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

Surname: O'Shannessy
Christian Names: Graeme Arthur
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Theodore
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Graeme Arthur (Gosh)  O’Shannessy -  of Theodore Queensland, born 25 March 1950.

According to Graeme O’Shannessy he served with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in Vietnam. He spent his time attached to a United States Unit as a fighting man in a Helicopter, where he states he had the inconvenience of sixteen Helicopters “shot from under him”.


O’Shannessy is a school teacher in the Queensland (Qld) bush town of Theodore, 560 kilometers  North of Brisbane.   On 22 April 2013, O’Shannessy tearfully addressed more than 150 Students, 18 School Staff and 20 Parents, about ANZAC Day and his service in the Vietnam War. On his left breast he wore numerous United States Medals, including:

Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with Clasp
Vietnamese Gallantry Medal
Purple Heart
Other unidentified medals

He gave a ten minute emotional talk about his Vietnam War experience  and specifically advised the assembly, that only those who had earned medals may wear them on the left side.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) deployed fighting ships on the “Gun Line” in Vietnam, as well as transporting troops and equipment to and from Vietnam.  In addition the RAN deployed a  Helicopter Flight to Vietnam, which was known as Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV). That unit has a very proud history or action and achievement their history is detailed here:  


At the end of the RANHFV web site there is a nominal roll of all personnel who served in that unit. O’Shannessy is not listed.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Vietnam Nominal Roll does not list O’Shannessy.

His RAN Record of Service lists no overseas service whatsoever.

O’Shannessy’s RAN Service File was accessed and clearly shows that after recruit training he served his entire navy Career at HMAS Albatross near Nowra on the New South Wales South Coast.

Here are excerpts from his service record





These documents show the Navy units O’Shannessy served with during the period 1971 to 1974. All were located in NSW and none were ever deployed to Vietnam.



This document indicates under the sub heading of “Discharges” that O’Shannessy was discharged from the RAN on the 19 April 1974 as being “UNSUT888(4-5)” which translates into him being sacked from the Navy for being “Unsuitable”.

We hold numerous Statutory Declarations detailing some of O’Shannessy’s words and actions. Here are some excerpts:

“O’Shannessy was asked if he was American during the Vietnam War. He said no, he was attached to the Americans at a place called “An”. When asked why he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, he said You get that when you have had sixteen aircraft shot from under you   He further said. “When he made it safely back (to base)  he salvaged parts for damaged aircraft and did repairs so he could go back and attack again”

O’Shannessy is a liar, medals cheat, and scurrilous wannabe. His Navy service was nothing like he claims it to have been. He never served in Vietnam or any other operational area.  He was never issued the United States Government medals that he wore to the School Assembly on the 22 April 2013.

He put on a show of being emotionally scarred by his war service, by tearfully addressing the school assembly in Theodore. In reality this fraud will never know the suffering of genuine returned Veterans and his antics are unforgivable.

Detectives raided O'Shannessey's house on 18 August 2013 and located a swag of US Service Medals.   O'Shannessy was charged with two offences under the Defence Act 1903 and other civil charges for items discovered at his house. The Defence Act charges are:

Part VII, Sections:

80A.    Falsely representing to be returned sailor
80B.    Improper use of service decorations

Both of those offences carry maximum penalties of  $3,300 fine and six moths imprisonment or both.

On the 16th October 2013 he appeared in the Biloela Magistrates Court and the case was adjourned until 18 Dec 2013. The Queensland Courier Mail Newspaper has reported O'Shannessy as shown below:



O’Shannessy is a mature and obviously intelligent person, why he needs to steal the honour of returned veterans is beyond comprehension. For him to cry crocodile tears when he talks about his fake service is taking his deceit to an unprecedented level.

O’Shannessy well deserves his life sentence on our web site.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular 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.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.


Surname: Ostromecki
Christian Names: Vlademar Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Trentham
Service: Army
Branch: Transport
Case Notes:

Vlademar Gordon Ostromecki now of Trentham, Victoria was born in Ouse, Tasmania on the 27th August 1952.  He is an ex Serviceman, who helps with Commemorative celebrations on ANZAC Day in Trentham. 

 Ostromecki qualifies as an ex Serviceman because he was a National Serviceman who served in the Australian Army from 28 January 1972 until the 23 January 1973. His Service File contains only two pieces of paper, so information is sparse. He tells people of Trentham, that he served in Vietnam with 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (9RAR) and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).  That statement makes Ostromecki a liar and a Wannabe war veteran.





Two of the above photos were taken last ANZAC Day and the older one, on the day of his enlistment in 1972. Here is part of a Stat Dec that we received regarding Ostromecki.



When asked why he was not wearing his medals he stated that he had thrown them away. We don’t understand the psychology behind that statement but it is very common among Wannabes. We have met many genuine veterans who have lost their medals, but never one who has thrown them away. Perhaps it is because they are so damn hard to earn, and wannabes simply don’t understand.


Ostromecki’s file shows he served only in Australia during his short service, and he is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll. He was discharged early from his National Service obligation on “ Grounds of exceptional hardship” as per the document shown below:



By claiming to be a returned Veteran Ostromecki has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903. The offence attracts a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.  Despite our constant warnings about Wannabes, they are in plague proportions.  The Veteran Community has eyes and ears in every corner of Australia and genuine Veterans will not tolerate those who steal their honour or grossly exaggerate their service.  ANZMI names and shames wannabes without fear or favour.


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: Ouchirenko
Christian Names: Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mildura
Service #: R45480
Service: RAN
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 02 Jul 51
Completion of service: 13 Feb 55
Case Notes:



Alex Ouchirenko, has, for many years faithfully served the Returned Services League (RSL) and is currently the President of the Mildura RSL Sub-Branch.

One would expect that the President of a Sub-Branch would be a person of integrity and honour, unfortunately in the case of Ouchirenko, things are not quite what they seem.



Ouchirenko has been photographed at several commemorative services, both in Mildura and at the Australian War Memorial, during a National service for the end of the Korean War.

At such events, it is a given, protocol dictates that dress of the day includes ‘full service medals’ are to be worn. On each occasion he has been photographed wearing only ribbons, representing the following medals:

1.       United Nations Service Medal (Korea).

2.       Australian Service Medal 1945-75.

3.       Australian Defence Medal.



Ouchirenko is entitled to the first two medals, given his service in Korean waters on HMAS Arunta from January to October 1954.

The medal in question, is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM), and an examination of records discloses that Ouchirenko has no entitlement to this medal.

Prior to the computer era, personal records of Naval Ratings and Officers were maintained on an A3 sized form. The service records for all RAN sailors and officers who served in the Korean and Vietnam periods are now digitised and available for public access on the National Archives of Australia (NAA) website.

The NAA record for Alexander Ouchirenko, R45480, was obtained and extracts appear below.


Ouchirenko first entered the RAN on 02 Jul 1951. At that time, new entrants did not have to enter into a period of engagement until completion of basic training.

On 27 Jan 1952, he commenced an engagement of service for a period of six years. This is also known as an ‘initial enlistment period’.

The qualifying periods of service for the award of the ADM are set out in the Australian Defence Medal Regulations 2006.

 1                    Award of the Medal

  1. The Medal may be awarded to a member, or former member, of the Defence Force who after 3 September 1945 has given qualifying service that is efficient service:
    1. by completing an initial enlistment period; or
    2. for a period of not less than 4 years service; or
    3. for periods that total not less than 4 years; or
    4. for a period or periods that total less than 4 years, being service that the member was unable to continue for one or more of the following reasons:
      1. the death of the member during service;
      2. the discharge of the member as medically unfit due to a compensable impairment;
      3. the discharge of the member due to a prevailing discriminatory Defence policy, as determined by the Chief of the Defence Force or his or her delegate.

 Although he had an initial enlistment period of six years, he only required four years of service to qualify.

 The Regulations specify ‘efficient’ service, as such, time forfeited whilst absent without leave (AWOL) and/or serving a sentence of detention is not included.


During his service, Ouchirenko was AWOL several times, for which he received a total of 47 days’ detention, of which 10 days of a 42 day sentence were remitted.

For these punishments, he forfeited 37 days ‘efficient’ service.

Unfortunately, some areas of his NAA record have deteriorated over time due to being completed in pencil, and are unclear. What should appear is how many days Ouchirenko was AWOL, on each occasion, these days also not being included as ‘efficient’ service as the member forfeits pay also whilst absent.



Here the record shows ‘DIA 13-2-55’. This indicates that at some time in early 1955, he again went AWOL. As is RAN policy, where a sailor is AWOL for more than 30 days, they are subject to a Discharge In Absence (DIA) and a warrant issued for their arrest. The warrant for Ouchirenko was cancelled on 21 May 1957, a clear indication that the Navy did not want him back.

Not only did he fail to complete his initial enlistment, he was also at least five months’ service short of qualifying for the ADM, due to his disciplinary issues and subsequent discharge for being absent.

Alexander Ouchirenko, you have given many years of dedicated service to an organisation that has honour and integrity as its’ very foundation. You have betrayed your own service by your deceit and earned a place amongst like-minded RSL executive members on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Owen
Christian Names: Jason
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Jason Owen according to his LinkedIn page, is all things to all people, a man of great experience, skill and knowledge, his experiences includes a harrowingtwelve years Military service where he served in various Special Forces, and Intelligence roles in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific.


Jason Owen’s LinkedIn social network page showed that during his “Service” he was awarded the following:


Medal for Gallantry

Distinguished Service Medal


Interfet Medal



Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Saudi

Gulf War Medal


East Timor Service Set

Iraq Campaign Service Set

Australian Defence Medal *

Special Forces Operative Australian Defence


*1991 – 2003 (12 years) *

*SASR, Commando, AI, DSD

More information available upon request. *

The truth of the matter is that Owen has never served in the Australian Defence Force in any capacity.  When questioned about his claims on LinkedIn he responded as follows;

“To be totally clear, I have never served with any element of the ADF, I have never even enlisted.  Yes I am a military and history enthusiast, but this comes from my heritage as a proud member of a family that has stood fast in the face of adversity on the battlefield for our great country over many generations”

He claimed in a sympathy seeking letter to ANZMI that another person in the last two and a half years had hacked his computer and added the military service bit.  Because of the personal nature of the letter we have used only excerpts from his letter, see below.

“My story starts about 2 1/2 years ago xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  I neglected to periodically check my entire details with regards to several social media web sites including Linked In.  This is where the damage seems to have been done.  I now know that the same party had infiltrated my computer details in order to defame my reputation and/or future employment opportunities”

Owen must have forgotten about  another “on line” entry about his military service that was placed onto a website at least five years ago which does not corroborate his two and a half year time frame. 

Owen had worked with xxxxxxxxx ( a Security Training Company) and was featured on their web site. This is what was said about him:

- Jason Owen-
Specialist Broadcast Risk Manager,
(Training & High Risk Operations)

“Jason has a broad field of experience covering, the Military, Broadcast Media, & Event Production. Currently Jason provides a high risk service to one of Australia’s top commercial radio broadcasters and has served there since August 2004. In this position, Jason is responsible for the complete management of all Technical facilities including Transmission, Back office, On Air operations, Production facilities, Security, OHS, and BCP.

Previously Jason served in the Military, and operated his own Broadcast Production Company. Jason has over 12 years Military experience having served in various Special Forces, and Intelligence roles in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. In between he has worked in Broadcast Television and Radio around the world for the past 15 years.”

We contacted the owner of the company who advised as follows:

“Dear xxxx,

Thank you for your information listed below and I can confirm that I haven’t engaged Jason for many years now but have forwarded on your enquiry to him and no doubt he will be in touch with you shortly. Jason (and his company) have in the past provided me with background logistical support and on the few occasions I’ve used him I have always found him to be reliable, courteous and helpful. I am certainly not aware of his full military background but was advised that he has previously served as attached ranks with SAS(R).I hope this has been of use and wish you well with your endeavours.

Best, xxx xxxxxx

Director xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jason Owen chose to be a wannabe, play for sympathy, and also tell blatant lies. He claims another person entered his fake military history onto his LinkedIn entry and that it happened in the last two and a half years. That excuse does not account for the information that was entered onto the web site of the Security Training Company at least five years ago.  In addition Owens had made it very clear to the Director of the Security Training company that he had worked with Australian Special Air services (SASR) and other Secret Defence organisations.

Owens said he "is a proud member of a family that has stood fast in the face of adversity on the battlefield for our great country over many generations”.

Owens can now join the hundreds of liars, frauds and wannabes on our web site and stand fast with them in the face of adversity over many generations.

Welcome to the web site Jason Owen.


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: Owen
Christian Names: Roy Anthony
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Childers
Service #: 175236
Service: CMF (Part Time)
Branch: Artillery
Commencement of service: 23 Jul 66
Completion of service: 06 Apr 76
Case Notes:




It never ceases to amaze us here at Anzmi how many current Presidents of RSL (Returned Services League) Sub Branch Clubs are brought to our attention for falsifying their service, having no service at all or wearing military medals on their left breast that have not been awarded to them.

In the past eighteen months alone, we have exposed five Victorian Presidents of RSL Sub Branches for one or more of the above reasons.

Roy Anthony Owen, born on the 26 July, 1949 enlisted in the part time Citizens Military Forces (CMF) on the 23 July, 1966. He served in 11 Field Regiment, 41 Battery Royal Australian Artillery. (RAA.) in Queensland. He is 65 years old.

Owen attended monthly parades and annual training exercises as required and discharged from the CMF on the 6 April,1976. He had no operational service and his entire enlistment period was in Australia. He would be entitled to the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM).

Owen joined the Roma RSL Sub Branch Queensland in 2006. In 2012, he transferred his membership to Childers RSL Sub Branch, Queensland. He then stood for election and was voted in as Secretary/Treasurer. In early 2014, he was voted in as President of the RSL Sub Branch.

Owen is a medals cheat and an imposter.

In the photograph below, Owen is wearing numerous medals.

On Anzac Day, 2014, Owen, the President, led the Childers RSL Sub Branch parade through the streets with dozens of genuine veterans and servicemen and women all marching behind him. The photograph below depicts him marching out front with all his medals displayed on his left breast and an ADM on his right lapel.

In the above two photographs, Owen is wearing the following medals on his left chest.

1. 1939-1945 Star. World War 2.
2. Possible Atlantic Star. World War 2
3. War Medal 1939-1945. World War 2.
4. Australian Service Medal 1939-1945. World War 2
5. Australian Service Medal (ASM) with clasp.
6. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)

On his right coat lapel he is wearing another ADM.

Owen is entitled to wear only one of the above medals on his left chest. That is the ADM for his part time CMF service. Why he wears another ADM on his right lapel is a mystery. Maybe they sent him two by mistake.

Owen is not entitled to wear any of the World War 2 medals or the ASM with clasp on his left breast. He did not serve in World War 2. If they are medals of a relative, then as a President of an RSL Sub Branch, he should know better.

They should be worn on the right.

Owen is typical of many other medal cheats and wannabees that we have exposed on this site. He knows the general public would have no idea if he was entitled to the medals that he wears on the left side or not.

He has intentionally worn these medals on the left side to make himself look important to impress all those watching the parade.

Leading this parade through the streets of Childers on Anzac Day 2014 with all his unearned medals would have obviously made Owen feel statesmanlike. When in fact he is nothing more than a medals cheat who should only be wearing one medal for his part time non operational CMF service.

He is just a straight out wannabee and a fraud who has total disrespect for military protocols issued by the Office of the Governor General. The RSL do not need imposters of his ilk as Presidents in their organisation.

The members of Childers RSL Sub Branch should hoist this fraud as their leader forthwith.

Welcome to the site, Roy Anthony Owen.

Surname: Owens
Christian Names: Garry Wayne
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Adelaide
Service #: R63892
Service: Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:



Owens 1 2 3 4

Garry Owens was involved in an honourable cause for his fellow Veterans, however, like many imposters who parade their deceit in public, this exposure has brought him to the attention of ANZMI and the likely displeasure of his fellow ex-servicemen.

In early 2015, a group of Veterans set up camp on the steps of the South Australian Parliament to protest the proposed closure of the Daw Park Repatriation Hospital in Adelaide. The above photograph was taken by ABC News when the protest finished on day 161 of occupation by the protesters.

Garry Owens joined the Royal Australian Navy on 28 Nov 64 as an Electrical Fitter. After initial training he was posted to the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney (III) from the 13 Mar 65 to 20 Oct 65.

At the time of joining the ship, it was in refit at Garden Island, Sydney. However this was curtailed early and the ship sailed on 27 May 65, bound for Vietnam with troops and equipment. This would be the first of many such trips that would earn the ship the name “The Vung Tau Ferry”. The Sydney arrived in Vung Tau on 8 Jun 65 and after three days of hectic unloading returned to Australia, via some rest and recreation in Singapore, arriving home on 26 Jun 65.

This was followed by a period of maintenance and preparations in Australian waters before Sydney again departed for Vietnam, on 14 Sep 65 and returning on 20 Oct 65. Owens was posted off the ship nine days later.

Owens 2 2 3 4 5

In the above picture Owens can be seen wearing, from left to right, the following medals:

1. Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) 1945-75 with clasp ‘Vietnam’ – entitled.

2. Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (VLSM) – entitled.

3. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 – entitled.

4. Australian Defence Medal (ADM) – entitled.

5. Vietnam Logistic Support Forces Medal – commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.

6. HMAS Sydney Medal - commemorative medal and not to be worn with official medals.

Owens is shown on the Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll as having 68 days service whilst serving on HMAS Sydney and for this service is entitled to the AASM 1945-75, with clasp ‘Vietnam’ and the VLSM.

Owens 3

Ex-service organisations sometimes commission their own unofficial medals to mark participation in particular military campaigns, periods of service, or types of service that have not been recognised through the Australian Honours and Awards system. Protocol dictates that unofficial medals should not be worn at public ceremonial and commemorative events. However, if they are worn as the occasion demands, the convention is that they are worn on the right breast.

The two medals above are commemorative ‘tin’ originally commissioned by a Naval association associated with HMAS Sydney, “The Vung Tau Ferry”. Before the early 1990’s there was no recognition for the Navy personnel who crewed the support ships serving Australians in Vietnam. Because of this, Naval associations produced their own. The VLSM was later instituted by the Commonwealth to provide official recognition.

The medal on the left was only available to association members who had served on the Sydney and the other is the Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal. These are purchased medals, commonly referred to as ‘tin’ medals.

Of note, the directive, that clearly displayed on the front page of the HMAS Sydney Association website, in bold red lettering, is the following:

“It is advisable that members do not wear commemorative medals alongside their awarded medals. Commemorative medals should be worn on your right breast”.

Garry Owens, you may have been engaged in a worthy cause, but your wearing of ‘tin’ medals and a medal to which you had no entitlement shows disrespect towards your fellow veterans. Your heart may have been in the right place, but what was going through your head when you put on those medals?

You have now earned your place on the ANZMI website.

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