Surname: Wright
Christian Names: Barry Owen
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Burnie
Service: Army
Branch: Education Corps
Case Notes:



Dr. Barry Owen Wright first came to our attention in late December 2003 but it took until April 2005 to actually find him and ask some questions, initially we were only determined to deny his claims to the US Air Medal, Infantry Combat Badge and pilots wings. He could not, or would not, adequately or truthfully answer questions posed by us in a letter and e-mails.

He would have been actually better off by admitting he'd been caught out and apologising to the relevant people when we first contacted him because his responses caused us to dig even further into his Military career.

Many times we thought we were ready to publish our findings but as word of our investigations got out, more and more damning evidence was uncovered. This prompted further research into previously unthought-of records and we discovered that this individual did a lot more than spin some yarns at the club bar and pin on a few un-entitled medals and badges.

You will be astounded by what we found.

During our communications with Dr. Barry Wright, he stated.
"I am a Vietnam Veteran who served his country with honour.  I am a retired Officer of both the ARAand the ARES which I served with honour and distinction" 

"I have always said I have had two tours - what I said is that I have had two tours in SE Asia both of which were on active service, one in the RANand one in the Army."
"I am a Veteran with honourable Naval service.  Serving in the FESR"

Comments from former Army Officers who knew Barry Wright.

"Wright was a knownliar, everywhere"
"He was a lazy incompetent"
"He is a pathological liar" 
"Barry Wright over many years had told so many lies and fabricated so many stories that he would have no idea what is truth and what is fantasy"
We asked yet another former Army Officer to comment on Dr. Barry Wright's lies and deceit.  He wrote;
"The tragedy is, that he was not stopped earlier in his miserable life"
Three more comments for good measure.
"he was raving about how he went back to the NAM (post 1971) and was doing something in helicopters down in the Delta  and I thought in your dreams mate"..............
"When he was here (Kuranda) he ran a "scam" for people to acquire PhDs from a university in Kentucky. All of the people he signed up passed the course and were given PhDs"
"Iunderstand that he is currently (December 05) playing the invalid with some malady related to his time as a world class gymnast"
Perhaps the attitudes of Wright's superior officers toward him may be reflected in the date this  teacher  was posted to Vietnam, 24 December 70, and the method of his transport back to Australia to attend to urgent domestic matters.
He was sent home on a ship, a nine day voyage with two or three more days to get from Townsville to Sydney instead of a twelve hour Saigon-Sydney flight.  Apparently Barry didn't hold much sway within the officer ranks even then; a Private Soldier would have been afforded much better treatment  under the same circumstances.
Barry Wright wrote; "You were supplied with a photo of me in the presence of the G-G wearing what I claim and believe are my proper entitlements.  At no time have I undertaken to falsely present or wear decorations that I have no entitlement to"  (here's the photo)

We apologise to His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC, (Ret), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, for masking his face but we felt it inappropriate to reproduce full photos of himin the company of thelikes of Barry Wright.

"At no time have I undertaken to falsely present or wear decorations that I have no entitlement to"  In this photoWright is wearingminiatures of the Australian Active Service Medal, the Vietnam Medal, the Australian Service Medal, the Defence Force Service Medal, the National Medal, theUS Air Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal.
He is not entitled to the last two and his records indicate he had no Navy operational service so should not be recognised for the Australian Service Medal.  
Wright has also been seen to illegally wear the Infantry Combat Badge and pilot's wings while in Kuranda, North Queensland.
These wereand are his post nominals.  Only the AM is in question here, for now.

1988.  AM,  BA(Hons),  GradDipAbSt, MScSoc, PhD, TC, FRAI, AAIM. (AMis "Member of the Order of Australia")

June 2005.  BA(Hons), T Cert, MSc Soc, GradDipAbSt,PhD, DSc, Cert WTA, FRAI. What happened to the AM?There are 5 university degrees listed here in bold font but he recently claimed to have 7.We have confirmed all but the DSC, Doctor of Science.

What we present in this exposure is in the face of threatened formal legal action brought by Dr. Barry Wright. He has termed this action, "criminal proceedings"and will have us charged under the "Apprehended Violence provisions of the Crimes Act"for electronic stalking, harassment, threat and intimidation. Once the appropriate authorities are alerted to the actions of this disgraceful person, it will be him in the defendant's seat, not us.

Read more of this Army Education Corps Officer who, during his three tours in Vietnam, worked for the CIA, ASIS, flew helicopters in combat, commanded an Infantry company, was decorated for bravery when wounded in action and still has shrapnel in his body after all these years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Oh, he was a medical doctor, a Government employed assassin and an Olympic gymnast too.
Remember"Pilot" "Doctor" "Assassin", his reasons for these claims may be explained at the end of the main story. 
ARMY. Service number 216720
"I served with honour and distinction"
Distinction?   Hardly, his service was much less than distinctive, it was even less than ordinary, he is only remembered for his laziness, incompetence, and his lying ways.  
Dr. Barry Wright's biography as presented in this bookthat he claims to have co-authored, not co-edited.
"WAR Australia & Vietnam Edited by Kenneth Maddock and Barry Wright" (1987)ISBN: 0-06-312099-2

"Barry Wright is a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Applied Social Sciences at Nepean College of Advanced Education, Sydney. Prior to starting a new career in academia in 1974 he served in both the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Regular Army as an Officer. He saw service in various areas of South-east Asia, Papua New Guinea and as a Captain in South Vietnam.  On retiring from the regular Army in 1974 he continued to serve as an Infantry Major in the Army Reserve until 1982"

This bio plays games with the English language; we'll discuss this belowin detail.
Senior Lecturer.
This Nepean College is part of the University of Western Sydney. Wright had told people he was an Emeritus Professor at the University, which he was not; also that he has a doctorate in Applied Psychology.
He told us that our question to him on being a Doctor of Applied Psychology was not valid because there is no such degree.Fair enough, we can only work with information supplied but he didn't address our question on his Emeritus Professor claim, he totally ignored itand didn't bother to broach the subject of his DSc, our information wasn't far out.
Wright seems to have done quite a lot of academic work while allegedly being in receipt of a DVA compensation payment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  He did some off campus work for the University in 2001 and was an academic at the Nepean Collegefor a number of years prior to 1988.
We were told that he left the college in 1988 due to medical problems arising from injuries received during the Vietnam War

">>>he served in both the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Regular Army as an Officer. He saw service in various areas of South-east Asia, Papua New Guinea and as a Captain in South Vietnam"

He was not an Officer in the Navy; this is one of his many tales about histime in the Defence Forces.

Yes, he was an Army Captain in South Vietnam with the Education Corps.Any young Soldiers wishing to discuss further education after their return to Australia could find Capt. Wright in his air-conditioned library.

Service in various areas of SE Asia.   
Saigon and Vung Tau do not constitute "various areas of SE Asia"

He was attached to the logistic support group in Vung Tau, Vietnam, for 5 1/2 months with the Army and that's all. See more in the Navy section on this.

Papua New Guinea.

His records show that he was going to be posted there in 1973 buthe developed a skin condition which prevented his deployment to tropical areas.  There is no other reference to this country; apparently he never went near New Guinea during his Army or Navy service.

">>>On retiring from the regular Army in 1974 he continued to serve as an Infantry Major in the Army Reserve until 1982"

He did not "continue to serve as an Infantry Major" 
This could imply that he was in the Infantry and a Major prior to leaving the Regular Army. He was an Education Corps and a Survey Regiment Captain, he didn't retire either.
This is how that "On retiring" sentence should have been written. "On being placed in a situation where he had to show reason why he shouldn't tender his resignation from his Captain's commission in the Regular Army, he had no defence and resigned, promptly joining the Army Reserve"

In an official letter from 2 Field Survey Squadron dated 4/12/1973 and headed, "Resignation of Commission, 216720 Captain B. Wright - RA Survey", Major E. J. Laker wrote;

1...Attached herewith find resignation submitted by the above officer on 3 Dec '73.
2...The above officer was transferred from Army Education to RA Survey in Jan 1973.  It was originally intended that Captain Wright would, at an early date attend an overseas course in photogrammetry.   Shortly after his posting to AHQ Survey Regiment it became apparent his mathematical background was not of high enough standard for him to undertake the type of course planned.
3...To provide some training in Survey techniques he was detached to 4 Field Squadron(Adelaide) with the
intention that he should be taken on field operations in New Guinea.   Prior to movement to the field he developed a skin condition which precluded his employment in tropical areas.   He then requested a posting to 2 Fd Svy Sqn (Sydney) in consideration of [information deleted] his wife.   He joined 2 Fd Svy Sqn in September 1973 where he has been employed as unit Administration officer.
4...Capt Wright has a University degree (BA(Sc)) and has teacher training at Sydney Teachers College. In view of his qualifications he wishes to follow his profession as a teacher and so should this request be successful he would wish that his resignation become effective before the commencement of the 1974 Academic year.
5...Your action is requested please.  (END)

BA.(Sc). Bachelor of Applied Science. Doubts have been expressed as to the validity of this degree. His BA Honours wasgained from Macquarie University in 1975 as a result of his thesis on the geography of diphtheria in New South Wales.

On reading Major Laker's letter and noting other information supplied, we gathered that Wright didn't "retire" from the Regular Army, he was askedor told to resign due to his inability to cope with coursesin his new posting to RA Survey Regiment.

1987 biographyagain.

">>>On retiring from the regular Army in 1974 he continued to serve as an Infantry Major in the Army Reserve until 1982"

June 2005, in a letter to CPMH. "I served in the Royal Australian Infantry from 1976 till I resigned in 1985"  Yes, a Temporary Major with the Army Reserve, not the Regular Army. Why do the years vary? 1974 or '76 to 1982 or '85.

It's very difficult to understand what is, and what isn't the truth about this man. Records tell us that he went directly from the Regular Army to the Reserves in January 1974, but he now tells us he joined in 1976. We don't know exactly when he resigned, or whatever, but it wasn't as late as 1985.   Perhaps Dr. Wright could confirm or deny this information we received as to this Reserve service. His service wasn't continuous, there was a break of nearly two years during the period and he was discharged sometime in 1983 as a Temporary Major. 


There are four awards that he falsely lays claim to. The first has two divisions which could be either military or civil. They are, Member of the Order of Australia (AM),  the US Air Medal, the Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and the Vietnamese Civil "Affairs" Medal.
From the Nepean College of Advanced Education.

"I have checked the Nepean 1988 Calendar and Barry's qualifications, which would have been verified by Human Resources, are listed as follows:
AM, BA(Hons) (Macq),  GradDipAbSt(SACAE), MScSoc(NSW), PhD(NSW), TC(STC), FRAI, AAIM"

AM. "Member of the Order of Australia" Not to be confused with the lesser OAM. It's not known exactly when he began this deception and to use the post nominal AM when not entitled is a serious offence.
From a Section within the Prime Minister's Department;
"We have no record on our internal Australian Honours List database of a Barry Wright regarding the award of the Order of Australia"

One report from Queensland stated that Wright had retired from the ArmyReserve as a Major and had been seen on Anzac Days wearing what seemed to be inappropriate decorations and awards for a person who served only one short tour with HQ Australian Forces Vietnam.  These were the Infantry Combat Badge(ICB), pilot's wings and the US Air Medal. See more on this under "Claims".  

Vietnamese Campaign Medal.

Dr. Wright wrote,   "You question my right of entitlement of the South Vietnamese Medal.  I enclose a copy of my AB83 page that states I am awarded the above medal and I received the above medal from the issuing authority with my Regimental number and name engraved on it.  I have always been of the opinion that I am entitled to wear this medal.  In your letter you raise the issue of me having no such entitlement.  If that is so I am and have been unaware of that.  I will contact Army records to ascertain if I am entitled to the medal"

This page bears no Routine Order numbers, dates,rank of the officer  who signed it and no unit noted. We sincerely doubt the authenticity of this document.

Yes, Dr Wright, you should contact Army records because this document above has nothing to do with the award of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. If this is a true page from your AAB83, it shows that you were approved to wear the "Ribbon of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal subject to verification by CARO". Army and other Defence Forces personnel who had actually spent enough time in Vietnam to be entitled to the award required this notation in their AAB83s to lawfully wear the "Ribbon" on their ribbon bar when returning to Australia.

His B103, a record of service prior to 1974, does not note the Vietnamese Campaign Medal. It only shows the award of the Vietnam Medal which merely says that the man was posted to a unit on active service in Vietnam for one day or longer. Surely his full medal entitlement would have been recorded and issued before he left the Army in January 1974, we believe it was.

If Wright produces anything that says he is entitled to this award, then there is something drastically wrong, there is absolutely nothing of a legitimate nature that he could provide to show any entitlement.  

His Special Service, Vietnam Southern Zone, is shown in records as 24 December 1970 to 1 June 1971 and this is regarded as his "Operational Service". These dates include the day his plane landed in Saigon and the day he disembarked from a ship back in Australia.  

A total of 181 days of recognised operational service was required for the awarding of the Vietnamese Campaign Medal and his total of 159 days including travel time didn't allow for this award to be made.  

We know of people who were refused the medal because they were just a few days short of the minimum days required, let alone three weeks.  Wright spent 149 days on Vietnamese soil.

Due to the Privacy Act 1988 we can't access entitlement to any awards made after 1973 so here's the email address for you to do it Dr. Wright, kindly pass us the reply.   Please provide detailed information such as the name of the Officer whose signature appears above, his rank and unit. The dates that the stamps were applied would also be required along with all information you provided to CARO when requesting the award.  dpe.honoursandawards@defence.gov.au

US Air Medal.

Barry Wright, correspondence received 26 & 29 July '05.

"The central issue seems to be my being awarded the US "Air Medal".  As I have told you I have always acted in good faith and have always believed that I am entitled to this award.  I still do"

"Since it is in question I will or you can write to Department of Defense[sic] Honors[sic] and Awards where I will ascertain if their[sic] is a record of my being recognised for this award.  I will ask if I have an entitlement to wear it as I belive[sic] I do.  If their response is in the negative then I will right[sic] to the US Airforce[sic] and ascertain if they have such a record.  I do have the medal and it was presented in an official US medal box which you cannot buy"  "The paper work you request from me was sent to Army HQ"

In other correspondence he used words such as "boarding" instead of "bordering, also "Owardwellian" for "Orwellian", "council" for "counsel" twice, and "rediculous"He has gift for flowery language but no idea of    how to spell the words he uses. This seems odd for a man who is an experienced teacher and holds Degrees and Doctorates.  

Following Wright's suggestion that we contact Honours and Awards, here is their answer, August 2005, "According to our records, Mr. Wright has not applied for formal approval to accept this award, and we have no other records of Mr. Wright being offered this award.

Wright was posted to the Eastern Command Personnel Depot at the time this letter was dated and signed, supposedly by CAPT Cosgrove.

1    216720 Capt. B. WRIGHT RAAEC was awarded the United States Air Medal on 27 May 71 ?

2    The medal and evidence of presentation have been sighted and verified ?  

Wright made the mistake of thinking his approved Special Service or Operational Service dates, 23 Dec 70 to 1 June 71, referred to his time on Vietnamese soil and this would have allowed for the presentation of the medal to be made by Captain Mitchell on 27 May '71.
On 27 May 1971 Wright was on the high seas onboard HMAS Sydney returning to Australia from Vietnam. 
The shipleft Vung Tau Harbour at 1330 hours, 23 May, arriving at Townsville on 1 June.
He told us that his "logged flight hours" were as a passenger. When we checked the the criteria governing this award, they distinctly prohibit passengers from being considered.
A senior member of the former CPMH emailed Wright and amongst other questions, put this to him;
"How did a "Chalkie" Captain who was posted to HQAFV from  24 Dec 70 to 23 May 71 (actual time in-country) find himself inthe air with the 5th Avn Det Vung Tau accumulating 50 hours of flight time??
Look at that second date, 23 May 71, this would have been the first indication Wright received that the wrong date was used on this allegedly forged letter.
How did he react? Any wannabe who would never admit to fraud such as this would ignore the question and carry on regardless, but what did Wright do? Prior to 21 October 05 he removed the US Air Medal from the row of medals he wears. This can only suggest that he knew damn well he'd been caught out in his lies and has no legitimate defence. This removal  constitutes an admission of fraud and forgery of a Military document.You can now remove the Vietnamese Campaign Medal as well, Dr. Barry Wright PhD etc.
We sincerely hope that someone in authority will investigate this "Notification of Foreign Award".Perhaps Captain Cosgrove's son could enlighten us as to the validity of the signature on this document. This son is General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC,former Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
Vietnamese "Civil Affairs" Medal
Wright told us he was awarded this medal and that they were handed out liberally. Not so, this award was earned by working with the civilian population in various productive fields and was substantiated by citations issued by the South Vietnamese Govt. We hold copies of  citations from the period Wright was in Vietnam and his copy should be in his records file, it's not. Not only did he misname this medal, the relevant Australian authority has no knowledge of him applying for recognition of the award.
What he erroneously calls the "Civil Affairs" Medal is actually called the "Civil Actions" Medal. If he had the citation he would know this.
Wright moved back to Sydney in late 1999 and continued with his war stories.  Many people regarded him as a former Infantry Officerwho retired as a Lt. Colonel.


Barry Wright. "I have always said I have had two tours - what I said is that I have had two tours in SE Asia both of which were on active service, one in the RAN and one in the Army" When he was the Secretary of Kuranda (Cairns) RSL, many members heard these claims and more.

Here's one of Wright's stories that was passed on to us.
"While serving on HMAS VOYAGER about 1962 (not 100% sure), a Lieutenant Commander approached him and ordered him to pack and depart the ship. Wright said he was sent to Swan Island and after some training, a Brigadier told him things were hotting up in Vietnam, he was dispatched to join  Operation Phoenix - and that was only his first tour"
He was a Sailor onboard HMAS VOYAGER from 7/11/61 to the date of his discharge, 31/1/63. 
He attended a full time civilian teacher training course in '63-'64and another education course in '65, enlisting in the Army in December '65.  Not much time there for spook training or a trip to Vietnamto work with the CIA in a program that had yet to come into existence. The NAVY section of our story reveals the real reason he departed the ship in January '63.

More Barry Wright talesprovided by people who know him well.

"He was the Skipper of a helicopter".  He actually had a pilot's helmet in his house and told visitors that it was the helmet he wore when he was a pilot. The rear of the helmet had a peace symbol painted on it.

"His second tour was as a helicopter pilot". Wright had paraded an American citizen, "Cecil", to all at KurandaRSL, later he said Cecil is a Veteran who had flown with himin Vietnam. Cecil was actually a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

During our investigations, one person said he had,"Never heard Wright make claims of operating on secret missions with the CIA but had heard from him that he was involved in intelligence work in Vietnam" This same person had also heard his tales of being involved in combat while an Infantry Company Commander.

Many people have heard him tell many different stories of his war time exploits. Here are four more ridiculous examples.

1...."Barry Owen Wright has told me the following stories about his involvement during his two tours of Vietnamand his return to Australiaworking with a very secret unit."

2...."Wright made claim that he and a number of other people in the secret unit being responsible for despatching 'The Jackal' many years ago. I and a number of other people have been told how a section of the Hume Highwaywas sealed off and that he and at least one other person shot and killed The Jackal with silenced pistols.  The section involved then had a big party at his house (Wrights house) somewhere in Sydney"

3...."He claimed also that when he was a company commander in Vietnamhis company had just settled in for an evening meal. He noticed that there was an extra person in the group. He asked who was on guard and one of his soldiers stated that Nigel was. He recounts that he could not remember any of his diggers named Nigel. His CSM took him to one of the guard points and there they had 'Nigel the Nog' with a bayonet thru his throat and into a coconut tree which held his head upright -  and stated that Nigel the Nog was on guard duty"

4....Also  "He and Cecil Johnson were both helicopter pilots came over a rise of some kind, saw a number of VC and fired on them and wasted the lot"

This "very secret unit" business doesn't require much thought or investigation, here's why. "The Jackal", who could only be the killer "Carlos", was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1997, he's in a French prison today.  

Hereare some "snippets" from another person who heard Wrights tall tales.

"Barry told me many stories of his exploits in Vietnam. He stated that his first tour was one with the CIA in Operation Phoenix and also at some stage he flew helicopters with CWO Cecil Johnston Jnr. US Army"........"I visited Barry at his home, I did see an olive green flying helmet"........."Barry had an impressive array of medals on his chest on Anzac Days and also wore the Infantry Combat Badge" (ICB)
There is absolutely no possibility that an Education Corps Captaincould have accumulated 90 days as an Infantryman in warlike operations to be eligiblefor the ICB.
And from another person who knew Wright in Vietnam and Australia. "Anyway as the years passed I think I may have spoken to him once more in xxxxxxx and he was raving about how he went back to the NAM (post 1971) and was doing something in helicopters down in the Delta  and I thought in your dreams mate, but didn't challenge him on it" ">>> "he started raving about how his war service had ruined his life"
This conversation took place in the 1990s, with Barry Wright claiming a third tour in Vietnam.
On 20 June 2005, Wright wrote;
"I spent many hours moving around much of Vietnam visiting AATTV personnel and units as well as the other RAAF units in SVN"
"Other RAAF units" ???? We have no idea what this refers to.
We firmly believe thatWright took stories such as this from a book that includes the fantasies of another Education Corps Officer who dreamt he was the paymaster for far flung AATTV outposts and personnel. This officer, now deceased, adopted the duties of the only real Education Corps Officer who was posted to AATTV.
So, we have the factual Ed Corps officer whose duty early 1968 was to visit AATTV personnel in the field, then we have the second Ed Corps officer who thought he did this in 1967-68, but didn't, and now we have another Ed Corps officer who is trying to place himself in a similar situation in 1971.
Like most wannabe's b/s we encounter, Wright's is highly unoriginal, except for the "Jackal" story of course. That little bit of theatre earns him our award for the second most stupid wannabe of 2005, James Alwyn Montgomery being the ultimate fool.
"I am a foundation member of the VVAA attending the original meetings in 1979" We contacted one person who was at these meetings and he doesn't remember Wright being in attendance.
Onemore statement regarding Wrightand his dreams.  "In xxxxxxx in my presence he has claimed to be a Medical Doctor, a military helicopter pilot decorated for rescuing wounded soldiers from a mine field, a gymnast who represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympic Games and a Royal Australian Naval Officer"   ">>>> his family all believe that he was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, where he was wounded and decorated for bravery in the minefield incident referred to"   
Wright informed us of his Army Reserve postings and duties.
"I served as a field rank officer"  A Captain who was elevated to the rank of Temporary Major in 1975. "Field rank" begins at full or substantive Major.
Officer Commanding Basic Training Wing.
GSOI Systems Training Officer HQ Training Command. This seems odd in that this duty would have been undertaken by a Regular Army Lieutenant Colonel, not a Reserve Officer and not a Captain/Temporary Major.
Officer Commanding A Coy 4RNSWR.We're checking on this now.
Battalion Training Officer 4RNSWR.Was this posting in existence during his time? We're checking.
Instructor TAC5 course. We believe that one had to be at least a Lt. Colonel to instruct TAC 5. Majors instructed lower courses. (TAC, Tactical Arms Course)
Without telling us exactly what rank he held during his Reserve postings, the above allude to him holding the rank of Lt Colonel which iswhat he told some people in Sydney.The full story on Wright's Army Reserve service will be available soon.
RAN, service number R42100, 31/12/57 to 30/1/63 also RAN Reserve, number S12247, 30/12/63 to 30/1/65.

Quote. "I am a Veteran with honourable Naval service.  Serving in the FESR"

"Honourable Naval service" ? A Navy apprentice, a boy of 16 who signed up for 12 years to learn a trade and was discharged after only 5 years. 
Discharged for either an inability to complete courses  or personal problems. One of these is the reason for him leaving HMAS Voyagerand the Navy in December 1963, not hisfantasy as shown in our Claims section.
"Serving in the FESR" The Far Eastern Strategic Reserve. No mention of this in his records under "Service in Special Areas and Operational Service" although he was posted to HMAS Voyager when the ship undertook an uneventful 17 day escort duty to SE Asian waters. This was the only operational service for the ship during his 342 days onboard and is what he now claims as a "tour in South East Asia"
He makes quite a deal out of being in the SEATO Strategic Reserve for five months as well, he didn't go anywhere or do anything so we don't understand what this is all about.
When applying for a Short Service Commission with the Army Education Corps in 1965 he offered some false information. Without going into great detail, the following information was mixed with fact and appears in his records.
"Ships Schoolmaster on HMAS VOYAGER from 20/2/62 to 31/1/63"
We have been informed that there were no Instructing Officers on ships the size of Voyager, a destroyer. He may have assisted some other young sailors in his spare time but "Ships Schoolmaster" was going too far.
"Qualified for promotion to Engineer Sub Lieutenant (Educationally) in Royal Navy" Qualified is the wrong word, it should be Eligible, and even then only after many interviews and assessments.
There is nothing in his records to suggest that his education standard was anything better than fair. He averaged 68 in his educational tests based on a 5th year of High School standard, Geography and History being his best subjects.
"Qualified Ordnance Artificer 1st class RAN" He was not qualified and never rose above Ordnance Artificer 4th Class (machinist, fitter and turner) in the RAN and only rose to OA 2nd class in the Reserve.
"Discharged F"  According to the Naval Records Historical Unit, this type of discharge could mean that he continually failed to pass a course and his services were no longer required or domestic problems prevented him from continuing his service.
"Have completed 12 months in RAN Reserve OTC 14"  Records note that he served at HMAS Watson 30/12/1963 - 26/1/1964, at HMAS Kuttabul 17/8/1964 - 6/9/1964 and again at Kuttabul from 20/12/1964-30/1/1965.  In the “Remarks” field it states “Approve 13 days WATSON”, “Approve 21 days KUTTABUL” and “Approve 42 days KUTTABUL"    He completed 76 days of active Reserve service at these shore based facilities.
There is no mention of OTC 14 (Officer Training Course) in his records.
"Teacher's Certificate - Sydney Teacher's College. Received Dec. 1964"  Wright did complete a two year teacher's training course but Sydney Teacher's College did not issue certificates, they were issued by the NSW Department of Education once teachers had completed their training and entered the teaching service. We can't access further information as to his accreditation as a teacher but according to him, he attended a  technical college pre diploma course for the entire period of 1965 for the study of Maths, Physics and Chemistry. He doesn't appear to have passed this course or have gone any further with his teacher training because he hasn't added DipEd (Diploma of Education) to his list of post nominals.
Wright applied for Army enlistment in June 1965, was discharged from the Naval Reserve at own request on 16/12/65, and was in the Army four days later.
Were the claims of higher education, training, and teaching experience the reasons for Wright being accepted into the Army Education Corps as an Officer, a Lieutenant? There's nothing else in his history that would impress senior Army Officers sufficiently to allow this.
Dr. Barry Wright told us that he never wears medals or attends commemorative days, more lies.
The last two medals on the right hand side are the US Air Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal.

He wore these medals on Anzac Day 1991 and every commemorative occasion at Kuranda until 1999 .  After moving back to Sydney he attended parades wearing them but when questioned on his entitlement to some, he began attending parades in Canberra, once again wearing his un-entitled medals.

Barry Wright again.  
"I have no wish to cause any person offence or distress, I act in good faith in the knowledge that my credentials and medals were awarded in good faith and sincerity. My academic qualifications are all earned through much hard work undertaken as a part-time or correspondence student. If there is an error it was not of my making and of course if that is the case I would and do apologize [sic] sincerely to those so offended"

Are there errors Dr Wright?

Wright may have to do more than just apologise if he has used phoney war stories to gain the Special Rate of disability compensation (TPI) from the Department of Veteran's Affairsbecause the DVA Fraud Control Unit may be interested in reviewing his claims of Army service.

According to Wright,he sits on committees that decide whether children of Veterans receive tertiary study bursaries or not, the Long Tan Bursary is one of them and it is now funded by the Dept of Veteran's Affairs.Further information tells us that he is an assessor for the AVCAT (education bursary) scheme as well.

This person, who;

Has a limited grasp of the English language.

Offered false information when applying for an Army Officer's commission.

Allegedly forged Military documents.

Is a fraud and one of the most blatant wannabes we have ever dealt with, makes decisions on the educational futures of Veteran's children.

What's wrong with this picture?


A recent Wright grab for Veteran attention and acclaim was to arrange for his name to appear in the credits on the cover of the James Blundell DVD "Postcards from Saigon"
We have been informed that he had absolutely nothing to do with the production, his name shouldn't be there and it will be removed from any further releases.


On our opening page we asked you to remember these Barry Wright claims,"Pilot" "Doctor" "Assassin"

He is a real life version of James Thurber's fictional character"Walter Mitty", a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life who imagines himself to be a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon and a devil-may-care killer.

We feel that to regard Wright as just a commonplace, unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming would be a mistake.  The affable "Mitty" kept his daydreams to himself, Wright made his public knowledge for career and further personal gain.

Should Dr. Barry Wright offer a rebuttal to our exposure of his lies, it will be included in an update.

Please use this area for any comments on this matter. information@anzmi.net

Should you wish to contact the Vietnam Veteran's Association of Australia NSW Branch Inc. affiliated with the Vietnam Veteran's Federation of Australia (VVFA),  their website is at www.vvfagranville.org.au

Any replies you may receive should be from Mr Bob Freshfield, Jnr Vice President, VietnamVeterans Association of Australia, NSW Branch Inc. who is also the webmaster of the VVFA National Association website. Later you can scroll down our Cases page and read Robert (Bob) Freshfield's pack of lies as well.

If you want a sensible reply from this organisation, contact the VVFA National Secretary, Nev Woodward.  nevwoodward@hotmail.com  


 29 Apr 2006

As mentioned in our story above, Dr. Barry Wright has indeed removed the US Air Medal from his bar therefore constituting, in our minds, an admission of fraud and forgery of Army documents. 

These photos were taken on ANZAC Day 2006 in Burnie Tasmania.


As you can see, he has retained the Vietnam Campaign Medal (last on his left) to which he is not entitled.

Remove this medal too Dr. Wright or show good reason why we should not make this demand.

You might also provide us with documentation proving your entitlement to the Australian Service Medal because there is nothing in your service records to indicate your entitlement to it. It should have a clasp on the riband too.

7 May 2006  Front page of the Cairns Post 25 April 2005 here



This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran community. All information presented is fact and the truth. Information was sourced from communicationsfrom Wright, Military records, and reports received from private citizens. These reports are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.


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