Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: HICKEY
Christian Names: Mark William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Chinchilla
Service #: 1203933
Service: Army
Branch: RAAOC
Commencement of service: 1970
Completion of service: 1971
Case Notes:

 

Mark Hickey of Chinchilla, Queensland likes the limelight. He claims that in 1970, he volunteered to join the Australian Army to fight in the Vietnam War. He states that he completed two tours of Vietnam during the 1970s. He informed a Newspaper Journalist that he was a third generation war veteran of the Hickey family.

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The following article details the alleged Army service that Hickey relayed to the Journalist covering Anzac Day on that occasion. Further reports of Hickey’s claimed Vietnam service have come to light since that date, as he continues to lie about active service in the Australian Army. Australia withdrew its military commitment to South Vietnam in 1972, so Hickey’s claims are false.

Insert Chinchilla News article.

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Hickey is a false pretender and a military imposter. His name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Nominal Roll for Vietnam Veterans.

ANZMI have received statements detailing that Hickey, over the past four or five years, informed associates that he attained the rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class, whilst a member of the Australian Army Aviation Corps. When questioned though, he could not remember the names of any persons he served with or the name of his Commanding Officer. Hickey was subsequently reported to ANZMI.

Hickey was contacted by a Researcher and asked to provide details of his Army Service Number , Service details, and in particular, details regarding his claimed two Vietnam War deployments.

He stated that he could not remember his Army Service Number “ I have no idea if that’s my old number, Mum had all that stuff and when her and Dad passed I’m not sure what happened to it”

When asked about the Chinchilla News article he responded -;

He (The Journalist) was supposedly going to do a story about Dad and Grandad when he spoke to me that day and I gave him as much information as I could, he also interviewed a large number of others at the time

One of those was Mark (surname not known) a Vietnam Veteran who served with an Artillery unit, story was somehow his story got mixed into the story about Dad and Grandad”

The problems for Hickey though, are the statements received at ANZMI from former serving Australian Defence Force personnel. These statements include his claims that he is a Vietnam Veteran, a former Warrant Officer and Member of the Aviation Corps. He also did nothing to rectify the news article that describes him as a Vietnam Veteran on three occasions.

Also the headline -;

Mark marches for family
Vietnam veteran proudly reflects on war efforts of three generations of the Hickey family

- makes it difficult to believe Hickey’s assertions that it was all the Journalists fault.

Hickey was also observed at an earlier Anzac Day March in Chinchilla wearing Vietnam medals.

Hickey informed a Researcher that he enlisted in the Australian Army in 1970 and following Recruit Training, he was posted to the Ordnance Corps.

Due to family problems, he states that he was discharged in late 1971. He also denied ever claiming that he was a Vietnam Veteran to any other person.

Hickey was further contacted and asked if he was former Private Mark William Hickey Service number 1203933, who was Court Martialed and discharged by the Australian Army on the 25 July, 1972. He agreed that his name is Mark Hickey and after researching his " Army papers" confirmed that his service number was 1203933.

The below document is recorded at the National Australian Archives Canberra.

Insert Hickey NAA Doc.

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We will leave it up to our readers to make up their own minds about Mr. Mark William Hickey.

Surname: MOHR
Christian Names: Jono
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ferndale
Service: Army & Foreign Legion
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

 

Jono Mohr of Fernvale in Queensland, is a handyman who tells of his spectacular military service of days gone by.

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According to Jono, as a younger man, he travelled from Australia and enlisted in the elite French Foreign Legion. He said, "going to all manner of places and doing work for which other governments, did not want to be involved in".

On his return to Australia, "he enlisted in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and did numerous overseas deployments". We hold a Statutory Declaration, detailing what Mohr has said about his military service, with both French Foreign Legion and the SASR.

Mohr was spoken to directly by a researcher, and denied ever saying he served with the SASR in the Australian Defence Force. He did however, advise of his French Foreign Legion service, and said he holds documents to prove his service. He promised to forward his documentary evidence, however, as suspected, it has never arrived.

We have:

A Statutory Declaration detailing what Mohr is reported to have said about his military service, with French Foreign Legion and Australian SASR.

Mohr told a researcher that he did serve with the French Foreign Legion, and that he had never served with SASR.

We have no direct evidence that Mohr served with the French Foreign Legion, and will leave the truth of that to our readers.

Below are emails to and from Mohr.

"Sorry to bother you, but you know exactly who I am. Have spoken to Jono twice. I do research on behalf of Australian and New Zealand military veterans . Jono claims to have had active service with the French Foreign Legion, and he has advised me that he will send proof of his service.

Can you please arrange for the evidence before the 10 Nov 20.

Regards
Researcher"

Response from Mohr

"No idea who you are.
Stop emailing us".
More to Jono

"Afternoon Jono

We spoke about your military service with the French Foreign Legion, which is quite an achievement.

You advised that you would send proof of your service, however, as yet it has not been received.

Would very much like to finalize this matter and receipt of your Service Document is all that is needed to complete this situation..

Regards
Researcher"

"Jono

Please respond to my email requesting your French Foreign Legion credentials, so can close this file.

Researcher"

As well as being told by Mohr, we have advice from SASR, that he has never served with that unit, or any other unit in the Australian Defence Force, which is contrary to what is detailed in the Statutory Declaration.

We welcome Jono Mohr aboard the ANZMI express, that will carry him on the wannabe loop for ever more.

Jono Mohr is given cargo class passage aboard the ANZMI rattler, for falsely claiming to have served overseas with SASR. If he ever provides evidence of his French Foreign Legion service, he will be upgraded to economy Class, but will remain on board the "rattler" for ever more.

Surname: GRAHAM
Christian Names: Robert Ernest
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Sapphire & Wowan
Service #: 2791084
Service: Army
Commencement of service: October 1968
Completion of service: October 1970
Case Notes:

 

Every now and again a lifetime wannabee is uprooted from his hole by genuine Australian and New Zealand Veterans.

On this occasion, this imposter has broken the trust of all his genuine veteran colleagues in the small Queensland township of Sapphire.

The below photograph is Wannabee, Valour Thief and Medal Cheat, Robert Ernest Graham.

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Graham was born on the 17 February, 1948. For many years he has claimed to many people” that he is a Vietnam Veteran, having served with 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment ( 1RAR) at the Battles of Coral and Balmoral, South Vietnam in May, 1968”.

The above edited photograph depicts Graham at the Gemfields R.S.L Sub Branch Club, Sapphire, Queensland. The original photograph shows him adopting the most prominent position in the group, with genuine veterans standing to his left and right sides.

We are reliably informed that he is wearing the following awards -;

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. AASM. Not entitled.
Vietnam Medal. VM. Not entitled.
Australian Defence Medal. ADM Entitled.
Anniversary of National Service Medal. NSM Entitled.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM Not entitled.
On his right breast he wears the Meritorious Unit Citation. Battle of Coral-Balmoral Not entitled.

His name does not appear on the Vietnam Nominal Roll.

He also placed a Vietnam Veteran decal sticker on his motor vehicle.

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In 2018, due to his fraudulent claims, Graham gained the position of Assistant Treasurer and Committee member of the Gemfields RSL Sub Branch. He was also appointed as the Caretaker of the Gemfields Veterans Retreat for a 3 year period. During this time, he claimed that he was a 1 RAR Infantry soldier to many veterans, who were accommodated at the Retreat.

Things started go awry for Graham, when genuine veterans started to question his long claimed Vietnam service. It is always difficult to defend a statement that you were at Fire Support Base Coral in May, 1968, and under attack, when you in fact commenced National Service Training in the Australian Army five months later in October, 1968.

In November, 2020, Graham was sent a letter by his Sub Branch asking for clarification of his Army Vietnam service.

His response is below -;

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Graham expresses his sorrow in this letter, but it is plain that had his service not been questioned at this point in time, his deceit would have continued.

Graham has now been booted out of the Gemfields RSL Sub Branch, however, he is still a member of the Bribie Island, Queensland RSL Sub Branch - member number 2351035. The Queensland RSL State Branch need to take action against this wannabee, before he creates more embarrassment to that Organisation.

Graham has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A and 80B, by claiming

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B
Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

Graham has earned a lifetime of respect and kudos due to his fraudulent military service claims. He has now earned the right to appear on ANZMI where he correctly belongs.

Surname: STOBBS
Christian Names: Aaron Craig
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Newcastle
Case Notes:

 

Aaron STOBBS from Newcastle, NSW is the definitive Wannabe, he first came to the notice of genuine Veterans when he joined a online mental health course. As is the ‘norm’ for such people, he claimed to be a traumatised member of the SAS who is in the process of discharging from the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

In order to demonstrate his ‘ADF credentials’, STOBBS posted a number of images of himself on a social media platform, wearing a selection of uniforms.

It is clear from the image below, that STOBBS is a bit confused about which arm of the ADF the Special Air Service belongs. Here we see our hero posing for a ‘selfie’ wearing part Army, part RAAF uniform. The hat badge of the Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) affixed to the belt is a nice touch we think. There is no point going into too much detail about the Honours and Awards being worn, but yes we did notice that he has two Australian Defence Medals (ADM), and two Australian Service Medals (ASM).

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STOBBS has access to quiet a collection of uniforms. Here, he is a RAAF Warrant Officer or perhaps a Flight Sergeant. Perhaps he was wearing his aviator sunglasses when he was deciding what rank he would be on the day the photo was taken.

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He even has the ability to be a Corporal in the SAS.

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To be fair to Mr STOBBS, not all photographs of him inappropriately wearing uniforms of the ADF were taken in his bedroom. On one occasion he ventured out side for that ‘tactical look’. Unfortunately, he still managed to get it wrong. Note the embellishments being worn on his Disruptive Camouflage Pattern Uniform (DCPU).

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The truth is Aaron STOBBS is a military wannabe. A fraud and a fake who would like people to believe he is a damaged Veteran and there can be no lower act than doing that. Genuine Veterans took less than 30 seconds to spot this fraud.

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In real life, Aaron STOBBS is a civilian Chef, working at a prestigious location in the Hunter Valley. In this field he has excelled, however by purporting to be a Veteran, and wearing uniforms bearing hard won honours and awards is an insult to the Veterans Community and he should hang his head in shame.

Surname: Whitworth
Christian Names: Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Kumbia
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

Richard Whitworth is known as a purveyor of pickles at a local "country market", and as a doyen of Christianity at his local church. He is also perceived as a damaged Vietnam Veteran, who is unable to acquire recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), because of the secret nature of his military service.

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Whitwhorth also marches on commemorative occasions with his "military mates" to give proof of his military heritage.

 

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Whitworth, as a devoted Christian, often preaches sermons at his local church. As well as slipping stories of his Vietnam escapades into casual conversations, he has also preached a sermon on the subject.

The sermon was recorded, and we hold a copy. It was published here www.kingaroysdachurch.org.au/site/index.php/sermons/2-features in 2016, twelve sermons from the bottom. It runs for 28 minutes and 19 seconds, although by now, perhaps the embarrassed congregation has had it removed?

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Here are examples of what he said in the sermon.

He was a National Serviceman during the Vietnam war.
Served in Vietnam from 1965 until 1968.
Served with D Company 6 Royal Australian Regiment at the battle of Long Tan Vietnam
He served with Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Vietnam.
He and four other SASR soldiers, whilst on patrol, came in contact with the Viet Cong .
Three of the team were killed.
One had his leg blown off.
Whitworth was wounded in the head and still has scars.
He was captured, and "patched up" in a Viet Kong tunnel.
Was kept as a prisoner in a cell of 1.5 cu meters.
After twelve months in captivity, he was rescued by a friendly helicopter.
Forty two years later he was severely affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and manages daily life through god and work.
Suffers from survivors guilt.

On other occasions, he has said he is unable to apply for recognition or assistance, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, because of the secret nature of his service. Any person who served in Vietnam, can easily discern Whitworth, as flagrant liar, who audaciously lies without trepidation, in a manner, and in a place, where his actions, are disgusting to church attendees and Australian and New Zealand veterans.

What Whitworth has said about his Vietnam service, are fanciful despicable lies. He is not listed on the Department of Veterans affair (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll because he did not serve in Vietnam.

He, was much respected in his community, however, it is now known, that he is nothing more than a liar, who has the audacity to enhance his standing in his community, by stealing the valour of returned veterans.

Usually lies about false service are told in pubs and clubs, it is unusual for a community doyen, to tell bald face lies, to those who trust him, both in and out of church.

Whitworth has broken the 11th and 12th Commandments, which are:

"11th, do not covert thy neighbours military service"
 
"12th, thou shall not get caught"
 
"If you do, ANZMI angels will swoop down, and spread the word of your sins to the whole world"


Perhaps the country folk of Kumbia may forgive Whitworth, as good Christians have a want to do, however, veterans of Australia and New Zealand will not forgive, or forget, hence he will remain in ANZMI custody for eternity, plus ten years.

Lest we forget.

Surname: STEVENS
Christian Names: Edwin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Army
Case Notes:

 

Liars and valour thieves clog up our veterans compensation channels, more so during the 1980s to early 2000s, when disgraceful people were causing embarrassment to Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), with their own, and others false claims. Here are some who were involved:

"China" Hammel. www.anzmi.net/~anzminet/index.php/cheats...r-thieves/218-hammal
Harry Kirkman. anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/228-kirkman
Barry Wright. anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/258-wright
Joseph Brain. mail.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/...ur-thieves/277-brain


The latest valour thief, menace and DVA "clogger" is Edwin Stevens of Perth WA. Since 2007 Stevens has been "trying it on", with DVA, Department of Defence (DoD), and the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

Unfortunately we have no photograph of Stevens, perhaps we may get lucky and receive one from him, or an interested party.

The crux of the matter, is that Stevens is seeking a pension for Post Traumatic Stress disorder, that he claims was caused by service in the Vietnam war in 1970, on a secret "black ops" quick deployment to Laos.

The exposure is long in detail, but it is necessary to provide a full picture of Stevens’ deceit and his motives to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs by illegal means.

All is detailed in an Administrative Appeals Tribunal dated 21 December 2020. To wit:

"1 Mr Stevens enlisted with the Australian Army in 1969 when he was 18 years of age. He was posted to the Special Air Service Regiment in November of that year, where he served until his discharge in April 1970.

5. Mr Stevens has tried to obtain confirmation of his involvement in the covert operation, but no record of his involvement could be located. Specifically, Mr Stevens sent a letter to the Australian Army which was received on 18 May 2004. However, when the Australian Army wrote back to him on 29 July 2004 the letter stated that, “I regret to advise that a thorough search of this office has failed to locate any documents which substantiate the events referred to in your enquiry”.

9. Mr Stevens has provided detailed statements to the Respondent and to the Tribunal describing the covert operation. In summary, he stated that he was deployed to Laos to assist in bombing a bridge that was close to the Vietnamese border and that he was instructed to kill the sentry (soldier guarding the bridge) with a knife while his partner set explosive charges under the bridge. In one statement dated 9 July 2019, Mr Stevens attested:

I was serving as a Trooper In the Special Air Service Regiment of the Australian Regular Army posted to the regiment's Base Squadron during the first days of February 1970. I was summoned to the Regimental Major's office where he was in company with my Squadron C. O., Major, W. Marshall and Lieutenant J. Flannery. I was ordered that in company with another Trooper I would travel to a section in Laos, a country under United Nations military sanctions and assist in the destruction of a bridge that Intelligence had identified that the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong were using to ferry soldiers, armoury, ammunition and supplies into Vietnam. I was informed that I had been recommended for this mission by Lt. Flannery who had been the C.O. of my Cadre Course and was later my C.O. when I assisted with new cadre courses during training. I asked why 3 Squadron that was currently in Vietnam couldn't do this job and was told that it was otherwise occupied therefore I was ordered to undertake this mission. I objected, pointing out that I was awaiting release from the Army, but was told that while I was in the Army I would do as ordered. I was also given the order that I was not to discuss this job with any Trooper in the Regiment or anybody else prior to the mission or after as it was not going to be officially recorded.

The intelligence gathered reported that after daylight hours there was only one sentry on the bridge and that the early hours in the morning was the best time to complete the mission. My task was to silence any bridge-sentry and search for any log books or other documentation if any. Lt. Flannery knew my night and map-reading skills were good and told me that was why I was selected to go. He, as a former Vietnam Trainer, taught me how to use a blade to silence the sentry as my partner, Jeff, was to set charges on the bridge then blow it up. Our Liaison Officer in Vietnam was a Lieutenant from 3 Squadron.

The Liaison Officer met us at Nui Dat at the start of the second week when we landed after one stop that, I presumed, was for refuelling. He issued the explosives and charges to my partner. I was given the radio, our frequency and call-sign and the Liaison Officer's call-sign. We were then driven to where a helicopter was waiting which we both boarded. There were two pilots and two gunners situated on each side of the helicopter. Once at the drop-zone we left the chopper as the vegetation was low and made it possible. We both lay on the ground after the chopper left just to ensure we were alone. We were approximately ten miles from the bridge at that time and the vegetation gave us adequate cover. The terrain was not steep so we were able to move slowly but easily. After approximately three hours we got to within 100 yards of the bridge where we set up our position under the vegetation. We lay head to toe so we had a full 360-degree vision but I was also responsible for counting the number of enemy vehicles over and back, the number of soldiers, armoury and ammunition trucks. We lay watching and recording every vehicle that went across that bridge. At night we took two-hourly breaks each to sleep and eat as during daylight hours neither of us ate or slept.

Whenever a truck full of soldiers (a platoon – 30 men) arrived at the Laos side the soldiers disembarked and once the truck was safely over to the Vietnam side of Laos the men walked across, remounted the truck and then drove off. Any truck with ammunition and a towed artillery piece behind it was guided by the bridge-sentry as the truck moved over slowly. It was obvious that this bridge was not too secure as the intelligence photos showed. In all I counted 23 trucks, approximately 400 soldiers in 13 of the trucks. There were more in the trucks that carried arms, ammunition and artillery pieces and they also dismounted leaving only the driver and remounted on the other side. I do not remember how many artillery pieces crossed that bridge as I did not keep my note pad; there were 5 to 7 from memory. Ten to twelve vehicles returned empty and went over to the Laos side. I have no idea if they returned.

On the 4th night we went to the bridge, approximately between 03.00 hours and 03.30 hours, I went to the sentry's hut and did what I was taught to do [killed the sentry with a knife]. There was no records or log-books in the hut so I searched the dead sentry. He had nothing except a packet of cigarettes, matches and a photograph of him and his wife holding their baby. I returned it to his left breast-pocket. I gave my mate a flicker of my lighter so he knew it was all clear for him to do his job. By the time I got to him he had the whole bridge set to go. Once a safe distance away he blew up the bridge and we grabbed the rest of our gear and ran, stopping every 100 yards or so to listen if the enemy was behind us and following. They were not, so we slowed to a fast walk for about a mile listening as we moved through the vegetation as we first went in - patrolling. Thankfully the vegetation in the area gave us adequate cover which made the going easier than we had anticipated. By approximately 05.00 hours we arrived back at our drop-zone ready for pick up. I called our Liaison Officer who told me we had to wait until he could get the chopper to our position for pickup. It took about two hours but when it came we mounted it and returned to Nui Dat where again, the Lieutenant was waiting in a jeep. He took our note-books and after debriefing us where we stood, he told us that they had intelligence that the NVA and VC were getting ready for a big advance on our troops so what we did may have saved some of our Diggers' lives. We were then driven to what was referred to as SAS Hill, showered, changed to clean jungle greens and socks and then fed. We returned to Campbell Barracks six days after we left where we were debriefed again by Lt. Flannery.

I spoke to my Sergeant, Ian Ramsey, about it. He informed me that being so close to Joe Flannery and seeing part of my training he knew everything I did and after we discussed it I told him that I was angry that I was ordered to do what I did and he told me, that’s the job, we all do it so suck it up and get on with it. Until my final discharge I again assisted on Cadre Courses and regimental duties."

Because I was ordered never to divulge anything to do with that job to anyone I took that order to be in force even after my discharge. I was extremely angry at what I was ordered to do with a minimum of training or preparation".

Having read all of that, here is the reason the AAT upheld the decision of the Veterans Review Board that originally rejected Steven's claims.

The effect of these provisions of the VEA is that, as there is no evidence that Mr Stevens was allotted for duty in an operational area and, he does not meet the definition of having rendered eligible war service. This in turn means that Mr Stevens’ posttraumatic stress disorder cannot be taken to be war-caused because there is no evidence that it arose out of, or was attributable to, any eligible war service that he rendered. This means that he is not eligible for a Pension.

To translate the above into veterans language. Stevens is a bullshit artist and a pathological liar.

Instances like this should be prosecuted under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Part VII Section 80A for falsely representing to be a returned soldier. That offence has a maximum penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment, or both.

Perhaps a few prosecutions by state police, may discourage the fraudsters, and allow those genuinely in need to get a fair go.

We are not sure what the penalty may be, for falsely claiming to blow up a bridge in Laos. The Laotians may wish to sue Stevens for wilful destruction of the bridge and murder of the guard.

We are happy to report Stevens, but because of his knife work, he is not welcome within ten kilometers of ANZMI.

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