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

Surname: Walters
Christian Names: Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mordialloc
Case Notes:

It seems the war weary Russell “Chuck” WALTERS had just been elevated to the position of Divisional Commander of the Merimbula Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, and had already been involved in rescuing three men from rugged seas.

Utter disbelief was shared by the Ringwood R & SL members, sure, they knew “Chuck”, he had joined their Veteran's League on the 20th of June 1968 giving his date of birth as 30 June 1945 and in 1975 and 1976 he was elected and served as  Secretary on the executive of that veterans establishment.  WALTERS then transferred to the East Malvern (Vic) R & SL in 1990 and maintained membership there until 1993 when he moved interstate.  Evidence of employment whilst in Victoria is a business card showing he was the Administrative Officer with Terumo Corporation in the bayside suburb of Mordialloc (Vic),  and subsequent information  of being employed as a private investigator!  Our investigators uncovered this information from checks with our R & SL contacts.

How could it be possible that “Chuck”  served 33 years with the US military and be in Australia for all these years?   His tales of being involved in the Grenada skirmish in 1983, Panama in 1989 and then Somalia for Operation “Just Cause” in 1993 lent further disbelief in his “Walter MITTY” ramblings to the press.  On ANZAC Day 2005 in Merimbula,“CHUCK” paraded in full US Marines officers dress uniform wearing a most colourful display of combat and service ribbons – including the coveted Purple Heart  – this is part of the picture that was also published in the newspaper that initially interviewed him.


Photograph courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly

CPMH was contacted by concerned R & SL members who requested a complete investigation be carried out.  WALTERS was contacted officially on 2nd of May 2005 and given until 31st of May to reply with either proof of service or an apology to all returned servicemen.

It is obvious he chose to ignore our correspondence – so, true to our word to him, contact was made with the local press.




News articles  courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly

Some people interviewed over this pretender,treated the matter with brevity and actually had a laugh at his antics.  CPMH was most swift in reminding these folk that as patriots we take a much different view – the Australian Federal Government has recently outlaid millions of dollars in Coastal Defence for surveillance involving drug/people smuggling, illegal fishing and National Security.  WALTERS through his posturing and bogus ministrations has inveigled himself into the mesh of this governmental initiative – and this in our opinion,verges on criminal activity.

No doubt the American Embassy in Canberra will have some input into this matter once it becomes public knowledge.  CPMH will monitor all proceedings and keep our followers advised of proceedings.

 29 June 2005.   Not more than one day on the web site and the Merimbula News Weekly have  unfolded the true story of Chuck the Marines, Marine.   This should be a timely reminder to all the bogus people who check these pages to see if you have been listed,  that if you get a letter from us asking you to "please explain" your exploits and service, that you SHOULD NOT IGNORE US.   Doing this just confirms to us that there is something amiss and we will check you out via any and all means available.

In this instance, the help from the Merimbula News Weekly  and especially reporter Bethany Dortmans, was invaluable in getting the full expose on Chuck  and we thank them  for the coup de grâce on the front page of their newspaper 29 June 2005.    

The full story courtesy of the Merimbula News Weekly is shown below.
 

Military imposter exposed
Bethany Dortmans
Wednesday, 29 June 2005

Russell "Chuck" Walters has been exposed as a military imposter by the Coalition of Patriots for Military Honour [CPMH].

He has resigned as Merimbula's Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol divisional commander.

Mr Walters has admitted that the information on his military service, published in a News Weekly report, headlined "Chuck the new RVCP commander" on April 13, was false.

In the interview the article was based on, Mr Walters said that he had spent more than 33 years in the US military before retiring as a full Colonel in 1995.

He claimed to have spent two years on submarines, made two tours of Vietnam, been involved in Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989 and in later operations in Somalia.

He also said he had served time with the Australian Department of Defence and the American Embassy.

Mr Walters, 59, provided a letter to the News Weekly on Monday, which read:

"I wish to make a full and unequivocal retraction of any and all my comments related to the article about myself which appeared in the Merimbula News Weekly on April 13.

"The information I provided was false.

"I humbly apologise to any and all persons I may have offended by comments and actions."

It is signed Russell Walters, Tura Beach.

Mr Walters' apology came hours before he was exposed on the CPMH website, www.cpmh.net, as a bogus veteran.

He is listed on the site under "cases".

But while he has apologised to the News Weekly and the public, CPMH investigator, Max Greevey, said it was going to take further action from Mr Walters before his case was removed from the site.

"Chuck will need to write letters of apology to the Vietnam Veterans of Australia, The RSL, the US Marine Corps, the US Embassy for starters," Mr Greevey said.

"Once we have these letters we contact the parties involved and ascertain whether his apologies are accepted.

"Should they all deign his contrition is deep enough - he will be removed from CPMH - with a staunch warning that should he tread the same path again he will remain on the site for life," he said.

CPMH is an association of Vietnam veterans from all services and ranks that exposes and brings federal charges against those who falsely seek military honour.

Most members have more than 20 years of military service.

The CPMH investigated Mr Walters' history after the News Weekly article sparked outrage from Victorian RSL members, who said they knew Mr Walters for more than 10 years from the late 1960s, a time when Mr Walters had said he was working for the US military.

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The CPMH investigations showed that he had joined the Ringwood RSL, in Victoria, on June 20, 1968, where he was a member until 1990, was secretary of the Ringwood RSL sub-branch in 1975-76, and transferred to East Malvern RSL in 1990, where he was a member until 1993.

These revelations uncovered inconsistencies in Mr Walters' claims, particularly his 33 years of military service.

The CPMH contacted the News Weekly with this information and the newspaper conducted its own inquiries into Mr Walters' history.

On June 22, Mr Walters spoke to the News Weekly and stood by his words, stating that all the information in the April 13 article was correct.

He showed the News Weekly paperwork on his service with the US Navy and Marine Corps from 1962 to 1967.

He could not, however, provide proof or confirmation of his operations from 1968 to 1995, saying he was not allowed to talk about it.

Mr Walters said his movements with the US Military over this time were confidential and must stay secret.

He would not let the News Weekly keep any copies of his military service papers and would not allow the interview to be taped.

Mr Walters said he regretted his original comments to the News Weekly.

"I shouldn't have expanded so much on my military career.

"But I was proud of my appointment and, in the moment, I said too much.

"In hindsight, I wish I hadn't said anything," he said.

Mr Walters then handed a signed letter of apology to the News Weekly on Monday.

A statement released by the Merimbula Coastal Patrol the same day said Mr Walters had taken the view that his position would have become untenable as a result of today's article.

"Chuck's brief tenure as commander was characterised by his dedication and administrative skills and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his resignation are regretted by all.

"The patrol, however, is a valuable Merimbula asset and must be protected for the important part it plays in our community.

"Its members will continue to work in the best interests of that community and with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism," the statement said.

Jim Hinde is now the Merimbula Coastal Patrol's acting commander.

Far South Coast Coastal Patrol captain Jim Greenshield, who oversees coastal patrol operations from Batemans Bay to the border, was one of the officials who interviewed Mr Walters for the position of divisional commander.

He had given Mr Walters his full support and said, "In my point of view, he [was] performing well as divisional commander."

Mr Greenshield said Mr Walters' military history had played no part in landing the position with the patrol.

"The main criterion for the position is management skills," he said. "And from what we gathered in the interview, we believed Chuck had the necessary training and skills for the job."

Under the Defence Act, it is a federal offence to wrongly claim to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman, and a proven offence can result in up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $3300.

It is an offence to wear a service decoration to which a person is not entitled. This may attract additional penalties.

The CPMH website says: "Worst still is the insult to genuine veterans of any conflict, who find their courage, honour and valour stolen by imposters both from within and outside their ranks.

"Each time a military imposter is left 'unexposed', it cheapens the value of every true hero, and cheapens the sacrifice that every genuine service-person and veteran makes.

"The imposter has ruined his own life with his lies."
 

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: Wapper
Christian Names: Adrian
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Alford
Service #: Not Known
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Uknown
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Adrian Wapper of Alford, South Australia had a dream that he had been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 1989 whilst serving in the Royal Australian Navy.  He dreamed that he had been on Muster at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, when the medal was pinned to his chest. 

Here is Wapper on ANZAC Day 2015 sporting his OAM.

As well as the OAM Medal Wapper is wearing a Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM) and an Australian Defence Medal (ADM). Both these medals are awarded for time in the Defence Force.

The OAM is this medal:

The OAM is the  pre-eminent way Australians recognise the achievements and service of their fellow citizens.  It is a prestigious medal presented by the Governor General.

Those awarded the OAM are well feted and the awards widely publicised.  We could find no information about Wapper's award and contacted him seeking information. Here is his response.

"Hi. xxx.

In answer your Email, I too have been doing an investigation and contacted the Defence Archives and Records and talked to Cathy. She has organised for me to obtain my record of service and Certificate of service. She also put me onto Honours and Awards and I talked to Winston. He too was very helpful. I in formed them of what was happening and the problems I have. They informed me to not worry and yes you are correct , according to the records I do not have a OAM . So I Have destroyed the medal as per their instructions and are awaiting their input into the matter. I Did , a few years ago have Alcohol and mental problems which contributed to this . To this day I still can see the presentation of the medal and still thought it was real. I thank you for the jolt to bring it back to reality and to help me cope with these problems I had and still have. Those today I spoke to understand and I hope you do. I realise I have let a lot of people down, including you. I would however like to keep in contact with you if it is at all possible?"

Cheers and thanks!"

Wapper our understanding of the situation is very different from your expectations. We direct the following question to you.

"Can you also see in your dreams where you purchased the OAM award, had it Court Mounted by a Medal Dealer in South Australia and how much you paid for it.  Surely that dream  would have alerted you that something was amiss?"

We believe you are a fraud, a liar and a wannabe who wore the medal to raise your standing in your community.  We have reported the matter to South Australia Police and look forward to action from them.

Having enjoyed the kudos of being a feted and false OAM recipient we hope you enjoy your new found fame on this web site.

 

Surname: Wardlaw
Christian Names: Ross Henry
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: .
City or Town: Te Awamutu
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 41916
Service: Army
Branch: NZ Army Service Corps
Case Notes:

 

Ross Henry Wardlaw is well know in the NZ veteran community for his executive membership in:

The Returned Service Associations (RSA),
The Kings Empire Veterans Association (KEVs),
His active service in the Vietnam war and finally:
For his total disrespect for tradition and medals protocol.

Here is Wardlaw wearing nine medals on a commemorative occasion:



Here is a close up of the medals:




Of the nine medals, he is authorised to wear only six of them:

1. The New Zealand Operational Service Medal
2. The Vietnam Medal
3. The New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) with clasp VIETNAM
4. The New Zealand Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal The New Zealand Defence Service Medal with clasp REGULAR
5. The South Vietnamese Campaign Medal
6. The Regular Force Cadet 50th Anniversary Commemorative & Memorial Medal
7. The New Zealand Army 150th Commemoration Medal
8. Scout Medal of Merit

The last three medals are just "bling" and must not be worn with legitimate Defence medals.
The 7th and 8th are self purchased commemorative medals,



The 9th medal is a New Zealand Boy Scout medal of Merit, that has had an extra badge attached



For some years the NZ RSA and members have allowed Wardlaw to wear the three fake medals. Any person who has earned six medals, and then bolsters his rack with three extra fake medals, is not a person to be respected in the ex service community.

We welcome Ross Henry Wardlaw to our website.

Surname: Watmore
Christian Names: Allan Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Kilburn
Service #: 315518
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry and Transport
Commencement of service: 12 April 1972
Completion of service: 26 July 1974
Case Notes:

Watmore would have you believe that:
He served for six years in the British Army  before migrating to Australia and that included active service in:
Malaysia Northern Ireland Aden Falklands

Watmore-1


Here is a photo he exhibits wearing a UK uniform complete with bear skin hat..

Watmore-2
 

He served with the Australian Army in Vietnam and was awarded The Star of Gallantry medal for carrying wounded soldiers to safety even though he was badly wounded himself.

 He served with the elite Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant  and trained SAS Soldiers.

The truth of his military history is as follows:
When he enlisted into the Australian Army he declared on his Attestation Form that he had never served in the Armed Forces of Australia or any other country

Watmore-3
 

He enlisted into the Australian Army  on the 12 April 1972. Had he been a UK Veteran who had seen service in Malaya, Northern Ireland, Aden and the Falklands his Recruit and Corps training would have been reduced accordingly, however he spent six months at Recruit and Corps training which is the same period as required for any raw recruit.


After Recruit and Corps Training he served with 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)  at Woodside in South Australian, then for a short period with 6th Battalion Royal Austsralian Regiment (6RAR) which was deployed to Singapore until December 1973. He was reposted to 18 Transport Company on 1 Jan 1974 and was Absent Without Leave from 23 March 1974 until 19 June 1974, then Discharged as a Private Soldier for the reason of being "Unsuited to be a Soldier".

Here is his Discharge Certificate

Watmore-4
 

Watmore was never anywhere near Vietnam during the war, yet it 1975 we are reliably advised that he had the audacity to apply for  Vietnam Medals from the Department of Honours and Awards, his request of course was denied.  This action shows that he has desired to be seen as a Vietnam Veteran since at least 1975.


Here is what Watmore put on his Facebook page.

Watmore-5
 

Watmore has earned none of the medals shown on the Blazer, those on the right are false medals from his false UK Service, and those on the left are false medals from his Australian service. He is also falsely wearing the elite Infantry Combat Badge.

The Orange coloured medal above the Australian Medals on his left hand side is the coveted Star of Gallantry which recognises acts of outstanding heroism in action in circumstance of great peril.  The Star of Gallantry was introduced into the Australian honours system on 15 January 1991. 

As Watmore was sacked from the Australian Army in 1974 it is ridiculous for him to claim a medal that was invented in 1991.  Star of Gallantry recipients are shown  here  www.itsanhonour.gov.au/   Watmore is not listed.  Here is more information about the Star of Gallantry

Watmore's claims to have served in the SAS and been a Staff Sergeant are pure lies.

He never rose above the rank of Private and his record indicates that he has not a vestige of the stamina and courage required for what it takes to be an SAS Trooper.

This classic wannabe has been lying and cheating since 1975 about his military service.

He exhibits the characteristics of a pathological liar and therefore he has most likely misrepresented himself in all walks of life.

We suggest to Watmore to crush and  burn the false medals and the blazer, and apologise to all genuine Veterans who have done what Watmore could not do, and that is to serve honourably in the Defence Force.
We call upon all those who know him, to confront him and call him a liar, and to any ex Service organizations he may be a member of,  to cast him out with ignominy.


Watmore, for many years has bathed in the false kudos of being an heroic returned Veteran, now he can fester in the real shame of being an "outed" liar cheat and wannabe.

 
Surname: Watson
Christian Names: Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Mackay
Service: Citizen Military Forces
Case Notes:
WATSON Paul

Paul Watson is an enigma. He is not the dribbling drunk at the end of the bar trying to impress with outrageous stories of war time exploits.  He is a sales representative for Detroit Diesel.  He is the Secretary of the North Mackay Bowls Club.  He is described as a very private person who does not tell war stories of boast of daring exploits as depicts many wannabes. 

He is also a liar who is in a position of trust.

On previous years he had marched on ANZAC Day with other veterans but minus the ribbons and medals.  Yet on ANZAC Day 2006 he went to the RSL wearing the Vietnam Medal Ribbon, the Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon and what was believed to be the Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon but no medals.  He stood out because of the soiled and bedraggled condition the ribbons were in.  He was asked by other veterans where his medals were and said initially that he had lost them but subsequently changed his story and said that his former wife had his medals.

Veterans who saw Watson were suspicious, mainly because this was the first time he had worn ribbons even though he had previously marched with veterans on ANZAC Day.  Veterans were so suspicious two of them went to see him at his home in Hocken Street, North Mackay and questioned his right to wear service decorations.  He was asked to clarify his service.  Paul Watson told these veterans that he was a member of 17 Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (17RNSWR), Citizen's Military Forces, and had trained at  the Jungle Warfare Training Centre at Canungra (J.T.C) prior to service in Vietnam.  He said that he had been sent to Vietnam on three occasions, six days at a time, where he had been attached to 3 RAR trialling special weapons in the   Mekong Delta.  He said that he was entitled to wear the Vietnam medal.  When asked why he was wearing the other ribbons he refused to answer.  Obviously he had no answer.

ANZMI has perused this mans record of service. From this it was ascertained that he is nothing more than a wannabe, a very poor CMF NCO and a liar.

He did serve with 17 RNSWR, service number 2183836.  He commenced his CMF service on 5 May 1965, was promoted to Corporal on 10 September 1966, promoted to temporary Sergeant on 1 May 1967, re-enlisted for two years on 5 May 1967 and was discharged at his own request on 23 May 1968.

Would this be a person who would be sent on specialist duties to South Vietnam? His attempts as an instructor would indicate not.

He instructed on the CMF Division Recruits Course 5/67.  In the subsequent report on CMF instructors WO's and NCO's in November 1967 he was described as being below average in most areas and only average in others.

His platoon Commander comments, "Has not put sufficient effort into task, somewhat lazy, lacks control of squads, poor bearing".

Company Commander comments, "Appears to need a lot more experience to be capable of holding this rank, possibly too rapid promotion".

Senior Instructor's comments, "This NCO was disappointing and not up to the high standards of most 17 RNSWR NCOs'

Watson was also advised in writing that he must improve or discharge could follow and as we now know, it did soon after.

This man is one poor excuse for a CMF NCO.  Anyone who has ever served with the 17 RNSWR would not be proud that he was once one of their ranks.  Vietnam Veterans should be disgusted that this sorry fellow has stolen their honour.

Paul Watson's record of service shows that he has never served overseas so why would he say that he had? Why would he be stupid enough to tell ex 3 RAR veterans that he had served with 3 RAR in the Delta?

We don't know the answer to those questions and would be pleased if anyone could enlighten us.  We wonder if he has anything else to hide as it would appear that when ever someone tries to take his photograph he appears to move away so it can't be taken.  One thing we do know however, Paul Watson spent a few short years with a CMF unit during a period when many young Australian men were fighting an enemy in another land.  In his CMF role he never did much and never went anywhere and, as indicated by his record of service, was not very good as an NCO in fact he was not even mediocre, he was below average.  This man has worn service decorations he is not entitled to and claimed to be a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.  He has dishonoured real veterans at their day of remembrance, ANZAC Day.  He has also committed serious offences against the Defence Act 1903, namely section 80A, Falsely representing to be a returned servicemen and section 80B, Improper Use of Service Decorations.  Each one of these offences carries a penalty of a fine of $3300.00 and/or 6 months imprisonment.  

ANZMI wrote to Paul Watson giving him the opportunity to provide us with evidence of his service in Vietnam.  We have not received an answer however, an unsigned letter purporting to have been written by Paul Watson was left in the letter box of one of the 3RAR veterans who confronted him on Anzac Day.  This letter was subsequently obtained by ANZMI and it indicates, though the truth of this has not been verified, that Watson was wearing the ribbons of an alleged friend who was killed in action in Vietnam.  The deceased person has immediate relatives who can wear the ribbons on Anzac day and for this reason we will not publish the letter without obtaining express permission from the family so as not to re-kindle bad memories for them. 

Paul Watson, you have no right to wear service decorations nor have you the right to claim warlike 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 private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Watson
Christian Names: Geoffrey James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Imbil
Case Notes:

Geoffrey James Watson arrived in Imbil, nestled in the peaceful Mary Valley in Queensland's Cooloola Coast hinterland in 1996 and immediately joined the Mary Valley Returned and Services League (R&SL) Sub-branch where he is still a member today. When approached by the previous committee about his reasons for joining he stated that he was transferring from the R&SL in Orange, a town in the regional west New South Wales. Watson was subsequently elected secretary of  the Mary Valley R&SL and due to his position, the pivotal role in the Sub-branch which processes paperwork and checks and balances, no-one it seems took the time to check his transfer from Orange R&SL, nor his service history.

On ANZAC day in 1997 he attended the parade and services wearing the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB), three USA citations, the Australian issued Viet Nam medals and walks/marches  with a limp and a stiff arm; alluding to his numerous wounds  from gunshots and rockets that he suffers from... or perhaps it from the helicopter in which he crashed... or perhaps the ships he was on that were bombed... all these tales of heroism and courage under fire have been visited upon the Veterans of Imbil over the past few years.

He was confronted by  a Viet Nam Veteran  about the ICB, medals and citations that he was wearing because the Veteran noticed that the ICB was being worn upside down, thus drawing his attention to it. In answer to the challenge,  the veteran was told that the ICB was "given" to him by a friend.

Alarm bells started to ring. Normally, the Sub-branch secretary would be informed.

In addition to this story Watson advised members of the R&SL that he had been in a chopper [helicopter] smash in Viet Nam, but to others he told the stories that he had been shot in the head, hands, and knees, however, remarkably he bears no scars from these horrendous wounds, no doubt there may have been divine intervention on that score; as one of his stories relates to how he helped Mother Teresa while she was in Viet Nam!

Watson's flights of fancy don't stop there; as he has told others that he was caught in a bunker that was bombed and was also got bombed while on a ship.

All up it appears that Imbil's Mr Watson has seen more action than Audie Murphy, the free world's most decorated War Veteran, which brings us to the point where this most-wounded person also states that he served in the United States Merchant Navy; he has given the service number 1793233R as his.   

Watson's claims in the US Merchant Marine are currently under investigation through our US counterparts. The result of which, no doubt, will prove as false as all his other claims to service and being wounded in action.   

It should be noted here that a serviceman's number is unique and will only ever be issued to one individua thereby making it quite easy to check on a service record through the stated country's service personnel files. These results will be placed on the site as soon as known.

Since being confronted about wearing the ICB upside down, Watson has not marched with the R&SL. Is this because he is afraid to put the medals on again, knowing it is a federal offence to do so if he is NOT the recipient of these awards? or has his courage under fire failed him in far easier peacetime pursuits?

A good Veteran impersonator would have at least studied the bogus medals he chose to wear and would ensure he had them on in the right order and worn the right way up. That way he would  ensure he did not incur the wrath of a angry old Warrant Officer or some other sharp-eyed ex-service person as also happened in the case of Marks, the RAAF impostor on another page of this site. One would also assume that a good impostor, who chose to say he was a serviceman in the US forces, would at least wear US medals and not Australian-awarded ones.    

Watson has also "advised" those that have confronted or questioned his service, that he will sue or take the said person to the "anti discrimination board", or the CJC (Queensland's Criminal Justice Commission) neither have jurisdiction in this area, and that makes him quite laughable and lowers his credibility even further.  

Watson is not easily dissuaded from his chosen role as a warrior, as it now seems that even though he is no longer the secretary of the R&SL, he still attends and spreads his tales of valour and heroism to any one that will listen, particularly at the Imbil Bowls Club on Friday evenings where he attends with his wife and entertains the bowls community with his warries and stories of bravado in battle to anyone foolish enough to listen.    

The Veteran community of Imbil have had enough of this "war hero's" lies and tall stories and contacted the team at CPMH who have since conducted a thorough investigation in Australia (and have launched an investigation in the US) confirming that Geoffrey James Watson is just like all the other imposters on this site. An Australian military check of his so called service details through Defence have come up blank.  A check of the Viet Nam Veterans Nominal Roll produced the same. A CPMH team member from Orange, NSW (The team has members everywhere there are genuine Veterans) approached and spoke to the following people and organisations from that town;

  • The Secretary/Manager of the Ex Services Club,

  • The Naval Association,

  • The R&SL, and the

  • Armoured Corps Association of Orange.   

All of the aforesaid organisations have never heard of the bogus war hero G. J. Watson. Sufficient checks of Defence and Ex Service organisations have been conducted to declare that this person is just another impostor breaking a federal law by impersonating the brave men and women who have fought under the flag of this great nation.   

The results of the US service check so far have also drawn a blank. It is not expected that this situation will change.

Post Script: Further advice has been received at CPMH that Watson was photographed wearing medals at a memorial service in Orange.  The details of this are currently being sought from the source in Orange and will be posted when received.

At the time of writing the US search of personal files cannot locate a 1793233R Geoffrey James Watson on any data base connected with  Merchant Marines or Military personnel.

Naturally (as is the case with every impostor uncovered by CPMH), Watson is invited to produce his unaltered service documents and award certificates for his United States Citations and service in the United States Merchant Marines.

Until such time as he does this all information from the records of both Australia and the United States held by CPMH confirms he is a fraud and has never served in their armed forces in any theatre of war.

Following this investigation, Watson has resigned his membership of the R&SL, and his name has been struck off the Sub-branch roll.

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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