Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'A'

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: Auston
Christian Names: Robert Barry
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

Robert Barry AUSTON R55973 President of the HMAS Sydney Association when this photo was taken at the Long Tan Day Commemoration Ceremony on 18 August 2011 in Sydney (now known as Vietnam Veterans Day).  

Robert AUSTON served with the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War and did eight trips to Vung Tau for short periods, one trip on HMAS Melbourne, the others on HMAS Sydney.

Though the ships only spent a short period of time in the port at Vung Tau, not even a day, the trips were counted in days from the time the ship left Australia till it returned.

In the photo he is wearing on his left breast two un-official tin medals which were bought and not awarded. These medals if worn should be on the right breast.

The medals have been positively identified as the Australian Logistic Support Force Medal and the HMAS Sydney Medal.

It would appear just about every sailor that served on the troopship HMAS Sydney wears that tin medal. It was never awarded by the Defence Department.

Some years after the war ceased the Vietnam Logistic Support Medal was struck and awarded for these short trips and visits by other defence and civilian personnel.

By wearing un-official bought medals these ex-servicemen are showing a total disregard for the order of wearing medals and a lack of respect to other 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.

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