contemplating such actions.  Who could face their families after being convicted in court on criminal charges that would reveal the lies the families heard and believed over the years? Imagine the shame.

Warning 2.   Again the Taree Vietnam Veterans Association has come under scrutiny because of dishonesty by a member. There are people involved with that organisation who are proven frauds and liars. We would suggest to honest veterans that in the interest of retaining their integrity they avoid involvement in the Taree VVA.

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: Weathall
Christian Names: Robin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

As a Brigadier with post nominal's, MC. BS. LM.  he was Commandant of the Command of the America's under the banner of the Independent Overseas Command (IOC), affiliated with the Legion in 2002.


Later in the year he became LTGEN Weatherall, MC. LOF. amm. Commandant General of the Independent Overseas Command.  We note that his post nominal's changed in this period, he lost the BS, LM and picked up an amm somewhere along the line, this is the Australian Medal of Merit, a Frontiersmen award.


More recently his name had appeared with only these post nominal's, MC, IOC.
He wears bogus awards on his lengthy medal bar and the first is the British Military Cross.


His dream travel destination is Vietnam, “Where I served for three tours during the Vietnam war”.

Like the majority of wannabes from any country, he chose to present himself as a former member of an elite unit. He actually went so far as to choose two elite units and an association with another.

A three tour, former British SAS soldier, who was attached to 1st Special Forces in Vietnam and what would have to have been the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV), he also claimed he won the British Military Cross in Borneo or Vietnam. No he wasn’t and no he didn’t.

Let us be quite clear on one thing from the outset, we are not attempting to denigrate the purpose of, or work done by, the Legion of Frontiersmen.

We have absolutely no reason to denigrate the services supplied to whatever community by well-meaning members of this organisation but according to our charter we have a dedication to the ex-Service Communities of Australia and New Zealand to expose those who attempt to steal the Honour and Valour of our comrades in arms.

It has been reported that there are individuals within this organisation, both here in Australia and overseas, who misrepresent or have invented their Military Service.

Here we will expose an impostor, who, while he perpetuated his fraud in the US, has claimed War Service with an elite Australian unit.  We will also highlight another Legion of Frontiersmen member who has already appeared on our “Cases” page. There is a long history of organisations using actual highly decorated War Veterans and also big-talking wannabes as drawcards to increase membership.

This was the URL for the Legion of Frontiersmen in the US, http://www.legion-of-frontiersmen.org but it was removed from public view in July 2004 after a genuine War Veteran queried Weatherall’s service claims and medal rack.

This is a reply received by the Veteran.

Lieutenant-General Robin Weatherall, MC, LOF.  Robin does indeed have the Military Cross.  He serviced with the 21 SAS and got it in Borneo.  This is confirmed on the British Military website...but they will not comment on the citation as SAS do not have their citations published...only that they have them.

Robin was further seconded to the Australian Army and subsequently the US Army in Viet Nam.  His records are well documented.

Now, this reply above is clearly not from a Military historian, or even anyone who rose above the rank of Recruit in any Army, it is clearly from a perennial civilian.   This gentleman and his fellow members had been deceived by Weatherall.  The post nominal LOF stands for Legion Of Frontiersmen, we don’t think this membership rates a post nominal, neither does membership of the IOC.

Unfortunately we couldn’t find the British Military website that confirms this Military Cross awarded for service in Borneo but we found historical information that denies it, and Weatherall’s claimed service, emphatically.

He was born on 5 July 1942and claims War Service as a Captain in the SAS prior to 2 March 1962. (Do the maths)

If we look at this supposed sequence of events, SAS Borneo, seconded to the Aust Army and then the US Army in Vietnam, Robin had to be an extremely young Officer to have accomplished this, not yet 20 years of age.

Firstly Borneo, British 21 SAS soldiers did not serve there as a unit or sub-unit and there was no Officer by this name who ever served in Borneo with the SAS, neither British nor Australian.

Secondly, the time frame suggests he would have served with the AATTV in Vietnam, which he did not.

Lastly, the well documented records mentioned in the reply above don’t appear to be in evidence anywhere. There are no official records of Weatherall having served in any Army. We are quite aware of the role played by 21 SAS in the overall scheme of things in the British Army but unfortunately we can’t pass this on here.

Here’s the citation for bravery he presented to his friends and supporters in the Legion of Frontiersmen. The blacked out line at the top probably contained the name of his “Unit within the Regiment” that he had typed but “the Secrecy Act” forbade him to disclose. We have re-typed it verbatim for clarity and the original photocopy copy is available below.

Weatherall Robin J.

 

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX on attachment to 1st Special Forces, MAAG.

 Place and Date.  Trung Luong, Republic of Vietnam, 2 March 1962.

 Born 5 July, 1942, London.

 Citation.

For conspicuous gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Captain Weatherall

distinguished himself in action while leading his Team on a search and destroy in an area made particularly

hazardous as it was behind enemy lines. Suddenly his Team came under small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket propelled grenade fire, from a battalion size enemy unit. During the initial hostile attack, communication with Headquarters was lost and the 3 members of the team and the 2 Green Beret observers became casualties. When Capt. Weatherall observed that they were pinned down, he moved to the front with complete disregard for his safety, firing his weapon at the charging enemy. As he moved forward he drew fire on his own position and was seriously wounded in the leg. As the hostile fire intensified Capt Weatherall initiated the evacuation of his dead comrades while providing covering fire. He killed several enemy soldiers but sustained another leg wound when his weapon was destroyed by incoming rounds. Undaunted, he crawled through a hail of enemy fire to an operable machine gun in order to continue the defense of the evacuation. Capt. Weatherall maintained this position, refused medical assistance, and provided defensive fire for his comrades until the bodies had been safely removed to the waiting Helicopter. He was solely responsible for killing 16 enemy soldiers while saving the lives of the rescue unit. Captain Weatherall’s gallantry and extraordinary heroism were in keeping with the highest traditions of his Regiment and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the British Army.

 (Unsigned)
 


 

This would be the clumsiest, most amateurish, childlike, attempt at a forgery of a Military document we have ever seen and anyone with a Military background should have dismissed it as garbage as soon as it was presented.  Why was it accepted by his Frontiersmen colleagues?

A four member SAS Team and two Green Beret observers on a search and destroy operation behind enemy lines?   This information alone is sufficient to brand the document a forgery and if this wasn’t such a serious crime to commit, it would be laughable.  His terminology is completely wrong indicating that he’d never been in the British or any other Military.

If Weatherall had supposedly won the Military Cross in Borneo prior to this event, what could have been awarded for this valorous service?  It was otherwise stated that this action in Vietnam earned him the Military Cross and the other medals on his chest.   His MC won in Borneo or Vietnam?   The tangled web is getting confusing isn’t it?

We managed to find some villages named Trung Luong and there are 5 of them, the 4 most notable being in the Chu Prong, Ia Drang,area where it’s very doubtful that Brit SAS search and destroy teams patrolled with Green Beret observers.  Besides that, Brit SAS did not operate in Vietnam.   We think he found this name on a 101st Airborne website, they were in the area in 1966 and we found the website too.   The fifth Trung Luong is just south of Hanoi and we trust it isn’t this one he thinks he was at.

If we look at British SAS service in Borneo, it did not begin until 1963so wenaturallywonderedhow Weatherall could have been awarded the Military Cross for service in Borneo and then go to Vietnam to receive a citation for some mysterious award in 1962.   Perhaps someone else picked up on this as well and that’s why the citation appeared, moving the valorous actions to another country.

Remember that Weatherall was born on 5 July 1942 so on 2 March 62 he was 19 years and 8 months old.   A Captain in the British SAS at this age?   Impossible. He should have checked the minimum age for Officers graduating from Military College and then completing SAS training.

Here’s something that denies his claims and forged documents.
 


 

Here are the miniature medals worn by Weatherall on Frontiersmen ceremonial occasions.
 


 

If we look closely at these miniature medals, we see:

British (Empirical) Military Cross.   Fact.  Weatherall was not awarded the Military Cross.

British (Empirical) General Service Medal with clasps Northern Ireland, Vietnam and Borneo.  Facts.  The General Service Medal was not issued without a bar or clasp and the clasp “Vietnam” was issued only to members of the Australian Army.   Weatherall was not in the Australian Army.  Northern Ireland?   Make up your own minds about this one.

US Legion of Merit (4th Degree,Legionnaire).  Fact.   First US decoration to be awarded to citizens of other countries.

US Bronze Star with “V” for Valour device.  Fact.  Was awarded to US and non-US personnel.

US Purple Heart with nothing to indicate subsequent woundings.  Fact.  Awarded to US and non-US personnel.

US National Defense Medal.  Fact.  Awarded to US Military personnel only, for service during a time of war or conflict.

Vietnam Service Medal.  Fact. Awarded to US Military personnel only, for participating in, or in direct support of, Military operations between 3 July 65 and 28 March 73.

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.  Fact.  Also known as the Gallantry Cross. Awarded to US and non-US personnel.

Vietnamese Campaign Medal (US issue)with nothing to indicate three tours.  Fact.  This style of medal only awarded to US personnel and some Australian troops who served prior to 1965.

Order of the Sphinx.  Fact.  The Order of the Sphinx which is the Inter-allied Distinguished Service Cross awarded to US personnel, usually CIA, for serving the Allied cause for freedom behind enemy lines. Oh, dear me..

Also a yet unidentified medal with a knights helmet in the centre which doesn’t appear to be a Frontiersmen award or anything else, mere fluff and not worth the time or trouble to pursue the supposed meaning of.

He has been sighted wearing “SAS Wings” as well. Whether this was para wings or the winged dagger is yet to be confirmed. 

 

Weatherall’s incorrect use of Military terminology and his feeble attempt at citation writing would indicate that he has never dragged on a boot in the service of any country.   We daresay he never even buckled up a Boy Scout’s belt as did a previous Frontiersman, Lord Baden-Powell, the hero of Mafekingand founder of the Scouting movement.

We have sufficient recorded and reported evidence to confirm that Weatherall is a Military wannabe who has used his claims of valorous service and forged documents to enhance his status worldwidefor either personal or monetary gain.

Anyone who may be so inclined should check the rest of the information provided in his radio station bio as well as it is not uncommon for immigrants to re-invent their previous lives and qualifications. We have uncovered one aspect of his written history as being false. Is there more?

Weatherall radio station bio here.

There is a certain FBI Agent by the name of Thomas A. Cottone Jnr who may be very interested in Mr. Weatherall.

Here’s part of an article written after Mr Cottone’s latest bust.

News stories about Cottone’s work and that of Mitchell Paige, a former Leatherneck who chased Medal of Honor fakers for four decades until his death this year, have motivated legions of veterans and service members to review the heroism claims of hundreds of civilians, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
[Cut and paste this link below in another browser or it will take you away from the site]

 http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=73770&ran=210436

LTGENWeatherall’s claims to glory and the decorations he wears are hopefully something that Agent Cottone will take into consideration. Others have duly noted these and have acted accordingly.

With effect 17 July 2004, Weatherall and his Chief of Staff have nothing more to do with the International Overseas Command of the Legion of Frontiersmen.   As of Sunday 15 August 04 the Frontiersmen website was again available for public view and we see that there is a new Lieutenant General at the helm. Actually he’s a previous Commandant General who has returned to the fore, Weatherall was his Chief of Staff in 2002-03.

Now we’d like to perhaps re-acquaint you with another fraud who appeared in our Cases file some time ago.

He is William “Tony” Ponting who is also a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen, albeit an Australian connection called, “The British Gunner’s Association of Australia”.   Have a look at William “Tony” Ponting’s entry on the Cases page and especially read the British Naval and Military Research information by clicking on the hyperlink.

“Captain Tony’s”  Legion post nominals are MC, VMSM  (RHA Rtd) KGOT (Scot) GCdO, LCM, AMM, PNR, LESM.

He wears the following awards, Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches (2), US Purple Heart and others when in actual fact he is only entitled to the General Service Medal with clasp Palestine which he earned as a Lance Bombardier (Artillery) enlisting after WW11.

Meet the good Captain Ponting by returning to our cases main page.

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: Welbourn
Christian Names: Anthony (Tony) Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Horsham
Service #: 4719397
Service: Army (National Service)
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: 1967
Completion of service: 1969
Case Notes:

 

 

Tony Welbourn blames ignorance and bad advice for his medals offences. His excuse is "lame" and he is either a liar or the only Vietnam Veteran in history to not know about this simple medals protocol.

 Welbourn 1 2017 04 08

Here is a close up of the medals Welbourn is wearing.

 

Welbourn 2 2017 04 08

The medals are:

Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp Vietnam

Vietnam Medal

National Emergency Medal

National Medal

Australian Defence Medal

Commemoration of National Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled.

Vietnam Veterans Medal (VVM) Tin Trinket that has no integrity.

 

Welbourn earned Four medals for his service in the Defence Force and Two for his civilian Community Service, a total of Six, but added the last Two with the excuse,

that before his discharge from the Army, a couple of Army Officers told him it was OK to wear the RVCM and the VVM medals.

 

Here is what he said in response to our request to provide information about his entitlement to wear the medals

"VCM (sic)

You are correct I did not serve the 180 days requirement however on departure from Vietnam (November 68) I was clearly advised by the OC of my Unit Major xxxxxxxx that as my original posting was for 12 months (May 68-May 69) and I was being sent home to Australia, for a medical procedure, I was entitled to be awarded this medal.

This same information was passed to me on my completion of N S (June 69) by the Adelaide holding unit O C (Capt xxxxxxxxxx. Basis (sic) this information / advice at the time I have worn same.

 

Here is the criterion for the RVCM:

Welbourn 3 2017 04 08

Welbourn served only 141 days in Vietnam not the required 181 days and was not returned to Australia for any reason relating to enemy activity

Here is what he said about the VVM

Welbourn 4 2017 04 08

"Vietnam Veterans Medal –

This medal was issued (No.739) in the early 1970’s.

At the time I was advised the wearing of this medal was approved by the Govt of the day as long as same was positioned on the far left of all / any other service medals.

Having seen, over time, other Veterans wearing the same medal I have just assumed all was in order."

Regarding the VVM, despite Welbourn saying "The medal was issued (No739) in the early6 1970s" the VVM was never issued to any person, it is, and always has been a self purchased bit of "Bling" that has no integrity whatsoever.

As soon as we contacted him he agreed to remove the medals. Here is what he said:

"Given the above I hereby declare that at no time was I aware the two medals in question should not have been worn as per medal protocol. The medals have been worn in nothing but good faith. Should you advise / instruct these medals be withdrawn / removed I shall guarantee to immediately make contact with my medal provider and have same removed."

We are pleased that Welbourn has chosen to stop embarrassing himself by wearing false medals, however because he wore them for Forty Eight years and now promises to remove them, we will go easy on him and promise to remove him from this website after Forty Eight years. We have made note on our Calendar for the year Twenty One Seventy Five.

ANZMI has been operating in one form or another for Twenty years and still the message does not penetrate that if you falsify any aspect of your Defence Service you will end up occupying space on this website.

Every town in Australia has Returned Veterans, ex Servicemen and Women and Citizens who will report medals' offenders and Wannabes. Our work will continue until the last cheat is exposed.

Surname: Wells
Christian Names: Brent
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Townsville
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: None
Completion of service: None
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Brent Wells is a true wannabe, liar and conman, he is Twenty Eight years of age having been born on 24 Dec 1986.  Contrary to what he would have people believe  he has never served in any part of the Defence Force . He is a pathological liar who prays on young vulnerable ladies and people he befriends.

 

Wells has conned a lot of people out of money by seeking sympathy for his war caused suffering.   Wherever he goes he spins yarns about his "hard yards" in the Australian Army. We hold numerous Statutory Declarations that declare he made the following statements.

"Served four years in Afghanistan as a close combat Paratrooper in 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)

Jumped out of helicopters and aeroplanes sneaking and bashing  down doors of houses, raiding them with surprise attack.

He has done hundreds of jumps

Was wounded in the back from an exploding grenade

Has killed fifty two people at war, the youngest being twelve years old.

Still sees the faces in his head and suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Death doesn't bother him now as the military has numbed him.

Suffered nightmares and could not sleep.  Had hallucinations about being able to still smell his dead mate as if he were actually still with him.

Casually smoked cigarettes whilst in fire fights with bullets just missing his face.

Had three military mates shot dead in front of him.

Had been out of the Army for four years and was going back as an Officer.

His old Sergeant asked him to go back to Afghanistan as he was one of his best troops.

His step father used to beat him to toughen him up in preparation for his Army career.

Wells is not a big time conman he is a pathetic penny ante scrounger,  One of our Statutory Declarations details how he has "borrowed" and stolen money from his friends, forged documents  and emotionally "played" many people to gain sympathy for money, jobs and accommodation.

If you are unfortunate enough to meet this man make sure you warn  those around him that he is an immoral, unscrupulous sociopath and pathological liar.

From now on when his name is entered into internet search engines this, exposure may help warn  intended victims he has targeted.

Wells  must be shunned by Veterans, ex Service people and the general public he has a proven record of shameless and dishonest behaviour and  falsely blames Defence Service   he never had.

Brent Wells can look forward to many years on our web site.

Surname: Wentworth
Christian Names: Mark Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:


 

 

Mark Alexander Wentworth claims to have enlisted in the Australian Regular Army at the age of 16, served overseas with the SAS at the age of 18, and been discharged after an enlistment period of 2 years and
seven months. Never mind that the minimum age for general enlistment is 17, and that for service in a war zone is 19 or that the minimum period of enlistment was three years. Wentworth came to attention in early 2000, after a complaint from his private school principal that he had told the boys in his class, in graphic detail, how he had "finished off" two Viet Cong with an axe. His principal initiated enquiries through the ACT Branch of the VVAA, and commenced an investigation of his own into the educational qualifications that Wentworth claimed. The Central Army Records Office (CARO) have no record of anyone of this name serving in the Australian Regular Army (ARA 6 year enlistment), the Regular Army Supplement (RAS 3 year enlistment), the Citizens' Military Forces (CMF) or the Army Reserve (ARES).

His name does not appear in the electronic or printed versions of the Vietnam Nominal Roll. His name does not appear in Dr David Horner's book "SAS: Phantoms of the Jungle - A History of the Special Air Service Regiment". When pressed, Wentworth produced his "evidence" through his solicitor, making it a condition that the investigators not take copies of documents or notes. A letter purporting to come from CARO had certain detail blacked out, but the investigators were able to prove that the signatory had never worked in CARO. A photograph of individuals in greens and webbing was produced, but close examination of details of the clothing, webbing and accoutrements worn indicates that these were either senior school cadets or CMF trainees, certainly not Regular Army of the period.

The final stroke was the "medals" - duplicates of the Vietnam Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal mounted under glass with the SASR badge and wings underneath Wentworth's name. These vanity frames are of course able to be purchased by anyone. The medals were not engraved with the recipient's service number, initials and surname and were clearly duplicates. His solicitor's eyes were opened when these fakes were compared to a real set of medals that happened to be on hand, and the differences described - loudly.

Wentworth had also described the Vietnam Medal to both his principal and solicitor as the "Queen's Medal" because the obverse has the Queen's portrait. This was a mistake that no Vietnam veterans would ever make. As if this wasn't laughable enough, one of the investigators had actually run the Queen's Shoot in Brisbane in the early seventies, and was familiar with the Queen's Medal and was aware of who had won! Despite the accumulated evidence against him, Wentworth was offered an opportunity to apologise to the veteran community for his insult, but declined. We also understand that his claimed  educational qualifications did not stand up under investigation. When this was added to the evidence presented by our investigators, the principal immediately terminated his employment, and Wentworth fled overseas. We understand he doesn't have plans for an early return to Australia. Perhaps he's in Vietnam again?.

Needless to say, Wentworth's claims of military bravado and service were 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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: West
Christian Names: Allan Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:
Major Allan Robert  West (Retired) of Far North Queensland

Allen West looks like an “Old War Horse” because he is an “Old War horse”. As a Warrant Officer he served with the elite Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam and before that, he served in Vietnam with 1 Field Squadron.  It’s unfortunate that this bloke is not blessed with a great deal of grey matter, and he shows no shame in wearing “Tin” with all his other hard earned medals. Notice the last medal on his rack is the frivolous “Front Line Medal”

 

 

West was a controversial figure whilst President of the Innisfail Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where he copped a five year ban after being found guilty of various “financial type” charges by the Queensland State Branch of the RSL. Much to the chagrin of the Qld RSL State Branch, West appealed to the National President of the RSL, who quashed the charges and re-instated West to the Innisfail RSL.  It should be noted that the National President at the time was also an ex Royal Australian Engineers Officer who new West very well.

 

 

West obviously unknowingly portrays himself as being “dopey” for wearing the Tin “Front line Medal”. He may have been an officer, but he falls short of being a gentleman.

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