Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Morgan aka Rodrigue
Christian Names: Michael David aka Miguel
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: Nil
Service: Claims Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Claims Clerance Diver
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

A high percentage of Australian and New Zealand military imposters falsely pretend that they were a member of an elite fighting force. Army Special Air Service Regiment, Fighter pilots or Navy Clearance Divers in active war zones, come to mind.

Michael Morgan, also known as Migz Rodriguez has been falsely claiming to be a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Clearance Diver for many years.


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Morgan is a Tattooist, and was employed by a Tattoo Parlour in Brisbane. He told his employers as well as patrons, that he had been a member of the RAN Clearance Diving Team (RANCDT) with active service in Afghanistan. He also boasted his RANCDT service to members of Australian Sons SMC, a motor cycle club he was a member of.


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In the above photograph, Morgan is wearing the following.

1. The Australian Active Service Medal with clasp. Not entitled
2. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled.
3. Australian Overseas Service Medal – Greater Middle East. Not Entitled.
4. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled.

Above his un-entitled medal rack he is wearing what appears to be a RAN Principal Warfare Officer Badge. (PWO) - Not entitled.




He also wears an Australian Army polyester shirt with the rising sun patch on his left shoulder. - Not entitled.

Morgan was not awarded any of the medals or PWO Badge. He was never a member of the Australian Defence Force. (ADF). He is projecting a façade that he was or is, a member of the ADF with Afghanistan active service. He has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.

Falsely representing himself to being a returned soldier, sailor or airman, and also wearing service decorations and medals that have not been awarded to him. Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B.- $3,300 dollar fine and/or 6 months imprisonment, each offence.

Morgan also placed posts on Facebook that indicated that he was a member of the RANCDT 1/TAG (e) Division. That information is also false.





He also posted the below medals on Facebook claiming that they were awarded to him. They are out of proper sequence, however he received quite a few likes and a multitude of ANZAC Day congratulations for that one !!




Morgan was reported to ANZMI by concerned former RANCDT personnel and others, who have had enough of these imposters stealing their honour. The RANCDT is equal to the SASR and their New Zealand counterparts, with unique service to their respective countries. It takes a lot of skill and courage to be accepted into these specialised Units. Morgan has neither.

Morgan aka Rodriguez should publicly apologise for his fraudulent behavior.

The ANZMI site has numerous military imposters claiming former Clearance Diver service. The below link will take you to another classic fraud - Kurt Ronald Southam. He has featured on our site for some time and will continue to do so. These clowns just keep turning up, and in this particular case, when exposed as liars and valour thieves, threaten legal action.

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Surname: Gildart
Christian Names: Maureen
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Penrith
Service #: F2235423
Service: Army Reserve
Case Notes:

 

Maureen Gildart, is a doyen of the ex service community in Penrith NSW, where she "sports" a Military Police scarlet beret together with a National Service Association Jacket, complete with six medals. The four on her right breast we assume are those of a close relative. Of the two on her left breast one is a fake.


The first medal is the Australian Defence Medal to which she is entitled, the other, the Anniversary of National Service Medal, is a fake that was not issued to her or any other female soldiers.


No Australian women served in either of the Australian Defence Force National Service Schemes, from 1951 to 1972, for which the medal was awarded.

It is an offence under the Defence Act to wear a medal that was not awarded, and therefore as an ex Military Police person, she may, as an act of contrition, choose to charge herself and apologize to the Returned and Services League Sub Branch, Penrith and the Penrith National Servicemen's Association where she holds executive positions.

Welcome aboard Maureen.

Surname: Cartwright
Christian Names: Mark Anthony
Country: USA
State or Province: Colorado
City or Town: Colorado Springs
Service #: 2185887
Service: Australian Army - Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1974
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

MARK ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT UPDATE. 2020

Since the exposure of Mark Anthony Cartwright, further evidence of his fraudulent behavior has come to the attention of ANZMI.

Cartwright claimed in his response to an ANZMI request, that he had no idea how a photograph of him wearing Australian Army uniform and Vietnam War Service medals appeared on his Facebook Page. He was going to take the matter up with Facebook. This, in spite of friends posting compliments to his published Facebook photograph.

The strange thing was that in the original message from ANZMI to Cartwright, there was no mention at all that the photograph had been downloaded from his Facebook page. He knew it was there. He acknowledged the compliments.

Before Cartwright deleted all Facebook references of himself wearing Australian Army uniform with Vietnam medals, and other incriminating evidence, ANZMI downloaded another photograph of Cartwright wearing the same medals.

Also,further photographs of him publicly wearing US. Army Vietnam Veteran Infantry Combat cap and jacket patch were downloaded.

Below are further examples of Cartwright’s deceit over many years and his fraudulent claims of Australian Army Vietnam service and U.S. Army Vietnam service. These were Facebook posted. No doubt to deceive his church congregation as a Vietnam veteran, into providing him with cash donations to prop up and pay for additions to his 77 acre Araluen Ranch, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Photo 1. Three Generations. As stated in his original entry response to the ANZMI request, he claims he is a third generation veteran.
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Above - Cartwright again displaying his un-awarded Australian Vietnam medals.

Photo 2. With two genuine U.S. Veterans.

Above - Cartwright dressed in U.S. Army Infantry Combat Vietnam Veteran peaked cap with U.S. Vietnam ribands and camouflage Army pants. He is standing with one other genuine U.S. Vietnam veteran and an elderly genuine U.S. Korean veteran in the wheel chair.

Photo 3. On Holidays


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Above - Cartwright photographed at the Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Park, wearing a U.S.Vietnam Veteran Combat Infantry peaked cap, and T shirt with the word “Army” displayed. He also wears the camouflaged Army pants.

Cartwright has claimed his innocence in regards to the initial ANZMI exposure.

This ANZMI update should put the matter beyond all doubt for his church followers, that he is a charlatan and a crook.

Below is an extract from the Last Roundup Cowboy Church website homepage.

ARALUEN RANCH.
From Cartwright.


God has blessed us with 77.7 acres of land to be used to glorify Him. It will have a three fold ministry. Apart from the main house we will be building a guest house with 3 bedrooms and one bathroom as well as kitchen and living area. It will also have a 2 car carport attached as well as stables for 6 horses. This will be stage 1.The main ranch house will be stage 2.

1) It will be a place for combat veterans from all conflicts to come and rest with their families and assist them to re-adjust,
2) a place where children who are caught up in the system can come and get trained in the basics of living which will include cooking, budgeting, responsibility as well as working with both power and hand tools.
3) A place where people can come and learn about how to grow natural medicines etc.
4) And most importantly, a place where people can learn about and meet with Christ
If you wish to support our ministry, you can make checks out to Last Roundup Cowboy Church. we are in the process of getting out 501(c) which will enable donations to be tax deductible.

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At ANZMI, we would suggest that if you ever go to his Last Roundup Cowboy Church or to his Araluen Ranch, be sure to keep one hand on your wallet.

Cartwright should return every Araluen Ranch cash donation he received by his continual lies and deception.

This should be the end of the road for Cartwright as a Pastor or a Preacher or whatever he wants to call himself. He needs to be sacked immediately and reported to the local Police. He has milked or tried to milk the Last Roundup Cowboy church goers and friends for many years, claiming he has Vietnam War caused PTSD, and on that basis, asking for cash or cheque (U.S. check) donations for his Ranch. Can’t get much lower than that. Genuine U.S Defence Force veterans in the United States will be disgusted with Cartwright, and he should be spurned at every opportunity.

He will no doubt say “sorry” to his faithful following and ask for divine forgiveness. The only reason this shyster is sorry, is that he has been well and truly caught out.

Cartwright has been a Military Imposter for a very long time. He sees it as a means of income. As such, he will remain on the ANZMI site for eternity.

The local Colorado Springs Media have been notified.

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Original Report - 25 April 2020

Pastor Mark Cartwright, is an Australian born person residing in Colorado Springs, U.S.A. He is 63 years of age and is now an American citizen. Cartwright is the Senior Pastor at the “Last Roundup Cowboy Church” located in that City. On their website, the Church states the following about Cartwright -;

“Pastor Mark Cartwright joined our community after moving to Colorado Springs from Australia. Pastor Mark Cartwright is an Evangelist who preaches the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and is called to “Missions.” . From Cartwright - "My mission is to present to people the challenge of receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior”.

On U tube he preaches, “Even a lie is on the same category as a sin as what murder is. Even if you have told a white lie, you are still a liar.”
Unfortunately for Senior Pastor Mark Cartwright, in his own words, he is a liar. A prolific liar at that. He is an Australian and American Military Imposter and a Fraud.


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The above photograph depicts Mark Cartwright dressed in an Australian Army uniform. He wears the following,

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Not entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Not entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Possible entitled. Army Reserve Service.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Not entitled.

Above the medal rack, he wears the ribands applicable to his un-entitled worn medals. Above that, appears to be either an Australian Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) or an Australian Army Combat Badge. (ACB) On his left shoulder he wears a Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) lanyard and (RAR) shoulder Corps badge. His left sleeve denotes that he is a Corporal. On the slouch hat he wears what appears to be a RAR Infantry hat badge.

Cartwright claims on his Linked In page that he served 6 years in the Australian Army Reserve. He claims elsewhere that he served in the 1/19 Royal New South Wales Regiment (1/19 RNSWR – Reserve part time Army) and 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. (RAR) – A Regular Australian Army Battalion.

Problem for Cartwright, is that he is not entitled to wear the uniform with medals, ribands, badges, stripes or lanyard. There is no record of him serving in the Australian Regular Army, let alone serving in the former Republic of South Vietnam. His name does not appear on the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll.

If Cartwright was observed wearing the above uniform, medals and paraphernalia in Australia, he could be charged criminally by State and Federal Police for falsely representing himself to being a returned soldier, and also wearing service decorations and medals that have not been awarded to him. Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B.- $3,300 dollar fine and/or 6 months imprisonment, each offence.

A Cartwright Facebook posting asks fellow students of Mt Druitt High School (Sydney) for 1972 photographs. If his Australian Army Vietnam service (6 Battalion RAR – last Vietnam tour 1969-1970) is to be believed, then he must have left the Army after Vietnam, and returned to Mt Druitt High School again. Cartwright was born on the 26 June, 1957. Far too young to be a Vietnam Veteran.

Cartwright is just an inveterate liar and military imposter, who also consistently claims to be a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. He is a valour thief of the worst kind and a medal cheat.

The below photograph is one of many obtained by ANZMI that depict Cartwright publicly showing off to the world that he is a U.S. Army Combat Infantry Vietnam veteran. More deceit from a proven liar.

No doubt he receives accolades from the American public thanking him for his honourable service wherever he goes. Perhaps he also receives other benefits, like discounted food, and other retail purchases when he is wearing his hat and jacket below.







This photograph depicts Cartwright wearing a U.S. Army Vietnam Veterans peaked cap indicating that he is a U.S. Vietnam Combat Infantry Soldier. He also wears a U.S. Vietnam Veteran patch on his jacket with the three ribands appropriate for U.S personnel who genuinely served in South Vietnam.

He is not entitled to wear any of it. He never served in the U.S Army and he is not a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

He should be ashamed of himself for claiming that he is, and disrespecting all those brave men and women who served and /or died in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

The following is a posting from his current Facebook Page.

POSTED FACEBOOK 29 March, 2019
Mark Cartwright created a fundraiser.
Facebook Fundraisers

ARALUEN RANCH FUNDRAISER.
Fundraiser for Mark Cartwright.

I am a Vietnam Veteran who has PTSD and as such My wife and I are setting up a place where veterans and first responders with PTSD, youth at risk can come for some rest and support.

We need financial assistance to build a bunkhouse, dig some wells etc. The property is already paid for which is a blessing. Anything that will help get this of the ground will be greatly appreciated.

$0 of $1,598 raised. Ended.

In Australia, claiming something that you are not for financial gain is a criminal offence. It is deemed False Pretences. Cartwright could be locked up in Australia for fraudulently claiming that he is a Vietnam Veteran who has PTSD, and gaining a benefit from that false pretence.

Another post on his Face book page invited all his (American) Vietnam Veteran mates to his (USA) Citizenship ceremony which was to occur on the 1 July, 2019. A further post detailed information about his Pop, "who was very quiet, until he found out I was a Viet vet."

Cartwright is a hypocrite, and a fraud. A religious one at that, who preaches to the world on U tube and his Church, not to tell lies or sin. If Cartwright is the best available “Preacher man” to lead the poor unsuspecting Colorado flock, then this “Roundup Cowboy Church” is in for a bumpy ride.

The below photograph is Cartwright preaching to the gathering. Glory Be !




Cartwright was sent an email asking him to provide evidence of his Australian Army Vietnam service, and U.S. Army Vietnam service. Attached was a copy of his Facebook photograph wearing the Australian Army uniform and Vietnam medals.

His response was -;

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

First of all, I would like to apologise for any hurt that has been caused by this photo. While I admit that that is my face I do not know who (sic) this was done and put on my facebook page. As a result, I will be notifying Facebook regarding this matter. I have also attached a copy of a page of my enlistment papers which clearly states that I enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve in 1974. It also shows that I was born in 1957 it would have made me about 14.5 years old at the time Australia came home. If you go further into my records it will show that I have never been overseas in any way shape or form and the only medal I have received is the ADM which I wear proudly.

I could not have made the regular army as I had perforated eardrums. I am proud that I was a reservist. I am also a 3rd generation serviceman ( if that is what you call reservists) with both my father and grandfather plus my Uncles serving.

I have a lot of respect for those who fought in all conflicts and would not sour their memories by pretending to be something I am not.

Cartwright continues his deceit. He is definitely claiming “something he is not.”

He is in this photograph with a relative. He is dressed in an Australian Army uniform with Vietnam medals suggesting he is a combat veteran. He admits that it is him. The photograph appeared on his personal Face Book page with adulating comments from friends, however, he now does not know how it got there. He is now taking the matter up with Face Book ! Good luck with that one. That should work.

He also conveniently omits to address all the evidence where he is wearing a U.S. Army Combat Infantry Vietnam Veteran cap and jacket with ribands. He also omits the fact that on numerous occasions on his Face Book page, he falsely claims to be a Vietnam Veteran and on one occasion, asks for cash donations due to his “Vietnam veteran” status.

Cartwright prophesises, "My mission is to present to people the challenge of receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior”.
Our mission at ANZMI is “to present to people liars, charlatans, military imposters, honour thieves and medal cheats”. Cartwright is all of them.

Cartwright has no morals and should be given the boot from the Last Roundup Cowboy Church. He should not be preaching to anyone about anything, especially moral behaviour.

He has no doubt convinced everyone in Colorado Springs that he is a Vietnam Veteran.

If our friends in Colorado would like to continue to update us, we will offer Cartwright further spiritual guidance on this site. Salvation - not a chance.

Surname: Caddy
Christian Names: Graham
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Mandurah
Case Notes:

Graeme Caddy of Mandurah Western Australia

If you want to pretend to have served with, or been part of Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Operations, Perth is not a good environment to conduct your wannabe activities.

The SASR is based in the sandy suburbs of Perth and many ex SASR members have made Perth their home. This lesson was learned by Graeme Caddy of Mandurah Western Australia. 

 

As illustrated in the photograph, initially Caddy was a bit camera shy and hid behind a styrene cup, but an feisty ex SASR member managed to get some other photos showing Caddy’s full countenance.

We hold Statutory Declarations regarding claims made by Caddy, as follows:

“Initially Caddy was heard “mouthing off” about his SASR experience in a Car Dealers premises. He claims to have served in the Royal Australian Airforce and spent thirteen years on Special Operations with the SASR.”

Then again from a different source:

“Before Christmas a friend, and Vietnam Veteran and I were in a motorcycle shop in Victoria Park here in WA, when a chap started up a conversation with my mate. During the conversation this Mr Caddy learned my mate was a Vietnam Vet, so he then stated in front of me that although he was officially in the RAAF, he actually spent 13 years "On Special Ops with the SAS"!!!  Now, my ears pricked up and I asked him exactly what did he do whilst on these special ops, and he replied he was a photographer. I immediately knew he was a fraud because firstly, I didn't know him and believe me, I am, or was well known around the traps in SAS.

Mr Caddy told me the SAS often took he and another chap out on operations. When I asked him where, he would not say.”

Below are some excerpts from the Statutory Declarations

 

 

 

After being photographed it must have dawned on Caddy that he had been describing his Special Operations service to the wrong people and here is a report of his squirming:

“At mid-day today I received a call on my mobile from this Graeme Caddy, suggesting I have "Misunderstood" him!!! Please believe me, he categorically stated he had been in the RAAF, but had spent thirteen years "On Special Operations with the SAS" as a....wait for it....a photographer. I have a witness who I am sure would corroborate my statement and I'm prepared to sign a sworn affidavit if need be.

The truth of the matter as I told Mr Caddy earlier, he has been big mouthing himself and he has been caught out and he is a fraud. I have also laid a complaint against him with the AFP today”

Whether Caddy ever served in the RAAF we don’t know, the point is we do know that he never served on any operations with the SASR.

If all the wannabes who claimed to have served with the SASR had actually served it would have been the largest unit ever formed in Australia.

Caddy’s claim of having participated in Special Operations puts him in the category of claiming to be a returned Veteran, when he is not.  Making that claim is sufficient for him to be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Section VII, Part 80A “Falsely claiming to be a returned airman”. This offence attracts a penalty of $3,300 fine, or six months imprisonment or both. Caddy has been reported to the Federal Police. Those involved should also be aware that State Police can prosecute under the Defence Act.

Caddy is a fraud a liar and a wannabe who will remain on our web site until the day he expires.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Lenihan
Christian Names: Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bauple
Service #: Unknown
Service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE LENIHAN MARCH 20

Following our original report on Lenihan there have been major ructions at the Maryborough Qld RSL, including numerous front page media headlines.

Lenihan is the Club Manager of the Maryborough RSL. The RSL Club and the Sub Branch is an amalgamated organisation where the "RSL Club section" is managed by the Sub Branch executive. Lenihan was appointed manager of the RSL Club in early 2018.

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When appointed he addressed his staff, and told them that he is an East Timor Veteran, who was involved in fighting in the war in East Timor. That was a lie.

Genuine veterans heard his address and could discern inconsistencies in his story. We investigated the matter and found that Lenihan is a liar and a wannabe, and we published our findings on this website in late 2018. Despite our findings, the Maryborough RSL executive chose to believe that Lenihan was a genuine returned veteran, and the RSL Sub Branch President Mr George Mellick strongly supported Lenihan by keeping him in his job and threatening ANZMI with legal action paid for by the RSL.

MELLICK


Lenihan's denials of being a wannabe continued throughout 2019, resulting in Lenihan being charged by Qld State Police, for falsely claiming to be a returned veteran, and wearing medals he had not been awarded.

During the Police investigation, it was discovered that Lenihan had illegal drugs in his possession. As a consequence, Lenihan was also charged with the drug offence.

In late 2019 Lenihan went on fully paid stress leave. Not because of the stress of his job, but because of the wannabe lies he told whilst addressing RSL staff in 2018.

At the RSL Club, throughout 2019, arguments and dissension were rife and was directly linked to Lenihan's lies. Genuine returned veterans could not abide the RSL Club employing a lying wannabe.

These ructions resulted in the Sub Branch President Mr George Mellick being charged with assault for "biffing" an aged Vietnam Veteran.

On 21 Feb 20 in the Maryborough Magistrates Court, Lenihan pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran, and to the drug charge. He was fined a total of $1,000 for the two offences.

George Mellick has now been removed from position of President through democratic means, and a new President elected. Mellick appeared in the Magistrates court on 3 Mar 20 and was found guilty of assault with no conviction recorded.

Members of the Sub Branch and the RSL Club have expressed serious concerns that Lenihan, who now has a conviction for illegal drug possession and a conviction under the Defence Act 1903 for falsely pretending to be a returned veteran, can remain fully employed on self inflicted stress leave.

As the current Club Manager, and a convicted drug offender, Lenihan should never be able to hold the Maryborough RSL Club's Liquor License in the future. He should be given the boot immediately and replaced with a credible and honest person.

The final chapter will be written when action is taken regarding Lenihan's employment.

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UPDATE LENIHAN 26 NOV 2019

Before you read this update re-read our original report .

In this matter, there has been malfeasance and neglect at all levels of RSL management from Queensland President, District President and Maryborough RSL President. After intensive investigation Lenihan was arrested on 21 Nov 19 by police, and a court date set.

When the matter is settled by the court, we will do a comprehensive report into the management of the Maryborough RSL

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Case Notes:

Mr Craig Lenihan is the General Manager at the Maryborough, Queensland, Returned and Services League (RSL) Club.  Prior to Lenihan’s appointment the Sub Branch was in disarray, handling complaints about a previous Sub-Branch President.  Unfortunately, the problems have been exacerbated by the placement of Lenihan who has lied about his military experience, even though being an ex-serviceman was not a criterion for the role of General Manager of the Club.

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Before his appointment to Maryborough RSL Craig Lenihan previously managed the Nanango RSL and it was believed among the staff there, that he was a returned veteran (Info from two staff members)

Through direct statements and innuendo Lenihan has claimed to be a Returned Veteran who served in East Timor and "Has been shot at" and "Seen people blown up and his mates killed".  We hold numerous Statutory Declarations detailing how Lenihan has claimed to be a Veteran of Australia’s involvement in the conflict in East Timor.

With the usual guile of a wannabe, Lenihan explains the reason his name cannot be found in any Timor Deployment records is because he "served under another name"

Whilst several members of the Sub-Branch raised concerns about this matter with the Sub-Branch President, it fell on deaf ears. The Sub-Branch President, stated to an ANZMI researcher that ‘he did not wish to get involved  and that the researcher should be very careful because he could’ "fall flat on his face".  The RSL President then hung up the phone.

Researchers have tried to contact Lenihan on numerous occasions, but he will not respond.

It is indeed, a sad affair when an RSL President refuses to become involved in matters where staff members, representing the Sub-Branch are suspected of being Wannabes.  

It is also relevant that the President Mr George Mellick is a hypocrite, as whilst he does not want to become involved in the Lenihan matter he was heavily involved in having his predecessor banned from the RSL for being a Wannabe. After his successful campaign against the previous President, Mellick became the Maryborough RSL President.

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The official word from the Wide Bay District Deputy President, Mr Trevor Williamson, is that Lenihan is no longer making such claims, and in any case, although Lenihan is employed by the RSL he is not a member of the Sub Branch and therefore, it is not the business of the Sub Branch to question his claims of Active Service in East Timor.

It is however, the business of ANZMI and Veterans everywhere, and it is the business of the Sub Branch to satisfy its members that a person, representing the organisation at a senior level, making claims to be involved in Armed conflicts with Australian Forces and being a ‘veteran’ are not false, particularly when its members have raised concerns.

ANZMI have numerous Statutory Declarations from people and veterans stating that Lenihan has claimed to have been on active service in East Timor with the Australian Army and had witnessed enemy action.  

On a Statutory Declaration it is stated that Mr Williamson said that he had “Seen Lenihan's medals” and that, “Lenihan had burnt and destroyed his medals”.  Mr Williamson now denies having spoken about Lenihan's medals and claims that the Statutory Declaration is false.

Discord, strife and friction prevails at the Maryborough RSL. Staff and Sub-Branch members have provided a number of Statutory Declarations to the effect that, Lenihan has claimed to be a Veteran of the East Timor conflict.  RSL District executives and the Sub-Branch President claim to have no interest in the matter. Lenihan the wannabe refuses to refute that he is a Returned Veteran, nor comment or provide any evidence of ever serving in the Australian Defence Force during Operations in East Timor.

There is no record of Lenihan ever serving as a member of the Australian Army.  Details of his claimed service in East Timor are flawed by his claims that he served in East Timor in 1991 - 1992.  In fact, Australians were not deployed to East Timor until 1999.

As well as Lenihan refusing to provide any evidence of his service we are happy to declare him a wannabe and provide space for him on this website

Surname: Southam
Christian Names: Kurt Ronald
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Caloundra
Service #: PMkeys 8120662
Service: RAN
Branch: Combat Systems Operator
Commencement of service: Nov 01
Completion of service: Aug 03
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Kurt Ronald Southam is 33 years of age. Residing in Caloundra on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, in the State of Queensland can be a very relaxing and rewarding experience. Particularly if you are a former Royal Australian Navy elite Clearance Diver who has experienced the horrors of war in Afghanistan.

It could not be a better place to live, to get away from the stressors and traumatic memories of military life on operational service from “Hawaii to Afghanistan”.

Kurt Southam, apparently discarded his wet suit, flippers, snorkel and goggles, his intricate knowledge of explosives and counter terrorist techniques to become a Business Development Manager for an employment firm in Maroochydore, also on the Sunshine Coast. He is also a strongman and claims the number 1 spot in Australia for the under 80 kilos weight division.


Southam just loves publicity. You only have to google his name and instantly before your eyes, he is pictured posing for the camera lifting everything from rocks to beer barrels and tractor tyres.

Southam may be strong at lifting tractor tyres, but he is weak in character. Very weak indeed.

He is a liar, a valour thief and an imposter, who has used his very mundane Royal Australian Navy service to convince people that he was a highly trained Australian Navy Clearance Diver in Afghanistan. The equivalent of our respected Special Air Service Regiment in the Australian Army. (SASR)

In a published Sunshine Coast Profile article, Southam claims that he was a Clearance Diver in the Royal Australian Navy “serving from Hawaii to Afghanistan”.

His claims also extend to his Linked in Page where he states he was a former elite Naval Clearance Diver.

All of these claims are lies. They are intentional fabrications that characterise Southam’s shallowness.

Southam’s Royal Australian Naval (RAN) career is totally opposite to what he claims.

He enlisted in the RAN in November, 2001. He followed normal procedures and completed his Recruit Training at HMAS Cerberus in Melbourne, Victoria. He was then posted to HMAS Watson in Sydney, New South Wales where he trained as a Seaman, Combat Systems Operator. Unfortunately for Southam, he was not cut out for the RAN and he was discharged in August, 2003 as “Retention not in the interests of the Navy”. In other words , his services were terminated. In the 20 months that he served in the RAN he had no sea time. His postings were at two shore bases in Australia.

About the closest he ever came to being a qualified Naval Clearance Diver was completing a basic swimming test in Recruit Training at HMAS Cerberus in 2002.

His services were terminated as his retention was not in the interests of the Navy. No shame in that. Not everyone is cut out for service life. However, to now claim to be one of their highly trained Navy Clearance Divers with operational service in Afghanistan just shows what a false pretender he is.

Southam never “moved up the ranks until he became a Navy clearance diver” as suggested in the above article. He left at the same rank he joined. A seaman. By his actions, he would not even have the moral or physical courage to pass the selection test of this fine body of service men and women.

Southam is an imposter who likes publicity. We are happy to provide some more.

We understand that Southam gains his motivation from another well known Naval strongman, whose photograph appears below.

Welcome to the site, Kurt Southam.

Another self proclaimed strongman named Ian Ronald Crowden also appears on this site.

Anzmi.net/Crowden. Link.

Crowden was arrested in 2013 for kicking a Customs dog at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Airport. In his defence, he falsely claimed to be a sniper and an Afghanistan Veteran as well. He had no military service and he was later convicted of Perverting the Course of Justice as well for his trouble.

Must be something in the water they drink

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