Warusam

Date of Entry: 15/08/2019
Surname: Warusam
Christian Names: George Barnabus
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Aurukun
Service #: Army Reserve & Navy
Branch: Infantry/Navy Recruit
Case Notes:

 

George Warusam is a worrisome man who resides in a remote area of Far North Queensland (FNQ) and claims to be a Veteran of the Vietnam War and wears all the medals. He also claims to have served at Royal Australian Navy establishment HMAS Cerberus during the 1980s when he was twenty years old. In addition he claims to have served with an Army Reserve unit for thirty years. Warusam was born on the 4th October 1954.



The ribbons and medals represent:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) Not entitled
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Both left and right breast
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM) Not entitled
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled

The medals indicate that Warusam spent at least one hundred and eighty one days at war in South Vietnam. There are two aspects that prove that Warusam is a liar and medals cheat.

When he was asked for details of his service here is what he said in answer to an email from a researcher.

"Good afternoon Mr Warusam

I take the liberty of seeking information from you regarding the medals that you wear when in Army Cadets uniform.

Would very much appreciate if you could please advise about your Vietnam service.

What unit did you serve in.
What years did you serve in Vietnam.
What is your age.

Thank you in anticipation.

Regards"


"From George Warusam

"I was at HMAS Cerberus is a Royal Australian Navy base that serves as primary training establish for RAN personnel do my training at 1980's during the ending of Vietnam War and I was just an ordinary seaman base in Cerberus 20 yrs of age. Was born 4 Oct 1954. I will be 65 within two months time"

As Warusam was born 4 October 1954 he is now aged 64 years. To have served in Vietnam before the end of the war in March 1972 he would need to be at least sixty seven years old. He said he was a recruit at HMAS Cerberus in the 1980s when he was twenty years old.
In fact in 1980 he would have been twenty six years old. The Royal Australian Navy had withdrawn all ships and personnel from Vietnam by March 1972.

He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll.

Warusam wears a set of Vietnam medals plus an Anniversary of National Service Medal. He wears the Australian Defence Medal on both his left and right breast.

Warusam has also stated that he served for thirty years with the 51st Infantry Battalion (Army Reserve Unit) whose Headquarters is located in Cairns, and has sub units throughout the Cape York region. He claims to have held the rank of Corporal.

He is now an Officer of Cadets at an Australian Army Cadets unit at Aurukun FNQ with the rank of Lieutenant. Officer of Cadets rank has no authority in the Australian Defence Force, and traditionally is worn only for Cadets unit business.

George Warusam never left Australia either as a Soldier or a Sailor and has decided to make himself out to be a veteran of the Vietnam war by wearing five ribbons above five medals on his left breast and one medal on his right breast.

We don't know what the truth of his Defence service is. He may have spent some months in the RAN and may have spent years in an Army Reserve unit, however at no time has he served with the Australian Defence Force in South Vietnam.

If Warusam served with the RAN and an Army Reserve Unit he should have been content with that, but for reasons known only to him, has chosen to falsely claim to a Returned Veteran of the Vietnam War.

In his local community and the ex service community of Australia, he has gone from hero to zero.

Warusam is now enlisted to serve with ANZMI for many years. We welcome him and thank him for his impending service, however he is forbidden to wear his fake medals.

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