Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Fancourt
Christian Names: Wilfred Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Case Notes:

His true medal entitlements are the:

Australian  Active Service (AASM) Medal with Clasp Viet Nam,
Viet Nam Medal, and
Vietnamese Campaign Medal.

 

But, Neil FANCOURT proudly wears the followingas you can see in his photograph:

US Presidential Unit Citation (PUC)
Infantry Combat Badge
AASM with Clasp Viet Nam
Korea Medal
United Nations Korea Medal
Viet Nam Medal
Australian Service Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal

The Profile as shown in the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, (WA) SITREP Magazine, profile here details Fancourt as having served in Korea, Malaya and Viet Nam in both Infantry and Engineers. The real fact is that Fancourt never served in Korea or Malaya and his service in Viet Nam was with Ordnance Corps and could not be classed as dangerous.

Fancourt claims to have been in the Battle of Kapyong (Korea)  on 24th - 25th April 1951 which meant that he would not have reached his 18th birthday. DOB here  The fact is that no soldier could serve in Korea less than 19 years of age. Fancourt's name does not appear on the Army Orders of the award of the US PUC (copy of Army Order on file) and Veteran's from the battle have never heard of him.   Fancourt has been at some events where Battle of Kapyong Veterans have gathered but he never stays around long enough to tell his so called war stories with these real Veterans.

To cover this anomaly, Fancourt has claimed he served in Korea under an assumed name.   Record checks show that a person of that name did serve in Korea in 1955/56 as a driver (not during the Battle of Kapyong period) but at the time of this person serving, Fancourt was already serving in the ARA under his real name. It is not possible to be in both places at the same time. This is a lack of research on Fancourt's part, as if he had done his homework correctly, he could have assumed the name of a real Kapyong Veteran.

There is no record of Fancourt ever having served in Malaya. Fancourt did Corps transfer from RAE to RAInf - 3 RAR in July 1955 but was transferred back to Engineers at his own request  here in 1956, as he had been downgraded medically due to foot problems. His duties while in Infantry were as a Motor Cycle Orderly. That is the sum of Infantry service for this so called War Veteran.

Fancourt enlisted in the CMF – in April 1952 but after a few months enlisted in the Australian Regular Army (ARA) for 6 years from August 1952.  He was allocated to the Corps of Engineers and was discharged with the rank of Sapper in August 1958. No overseas service and no promotion during this Regular Army service. Fancourt then enlisted in the CMF in 1959 as a Driver - Ordnance Corps, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.   He then volunteered for CMF (Full Time Duty) in November 1965 as a Driver - Corporal and subsequently was promoted again in 1966 to a Sergeant - Storeman Technical Ordnance. Apart from his tour of duty in Viet Nam 1969/70 with 2 AOD, Fancourt served the rest of his time in Australia. He was discharged in April 1970 at his own request.

His service was not distinguished and he had numerous visits to hospitals and many offence reports, one of which included negligently discharging an F1 Sub-Machine Gun in a storehouse at Vung Tau.report here   The views of his Commanding Officer also in fact, reflect the view that he may have been a malingerer of the highest order throughout his career.  report here

This self claimed hero has presented himself as a war hero who has been in battles, wearing rank which he never attained, and has at times had the audacity to castigate fellow Veterans for their lack of service.  Until recently, Fancourt held a Committee position on the Vietnam Veterans Australia Association of Western Australia, however, was removed from the position after details of his fraudulent wearing of decorations and medals was passed to the organisation. This did not deter Fancourt from leading the Vietnam Veterans March at Bruce Rock, Western Australia on 2nd November 2002 here but notice the hand movement to block his name tag. here

Fancourt's biggest mistake was to show a profile that was not true and to mouth off to Veterans about his so-called exploits.  This is what resulted in questions being asked and what brought about his downfall.  As is, in so many cases of the 'wannabe', it is their own stupid mistakes that get them caught out.

"Details of Fancourt's fantasy stories and wearing of false awards and decorations were becoming common knowledge in the veteran community in Western Australia.  A statement herewas made by a well respected veteran as to Fancourt's claim to have served in the AATTV [Australian Army Training Team Vietnam] as a WO1 in Engineers.  A total fabrication, and once again shows the lengths this wannabe is prepared to go to in an endeavour to embellish his so called war record."  The veteran who made the statement is quite prepared to be interviewed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Fraud squad should they wish to pursue this further.

Fancourt owes the Veteran community an apology for the years that he as masqueraded as a war hero.  Unfortunately, he will have lost the friendship of many of those who believed in his war stories.

Shame on you Wilfred Neil  FANCOURT for the lies you have spread over all these years and for the trust that you have broken with many Veterans. You have now attained the rank of 'WANNABE'.

12 April 2004
The Wilfred Neil Fancourt story above is exceptional due to the fact that he vilified, castigated, and belittled Korea War Veterans who didn’t see the service or danger that he experienced. He saw or experienced nothing in Korea but then joined an RSL stating service with 3RAR Korea as his membership right. Why wasn’t his supposed service checked by the RSL?

Late last year we were contacted by a person from this RSL who was acting as an advocate for Fancourt. This advocate, a well-meaning former Army Officer and Vietnam Veteran, told us that Fancourt had been made aware of his exposure as a wannabe on our site and wanted to know how his details could be removed. He said Fancourt was in tears as he told his story about finding a new partner and wanting to lead a normal life without the stigma of his exposure hanging over him.

The advocate had not read our site story on Fancourt so it was suggested that he do so before proceeding any further with the matter. He was also directed to our front page which clearly states the circumstances under which a wannabe’s details may be removed, he hadn’t read this either.

After a lot of e-mails on inconsequential matters were received and sent, Fancourt finally sent a blanket apology to all people whom he had offended during his posturing as a decorated war veteran, this was handwritten on a duly witnessed statutory declaration. We had insisted on a statutory declaration because of Fancourt’s track record as a liar and actor but we demurred on our earlier demand that the declaration be witnessed by a local Police Officer.

He was also told (asked) to hand over his unearned medals and awards to a responsible person. He relinquished the Korea medals to his RSL President and when doing so, said that he’d misplaced the PUC and the ICB. We sent him out to buy replacements, which he did, and he handed these over as well.

These medals were awarded to one, J. O’Keefe 24842, these details are on the rim of the medals.

It is not up to CPMH to accept apologies on anyone else’s behalf in a situation like this. Fancourt had claimed to be with the Australian Army in Korea, (3RAR), also with the AATTV and SAS in Vietnam so we sent his apology off to four Veteran’s organisations for their responses.

At this point in time we have received denials of apology acceptance from three of the four Veterans groups so in the interest of publishing this update now, we won’t wait for the fourth response which should reach us before the end of April.

It’s receipt will be noted below this update.

We offer our thanks to the Veterans organisations who responded so quickly and responsibly to our enquiries as to the acceptance or denial of Fancourt’s apology.

NB, We do not deal with advocates, we will receive submissions from the person who has been exposed on our website only.

The advocate mentioned above attempted to deflect the issue at hand to a “relatively minor” issue noted in the original exposure. He was informed that no further correspondence from him would be acknowledged and that only mail from Fancourt would receive replies.

His devotion to a friend/fellow RSL member, is noted but maybe he should have made himself more aware of the entire issue before becoming involved.

13th May 2010

This is now the 3rd appearance ofWilfred Neil Fancourt another recidivist wannabe

A genuine Veteran who sullied his service by exaggerating his medals entitlement is at it again. This time in outback Queensland.  The Veterans of Winton were too sharp for Fancourt giving rise to the notion that wannabes receive will no succor anywhere, and particularly not in outback Australia.

Neil Fancourt was enroute from his home in Western Australia to Cairns in Far North Queensland when he arrived in Winton Western Queensland for ANZAC Day.

Fancourt again displayed Korea medals that he did not earn and told silly stories about his service to people he thought he could fool. The good Veterans of Winton were told by Fancourt that he had served two tours of Vietnam and had worked with both Wheatly VC and Payne VC and spent 12 months with the USA forces.

In fact Fancourt was a Group 1 Corporal, Temporary Sergeant, in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and served with 2 Advanced Ordnance Corps Depot located on the “Back Beach” at Vung Tau where his service was less than satisfactory. Fancourt was previously exposed on our web site on 12 April 2004  and obviously he learned nothing from the experience.

The photo shown below was taken on the morning of the 25th April 2010 at the Winton RSL in the period between the Dawn Service and before the daytime parade. Fancourt is photographed still wearing Korea Medals and an Australian Service Medal that he has no entitlement to wear.  

Winton Veterans were able to check our web site on ANZAC morning after the photo was taken. Fancourt was politely requested to wear only the medals he was entitled to wear. Soon after that request, Fancourt removed his medals but stayed on for the ANZAC activities

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Limebeer
Christian Names: Peter
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Servicenumber 216579  Pte Peter Limebeer,  DOB 18/5/1943, originally enlisted into the CMF on  24 November1962 and was assigned to 33 Port Squadron  in NSW.   He was subsequently transferred into the [CMF] Royal New South Wales Regiment [RNSWR] Army Commando Reserve Unit, as a Privateand was discharged on 8/5/1968.

On 4 April 1964 he qualified for his Green Beret.   This was to distinguish him as having qualified his recruit training only. On 5 May 1964 he was upgraded from Recruit to Private. On 3 November 1965 he was transferred into the RNSWR a CMF [Army Reserve] unit.

On 24 November 1965 Pte Limebeer re-enlistedwith the RNSWR.

 It was on the 9 March 1966 where Private Limebeer first came to light as a Military Impostor.    Whilst at Crows Nest on 23 February 1966 he was found to be wearing a Parachutist's badge for which he had never qualified to wear.   He was charged, found GUILTY and  FINED.

Subsequent investigations reveal that Limebeer has in fact never qualifiedfor any significant skill except a basic Demolitions Courseon which he passed 14th out of a class of 16.

On 8 May 1968 Private Limebeer was discharged from the RNSWR under Australian Military Regulation 176 for being AWOL. [Absent Without Leave]

CPMH has had Limebeer complaints arriving for several years from a variety of  areas. It appears that he enjoys the tales he tells and the infamy he receives. The Wannabee Syndrome has many indications however Limebeer has been telling his tales for so long he now firmly believes them himself.

His complete military record is only but a few pages. However to enhance his paltry Military service achievements he has resorted to the Wannabee Syndrome in that he has invented some great Rambo type stories and has related these to all and sundry, who would believe them. His posting information is shown here.


Limebeer a declared drug addict and alcoholic has recently been undertaking an Addict Recovery Course at Albion St, Surry Hills NSW with the Salvation Army and has been residing there for a number of months. 

Some of Limebeer's claims are as follows:

He was a Major in the Commandos.
He is a Personal mate of General Peter Cosgrove.
He is/was the highest ranking officer in the Commandos.
Served as a RAAF Pilot in South Vietnam.
He was the most decorated Pilot in South Vietnam.
He served in Malaysia and Borneo as a Commando Reservist with the SAS.
He was decorated by the US for his part in saving a Submarine in Malaysia/Borneo.
He was a Pilot flying for Qantas.
He was a covert operator for ASIO operating in and out of South East Asia.

This is an amazing array of claims to fame by just one single Army Private with not quite six years service and in particular no operational or overseas service.

Limebeer applied to join the Balgowlah RSL in 1989.  His application to join the RSL, showed no overseas service, no decorations, no Medals and no awards.

The only Limebeer recorded as receiving a commission as an Officer in the Australian Army was in WW2, there is not and has never been, another Limebeer in the Australian Army.

There are no records in the Governor General's Department of any Limebeer as being an Officer in the Australian Armed forces during the years 1960-80.

There is no Limebeer listed on the Australian Vietnam Nominal Roll.

There is no record of a Peter Limebeer with RAAF service in South Vietnam.

 There is no record of a Peter Limebeer with RAN service in South Vietnam, Borneo or Malaysia.

There is no record of a Peter Limebeer having received any foreign decorations or any awards from the United States.

There is no record of a Peter Limebeer applying to the Prime Minister's and Governor General’s office, for permission to wear any foreign decorations or awards.

There is no record of any US Submarine being ‘saved’ or having been in ‘trouble’ in Malaysia or Borneo waters 1960-1970.

Dept of Veteran Affairs has no record of a Peter Limebeer.

The Australian War Memorial gives a different name as the ‘Most Highly Decorated Australian Pilot’ in South Vietnam.

Limebeer has resorted to blatant lies and misrepresentation by preying upon the Honour of those who did serve their country.  He is a parasite who has conned his friends and associates.   He has cheated them of the truth.  He has endeavoured to enhance the lies that he has told so often that he now believes them himself having told them so often.

We will never know exactly how many doors have been opened to this parasitic liar but from the many informants reports it is substantial.  It seems that this lying con artist who has been addicted to hard drugs and alcohol, has left the Surry Hills Hostel and is now living elsewhere.

No doubt he will again surface and most likely we will hear about him from someone who has been conned or lied to by Limebeer.  We will bring new updates about him as they come to hand.

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

 

Surname: Nelson
Christian Names: Peter Stuart
Country: RAN
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Sandy Bay
Case Notes:

Nelsonisn’t entitled to any Defence Forces awards from this country or any other.

Since his discharge in 1972 he managed to elevate his Navy rank to Lieutenant Commander Ret and attended commemorative occasions such as Anzac Day wearing his impressive array of decorations and awards.

He offered proof of his war service, with a unit he calls Joint Forces Special Operations Command, in the form of citations for bravery under fire. These citations are all dated 6 December 1972 so his heroic actions must have taken place sometime during his RAN service that he began at age 16. Strange, his CV that covers this period of time only mentions him being in the Navy and resigning due to “Pressing family needs”

A Junior Sailor “Resigning” from service? You weren’t tossed out of the Navy, were you Pete?

Returned Servicemen in Tasmania soon found good reason to have Nelson charged with impersonation of a Naval Officer and Returned Serviceman, he appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court.

The Magistrate found him guilty and fined him Aust.$170.    $30 short of the allowable maximum at that time. He has yet to be sentenced on criminal matters.

This article appeared in 2003.

 These citations  were written by someone who is not an American, it was probably Peter himself. He’s been charged with forging and uttering, theft, and computer fraud so it’s very likely.

These above are the citations that Nelson presented as proof of service and awards. He was born in 1954 and accomplished all this as an officer at age 18?

Note the English/Australian way of spelling HONOUR (twice above) Americans spell the word, HONOR.

Also, genuine citations do not contain personal messages.

One more thing is that in the final paragraph JFSOG is mentioned. Note that earlier we had JFSOC, Joint Forces Special Operations Command. It appears that this has changed to Joint Forces Special Operations Group. SOG? The Phoenix Programme?

Sorry Pete, the acronym SOG stands for something else.

Also note the logo at the top of the page, it’s nothing like the US Defense Dept. logo.

Not a bad attempt at forgery but you’ve been caught out again. Your incorrect spelling and the use of an incorrect logo were a couple of bad mistakes. Almost as bad as the mistake you made thinking that Returned Servicemen and Women are fools and would not discover your charade. You made another blunder in some coding when you typed your last citation too, but we won’t tell anyone.

By the way, we just loved your CV's. You certainly played around with them over the years, no two are the same, and haven’t you done a lot of things in your 50 years on this good earth.

You  wrotein one CV that you served in the RAN from January 1970 to June 1972, this was the only mention you made about RAN service in all seven CVs that we have on file.

We also note that you passed the Leaving Certificate (Year 11) at age 14. Surely a person with that kind of intelligence wouldn’t be doing the things you have been doing. Another time you’ve been caught out.

Dr. Peter Stuart Nelson. B.A. (University of South Australia) M.A. and PhD. (Pacific Western University, California) 

Good ol’ Pac Western U is located in Suite 205,  1650 Westwood Boulevard,  Los Angeles.

A degree mill, they churn out degrees over the internet.

We’ve got a better post nominal for Nelson…Prisoner 21154.

Below is what a real U.S. Military citation's wording looks like. The facts, and nothing but the facts.

BALLARD, DONALD E.

Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U.S. Navy, Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 May 1968. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 5 December 1945, Kansas City, Mo. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty while serving as a HC2c. with Company M, in connection with operations against enemy aggressor forces. During the afternoon hours, Company M was moving to join the remainder of the 3d Battalion in Quang Tri Province. After treating and evacuating 2 heat casualties, HC2c. Ballard was returning to his platoon from the evacuation landing zone when the company was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Army unit employing automatic weapons and mortars, and sustained numerous casualties. Observing a wounded marine, HC2c. Ballard unhesitatingly moved across the fire swept terrain to the injured man and swiftly rendered medical assistance to his comrade. HC2c. Ballard then directed 4 marines to carry the casualty to a position of relative safety. As the 4 men prepared to move the wounded marine, an enemy soldier suddenly left his concealed position and, after hurling a hand grenade which landed near the casualty, commenced firing upon the small group of men. Instantly shouting a warning to the marines, HC2c. Ballard fearlessly threw himself upon the lethal explosive device to protect his comrades from the deadly blast. When the grenade failed to detonate, he calmly arose from his dangerous position and resolutely continued his determined efforts in treating other marine casualties. HC2c. Ballard's heroic actions and selfless concern for the welfare of his companions served to inspire all who observed him and prevented possible injury or death to his fellow marines. His courage, daring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

 

Surname: Hatzifotis
Christian Names: Kon
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Case Notes:

 

 

This is the story so far;  

Kon Hatzifotis has inserted a political advertisement (pictured left) running for office in Redland Shire, outer Brisbane where he states in the header of the ad, that he "Served in Australian Army, Vietnam." He is also President of the Hellenic RSL Queensland Sub-branch.

There is no record of a Hatzifotis serving in any unit, in any capacity 'in country', during any period of the Vietnam conflict. Hatzifotis it appears was a National Service inductee and served with 9 RAR (9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment) but did not serve in Vietnam.

When approached by a Queensland RVVG member and a CPMH team member, Hatzifotis claimed that the advertisement had been altered by the newspaper. His instructions for the advertisement read "Served in Australian Army during Vietnam" - an interesting play on words, and quite ambiguous if not misleading.
 

 

The Courier Mail in Brisbane, which has exposed military imposters before, followed up on the story with an article in which Hatzifotis attempted to correct his position. The article pointed out that Hatzifotis had marched on previous Anzac Days wearing medals, claiming that they were "Greek religious medals".

Courier Mail article and political campaign advertisement here.

On ANZAC Day 2000, he was nowhere to be seen, despite quite a contingent of newspaper and television reporters keen to meet him in full regalia.

Investigations are continuing and this matter remains on foot.

  Anzac Day 2004

Yes Kon was there again at the front of his Hellenic RSL Group.  Well he was when the march started but while they were forming up he was in amongst his troops and each time a camera was pointed at him he managed to turn his back to it so in typical Veteran ambush style several Veterans moved to strategic spots and each time he turned around at least one of them could take a photo of him.

It was then time to step off and naturally Kon was out front leading the Greek contingent with his beret and RAR badge, to which he has an entitlement to wear, but it would seem that the Greek Religious medal he claimed he was wearing back in the year 1999 had been miraculously turned into a Vietnam Medal and Infantry Combat Badge.  The very medal we claimed he was wearing, but he denied and called a religious medal way back then when he wanted to be a Redlands councillor.

We are probably being a bit harsh on Kon as he obviously isn't really switched on about his former minor time in the Army or he would realise that the only real thing he was wearing was  a standard blue all corps beret with his RAR badge on it and a National Service Medal.

It would seem that Kon is a con and he no doubt knows that he is on these pages as he failed to appear at the head of, or even in the ranks of the Hellenic RSL group in the year 2000.

He marched with them again in 2001 and 2002 and at both of these parades he was without medals. Religious or his bogus Vietnam medal.  

Now it is only assumed here, but we reckon he was keeping his eye on this site and noticed that we had been busting quite a few other bogus Veterans and he was slowly slipping down the pages into oblivion. 

2003 and the CPMH investigators thought that Kon had seen the errors of his ways and did not pay him any attention on this parade.  We should have as he had slipped so far down our pages he was right out of sight so out came the medals again and Kon proudly led the Hellenic group again as a Veteran with his medals on.  

You may have thought you got away with it Kon but a lot of people reported you to the site so this year we were ready and we snapped many photos of you and your bogus medals and even made a movie of you.  One of those photos can be seen and you can quite clearly see the Infantry Combat badge incorrectly mounted on your bogus Viet Nam medal.  If you would like to view all the other photos then we suggest you approach the Federal police as they will have them in a few days time and will be hopefully paying you a visit in the near future. 

 

The fines and jail terms have been increased Kon.   Are you to be our test case to see if the Federal Police and the legal system will do justice for impostors on behalf of genuine Veterans.????

 

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

 

Surname: Osborne-Brown
Christian Names: Robert Murray
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Robert Murray Osborne-Brown aka Bob Brown

As far as we can ascertain, Brown was first seen wearing an Army Colonel’s uniform in early1996 although this charade could possibly have begun a long time before that.   It was in 1996 that he told stories of  being semi-retired from the Army and of using an F-111 fighter jet as personal transport.

Some further false claims made by Brown are:

Served with 4RAR in Malaya/Borneo and from there was posted to Duntroon Military College for Officer training.
He told of being the Company Commander of an American Company serving in the DMZ during the war and apparently it was Thanksgiving Day for the Americans at the DMZ, the day was celebrated by helicopters flying overhead throwing frozen turkeys on parachutes to the Company below. 

He had been shot in the face, had numerous operations and was due to have another one in Adelaide. Later photographs don’t show any signs of any facial alteration or reconstructive surgery.

He received a field commission (promoted to Officer) in Viet Nam.

Served in the Falklands during the war there. [No Australian Military personnel served in that conflict]

Recipient of the US Purple Heart and actually gave one to an Australian  friend because the friend had been wounded and didn’t have one. The Purple Heart is an US Military award and not recognised by the Australian Government for wearing while in uniform.

Lectures on PTSD to Army personnel, in uniform, at $300 per hour. A video of one of these supposed lectures shows Brown and a blackboard but no one else in the room. These lectures were supposedly also carried out at 1Recruit Training Battalion [RTB], Kapooka.

He said he was in receipt of a 60% disability compensation payment from the Dept of Veteran’s Affairs and this percentage could be higher now if true. It is known that he pursued a claim for war caused disability through a Viet Nam Veterans organisation.

More information;

He visited 1RTB, Kapooka, in 1998 with a friend and was “treated like royalty”. It would appear that the staff there had met him before and regarded him to be a highly decorated Colonel. This visit was to firm up arrangements that Brown had made for his former recruit platoon’s 35th anniversary to be held on the base. He had received donations from his former recruit training mates to produce newsletters but there were only three ever produced.
During this reunion Brown awarded a trophy to an outstanding Recruit.

Note the row of ribbands and the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) in this photo. These are the ribbands for the Australian Active Service Medal, Viet Nam Medal, what we believe to be the Multi National Force and Observers Medal (Sinai Desert, 1982, Military) and the Viet Nam Campaign Medal.
Photo of this presentation here.
 

Note the three rows of ribbands with the ICB in this photo below taken in 1996, plus the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation on his right breast. Note his sloppy presentation, button undone and wearing a uniform a lot too big for him.
Photo in uniform here.
 



 

Osborne-Brown contacted a well known Viet Nam Veteran for assistance and claimed the following Honours and awards:

Order of Australia, (AO),
Distinguished Service Order (DSO Imperial award, Officers),
Military Cross with Bar (that is twice awarded the MC),
Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM Imperial award Other Ranks) (equivalent to DSO),
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal,
US Meritorious Unit Commendation
South Vietnamese Unit Gallantry Cross with Palm.

Some more of his claims that have been forwarded to us:

Four tours to Viet Nam, 1RAR and AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Viet Nam)
Three years with the Pacific Islands Regiment (PIR) PNG,
British Special Air Services (22 SAS Squadron),
Two tours Ulster using the name McGregor so the Australian government could deny his presence there,
Attached US Marine Corps
Commissioned as an Officer by the Chief of the general Staff, Sir Thomas Daly, during a parade at Holsworthy Army Camp.

This person received what was very close to a dishonourable discharge after serving in the Army for two years and ten months.  He did not serve overseas in any capacity while with the Australian Regular Army and never rose above the rank of Lance Corporal.

Below are more photos of Osborne Brown.  They are:

His platoon photograph taken at Kapooka in 1963

Photograph taken when initially posted to Depot Company, Ingleburn

Osborne - Brown in Camouflage Uniform



and his reunion photos, Kapooka 1998

In this age where terrorism is high on the list of Security measures for this nation, the bonefides of anyone presenting himself in uniform to any Military establishment as a visiting lecturer should be established well before he is allowed on base.  In this instance it is a matter of a fraud infiltrating, however, what is to stop a real terrorist from doing the same and mapping the military area for future reference towards targets???  The sale of medals, uniforms and accoutrements should be controlled.  This is an Australian government responsibility that is ignored completely.

If you should know the whereabouts of Robert Osborne - Brown, aka Bob Brown please contact the site as there are members of his old platoon who would like to catch up with him.  Please use the file entry below for contact.

 

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

 

Surname: Pritchard
Christian Names: William Alfred
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Army
Branch: Artillery
Case Notes:

Read this bio that was published in a book, “Vietnam Veterans, the Sons of the Hunter” which contains the stories of 104  VietnamVeterans from around the Hunter Valley wine growing area near Newcastle, NSW. An interesting read for the uninitiated.

 

His story is close to the mark but he left some things out and added some things he should not have.

Note his “Tour” dates, one has to believe that this is his supposed tour of Vietnam, 68-69?

Something he left out was that his job before moving on to an uncompleted butchers apprenticeship was that of a metal polisher and plater at Layton Plating in Sydney. He was polishing metal instead of selling papers at Newtown Station, so not quite the hard luck paperboy trying to support his sick dad as he portrays.

Something else he left out was the number of times he was disciplined for going AWOL, disobeying Routine Orders, being incorrectly dressed and leaving his post unattended.

He did indeed go to Malaya and Borneo in 1963, on 12 November to be exact, and his Special Service (SPECSER) as an Artillery Gun Number (Private, Gunner) commenced on 2 September 1964,  concluding on 16 October 1964.  Total, 44 days.

On 3 May 1965 he boarded a plane in Singapore for Sarawak, Borneo, his SPECSER there commenced on this day and continued until 18 July 65,  earning him the General Service Medal with clasp Borneo. Total, 76 days.

He returned to Sydney on 19 October of the same year.

Back to Singapore again on 16 September 1967 where he completed Army courses to improve his education  standard from 2nd Year High School, and also improve his Military skills.

He said that he returned to Sydney in late 1969 when in fact it was 28 January 69.  In June 1969 he was awarded the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp Malay Peninsular. That’s one medal with two clasps now.

His memory may have been a bit clouded when he stated the wrong date for returning to Sydney but the fantasy part of his brain was working well enough.

Quote “In 1968 we were attached to 1ATF with 3RAR in forward observation parties in Vietnam, where we were for about two months”

Untrue, he did not serve in Vietnam at any time. Furthermore, it seems highly unlikely that a person with no skills as a radio operator would be chosen for such a duty. He had failed four out of four subjects for an Artillery Signallers Course in March 1963. Further records note that in June 1967 he was assessed as unsuited for clerical, signals or surveyors duties.

For the non-Military readers, a Forward Observer (FO) goes out into the field with Infantry as the radio liaison between the Infantry Commander and the rear Arty guns when required. The FO calls in a fire mission, spots the bursts [splash] of the incoming rounds and adjusts the range of the guns accordingly. FOs were extremely knowledgeable in radio procedures.

His entire overseas service was with 102 and 107 Field Batteries in Malaya and Borneo.

The poem he talks about in his bio above is not about 105 Field Battery, 18 August 1969 at all, it’s about Arty guns that fired in support of 11 PL, D Coy, 6 RAR on 18 August 1966, the Battle of Long Tan, which he was absolutely nowhere near. He was out by three years and was never posted to 105 Bty, although later claimed he was.

When challenged on this claim of being with 105 Bty in Vietnam, he changed his story to being with 107 Bty, this Battery did not arrive in Vietnam until May 1970.

105 Bty was tasked to General Support (GS) of the Task Force in August 1966 while 161 Bty NZ was tasked to Direct Support (DS) of 6 RAR. It matters little because he wasn’t there and he got the year wrong as well, at this time he was with 12 Field Regiment [Artillery] in Australia.

His dedication of this poem to his “deceased” sons is a cynical act seemingly devised to draw pity upon himself. More smoke and mirrors.

Here’s his poem.

He was made a Technical Storeman on 10 April 1969 and passed a qualifying course for this type of posting on 17 June. He passed his final course for Sergeant in August 1973 and remained a Storeman for the rest of his long Army career.

This false information in the bio above is not the only shenanigans he has been caught out at.

He was confronted at a reunion by a former very highly positioned Warrant Officer and told to remove Vietnam medals and the Infantry Combat Badge from his coat and also a maroon beret from his head.   He must truly believe that he was a part of 3 RAR in Vietnam or somewhere.  This Battalion became a Parachute Battalion in October 1983 and its members have worn the maroon Para beret since 29 August 1985.  Only the members of 3 RAR who have joined the unit since it became Airborne qualified, and this includes all members of the Battalion whether parachute qualified or not, can wear the maroon beret, or cherry beret as it is affectionately known, as it is a unit head-dress rather than a qualification beret.  The wings worn on the sleeve denote the parachute qualification status of the individual.  On leaving the battalion a member is not authorised to wear the beret unless he is posted to another designated airborne unit.  In the case of the parachute wings the member retains these forever unless he is posted to another airborne unit that has their own specific parachute qualified wings.

The medals were obviously not earned, neither was the ICB. In the photo above he can also be seen wearing some other sort of supposed, unauthorised, combat badge that seem to be proliferating like rabbits among the non-Infantry Veterans. He hasn’t been wearing these of late “because of the confusion”, more on this “confusion” later.

Who could possibly be confused, here we have a Senior Army Artillery NCO who should be very aware of what may be worn and what may not. There is a big difference between confusion and outright posturing.

He also appears to be wearing a Unit Citation on his right lapel in the photo. We’re looking into this now.

He said he was a Pensions and Welfare Officer for the NSW Returned Services League before moving to Belmont and taking up the same duties at the Pelican Flats Club, later being the President for five years.

Should a pensions officer be found to be a fraud, should not every claim he assisted in now be looked at in a different light?

Fraud begets only further fraud.

It appears strange that a person with this experience would use or allow the use of  incorrect wording for the Compensation Payment known as the TPI. There is no such thing as the Total and Permanent Injuries Pension.

Also, he wasn’t a Walton's Store Manager, he was the manager of a department within the store.

It gets worse;

We have a statement from a concerned Veteran who spoke to Pritchard about his service and the awards he wears.

Here are some answers to the Veteran’s questions:

He earned the ICB in Malaya. (It’s the Infantry Combat Badge, some members of other Corps were awarded it for their work with the Infantry but most of these people wouldn’t wear it because it denotes Infantry.)  To be of another corps and get awarded the ICB, you must be on the posted strength of the unit and fulfil the Infantry criteria for awarding of the badge.  It cannot and will not be awarded to personnel attached to an Infantry unit irrespective of whether you fulfil the Infantry criteria for the time of your attachment.

He doesn’t wear the Vietnam medals or ICB now because of the “confusion”

This below appears to be the “confusion”.

He was trying to sort out his records with Central Army Records but all records for 1967 to 1969 have been lost. (We found them quite easily)

He went to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where many Military records are kept and was shown his file that had these words written on it,  “Never To Be Released”   (Geez, not another one).  This excuse is wearing very thin so if you hear someone use this description immediately become very, very suspicious of their stories.

In 1968 during his supposed excursion to Vietnam he was a Bombardier, the equivalent of a Corporal, with 107 Battery in Malaya.  Surely he wasn’t a covert operations Bombardier to have his records sealed forever?  An outright lie as are the other answers above.

Here’s the last straw.

Pritchard took his discharge from the Army as a Warrant Officer Second Class, [WO2],  not First Class, [WO1].

We simply present the facts here; it’s up to our readers to determine whether Pritchard is an unmitigated liar, fraud and a disgrace. Also whether he should be removed from the ranks of those who gather on commemorative occasions wearing their rightful awards displaying their Service in defence of our Country and it’s ideals.

Please see our page on what we refer to as “Tin” which indicates the correct method of wearing commemorative and purchased medals and badges.

“If you had to buy it, you didn’t earn it, so don’t wear it on the left.” This does not apply to awardees of certain foreign awards that have to be purchased, eg, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry recently approved by the Australian Government for wear by former members of D Company 6 RAR, Vietnam, 1966. The Government of the Republic of South Viet Nam no longer exists so the medals cannot be issued by it so therefore the members of D Company 6 RAR who have recently been awarded this medal after years of fighting for it, now have to purchase the medal to wear it.  This is one of the rare, acceptable cases of having to purchase an approved medal.

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There will be more from us regarding the unauthorised wearing of the Infantry Combat Badge by wannabe former bush grunts, i.e. General Duties personnel, Orderly Room or Q Store staff and the Officers who never spent a day in the weeds. If you are one of these people, we suggest that you don’t strut outside your house with this award on your coat again. Do it, get photographed, and you will be here on our site, former rank or position will not be taken into account. Absolutely no apology from you will be accepted by the Veteran Community, we can be sure of that.
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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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

 

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