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Surname: Wightley
Christian Names: Ian Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

It is significant to place the date of birth of this "veteran" at the beginning of his page of glory as the 3rd of October 1953. Just two and a half months after the 27 July Armistice came into effect in the Korean conflict. A conflict that Ian Russell Wightley claims he was in and proudly wears the [replica] medal for. Ian Wightley states that he was in both 3 and 5 Battalions, the Royal Australian Regiment, in Vietnam.

On ANZAC day 2001 he was spotted wearing the following collection of [replica] medals.

  • The Australian Active Service Medal 45/75 with clasp Vietnam, 

  • The Korean Medal, 

  • The Vietnam Medal, 

  • The Vietnamese Campaign Medal, 

  • The Infantry Combat Badge, and the 

  • US Presidential Unit Citation. 

This brave warrior of two major conflicts, Korea and Vietnam [no mean feat considering one of his major claims to fame was fought before he was born], has his regimental number tattooed on his arm and if this raises your curiosity, then he is quite prepared to relate the following stories to anyone that will listen. 

It would appear that whilst serving in Vietnam he was holding a wounded Vietnamese child in his arms when enemy small arms fire decapitated the said child right there in his grasp. This despicable act by the enemy has played on his mind ever since, causing severe nightmares and flashbacks to his time in battle. 

To lighten this story after he has relayed it to you, he will then proceed to tell you how he adopted another Vietnamese orphaned child while he was in country.... Where is this child now? 

Another of the deeds he will relate is how, whilst in battle, a "bomb" hit a tree causing it to fall on him, injuring his spine. This injury suffered in battle was to see him medically evacuated to Australia..... and his back pain has been a major concern ever since. One could ask the question here as to why he was medevaced back to Australia when an action such as this, caused in the field, would surely have seen him casevaced to Australia if the wound was severe enough. 

It would appear that our would-be hero has not done quite enough research into his bogus battle service as he would have discovered that there is a vast difference between being medevaced and casevaced. 

Smarting and disillusioned by his "treatment" from his wartime experiences, Wightley refuses to enter the R&SL as long as "Bruce Ruxston's ass points to the ground". Here we can see that he has obviously spoken with some disgruntled veterans who have ill feelings about the treatment some veterans received on returning home and has adopted their views as his own. If the truth is known, he is not game to enter a R&SL club for fear of being caught out and completely humiliated in front of his "veteran brothers", a bit like being exposed on the Internet for feats of valour that simply couldn't, and didn't happen.

If you think that the story is good so far; please read on. Here are some truths about our war hero that need to be told.

Wightley's army number is 3178435 , yes that is his real service number and it is tattooed on his body. Ian Russell Wightley enlisted in the ARA in March 1971 for three years . But, due to his personality (and other) problems he was discharged in November 1972, as "Not suitable to be a soldier".

On completion of recruit training he was allocated to the Infantry Corps and posted to the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. However he saw no active service , and was not awarded any medals, honours, or accoutrements . 

All the medals that Wightley owns and wears are available from a medal shop (they are replicas ) . His military service medal collection includes the Korean medal. The Armistice for Korea was signed at 10:00am 27 July 1953. Ian Russell Wightley was born on 3 October 1953, so he was still in liquid form when the Korean Veterans were in uniform. 

Had he ever appeared in one of the R&SL branches, that he refuses to enter, he would no doubt have been duly questioned about his rack of medals by all within the premises and his "war-caused" PTSD level would have skyrocketed.

Wightley's story would be quite comical if the circumstances were different, but this miscreant has earned himself a most questionable reputation, now on the public record . His appearances in the Victorian Courts are of a most serious nature. 

There is no doubt that there will be a further update on Mr Wightley in the very near future. 

Update ....Since the inclusion of Wightley's story on the site, a group of very disgruntled Viet Nam veterans decided to approach him about his said feats in Viet Nam and his collection of medals. Upon seeing the veterans approaching, Wightley immediately rang the police. 

On their arrival the veterans informed the police of the facts and that they were there simply to take possession of the replica medals worn by Wightley and to discourage him from telling his stories. At this stage he openly admitted to the police and the veterans that the medals "belonged to a mate" and he was simply wearing them as a sign of respect to his mate. The medals were handed to the veterans and they and the police were satisfied with the outcome and departed Mr Wightley's premises.

We expect more developments in this matter.

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: Wilde
Christian Names: Howard Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

It was in Vung Tau that his stories became more than just having been a Navy Coxswain who was involved in the injury and subsequent death of a SAS diver in Bass Strait.  He continued his charades in Saigon while visiting and later when he moved there after he was virtually thrown out of Vung Tau. He spent well over two years living in Vietnam.  
Read his claims of service and decide for yourself if he’s just a harmless Walter Mitty or someone who was out to enhance a very ordinary Naval career to insinuate himself into the ranks of War Veterans with whom he mixed on a daily basis.
He embarrassed Veterans with his transparent tales told to anyone who’d listen and gave a false impression of the type of person who would be accepted in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.

Sailor and wannabe Soldier.  Born 11 December 1958. Nicknames “Pommy” and “H”.   Howard was an Australian Navy Sailor but he was not an SAS Corporal.
He started spinning his tales in Australia before leaving in 1999 to live in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

Two stories that Wilde told about Navy service in Vietnam waters.

(1) Served with the Australian Navy on the Vietnam gun line at age 15.
This would have to be 1973 according to his year of  birth 1958, but HMAS Brisbane was the last ship to leave the gun line in October 1971. On the gun line aged 13? No.

(2) Served on board a Navy ship in Vietnam waters at age 15. 
This could allude to HMAS Swan which was an escort for the last HMAS Sydney trip in early 1972.
He said his records for this period of time can’t be checked because like the records of all good wannabes, they’re secret. The Navy wouldn’t admit that he was on overseas active duty because he was too young, he says.  14 years old?

Both the above stories are obviously false.

Attached to the SAS as an instructor.
He said that he was detached from HMAS Swan, sometimes HMAS Stirling, to the SAS base to instruct on weapons, urban guerrilla warfare, and small watercraft handling. He was mostly needed for his weapons knowledge.
Like most wannabes who aren’t very bright, he left written evidence of his fantasy.
On a pub wall in Vung Tau, he wrote;
 “Pom  Wilde   R123739    ( his Navy number )
Cpl.   3 SQN  SAS.”        ( Cpl = Corporal, this is not a Navy rank) No photo available at this time.

At the pub he had met a former SAS member who had been in 3 Squadron during the war. He adopted the SQN as his own and dreamed up a rank.

Served with the Australian Navy in the Gulf War. 
His name doesn’t appear on the Gulf War nominal roll and when challenged on this he stated that he was onboard a Destroyer escort that didn’t actually enter the Gulf.
He was posted to HMAS Swan, January 1990 to October 1991, at the time of the war, and Swan didn’t go near the Gulf.

Served in Vietnam with the SAS.
No substantiated stories from him about this service. He was very careful to not get into details when there were Veterans around.

A SAS trained Paramedic.
In 2002 he told stories of assisting traffic accident victims in Saigon.
Most expats, with any sense, living in Asia would not go near the scene of an accident in case they got blamed for it.

FACTS.   From records.
Wilde served in the Royal Australian Navy from March 1978 to September 1995.
He began a diver’s course in 1979 but was back classed (failed) and there is no indication that he attempted to complete the course.
He also failed a Coxswain course in 1988 but apparently managed to pass the course later on.
He did not serve in the Gulf in any capacity.
He was posted to HMAS Swan in January 1990, Quartermaster duties, and served twice on Swan in 1990 - 91 and 93.
From HMAS Swan he was detached to the Navy Clearance Diving Team 4 at Swanbourne as a coxswain from October 1991 to June 1993. CDT divers did train with the SAS.
He was not the Coxswain of a boat that struck a diver in the Bass Strait during an exercise as he said.
He was injured while on duty but this happened after he was posted back to HMAS Swan.
Wilde was awarded the Defence Forces Service Medal in March 1993 for 15 years long service not active service and the DFSM is his only award.
He was discharged as unfit for duty in 1995. Records end.

Just before leaving Australia with a friend in 1999 he was given an SAS beret complete with badge to present to a pub owner in Vung Tau. This pub owner is an Australian who while not being a War Veteran had served in the military and had a collection of berets and war memorabilia in the pub poolroom.
Wilde told people that it was his beret from his SAS days and on leaving Vung Tau stole the beret and a very hard to get book relating to the Vietnam War. The pub owner caught up with Wilde sometime later in Saigon and demonstrated his displeasure by rendering him unconscious.

Wilde made a complaint to the Australian Consulate about this pub owner to the effect that he had stolen and burnt sensitive Government documents belonging to Wilde. 

Wilde was a severe embarrassment to veterans living in Vung Tau and Saigon for reasons other than his behaviour while drunk. His tales were transparent even to people who had never served in any country’s military; he was virtually thrown out of Vung Tau.

During a courtesy visit to Saigon by HMAS Adelaide, Wilde attended a cocktail party on board the ship and made sure that all in earshot knew that he is a former RAN sailor. He was avoided by Veterans at the reception and was eventually escorted ashore by Navy personnel after becoming drunk, disorderly and obnoxious causing the ship’s Captain to order that no more drinks be served. 

He has boasted of ripping off the Department of Veterans Affairs and had offered to help a Veteran who lives in Vietnam to do the same thing. This had to do with receiving benefits that aren’t available to those Veterans who live overseas, things like pharmaceutical benefits and rent assistance. The Veteran didn’t take him up on the harebrained scheme.
It is very likely that he was in breach of DVA directives while living overseas and this then becomes a Federal offence. He had notified DVA of an intended holiday only, not an intention to live overseas for a period longer than 6 months.

He has stated that he is still in possession of a Military identity card that should have been handed in before his departure from the SAS base at Swanbourne, Perth. This card was sighted by a Veteran and deemed authentic. 
This is a Federal offence also. He supposedly used this ID, claiming to be a SAS Reservist, to chase a wannabe SAS member out of a Saigon bar. Supposedly, because Wilde told this story to a Veteran who never believed a word he said.

He is in receipt of the TPI.  (Ex-service disability compensation payment) He was injured twice, 1983 and 1987, while on duty but not while attached to CDT 4.

Howard Neil Wilde. Discharged from the Navy after 17 1/2 years service with the rank of Leading Seaman, Bosuns mate. For you non-Navy people, that rank equates to between Corporal and Sergeant.
Now living in Parmelia, Perth. He frequents the Medina RSL Sub-Branch.

 

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: Williams
Christian Names: Leonard Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Coffs Harbour
Service: Army Reserves
Case Notes:

 

Leonard Richard Williams aka "Lying Lenny" [BM]

 

 

Editors note
Many thanks to Louise Croaker for her email shown in the update for Len.  Please Read the site story as we originally had it on here and then at the bottom of the page you will see Louise's email and our answers to her queries.  Without your assistance we probably would have overlooked the items we have now included.

After retiring from the Army Reserve in Sydney he moved to Coffs Harbour and set about portraying himself as a war Veteran purely to establish himself as a man of action.

He never made an actual claim of service or wore unearned decorations but he gave the impression that he was at the Battle of Long Tan and is a returned Soldier.

He joined every conceivable Military based association and club and when he ran out of these due to being forced out because of his antics, he formed his own branch of the NSW National Serviceman’s Association. He was not a National Serviceman but this didn’t stop him. He took in genuine former Nasho's and those who never served in any branch of the Military, women and generally anyone off the street. We could equate this to having a club for Redheads and allowing Brunettes and Blondes to join. The membership numbers racket.

Why would he do this? Because in the end he got to be the president of something, an association based vaguely on Military service.

Read more about Williams and his attention grabbing antics Sun Times Brisbane

Williams spent some 20 years in the Army Reserve. We have a video of him stating,

“Regimental Number 2245511. Squadron Sergeant Major retired. I served with 30 Terminal Squadron and 10 Terminal Regiment”

Len served with 33 Terminal Squadron which was a sub unit of 10 Terminal Regiment. 33 Terminal Squadron was an Army Reserve Unit. Len did not serve with 30 Terminal Squadron which was a Regular Army unit. It was at this time that he picked up the nickname "Lying Lenny" He was never in the Regular Army.

October Long Weekend 1993, a Viet Nam Veterans Muster was held at Yamba.

Len Williams stepped in front of the President of the Viet Nam Veterans Association and led the Viet Nam Veterans March. Len Williams had been in the CMF for nearly 20 years, he certainly knew the protocol involved and still he deliberately stepped in front of the President to lead the March. This was greeted with great indignation by the real Viet Nam Veterans both at the march and by the Viet Nam Veterans who watched the news coverage at home.

A Channel 10 video shows Williams in an after parade interview saying.

“More importantly for our fellow Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen who cannot and never will be able to attend a Service like this because they were called upon to make the Supreme sacrifice.  “And WE are now part of Australian Military History. And may I remind you that nobody but nobody can take that honour away from US collectively or as individuals”

Williams had a very good opportunity to serve his country overseas during the Viet Nam War but chose not too. He didn’t want to be with US then and he’s not going to be with US now. WE don’t want him in our ranks.

May 1998...Len Williams, who is neither a Viet Nam Veteran nor was he an associate member of the Viet Nam Veterans Association at the time, planted a tree and placed a huge rock in the Viet Nam Veterans Park without permission. The Veterans were furious.

Len Williams was the secretary/caretaker of the Coffs Harbour Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association NSW then. He claimed he was the President; he wasn’t. The Coffs Harbour Council resolved to move the tree and rock from Veterans’ Park and Len Williams was ordered to write an apology to the Viet Nam Veterans, he didn’t

Len Williams visited John Paul College. Len showed the principal and two students his personal mementoes of the Battle of Long Tan. Prior to the visit Len had invited the Advocate Newspaper photographer to attend for a photo opportunity and once again created the illusion of being a war Veteran.   The caption under the photograph reads.Students “experience” Viet Nam War “Students from John Paul College have had the benefit of personal mementoes from the battle of Long Tan in Viet Nam lent by Veteran Len Williams for a project the students are doing. The mementoes included a shield with the manning details from South Viet Nam, New Zealand and Australia and a videotape of interviews with people involved in the battle. Mr Williams second from left showed the material to the school’s new principal and students.” (The names of the Principal and students have been removed from this caption)  

Notice the print of a famous painting in a frame on the table. It’s a print of Bruce Fletcher’s Battle of Long Tan. This and the other items on the table are not the property of Williams; they belong to a genuine survivor of the Battle. The owner testified in court that he had given the items to Williams as a gift.

Len Williams had not been on the Executive of Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-Branch since 1995 and had no reason to wear an RSL nametag, tie and RSL Badge. This gave the impression that he was still on the executive of Coffs Harbour RSL. The nametag reads “Mr Len Williams BM, Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-Branch” He had this name tag made for him. Actual members of the RSL wear business card sized  ID in plastic holders.

                            

You will also notice that he wears a bullion patch on his beret that should only be worn by Colonel's and above. Len later admitted in court that he sewed the patch onto the beret some 10 years ago.  As a 20 year CMF serving member, Williams would have been fully aware of the protocols and implications of wearing this bullion badge and the impression it would have created on the knowing general public.  The wearing of more than one badge on a beret at any time is also against all protocol, is illegal and unless the mans name is Montgomery, or he considers himself in the same class, he does not have an entitlement to wear a beret displaying the badges he does. 

                             

He has attended just about every occasion that has a Military theme, a 1 RAR reunion, a Rats of Tobruk reunion, a Viet Nam Veteran’s dinner dance and others, usually uninvited but he’d follow on the coat-tails of a genuine Veteran to heighten his profile in the community.

Concerned Veterans had finally had enough of Williams and they published documents objecting to his behaviour. Williams sued them and the wife of one of these ex-service personnel for defamation.

Len likes to sue people and sometimes won but this time he lost badly when other ex-service people gave evidence to support these published documents and confirm the fact that he is an old fraud.   The Veteran population have had enough of frauds and those who steal their service for their own means. Sunday Telegraph Brisbane newspaper article.

 

Williams was ordered by the court to pay his and the defendant’s costs which amount to tens of thousands of dollars. He didn’t pay a cent and the last that was seen of him was his back as he was leaving town. He did not display the courage he supposedly possesses.   

Why is Lenny here on the site? He is more than just a poseur, he is a vindictive trouble-maker. He attempted to disgrace a genuine Veteran by publicly claiming that the Veteran was wearing un-awarded decorations. He also complained to a Member of Parliament that the publishers of the damning documents did not deserve the TPI [Totally, Permanently Incapacitated] compensation payments that they receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs as compensation for war caused disabilities. These complaints were groundless and the MP told him so.

The following is a statement from someone who assisted in this investigation.

“What I really think though is that Len is trying to make a mockery of the Viet Nam Veterans because he covets the supposed glory that he perceives Viet Nam Veterans to have.”

Run “Lying Lenny” run. You’ll start up with your rubbish again somewhere and we’ll find you.

You will not be permitted a minute’s peace until you apologise to the genuine, dedicated members of your former community to whom you caused so much stress, strain and for some, financial hardship.

Len, an apology to CPMH will not change a thing; you are not the Veteran you wish to be and the story of your posturing will remain here for the rest of your life. Veterans are offered the chance to apologise and have their names removed. You are not a Veteran.

Late info; Williams has transferred his RSL membership to Yamba RSL and has redirected his mail to his son's address. He has been seen at Mudgereeba RSL and borrowing money.

He owes $63,000 in court costs, his and the people he sued for telling the truth. Keep running Lenny, the Australian Veteran community is small and you've got nowhere to hide.

In all fairness to Louise, who appears to have put a lot of passion into the email below, we have reproduced it in total including the spelling mistakes.  After reading this and to help show our new discoveries the email has been broken down into sections and the answers for Louise are below her inquiries/questions.  Again Louise, on behalf of our investigative staff we thank you for reading the pages and bringing these important facts to us for clarification.
 

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

From: Louise Croaker  email address removed as a courtesy to Louise.

Sent: Saturday, 11 October 2003 10:26 PM

To: file@cpmh.net

Subject: LEN WILLIAMS AKA LYING LENNY

Although I agree your website is doing a great job to weed out the wannabees

and have-nots from our military........ I would like to make a statement

regarding Len Williams. Although I served as a reservist in 33 terminal

squadron, I also served with both 10 terminal squadron and 30 terminal

squadron on occasions, as was part of our affiliation with these two

squadrons. First of all, Coffs Harbour is not Len Williams "adopted town",

as he was born raised, eduacated and worked in Coffs Harbour, and has a

large family history in this town.

As your article says "Len Williams stepped in front of the Vietnam Veterans

association and led the Vietnam Veterans march". This statement has been

totally misconstrued. It was actually alledged in court that Len stepped in

front of one of the high dignatories in an Anzac day march in Coffs Harbour.

This was refuted by the dignatory in question.

Lens joining of all conceivable miltary clubs and associations was due to

his love of the military system and at the request of the people involved in

his one and only law suit regarding anything military.

Len was never "forced out" of any of these military associations, Len either

resigned or was voted out due to the democratic way our society runs through

voting.

Len did not form his own branch of the National Servicemans Association of

Australia, of which I am a member, he was asked. I also am not a National

Serviceman. Len refused the first invitation to start the Association, but

upon frequent requests, he agreed, but made it known from the very beginning

that he was neither a Vietnam Veteran or a National Serviceman. As regards

to your articles comments about Len "taking anyone off the street to join

the sub-branch", All members are either ex-National Servicemen or army

reservists (which are associate members), and their wives, which is

allowable under constitution of the National Servicemens Association of NSW.

Len was voted in as president of the Coffs Harbour Branch of the National

Servicemens Association of NSW by the democratic way of voting, which we are

all entitled to as Australians.

Len Williams has never claimed to be in the regualr army, However his unit

has worked in conjunction with the 30 Terminal Squadron and 10 terminal

regiment as Sqadron Sergeant Major. As you are probably well aware, once in

unform, it does not matter wether you are regular army or reservists,

proptocol and ranking structures well exist. As one example of being

involved with both regular army units was the embarkation and deployment of

troops on an exercise involving not only the above mentioned regular army

units but also the HMAS Tobruk.

“More importantly for our fellow Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen who

cannot and never will be able to attend a Service like this because they

were called upon to make the Supreme sacrifice. “And WE are now part of

Australian Military History. And may I remind you that nobody but nobody can

take that honour away from US collectively or as individuals” The above statment, made by Len, was directed to ALL military personnel,

both regular army and reservists alike. As anyone with any military history

know, World war one was fought by volunteers, AKA reservists.

Although Len did not serve in Vietnam, he did play an important role as a

reservist. During the Vietnam War, as I am aware, there was a dock strike.

Len aided in the loading of vital supplies of the Japarret ( spelling may

not be accurate) in his capacity as a qualified freight handler.

The "rock and tree planting" was performed with the full approval of the

Coffs Harbour council, who owns the land. Although Len was not, at this

time, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, to my knowledge, he was

asked AGAIN to be on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Association. The

planting and the placement of the rock was to be for all Vietnam Veterans

who died during this conflict, of which his brother was one.

The placing of the rock and the planting of the tree did NOT infuriate All

Vietnam Veterans, but was accepted by the majority, but then again, a

minority of jealous people, who did not think of it first, protested.

The "John Paul College" article, which was printed incorrectly by the

reporter, was retracted by Len Williams in the next issue. The young girl in

the article was summoned to court and did state that Len did not say he was

a Long Tan Vet.

The momentos in question from the battle fo "long Tan" were given to Len by

a long standing friend, who was in fact a Long Tan Vet, and still holds Len

in the highest regards, even following the allogations made about Len.

As a member of the RSL myself, under the constitution of the RSL myself, you

are entitlted to wear ties and badges. The nametag in question was worn by

Len when he was a member of the RSL sub-branch board, this badge has not

been worn since. The "business card identification" the articel talks about,

I have NOT seen worn by any member of the board.

In regards for wearing the "Bullion Badge", the person who submitted this

article to you, should be fully aware (that is if they are fully military

complacement) that the badge was in fact a WOII insignia. The fact that it

was worn on a beret should be inconsequential as Len had been out of the

service for some time. The wearing of the RACT badge over the top of the

WOII badge should not be regarded as anything more than national pride.

On his "attendance of military occasions", these have always been on written

request or invitation only. Len will not and has not attended any occasion

without invitation.

Len Williams'court case was executed on three people only, who suffer from

professional jealousy, from Lens medals. It is well known that the 3 people

in question during the court case are very jeolous of Len's 3 medals, in

which to my understanding is the only combination of therse 3 medals in

existance.

Len has never said he was a Vietnam Veteran, he has always clained that he

was Citizens Military Forces, which was changed to Army Reserves. The people

named in this court case were also aware that Len was never a Vietnam

Veteran, and have known this for a number of years, as Len has worked side

by side by one of the people in a military fashion.

Len has not left or run out of Coffs Harbour as depicted in your article,

nor has he used his sons postal address, nor has he borrowed money.

"He is more than just a poseur, he is a vindictive trouble-maker. He

attempted to disgrace a genuine Veteran by publicly claiming that the

Veteran was wearing un-awarded decorations. He also complained to a Member

of Parliament that the publishers of the damning documents did not deserve

the TPI [Totally, Permanently Incapacitated] compensation payments that they

receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs as compensation for war

caused disabilities. These complaints were groundless and the MP told him

so."

In regards to this statement, the Veteran who was wearing unawardede

decoarations was not publicly declared by Len, but by a Vietnam Veteran who

not only ripped the unawarded decorations from the Veteran in question but

assaulted him for wearing unawarded decorations. The TPI in question was

also taken and cut from a prominent member of the Coffs Harbour RSL as he

fradulently claimed his pension, as he was not as incapacitated as he

claimed. This is public knowledge and is available through the court system.

Len is not runnig or hiding from any of these people, as all of these

allogations made by these people are false.

Although your site, as I said at the bginning, will weed out the unjust and

the frauds, this is an unjust statement towards Len Williams, who has at no

time said, alledged or passed himself off as a Vietnam Veteran. I think your

site should investigate such allogations more thouroughly before such

slander is printed against an individual.

I am entitled to wear 3 medals for my service in the army reserves. I wouild

be infuriated if someone came and said that I was not entitled to wear those

medals which I have earned.

In summation, get your facts straight before bad mouthing a great

Australian.

and so you see her email reproduced in total.  Now to break it down and explain or answer the questions posed.

The following is from the email written by Louise Croaker

Although I agree your website is doing a great job to weed out the wannabees and have-nots from our military........ I would like to make a statement regarding Len Williams. Although I served as a reservist in 33 terminal squadron, I also served with both 10 terminal squadron and 30 terminal squadron on occasions, as was part of our affiliation with these two squadrons.

The following is from the website

“Regimental Number 2245511. Squadron Sergeant Major retired. I served with 30 Terminal Squadron and 10 Terminal Regiment”

Len served with 33 Terminal Squadron, which was a sub unit of 10 Terminal Regiment. 33 Terminal Squadron was an Army Reserve Unit. Len did not serve with 30 Terminal Squadron, which was a Regular Army unit. It was at this time that he picked up the nickname "Lying Lenny" He was never in the Regular Army.

CPMHcomments

Len Williams had stated on video that he had served with 30 terminal squadron.

This was a lie as 30 terminal squadron was a regular army unit and Len Williams was never, ever in the regular army. Len Williams finally admitted in court that he didn’t serve with 30 Terminal Squadron which was a regular army unit.

The following is from pages 42 , 43 and 44 of The Judgement brought down by Judge J C Gibson on 3rd April 2003.

d)          1991 Old Diggers and World War II Veterans Luncheon

Page 42

112.           Unlike the evidence of the plaintiffs conduct and participation in marches, the plaintiff's conduct on this occasion was direct evidence of an attempt to portray himself as a Veteran. The plaintiff was shown video of the annual luncheon for Veterans hosted by the Coffs Harbour RSL Sub‑Branch. On the video tape (Ex 9) of this function, the plaintiff is clearly seen and heard describing himself as "regimental number 2245511" and "Squadron Sergeant Major Len Williams B.M. retired".


Page 43
 

113.    It was put to the plaintiff that these statements clearly inferred he was retired from the Army. He responded that he was retired from the Australian Army Reserve, which he considered perfectly appropriate (day 2, T‑57‑8).

 114.    However, the _ plaintiff is also heard on the video saying "I served with the Royal Australian Engineers from 1966 to 1976". It was put to the plaintiff he had never served with RAE from 1966‑76 but the plaintiff claimed (wrongly) it was in his service record (T‑58). The plaintiff did not serve with the RAE from 1966 to 1976 as claimed, and his service record makes this clear.

 115.    The plaintiff is also heard on the video tape saying he served with the Royal Australian Corps of Transport from 1974 to 1985 and was "Squadron Sergeant Major of 30 Terminal Squadron" (T‑58). The plaintiff described this second assertion as follows:


"That is true sir, that was a slip of the tongue and I just kept going. It was an in‑house function; we'd all had a nice dinner with a few wines and I never thought ... that 10 or 15 hours [sic] down the track that in‑house video would be used in a Court case, I was never advised of that, but as soon as I said 30 Terminal Squadron sir, I just kept going, I just glossed over it".(T-58)

 

 116.    This is one of several occasions when the plaintiff said that conduct of this kind by him arose out of a mistake, although on other occasions (such as his 1999 visit to John Paul College) he said the mistake was made by others and not by him.

 117.         The plaintiff agreed that 30 Terminal Squadron was "regular army" and that it was "incorrect" (T‑59, line 17) to say he was a member. He denied, however, that he was indicating to those present that he had performed overseas service (T‑59).

118.        The plaintiff's counsel in his written submissions submits that even if I do not accept that the plaintiff made "a slip of the tongue" the evidence cannot establish that the plaintiff attempted to pass himself off as a Vietnam Veteran "or as a Veteran of any sort". I do not accept the plaintiffs explanation of "a slip of the tongue" or that he is not attempting to pass himself off as a Veteran "of any sort". This video tape is evidence of the plaintiff publicly intimating to other Veterans at a Veterans' function that he is also a Veteran. His continued practice of wearing the badges of these squadrons is further evidence that he has continued to hold himself out as a Veteran who belonged to regular army units. I have set out further below (in the section on the plaintiff's credit) my~ reasons for not accepting the plaintiffs "slip of the tongue" on this and other occasions.

 119.     It has to be said that the plaintiff did not, on this occasion, claim to be a Vietnam Veteran. However, viewed in context when examining the plaintiff's conduct on other occasions and in particular his association with Vietnam commemorations, it is part of the plaintiff's ongoing representation of himself not merely as an Army Veteran but as a Veteran who served in Vietnam. The circumstances of the plaintiff attempting to pass himself off need to be viewed as a series of related events, rather than 'splitting up occasions when the plaintiff wore a particular badge, or marched in a particular march. However, it must be stressed that without the actual circumstances of later events where the plaintiff actually did represent himself as a Vietnam Veteran, these earlier occasions would not of themselves be sufficient to establish the plaintiff attempted to pass himself off as a Veteran who actually served in Vietnam, as opposed to a person who served in the armed services.

Comments from Louise Croaker

First of all, Coffs Harbour is not Len Williams "adopted town",as he was born raised, eduacated and worked in Coffs Harbour, and has a large family history in this town.

CPMHcomments

Len was born and educated in CoffsHarbour and he returned to Coffs after he left the railway.

Comments from Louise Croaker


As your article says "Len Williams stepped in front of the Vietnam Veterans association and led the Vietnam Veterans march". This statement has been totally misconstrued. It was actually alledged in court that Len stepped in front of one of the high dignatories in an Anzac day march in Coffs Harbour.
This was refuted by the dignatory in question.

CPMHcomments

This was a complete lie as Mr Erwin Hodikin and Mr Trevor Blay testified in court that Len Williams had stepped in front of Erwin who was the President of the Coffs Harbour Association of Vietnam Vets. News coverage of Len Williams leading the March was shown on a Channel 10 news coverage, which was also shown in court. We have included information from the website and also we have included the page numbers of the Judgement when the Judge handed down her decision.

The following is from the website

October Long Weekend 1993, a Viet Nam Veterans Muster was held at Yamba.

Len Williams stepped in front of the President of the Viet Nam Veterans Association and led the Viet Nam Veterans March. Len Williams had been in the CMF for nearly 20 years, he certainly knew the protocol involved and still he deliberately stepped in front of the President to lead the March. This was greeted with great indignation by the real Viet Nam Veterans both at the march and by the Viet Nam Veterans who watched the news coverage at home.

CPMH comments

The President of the Coffs Harbour group of the Vietnam Veterans, Erwin Hodikin testified in court that Len had stepped in front of him to lead the March. The writer of the letter was certainly not in court and if she was referring to Erwin as a high dignitary, Erwin certainly agreed that Len had stepped in front of him.

Mr Trevor Blay also testified in court as to Len Williams leading the march.

The incident was also on the Channel 10 news coverage, which was shown in court.

Page 49 of the Judgement

137.      I note Mr Blay in his evidence (T‑302, 4/12/02) said he considered the plaintiff deliberately led the march.

 138.     The inquiry came about after complaints from Veterans after the broadcast went to air. Mr Porter (the Veteran the plaintiff denied calling an "old drunk") wrote a letter of complaint to the Vietnam Veterans' Association saying, inter alia: '`

"I believe his actions on this day were an embarrassment not only to me but to the whole Association in the yes of visiting members and presidents of various Vietnam groups. His actions on this occasion warrant an apology to our members and an undertaking that he will not take it upon himself to represent our Association in this manner" (Ex 1).
 

139.     What Mr Porter was complaining about was that the plaintiff was acting as though he was a Vietnam War Veteran. That was his impression and, having seen the broadcast, I consider it a reasonable one, even if the plaintiff had said the additional words the plaintiff claims he said.
 

140.     The ordinary reasonable listener to the Channel 10 broadcast and indeed any person seeing the plaintiff lead the march could reasonably infer that the plaintiff by his words and deeds was holding himself out as a Vietnam Veteran. I am of the view that the plaintiff did so deliberately and with intention to deceive, knowing that his words and actions were likely to be broadcast by Channel 10. I should add that I do not accept he spoke the additional words he claims, by reason of my general findings concerning the plaintiffs lack of credit.

Page 46 of the Judgement

(h)         October Long Weekend 1993 ‑ Vietnam Veterans Muster at Yamba

128.     This was the occasion when the plaintiff stepped in front of the president, Mr Irwin Hodikin and led the Vietnam Veterans march to the Cenotaph where a service was held. There was an inquiry into this matter and at the time, showing the generosity and compassion that is a hallmark of all of the conduct of the retired servicemen who gave evidence in these proceedings on behalf of both parties, the plaintiff's explanation was accepted and he received a letter from Mr Hodikin saying he was excused on the basis that the whole thing was an accident.

Comments from Louise Croaker

Lens joining of all conceivable miltary clubs and associations was due to his love of the military system and at the request of the people involved in his one and only law suit regarding anything military.

Len was never "forced out" of any of these military associations, Len either resigned or was voted out due to the democratic way our society runs through voting.

CPMH comments

Len Williams had stepped in front of the President of the Coffs Harbour Vietnam Veterans Association at Yamba in 1993.   Len Williams stepped up next to the Mayor of Coffs Harbour, John Smith and the Deputy Mayor,  Brigadier John Essex Clarke [retired], in November 1994 to take the salute at a Remembrance Day Parade. Len Williams was the Senior Vice President of the Coffs Harbour RSL during 1993 and 1994. People’s attitude towards Len Williams changed and he was not even nominated for a position on the executive of Coffs RSL in February 1995.  Peter Millett was elected as Senior Vice President.

The following is from Page 50 of the Judgement

13 November 1994 ‑ Remembrance Day March

142.     This was the occasion when the plaintiff was listed on the program as the protocol officer (day 2, T‑73) whose job was essentially to usher official guests to their seats. The salute was to be taken on the steps of the Civic Centre by the Mayor, John Smith, and the Deputy Mayor; Brigadier John Essex‑Clark (Retired). It was the evidence of Brigadier Essex‑Clark and others that the plaintiff positioned himself on the steps of the Civic Centre and then took the official salute, along with the Mayor and Brigadier Essex Clark.
 

143.     The evidence was that Brigadier Essex‑Clark stood to take the salute from the parade, the plaintiff walked up and stood with him and the Mayor to take the salute (day 4, T‑75; day 7, T‑314; day 3, T‑206). Mrs Millett, the third defendant, showed in the witness box the physical action she saw the plaintiff make. There was considerable evidence of the outraged reaction of the other persons attending the parade (day 3, T‑206; day 4, T‑76; day 7, T‑299, 314, 316, 361).

 

144.     The plaintiff vigorously denied attempting to take the salute and in written submissions counsel for the plaintiff pointed to geographical inconsistencies in the evidence of some witnesses as to where the events actually occurred.
 

145.Evidence was given by Brigadier Essex‑Clark which impressed me by its objectivity and honesty (day 7, T‑314‑6 ‑ the day in question and T‑319‑320) He gave a very clear description of the plaintiff's conduct. I accept Brigadier Essex‑Clark as a witness of truth and prefer Brigadier Essex Clark's evidence


Page 51
 

146.     As this was a Remembrance Day march, Veterans from all major conflicts were attending. The ordinary reasonable person watching the plaintiff take the salute would conclude he was not merely a Veteran but a War Veteran and would also, by reason of his age, assume him to be a Veteran of Vietnam.

The plaintiff s conduct on this day is hard to comprehend other than as a wish to be seen as one of the persons deserving respect on that day as a war Veteran. As such, he must be seen as. having sought to pass himself off as a War Veteran of the Vietnam era.
 

(k)       February ‑ April 1995 ‑ Failure to stand for election for Coffs Harbour RSL and resignation from Vietnam Veterans Association

147.      In February ,1995 the first defendant was re‑elected president of the Coffs

Harbour RSL and the second defendant was elected as senior vice president,

replacing the plaintiff. It was put to the plaintiff that he stood unsuccessfully

as President in 1995 but was not elected to any position (day 2, T‑76). The

plaintiff said he did not even nominate for a position on the Executive of the

Coffs Harbour RSL. In addition, in April 1995 he resigned from the Vietnam

Veterans Association where he had been protocol officer. Although the

plaintiff said this was a "personal choice" (T‑76) it is clear ,that his ceasing to

hold office in the RSL and resignation from the Vietnam Veterans Association

is linked to the reaction to his conduct, in particular his conduct on 13

November 1994. The plaintiffs withdrawal meant that he was no longer on

the Executive of the RSL and he was thus no longer, a de:egate of the North

Coast District Council. This is of some importance because it indicates that he

was essentially a rank and file RSL member and not a person with any

executive status entitled to wear executive lapel badges or to represent the

RSL. Nevertheless he continued to do so (day 2, T‑80 line 40), including on

the day he visited the John Paul College.

Comments from Louise Croaker

Len did not form his own branch of the National Servicemans Association of Australia, of which I am a member, he was asked. I also am not a National Serviceman. Len refused the first invitation to start the Association, but upon frequent requests, he agreed, but made it known from the very beginning that he was neither a Vietnam Veteran nor a National Serviceman. As regards to your articles comment about Len "taking anyone off the street to join the sub-branch", All members are either ex-National Servicemen or armyreservists (which are associate members), and their wives, which is
allowable under constitution of the National Servicemen’s Association of NSW.
Len was voted in as president of the Coffs Harbour Branch of the National Servicemens Association of NSW by the democratic way of voting, which we are all entitled to as Australians.

Len Williams has never claimed to be in the regualr army,

CPMH comments

Len Williams certainly stated on video that he was in the Regular Army (see previous evidence and comments)

Len Williams after being banned from the Coffs Harbour National Servicemen’s Association formed his own association, which is the Coffs Harbour Association of National Servicemen (NSW Inc). This was because the real National Servicemen had left the original association and formed their own association.

Ron Brown who is the State President of the National Servicemen’s Association NSW Inc. stated in court that anyone with an interest could join the association.  As it is a National Servicemen’s Association why are people who are not national servicemen permitted to join?   Why are women permitted to join as it is a National Servicemen’s Association?

 

Comments from Louise Croaker

However his unit has worked in conjunction with the 30 Terminal Squadron and 10 terminal regiment as Sqadron Sergeant Major. As you are probably well aware, once in unform, it does not matter wether you are regular army or reservists, proptocol and ranking structures well exist.

CPMH comments

It does certainly matter if you were Regular Army or a Reservist.  This comment is not here to spark a conflict between Regulars and Reservists but clearly to point out that for a Regular Soldier the Military is full time employment and for the Reservist it is part time as they hold down normal civilian employment.   To claim to have been a regular Soldier and to have done what Len Williams has done to genuine Veterans is a crime that he still hasn't paid for in monetary value.  See the conclusion to this update.

Comments from Louise Croaker

As one example of being involved with both regular army units was the embarkation and deployment of troops on an exercise involving not only the above mentioned regular army units but also the HMAS Tobruk.

CPMH comments

This is irrelevant; Len Williams had stated that he was in 30 terminal squadron, which was a Regular Army Unit. Len Williams was never in the Regular Army!

Comments from Louise Croaker

“More importantly for our fellow Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen who cannot and never will be able to attend a Service like this because they were called upon to make the Supreme sacrifice.  “And WE are now part of Australian Military History. And may I remind you that nobody but nobody can take that honour away from US collectively or as individuals” The above statment, made by Len Williams, was directed to ALL military personnel, both regular army and reservists alike. As anyone with any military history know, World war one was fought by volunteers, AKA reservists.

CPMH comments

Len Williams was speaking at a dinner during the October Long Weekend in 1993.  It was also during that weekend that Len Williams had stepped out in front of Erwin Hodikin the President of the Vietnam Veterans Association from Coffs Harbour. Erwin Hodikin stated this in court. Len Williams implied by saying “We are now part of Australian Military History” that he was also a Vietnam Veteran.  This is on record.

As far as the statement being made by Len Williams to all Military Personnel both Regular Army and Reservists alike, it was not and the you were not present. The statement was made to a group of Vietnam Veterans and from the words Len Williams spoke he was most certainly posing as one of them.

The statement by Louise about who fought World War 1 is irrelevant.

Comments from Louise Croaker

Although Len Williams did not serve in Vietnam, he did play an important role as a
reservist. During the Vietnam War, as I am aware, there was a dock strike.
Len Williams aided in the loading of vital supplies of the Japarret ( spelling may
not be accurate) in his capacity as a qualified freight handler.

CPMH comment

What has that got to do with the fact that Len Williams had stated that he was in the regular army when he wasn’t!

Comments from the Louise Croaker

The "rock and tree planting" was performed with the full approval of the
Coffs Harbour council, who owns the land. Although Len Williams was not, at this
time, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, to my knowledge, he was asked AGAIN to be on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Association. The planting and the placement of the rock was to be for all Vietnam Veterans who died during this conflict, of which his brother was one.

The placing of the rock and the planting of the tree did NOT infuriate All
Vietnam Veterans, but was accepted by the majority, but then again, a
minority of jealous people, who did not think of it first, protested.

CPMH comments

Len Williams had contacted the Coffs Harbour Council who had assumed that Len Williams was going to place the rock and plant the tree on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Association. At no time were the Council made aware that Len Williams was not a member of the Vietnam Vets. When the Vietnam Vets and other Veterans and ex-service personnel saw the article and the photograph of Len Williams planting the tree in the Advocate they were certainly ALL infuriated.

The following is from Page 57 of the Judgement

May 1998 ‑ Vietnam Veterans Park Tree Planting

166.      These disputes reached a climax in May 1998 when the plaintiff, despite not

being a Vietnam Veteran or an Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans

Association, both planted a tree (obtained for this purpose from the local

council) and placed a commemorative rock in the Vietnam Veterans Park

without the permission of the Vietnam Veterans Association. It was the

evidence of Brigadier Essex‑Clark (who was also the Deputy Mayor and a

councillor at the time) that the Council employees who gave the plaintiff both

the tree and permission to carry out this task believed that the plaintiff was a

Vietnam Veteran (transcript). The plaintiff had invited the Advocate to

photograph the planting of the tree.

 167.           The plaintiff was subsequently requested to appear before the Judiciary

Page 58
 

Committee of the Cof£s Harbour RSL Club for conduct unbecoming a member. This hearing, on 14 July 1998, directly followed the tree planting incident.
 

168.     On 28 July 1998 Brigadier Essex‑Clark intervened in the Judiciary Committee

proceedings. He had been asked by the Mayor to mediate the matter on

behalf of the Coffs Harbour City Council. The Council had already resolved

to remove the tree and rock from the Vietnam Veterans Park and the

mediation proceeded on that basis, with the result that the plaintiff agreed to

write an apology to the Vietnam Veterans. It is common ground that no such

apology was ever provided by the plaintiff to the Vietnam Veterans

Association.
 

169.     On Tuesday, 11 August 1998 the plaintiff was requested to appear before the

Coffs Harbour RSL Club Judiciary Committee for disregard of a directive by

senior management to quit premises after the judiciary hearing on Tuesday, 14

July 1998. He was suspended of his privileges as a member of the Coffs

.          Harbour Ex Services Club for six months. He appealed against this decision

on 15 September 1998 and this appeal was dismissed. He was accordingly a

suspended member up until 14 January 1999 when his privileges were

reinstated.

Comments from Louise Croaker

The "John Paul College" article, which was printed incorrectly by the
reporter, was retracted by Len Williams in the next issue. The young girl in the article was summoned to court and did state that Len did not say he was a Long Tan Vet.

Page 5 of the Judgment
 

12.       After the plaintiff joined the newly formed Coffs Harbour branch of the National Servicemen's Association in 1997 he sought to promote this association and his role in it by publicity in the Advocate newspaper over activities such as the planting of a tree in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. As I have set out in my findings of fact below, his making available souvenirs of Long Tan on or about the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1999 was another such opportunity for publicity for both the plaintiff and the Association he sought to promote.

13.       The plaintiff in his evidence does not suggest that when he telephoned the headmaster he said he was not a Veteran, or that the personal mementoes he intended to bring were not his. He says he told the headmaster this information after he arrived at the school on 13 August 1999. It is clear from Mr Walton's statement (Ex 10) that the information about the plaintiff's status as a non‑Veteran, and the fact that the mementoes were not his own, was not revealed to Mr Walton until after he had invited the plaintiff and indeed after the plaintiff arrived at the school, and it is also clear from the plaintiff's own evidence that neither the journalist, Jacqui Sheather nor the children photographed with the plaintiff were present when these statements by the plaintiff about his status were made.
 

14.              The events of 13 August 1999 were as follows. The plaintiff went to the headmaster's office (which is where he says he told the headmaster he was not a Veteran) and thereafter was taken to the library. Jacqui Sheather, a photographer from the Advocate, then arrived and the headmaster brought two children in from classes in the immediate vicinity to be included in the photograph. The plaintiff spread out the memorabilia and photographs were taken.
 

Page 76 of the Judgement

 

            I accept the evidence of Jessica Pinkerton on this issue; whereas the plaintiff changed his evidence, Jessica's evidence was given in a frank and straightforward fashion. She was frank in her admissions about what she could and could not remember and was clearly a witness of truth. The plaintiff, by comparison, gave inconsistent evidence and answered questions evasively. I am satisfied that there is evidence that the plaintiff was seeking to deceive school children and that he did in fact take advantage of his presence in a school to make some form of speech to Jessica and the other school student, not simply about what the names were on the plaque but no doubt other matters along the lines of statements, which are set out above from his evidence.

CPMH comments

In court it was never stated that the reporter had printed the story incorrectly. In fact the editor of neither the newspaper nor the photographer were asked by Len Williams’ barrister to appear in court. The writer of the letter was not in court and the young girl you are referring to, her name was  Jessica Pinkerton, certainly said she was under the impression that Len Williams was a Veteran and posed the question about why would he go to a school and show his personal mementoes of the Battle of Long Tan when he was not there!

There was a small retraction printed the next day, which said that Len Williams was not a Veteran. It incorrectly stated that Len Williams was the President of the National Servicemen’s Association. He was the caretaker/secretary at the time. The retraction made no mention of the facts about the personal mementoes of the Battle of Long Tan.

Comments from Louise Croaker

The momentos in question from the battle fo "long Tan" were given to Len by a long standing friend, who was in fact a Long Tan Vet, and still holds Len in the highest regards, even following the allogations made about Len.

CPMH Comments

The fact that Mr Ross McDonald gave Len Williams the mementoes was certainly not disputed in court.

When the newspaper article appeared in the Advocate it showed a photograph of Len Williams with "his personal mementoes of the Battle of Long Tan". No one at that stage knew where they had originated.

Even Mr MacDonald admitted in court that if he didn’t know Len Williams nor given him the mementoes he would have been disappointed to see someone who wasn’t a Vietnam Vet portrayed as a Vietnam Veteran in the newspaper.

What had upset many members of the Veteran and ex-service community was the fact that a photograph of Len Williams and the mementoes stating that they were his personal mementoes of the battle of Long Tan had appeared in the Advocate on 19th August 1999, the day after Vietnam Veteran’s Day.

Comments from Louise Croaker

As a member of the RSL myself, under the constitution of the RSL myself, you are entitlted to wear ties and badges. The nametag in question was worn by Len when he was a member of the RSL sub-branch board, this badge has not been worn since. The "business card identification" the articel talks about, I have NOT seen worn by any member of the board.

CPMH comments

Len Williams had not been a member of the executive of Coffs Harbour RSL since February 1995. Len Williams went to John Paul College in August 1999 wearing a nametag, which said  “Mr Len Williams, BM, Coffs Harbour RSL Sub-Branch”

Len Williams had this nametag specially made. On the website we certainly accurately pictorially depicted the nametag which the members of Coffs RSL wore and that the Executive of the RSL wear. The executive of Coffs RSL does not know the type of nametag and you do not go to meetings so how would you know about the correct nametags?   You certainly sound  confused about the nametags!   The members wear nametags, which are business cards, slipped into plastic holders. The executive wear totally different nametags, which are depicted, on the site.

Comments from Louise Croaker

In regards for wearing the "Bullion Badge", the person who submitted this article to you, should be fully aware (that is if they are fully military complacement) that the badge was in fact a WOII insignia. The fact that it
was worn on a beret should be inconsequential as Len Williams had been out of the service for some time. The wearing of the RACT badge over the top of the WOII badge should not be regarded as anything more than national pride.   On his &quo

Surname: Williams C
Christian Names: Chase Owen aka Nick
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: South Island
City or Town: Christchurch
NZ -Which Island:
  • South Island
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: None
Completion of service: None
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Chase Owen Williams is allocated to the most disgraceful form of wannabe . He is a cowardly "Love Rat" who charms, then victimises vulnerable young ladies. He leads them to believe he is  Warrant Officer in the New Zealand (NZ) Army.  In essence he is an impostor  and a liar who has never served in the NZ Defence Force.

Williams runs a Facebook page where he fails to show a photograph of himself. but it is filled with Soldiers in very active training shots, all have the common denominator of having their faces covered.

In this photograph from his Facebook he refers to "Our" military trucks.

Williams has related the following military history:

"Isa current serving Warrant officer in the NZ Army based at Burnham Camp, Christchurch.  He  grew up in Rarotonga and moved to the United States at a young age and joined the US Marines aged Fifteen years, then moved to NZ and Joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) and in the last Four years transferred to the NZ Army."

All of the above are the words of a pathological liar, wannabe and cheat. 

We suggest that New Zealanders' keep a watch for this disgusting person and whenever he is recognised he should be reported to the Police.

This "Love Rat" well deserves his position on our web site.

 

Surname: Willoughby
Christian Names: Dale Anthony
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sanctuary Point
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Dale Anthony Willoughby of Sanctuary Point, New South Wales is a liar, medal cheat and wannabe.

Willoughby-1

From the above photo you can see that Willoughby is wearing a number of medals which are from left
to right:

Australian Active Service Medal 1975 with clasps East Timor and Afghanistan (only entitled to Clasp
East Timor)

International Force East Timor Medal (Interfet) (entitled)

Afghanistan Medal (not entitled)

Defence Long Service Medal (not entitled did not serve the required time)

Australian Defence Medal (entitled)

Above the medals he is wearing a blue Unit Citation which is the United States Presidential Unit
Citation awarded to 3 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) for the battle of Kapyong in the
Korean War. The citation was formerly known as the “Distinguished Unit Citation” till it was renamed
in November 1966.

He is not entitled to wear that Unit Citation on civilian dress as he was never in that battle, only ex-serving members who were involved in that battle can wear it on civilian dress. Serving members of 3RAR wear the Unit Citation as part of their dress uniforms only whilst members of that battalion.

Willoughby-2

Infantry Combat Badge (not entitled as he did not meet the requirements for that Badge)
 
Here are some of the Claims Dale Willoughby has made:

1. As part of his post traumatic stress claim,  he has stated while serving in East Timor he saw a girl being raped. He had the offender in his sights but could not open fire due to the rules of
engagement.
 
If this was true, what stopped him and the rest of his section from pulling the offender off the girl
and arresting him to hand over to the proper authorities to be dealt with.

2. He said he was in Iraq attached to the US 101st Airborne Division as a forward scout which is the reason he was not awarded the Iraq medal.

We can only assume the mighty US 101st Airborne Division was short of Forward Scouts and that
is why a lone Australian Private was attached to them.

3. He said he was attached to an Australian Special Air Service Troop in Afghanistan as a
Forward Scout where he saw a mate shot while standing next to him.

Again we can only assume again they did not have sufficient forward scouts.

4. He said he was in a helicopter crash whilst in Afghanistan and again claims he was next to a mate that was killed in the crash and when the helicopter blew up he was wounded and still
has shrapnel in him that cannot be removed.

willoughby-3

One member in the group photo was in the Navy when a helicopter crashed on Bass Strait oil rigs
back in the 1980’s, so we can leave it to you imagination where he made that story up from.

We know that he has made other false claims about his service to other people. Should you
be one of these persons and wish to let us know about these claims, you can contact us through
our web site and we can update his case.

Dale Willoughby was contacted by us and denied making any such claims. When asked about the medals, his reply was;

“I had a friend who was sick in hospital and he asked me to wear his medals on ANZAC Day.”

He shot himself in the foot with that excuse as the photo was not taken on ANZAC Day
2012 but later in the year at another service.

We have managed to collect some information about his service through various informants to
know he only served approximately 11 years in the army and a lot of that was in non-infantry units. We
also know that he only did operational service in East Timor and that was for a short period.

Dale Anthony Willoughby,  for your fairy tale war stories, wearing of awards you are not entitled to, 
you obviously lack honesty, integrity and most of all,  respect for the ex-servicemen and
women that have served in these operations.

You have earned the right to join others like you on our web site.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular 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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will
have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Wilson
Christian Names: Robert
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: Unknown
Service: Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Robert Wilson is a Western Australian Policeman and now a Warrant Officer in the Royal West Australian Regiment of the Australian Army Reserves. The photograph below was taken in July 2016 when he held the rank of Sergeant:

WilsonR 1

 

Here is a close up of the medals.

WilsonR 2

 

He is wearing seven medals, he is only entitled to wear six on his left breast.

The problem is that the second last medal worn by Wilson is a Western Australian State Police Medal.

WilsonR 3

Protocol is clear, State Police Medals are not worn on the left breast and in particular not when in Defence uniform. Wilson's actions break all the rules.

The Governor General of Australia has published a list of Australian and Imperial medals that are authorised to be worn. In addition there is a list of Foreign Awards that have been approved by the Governor General. There is no list of State Medals that may be worn on the left breast mixed with Defence and Federal medals.

We are aware that the Police Commissioner of Western Australian has given permission to mix State Medals with Federal Medals on the left breast. He is usurping the powers of the Office of the Australian Governor General who is the person who makes decisions about medals. We are also aware that in the headquarters of Western Australia Police there is a medals "expert" who is an ex Army Reservist who has misguided Police Commissioners, for many years, however it behooves Police Commissioners to "get it right" and not take notice of a Public Servant whose advice is based on personal aggrandisement.

It is suggested that the Western Australia Police Commissioner phone the Governor General and sort the matter out.

Robert Wilson for reasons known only to himself has flouted Department of Defence and Department of Honours and Awards rules by adding one extra, non approved medal to his already impressive rack. It was a foolish thing to do and he will now reside on this website among all the other medals cheats.

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