Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

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

Lenihan

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: Justice
Christian Names: Jamie-Lee
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Heildon
Service #: Nil
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

Jamie-Lee Justice uses a number of surnames, including, Noll, Johnstone and Newcombe. Jamie-Lee was born on the 22 April, 1990, and resides in Heildon, Queensland. Heildon is a small country town located about 100 kilometres south west of the Capital Brisbane.

Jamie-Lee is a false pretender and a military fraud.



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Jamie-Lee claims on her Face Book page, that she is a founder and Committee Chairman of the McGrath Foundation. This is a Charitable organisation that promotes awareness for breast cancer. She also claims a double degree of Physics and Neuroscience at the RMIT, (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) Melbourne. We have been unable to substantiate these claims through the relevant organisations..

In fact, when we notified the McGrath Foundation Brisbane, about the claims Justice was making, they immediately sent advice to Justice to remove any reference to their organisation from her Face Book Page. She has nothing to do with the Foundation and her claims are a lie.



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She further claims in the above entry, that she was an armed combat soldier, who served in the Department of Defence, Australia, from the 20 January, 2016 to 14 May, 2018.

ANZMI have received sworn Statutory Declarations from a number of people, who have met Jamie-Lee over the past two years and have stated, inter alia, the following -;

1. Jamie-Lee declared to me that she had previously served in the Australian Defence Force for two and a half years which ended about May 2018.
2. Jamie-Lee said that her reason for joining the Defence Force was to go to Syria and see for herself, if what was being reported on social media was true, with regards to Australian and American troops raping the children and then beheading them in front of their parents.
3. She stated that she was in Syria for two years and saw horrible things..
4. Jamie-Lee stated that when in Syria, she was shot in the hip by a fellow Defence Force member, whilst he was cleaning his weapon.
5. When asked if she remembered her (Defence) Force number, she said that she did not remember it because of PTSD. (PostTraumatic Stress Disorder),
6. When asked what Task Group or Corps she was a member of, she stated, “The Task Group that went to Syria.”
7. When asked about what medals she received, She replied, “The medals they give you when you go to Syria, I threw them away”

A further witness stated-;

8. Jamie-Lee told me that her Barrister was suing the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for $200.000.00 dollars for her “voluntary discharge”, due to being shot in the hip.
9. She threw her medals away.
10. She told me that she served for 6 years in the Australian Army.
11. She states that she is currently suffering from PTSD and has to take “lots of medication.”
12. She was shot in Syria, whilst in armed combat.
13. She was discharged due to her injury.

Unfortunately for Jamie-Lee Justice aka Noll aka Johnston, aka Newcombe, none of these claims are true. She is a military imposter, and a very bad one at that.

From inquiries made with some of Jamie-Lee’s former associates, she never served in the Australian Army as a Soldier at all, let alone deploy to Syria and receive a gunshot wound to the hip.

Jamie-Lee cannot remember -;
• her Service number,
• the Corps she served with,
• the name of the Task Force Group,
• the medals she was awarded, that she threw away.
This is after all, only two years since she returned from her alleged Syria active service deployment.

Jamie-Lee was contacted and invited to provide evidence of her alleged Australian Army “combat service”, or indeed, any military service at all. She declined the offer.

It might also be noteworthy to mention that no Australian Army personnel were ever deployed to Syria as ground troops.

It is an offence under the Defence Act 1903 Section 80A to claim, to be a returned veteran of the Australian Defence Force. Penalty $3,300 fine, or 6 months imprisonment, or both.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 Section 80A. (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.


The local authorities have been notified.

We welcome Ms Jamie-Lee Justice aka Noll aka Johnston aka Newcombe to ANZMI website.

Surname: Wirth
Christian Names: Carl William "Bill" aka Max
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Neurum
Service #: None
Service: None
Case Notes:

 

Bill Wirth makes genuine veterans either want to vomit copiously or laugh hysterically, he is the epitome of a lying wannabe:

 

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When contacted by a researcher he said "he did go to Vietnam in 1962, but as a 17 year old civilian who put his age up to 21 years", but "could not talk about it". .

 

Here from Statutory Declarations is what he has told others: inter alia

 

"Now as to my service record: Well you really should research your facts properly. Australia sent men to be assigned to, the Americans due to political pressure as early as 1962 nothing official of course. I was inducted into a training squad to be sent to Vietnam sort of unofficially. My entire association with the Australian army was for 6 months after which I was seconded to the American Vietnam task force and was with then for under 2 years. Mainly with a MACV SOG unit I am not proud of my service in Vietnam.  We didn't get involved in glorious brave battles a lot of what we did was assassinations or just plain murder. but mostly surveillance and intelligence gathering. 

My association with the Australian army was not one I enjoyed. A few really salt of the earth types but a lot obnoxious arseholes too. All this was well before your time and names like xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, regular army guys and salt of the earth types were recruiting for the token Australian  contribution to the Americans  in Vietnam. And this was in early 1962!! I was 17. and I did need to, adopt another identity that was 21 to get in.. Now that is the truth of it whether or not you believe it or not  well frankly I do not care.

I agree with unmasking those who lie about their service but am wary about people who, like myself, don't appear on official records being unfairly accused. Although every pretender I know is always a real RSl stalwart strutting about with a chest full of medals they never earned. The few I do know that are  in the same boat as myself just keep a low profile and avoid RSL's and anzac marches etc. So that's that I guess".

 

Simply put, all that Wirth has said are ridiculous lies.

 

Wirth has convinced his family that he served as an Australian Soldier in a Secret American Army unit in Vietnam for two years. The unit claimed was Military Assistant Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group (MACV SOG).    He has found that unit on the internet to fit his disgraceful lies.

 

MACV SOG was a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War.

 

Further details are available here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Command,_Vietnam_%E2%80%93_Studies_and_Observations_Group

Note that his time frame is wrong, he claims to have served 1962 - 1963 and 1964. MACV SOG was not implemented until January 1964.

His claims are "raw sewerage" and it is a pleasure to expose him as a liar who never at any time served with the Australian or American Army in Vietnam.

When speaking to the researcher he also said, "that because of the nature of his service the Australian Government had abandoned him and his mates and he could not claim any benefits from Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)". He also inferred that because he was not making claims from DVA he was not doing any harm.

One of the worst traits we find in wannabes is lying to their loved ones it is an act of absolute treachery. We believe it is to secure false succour to explain their atrocious behaviour, and is the ultimate betrayal of love and trust.

All those who have listened to Wirth's disgraceful lies must reassess their connection to him.

He will occupy space on this website and never be removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surname: Evans
Christian Names: Robert Owen
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Maryborough
Service #: A120033
Service: RAAF
Branch: Medical
Case Notes:

 

This case is a saga that has been Fifteen years in the making. Robert Owen Evans whilst President of the Maryborough Returned and Services League claimed to have served as a Colonel in the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and was a returned Veteran who had seen Active Service in Vietnam. In reality he was an RAAF Leading Aircraftsman, Medical Orderly who was never deployed overseas.

 

Evans

 

Evans used his position as President of the RSL to stifle those who questioned his bona fides and caused considerable suffering to those who dared speak out about him.

 

In February this year he was finally ensnared in the web of his lies and deceit and was forced to resign from his position as President of the RSL. .

 

Here is an extract from a Statutory Declaration dated February 2018 when he finally admitted he was a crook.

 

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A formal Tribunal Hearing was carried out and here is an excerpt from the Tribunal findings:

 

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His RSL membership was subsequently cancelled and he was banned from the Maryborough RSL. Unfortunately he won't let go, and is awaiting an appeal from RSL National Headquarters.

 

To sum up. Evans was a liar who, like a Dictator used his position to protect his lies. It is hoped that the National Body of the RSL takes proper care of Evans by ensuring that he can never again, in anyway be associated with genuine Returned veterans at an RSL.

 

It is ultimately the fault of the rank and file membership of an RSL when this injustice is allowed to happen.

 

Evans was brought to justice through the courage of one man who despite being treated as "leper" persisted in exposing the truth.

 

The Maryborough RSL is currently in disarray and its future is in the balance. The damage to individuals and the RSL is the work of Robert Owen Evans.

 

He can now suffer the consequences of his actions for all to see on this web site where he is very well qualified for the position.

 

 

 

 

Surname: Heberle
Christian Names: Ian John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Geraldton
Service #: 5717190
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Ian Heberle wears five medals and six badges.   He did not earn one of the medals and one of the badges

 

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He wears:

 

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) - Not entitled

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)

Vietnam Medal (VM)

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)

Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - Not entitled

 

Heberle served in Vietnam for 87 days as a Private Infantry Soldier.   Entitlement to wear the RVCM requires service of 181 days.

 

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Those who were classified as Battle Casualties and returned to Australia before completing 181 days are also entitled to wear the medal. Heberle did some hard work in Vietnam but was never classified as a Battle Casualty.

 

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Above his medal ribbons he is wearing the prestigious ICB.

 

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Entitlement for this badge is:

 

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As he served in Vietnam for only 87 days he is not entitled to wear the ICB.

 

Heberle is from a family with military history as he wears on his right breast World War 2 medals that were earned by a direct relative.

 

Heberle, like many other Returned Veterans has chosen to purchase and wear a medal and a badge that he did not earn.

 

A nation wide audit of photographs from commemorative occasions is under way resulting in many exposures of Veterans wearing medals they did not earn.  

 

Heberle has been caught and placed on this website, where he will remain for a very long time.

 

 

Surname: Manson
Christian Names: Dennis Smeaton
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Auckland
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 18223
Service: RNZN & Royal New Zealand Dental Corps
Branch: Dental
Commencement of service: 21 May 1964
Completion of service: August 1987
Case Notes:

 

Medals:        

  • NZ Operational Service Medal
  • Vietnam Medal
  • NZ General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) with Clasp: VIETNAM
  • NZ Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
  • NZ Defence Service Medal with Clasp: REGULAR
  • Silver Star (USA) – not approved for wear by NZ citizens
  • Purple Heart (USA) – not approved for wear by NZ citizens
  • South Vietnamese Campaign Medal

Dennis Smeaton Manson is on the executive, and is the welfare officer, of the Devonport (Auckland, NZ) RSA.

His photo and profile info is displayed on their website.

 

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Manson is also a liar, fraud and medal cheat!

Manson is a decorated Vietnam veteran, awarded six official medals (listed above). However that wasn’t sufficient for this self-avowed hero, who chose to obtain and wear 2 United States medals on his rack . One is the Purple Heart, a medal known as the “blood medal”. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

Even that wasn’t sufficient for Manson, who decided to obtain one of America’s most prestigious awards, The US Silver Star. Because of this decorations seniority it is almost always presented by a high-ranking military officer or US diplomat. This would also be widely reported throughout New Zealand, and in military circles, as it is such a rare award.

According to Manson, his Silver Star and Purple Heart simply arrived in the mail.

This is what he claimed when asked for an explanation

“In September 2011 I received a package from Washington DC and wondered what it was. To my astonishment it was 4 medals with a note with words to the effect of "We have noticed you have not requested your medals. Please find the medals enclosed. Thank you for your service."

"I went and showed Jimmy Jones the then President of the Devonport RSA the note and medals. I told him I know I am NOT entitled to 2 of the medals as they are for US Service personnel. He then said we should have a presentation. He arranged for The Flagstaff Devonport's local paper to be in attendance and presented the medals 3 Oct 2011”.

Manson was half right, he most certainly was not entitled to wear two of the medals. The fact is, he was not entitled to wear all four of the medals that arrived "out of the blue in a plain package", apparently from Washington, DC. Apparently the then President of his RSA (Jimmy Jones) took Manson's word that he was entitled and apparently, insisted on a full presentation in front of the local media.

Here is the article and photo in the local paper showing Manson presented with the two medals by the President of the Devonport RSA.

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Source:   The Flagstaff – Devonport 3rd Oct 2011

 

In an attempt to remove any doubts over the award of these medals, Manson then approached the NZ Defence Force requesting they acknowledge his claim that the US Government retrospectively awarded him these medals in 2011.

It was very quickly proved that Manson’ claims were fanciful, that he was never awarded either the US Silver Star or the Purple Heart, and his request was declined.

We have a copy of the report from the Advisor Medals Policy of Headquarters, Defence Personnel Executive, NZDF, stating:



We are aware of the campaign being raised for recognition of this award by Mr Dennis Manson.

 

NZDF have found no documentary evidence to support Mr Manson’s claims that the US Government retrospectively awarded him these awards in 2011.   All we have seen to date is his claim and the bare medals.

 

We have not sighted any citations, nomination forms or official letters from the US military to support his claims.

 

Attached for your information is the approved listing of all awards for service in Vietnam. There is still further research being conducted for some of these awards.   A US Silver Star would have been a major feature in this list if anyone had known of it.

 

LDA D.S. Manson was WIA at Tam Quan near Bong Son on the 1st March 1970 in the same incident where 80166 Sgt GS Watt, RNZAF was killed. Both were subjected to the same medical evacuation and NOTICAS action. Sadly Sgt Watt died of his wounds in Bong Son, LDA Manson was treated and recovered.

 

The NZ Services Medical Team unit war diary does not mention any US awards for Mr Manson as a result of his actions that day. There is also no indication that we can find of any NZ gallantry nominations from the two unit Commanding Officers over this period. HQ V Force files do not show any indication of any NZ gallantry nominations being raised through the NZ Services Medical Team or offer of US awards from the US Army HQ they were part of.

 

Finally – Ian McGibbon’s authoritative book on Vietnam “New Zealand’s Vietnam War” covers this incident in one paragraph on p.333. It confirms that Manson was ‘lightly wounded’ and that Sgt Gordon Watt (RNZAF) died of his wounds following this incident, but little else as he could find no other verification.

As a long serving member, who is also an executive member of an RSA, Manson would have been aware of medal protocols, especially involving such high profile decorations.

He would also have been advised by colleagues and NZDF following his request, of the rules around wearing of decorations under NZ Law, as follows:

'..No person may wear a medal or decoration awarded to them by a foreign government unless it has been approved for wear by the Sovereign.'   The Military Decorations and Distnictive Badges Act 1918 and the  Military Badges and Distinctive Badges Act 1974 refer.

On the official NZDF medals website is displayed the only awards presented to NZ personnel by the Government of the United States of America.

The Gallantry Awards to New Zealanders by the Government of the United States for service in Vietnam which have been approved for acceptance and wear:

Bronze Star with ‘V’ Device (for gallantry) - two awards

822606 Captain B.D. Chippindale, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
For acts of gallantry while attached to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry (United States Army)

30650 Captain B. Meldrum, Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

- For acts of gallantry while attached to 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment (United States Army)

Distinguished Flying Cross - one award

82805 Flying Officer M.R. Callanan, Royal New Zealand Air Force

- For acts of gallantry while attached to 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (United States Air Force)

 

Here is the link to this item: http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/news/archive2009.html#recipients

No mention of Manson there!

Worryingly, the RNZN has a policy of bringing in the 'old and bold' to talk to new recruits about their experiences in the Navy. Manson has been paraded as a decorated hero, to speak of his bravery and show off his unique array of decorations.


This photo shows Manson (highlighted) with the current (as of Nov 2018) Executive of the Devonport RSA.



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Dennis Smeaton Manson is a VALOUR THIEF and a FRAUD. He has knowingly obtained a high order US military gallantry in combat (The Silver Star), and an award for being wounded when in combat with the enemy (the Purple Heart).

Manson has then represented himself publicly as a decorated combat veteran. He has stolen the honour of those US and other service persons who have legitimately earned the Silver Star in order to present himself as a ‘war hero’ to others, and has also fraudulently represented himself to have been wounded in action with the enemy by wearing the US Purple Heart.


Below is the Act Manson happily breached - twice!
 

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Finally, Manson is guilty of breaching the Military Decorations and Distinctive Badges Act 1918 (copy above).



Perhaps the Devonport RSA may like to mitigate their shame by laying a complaint with the NZ Police over Manson’s disgusting deceit!

Manson is a deceitful character who should be booted out of the RSA altogether for bringing discredit upon that organisation. When the RSA is currently struggling to attract younger members, imposters like Manson show total disregard for honour and medals protocols, that have been in existence for over 100 years".

He is a fraud.

Following an approach to the Devonport RSA, and the National RSA, we received a copy of a letter sent to Manson advising that he was breaching RSA rules (rule 14) and advised to respond.

Since then we’ve been advised Manson has agreed to remove the US Purple Heart and the US Silver Star from his rack. The CEO of the RSA National Office has since confirmed the above and expressed the attitude to such issues, saying “the RNZRSA and RSA clubs take this stuff seriously”

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