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Surname: Ouchirenko
Christian Names: Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mildura
Service #: R45480
Service: RAN
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 02 Jul 51
Completion of service: 13 Feb 55
Case Notes:

 

 

Alex Ouchirenko, has, for many years faithfully served the Returned Services League (RSL) and is currently the President of the Mildura RSL Sub-Branch.

One would expect that the President of a Sub-Branch would be a person of integrity and honour, unfortunately in the case of Ouchirenko, things are not quite what they seem.

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Ouchirenko has been photographed at several commemorative services, both in Mildura and at the Australian War Memorial, during a National service for the end of the Korean War.

At such events, it is a given, protocol dictates that dress of the day includes ‘full service medals’ are to be worn. On each occasion he has been photographed wearing only ribbons, representing the following medals:

1.       United Nations Service Medal (Korea).

2.       Australian Service Medal 1945-75.

3.       Australian Defence Medal.

 

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Ouchirenko is entitled to the first two medals, given his service in Korean waters on HMAS Arunta from January to October 1954.

The medal in question, is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM), and an examination of records discloses that Ouchirenko has no entitlement to this medal.

Prior to the computer era, personal records of Naval Ratings and Officers were maintained on an A3 sized form. The service records for all RAN sailors and officers who served in the Korean and Vietnam periods are now digitised and available for public access on the National Archives of Australia (NAA) website.

The NAA record for Alexander Ouchirenko, R45480, was obtained and extracts appear below.

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Ouchirenko first entered the RAN on 02 Jul 1951. At that time, new entrants did not have to enter into a period of engagement until completion of basic training.

On 27 Jan 1952, he commenced an engagement of service for a period of six years. This is also known as an ‘initial enlistment period’.

The qualifying periods of service for the award of the ADM are set out in the Australian Defence Medal Regulations 2006.

 1                    Award of the Medal

  1. The Medal may be awarded to a member, or former member, of the Defence Force who after 3 September 1945 has given qualifying service that is efficient service:
    1. by completing an initial enlistment period; or
    2. for a period of not less than 4 years service; or
    3. for periods that total not less than 4 years; or
    4. for a period or periods that total less than 4 years, being service that the member was unable to continue for one or more of the following reasons:
      1. the death of the member during service;
      2. the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to a compensable impairment;
      3. the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.

 Although he had an initial enlistment period of six years, he only required four years of service to qualify.

 The Regulations specify ‘efficient’ service, as such, time forfeited whilst absent without leave (AWOL) and/or serving a sentence of detention is not included.

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During his service, Ouchirenko was AWOL several times, for which he received a total of 47 days’ detention, of which 10 days of a 42 day sentence were remitted.

For these punishments, he forfeited 37 days ‘efficient’ service.

Unfortunately, some areas of his NAA record have deteriorated over time due to being completed in pencil, and are unclear. What should appear is how many days Ouchirenko was AWOL, on each occasion, these days also not being included as ‘efficient’ service as the member forfeits pay also whilst absent.

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Here the record shows ‘DIA 13-2-55’. This indicates that at some time in early 1955, he again went AWOL. As is RAN policy, where a sailor is AWOL for more than 30 days, they are subject to a Discharge In Absence (DIA) and a warrant issued for their arrest. The warrant for Ouchirenko was cancelled on 21 May 1957, a clear indication that the Navy did not want him back.

Not only did he fail to complete his initial enlistment, he was also at least five months’ service short of qualifying for the ADM, due to his disciplinary issues and subsequent discharge for being absent.

Alexander Ouchirenko, you have given many years of dedicated service to an organisation that has honour and integrity as its’ very foundation. You have betrayed your own service by your deceit and earned a place amongst like-minded RSL executive members on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Boyd
Christian Names: Michael David
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Toowoomba
Service #: R95822
Service: RAN
Branch: Writer
Commencement of service: 04 Jan 67
Completion of service: Jan 87
Case Notes:

 

 

Michael Boyd is presently assisting ex-service members as an Advocate with Veterans Services, RSL, Queensland Branch, based in Toowoomba.

Boyd has had a long career in public service, first, serving with the Royal Australian Navy from 1967 to 1987, and followed by several positions with the State and Federal Public Service.

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The above photograph was not taken at any ex-service commemoration or official function, but is however, available on the internet for all to see.

 It is said “A picture can paint a thousand words”, however, in this instance only one word springs to mind, namely “Peacock”!

 Boyd looks resplendent with 10 medals on that rack, along with the huge star on his lower breast, and a charming neck decoration.

The first five medals may be quite relevant to Boyd’s Naval service, the remaining five medals, along with the accoutrements, are purely for ‘dress-ups’ and should never be seen mixed with official Australian awards for service.

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The shiny trinkets relate to Boyd’s membership of The Most Honourable Order of Christian Knights of the Rose. Boyd has been invested as , no less than, a Knight Commander of the Rose.

The Most Honourable Order of Christian Knights of the Rose (KoR) was created at the beginning of the third millennium with the intent of upholding values that precede the second millennium. That is, Christian standards of conduct known simply as ‘chivalry’. A ‘Code of Chivalry’ was never really written down, but passed down through the ages. Old stories of Camelot, Charlemagne and Crusader Orders like the Knights Templar all added to its being. The KoR was created with the belief that the need for chivalry is as great today as is was in those older times in which these stories take place.

The above certificate also confers on Boyd the designation of ‘DSR’, for his public service to defence and Government. DSR is the abbreviation of ‘Dagger Sub-Rosa’.

Dagger Sub-Rosa; this is an insignia featuring a crusader's dagger set behind an heraldic rose. It may be worn or displayed on cards and stationery by those members who have a bona-fide service history involving intelligence or investigative work in a military, law enforcement, or church related role. Internally, the member may use the post nominal DSR to indicate their personal qualification within the Order.

The question to be asked is what is Boyd’s ‘bona-fide service history involving intelligence or investigative work’?

Boyd’s LinkedIn profile shows his employment history, starting with the Navy, where he was, apparently, quite a ‘Terror of the Seas’, but no mention of intelligence or investigation. This would be reasonable as he was a ‘Writer’ or administration clerk in civilian terminology.

 

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Nor does the rest of his employment history disclose any hint of relevant derring-do.

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Available records do not disclose any service by Boyd for the awarding of the Australian Service Medal 1945-75, or the Papua New Guinea Independence Medal. However, that does not discount his service as records beyond 1970 are not available in the public domain. Boyd was given the opportunity to confirm his entitlement to those service awards but chose not to respond.

The KoR Standard of Conduct, known simply as ‘Chivalry’, is the foundation of that organisation. Chivalry includes ‘honesty’ and parading around with pretend medals is far from honest behaviour, no matter what the time or place.

Michael David Boyd, you may now hold Court with fellow Princes’, Knights, Lords and Ladies, who grace the pages of ANZMI.

Surname: Beren
Christian Names: Arthur Black
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Kerikeri
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: R63055
Service: RAN
Branch: Electrical
Commencement of service: 08 mar 64
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

Arthur Black Beren (formerly known as Arthur Taiono) was born in the Cook Islands, spending his early years there before moving to Australia, where in 1964, he joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Postings included HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Duchess and HMAS Yarra, involving operational service as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve, and later off Vietnam.

 

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The above photograph appeared in several online articles, both in the United States and New Zealand in 2014 and 2015. Arthur can be seen wearing the following medals:

1.       Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (entitled)

2.       Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (entitled)

3.       Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 (entitled)

4.       Regular Forces Service Medal (unofficial ‘tin’ medal)

 

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The Regular Forces Service Medal is a commemorative item, more aptly described as ‘junk’. Protocol dictates that such items are never to be worn with official medals and if they are to be worn (though never at an official function), it is on the right breast.

Arthur eventually retired from the RAN and moved to New Zealand, where he is the Honourary Welfare Treasurer of the Kerikeri Returned Services Association (RSA). The wearing of this offensive medal surely denigrates his own service history and his position within the RSA Executive.

The issue here, although seemingly minor, is that Arthur, along with so many others who grace the ANZMI site, have seen fit to add a piece of ‘junk’ to their medal rack to look just that little more impressive and important.

Arthur, if you feel so strongly that you need another medal, ditch that worthless piece of tin. Instead, write to Defence Honours and Awards to receive your Australian Defence Medal, for which you are very much entitled to for your service to Australia.

In the meantime, welcome to the ANZMI site.

Surname: Lawrence
Christian Names: Philip J
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW & QLD
City or Town: Port Macquarie NSW and Toowoomba Qld
Service #: 226926
Service: Army
Branch: Australian Army Catering Corp
Commencement of service: 1978
Completion of service: 17 Aug 81
Case Notes:

 

 

Philip J Lawrence is the worst kind of Wannabe. He decided to elevate himself from the mundane, but respected Army occupation of Cook, to that of a person who completed heroic service in various areas of conflict.

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Here is what he said in a Facebook entry to support the authenticity of the medals he wears:

"I was in S/E ASIA, Middle East and Africa in the late 70's early 80's. Was with Intel Op (Intelligence Operations). Done time in 8/9, 5/7 and 4 over different periods. Can't say much more." (The reference above to 8/9, 5/7 and 4 means Infantry Battalions in the Royal Australian Regiment.)

Below is a close up of the medals displayed on his Facebook account that he wore to the Laurieton NSW RSL on Remembrance Day 2016 and to a meeting at the RSL on 22 Jan 2017.

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The first medal riband is for the Medal of Gallantry.

Medal of Gallantry (MG) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It recognises acts of gallantry in action in hazardous
circumstances. The MG was introduced on 15 January 1991, replacing the Imperial equivalent. It is ranked third in the Gallantry Decorations in the Australia.
Recipients of the Medal of Gallantry are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "MG". Since its inception 55 awards have been made.

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If you look at Lawrence's rack of medals you will notice that this "dill" has mounted the Medal of Gallantry riband upside down, in that the "V" shapes point down instead of up.

Lawrence also wears the:

Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) and the coveted Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

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Had he been a genuine returned Veteran he would have known that the RASB is never worn when medals or ribands are worn. It is presented to Returned Service people for wearing with civilian attire when medals are not appropriate.

The ICB requires the following service:

Who is entitled to wear the ICB?

Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who, in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for, at least, 90 days to an operational area and
subsequently awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.

Lawrence has never served as an Infantry Soldier or been in any operational areas and is not entitled to either Badge.

The other fake medals are:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
United Nations Advance in Cambodia (UNAMIC)
United Nations Truce Supervision organisation (UNSTO)
United Nations Transitional Group (UNTAG)
United Nations INTERIM FORCE (UNFIL)

His actual service was for around three years. He was trained as, and worked as a Cook in the Australian Army Catering Corps. On 17 August 1981 he was discharged for misconduct. His rank on discharge was Private Soldier. Here is his Discharge Certificate:

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Lawrence joined the good men at the Laurieton NSW Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL). He completed the usual Application for Membership and was accepted, until on Remembrance Day 2016, and again at a Meeting on 22 January 2017 he wore "his" medals to the RSL.  On the 19 February 2017 this resulted in a written request to Lawrence for an explanation of an apparent anomaly. Here is the email:

"To Mr. PJ Lawerence, (sic)
On checking your enlistment and discharge information provided on your application for service membership to Laurieton RSL Sub Branch it is noticed that your length of service does not agree with the service ribbons you displayed on your jacket at the monthly meeting on 22nd January 2017, nor does it agree with the medals you wore on Remembrance Day 2016.

State Branch have advised that it is the Sub Branch responsibility to investigate if you have other service in the military forces not disclosed which would clarify the above abnormality. Please advise by return email or visit/phone 65566166 on Thursday morning between 0900hrs to 1200 hrs."


On 20 February 2017 the Laurieton RSL received the following email from Lawrence:

"From: Phil Lawrence [mailto:
Sent: Monday, 20 February 2017 10:35 AM
To: Laurieton RSL
Subject: Re: annual return of member details 2016

Dear Sir,

This email is to inform you that after several incidents at the L.U.S.C. I would appreciate that my membership of the Laurieton RSL Sub Branch be made null and void. I have destroyed my membership card for the RSL Sub Branch along with my membership card for the L.U.S.C. I am returning home to my family in Queensland as I no longer have employment in NSW.
Regards,
P.J.Lawrence"
(Note: L.U.S.C. refers to the Laurieton United Services Club)

After intensive investigation ANZMI contacted Lawrence to get his side of the allegations. After two phone calls he fell on his sword and admitted to his deception, he gave no explanation for his audacious behaviour, but did say that he was ready to submit to whatever legal action that may follow.

Lawrence has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903, Part VII, Sections 80A and 80B.

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

Both these offence carry maximum penalties of $3,300 fines or six months imprisonment or both. Many Wannabes have been dealt with by State Magistrates Courts in relation to these offences.

The Port Macquarie State Police were notified and expressed interest in the matter. Should charges be laid we will update this entry.

We have been working with Australian and New Zealand Veterans, State Police Forces, Media and the general public for many years, and can assure Wannabes that persons indulging in Veteran related fraud will most likely to be reported to us, and if appropriate given maximum exposure of this website and through various agencies.

Lawrence's offence is very serious. He had the audacity to wear the third highest Australian Bravery Award along with seven other false medals and two false badges, when in fact he served as a Cook and was never deployed overseas to any area of conflict.

He has been given prime space on this website and will remain ensconced so that his posterity will know the true nature of his Defence Service.

Surname: Boulter
Christian Names: William Charles aka Tony
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Tennant Creek
Service #: Unknown
Service: Unknown
Branch: Claims Infantry
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Boulter is one of the worst of the worst.  He is a "Big wheel” in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek.  He has been involved in local Government for

many years and has been admired as a Returned Veteran.

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These are the medals he is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)Not entitled

Korea Medal Not entitled

United Nations Korea Service Medal Not entitled

General Service Medal (Clasp Malaysia) Not entitled and worn in the wrong place

Australian Service Medal (Clasp PNG) Not entitled

Australia Defence Medal - Unlikely to be entitled

Commemoration of National Service Medal - Unlikely to be entitled

Papua New Guinea Independence Medal 1975.  Entitlement unknown

Papua New Guinea Anniversary of Independence 1975 - 1985 - Entitlement unknown

Most of his medals are false.

We have a Statutory Declaration detailing what Boulter has said about his service:

"he has stood up stated his name number and rank with the Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (PNGVR) Korea,"   He further said:

"no there were only 4 or 5 of us that volunteered and we made our way up to Malaysia and worked with the Australians. I asked who were you attached to? his reply was. We just joined in with the Australian units and then went to Korea. He states he was in the Battle of Kapyong, He wears Korean medals/Malayan and PNG medals, I asked who issued the Australian medals he straight away said the Australian Government. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll as being a Korea Veteran. When asked about this he stated it's because he was PNGVR and not registered with the Australian Army."

Boulter was born in July 1935. He could not have been serving with Papua New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (PNGVR)   "before making his way to Malaysia" as he would have been only Fifteen years of age and could not have enlisted in PNGVR . In any case PNGVR was disbanded after WW2 and reformed in March 1951.  So at Fifteen years of age Boulter would have to joined PNGVR in March 1951, then did some fighting with Australian units in Malaysia before arriving in Korea to fight in the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951 one month later, aged Fifteen years.

 

He also said that "PNGVR personnel were not registered with the Australian Army"  PNGVR was, and until again disbanded in 1973, a unit of the Australian Citizens Military Forces (CMF) and very much part of the Australian Army, Order of Battle. . It was disbanded in 1973 as a lead up to PNG Independence in 1975.

What Boulter says is simply "hogwash" and deceitful lies, these cheats are always way behind Australian Veterans and ANZMI in splicing their lies into actual military facts and history.

The writer had the pleasure of speaking to Boulter on the phone on the 31 January 2017. 

Boulter was asked "what years he had served in PNGVR".  He hummed and hawed and then said "from late 1968 to 1972 when he returned to Australia".  He went back to PNG in 1975 when he claimed to again serve in PNGVR.  The problem is that PNGVR was disbanded in 1973.  What he said, completely disproves his service in Malaysia and Korea and proves the medals he wears are false.  We have been advised that Boulter is listed with the PNGVR Association as having served with PNGVR, however they were unable to advise dates of service.

Over the years he has received much kudos from the falsehood that he is a Returned  Serviceman who served in war zones in Malaysia and Korea and wears all the medals to prove it. Claiming to have been present at the famous Korea Battle of Kapyong  where the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment brought great credit to the ANZAC spirit through their tenacious fighting is indeed an immoral act. Here is an official Australian War Memorial excerpt:

"3 RAR lost 32 killed in action. Along with its Canadian, British, New Zealand and United States allies, 3 RAR managed to hold the advancing Chinese divisions in the Kapyong River valley for 24 hours, allowing United Nations forces further south to shore up a defensive line. It then successfully conducted a fighting withdrawal to extricate itself from encirclement and rejoin its parent brigade, exemplifying the discipline, courage and skill required to succeed in its mission. For their courageous actions, both 3 RAR and 2nd PPCLI were awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation by the United States Government."

He has his name on the Tennant Creek Returned Services League (RSL) Honour Board.  He is listed in the second row, fourth from the bottom.  We anticipate the Tennant Creek RSL  will remove him from their prestigious Honour Board.

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Boulter was never in Korea and his persona in Tennant Creek for the past 30 years has been a complete sham.  Because of his explanation of  "making his way to Malaysia and working with the Australians" it is a sure certainty that he never served anywhere near an Australian Army unit in  Malaysia or Korea.

There is a definitive Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll that lists all servicemen who served with Australian units in Korea. Boulter is not listed.

A few years ago Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Police charged Mr Jooitson "Dutchy"  Van Asson for falsely wearing Defence medals.  He was found guilty and fined $1,000 and given a twenty  four month good behaviour bond. See here: https://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/list/alpha/v

Boulter has committed the same offence of falsely claiming to be a returned serviceman and wearing false medals.  We have advised the Tennant Creek Police and will let events unfold.

See the Defence Act 1903 Section VII, Parts 80A and 80B.

PART VII--OFFENCES

     80A.    Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor orairman 
     80B.    Improper use of service decorations  
Boulter has had thirty years of false fame as a returned Serviceman.  Doubt that he will enjoy his richly deserved future days as his Resume has turned very sour.

Welcome to the Hall of Shame William Charles (Tony) Boulter, you have used your false military service to gain favour in the Tennant Creek community and deserve your infamy.

Surname: Evans
Christian Names: Elwin
Country: Canada
State or Province: Manitoba
City or Town: Teulon/Komarno
Service: Unlikley
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Elwin Evans is British and now resides in Manitoba, Canada.  He claims to have been attached to the Australian Army and fought in Vietnam.  See what he said in the caption under this photograph.

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Although Evans is a long way from home his lies and dishonour have not escaped the world wide web of Veterans.

Evans did not serve in Vietnam with Australian 2 Squadron, Special Air Service (2 SAS Sqn)

2 SAS Sqn were never involved in a pitched battle with 1600 enemy soldiers.

Here are the real facts about SAS operations in Vietnam:

SAS Operations - South Vietnam

580 SAS soldiers served in South Vietnam. There were 298 contacts with the enemy, inflicting 492 kills, 106 possible kills, 47 wounded, 10 possibly wounded and 11 taken as prisoners. 5366 enemy were sighted in 801 separate sightings. The Australia and New Zealand casualties were one(1) killed in action, one(1) died of wounds, one(1) killed in a grenade accident, two(2) accidentally shot on patrol, one(1) missing on a hot rope extraction and one(1) died of illness.

Australian SAS are an elite unit, consisting of expertly trained soldiers, who since 1957 have achieved outstanding results in all that they have done.

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Notice in this photograph, that the first medal  Evans is wearing is a Military Cross (MC).  It is, like everything else about Evans, a fake.  At the time he would have been awarded that medal, it was only awarded to Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers.  In addition, had it ever been awarded it would be promulgated in the London Gazette.  He is not listed in that definitive publication.

Evans will not be strutting his war hero persona for quite a while.  Since the newspaper article appeared he has been sentence to six years imprisonment, for manufacturing automatic weapons for Canadian Organised Crime.  See the reports here:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Komarno-man-67-gets-six-years-for-making-automatic-weapons-175634531.html

 

http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=69509

 

Here is another photograph where Evans mixes with other genuine uniformed people:

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Many who read the newspaper report about Evans being a Vietnam war hero would have believed it.  He is no more than a disgusting fraud, liar and wannabe and now a convicted criminal who should be shunned by society and particularly ex service organisations.

A Canadian friend of ANZMI has described him as follows:

"This dude is filthy lying sack of $#** who has worn a pseudo-uniform adorned with bull$#** insignia and spews tales of his adventures in SE Asia for a most appreciative but gullible audience!"


Our world wide readership will now be aware that, no matter where they are, any person making false claims about Australian service will be exposed and spend the rest of time on our web site, in the same manner as Elwin Evans.

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