Meiers (Update)

Date of Entry: 15/06/2018
Surname: Meiers
Christian Names: William John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Wondai
Service #: 3174783
Service: CMF
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 26/01/1965
Completion of service: 01/10/1971
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE  June 2018

Since publishing the report about William John Meiers of Wondai Queensland, we have received further information about his false claims to be a returned veteran.  Here is a clearer picture of him on ANZAC day 2018.

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More of his disgraceful lies have come to light.

 

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His stupidity is evidenced by his use of the term "Nam" instead of "Vietnam".  Genuine veterans never us the term "Nam".  He also claims to have been at Fire Support Base Coral,  where he fired at the enemy over "open sights at 100 yards". He was not there.

From a Facebook entry, Meiers talks about number  ‘6’ gun of 12 Field Regiment that featured in the Battle of Coral in Vietnam.  Meiers claims to have been there, but he wasn't.  He has written the word "books" in the second sentence, we assume he meant to write "gooks" which is another term never used in Vietnam. 

 

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Here is a shocker.  Meiers gives adoration to the Australian flag because he fought under it and his mates died under it.  He is lying sham of a man.

 

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Finally with great confidence in his deceit, he led the Wondai RSL Sub Branch in their ANZAC Day march. 

 

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Since publishing our first report we have heard nothing from Meiers.  He appears to be hiding, perhaps using the skills he learned in the jungles of Vietnam.  Be assured that glorying in the kudos of being a "Returned Soldier" may expand the ego,  but Australian and New Zealand Veterans will not tolerate the stealing of their honour. 

Those who do, and are caught out, will appear on this website, which has a tendency to deflate the largest of egos.

 

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CASE NOTES: 

William John Meiers was born on 14 April 1946 and is a "Life Subscriber" member of the Returned and Service League (RSL) in Wondai Qld. He transferred from Jimboomba Qld in 2010. On the transfer certificate, his Army Unit is listed as 15 Fd Regt (15 Field Regiment) and his Regimental number 3174782.



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Meiers is wearing lots of buttons and badges as well as Vietnam service medals. His array is somewhat askew, as the medals are not in their proper order. In the photograph he has:

1. Australian Active Service Medal
2. Vietnam Medal
3. Commemoration of National Service Medal
4. Australian Defence Medal.

Medals 3 and 4 are in the wrong order. This is a bungle no genuine Returned Veteran would make. It is however, a blunder that a conniving Wannabe and Medal Cheat would do.

Because wannabes lack the experience of genuine Returned Veterans, they believe they can fool all the people all the time. Being photographed wearing false medals is not a good strategy, and it is a major factor in bringing these caitiffs to the justice of the Returned Veterans communities.

Fortunately, there are observant Returned Veterans at the Wondai RSL, who picked up on aspects of Meiers’ behaviour and his medals rack, indicating that he was not the full package.

Obviously Wondai has not succumbed to the general malaise throughout the RSL, where numbers seem to take precedence over integrity. The RSL membership requirements are being gradually eroded whereby inexperienced people are monitoring membership criterion. This decrepitude starts at the very top, where the National President of the RSL is not a Returned Veteran.

On 13th April 2018, Meiers sent an email to a genuine veteran detailing his involvement in the famous Vietnam Battle of Fire Support Base Coral on the 13th May 1968. Here is what he said:

Forwarded message

From: Bill Meiers <bill.meiers@y7mail.com>;
Date: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Subject: Latest RSL News
To:

G'day xxxxxxxxx

Just got my RSL news and came across the story of Coral. Well, the first attack on Coral. It's not a long article, but it is the most accurate story of what happened that I have ever read. It is written by a bloke who was a junior officer at the time and was there at the front. We deployed on May 12, and were attacked at about 0215 - 0230 hrs on the 13th. I was the number 2 on number 4 gun.

I've read a number of stories about Coral, but they all have some problems when it comes to accuracy. It's great that a story is written by someone who was right there where it was happening. Read it if you get the chance.

See you on 25th.
Bill


Meiers is a liar. He was not “number 2 on number 4 gun”, he was not at Fire Support Base Coral, in Vietnam on the 13th May 1968 when 12 Field Regiment t fought gallantly against overwhelming odds and sustained casualties.

Meiers was approached and requested to show proof of his service. Here is his response:

Bill Meiers <bill.meiers@y7mail.com>
Sat, May 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Obviously, you haven't spoken to too many Vets suffering PTSD. These blokes, some of them, are still up in the trees, and many will never come down. Many have died up there. Don't fucking tell me that Vets have no problems telling you their bona fides.

Why am I wasting my time even responding to you? I have a good idea of who or what you are, but you haven't had the decency to let me in on the secret. Well xxxxxxxx, you go and do all your investigation and fucking leave me alone.

Bill


On 20 May he included his number name, rank and unit in an email to a researcher

“3174783
Meiers, WJ Bdr
15 Fd Regt, R Bty, RAA

You call yourself a researcher??? And you didn't even know that. Perhaps you did, and you are only trying to sucker me in. And yes, the PTSD is very real and has been for many years. And it is never going away. I live on my happy pills”.

Bill


The unit in which he claimed that he served, 15 Field Regiment was a Citizens Military Forces unit formed in Dandenong, Victoria, in 1962. The Unit then amalgamated with the 2 Fd Regt in 1975 and was redesignated as 2/15 Fd Regt. It was never deployed to Vietnam.

Notice in his reply, he infers that he is a Returned Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of his service. Playing that false card is disgraceful behaviour. Perhaps he has falsely convinced his friends and family of his "Vietnam caused PTSD".

The first stop in an investigation of this nature is the Department of Veterans Affairs, Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans. It is ninety nine percent accurate. Those not listed have requested that their names be removed. It is, however, easy to procure evidence of service through various Unit Associations and other historical documents. The reason for Meiers' non-listing is that he never served in Vietnam.


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We then sought information from 12 Field Regiment Association, the Artillery Unit that was actually present at Coral. Here is their response:
“The 12 Field Regiment maintains a Nominal Roll of all of our blokes who were on the ground at Coral. This includes all sub-units and attached units.
In the past, this roll has proven to be very accurate and has settled a lot of disputes, however I cannot categorically state that there are no omissions.
That said, there is no-one by the name of William Meiers (or any other reasonable version of this spelling) included on the Roll and I reckon it’s a 99% bet that he wasn’t at Coral with 12 Field Regiment and its attached units.”


On 22 May 2018 almost one month after his appearance at the Wondai RSL wearing false medals Meiers said the following –;


"From Bill Meiers
To: XX
I've thought long and hard about this and have delayed answering you as I've been to see my head doctor this morning, prearranged, nothing to do with our conversation.
My mental health is more important than anything else, and I have to control my anger and aggressiveness, along with my desire to fight everything. I'm sure you took note of my aggro in some of my responses.
So I am not prepared to go any further with this matter for those reasons and also I am not prepared to divulge private information. It is just not worth it.

So, Mr Ed, I will retire my jacket and medals to the wardrobe. I will not cause Wondai RSL, or any other RSL, any further consternation. Further, I will not darken their doorstep again, so avoiding any embarrassment to parties concerned.

I hope this is acceptable and the matter can rest.

Regards
Bill Meiers"



Although Meiers maintains his claim of being a Returned Veteran, there is no doubt he is a fraud. He never served with any unit in Vietnam and served only in Dandenong, Victoria with 15 Fd Regt. We believe this matter can be decided by a Magistrate and have taken steps to ensure that Meiers has an appointment at his local Court House.
We suggest that Meiers be told to pack his goods and chattels and “nick off” from Wondai RSL and any other RSL. However, we will award him full membership with honours on this website.

For every day he has pretended to be a Vietnam Veteran he will serve Ten years on this website

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