Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Carr
Christian Names: Lee Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Wollongong
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAInf
Commencement of service: 11 Oct 1986
Completion of service: Nov 1986
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lee Thomas Carr was born on the 5th September, 1966. He is a partner in a business formally registered as Downtown Gym at Wollongong, south of Sydney in NSW. Carr is a boxing trainer who "tossed in the towel" on his own military career after one weekend in the "bush".

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The above photograph is Carr posing for the camera at his Wollongong gymnasium.

Lee Carr runs a Facebook page in connection with his gymnasium to promote himself and his business.

No problems with that. It makes good business sense.

However, it is what Carr places on his Facebook page that has created the interest of ANZMI.

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In the above Facebook photograph posted in 2014, Carr has claimed that the photograph is of him when he was a member of the 3 Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) Commando Unit.

It is in fact a staged photograph of Carr about six weeks after he joined the part time Australian Army Reserves, formerly the Citizens Military Forces on the 11 October, 1986.

On the weekend of 28th - 30th November, 1986, shortly after joining the Army Reserves in October that year, Carr was sent to Nowra on the south coast of NSW for an escape and evasion course. This was part of his initial normal Reserve training. We have been reliably informed by his former “team mates”, that this is the only time he ever spent in the “bush”.

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Carr is a lilly gilder, and a liar. The above Facebook post states that he “misses his old team.” He uses these false inferences and innuendos to convince his “loyal gym followers”, mainly females, that he is a legitimate former commando.

Carr in fact had a very uneventful period in the part time Army Reserve. Following his subsequent disinterest in army life, he failed to even complete basic mandatory Recruit training at Ingleburn, NSW.

As a consequence, he and the Australian Army parted company. His services were no longer required. His "bush" experience must have been too stressful for him and he tossed in the towel after six weeks, or in his case, a couple of weekends and a handful of  Tuesday night Parades.

Carr was never a member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not attend basic training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka, NSW. He did not attend Infantry Corps training at Singleton, NSW, and he certainly did not attend any commando parachute courses at Williamtown or anywhere else in Australia to become a qualified Commando.

He was never a member of 3 RAR Infantry Battalion. The 3 RAR Association have never heard of him.

In any case, there never was a 3 RAR Commando Unit as Carr claims.

In fact, his service records indicate that he would never have made the grade to be a regular full time soldier, let alone a qualified Commando.

We tried contacting Mr Lee Carr on the telephone number supplied for Downtown Gym, 50 Crown street, Wollongong.  This number has been disconnected.

We also tried contacting Carr on his mobile telephone for a considerable period to ask him about his Commando days in the Australian Regular Army.  This was also unsuccessful.

Carr is just another contemptible wannabee and liar, who uses his very brief part time Reserve service to promote himself and his gymnasium business to others by continual lies and innuendos.

For all his bravado, he is a just a fraud who could not hack military life but uses it to increase his status and regular income.

Carr, remove your lies about your military service from your Facebook profile and accept the fact that you are just a failed soldier.

Also have the intestinal fortitude to inform all your gymnasium clients that you are just a false pretender and that you lied to them about your Commando claims.

We look forward to providing an update of this imposters claims in the near future.

Surname: Bartels
Christian Names: Alexander James
Country: Australia
State or Province: TAS
City or Town: Exeter
Service #: 8237880
Service: Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 23 May 2002
Completion of service: 01 May 2008
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Alexander James Bartels was an Armourer in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a position that is highly regarded in all three services of the Australian Defence Force.

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Mr Bartels is not a valour thief, he’s not a medals cheat, he’s not even a wannabe. But he IS a fraud.

Bartels served just short of six years in RAEME as a Fitter Armament (Armourer). During which time his service was underwhelming at best. In fact, on 1st April 2008, Bartels was discharged from the Army as his Retention was not in the Service’s Interest. In other words, his attitude towards service life was so bad his superiors had no other choice but to get rid of him.

During Bartels’ mundane service he never left Australia and he definitely did not serve on operations overseas. Bartels’ life only became interesting once he was discharged from the Army.

On the 2nd of November 2015 Bartels fronted the Supreme Court of Tasmania and was convicted for Unlawful Trafficking in Firearms and related summary offences. According to information provided to ANZMI Bartels told the court he spent 10 years in the Army with the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). During this supposed service, he claimed to have been deployed on operations to East Timor and Iraq.

As already stated, Bartels’ only served six years in the Army and not 10, he was never posted to 5RAR and was never deployed to East Timor or Iraq.

The Supreme Court of Tasmania sentenced Bartels to 10 months imprisonment (wholly suspended for two years), 198 hours of Community Service and fined $9,000. It is understood that Bartels’ sentence was wholly suspended because of his claims to the Court he was suffering from PTSD, which he apparently developed as a result of his bogus war service.

Prior to Bartels’ appearance in the Supreme Court, is also understood that he has previously been charged with similar firearm offences. In 2010 Bartels was fined $800 for firearms offences, and in 2011 Bartels was convicted on more firearms offences, for which the sentence was wholly suspended.

Since learning about Bartels’ lies to the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Department of Public Prosecutions have begun an investigation into Bartels’ false claims of operational service and suffering from PTSD and, in due course, will apply to have his sentence reviewed.

This should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can bluff the judicial system with fabricated claims of operational service with the intent of deceiving the Courts and receiving a reduced sentence.

If you try it, you will be caught.

Welcome Alexander James Bartels to our website for all the world to see.

Surname: Chamron
Christian Names: Woodhy
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lidcombe - Sydney
Service #: Not Known
Service: Claims Cambodian Army & USArmy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Claims 1970
Completion of service: Claims 1975
Case Notes:

 

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Woodhy Chamron emigrated from Cambodia to Australia on the 21st March, 1976. Not much was known about Woodhy as he eventually settled into his home suburb of Lidcombe in the western suburbs of Sydney. He claims that he was the original founder of the 1st Khmer Community New South Wales, 1977.

Over the following years he became a self proclaimed leader in the Khmer community around the western suburbs of Sydney.

In 2014, Chamron made inquiries to join the Auburn (Sydney, NSW) Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of the NSW RSL, claiming he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian Army and the United States Army during the Vietnam war.

He declined to deliver documentary proof of his alleged United States and Cambodian Army military service to the RSL Sub Branch office, however, he volunteered to disclose some documents to the then Vice President of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, Mr Ron McLennan at Chamron’s private home. He emphasised that these documents were not to be taken away and copied.

Strangely, this demand was agreed to and in documents held by ANZMI, Vice President McLennan visited Chamron at his Lidcombe home and viewed documents that McLennan states satisfied himself of Chamron’s alleged United States Army and Cambodian Army service as a Lieutenant Colonel. McLennan also viewed purported military medals that Chamron showed him.

The below email document was received from a concerned RSL member who was inadvertently forwarded the document in error. In this document, McLennan, states that he read four sheets of paper pertaining to the military service of Chamron and “they all looked ok” . He further stated, “With American military and Cambodian Army I can only read the papers and hope they are original. About the medals, I have to take his word. We all know American service medals about (sic) and how you get them very easily”.

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I Ron McLennan was the first person to view Woodhy service records at his home, they looked ok to me there were about four sheets of his record of service. With American military and Cambodian Army I had to approve them as I can only read the papers and hope they are original. About the medals I have to take his word. We all know American Service medals about and how you get them very easily.
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The major problem with McLennan’s slack attitude towards Chamron’s claims is that we have evidence that most of the four sheets of paper McLennan was shown were written in a foreign language. Our inquiries have confirmed that McLennan cannot read, speak or understand Khmer, so he would not have any comprehension of what he was reading.

McLennan’s apathetic disregard for medals protocols is also concerning in respect to his comments about how you get American service medals very easily. All this is coming from a current executive Vice President of an RSL Sub Branch, who is responsible for the integrity and dignity of that Sub Branch and the credibility of the State RSL movement.

Why didn’t McLennan verify if the medals were genuinely awarded or purchased replicas over the internet? He allowed Chamron to dictate his own terms as to what documents he was shown and then naively states that “I have to take his word.”

For McLennan to make this comment, either Chamron told McLennan they were U.S military medals, or McLennan obviously did not even ask the question. McLennan did not obtain any proof whatsoever of what they were, and must have assumed they were genuine U.S military medals because of what Chamron told him about his U.S Army service.

In any case, Chamron’s medals are not “American Service Medals”. They are Cambodian military medals.

As Chamron would not provide any proof to ANZMI regarding his medal entitlements, we believe that all of them are non awarded replicas. They can be purchased on line over the internet.

Following McLennan’s visit to Chamron's house, he then personally approved his application for full membership to the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. Chamron has never appeared before a Membership Committee to have his claims or documentation validated.

State RSL Governance Regulations require all applicants to be processed in this fashion in order that the Membership committee can then recommend to the full committee if the application should be approved. McLennan took it upon himself to just approve everything without validating anything.

Thanks to this bungled process, Chamron then joined the Auburn RSL as a full returned services member without disclosing any proof of his claims.

This was much to the surprise of an overwhelming number of genuine returned and service members of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. These other members had to produce their own Discharge Certificates or Certificates of Service, and photo identification before they could join the RSL movement, as required by State RSL regulations.

Following his acceptance into the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, Chamron then commenced attending official functions displaying the RSL insignia on his jackets with all his medals. The below photograph is a recent photograph of Chamron at an official VP (Victory in the Pacific) day ceremony in 2015.

 

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In the above photograph, Chamron is wearing the following medals -;

1. Royal Order of Cambodia.
2. Unknown.
3. Royal Order of Cambodia.
4. Royal Order of Cambodia.
5. Royal Order of Sahametrei.
6. Unknown.
7. National Defence Medal. (Cambodia.)
8. Medal of Faithful Service, (Cambodia.)

The below mentioned photograph is Chamron again at another official function in 2015.

McLennan failed to make any attempt to identify the medal ribands that Chamron wears at all official occasions.

The gold braided military officers cap Chamron wears is similar to a General in the Cambodian Army. We have displayed both of them below.



Chamron is still yet to convince anyone at Auburn RSL Sub Branch that he is entitled to wear this highly ranked Officers cap and no one has told him to "get it off."

We started making some inquires about Mr Chamron and ascertained that in an email dated in 2014, he sent to a friend Mr. Khmeryong of the International Khmer Assembly, (IKA) Minnesota, U.S.A. he informed him that he (Chamron) was a “1st Lieutenant in the Lon Nol Army from 1970 - 1975 of OTS/3 from famous Khmer Military College”.

Extract -;

Woodhy Chamron
- Lon Nol's army 1st Lieutenant 1970-1975 of OTS/3 from famous Khmer Military College
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We presume "OTS" is Officer Training School.

He then emigrated to Australia in March,1976, where he later claimed to McLennan and other Auburn RSL members that he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian Army and also had U.S Army service. A remarkable rise in rank from an alleged 1st Lieutenant to a Lieutenant Colonel when he had supposedly already left the Cambodian Army 37 years beforehand.

Interestingly, Chamron claimed in the email to his friend at the IKA Minnesota in 2014, that he was a former 1st Lieutenant in the Lon Nol Army. This is the same year he informed McLennan and others that he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian and U.S. Army.

ANZMI also made inquiries with Chamron’s claims of being a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Our counterparts in the United States made a thorough inspection of United States Military Archive records and lo and behold, no Woodhy Chamron or Chamron Woodhy has ever served in the U.S. Military at any time whatsoever.

We forwarded two emails to Chamron requesting details of his military service in the United States and Cambodian Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. We also requested proof of his medal and riband entitlements.

He failed to provide any particulars and then abused us for asking. He claimed in his response that he was an Australian Cambodian war hero and that we should recognize him as that.

We then sent two emails to Mr Ron McLennan, Vice President of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. He also failed to provide any information about documents or medals he was shown. He also failed to provide information as to why he was satisfied that the four sheets of paper Chamron produced , mostly in the Khmer language, convinced him that he should approve Chamron for full membership of his Auburn RSL Sub Branch.

We look forward to viewing a Certificate of Service or a Discharge Certificate from the Cambodian or U.S. Armies from Chamron, McLennan or anyone else who may have an interest in this matter.

We will not hold our breath.

Chamron claims he is an Australian Cambodian war hero. We seriously doubt that. We would prefer to describe him as an imposter with no credibility. We will continue to portray him as an imposter until he provides evidence of his U.S Army and Cambodian Army service as a Lieutenant Colonel and provide conclusive evidence of all his purported medal entitlements.

Since Chamron has been accepted as a full member of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, he has used that Sub Branch as a platform to lobby the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the former State Governor Dame Marie Bashir and other Politicians about political events he is unhappy with, that he claims are occurring in Cambodia.

McLennan and anyone else involved in the process of Chamron's acceptance to the RSL movement should resign their committee positions forthwith for their incompetence.

NSW RSL State Branch should hold an investigation into the entire Chamron membership process to ensure similar incidents are not repeated or have occurred in the past at Auburn RSL Sub Branch.

Surname: Coldicot aka Anderss
Christian Names: Paul Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: Not Known
Service: Royal Marines UK
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Thomas Andersson VC GCM GC MC DSO Bar DSC CGM Bar and 32 MiDs slipped away from life on the 30 November 2015 under an old Oak tree whilst contemplating his life as "James Bond" of the Royal Marines. We never place wannabes on this web site if they are deceased before the entry is published, however in this case we make an exception because although we have his Death Certificate we know that he did not die.

Here is a photograph of the very much alive Paul Thomas Andersson however his name is really Paul Thomas Coldicot born 20 February 1970. He is an Australian citizen who resides in Brisbane Queensland. According to Coldicot, Andersson had to be killed off by UK Secret Service for security reasons

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Here is Andersson's Death Certificate.

 

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What happened to Andersson aka Coldicot? Well here it is:

Late September 2015 - escaped from Russia, after a secret mission, basically dead and in a coma.

From then to early November he was in a medically induced coma.

Andersson aka Coldicott 'woke up' early November. Some time after this, his very good friend named Lawry was called to active duty in Syria and was killed by American friendly fire.

Andersson aka Coldicot went to the funeral (in a wheelchair), drank a lot or alcohol and found a tree to sit under where he said he was dying and happy for it to happen. This was in Gloucester, in a cemetery owned by General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
www.gchq.gov.uk/pages/homepage.aspx which is a UK secret government organization. (GCHQ don't own a cemetery in that area and no military funeral was conducted in the main cemetery at that time).

Andersson aka Coldicot was giving an online running commentary of his activities up to the point where he was sitting waiting to die.

An hour or two after expiring beneath the spreading Oak tree, a person named "Sergeant Kingsley" found his body and advised of Andersson's death to those on Andersson's aka Coldicot's Social media.

Notice Sergeant Kingsly's name appears on the Death Certificate.

As per our first paragraph it can be seen that "Andersson" was a much decorated soldier. Here are some of his self reported adventures:

Claims to be on first name terms with Queen Elizabeth after having done personal protection duty for her. He says she offered him a Knighthood which he turned down because he "was just a "dumb soldier" and it "wasn't him".

As part of his work with MI6 he says that he was tasked with gathering information and videos on British politicians who took part in sex/bondage parties in order to use the information as leverage to get things done behind the scenes

He had a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device the size of a grain of rice in his shoulder.

In Afghanistan was hit by US shelling and copped shrapnel that tore his abdomen from rib cage to his belly button, intestines came out. He shoved them back in by stapling them himself and told his men he was fine. He then led them through hand to hand fighting through a cave system and then marched Forty kilometres back to an extraction point where he collapsed and was taken to hospital where he stayed for five months

He, with a team of three others were sent to clear bunkers in Iraq, they approached but then encountered six Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs). He told his men to take care of the APCs while he went and cleared the bunkers himself. He killed lots of people and was awarded the George Cross

Spent Eighteen months tracking down a South East Asian sex trafficking gang. Gradually killed off the key players and then waited for the well known Malaysian Property Developer, the head of the outfit in the lobby of a fancy hotel. The man had Two guards, one was ex Spetznatz (see here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spetsnaz) the other Israeli, he killed the two guards and then killed the leader in a marble bathroom in the foyer of the hotel. He escaped without detection and was out of the country within an hour

He went alone to see a man who knew where Two Hundred and Fifty kidnapped girls were being held. He had a retrieval team on standby. He tortured the man by removing a finger or toe every five minutes in order to extract information. He then hamstrung the man and took him outside and waited for Ravens to pick out an eye. The man gave up the location and Coldicot left him there to be "picked" to death. He forwarded the information to the retrieval team and the girls were rescued. The kidnappers were latter found hanging upside down in the trees with their genitals severed and shoved in their mouths. They had a multitude of cuts all over them and were left to die slow deaths

This is the "Mission" that lead to Andersson aka Coldicot being wheelchair bound and sitting beneath a spreading oak tree to expire

The target was in Eastern Russia in the middle of a very large Russian Training Ground. He was loaded into the bob tubes of a B2 Stealth Bomber and dropped into the target zone from One Hundred and Twenty Thousand feet in a heated suit. He walked Thirty Two kilometres to the shoot site only to find tanks as the chosen site, He found another site slightly worse but still around Two Thousand Five Hundred metres from the target. He took the shot and got a headshot and fired another for good measure which got the Marshal in the chest. Headshot was hollow point, second shot was fired before the first on hit and split the torso in half. Ran back towards the exit vehicle which was a Harrier Jet. Got within two kilometres when caught in an artillery barrage where a shell exploded above his head and to the right. His right eye was popped out of its socket which he pushed back in. He had a broken right shin and foot. He splinted the breaks with the barrel of his rifle and ran the remainder of the way to the Harrier. He was to be dropped out over the ocean to be picked up by a submarine. The Harrier pilot decided he was in no state so he flew at tree tops to get out of the "badlands" was refuelled twice in flight en route to the waiting hospital plane which took him direct to GCHQ hospital.

None of the above action should have in any way affected the mental health of Coldicot because he claims that he is not capable of experiencing PTSD, and disparages those who do. He said,

"His brain compartmentalises things and the psychs had told him he didn't have the type of brain that would be affected"

On the 28 December 2015 Coldicot wrote an email claiming to be recovering from his mission to Russia as Lt Col Andersson.

"As you likely guess from the email address, I have been moved to rehab and will hopefully soon be able to look after myself."

The address on the email was:

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He is claiming to be in "Rehab" in the UK when in fact he was on his computer in Brisbane. A check of the email address "veteranrehab.co.uk " clearly shows that Coldicot is the registered owner of the Domain.

 

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Coldicot was not in "rehab" in the UK in late December 2015 as he was photographed on the balcony of his Brisbane inner city appartment at 11:34 am on the 30 Dec 2015.

 

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Coldicot is a self appointed legend who has told his stories to more than one person.

In fact he is not a legend, he is a foolish buffoon who is now an enemy to all Australian, and New Zealand Veterans and ex Servicepersons. He is an enemy of the Royal Marine Association in both Australia and the UK. He is an enemy of the UK Secret Service (whoever they may be). He should also be an enemy to our readers world wide. He has gone from hero to zero and should disappear and shut up about his fanciful ideas of service with the Royal Marines.

We know that Coldicot injects himself with steroids that he claims are supplied by the UK "Secret Service". Perhaps the steroids that he in fact purchases have addled his brain and pushed him into his fanciful Walter Mitty existence. Whatever the reason he needs urgent psychiatric help.

We welcome Paul Thomas Coldicot to our web site and hope that our exposure will stop him from his ridiculous claims of "Secret Service" operations that are an insult to all who have served in the Armed Forces of the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Surname: Austin
Christian Names: Darren
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Gladstone
Service #: Not Known
Service: Claims Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Claims 1989
Completion of service: Claims 1991
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Darrin Austin of Gladstone is a liar.  He claims to have served with the RAN as an elite Navy Clearance Diver in the First Gulf War which occurred between 2 August 1990 and 28 February 1991.

He was recently interviewed by a Gladstone newspaper about a court case he was involved in.  Here is what he said about his Navy Service.

We phoned Austin and spoke directly to him.  He said:

"He joined the Navy in 1989 and was discharged in 1991 and served in the Gulf War aboard HMAS Sydney and was a Clearance Diver Team 4". 

In the RAN Clearance Divers are an elite section, and equal to the Army Special Air Service (SASR). Here is what a "kitted out" Clearance Diver would look like:

He further said:

"Since the newspaper article about his PTSD the Navy contacted him and are flying him down to HMAS Cerberus  in Victoria to see a Psychiatrist"

Australian Veterans know that the RAN does not contact discharged sailors and offer to fly them to a Navy Base for psychiatric assistance.  His lies have exceeded his knowledge of how the Department of Veterans Affairs work.

We were unable to locate evidence that Austin has served in the RAN.  He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Nominal Roll and we are advised by the RAN Clearance Divers Association that he has never been a Clearance Diver in the Australian Navy.

Austinalso said in the newspaper article:

Austin may claim a Saintly demeanour, however he is a liar about his Navy service and that usually indicates that he is a liar about other matters.  Despite what he says he is involved in criminal matters, because  falsely claiming to be a returned veteran is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 with a penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

We are reliably advised by a person with knowledge of Austin, that he is a constant liar and from the evidence that we have produced that description fits well.

We are not sure whether Austin has served in the RAN for a short period but we are sure that he never served in the First Gulf War and we are sure that he was never an elite Navy Clearance Diver.

Contrary to what Austin says, he is a dishonourable man and a constant liar.

We welcome him to our web site where he can sail on the good ship ANZMI to his hearts content.

Surname: Ackling
Christian Names: Steve
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bribie Island
Case Notes:

Steve Ackling, described as a "club staffer" in the Bribie Island Returned and Services Leagues Club magazine, BEACON, doesn't have pleasant memories of when he was a Sergeant medic during the Gulf war. Despite this Steve was quite happy to pose for a photograph dressed in Army gear on the guard of honour at the unveiling of the memorial wall in Vietnam Veterans Park, on Bribie Island on 13 May 2000. 

Steve can relate quite easily to his four months on active service in Kuwait as a Sergeant in the Australian Army Medical Corps and he will tell you how he helped treat the many American and British wounded. As he said "It's an experience I would never want to have again". The trouble with this statement is, that this "experience" of the Gulf War for Steve Ackling, was watching the world's first and very publicised live TV war, on the television set in his home in Australia. 

All Steve's stories of battles and wounded soldiers has been concocted from what he saw there on the screen in his living room! Steve Ackling does have some military service. He did serve for a period of 5 years in the Australian Army Medical Corps as a medical assistant [Private soldier] between 1981 and 1986. However, he has NO overseas service. CPMH wonders what service is reflected on his membership record at the Bribie Island Returned and Services League where he is employed as "a club staffer".


 

 

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