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Surname: Tufrey
Christian Names: Brian Kenneth
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Yengarie
Service #: Nil
Service: Army
Branch: Claims SASR
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:


Brian Tufrey was born in 1944.


We hold a Statutory Declaration detailing that Tufrey said, "he was a member of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and was involved in Black Ops, and he went on three man patrols, and they would climb Palm trees in wait for the enemy, then pop them off. He also said: " that he and his two comrades were lucky to survive what was a terrible ordeal" He added, " he should not be revealing any information as he may be recalled at anytime"

Brian Tufrey was contacted twice and spoken to by a researcher.

On the first occasion, he told the researcher that:

in 1962 at the age of eighteen years, he served as a "Sniper" with SAS, in Australian Army, and because of the exceptional secret nature of his service, he was never posted to, or served at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne WA. His training was all done elsewhere and he could not, and would not divulge any information about it.".

Although the researcher, from experience, knew that Tufry was telling lies, due diligence proved that Tufry is a liar. Being an eighteen year old operational member of SAS and not serving at Swanbourne is ridiculous.

On the second occasion Tufry was contacted, it was put to him, that he was telling lies, and he vehemently denied that accusation and reasserted that:

"he served with SAS in 1962 and was deployed overseas on "Black Operations".

An eighteen year old serving with SASR, but not at Swanbourne, and being deployed of secret Black Ops? His story is very exciting and heroic, but simply put, he is a liar.

Here is the history of the SASR:

Australian Special Air Service Company was raised on 25 July 1957 at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Western Australia (WA). It was expanded to a Regiment, and renamed Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) on 4 September 1964.

The Regiment first saw operational service on the island of Borneo in February 1965, when an SAS Squadron deployed to Brunei during the Indonesian confrontation.

He also said that:

"there are no records of his SAS service, and that details of the "Black Operations", and all of his military records were top secret and would never be released.

People from Yengarie in the Maryborough area of Queensland, may believe, that Tufry is an ex SAS Black Ops elite soldier, but it is sad, because his wife joined the conversation with the researcher, and extolled her unconditional belief, that Brian Tufrey has done all he says that he has.

The truth is that he is a liar, and the reason that files can not be located, is because they do not, and never have existed.

ANZMI lodgers quarters contain many who falsely claim to have served with the elite SASR. As a now ensconced wannabe lodger, Tufrey can spin his yarns for eternity, whilst feeling at home, with the hundreds of other liars, cheats and Valour thiefs. It is a truism that if all who claimed to have served with SASR, actually did, it would be the largest veterans association that ever existed.

Surname: MOSSMAN
Christian Names: Graeme
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Ingleburn
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Australian Engineers
Commencement of service: 07 Sep 1976
Completion of service: 07 Sep 1999
Case Notes:


Graeme Mossman is the Honorary Secretary of the Ingleburn Returned and Services League (RSL) which is a major sub branch that is in the area of the former and historic Australian Army Base Ingleburn, NSW,

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Mossman wears three medals on his left breast, they are:

Australian Service Medal with first Clasp. (ASM) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
NSW Corrective Service Medal - NSW State medal. Not be be worn with Federal medals.

During his military service, he had some postings to the Pacific Islands, but was never deployed on overseas operational service.

He earned the first two medals, for his service, but has added the third, to increase his Federal awards by thirty three percent.

The NSW Corrective Service Award, is not approved by the Australian Governor General to be worn with Federal medals on the left breast. It is worn separately on the right breast.

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When asked by a independent researcher about the medal, he was extremely aggressive and said that the RSL executive had approved his wearing of the medal. As he wears the medal on commemorative occasions at the RSL, that assertion could be true

We welcome Graeme Mossman aboard.

Surname: AITKEN
Christian Names: Sam William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Hervey Bay
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 2001
Completion of service: 2004
Case Notes:


Sam William Aitken from Hervey Bay is a wannabe and liar.


According to Aitken, he had a very exciting stint with the Australian Army, however in reality, his service was all in Australia and very ordinary. He served as a private rifleman with 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) from 2001 to 2004. He had no operational service and earned no domestic or overseas medals.

Aitken claims to have been a Sniper with, 1RAR. Being a sniper is prestigious, and the new fashion for wannabes. To be one, you need to be an outstanding rifleman in a rifle platoon. At some stage in your career, if you are doing well enough, you will be able to apply for a specialist sniper course, if you get selected and pass the sniper course, you may be transferred internally within the Battalion from a Rifle Company, to Support Company, of which, Snipers are part of the Reconnaissance Platoon.

He claims to have served in East Timor in 1999, as a support asset with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), infiltrating tactical areas via parachute.

He says he was in the army for twenty years, in particular the SASR special forces.

As a result of his war experience, claims to have been part of a Private Military Company (PMC), within the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO), working in Iraq, Iran , Afghanistan and Africa. Boasts of killing many Arabs during his time within PMC service.

Claims to be an unidentifiable soldier in Afghanistan, shown in video war scenes in his possession.

He hunted and killed poachers in South Africa, earning $3,000 per day.

Just got back from killing insurgents in Afghanistan.

Because of his intensive service, he "gets regular medical treatment via telephone from the Army".

Aitken uses his military service, as an excuse for his bad behaviour, and also seeks solace from vulnerable woman, to whom he tells of his false war torn life.

Boasts of "having weapons, beyond belief".

He "travels regularly overseas spending significant time in the wilderness of USA and Asia".

Aitken is the epitome of a wannabe and valour thief, he served with an Infantry Battalion only in Australia, and did not complete his enlistment contract.

He has extrapolated the little he knows about military service into an heroic saga of overseas service in war zones.

We welome Aitken to ANZMI's Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR) where he is accompanied by hundreds of his ilk.

Christian Names: John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Melbourne
Service: Nil
Case Notes:


Should you seek information about John Torcasio. On Google, you will find a sterling pictorial story of a "Top Gun" Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot as per below:

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There is very little else on the Facebook page, and he does not claim in writing, to be an RAAF pilot, nor does he say he is not.

John Toscasio was asked about the Facebook entry, as per below:

"Good morning John

Great photos of you and Jet fighters.

Are you a member of the RAAF or is it some other Air Force.

Best regards


Hi xxxx

I am a hobby photographer not in any air force they are just
prop photos

Regards John"

Toscasio exceeds his claimed purpose for publishing the photographs (hobbyist), and there is no explanation. A reasonable person would believe, he is a jet pilot from the RAAF, in accordance with the photographs he exhibits.

If John Torcasio published the photographs to achieve notoriety, he has achieved his objective. This information will be published throughout the world, but, he will not be seen as a "hot shot Top gun" instead he will be known as a "not so hot" ANZMI Wannabe.

Surname: ROWE
Christian Names: Terrence Geoffrey
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Wingham
Service #: R65258
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Medical (Dental Assistant
Commencement of service: 1966
Completion of service: 1986
Case Notes:


Terrence Geoffrey Rowe attends art classes at the NSW country town of Wingham to get solace and alleviate the crippling Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from his "spending 1971 on HMAS Sydney taking troops to Vietnam"

Terry Rowe's Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll, shows that he served on active service in Vietnam for 126 days. THAT IS WRONG! In fact he spent less than 6 days anchored in Vung Tau Harbour aboard HMAS Sydney. During the whole of the Vietnam war, no Australian Defence personnel were ever wounded in action whilst on board HMAS Sydney during delivery deployments.




The reason for the counting error, is that the RAN counted the days from departure of the last Australian port, until the day arriving back at first Australian or allied port. Whereas, a soldier being transported on board HMAS Sydney, had days in Vietnam counted from the time he set foot on land in Vietnam, until the day he stepped off land.

The RAN also made a significant blunder, in awarding the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) to thousands of RAN personnel who did not earn it. See here:

Rowe is being reported for his nefarious claim of being injured on active service, and taking his claim through the DVA system, to the Australian Appeals Tribunal (AAT), thus slowing down processing , for those in genuine need, with genuine injuries and illnesses.

The crux of his claim, is that whilst anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he sniffed or ingested Agent Orange, which after a chain of events, caused him to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His Agent Orange problem was exacerbated, because, whilst on active service, during the few days he was anchored in Vung Tau harbour, he was subjected to poison from teeth amalgams that he had to mix,

He blames a family medical problem for his PTSD, and blames the family medical problem on Agent Orange, therefore Agent Orange caused his PTSD,

We understand that he would have been under stress, relating to family medical problems, that happened in Australia, well after his series of a few days of active service.

Here is what the journalist quoted Rowe as having said. Note incorrect spelling of his name as Roe instead of Rowe,



There has been a huge international debate about the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, Agent Orange was a 50/50 mixture of two herbicides: 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, used to aerial spray forests in Vietnam to reduce foliage cover for the North Vietnamese.

It is ridiculous to espouse that there was Agent Orange pollution, at sea in Vung Tau harbour, in 1971 that could be accidentally ingested by a Dental Assistant, on the deck, or in the dental surgery of HMAS Sydney.

For Rowe to try and link Agent Orange, and dental amalgam as active service injuries is preposterous,

It costs time and money for the DVA claims system to function. Nefarious claims end up at the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). AAT is manned by eminent legal and medical people, to adjudicate on claims. The AAT is a very fair system based on court like proceedings. Quite often, the Tribunal finds for the appellant. Bogus claims like Rowe's, are, by law, required to be fully investigated, and rejected without prejudice, except, that Australian and New Zealand veterans, are happy to be prejudiced and report Rowe's behaviour.

Here are the the findings of the AAT regarding Rowe's claim. Note that Rowe's claim was conclusively rejected.

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In the late 1990s and early 2000s there was a never ending array of crooked claims that were sent to AAT for decision. In particular a person who appears on this web site, was responsible for many of them: See Roque "China" Hammall here :

From 1991 "China" Hammal ran a veteran disability support organization in Perth WA, named "Australian Navy in Vietnam Support Veteran's Association. (ANVSVA). Veterans would provide ANVSVA with their name and what ship they served on in Vietnam. The ANVSVA would study events that occurred on that ship and then splice the veteran into a Ship Stressor, and then get a percentage of whatever lump sum the successful applicant received.

Another interesting crooked applicant was Major Joseph Brain of the Gold Coast, Queensland who convinced the system that he had served in Vietnam, but in fact was never there: See here:

Following the exposure of Hammell, Brain and many others, DVA through necessity, slowed down their processing, whilst stopping most of the crooks, it made submitting claims by genuine veterans much harder.

Terrence Geoffrey Rowe is receiving solace for his "Agent Orange caused PTSD", but he will get no solace from DVA or from Australia and New Zealand veterans. He will however get attention, and a little infamy aboard the good ship ANZMI, which is free of agents of any colour, and does not use amalgam in their tooth booth.

Surname: POLLARD
Christian Names: Vernon Joseph
Country: Australia
State or Province: .
City or Town: .
Service #: 3777580
Service: National Service
Case Notes:


In veteran vernacular, Vernon Pollard was a Nasho who is now a wannabe, because he wears a lot of "Tin".


Here is a list of the medals he wore on a commemorative occasion in Maryborough Queensland.

Australian Defence Medal. Authorised
Commemoration of National Service Medal. Authorised
Queens Golden Jubilee medal. Non authorised
Cannot identify Non authorised
Conscription medal Non authorised
(CMF) Citizens Military Forces/Reserve Forces tin medal riband. Non authorised

He is entitled to wear only these two medals.

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He wears six. Three of the six can be clearly identified as non authorised, self awarded "Tin" medals. One of the six is mostly hidden and cannot be identified, but it will be another "Tinny".


His two legitimate medals were for National Service in Australia, however, his posterity, and uninformed civilians celebrating a commemorative occasion, would interpret him as a battle hardened veteran. Those who know, and now those who read this, will know, that he earned only two medals for domestic service in Australia, and that his behaviour is a disgrace to the Australian and New Zealand veteran community.

There are many who wear less than six medals, who have done hard service on overseas deployments and deserve accolades. Pollard is no more that a wannabe, who completed minimal service as a National Serviceman and deserves derision for "his" six medals, not the accolades he seeks.

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