Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Stinson
Christian Names: Stephen John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

This is what we have been given on this person. He appears to have made the Certificate of Service himself, or had it made from an original issued to him previously. The medals are not in the correct order, wrongly named and list many he has no entitlement to. Stinson himself has published this material on the World Wide Web. Here is the doctored 'Certificate of Service' from Stinson's web site before he removed it;

 

Here is his official military service, make the comparison. The following information was confirmed on enquiry and is on the public record. Note the variations between the two and the comments made by the research officer to the true service record.:

Name:   
Stephen John Stinson

Date of Birth:  
10 Oct 1946

Service:        
Australian Regular Army 4 Jan 1966 to 21 Sep 1979 (nil prior service)
Citizen Military Forces 22 Sep 1979 to 23 Jan 1980
Rank on Discharge:      
Captain (Temporary Major)

Unit Service:   
Officer Cadet School - Jan to Dec 1966
1st Composite Ordnance Depot - Feb to Jun 1967
3RAR - Jun 1967 to Nov 1967
1st Composite Ordinance Depot - Nov 1967 to Feb 1968
5RAR - Feb 1968 to Dec 1970
HQ NT COMD - Dec 1970 to May 1972
2RAR - May 1972 to Aug 1973
2/4RAR - Aug 1973 to Nov 1973
ADAG PNG (seconded to Dept of Ext Affairs - Nov 1973 to Jan 1976
ADOG (AC) PNG Jan 1976 to Nov 1977
3RAR - Nov 1973 to Nov 1979

Overseas Service:       
South Vietnam - Feb 1969 to Feb 1970 (5RAR and MATT Phuóc Tuy Province)
PNG - Nov 1973 to Sep 1977

Medals (Issued by ADF):
Australian Active Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp Vietnam
Vietnam Medal
Australian Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp PNG
PNG Independence Medal
Vietnamese Campaign Medal
The US Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation
Infantry Combat Badge
Return from Active Service Badge

Note:   
ADF Honours and Awards Army Medal Section have confirmed the above as being issued by the Australian Defence Force.  They advise that this entitlement was confirmed to Mr. Stinson in August 1999.

Records indicate no connection with Special Forces or service prior to 1966. No mention of any service with the Australian Army in Borneo.

Certificate of Service: 
Appears to be a self made certificate based on a copy of a Certificate of Service issued to him by Defence in Sep 1979. Someone has amended the enlistment date, added various medals to the original, added colour and moved the Army watermark up to the top of the Certificate. A copy of the original issued by the Army in 1979 is above. Interestingly the Australian Active Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp Vietnam and Australian Service Medal 1945/75 Clasp PNG were not available until the mid 1990’s. They were not contemplated in 1979!

How they are able to be entered onto a Certificate of Service issued in 1979 is interesting. Another medal he is claiming is the General Service Medal with Clasp South Vietnam, this was issued for service in Vietnam between 1962 and 1964 only and mainly to members of the AATTV, he did not enlist until 1966?

He is also claiming medals for service in Borneo, on the Malaya Peninsula and in Northern Ireland. Again there are no records of his service in these operational areas. He appears to have had service with the PNG Constabulary after leaving the Army so he may have the PNG 10th Anniversary Medal as claimed.

He has no entitlement to the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977; he was never issued this by Defence. There is no record of his being awarded foreign awards of the US Army Distinguished Service Medal or the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He may have been awarded these but has never had these foreign awards approved by the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, so they cannot be formally recognised.

However, these foreign awards may also be fabricated like the Certificate of Service.

Career (as displayed by Stinson on the Internet):
Claims service in ARA from 1963? He enlisted in 1966, on enlistment claimed “nil previous service”

States service (Military?) in Australia, Malaysia. Borneo, Singapore, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Europe, United States and New Zealand. His military service records do NOT confirm service other than in Australia, Vietnam and PNG? The rest may have been with his civilian employment.

Open, and shut.

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

 

Surname: Bolam
Christian Names: Rodney
Country: Australia
State or Province: Quensland
City or Town: Goomeri
Case Notes:

Rodney Bolam has never served in the Australian Military or Defence Forces. He even failed the call-up for National Service as he was rejected after attempting to volunteer . Undeterred by this state of affairs, Bolam decided to steal the identity of a genuine veteran and use this for his own purposes. Masquerading as a former SASR soldier and wearing fake medals including a Military Cross identical to the real veteran, he attempted to start a Special Air Service Association in Cairns, Far North Queensland. When confronted about the veracity of his claims and his claimed identity, true to form with imposters, he threatened legal action.

The accompanying newspaper articles tell the rest.

There is no need for expansion on the fine job done by the reporters in the accompanying articles. Read it all and judge this man for yourself. 

Be warned, Rodney Bolam may be residing in your area and still pulling the same caper. If so, CPMH would be interested in knowing his whereabouts so the authorities can be notified.

 

 

6th Oct 2012

 

Update Rodney Allan Bolam aka Rodney Allan McAuley

 

Rodney Bolam has shown up in Goomeri Queensland, a small town in the Burnett region with a population of just under 500 people and a Returned Services League (RSL) Sub Branch to which Bolam had attached himself.  Here is a recent photograph taken at the Goomeri RSL.

 

We have now learned that Rodney Bolam has served in the Army, but under a different name.  He served as 2789041 Rodney Allan McAuley. He was enlisted as a National Serviceman on the 7th Feb 1968 and after initial assessment became an Officer Cadet, which is a Commissioned Officer in training. He was unsuccessful as an Officer Candidate and was discharged from the Army on 9th Nov 1968. Here is his Discharge Certificate:

 

 

At some stage after his departure from the Military, Bolam changed his name from Rodney Allan McAuley to Rodney Allan Bolam.  He was caught lying about his military service in Cairns, Queensland and charged and convicted in Darwin, Northern Territory by Federal Police. Now he is committing the same offences in Goomeri Queensland.

In Goomeri he was the official flag raiser for the Goomeri RSL. As a member of the RSL he kept quiet about his false military exploits, but was quick to relate stories to any “out of towners” who would listen to him. On the 16 Jul 2012 he met a genuine veteran visiting Goomeri. That Veteran has provided a Statutory Declaration regarding the casual meeting. Here are excerpts from the Statutory Declaration.

“We were introduced to him as Rodney McAuley and he was told that I also was a Vietnam Veteran as was this person.  This chap was very engaging and I invited him to join us and we got to talk about our Vietnam experiences.

He said he volunteered for National Service rather than wait for his number to come up, (he said it actually did come up in anyway) and a couple of days after recruit training started he applied for officer training and he and another recruit were accepted.

He went to Scheyville and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant and went to Vietnam in C Company 2 RAR. He said he was there during the TET Offensive and also at Fire Support Base CORAL.

He said he retired in 1975 with the rank of Captain.

He also revealed he had only just got his TPI pension. He got caught between two mortars and that they were still digging shrapnel out of his back. He told me of the American hospital he was evacuated to  (not Vung Tau) but I can’t remember the name.

I, normally a strong skeptic, was thoroughly convinced, and produced my iPad with a few pictures including ones on my old unit’s xxxxxx xxxxxxx  web site.  This man knew all the military jargon and upon seeing a photo soon pointed out points of interest around Nui Dat. He also recognized photos of CORAL.  quite a few other fanciful stories told by him emerged.

I told him quite a few of my personal experiences of my service in Vietnam and no doubt if he goes onto another similar adventure in another town they will be added to his personal library of experiences and naturally I feel uncomfortable about this.  After decades of perfecting this technique he may very well surely succeed again”

Bolam did not graduate from training as a commissioned officer, but was discharged from the Army before he completed the Officer Training course.

He never served in Vietnam, never attained the rank of Captain, and was never wounded in action.  He is a liar a fraud and a wannabe and should be treated as such by all who meet him.

Bolam aka McAuley is an enemy of Veterans, do not allow him to continue stealing the honour of  Returned Servicemen and Women.

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

 

Surname: Holden
Christian Names: Rian James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

The American para wings above the riband bar are a nice touch, along with the SASR badge on the right top, the RAINZ infantry badge and the US POW/MIA patch. Guess the militaria shop was right out of ICB's on the day he went shopping?

 

This character lauds himself as one tough, combat-hardened individual. In a desperate bid to be accepted into the Veteran Community Rian James Holden, or Ryan James Holden, or Morgan Holden, or Broomfield or several other names we have discovered he has been using, tried to infiltrate the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club of Queensland in 1995. Unfortunately for this former New Zealand resident however,  the VVMC conduct service checks of all applicants to the club and the service record concocted by Holden was so much in doubt that he was questioned on the facts.

A record of this "interview" with Holden is shown below

Broomfield, calling himself Holden also made the fatal mistake of depicting himself, as many bogus Veterans do, as being a former member of the SASR (the elite Special Air Service Regiment), albeit the New Zealand SAS and stated that he had served in Rhodesia. Perhaps this somewhat dim-witted impostor thought that by using a kiwi claim to fame he might get away with his charade.   

Not so. This poor unfortunate, who did not take the time (as most hard-to-trace imposters do, and therefore make our job a challenge) to research anything he attempted to claim, has been caught out at every attempt he has made to be accepted as a Veteran.

One of his biggest drawbacks is his age and some of the medals he is claiming.  In particular it means he would have been awarded the General Service Medal with Viet Nam bar at the tender age of 7.  Further investigation by the VVMC found that the patch he wore depicting the NZ Viet Nam Veterans Motor Cycle club was a fake patch that he had made up in an embroidery shop in Toowoomba Queensland. He personally paid for 4 of these patches to be made.

Our New Zealand counterparts have also confirmed that the patch is not from the VVMC NZ

 After being exposed by the VVMC and being told to move on, Holden again attempted to infiltrate another biker club for currently serving and Veteran Defence Force personnel. The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club quickly became aware of him and another of his friends (also a Veteran impostor) and they were told to "ride on"

 

All of this must have been niggling in the back of the mind of this individual and he decided that it was time to set the cat amongst the pigeons. Holden, using another bogus name, emailed CPMH and gave false information on a genuine Veteran in an attempt to belittle and defame him. Unbeknownst to Holden, the veteran who he tried to have exposed is very well known Australia-wide for his assistance to the Veteran community; and after investigation it appears he is also the person that initially exposed Holden as a fraud. Motive, anyone?

Behind the scenes several people had reported Holden to the site prior to this event and an investigation into him was already on foot. To keep Holden's attention a team member carried on email conversations with him over several weeks saying that the team was investigating the Veteran he had reported but every now and then would ask him pertinent questions about his own service history.

Like a fish to the bait Holden supplied his lies about being a member of Victor 6, a part of 4 RAR (4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment) during their last tour in Viet Nam 1971-72. The member of CPMH who was conducting the investigation into his service just happened to have done his tour in 4 RAR and is well acquainted with the Nominal Roll of Victor and Whisky Companies. Further information about Victor 6 was sought from Holden and his answers were sent to our counterparts in New Zealand who confirmed he was lying.

All this information was collected and collated and when everything had been confirmed as being absolutely correct Holden was sent an email saying some of the information he requested on the Veteran he had reported was about to be sent to him and that he should look at it all, digest it and keep it all confidential until such time as it was placed on the pages of CPMH. He agreed to all this and it is envisaged  he jumped at the chance to have this information and must have been sitting, possibly with his mates, at his computer waiting for it all to arrive.

Again he was disappointed. The mail he received contained a newspaper article where he was sentenced for fraud.  

The conversation, that had been flowing back and forwards to New Zealand for confirmation of his status, pictures that had been forwarded to CPMH by other informants showing him wearing ribbons, an SAS badge and wearing an SAS beret whilst attending a R&SL Sub-branch with another of his impostor mates who also appears in the picture below were all building a good word picture of this fraud.

His accomplice  is standing on the left with his hand on the shoulder of another biker from the "Combat Veterans" Motor Cycle Club.  Holden is shown in the photograph standing on the far right (head circled) with the SASR beret in his left pocket.

Holden had indicated in the report he filed with the site that he specifically wanted to publicly humiliate the genuine Veteran as he was wearing badges on his vest that he was NOT entitled to.    The reply to that was to include a photograph of Holden in his biker outfit where you can clearly see ribbons with SAS parachute  wings above them and an SAS patch displayed lower on the vest.   He should have taken his own advice on these matters as now he will be instructed to remove all military accoutrements that he is not entitled to by a very angry group of genuine Veteran bikers, possibly from three clubs.

Holden was invited to respond to CPMH's email outlining the facts surrounding his history prior to his being placed on the site. He has declined this offer and in fact has removed his group photograph you see here on this site from the Combat Veterans site located here http://comvet.qldwide.net.au - he has also removed his email address from the site and after a group visited his home in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, it appears that he may have moved location. Combat Veterans International along with Veteran Organisations in Australia and New Zealand have been informed of the bogus Veteran status of Holden.

There are reams of information on this bogus Veteran including videos that have been forwarded to the team by Veterans from both countries. as is our practice, not all information we have on file has been placed here on the site.

Ryan's claims to all service and awards, other than a short stint with the New Zealand Territorial Army (reserve), are false. His NZ Army No was Q47164, Full name Rian James Broomfield, DOB 5 Oct 56, blood group, O RH Pos.

Veterans and Defence motorcycle clubs aren't known for their generosity and acceptance of charlatans. We expect to hear more on Broomfield, posing as Holden in the future.

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

 

Surname: McGuire
Christian Names: Mary
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Burnie
Case Notes:
 

Mary McGuire nee Entwistle claims to be a fully qualified ex British Army Nursing Lieutenant. She claims to have served in both Malaysia and Vietnam whilst still a Lieutenant in the British Army and her work was classified as "TOP SECRET". In fact her service is so secret that she claims she was never issued with a nurse's Personal Identification Number [PIN] nor a military service number - issued to every single recruit in every armed service in the free world. Her mission, that she tells everyone about, was that in Malaysia and VietNam she was required to wash and embalm all the bodies of Australian and American KIA before they were shipped home. It is known that some, but not all bodies were embalmed prior to return to Australia and these were done not by Australian or 'British' personnel, but by a US Army unit in Saigon. There were no Australian or British personnel posted to this US unit.

CPMH has been in touch with several senior members of the medical staff from the VietNam era and it has been confirmed that few Australian bodies were embalmed for transport back to Australia and that there were no British military personnel employed in Viet Nam with Australian Army medical services.

A double check of Australian and British records can not identify any British nurses that served with the Australian, New Zealand or American forces in Vietnam so Mary McGuire's secret stories, as she tells them, must be true. She continues on further to tell one and all that her service was so secret that she has never been issued with medals nor is she able to access the Department of Veterans Affairs pension services. We have it on very good authority that she has also been turned down by Legacy. 

When asked about the unit she served in and the period of time that she claims to have been in Vietnam she again states that she is unable to give out details due to the secrecy act that she signed. Unfortunately for Mary, this secrecy act, which after signing forbids any form of discussion about your work environment, is unable to stop her from verbally relating stories of her service and it is also unfortunate that she cannot disclose details of people, places and/or dates to verify her service. The other really unfortunate thing for Mary is that the 30 year secrecy act for the service she claims in VietNam is over and all serviceperson records are now available on public access through the British and Australian National Archives system. A thorough search of military records both here and in the UK have not been able to produce any evidence that Mary McGuire is even a registered nurse. 

It is known that Mary has made claims around Burnie, Tasmania, that she is a fully qualified nurse and has even offered medical advice and treatment to unsuspecting people. It is also known that this advice, given to some, was incorrect. When the stories Mary relates are questioned and tend to get a little tough to handle, she will very quickly change the subject around to involve her father, who she states was a detective with Scotland Yard before being transferred to the New South Wales police force to "straighten it out". Mary should have taken the advice that was offered to her and stopped telling her stories, but it appears she, like most who are bogus, couldn't resist continuing on with them. 

This caused her case to be referred to CPMH and after exhaustive research both in Australia and England we now have our first bogus nurse gracing the pages with all the bogus "secret service" SAS people. Not bad for a woman [who has no recorded military service or service address] who claims she can still be called up for "active" service. At her age

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

 

Surname: Lloyd
Christian Names: David Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Imbil
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

213923 David Kenneth Lloyd served in the Australian Regular Army for a period of 6 years from 1961 to 1967. During this time he served in the third battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), and saw service in Malaya between 1963 and 1965.   He was a private soldier.

This just cannot be the DK Lloyd we are exposing here, as those that know him, and this includes members of the New South Wales and Northern Territory Police Force in which he served for a number of years, could tell you a very different story, as he has indicated to them that he was a former member of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) and served with them in VietNam. He even wore the medal ribands of this conflict on his police uniform.

D.K. Lloyd served as a police officer in both New South Wales and then in the Northern Territory before moving to Imbil in Queensland around 1995/96.  As a member of the NT Police he related his stories of SAS service in VietNam and would readily produce "his" Army Battle Dress uniform complete with Sergeant Chevrons, SAS accoutrements, and medals.     

He was very active in the Returned and Services League (R&SL), Alice Springs, and this almost saw him lead the ANZAC day parade as the parade commander in 1995.  Unfortunately he had been relating his so-called service exploits to fellow police officers who became suspicious and checked out his service.  It is extremely unfortunate for Mr Lloyd that a very large number of the Territory's police officers are former veterans.  He was confronted by some of them and from there it appears he not only didn't march at the head of the column, he didn't march at all.

In fact he promptly sold up and moved to Imbil, across the border in Queensland, possibly thinking that in this quiet town he would be able to get away with his charade.   Again he was wrong as the members of the R&SL in Imbil are vigilant and very thorough in checking the bona-fides of all who wish to join their club.   Imbil is a small community.  The welcome sign to the town shows the population as 434.  Two of whom at this stage have been identified as  bogus war veterans.

The irony here is that D.K. Lloyd, no doubt thinking he was doing his civil duty, or maybe in an attempt to gain some credibility with the veterans, was one of the people that pointed out that Geoffrey James Watson, who also resides here on the pages of CPMH,  was not who he appeared to be.   It would seem that within the bogus veteran community it is a dog-eat-dog situation as they will expose each other in an attempt to gain credibility within the genuine veterans area.   

Nonetheless Lloyd was confronted about his service to which he replied that he had a discharge certificate to verify his service.   This is true, if he is relating to his service in Malaya in 1963-65 as a private soldier, but it will not show any promotion ot the rank of Sergeant, service for VietNam and will not show that he has earned the general service medal pre-1962, nor the 2 VietNam medals, and possibly the National medal that he wears.  We know. We have a copy on file. The truth is that the only medal/s depicted in the photograph you see here that he is entitled to is the general service medal post 1962 and possibly, the National medal as this could have been earned with an accumulation of military and police service.    

D.K. Lloyd was a police officer in one state and a territory of Australia and as such should have been a well respected pillar of each of the communities, however, further information alleges  that even in his role as a police officer there may have been certain problems whilst he was in charge of a lost property section of the department in the Northern Territory. Add to this the suspicions about who allegedly owns the VietNam medals that he proudly wears. To this effect it is believed that there are certain police officers that would like to interview him if he should ever stray back into their jurisdiction.  

Currently he is a member of the Nambour (Queensland) R&SL and it is possible that he may march with them on ANZAC or VietNam Veterans Day (August 18).   We know for a fact that there is a certain veteran in Alice Springs that would appreciate a fellow service-person or R&SL official  checking the name on the rim of the medals that he will be wearing and he can be contacted through the Alice Springs Returned and Services League, telephone: 08 8952 2868 or email: rslalicesprings@octa4.net.au   

The face of D.K. Lloyd is changing fast as the years take their toll.  See the recent photograph (below) taken during his days in Imbil.

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

 

Surname: Wentworth
Christian Names: Mark Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:


 

 

Mark Alexander Wentworth claims to have enlisted in the Australian Regular Army at the age of 16, served overseas with the SAS at the age of 18, and been discharged after an enlistment period of 2 years and
seven months. Never mind that the minimum age for general enlistment is 17, and that for service in a war zone is 19 or that the minimum period of enlistment was three years. Wentworth came to attention in early 2000, after a complaint from his private school principal that he had told the boys in his class, in graphic detail, how he had "finished off" two Viet Cong with an axe. His principal initiated enquiries through the ACT Branch of the VVAA, and commenced an investigation of his own into the educational qualifications that Wentworth claimed. The Central Army Records Office (CARO) have no record of anyone of this name serving in the Australian Regular Army (ARA 6 year enlistment), the Regular Army Supplement (RAS 3 year enlistment), the Citizens' Military Forces (CMF) or the Army Reserve (ARES).

His name does not appear in the electronic or printed versions of the Vietnam Nominal Roll. His name does not appear in Dr David Horner's book "SAS: Phantoms of the Jungle - A History of the Special Air Service Regiment". When pressed, Wentworth produced his "evidence" through his solicitor, making it a condition that the investigators not take copies of documents or notes. A letter purporting to come from CARO had certain detail blacked out, but the investigators were able to prove that the signatory had never worked in CARO. A photograph of individuals in greens and webbing was produced, but close examination of details of the clothing, webbing and accoutrements worn indicates that these were either senior school cadets or CMF trainees, certainly not Regular Army of the period.

The final stroke was the "medals" - duplicates of the Vietnam Medal and the Vietnamese Campaign Medal mounted under glass with the SASR badge and wings underneath Wentworth's name. These vanity frames are of course able to be purchased by anyone. The medals were not engraved with the recipient's service number, initials and surname and were clearly duplicates. His solicitor's eyes were opened when these fakes were compared to a real set of medals that happened to be on hand, and the differences described - loudly.

Wentworth had also described the Vietnam Medal to both his principal and solicitor as the "Queen's Medal" because the obverse has the Queen's portrait. This was a mistake that no Vietnam veterans would ever make. As if this wasn't laughable enough, one of the investigators had actually run the Queen's Shoot in Brisbane in the early seventies, and was familiar with the Queen's Medal and was aware of who had won! Despite the accumulated evidence against him, Wentworth was offered an opportunity to apologise to the veteran community for his insult, but declined. We also understand that his claimed  educational qualifications did not stand up under investigation. When this was added to the evidence presented by our investigators, the principal immediately terminated his employment, and Wentworth fled overseas. We understand he doesn't have plans for an early return to Australia. Perhaps he's in Vietnam again?.

Needless to say, Wentworth's claims of military bravado and service were false.

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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