Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Booth
Christian Names: Ian/Iain Montgomery
Country: Phillipines
State or Province: Angeles City
City or Town: Angeles City
Service #: 02407
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 06 Mar 67
Completion of service: Jun 71
Case Notes:

 

Iain Booth was born on the 25 April, 1949. In 1967, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet Midshipman. In the following years he progressed to Sub Lieutenant. He is a Medals Cheat and a false pretender. Booth wears seven medals. He is entitled to wear four.

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In the above 2017 Remembrance Day photograph, taken at Angeles City, near Manilla, Phillipines, Booth is wearing the following medals.

1. The Australian Active Serve Medal - (AASM) Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (VM) Not entitled
3. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. – (VLSM) Entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal. (ASM) Entitled
5. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)Entitled.
6. U.S Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with a "Combat V clasp. Not entitled.
7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) Not entitled.

Concerns were raised by individuals in Australia and the Phillippines, regarding Australian military medals worn by Booth. He also falsely claimed service on HMAS Hobart, a Royal Australian Navy Destroyer, in June, 1968. ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact in regards to lies told by Booth regarding Hobart service, at the time he claims. .

It appears that the medals he wears are not consistent with his actual RAN service. In particular, the VM and the VLSM cannot be worn together. You are issued with one or the other. He has been warned in writing several times by RSL Sub Branch Executives about not conforming with medals protocols and wearing medals he is not entitled to. Booth also made other comments to others about his alleged RAN service that are false.

ANZMI then researched the public records, regarding the Royal Australian Navy career of Ian Booth, as he was known then, and arrived at the same conclusion. He has since changed his first name to "Iain."

ANZMI then communicated with Mr Iain Booth and asked him for a summary of his Naval service and the medals that he wears. His response, inter alia, is below -;

I readily concede that there has been an error in my medal issue and that the VLSM cannot be issued with the Vietnam Medal, but the fact that my medals were all issued and named to me is not my error and I therefore feel that I am entitled to wear them. It would be less than prudent to knowingly wear medals that were supposedly not issued together (unless in error) as this would doubtlessly bring into question my entitlement.

Following that idiotic statement, we believe that Booth not only lives in another country, he lives on another planet.

We should all be glad that the Department of Defence did not send him a Victoria Cross in “error”. With Booth’s view on medals protocol, he would have had that medal court mounted and worn as well, claiming that he is entitled to wear it, as "it was not his error!"

The three medals that Booth and ANZMI know that he is not entitled to wear, are the Vietnam Medal (VM), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with clasp.

1. The Vietnam Medal.

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Qualification requirement
Australia

Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
• One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
• One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
• Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
• One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty. between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

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2. The Republic of Vietnam Medal.

Australia

The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury)[9] and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped.

Booth blames the Department of Defence for “the error”. He knows that it is wrong, but he fraudulently had the medals court mounted, and wears them on official occasions illegally. If you believe his suspect story that the medals were sent to him "in error". why didn't he just return them.

ANZMI asked Booth if he did actually serve in Vietnam, what period he served, what ship or ships he was a crew member of, and what medals was he actually entitled to? He stated that he was unable to recall unless he looked through his records, that were in a garage somewhere in Australia. After two further requests, Booth did not give any specific details of his Vietnam service, other than to respond "that there are other ships I served on in the operational area."

The below Vietnam War Service Certificate issued, purportedly by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), indicates that Booth served in Vietnam Waters for 413 days. It lists the following ships that Booth allegedly served on in Vietnam during the qualifying period 1962 to 1973.


1. HMAS Sydney
2. HMAS Parramatta.
3. HMAS Yarra
4. HMAS Hobart
5. CINPAC. (Commander in Chief Pacific)

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The certificate is false. It is a forgery. Only one person could benefit from this forged document. The person who submitted it to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch.

This certificate was with other documentation submitted to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch, by Booth, when Booth applied to transfer his membership from Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, Sydney, in November, 2016.  We know that the information that appears on this certificate is false. His name does not appear on any of the published lists of crew members, for the three, 6 month deployments to Vietnam by Hobart.

We have signed statements from members of the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch and Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, detailing that Booth claims that he was on Hobart when it was damaged by 3 missiles from a U.S.A.F aircraft.

This incident occurred on the 17 June, 1968. Two crew members were killed and others injured. Extensive damage was sustained by Hobart and we can all be thankful that there was no greater loss of life to our young men.

Booth, according to his official Navy Record, was posted on Parramatta at that time, and was nowhere near Vietnam as he has claimed. Parramatta was in Singapore Harbour undergoing lengthy repairs, when Booth deceitfully claims he was part of Hobart's crew.

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Strangely, the only current Vietnam War Service Certificate for Booth on the DVA Website appears below. There is no of ships that Booth served on or dates served.

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details
Name BOOTH, Ian Montgomery
Service Royal Australian Navy
Service Number O2407
Rank Sub-Lieutenant
Honours None for display


Something is amiss.

ANZMI then received another communication from Booth, where he stated that he served on the following ships on operational service in Vietnam.-;

Might I suggest that you check my service in the following ships -

HMAS Sydney 1967, 1968
HMAS Parramatta 1968
HMAS Yarra 1969
USS Brinkley Bass 1970
HMAS Sydney 1970 -1971

He does not mention Hobart on this occasion. He also knows that he has been caught out in regards to serving 181 days on Hobart, when it was stationed on the Gun Line, to qualify for the VM and the VCM. He has now substituted Hobart with the USS Brinkley Bass, a United States Navy Destroyer, that served on and off in Vietnam waters for short periods in 1970. According to our research, Booth was never attached to that ship for any period of time. There are no records of him serving on that ship.

He also claims Vietnam service on HMAS Yarra 1969. Yarra did not have qualifying operational service in Vietnam in 1969. It escorted the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, Vietnam in the last week of February, 1970. (Ships Record of Proceedings)

We know that Booth did not spend 413 days in the qualifying area of Vietnam, as indicated on his false certificate. He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days or more) His Certificate of Vietnam Service, allegedly issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs is a lie, and Booth knows it.

His National Archives Australia Naval records, indicate that he was posted to the Sydney when it travelled to Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, on the 27 December, 1967. The ship arrived at 0700 hours that date and left at 1450hrs. A total of about 8 hours. However, qualifying time is accredited from the time the ship left the last Australian Port of Fremantle until its return to Australia 14 days later. His records disclose that he was also a crew member of Sydney when it sailed to Vietnam in late January, 1968 and spent 7 hours in Vung Tau Harbour on the 3 February, 1968.

Also Booths Naval Record indicates that he was on Parramatta between March and July, 1968. On 9 April, 1968. Parramatta visited Vung Tau Harbour for 9 hours escorting Sydney.

It appears then, that Booth deployed on Sydney in December 1967 and February. 1968, to Vung Tau Harbour and then on Parramatta in April, 1968. That being the case, he is entitled to wear the AASM, and the VLSM for those three trips and accumulated 24 hours in the port of Vung Tau..

He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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The above medal that he wears between the ADM and the VCM is the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Booth has added the "Combat V" clasp to the medal that he wears. The medal is awarded for -;

The (U.S) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps (including foreign military personnel), distinguishes himself/herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. To merit this award, the acts or services must be accomplished or performed in a manner above that normally expected and sufficient to distinguish the individual above those performing similar services as set forth in the following -;

For Meritorious Achievement. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition,

For Meritorious Service. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal or Air Medal when combat is involved or the Meritorious Service Medal or Air Medal when combat is not involved.

For Acts of Heroism. Worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal when combat is involved or the Navy and Marine Corps Medal when combat is not involved.

For Acts of Heroism

Surname: Richardson.
Christian Names: Robert William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Greensborough
Service #: 37874
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry Clerk
Commencement of service: 14 Aug 1961
Completion of service: 19 May 1969
Case Notes:

 

 

"The pen is mightier than the sword" coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, indicating that communication (particularly written language), or in some interpretations, administrative power or advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct violence. Wikipedia.

IS THE PEN MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD?

In the case of Robert William Richardson, could be !!

ANZMI respect the service of all men and women who have served in the New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces. It matters not, what Branch or Units of the Military one served. It does matter though, when imposters embellish their service to gain benefits that would not otherwise have been received, had they not lied or put themselves out there as war heros.

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The above photographs depict former Private Robert William Richardson OAM, leading 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) component of the Melbourne ANZAC day marches. He has led the Unit on Anzac Days since 2000.

The gentleman behind Richardson, (second photograph) and bearing the United States 173rd Airborne Brigade blue and red standard, is a former member of that Brigade. He has specifically requested ANZMI not to delete his face from this exposure. We will not name him here, but he proudly represents the 173rd Airborne Brigade with 1 Battalion RAR on Anzac Day Marches.

Robert William Richardson was born on the 17 February, 1941. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Australian Army. He completed recruit training at Kapooka Army Base, Wagga, New South Wales, (NSW), and was posted to 1 Battalion, (RAR) Holsworthy, NSW. In 1964, Richardson qualified as a Clerk (GD) and was posted into a Clerk’s position in B Company, 1 RAR as a Lance Corporal.

On the 27 May, 1965, Richardson was posted to then Republic of South Vietnam with 1 RAR. His duties were clerical, a sedentary role.

In August 1965, Richardson was demoted to the rank of Private for neglecting orders in regards to local leave. He was then transferred to Battalion Headquarters as a Private. (Clerk) He served in South Vietnam until his return to Australia on the 9 June, 1966. He was never deployed on any operations during his Vietnam tour. He remained on base and performed his allotted clerical duties.

During his time with 1 RAR, Richardson was posted to Battalion Headquarters, Bien Hoa, an American Military Base, 25 kilometres north of Saigon. 1 RAR was the first Australian Army Infantry Battalion to be posted to South Vietnam, and as such Australian logistical support was limited. Therefore, 1 RAR came under operational command of the US Army Commander , 173rd Airborne Brigade.

1 RAR conducted numerous operations within the Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR) and also in the Mekong Delta with the US Brigade. One of the major operations undertaken was Operation Crimp.

Operation CRIMP (8 – 14 Jan 66) (Courtesy 1 RAR Association Website.)

1 RAR, with under command 3 Fd Tp (minus), in direct support 105 Fd Bty. West-central Binh Duong province, 37 km WNW of Bien Hoa air base. A brigade search and destroy operation, 1 RAR being the blocking force for 173d Bde, which was operating in conjunction with 3d Inf Bde (US) both being commanded by HQ lst Inf Div (US). The brigade AO was centered in the general area of the Solirene plantation, nine km WSW of Bien Cat, and the 1 RAR AO of thirteen sq km was central within the brigade AO. Generally flat terrain, with areas of rice, jungle, and rubber plantations. The operation was directed at the destruction of the Saigon- Cholon-Gia Dinh Special Sector Committee, believed to be located in the southern portion of the long-established VC base area, the ‘Ho Bo Woods’; the Committee was protected by up to two VC main force battalions. Deployment by helicopter, directly from Operation 18/65 ‘MARAUDER’ via Bao Trai.
Results: Casualties: own: KIA 8, WIA 29; VC: KIA 27, wounded/escaped 7. Twelve VC suspects detained, and many civilians evacuated. Extensive multi-level tunnel systems were broken into by 1 RAR; these included a headquarters complex, reproduction centres, dispensaries and a hospital. A major arms cache and a rice store (fifteen tonne) were located. The operation was notable for the 7488 documents captured, primarily by I RAR.

The battalion completed its tour of duty and on the 1st June 1966 began the move back to Australia. The cost to the battalion was 23 killed, 114 wounded and 2 bodies not recovered. 1 RAR marched through Sydney on the 8th June 1966 and received a magnificent welcome from the thousands of people lining the streets. The battalion returned to Gallipoli Barracks, Holsworthy. End.

Private Robert Richardson was not deployed on Operation Crimp. He was back at the Bien Hoa base fulfilling his duties as a BHQ Clerk, including the completion of pay records and leave entitlements for the operational troops fighting in the field..

Following Richardson’s uneventful tour of South Vietnam, he remained in the Australian Army until he discharged on the 10 May, 1969. His discharge is recorded as “Retention in the Military Forces not being in the best interest of those forces.” This was due to 9 convictions of false pretences in obtaining goods by a Victorian Court.

Unfortunately, his convictions in the Victorian Court did not stop him from continuing his nefarious ways as a false pretender.

In 1980, the following occurred.

From Signed statements obtained -; .

Melbourne Age newspaper article 5 June 1980.

In June 1980, in response to a story that appeared in the Age newspaper on the 3 June 1980, by a Viet Cong soldier, who claimed that he had fought against 1 RAR during Operation Crimp in 1966, Richardson embellished his war service record through a Vietnam War story, “War’s bitter memories close to home, ” which Richardson gave to the Age newspaper Melbourne. Richardson called the Age newspaper and gave his account of Operation Crimp, and what he had experienced on that Operation.

Richardson informed the Age reporter:
“That this is one operation I will not forget” Richardson said, “ I reckon it was the beginning of all my troubles”.

The trouble with this statement is that Mr Richardson was a Clerk (GD) 40 km away from the location of Operation Crimp and took no part in the Operation Crimp or any other operation in his tour of duty.
Mr Richardson told the “The Age” reporter that he had fought against the former Viet Cong second lieutenant on Operation Crimp. ‘He also stated that he had no resentment towards him’ he said “If anything I suppose I am more bitter towards the Australian Government for the conditions under which we went”.

 

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* Richardson stated his job was to count the casualties of Operation Crimp--- in his own words a “bastard of a job”
* Richardson then ridiculed, insulted and made inflammatory and unsubstantiated comments about the American soldiers. (173rd Airborne Brigade). Richardson made false and misleading claims about the American Pilots stating that they had sprayed him and the rest of 1RAR with Agent Orange whilst he was on Operation Crimp.

* Richardson also stated that all of his battalion were left “non – operational “for several days after they were sprayed.
* Richardson also claimed that he himself was chemically poisoned by being sprayed with Agent Orange, whilst on Operation Crimp.
* Richardson claimed the Battalion had lost two members KIA on Operation Crimp. The truth was 1RAR had lost 8 KIA and 29 WIA.
* Richardson false story has also been reported in USA on a Vietnam Veterans web site (Wounded Times) in April 2014, and was condemned as lies and fraud; this web site gets 1 million hits a month.
* Mr Richardson made up the entire story as he was not on Operation Crimp. His story was total lies and his fraud misled the Australian general public and in particular other Vietnam veterans that had served with 1 RAR in Vietnam on Operation Crimp
. End.

On the 10 June, 2002, Richardson was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for service to the welfare of veterans and their families, and to the community.

Not satisfied with his new found fame as a fully fledged Operational Infantry soldier, in 1 Battalion RAR, South Vietnam, and a recent recipient of the OAM, Richardson then convinced the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Media Unit in 2004, that they should record his “outstanding” feats of military greatness.

The DVA Media Unit then recorded 3 videos with Richardson, where he falsely stated his experiences of “patrolling and fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, and his worst operation of all, being Operation Crimp, and the tunnels of Cu Chi.”

A Senior Melbourne Herald- Sun newspaper Journalist interviewed Richardson about his claims, that he took part in Operation Crimp. Richardson was also asked about the contents of the 3 Vietnam War videos, that he had made for the Australian Vietnam War educational web site.

Richardson conceded that his 1980 Age newspaper claims of storming Viet Cong tunnels in one battle was "faulty", and that he took no part in the operation. He also admitted that his video about Operation Crimp was also not 100% accurate and not true.

The Herald- Sun newspaper articles were published on the 16 March 2014 and again on the 4 April 2014. The headlines were:

(1) “OAM RECIPIENT DODGY BATTLE DOUBT”.
(2) “DODGY DIGGER DITCHES DUTIES”.


After being viewed by about 300,000 people, the 3 videos have now been removed from the DVA Educational web site.

From Signed statements -;

When finally in 2014 Richardson was exposed and cornered as a liar and a fraud, he then told the 1 RAR investigation Officer Brigadier Neil Weeks AM MC 1 RAR Vietnam second tour that he was involved in a Vietnam vehicle accident on the 9th August 1965 and that a Digger 1 RAR (driver) and two 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers were killed in the accident .And like all his other Vietnam War stories this story was again total lies and fraud.

As a result of Richardson’s continuing fraudulent claims of Vietnam service the following has occurred. –

From Signed statements -;

1. His appointment as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Victoria has been revoked,.
2. As a result of the Herald-Sun newspaper stories in March/April 2014, and complaints about Mr Richardson's lies and false Vietnam War stories from 1RAR and 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam veterans 1965/66, the First Battalion Association of the Royal Australian Regiment commenced an investigation into Mr Richardson's Vietnam War service claims. The result was that Mr Richardson was found guilty of:
3. Mr Richardson was not on Operation Crimp and took no part in the Operation.
4. That Mr Richardson was not sprayed by an American C130.
5. That 1RAR was not made non-operational for a number of days.
6. Mr Richardson was admonished for bringing the good name of the 1RAR Association into Disrepute and banned from any position of responsibility for two years; the real effect is for life.
7. That Mr Richardson was found guilty of loose wording during interviews and bravado.
8. It was found that Mr Richardson claims that he identified the killed and wounded of 1 RAR on Operation Crimp, was false and totally untrue.
9. Mr Richardson claims about the 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate) were blatantly wrong, and there was no truth in his claims regarding the American soldiers waiting for 1RAR clearing the area before they would go through.
10. Mr Richardson claimed that 1 RAR lost 2 killed in the Age newspaper story was not true .In the DVA Vietnam War video about Operation Crimp, Mr Richardson claimed 1RAR lost 5 killed .The actual amount 1RAR lost was 8 killed and 29 wounded on Operation Crimp.

Representations have also been made by members of 1 RAR to the office of the Governor General, to have Richardson’s award of the OAM revoked.

Richardson is a Grandstander without credibility.. He has let down his former mates in 1 RAR, members of US 173rd Airborne Brigade and his family. His role as a clerk, with all the comforts of a Base Camp, is far removed from his claims of fighting the Vietcong in the jungles of Vietnam.

He has received unearned respect, recognition and benefits from his deceit. He is an imposter, who should return his OAM as a moral gesture. He has absolutely no credibility for this prestigious award..

Richardson's false claims of combat service are not dissimilar to Anthony (Tony) John Flaherty, a former Catering Corps Cook in South Vietnam, 8 Battalion RAR, who also appears on this site for his own claims of combat "derring do!".

See link. flaherty

The Department of Veterans Affairs, (DVA) Investigation Section has also been notified regarding Richardson's false claims of combat service.

Surname: Pool
Christian Names: Peter James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New south Wales
City or Town: Bundeena
Service #: 2244138
Service: (ARes) Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 23 July 1966
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

Peter James Pool was born on the 15 December, 1947. He enlisted in 1 Commando Company in the part time Australian Army Reserves (Ares) on the 23 July, 1966. Records indicate that he was with 1 Commando Company until 23 December, 1968. He later transferred over to full time Reserves, Australia Regular Army. (ARA)

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As a Private soldier, Peter James Pool was subsequently posted to the Australian Army ship, the “John Monash”. The John Monash was a 1400 ton Cargo ship. Photograph below -;

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Service history

John Monash was built for the Associated Steamships Co. and was completed in 1955. She was purchased by the Australian Army in 1965 to provide a means of transporting cargo which was unsuitable for the Army's four Landing Ship Medium and was assigned to the 32nd Small Ship Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. She was also used as a training ship and to supply Army units deployed in South Vietnam. In the later role she completed eleven voyages to South Vietnam between 1965 and 1972.The ship was sold in 1975 to a foreign company
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Source Wikepedia.

Between the 25 October, 1969 and the 7 December, 1969, John Monash sailed from Australia to South Vietnam with vital cargo for the Australian war effort. According to the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Peter Pool was a member of the crew. The ship returned to Australia on the 7 December, 1969, 44 days later..

In the recent photograph above, Peter James Pool is wearing the following medals.
1. Australian Active Service medal. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (28 days or more Vietnam waters) Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Purchased. Not entitled.
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM (181 days in Vietnam) Purchased. Not entitled.


Usually, the ship on arrival in South Vietnam, unloaded stores within a day or two, and then returned directly to Australia. It was called the “Shuttle Run” by those associated with her.

Operational service for all crew members on these voyages is calculated from the time the ship departed the last Australian port, until it returned to the next Australian port.

In the case of Peter Pool, 44 days.

Below is a copy of his Vietnam War Service from the Vietnam Nominal Roll -;

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details

Name POOL, Peter James
Service Australian Army
Service Number 2244138
Date of Birth 15 Dec 1947
Place of Birth SYDNEY NSW AUSTRALIA
Rank Private
National Service No
Corps Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Honours None for display
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Unit History
Unit Name Start Date End Date
32 Small Ship Squadron (AS 3051 John Monash) 25 Oct 1969 07 Dec 1969 44 DAYS


Peter Pool is not entitled to wear the following medals. He has not been officially awarded them. He has purchased them, paid to have them court mounted, and added them to his genuine 3 medals illegally.

1. Anniversary of National Service Medal.

 

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The Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal is a commemorative medal awarded to Australians for their service in post-war national service schemes. Wikipedia.

Pool was not an Australian National Serviceman.

2. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury) and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped. Wikipedia.

Pool did not service in the qualifying area for the required 181 days.

ANZMI sent Peter Pool an email to his current email address, and invited him to respond to the fact that he wears the two un-awarded military medals.

He failed to respond.

Peter James Pool is a Medal cheat and an imposter. He has no right to wear them.

Pool is a Director and owner of Australian Specialised Defence Equipment (ASDE), Sydney. This Company has provided equipment, under contract, to the Australian Defence Force. Pool should have more sense than to wear medals that he has not earned.  

He should remove the un-awarded medals immediately, and apologise to the President, Committee, and all his fellow members at the Bundeena RSL Sub Branch in Sydney, for his lack of respect for the Australian Honours System and Defence Force protocols..

Surname: Kelly
Christian Names: Adrian John
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South wales
City or Town: Mulwala
Service #: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Approx 2000
Completion of service: Approx 2000
Case Notes:

 

 

Adrian J. Kelly from Inglis Street, Mulwala, NSW, is right up there with other alleged famous war hero’s, that are named on this website. He falsely claims being a "Sniper" with the Australian Army Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, with great stories of “daring do” , including being "stabbed and shot". He also informed others that he had his back broken in an explosion in Afghanistan, that required immediate casualty evacuation and return to Australia.

Kelly is a convincing liar and a “Love Rat”. He is a real "rotter".

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Kelly was born on the 4 September, 1983. He now works as an Arborist and resides in Mulwala, a small NSW country town on the Murray River, near the Victorian Border. He is also a part time model.

Kelly enlisted in the Australian Army about 2000. Unfortunately for Kelly, things did not go as planned, and he was discharged from the Army a few months later.

That was it!! All over red rover!!

We do not know what Kelly did then. We have "assumed" that he learned how to lop trees and smile for the camera, for his future modelling career.

We do know however, that he did not go to Iraq or Afghanistan in the SASR and fight the Taliban or anyone else.

In the past few years Kelly was fortunate enough to meet a vibrant young lady who was impressed with his stories of being a fully qualified “sniper” of the Australian SASR who fought the Taliban in Afghanistan. He informed her that he was deployed to Afghanistan twice, Iraq twice and East Timor once.

The below recent photograph is Kelly taken with his former partner, whose portrait has been deleted. This very respectable young lady has gone public on A Current Affair, so ANZMI are not disclosing anything that is not already out there in the public arena.

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He boasted of his medals and citations.

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In the above photograph, Kelly falsely pretends that he is entitled to the medals displayed. The photograph depicts the medals from a reverse angle, but they are as follows from left to right.

1. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Non-Article 5 Medal for the Balkans. NOT ENTITLED.

This is an unusual choice of medal for Kelly to have purchased.

ANZMI believe that he mistook it for the NATO - ICAT medal, (International Coalition Against Terrorism) or the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) shown below, which is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who meet the criteria for that award.

 

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2. Australian Defence Force Medal. NOT ENTITLED.

3. Australian Service Medal. No Clasp. NOT ENTITLED.

4. Afghanistan Medal. NOT ENTITLED.

5. Australian Active Service Medal. No Clasp. NOT ENTITLED.

6. Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee medal. NOT ENTITLED.

He also claims personal and unit citations for bravery.

Kelly recently told his former partner, and others, that when he was in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, he was in a desert for five days without food or water and that he had no contact with his unit. He stated that "he found a camel carcass and slept in it". At ANZMI, we believe, that he should have added a "bathroom", stayed there, and saved everyone a lot of trouble!!

He also told members of the local RSL Sub Branch, where he tried to ingratiate himself, that he was a former SASR sniper who was wounded whilst fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

ANZMI is also aware that he told numerous false heroic stories to other people, who believed his preposterous lies.

Kelly is a “Love Rat:” who preys on respectable ladies to gain favour. He is a low life and someone to be avoided. We are happy to give him some more publicity here, for his future modelling career and employment prospects.

This website has exposed other love rat frauds like Kelly.

Peter Kevin Jenkins, John Smets, and a few others, who are listed on this site, have similar modus operandi.

Kelly is a violent individual and according to her interview on A Current Affair, his then partner was assaulted by him for questioning his alleged Afghanistan military service.

Thanks to Channel 9, A Current Affair, for bringing Kelly to the attention of the public, ANZMI, and in particular, the veteran community. As veterans who have served in the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, ANZMI appreciate your support to the values that we try to uphold.

Below is a photograph of Kelly with a Channel 9 Journalist, (portrait deleted), who was attempting to get answers from him for his lies and deceit.

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Adrian J. Kelly will remain on this site for a long time to come. Ladies and RSL Sub Branches, beware !!

Surname: Russo
Christian Names: Ross James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Clifton Beach
Service #: 8088419
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Jul 07
Completion of service: Feb 09
Case Notes:

ACTUAL SERVICE.

Service No. 8088419.

Service: Trainee Rifleman Australian Army Reserves.

Branch. Infantry.

Commencement of Service. July, 2007.

Completion of Service. February, 2009.

Ross James Russo, born 30 November, 1967, of Clifton Beach, North Queensland, is a Medal Cheat, and a Valour Thief. His claims include suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to his Special Operational Service in Iraq as an Engineer in the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN). He blames the PTSD disability for his irrational behaviour. However, his name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Iraq Nominal Roll.

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The above photograph depicts Russo in a Queensland Corrective Services uniform. This photograph appeared in the Queensland Government Newsletter and was titled “Corrections News.” July, 2009 Issue. He graduated as a Recruit Corrective Services Officer on 8 May, 2009.

In the photograph he is wearing on his uniform,

 

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1. The Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Active Service Medal/ribbon is an Australian Military Decoration. It was authorised 13 September 1988 to recognise prescribed service in warlike operations. It is awarded with a clasp to denote the prescribed operation and subsequent awards of the medal are made in the form of additional clasps. Wikepedia.

2. Australian Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Service Medal/ribbon was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.

3. Defence Force Long Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Defence Force Long Service Medal/ribbon may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying remunerated service in the Australian Defence Force. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.

Strangely, if the medal/ribbons were officially awarded, he would also be wearing the Iraq Campaign Medal/ribbon. Maybe it got lost in the post!

Unfortunately for Mr Russo, his Australian Defence Force Service, as depicted by the ribbons worn on his Corrective Services shirt is a lie. He has not been awarded any of the medals/ribbons he wears. He has purchased them and placed them on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform to big note himself.

Russo was a member of the part time Australian Army Reserves for a short time. He enlisted as a Recruit in July, 2007. He completed basic training, was engaged as a Trainee Rifleman, and resigned in February, 2009, a period of 20 months.

That was about the end of his illustrious military career. He was never a member of the permanent Australian Regular Army, let alone serve as a Special Forces member as an Engineer in the Australian Army. His short 20 months enlistment period would not permit the issue of the Australian Defence Medal to him for his service, unless he was medically discharged.   However, we believe that he resigned.   He was a Trainee Rifleman when he resigned.

 

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The above photograph is Russo carrying out his Australian Army Reserve Training.

Russo claims to others that he was a Military Police Officer in the Australian Army for 8 years. That statement is a lie.
He also claims that he was a member of 3 Battalion - Royal Australian Regiment.. That statement is also a lie.
His Linkedin page, now deleted, stated that he had 25 years experience “Special Operations” in Defence and the Queensland Police.

You guessed it! That is also a lie.

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Further inquiries of Russo regarding his wearing of unearned and un-awarded medal/ribbons, resulted in him stating that he was also in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and served in Iraq in a Naval “Marine Technical” role.. He stated that he served in the RAN from 1988 to 1994.(6 years) He quoted his Navy Service number as S143973. By his own admission (6 years service), he is not entitled to the Defence Force Long Service medal/ribbon for 15 years military service.

ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact, that state Russo has made the following claims about his military service in the Australian Defence Force, and the Queensland Police Force. These claims were made by Russo at meetings, and in conversations to others at the Mareeba Hospital Queensland, where he has been employed as an Operations Services Supervisor for about six years.

Witness 1. Russo stated,

1. That he was in the Australian Army for 3 years and had served in Afghanistan.
2. That he was in the Queensland Police Force for 17 years.

Witness 2. Russo stated,

3. That he was in the Army and served in Afghanistan and then he joined the Police Force.
4. That he injured his knees while parachuting out of planes in Afghanistan

Witness 3. Russo stated,

5. That he served in the Australian Regular Army as an MP (Military Police Officer) for 8 years, and also served in 3 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), Infantry, for 3 years.

Russo was contacted and was given an opportunity to respond to the allegations of false military service claims. His response is below. He stated that this is his service record.

1988 – 1994 – Royal Australian Navy S143973 – Marine Technical
1994 - 2000 – Queensland Corrective Services – Custodial Correctional Officer
2000 – 2009 – Queensland Police Service – Operational Officer
2009 – Current – Queensland Health"


Russo appears to have his dates confused. The Corrective Services photograph of him taken at his graduation in May, 2009, is inconsistent with his claims of being a Queensland Police Officer from 2000 to 2009, when he then joined Queensland Health. Also it is odd, that he does not mention Australian Regular Army or Reserve Force Service, that would cover his alleged time in Afghanistan.

He also appears confused with his above LinkedIn entry where he claims Special Operations with Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police Service.

Queensland Police Service

1984 - 2009 – (25 years.)

Russo has also stated to others that he served in the Royal Australian Navy in Iraq in a Special Forces role. That is also not true.

He was requested to provide a copy of his Discharge Certificate or Certificate of Service that would prove that he was a returned Iraq or Afghanistan serviceman. He declined and then abused ANZMI in a series of objectionable emails.

Russo is a person who just tells lies when it suits him. He has no credibility. He was never a full time member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not serve in Iraq, or Afghanistan, on operational service in either capacity as an Engineer or anything else. His 20 months part time Reserve Force service as a Trainee Rifleman, was carried out in Australia. He was never qualified to the rank of Private Rifleman.

His current employers at Queensland Health should check Russo's resume and verify a few of his claimed prior qualifications, also his Defence and Police Service claims for his current role. They may get a surprise!

Russo has insulted genuine returned veterans from the Iraq War and Afghanistan War, by stealing their valour. He has also treated his former Corrective Services colleagues with contempt by wearing un-awarded medal/ribbons in their graduation class photograph in May, 2009, when he had no legal right to wear them.

Russo needs to make a public apology to not only his former Corrective Service colleagues, but also the veteran community in general.

Since Russo became aware that ANZMI was inquiring into his alleged military background, he has been a regular contributor of vitriolic comments about ANZMI , and its alleged members to a Face Book page, that defends shameless military valour thieves and medal cheats like Russo, and who are also named on this site.

Russo has also committed offences under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B in respect to falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman and wearing military service decorations that he is not entitled to wear.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

80A Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

80B Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Russo is walking a fine line. It may well be that he could end up in the same Queensland prison as before, but in a different role from his Corrective Services held position in 2009.

We will be reporting Mr Russo to the appropriate authorities.

Surname: Urban
Christian Names: Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Darling Range
Service #: Unknown
Service: British Army
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 1985
Completion of service: 1989
Case Notes:

PREFACE:

ANZMI are an impartial group of former Australian and New Zealand Military Veterans. ANZMI is not aligned with any political party in Australia or New Zealand. Our role in the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Communities is to protect the honour of all those men and women, who are currently serving in those Defence Forces, or who have served and or died on War Like, Non War Like, Peacekeeping, or Peacetime deployments.

Our objective is to target and expose those, who claim that they have done the hard yards, and/or boast of non- existent operational service, or wear Australian and New Zealand medals and other accoutrements that have not been awarded to them.

This site lists a multitude of Imposters, including Valour Thieves, Medal Cheats and Wannabees, who, for their own personal glory and benefit, have illegally boasted of operational service, that they have not performed, or worn medals illegally. Both these types of deceitful imposters commit offences against the Australian Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.

In New Zealand, the illegal actions of military imposters are covered under of the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 Section 4A.

Those who wear unearned medals, purchase them from Medal Dealer’s shops, or online.

Their behaviour is unacceptable to all genuine veterans.
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The below photograph depicts Mr Barry Urban. MLA. Barry Urban was born on the 10 December, 1968 in Ashlington. Northumberland, England. He is the current sitting member for the State electorate for Darling Range, Western Australia, near Perth.. He is now an Independent, following his resignation from the Australian Labor Party, following serious questions regarding his integrity and credibility.

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In the above photographs, Urban is wearing -;
1. The Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM) No clasp.
2. The United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal.(UNFICYP)


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The Police Overseas Service Medal is an award in the Australian honours system. The award is presented to those members of an Australian Police force who undertake service;
• with international peace-keeping organisations, or
• Following a request from another government for assistance.
The award was introduced by letters patent on 25 April 1991.
It comes with a clasp denoting the area of assigned UN deployment.

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The above medal is the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal. (UNFICYP)
It is awarded: for 3 months' service with the Mission, keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Civilian Police or members of any Nation’s Defence Forces, who serve in Cyprus for the qualifying period, are eligible to apply for this medal.

Barry Urban’s life is described below in a Biography that appeared on Face book.

On leaving school, he joined the British Army about 1984, discharged, and then joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary, England.
Biography Face book Barry Urban.
Biography
About Barry Urban

Barry was born in a mining village in the North East of England called Ashington in Northumberland. His mother was a nursing assistant and father was a coal miner until the colliery closed and he made a living selling rose bushes; a casualty of the miners' dispute in the mid 1980s.

His childhood was like that of most children from the area: hard and eventful. After leaving school at the age of 16, Barry joined the British Army. He has obtained a number of qualifications, and spent a large portion of his career on exercises and military operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Namibia, attaining military medals and a citation.

In late 1989 Barry joined the UK police in Hertfordshire after a brief tour in the Ascension Islands. Throughout his police career he spent a number of years on front line duties, Police Tactical firearms and finally as a detective on the Regional Crime Squad.

During his career in the police force Barry obtained a Bachelor Degree and a Post Graduate Degree in police studies.
After returning from duties in Bosnia carrying out war crime investigations, he retired from the UK Police Force and was awarded a police medal and another citation.

After a period of almost 12 months travelling the world Barry found himself in Rockingham, Western Australia, and decided to apply for immigration and was granted a visa and later citizenship.

His first five years in Australia were spent working in the construction industry as a production manager, projects manager then area manager in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

Barry returned to the police force in 2005 and was involved in a number of major initiatives in the South East Metro District and front line policing.

In 2011 he decided to run for Local Government and was elected into the Serpentine Jarrahdale Council. His involvement has been great and vast with involvement in the State Graffiti task force, the State Trails Reference Group, Peel Tourism, National Trust and a number of other community groups.

Barry's time serving on the council verified the lack of support for the South East corridor and the Darling Range area. The frustration over this issue was felt both at home and within the community groups he is involved with, which prompted Barry to run for the seat of Darling Range in the State election and finally give the families living in the area the support they need.
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The above profile has since been removed from his Face book page.

Below is a copy of his LinkedIn profile and also through his maiden speech to the WA Parliament in 2017. -;


Lance Bombadier
Wingate Troop
3RHA J(Sidi Rezegh) Battery
June 1985 - December 1989
Served in Paderborn, Germany
Cyprus
Northern Ireland


Initially, Barry Urban’s life started to unravel following his election to the Western Australian Parliament in March, 2017, as the member for Darling Range. His photograph appeared in a number of published media articles wearing the Australian POSM and the UNFICYP medals.

Obviously, something did not seem right with some former colleagues, who knew that Urban had not served overseas, as a Western Australia Police Officer to Cyprus, in an Australian United Nations contingent, during his 6 years service. It was also obvious that he was not entitled to wear the Australian Police Overseas Service Medal. (POSM), that he had been observed wearing for many years. It could not have been awarded to him as he was not entitled.

On the 18 November, 2017, the following front page article appeared in the “West Australian” News Paper.

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Following the publishing of this article, ANZMI were inundated with emails from concerned former Police, and Military personnel, and also members of the public.

Concerns were expressed regarding Urban’s non credible and conflicting excuses, regarding how he came into possession of the POSM.

He initially claimed that the POSM was a legitimate International Police Award for his British Police service in Bosnia.

That is a lie. It is an Australian award.

He further claimed that the British and Australian Overseas Police Service Medals were exactly the same. That is also a lie.

He stated that he must have been sent the wrong one by the British Police 17 years ago. That is also a lie The British Police/Government does not issue Australian Federal Awards.

In the article, he is quoted as stating, “I will be honest with you, the medal I have is totally different to the one I should have. This was sent to me in 2000, and I have been wearing it ever since. I have written to the UK Police to find out what has gone on”. That statement is also a lie.

The medal that Urban is referring to is the “Commemorative International Police Medal” You can purchase it on line for about UK20 pounds sterling.. ANZMI refer to them as “Tin medals” They are trinkets. If you have to buy a medal, you did not earn it. Simple as that.

Below is the ribbon for the International Police Medal. It is not exactly the same as the POSM as claimed by Urban. In fact, it is nothing like it.

 

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Strangely, a former Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Major, and now Western Australia Labor Party politician and Housing Minister, Mr Peter Tinley, has been quoted below -;

Housing Minister Peter Tinley — a former Special Air Service Regiment commander — defended Mr. Urban yesterday.
“Let’s be really clear about this, his service is not in question — his administration is,” Mr. Tinley said. “He served in Cyprus, he’s served in Bosnia and he’s given great service. He’s just unfortunately got his administration wrong and applied for or obtained the wrong medal.”

By his own admission, Urban has been wearing this medal fraudulently for 17 years. That is not "wrong administration", Mr Tinley; it is deceitful behaviour over a very long period, by someone who should know a lot better.. It is contemptible to genuine Police and Military personnel who have served in Operational theatres of conflict. You should agree with that.

Urban has subsequently admitted that he purchased the POSM from a Medal dealer in Western Australia.

Since Urban was detected deceitfully wearing the Federal Award, he has taken time off his parliamentary duties on stress leave. He has since stated that he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He stated in the W.A Parliament on the 30 November, 2017, about his fraudulent wearing of the POSM -; (Source ABC News)

On the admission he had falsely represented a medal as an official award from British authorities, when he had actually purchased it online,
Mr Urban insisted he was under the "genuine but mistaken" belief that it was the correct medal.
"I am embarrassed by my error and for the hurt I may have caused by my actions," he said.


If you believe that statement, you might also believe in Santa !!!

Urban continues the façade. His claims are totally inconsistent with reality, and are not believable. Just ask his alleged Medal dealer!

He claims British Army military service in Cyprus with the United Nations, as a Lance Bombadier, Artillery. - You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that.

He would know that!

He also claims British Police overseas service in Bosnia-Herzgovina investigating war crimes. – You do not get awarded an Australian Police Overseas Service Medal for that either.

He would know that as well!

Investigations are continuing by an appointed W.A. Parliamentary Committee, regarding his claims of University degrees, allegedly awarded to him in the United Kingdom, and other matters.

He has already admitted to the W.A Parliament that he was not awarded a Diploma that he had previously claimed. Two Universities in the U.K., where Urban claims to have been awarded degrees, have never heard of him.

Also his alleged military service in Cyprus and entitlement to the UNFICYP, and police service in Bosnia-Herzegovina needs to be thoroughly investigated..

He could save a lot of people a lot of trouble, by just proving his claims, and telling the truth about his Army and Police overseas service. If his memory is as bad as what it seems, he could simply order of a copy of his records from the U.K. and produce them.

In fairness, we sent Urban an email inviting him to provide details of his claimed Cyprus service, and evidence that he was entitled to wear the POSM and the UNFICYP. He has not responded.

In the meantime, Urban continues on as the State Member for Darling Range, Western Australia. He has since resigned from the Australian Labor Party, and is now an Independent for that electorate.

He is a false pretender and he should resign.

An update will be provided in the near future regarding Mr. Barry Urban. MLA.

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