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

Surname: Higham
Christian Names: Gary Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Bribie Island
Service: RAAF
Case Notes:

"Sir"Gary Douglas Higham a “Knight of the Realm” with a handlebar mustache

Gary Douglas Higham is not your average wannabe. He claims to be a Knight of the Realm who served in Vietnam and was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilot. If questioned about his Knighthood he may flash a piece of paper but won’t let you read it. We are reliably advised that when he enters an RSL Club and when he braces the bar, he insists that the RSL staff refer to him as “Sir Gary”, and insisted on being entered into the Bribie Island RSL data base as “Sir Gary”


The colour photograph of Higham is very recent, taken on Rememberance Day, 11th November 2009. 

According to Gary Higham he was the last Mirage Pilot and a Mirage test Pilot and he crashed a Helicopter resulting in disabilities. None of those claims are true and we are reliably advised that his only Department of Veterans Affairs accepted disability is for deafness.

Highamis well adorned with a raffish handle bar mustache that any British Wing Commander would be proud of. However, stylish hair around the top lip is insufficient qualification to wear RAAF Pilot Wings.

Notice in the photo that “Sir Gary” wears no accoutrements indicative of his Knighthood, but he does wear Vietnam Medals, Pilot Wings and other medals.  His medal rack when compared to his actual RAAF service is sufficient to damn him as a wannabe. These are the Medals he is wearing:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75

Vietnam Medal

Australian Service Medal post 1975

Defence Force Service Medal

Australian Defence Medal

UN Medals: UNEF II

Vietnam Campaign Medal

RAAF Pilots Wings

The only medal of this lot he would be entitled to wear is the Australian Defence Medal, which is awarded to recognise Australian Defence Force Regular and Reserve personnel who have demonstrated their commitment and contribution to the nation by serving for an initial enlistment period or four years service whichever is the lesser.

Higham was born on the 5 April 1958, so in 1972 when Australian involvement in the Vietnam War had ceased, Higham was fourteen years old. On 8th January 1974 he joined the RAAF as a sixteen year old Apprentice Electrical Mechanic and was posted to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales to complete his training.


After completing his Apprenticeship we believe he remained in the RAAF until 1982. Most of his time was spent at Amberely RAAF Base in Queensland. In 1982 he had attained the rank of Leading Aircraftsman (LAC). Because of legal time restrictions we have no details of his actual date of discharge, however we have an entry on a document dated 5 March 1982 showing him to hold the rank LAC and we are reliably advised that he was discharged in 1982. Having attained that rank, it is hardly likely he is entitled to wear Pilots Wings or ever flew an aircraft.

Higham has no Military or personal history that could possibly lead to an Imperial Knighthood, and although we have no positive evidence to prove that point, it is self evident that he is a fraud and a wannabe because he is wearing medals from the Vietnam War and other Defence medals to which he has no entitlement.

Higham never at any stage served in the Vietnam War.  During his RAAF service he was never a Pilot, never served overseas and he is not an Imperial Knight.

Higham has been cavorting around the Caboolture, Queensland area for years sporting various racks of fake medals, without any interference from law enforcement agencies, who with some coaxing from local Ex Service Organisations could easily charge Higham under the Defence Act 1903, with at least three offences:

1.   Impersonating a veteran.

2.   Wearing medals he has no right to wear, and,

3.   Impersonating a person who is entitled to wear medals.

The veteran community is diminished when it is infiltrated by idiots like Higham and we urge all veterans to keep watch and let law authorities know when a fake is detected. If law authorities fail to take action let us know and we will do their job for them.

Some advice to Higham. Get the medals and the wings off, shave off your mustache, grow up and stop making a nuisance of yourself.

13th May 2010

Update - “Sir”Gary Douglas Higham a “Knight of the Realm” with a handlebar mustache.

Higham was spotted this ANZAC Day again wearing all his fake medals and his genuine handlebar mustache at the Bribie Island RSL on ANZAC Day.

He was pulled aside and told he was wearing medals and accoutrements he had no entitlement to and all he did was mumble, and claim that he was unaware that he had been exposed as a wannabe on our web site on the 18th Dec 2009. It is reported he was handed a copy of the exposure so one would think that the message may have gotten through.

Gary Higham is a serial wannabe and a pest to the veteran community.  In our exposure of the 18th Dec 2009 Higham was shown driving a mobility scooter, this ANZAC Day he was afoot although a bit wobbly from alcohol. Perhaps from time to time he also pretends to be disabled

Good Veterans of the Bribie Island area should keep a good eye out for this persona non gratis and when he is spotted pretending to be a returned Veteran or a jet pilot or a Knight of the Realm politely tell him to grow up.


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: Hines
Christian Names: John and George
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: citizen Military Force
Case Notes:

The Hines Twins - John (Jack) Anthony Hines and George Edward Hines, aka George Edward Carr – Warning viewing the photographs in this exposure may cause nausea.

John (Jack) Anthony Hines of Oxenford, Queensland was born on the 1 April 1944. Being born on that date does not mean that he is an April Fool’s Day buffoon, however having read the information supplied by Hines to us, we believe these twins are the ultimate Grand Masters of April Fools. We don't really have to say much, because they allowed themselves to be photographed in Brisbane, Queensland on ANZAC Day 2012 which stirred the Veteran community more than any other case we have completed. As you read about the remarkable career of the Hines twins. Savour the detailed information about "Military Assessment Surveillance Keep (MASK)", "Cherry Red Boots", “Battle Axes” and the blackest of “Black Ops”

John Hines of the Hines twins was contacted to ascertain who they served with, and where and what all the ribands and medals were awarded for. Hines replied in exquisite detail, we have included excerpts from various emails. Jack Hines wrote:




1. Injino, 2. Wessels/Marchinbar/ Badu Islands at the top of Australia, 3. Borneo, 4 Sarawak, 5. Indonesia, 6 Maylasia, 7. Vietnam – North and South, 8 Laos, 9 Cambodia, 10 Thailand, 11 Madagasca, 12 Mozambique, 13,Chasng priates to islands between Madagasca/Mozambique, 14 Serria Leone, 15 Chad (twice), 16 Lybia (twice), 17 Algiera, 18 Niger, 19 Botswania, 20 Zambia, 21 Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, 22 South Africa (3 times)


1. 18TH LAA Artilary Regiment Medal (Lost and had to be made up), 1.Special Forces Black Ops Medal, 2. Commando Regiment Medal, 3.Special Commando Neck Madelian, 4. Reserve Medal, 5. 2 Aistralian Medals from the UK, 6. 1 Australian Forces Medal from the UK, 7. Voluteers Cross from the UK for completing 4 missions, I completed seven, 8. Police Medal (later replaced two bravery medals – read book), 9.National Meal, 10. Active Service Medal, 11. Australian Active Service Medal, 12. The Vietnam Medal, 13. Australian Serviece Medal, 14. 3 Gallantry Medals of which I only have one, 15. Borneo Service Medal, 16. Thailand Service Medal, 17. Cambloda Servce Medal, 18. South East Asia Medal, 19. Indonesian Service Medal, 20. Mozambique Servide Medal, 21. Madagasca Service Medal, 22. Serra Leone Service Mecal, 23. Chad Service Medal (twce), 24. Liybia Service Medal (took some time), 25. B otswana Service Medal, 26. Comat Readiness (US Medals), 27. Weapons Efficiency (USA), 28. Infantry Combat Badge, 29. Golden Jublee Medal, 30. Citizen Military Forces Medal, 31. Centenery of Federation Medal, 32. Wilson Medal for being wounded 3 times but only got one, 33. Mertiours Award For Outstanding Service from UK, 34. Exellence in Military Taicte Awad from UK, 35. 3more medals CARO/MAS owe me but I couldn’t be bothered applying for.


1. Borneo (Written up by Toby), 2. Laos/Cambodia (Witten up by Toby and Ray Simo)

3. Zimbabwe (Written up by Flip (Doc) Decker

This list may look quite awesome, but most of these medals were due to service in other foreign countries the UK and the USA. It took some effort to extract medals from foreign lands, sometimes years but medals from our Australian TEC (The Executive Committee) were asked for and received without question. The Gold wings represent having dropped from 20,000 feet more than 5 times and the dagger represents skills with hand cutting weapons. Silver wings represent over 50 jumps into foreign lands and during practice. The three Citations and Infantry Combat Badge speak for themselves.

My brother wore only half of his compliment of recognitions, as most of them went missing over 40 years. His crossed rifles represent a marksman, but the original issue was cross Browning 9 Millimetre Pistols.

TEC was an Australian Government Group formed from the Labour, Liberal and National Country Party during my time. TEC consisted of 9 personnel that I knew of. As I was close to taking over Dragon 2 (see insignias on left arm) some things became known to me. The cross Battle Axes, as said, was our primary close quarter fighting weapon and it was give to me over 40 years ago. The one on my bottom sleeve I had made up as the others had rotted away. The Green Beret was issued to me when I was in 1Cdo but would not disgrace it because of several, or a lot of jealous individuals who had no idea who we were, but would rather talk amongst themselves like a bunch of nosey women. I might add that not one of them came up to ask who we were I shake our hands, so much for the wearers of the current Green Beret and new beret badge. I now wonder about some of them and their medals. Just because your name is in a book, doesn’t mean squat when the chips are down.

I served my country with distinction for 16 years, until I was unable to return to MASK because of injuries, then I had to wait another 22 years before I could say anything. I am so very happy that I was able to tell my mother and father of our deed, before they died, my father last November and my mother of the brain – although alive in a Home. They both wept when told."

More from Hines:

“I was quietly spoken to by Rayne (Ray Simo) Simpson VC and WO Toby Trainer. They came to my home during the cooler period getting onto winter after picking ‘me’ out from the entire 1Cdo Coy unit. As I was told that I had been under surveillance for 3 months as a possible candidate for MASK recruitment, by their Induction Committee. Although I could stay with 1Cdo until I was accepted or rejected by MASK.

I signed up. I signed a pay book had a photograph taken for the pay book and many documents before a Government Official at the beginning of the course that including signing the 40 year Secrecy Act Bill in a hinterland location within the ‘live firing range’, not far from the Jungle Training Centre (later changed to the Land Warfare Centre) at Canungra.

“There were 20 recruits in my course and we only knew each other as numbers. Two of us remained after 6 months me as No. 11, the other bloke was No. 4. During our course 4 recruits were killed, two being by pistols and two from falls, quite a few with serious life threatening wounds and the others just left. I stood alone at my Inaugural Ceremony and received a Gallantry Award from Sir Rhoden Cutler VC at Watsons Bay Barracks, with other members of our unit”

“I was wounded in Australia at Injinoo up the top end of Aussie and for the same action I received a gallantry gong. I was heavily shot up in my right hand and wrist in Dec/1966? At the (supposedly) end of the Malaysian Confrontation so-called police action. I was wounded again at Harare Airport Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) receiving a bullet in the left knee and a sabre spear in the right shoulder in 1982 along with the KIA’s of Toby Trainer and two other close friends of 16 years. I won’t mention their names to you as I don’t want you harassing their relations, if you could find them. But they are mentioned in my book only by their code names.

“ I have a hand written very old letter from Sgt Arthur Ralph, the MASK Senior Trainer whom I saved under heavy fire from the northern Blacks tossing spears and firing captured M1 Garand rifles from Indonesian Military who were on our soil and raped 80 black women and kids and they turned on us thinking we were the same – I still have that hand written letter dated the 23 March 1967”

“ I had a Pension Hearing before the DVA where I produced an old rusty Battle Axe in a glass frame (which was MASK’s primary close quarter fighting weapon) with the words embossed into the metal ‘M.A.S.K. Special Forces – 1966’. It was a training axe. I spoke about MASK for quite a while, but the Female Chairperson hardly looked at me and the case was over before it started.”

“Unofficially I have been told that I'm the highest decorated soldier in Australia - ever. CARO and MAS don't have anything past my CMF records and even some of them have been altered”.

The real military History of the Hines Twins

Both John and George enlisted in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) on 7 November 1963 with the 18 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. They transferred to 1 Commando Company CMF on 5 February 1965, were awarded their Green Beret on 10 October 1965 after passing the required Green Beret tests. We know John was discharged at his own request on 14 March 1967 and that George was discharged on 31 May 1967. Neither joined the Australian Regular Army nor did they serve overseas on active service. We have John’s service record confirming his limited military career.



There are two course reports for John. If you read the comments, he was an average soldier and was never selected for any highly trained Special Force unit in the Regular Army. These records are a reflection of the true military history of John Hines all he has said about his MASK frolics are childish comic book lies.

Medals and ribands

As evidenced in the photograph the Hines twins have produced elaborate “props” to support their false military history and they actually marched in Brisbane last ANZAC Day 2012 wearing their false trinkets. They are both falsely wearing the coveted Infantry Combat Badge on the wrong side and upside down. The gold wings they are wearing appear to be that of the United States Navy/united States Marine Corps. On the left breast they are wearing an Australian Army Parachute Badge which is worn on the upper right arm. Many of the medal ribands worn are obsolete and some cannot be found on medal charts or medal books. They have most likely randomly purchased the ribands and medals from a medal shop or Military enthusiasts Swap Meet.

Below are medals being worn by John Hines that we have been able to identify from our extensive medals library. Many of the medals are self purchased “Tin” Commemorative medals and are a true reflection of the lack of integrity and honour shown by the Hines “Clowns”

Medals John and George HINES

John Hines. Ribands from the top left.

1. General Service Medal 1962 UK/AUST,

 2.Papua New Guinea 10th Anniversary Medal PNG,

3. Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 AUST,

4. Vietnam Medal AUST,

5. Australian Service Medal 45-75 AUST,

6. Cross of Gallantry with Palm (individual) SVN

7. United Nations Medal UNMOGIP/UNIPOM observer India/Pakistan (seen in old photo)

8. Humanitarian Overseas Medal AUST,

9 Conscript Medal TIN,

10. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal SVN,

11. Centenary Medal AUST, 12. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal UK,

13. Papua New Guinea Independence Medal PNG,

14. Regular Force Medal TIN,

15. CMF (Citizen Military Force) Medal TIN,

16. U/K,

17. Distinguished Service Medal AUST,

18. U/K,

19. Vietnam Medal US design,

20. National Medal AUST,

21. Police long Service UK ribbon changed from old photo,

22. Colonial Police Long Service 3 ribbons identical in medal book Police/Prisons,

23. U/K,

24. Reserve Force Medal AUST,

25. Army Service TIN UK,

26. General Service Cross TIN UK,

27. United Nations Special Service Medal

28. U/K,

29. Volunteer Reserves Service Medal UK,

30. U/K,

31. International Millennium Medal 2000 TIN,

32. U/K,

33. Republic of Korean War Service Medal Korean Commemorative Unofficial,

34. Liberation of Kuwait missing the gold state emblem,

35.Armed Forces Honour Medal 1st Class SVN

John Hines. Medals left to right under the ribands.

Australian Active service Medal (minus clasp Vietnam), Vietnam Medal, Australian Service Medal, Clasp unknown, Individual Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the last two being South Vietnamese medals

John Hines. Citations right breast.


1. SVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation

2. Meritorious Unit Citation, (device not clear)

3. Unit Citation for Gallantry (device not clear)

George Edward Hines AKA CARR. Ribands left breast

1. Australian Active Service medal AUST,

2. Vietnam Medal AUST,

3. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal SVN,

4. U/K,

5. Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal UK,

6. Ulster defence Regiment long service and Good Conduct Medal UK,

7. U/K,

8. U/K,

9. U/K,

10 General Service Medal 1962,

11. U/K,

12. Reserve Forces Medal AUST,

13. Australian Service Medal Aust,

14. National Medal Aust,

15. U/K,

16. Vietnam Medal US,

17. CMF (Citizen Military Force) TIN.

Medals below ribands

Australian active service medal minus clasp, Vietnam Medal, republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Both Hines brothers are falsely wearing Australian Active Service Medals and Vietnam Campaign medals. Wearing those medals and claiming to be a Returned Veterans is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 Part IV Sections 80A and 80B, both offences attract a maximum fine of $3,300 or six months prison or both. The only medal they may be entitled to is the Australian Defence Medal.

Summary and conclusion.

We have not launched an in depth prosecution to prove the Hines twins are liars, frauds, wannabes and cheats because their antics and their statements speak for themselves. Not only do these Buffoons falsely claim to be “Black Ops” secret agents but they have the audacity to march with genuine veterans on ANZAC Day. John Hines is a name dropper, naming numerous famous soldiers to support his deception and of course all of named are now conveniently deceased.

But that’s not all, these despicable Buffoons have assailed the Department of Veterans Affairs with false claims and forged documents in a bid to be awarded benefits. Their level of intellect is astonishingly low whilst their audacity soars beyond comprehension. Here is John Hines final words with the usual threats well known to all wannabe idiots

“Firstly, I would like to state that according to my Solicitor, I don’t have to tell you anything and it was his view for comments, remarks, newspaper articles and or investigations, to be allowed to go ahead, then we would own the newspapers and litigate every person who had a hand in extending the stress and anxiety levels these slanderous remarks had done to the psychological and psychiatric and mental condition to myself and my brother. Waiting 40 years to come out so-to-speak and get hit with such a tirade of abuse”

John Hines


Updated 24th Aug 2013


John Hines codenamed “Jack Sparra” has his day in court - The Final Chapter.


We hope that we have seen the last of the Hines Brothers. John Hines offended, was detected, exposed on our web site, arraigned before a Court, and convicted of criminal offences. George Hines aka Carr pleaded guilty and is yet to be sentenced. John Hines pleaded not guilty and took the matter to a hearing.


John Hines was found guilty of the charges laid and newspapers, and TV News broadcast the results Australian wide.













Magistrates Comments


Below are some comments made by the Magistrate during sentencing.  He made about a twenty minute address to our nations soldiers in his sentencing.


“The sacrifice of our soldiers is held in the highest esteem.  Those who have given so much are entitled to march and receive the communities honour John HINES has held the highest disrespect for our community and those who have sacrificed their lives for this country


His actions strike at what we, as Australians hold dear He has wrongly sought to claim the honour and respect of those who justly deserve it


The offences are not trivial.  On the contrary I consider them serious. The findings of guilt I have made establish your claims of service are false. 


You have shown no remorse for your actions and the disrespect of your false claims.  I am concerned you will persist your offending and as such I need to take steps to ensure your offending is stopped” 


(John HINES is the first person in Australia to fight these charges and take the matter to a hearing.  All other persons previously charged have pleaded guilty. This shows the audacity of John Anthony HINES)


Sentence. Charge 1


“$1000 fine Good behaviour bond for 2 years.


12 months probation order.


To report to corrections within 24 hours to undertake psychiatric treatment, monitoring and counseling as directed by Probations


Not to leave Queensland for 12 months” 


Charge 2


“$500 fine – 1 month to pay or 3 days in default.” 




“The Commonwealth DPP will seek to seize the proceeds of any sales for HINES book in the event it is published”. 


John Hines aka “Jack Sparra” created his ridiculous, fictitious dream world and claimed it as fact. His motive was to make money from his denigration of military history.  He thought nothing of the hurt and anger he caused to Australian and New Zealand Veterans and the families of those who did not return. 


He has been comprehensibly foiled in his aspirations of fame and fortune by ANZMI, the Queensland State Police and a Magistrate who convicted him and ordered seizure of income resulting from him cashing in on his false book.


John Hines, is an infamous convicted criminal, and a certified liar, cheat and wannabe, who falsely claimed to be a “Secret Black Ops” soldier.


We at ANZMI vow to take care of all who insult the service of Australian and New Zealand Veterans.


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Christian Names: Wayne Sherwood
Country: Australia
State or Province: South Australia
City or Town: Ceduna
Service #: 471858
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:



Wayne Hoffrichter strongly proclaims his innocence for wearing the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM).

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He said the following:

"I have been wearing the Vietnam Medal because I received it in the mail years ago and thought it ok
There are plenty of others wearing it just like I have
Regards Wayne."

He is vigorously supported in the form of a Statutory Declaration and a signed statement from:

Professor Dr Glen D. Edwards.
Dip App Sci, BA, Dip App Psy, MA Sp Edu, Ph.D. (Medicine).
Professor, Stress and Trauma Studies
Proud Vietnam Veteran.

Hoffrichter and Edwards are both appealing our decision to include Hoffichter on this website.

As stated above, Edwards served in Vietnam ("Proud Vietnam Veteran"). He was a Medical Corporal at 1st Australian Field Hospital, Vung Tau, from 9 April 1970 until 17 December 1970. After discharge from the Army, he worked for fifteen years as Adelaide Director of Vietnam Veterans Counseling Service. With those credentials it is reasonable to assume, he would be aware of the criteria for wearing the RVCM

Edwards has appealed our decision to include Hoffrichter on this website, based on the following information, inter alia, extracted from a Statutory Declaration from Edwards



In addition, Edwards provided a signed statement which says inter alia.

"A young soldier attending my presentation approached me and remarked, “give me his details and I will get him his medal as I have a relative in Army Records and I know what to do”. Sometime later, a letter and Medal arrived at the office of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service, addressed to the Director of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service. The letter had a Defence Department letter heading and included a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. The letter stated in part ‘Mr. Hoffrichter could be awarded his medal’. The letter and Medal were on my instructions to my staff, forwarded by post to Mr. Hoffrichter. I had no reason at the time to check the authenticity of the letter or Mr Hoffrichter’s entitlement to the Vietnam Campaign Medal before having it posted to him".

Edwards then says.

"In retrospect, I am now concerned that I may well have been made a “fool” of by a soldier who conceivably had a little too much to drink during the evening. It now appears a practical but serious joke was played on both Mr. Hoffrichter and myself, which is of course is most embarrassing and concerning to Mr. Hoffrichter and me."

Finally Edwards proclaims his and Hoffrichter's ignorance as the reason for Hoffrichter wearing the medal.

"Note: Following correspondence by ANZMI Group, forwarded to the Ceduna RSL President, I sought clarification from Mr. Hoffrichter on 5th August 2021 as to why he believed he was entitled to wear the medal he received in the post. Mr. Hoffrichter explained that he went with and returned from Vietnam to the same home town as another veteran who wears the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
On the 8th August 2021, I contacted the veteran, and was informed by him that he was wounded in the chest by a piece of shrapnel and evacuated from the field by helicopter for treatment. After establishing this to be true, I spoke to both veterans again on 11th August 2021, during which time both informed me that they were not aware that the Vietnam Campaign Medal is an entitlement for a veteran wounded during Vietnam service. Both believed service in Vietnam was the reason they received their Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Dr G. Edwards".

The truth of whether Edward's story, of how he procured and forwarded the medal to Hoffrichter, is known only by Edwards, and maybe by Hoffrichter. Veterans can make up their own minds, about why and how Hoffrichter was wearing the medal.

In closing, we assert that all who went to Vietnam, (including the second soldier from Ceduna who we have identified) were well aware of the criteria for wearing the RVCM. Hoffrichter, Edwards and the "second soldier" are Vietnam Veteran.

We will not be removing Hoffrichter from this website




Wayne Hoffrichter states that he received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) in the post, and has worn it ever since, and will continue to wear it. It is the last medal on his rack.



The problem is that Hoffrichter did not serve the required 181 days in Vietnam, to have earned the medal. He served for 97 days with the 3rd Infantry Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). See below.

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Here is the criteria for the RVCM:

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Hoffrichter does not meet the criterion shown above. When he was contacted, he said he received the medal through the mail and would continue to wear it. If Hoffrichter received the medal in the post it would have been from a medals dealer from whom he had purchased the medal.

Many ex service men and ex service organizations have appealed the criteria for wearing the medal. Here is the official response to the Appeals, by the Federal Government.

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Unfortunately Hoffrichter chose to exacerbate his situation, by having a fake letter created, giving him approval to wear the medal which means he was well aware of his dishonesty.



The problem with the letter is that it purports to have been initiated by a Colonel J Potter OAM, on the 24 July 1987. The letter is poorly written and does not comply Defence Instructions, regarding drafting official departmental correspondence, in relation to the layout, composition and signatory block. In essence it is easily identified as a fake letter.

Not only is he wearing the medal, but he has also participated in manufacturing a false document to support his false claim.

In essence he wears five medals, and he should wear only four, for his National Service. and his 97 days in Vietnam.

Surname: Holcomb
Christian Names: Paul Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Manilla
Service #: 211995
Service: Australian Army - Regular and Reserves
Branch: RASIGS
Commencement of service: 1976
Completion of service: 1984
Case Notes:


Paul Edward HOLCOMB thought that he could be the big fish in a small pond by turning up to ANZAC Day Commemorations in the small rural town of Manilla, NSW wearing his rack of medals and SAS Beret.   He believed his impressive stature as a Vietnam Veteran and SAS soldier gave him the right to censure the drill of the young ADF personnel who formed the Cenotaph Party.   The problem is that it is all lies; Paul Edward Holcomb is neither a Vietnam Veteran nor a former member of the elite SASR.


Holcomb’s subterfuge would have gone unnoticed had it not been for the due diligence of the local RSL Sub Branch who had the presence of mind to front him and challenge his bombastic claims of daring do.

The Sub Branch challenged Holcomb and after discovering that he was not a Vietnam Veteran, demanded that he make a public apology. It appears he did this, and it should be at this point that the story ends. However, it seems Holcomb just can’t let it go, with rumours circulating in Manilla since the alleged apology was made, that Holcomb only signed the letter of apology after being ordered to from ‘above’.

Furthermore, he has not joined the RSL because he was treated so badly by the RSL after returning from Vietnam. Clearly he would like people to think that the RSL has a vendetta against him, but this is definitely not the case. The Sub Branch had hoped the matter was finished, but it appears Holcomb would prefer the community to accept a different version of events.

Other stories would have us believe that his Vietnam service occurred whilst he was a member of the UK Armed Forces. Of course, with most medal cheats, we know that they will change their version of events to suit the occasion.

Holcomb managed to keep the truth from his family for many years, using the same ‘secrecy’ story that so many ‘wannabes’ use when confronted. His claims of service in the British SAS are completely false. He has claimed to have been on ‘secondment’ to the Australian SAS when he went to Vietnam. Holcomb cannot explain that if he had seen active service with the SAS, why would he be required to complete recruit training and then end up in the signals corps?

As they say, ‘never let the truth stand in the way of a good story’.




The true story about Paul Holcomb is somewhat different.   We are advised by those who know him that he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1976 and after completing his recruit training was allocated to the Signals Corps (RASIGS).    During his commendable service in the regular Army, we are told he served as a Recruit Instructor at 1RTB Kapooka, ‘The home of the Soldier’.   If this is in fact true, his subsequent impersonation of a Vietnam Veteran and a member of the SAS is even more offensive and contemptuous to the veteran community because it would be expected that a Recruit Instructor, entrusted with the responsibility to inculcate young men and women with the values of the Australian Army would rather flush them down the toilet just to big note himself after his service life.   Holcomb left the regular Army in 1984 and served four years in the General Reserve from 1988 to 1992 before cutting his ties with the Army.   It stands to reason that his enlistment in 1976 makes any claim to Vietnam service completely impossible.

Holcomb can clearly be seen wearing the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (No Entitlement)

Vietnam Medal (No Entitlement)

Vietnamese Campaign Medal (No Entitlement)




In a later photograph, Holcomb can be seen wearing miniatures of the above medals which include the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).   The ADM is the only medal he has an entitlement to wear.

By adorning himself with medals suggesting service in Vietnam, which by his own admission are replicas he has committed the following criminal offences:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A - Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

(1) A person is guilty of 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.

(2) For the purposes of this section:

(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B - Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of 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.

(4) A person shall not falsely represent himself as being the person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred.

There is no doubt that Holcomb, by his own admission has committed offences against the Commonwealth and should be brought to task for his actions.   The token apology he offered is not sufficient and he should be held to task in a Court of Law.

Claiming service with the elite SASR is a common ploy by many imposters, hoping that the secrecy that surrounds operations by the regiment will cover up their lies.   If the pretenders like Holcomb take this approach, you would think they would research their false service history a little more closely.   The beret being worn by Holcomb in each of the photographs has the famous winged dagger badge of the SAS, the only problem here is that it is not a badge that would be worn by a member of the Australian SAS.




The badge worn by Holcomb is a cloth badge and this type of badge is worn by the British SAS.

Even a cursory search on the internet would reveal to people like Holcomb, the following facts:

‘The SAS had previously worn a red beret (indicating them as a Parachute Company) with the Infantry Corps Cap Badge. In 1966, the SAS was given permission to change over to the beige (sand) beret.   However since most of the SASR was deployed to Borneo at the time, all they could get were the British SAS berets with the cloth Winged Dagger emblem on them. Later on that year the cloth patch was replaced by a black flash and a solid gold metal Winged Dagger emblem on top of it.’ (Source: www.diggerhistory.info)



If Holcomb wishes to claim to have been a part of the SAS, perhaps he needs to do a bit more research before donning the cheap beret he probably purchased in an Army Disposal Store or on the internet where they are readily available.

Perhaps not in the same league as wearing medals for which he has no entitlement, Holcomb none the less is stealing the honour of all members who have qualified to wear the coveted beret of the SASR.   To be selected to join the SAS is an honour not easily won and for Holcomb and those like him who choose claim SAS service is an affront to the SAS and the Australian Army.

By his own admission, Paul Edward Holcomb is a medal cheat who claims operational service in Vietnam and wears medals to support his claim.   He is an honour thief for wearing a beret for which he did not earn the right.   As a former soldier he would have been well aware that his actions were wrong, indeed illegal.   He has committed offences against the Commonwealth of Australia and deserves to be dealt with by the Courts.

Surname: Holden
Christian Names: Rian James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

The American para wings above the riband bar are a nice touch, along with the SASR badge on the right top, the RAINZ infantry badge and the US POW/MIA patch. Guess the militaria shop was right out of ICB's on the day he went shopping?


This character lauds himself as one tough, combat-hardened individual. In a desperate bid to be accepted into the Veteran Community Rian James Holden, or Ryan James Holden, or Morgan Holden, or Broomfield or several other names we have discovered he has been using, tried to infiltrate the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club of Queensland in 1995. Unfortunately for this former New Zealand resident however,  the VVMC conduct service checks of all applicants to the club and the service record concocted by Holden was so much in doubt that he was questioned on the facts.

A record of this "interview" with Holden is shown below

Broomfield, calling himself Holden also made the fatal mistake of depicting himself, as many bogus Veterans do, as being a former member of the SASR (the elite Special Air Service Regiment), albeit the New Zealand SAS and stated that he had served in Rhodesia. Perhaps this somewhat dim-witted impostor thought that by using a kiwi claim to fame he might get away with his charade.   

Not so. This poor unfortunate, who did not take the time (as most hard-to-trace imposters do, and therefore make our job a challenge) to research anything he attempted to claim, has been caught out at every attempt he has made to be accepted as a Veteran.

One of his biggest drawbacks is his age and some of the medals he is claiming.  In particular it means he would have been awarded the General Service Medal with Viet Nam bar at the tender age of 7.  Further investigation by the VVMC found that the patch he wore depicting the NZ Viet Nam Veterans Motor Cycle club was a fake patch that he had made up in an embroidery shop in Toowoomba Queensland. He personally paid for 4 of these patches to be made.

Our New Zealand counterparts have also confirmed that the patch is not from the VVMC NZ

 After being exposed by the VVMC and being told to move on, Holden again attempted to infiltrate another biker club for currently serving and Veteran Defence Force personnel. The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club quickly became aware of him and another of his friends (also a Veteran impostor) and they were told to "ride on"


All of this must have been niggling in the back of the mind of this individual and he decided that it was time to set the cat amongst the pigeons. Holden, using another bogus name, emailed CPMH and gave false information on a genuine Veteran in an attempt to belittle and defame him. Unbeknownst to Holden, the veteran who he tried to have exposed is very well known Australia-wide for his assistance to the Veteran community; and after investigation it appears he is also the person that initially exposed Holden as a fraud. Motive, anyone?

Behind the scenes several people had reported Holden to the site prior to this event and an investigation into him was already on foot. To keep Holden's attention a team member carried on email conversations with him over several weeks saying that the team was investigating the Veteran he had reported but every now and then would ask him pertinent questions about his own service history.

Like a fish to the bait Holden supplied his lies about being a member of Victor 6, a part of 4 RAR (4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment) during their last tour in Viet Nam 1971-72. The member of CPMH who was conducting the investigation into his service just happened to have done his tour in 4 RAR and is well acquainted with the Nominal Roll of Victor and Whisky Companies. Further information about Victor 6 was sought from Holden and his answers were sent to our counterparts in New Zealand who confirmed he was lying.

All this information was collected and collated and when everything had been confirmed as being absolutely correct Holden was sent an email saying some of the information he requested on the Veteran he had reported was about to be sent to him and that he should look at it all, digest it and keep it all confidential until such time as it was placed on the pages of CPMH. He agreed to all this and it is envisaged  he jumped at the chance to have this information and must have been sitting, possibly with his mates, at his computer waiting for it all to arrive.

Again he was disappointed. The mail he received contained a newspaper article where he was sentenced for fraud.  

The conversation, that had been flowing back and forwards to New Zealand for confirmation of his status, pictures that had been forwarded to CPMH by other informants showing him wearing ribbons, an SAS badge and wearing an SAS beret whilst attending a R&SL Sub-branch with another of his impostor mates who also appears in the picture below were all building a good word picture of this fraud.

His accomplice  is standing on the left with his hand on the shoulder of another biker from the "Combat Veterans" Motor Cycle Club.  Holden is shown in the photograph standing on the far right (head circled) with the SASR beret in his left pocket.

Holden had indicated in the report he filed with the site that he specifically wanted to publicly humiliate the genuine Veteran as he was wearing badges on his vest that he was NOT entitled to.    The reply to that was to include a photograph of Holden in his biker outfit where you can clearly see ribbons with SAS parachute  wings above them and an SAS patch displayed lower on the vest.   He should have taken his own advice on these matters as now he will be instructed to remove all military accoutrements that he is not entitled to by a very angry group of genuine Veteran bikers, possibly from three clubs.

Holden was invited to respond to CPMH's email outlining the facts surrounding his history prior to his being placed on the site. He has declined this offer and in fact has removed his group photograph you see here on this site from the Combat Veterans site located here http://comvet.qldwide.net.au - he has also removed his email address from the site and after a group visited his home in Tin Can Bay, Queensland, it appears that he may have moved location. Combat Veterans International along with Veteran Organisations in Australia and New Zealand have been informed of the bogus Veteran status of Holden.

There are reams of information on this bogus Veteran including videos that have been forwarded to the team by Veterans from both countries. as is our practice, not all information we have on file has been placed here on the site.

Ryan's claims to all service and awards, other than a short stint with the New Zealand Territorial Army (reserve), are false. His NZ Army No was Q47164, Full name Rian James Broomfield, DOB 5 Oct 56, blood group, O RH Pos.

Veterans and Defence motorcycle clubs aren't known for their generosity and acceptance of charlatans. We expect to hear more on Broomfield, posing as Holden in the future.

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: Holden
Christian Names: Ronald Fredrick
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Lake Eacham
Service #: 1736273
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 28 Jan 1970
Completion of service: 27 Jul 1972
Case Notes:



This is the story of Ronald Frederick Holden.

It details how an individual can convince the Department of Defence, 42 years on, that he had qualifying active service in the Republic of South Vietnam, following an alleged tropical cruise to Vung Tau, for a few days, as a guest of the Commander of HMAS Derwent.

His story has only been published after careful deliberation, examination of current records, enquiries with Honours and Awards, Canberra, the Department of Defence and communicating with Ronald Frederick Holden himself on numerous occasions over the past couple of months.

It is complex, a little long, but we hope that our readers can understand the issues involved and the facts uncovered.

From Holden, we have been given the run around, stalling tactics, false information, and an incredible tall story of a 50 calibre machine gun manning, Australian Army 2nd Lieutenant, officially on deck, and officially on duty, in Vung Tau Harbour, South Vietnam, defending the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship HMAS Derwent, from enemy attack, whilst she lay at anchor.

Originally, ANZMI received information from concerned former servicemen, who reside in the Cairns area of North Queensland, Australia. Their concern was that a photograph of Holden had appeared on social media wearing Vietnam medals and the Returned from Active Service Badge, when he had no entitlement to do so. (Photo above.)

At the initial stage of our inquiries, we had been given advice from Mr Alex Garlin, President of the Queensland National Serviceman’s Association, (NSA), that Ronald Frederick Holden, who is on the “Nasho Roll” Queensland, as a Vietnam Veteran, was accredited on their records, with Vietnam War service awards.

The below document is the official National Serviceman’s roll, and is dated the 16 November 2016. It is compiled by administrative members of the National Serviceman’s Association, following information they receive from applicants, who have completed application forms, providing their particulars of military service and medals awarded.

In this case, former Australian Army 2nd Lieutenant Ronald Frederick Holden.

Name Holden , Ronald Frederick

Service Army
Service Number 1736273
Rank 2nd Lieutenant
Date of Birth 20 06 1947
Place of Birth Cairns Qld
Date of Intake 28/1/1970
NS Training 3 T B
Follow Up Training 6 RAR Singapore Platoon Commander
Basic Training Singleton NSW
Next of Kin at time of Service Mr Holden
Operational Service Vietnam
Medals AASM 45-75 / Vietnam Medal / ADM /ANSM / Vietnamese Campaign Medal

On the application form, Holden has notified the National Serviceman’s Association, that he was a 2nd Lieutenant 6 RAR Singapore Platoon Commander. He also claims "Operational Service Vietnam".

In regards to medal entitlement, Holden then detailed in his application that he has been awarded the -;

AASM 1945 – 1975 Vietnam Medal/ ADM/ ANSM/ Vietnamese Campaign Medal. (Should be Vietnam Campaign Medal)

Note.- Vietnam Medal.
Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal for the relevant period 29 May 1964 to 27 January 1973 includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam;
• one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land;
• one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by air crew on the posted strength of a unit; or
• official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.

Note - Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded for 181 days or more service in the Republic of South Vietnam.

Following our initial contact with Alex Garlin, he informed us that he had then made inquiries from Holden’s service records and ascertained that Holden was not really a Vietnam Veteran at all, but must have had his name and medals placed on the roll by his staff in error.

Garlin stated that he then adjusted his records accordingly, and removed all reference of Holden’s Vietnam service and medal entitlements. Garlin has now told us however, that Holden is indeed a Vietnam Veteran and served for a short time in Vietnam. He has now re-adjusted his records again ! It is clear there has been communication between Garlin and Holden, following our initial contact.

Interestingly though, when we initially contacted Holden, regarding the particulars he supplied to the National Serviceman's Association, (NSA) he confirmed all the information, but stated that he may not be entitled to the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (For 181 days service in South Vietnam or S.V waters.). He also claimed that they omitted to place on their records the fact that he attended Scheyville Officer Cadet Unit, information that he had also provided.

Ronald Frederick Holden was born on the 20 June, 1947. He completed an Engineering Degree at Queensland University. In 1970, at age 22, Holden was conscripted into the Australian Army under the provisions of the National Service Act. The normal age for conscription was 20 years. Holden was deferred for 2 years due to his studies. He attended 3 Recruit Training Battalion (3RTB) at Singleton, New South Wales. He extended his two year commitment by six months and was discharged on the 27th July, 1972.

During 1970, Holden attended Scheyville, an Officer Training Unit in New South Wales, where he underwent further training. He graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was then posted to 6 Battalion RAR , at Townsville, North Queensland.



In the above photograph Holden is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945 – 1975. With clasp Vietnam (AASM.) Not entitled
2. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. (VLSM.) Not entitled.
3. Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with clasp South East Asia. Entitled.
4. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM.) Entitled.
5. Anniversary of National Service Medal. (NSM) Entitled.

He is also wearing the Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) above his medal rack. He is not entitled to wear this badge.

The name of Ronald Frederick Holden does not appear, and has never appeared on the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra. This roll has been available for public knowledge since 1998.

We made inquiries with 6 Battalion RAR Association. We were informed that Holden was a 2nd Lieutenant, Platoon Commander in Singapore, during his time with the Battalion. However, he did not serve in an official capacity in Vietnam with 6 Battalion RAR, or any other Infantry Battalion during his time in the Australian Army.

We have been reliably informed that Holden has indicated to others that he served in Vietnam about May, 1972. He has also varied this story and indicated that he served for only 3 days in Vietnam. Even this statement flies in the face of his claim to the Vietnam Campaign Medal, which is awarded after serving a minimum 181 days or more, in South Vietnam.

In fairness, we contacted Holden and invited him to provide us with details of his Vietnam War service, dates, Unit, Commanding Officer etc. A simple request. He told us that he was on holidays in Vietnam at the current time and he could not provide any answers until he arrives home in late December, 2016.

Following a further request, he stated that whilst based in Singapore with 6 Battalion RAR, he volunteered for service in Vung Tau (Vietnam) for a "particular operation". He states that he then went to Vung Tau in May, 1972, from Singapore.

The problem with this “particular operation” in Vietnam, is that the last Battalion of Australian Infantry left Vietnam on the 7 November, 1971. A handful of Australian Army Advisors and Signallers of the Australian Army Assistance Group Vietnam AAAGV, remained in Vietnam until late 1972. A few Infantry personnel also stayed on in Saigon as security for the Australian Embassy

Importantly though, 1 Australian Logistic Support Group Base (1ALSG) at Vung Tau, where Holden claims he went in May, 1972, was vacated and closed in late February - March, 1972. What was left of the Australian Army 1ALSG component had departed. They had boarded HMAS Sydney for home. This was two months before Holden claims he went there on a “particular operation", in May 1972.



5 March: The last units of 1ALSG depart Vung Tau. Australia’s commitment to South Vietnam is now limited to about 150 troops of the AATTV and Australian Army Assistance Group Vietnam (AAAGV).

Holden’s name also does not appear on the Australian Army Assistance Group Vietnam Roll - AAAGV, that remained in Vietnam from 6 March, 1972 until the 18 December, 1972. Also, he was never a member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam. AATTV

In a follow up email to ANZMI he stated -;

"If DoD (Department of Defence) have stuffed up in awarding me something I am not entitled to, let’s let them explain that to us both. From what you say, I may not be entitled to the Vietnam Campaign Medal and if this is the case they will be able to confirm that. I need the file reference to be able to contact them and I do not have that with me".

Holden was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Army. The Vietnam Roll has been available to the public on line now for almost 20 years. It is accurate. He would know that his name has never appeared on it in all that time. He now says that he MAY NOT be entitled to the Vietnam Campaign Medal (181 days service in Vietnam) and he is now blaming the Department of Defence. He knows that he was never entitled to that award.

Holden must have been concerned about what he had told us, and he then sent another email to ANZMI claiming that -;

"The operation to which I was attached was the withdrawal of an RAE unit by the RAN. I was assigned to HMAS Derwent to provide assistance to the RAN through and under the command of its Captain, Cdr McNaught. My main duty on board was to man one of the 50 cal machine guns whilst we were in the war zone including in Vung Tau harbour and to assist the skipper in any other way that he directed. My service was later certified by Cdr McNaught. I do not have the dates with me but I recall that the operation is on the public record somewhere.

I have not committed my discharge date to memory but it was late July 1972. I have a record of this at home but I do not think that it mentions the above. Many years later someone advocated that I apply for my medal entitlements which I did and I believe that I allowed DoD to determine what my entitlements were, if any. That is how I ended up with what I have".

So here we have a 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Army - 6 Battalion RAR based in Singapore, seemingly ending up on HMAS Derwent in Vung Tau Harbour, whose main duty was manning a 50 calibre machine gun in May, 1972. Also, the last recorded visit to Vung Tau by HMAS Derwent was 6 - 8 November, 1971. It is also surprisingly apparent that there was no Derwent crew member qualified to man the ships 50 calibre machine gun, so Army 2nd Lieutenant Ron Holden was recruited from the Army in Singapore to travel with the ship to Vung Tau Harbour.

Another problem for Holden in his story is that there was indeed a Lieutenant Donald McNaught, (Vietnam Nominal Roll), Seaman Branch, who served on the Derwent from the 4 November, 1971 to the 8 November, 1971, (4 days) , calculated from the time Derwent left Singapore until it returned to Singapore. However, McNaught was not the Ship's Captain, and he certainly should not have signed anything to certify Holden's alleged operational Vietnam service. Holden's assertion that Lieutenant McNaught was the Commander of Derwent is a lie.

The Ship's Commander from 1971 until early June, 1972 was Commander Rory W. Burnett. He was replaced by Commander Malcolm D. Jackson about the 2nd June, 1972. (Derwent's Report of Proceedings.)

The below information is from Wikipedia.


- After spending the early part of 1971 on training exercises in Australian waters, Derwent sailed to South East Asia in June. In late September, Derwent met Sydney en route to Vietnam for the ship's twenty-second time, delivering a cargo of defence aid and recovering equipment and personnel from multiple units during 6 to 8 October.[9] Derwent returned home late in the year, and visited multiple Australian ports before docking at Williamstown for refit.[1] The refit continued until March 1972, and Derwent remained in Australian waters until August, when a four-month deployment to South East Asia commenced.[1] In addition to port visits and SEATO exercises, Derwent and HMAS Brisbane took part in the first Australian-Indonesian naval exercise in November.[1]

Note. The dates Wikipedia have detailed regarding Derwent's visit to Vung Tau Harbour from the 6 - 8 October 1971 are incorrect. Derwent did not visit Vung Tau in October, 1971. The last recorded visit to Vung Tau Harbour by Derwent was the 4 - 8 November, 1971. On this occasion the ship accompanied the HMAS Sydney. Derwent anchored in Vung Tau Harbour at 6.45am on the 6 November, 1971 and departed 16 hours later at 11pm that night.

Derwent was nowhere near Vietnam in May, 1972. Holden's assertions are lies.

*** If however, we accept the fact that Holden has his dates wrong, and he allegedly visited Vung Tau Harbour on Derwent’s last deployment between 4 - 8 November, 1971, (6 months earlier), the following information, some of which he provided to us, must be taken into consideration.

1. From Holden - He initially informed us by email that when he was on Derwent, it accompanied HMAS Melbourne to Vung Tau Harbour. That is false, the Melbourne never went to Vung Tau Harbour.
2. From Holden - As a 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Army, he was ordered to man a 50 calibre machine gun on Derwent, whilst the ship was in Vung Tau Harbour.
3.. FACT - He was never a crew member of this ship.
4. From Holden - He claims that another Army Officer was with him, but he cannot be contacted to verify anything, because he is suffering from PTSD over this visit.
5. From Holden - He knows two former Brigadier Generals who can verify his story, but they are in their eighties now. He cannot contact them as they deserve their quiet time.
6. From Holden - His Commanding Officer, who provided written confirmation to him of his Vietnam active service was Commander McNaught.
7. FACT - A Lieutenant McNaught served on the Derwent at the time. Commander Rory Burnett was the Commander, and Captain of the ship.
8. FACT - There are no official records available of Holden’s trip to Vung Tau, including his personal Service Record or Discharge Certificate, which he claims he has lost.
9. FACT - There is a “HMAS Derwent Record of Ships Proceedings for the month of November, 1971”, where Commander Rory Burnett indicates that several unnamed members of the Australian Army were on board his ship for the trip to Vung Tau as a “reciprocal gesture” for the Army, jungle training some of his sailors in Singapore. He states, that a small number of Army personnel were permitted to land briefly to visit Army installations.
FACT -This was not an official "Staff visit or inspection of Australian Forces or equipment in Vietnam" as required by Department of Defence for operational service. Any claim that it was, is false.
10. FACT - Holden was not “allotted for Duty” to a Unit, or as an individual to the operational theatre of South Vietnam. Any claim that he was, is also false.
11. FACT - At the most, he would be classified as a guest of Commander Burnett, due to the “reciprocal gesture”.
12. FACT - He was never posted to Vietnam for a “particular operation” as he has claimed. That is also a lie.
13. FACT - We asked Holden to provide us with evidence that should appear on his discharge certificate, detailing the number of active service days accredited to him on that certificate?
14 From Holden - inter alia, I do not have my discharge certificate. I have moved many times over the last 44 years, and it is the only thing that has gone missing.
15 FACT - Holden’s presence on a tropical voyage, if he did go at all , as a guest of Commander Burnett, was not known by the Department of Defence until 2013, following his application for the AASM 1945-1975, the VLSM, and the RASB.
16. FACT - These trips were commonly known and described by Army personnel during the Vietnam War as "Swannies" or "Junkets".
17. FACT - Therefore, 42 years later, Holden must have arranged some written documentation from "someone", that he was either force assigned or allotted for duty to South Vietnam as an individual, for his application to be accepted, and Vietnam medals awarded.
18. FACT - If this has occurred then one could conclude, that something has taken place, perhaps a conspiracy, by Holden and others, to falsify or embellish his role, e.g. to place him on official duty, in a War Zone, manning a HMAS Derwent 50 calibre machine gun, in order for him to receive those medals and the RASB, from Department of Defence, with all the ensuing Department of Veterans Affairs active service benefits, including service and disability pensions etc, that he will be now eligible to claim for life.

For example, his unnamed Army Officer colleague, who Holden cannot now contact because of his PTSD, caused by this "Swannie."

19. FACT Holden, on request, has failed to provide ANZMI with any supporting documentation from Lieutenant McNaught, or anyone else that confirms his alleged visit to Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam.

On the 15 December, 2016, Holden sent the following email to ANZMI following his return from his overseas holiday -;

Good evening

I am home and I have opened my file to be reminded that I have not been awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal or the Vietnam Medal. I do not have copies of them. I could therefore never have worn them. I have also checked my actual full size and miniature medals and they are correct.

Amazing! In December, 2016, Holden has finally realised that he was never awarded and has no entitlement to the Vietnam Campaign Medal or the Vietnam Medal. (As per the National Serviceman’s application information he provided).
However, he continues to claim operational Vietnam service.

On the 19 December, 2016, he sent the following email and attachment to ANZMI -;

Holden3 1

I have never shared this letter before since I regard it as being private and personal to me. I have had to have it scanned since I got back to make this copy. I could not have sent it to you without the scan. Defence awarded these based on their own research but obviously failed to update the Nominal Roll. It is this information and that update that I am seeking from them.

Holden states that "Defence awarded these based on their own research but obviously failed to update the nominal roll" That statement is also not true. The Department of Defence awarded the medals and RASB, based on information that was provided to them by Holden. It was his responsibility to provide the proof, not the Department of Defence.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Repatriation Handbook specifies that -;

“Where the claimant contends that he was allotted for duty in an operational area , and this is not confirmed by his service documents, further information will need to be obtained from the relevant service”

As there was no confirmation of Vietnam service on the records of Holden, or his Discharge Certificate, Department of Defence have obviously awarded him the medals, and the RASB following false documentation submitted by Holden in the year 2013.

Holden by his actions, has contended that he was officially allotted for duty to Vietnam. If you disregard his ridiculous assertion, that his main duty was assignment to a 50 calibre machine gun for the entire time the ship was in harbour in the War Zone, then he had no other allotted duties to perform. He was not there for an official visit or inspection. He was not a HMAS Derwent crew member. He was there following an invitation by Commander Burnett as a good will gesture. Thats all.

ANZMI say documentation submitted by Holden is false and dishonest. He should not have been awarded the AASM 1945- 1975 and the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) by Department of Defence.

In a previous email to ANZMI, Holden categorically denies ever having claimed to have been a Platoon Commander in 6 Battalion RAR in Vietnam.

However, we located the following current document. -;

The below resume is from a Health Care Action Group website named COUCH WELLNESS CENTRE, based in Cairns, North Queensland.

Holden, who is a Director of this organisation, also claims on the Directors section of the website that he served for two years as a Pioneer Platoon Commander in the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Singapore/Malaysia and South Vietnam.

Ron Holden – Director Since 2013

Ron Holden was born in Cairns and attended the University of Queensland and completed a Bachelor of Engineering. After earning a commission at the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville in 1970, Ron Served for two years as a Pioneer Platoon Commander in the 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Townsville, Singapore/Malaysia and South Vietnam.

Holden never served as a Platoon Commander 6 Battalion RAR in South Vietnam. That statement is also a lie.

We believe that Holden is entitled to wear the -;

1. Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with clasp South East Asia, for 30 days or more peacetime service in Singapore.
2. The Australian Defence Force Medal,
3. Anniversary of National Service Medal.

He is not entitled to wear the rest, and if he has been officially awarded them, then he should hand them back. They were issued on false information provided by Holden to the Department of Defence.

In our last communication with Holden, he informed us that "one of the other 6RAR Officers who was on the same deployment has been awarded the same medals. He is being treated for PTSD and I will not be consulting with him either."

If you believe Holden, it must have been one traumatic trip. Manning machine guns in Vung Tau Harbour could cause all sorts of mental health problems. Especially when it was an in country Rest and Convalescence (R & C.) town for our genuine fighting troops.

We hope that the entire crew of Derwent, who were there at the same time, are not suffering identical effects as Holden's colleague from that traumatic visit.

Incidentally, Commander Rory Burnett in Derwent's Record of Proceedings, for that day, does not indicate that any traumatic incident occurred at all in the ships short 11 hour visit to Vung Tau Harbour.

We have notified Honours and Awards, Department of Defence, Canberra, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. They have advised us to also notify the Police with the factual evidence that we possess.

It is these Departments that should be commencing their own inquiries into investigating alleged evidence of outlandish false claims of "active service" by individuals or groups, We did it all on the public record.

So should they.

Holden is a shameless imposter, who has had the gall to apply for Vietnam Active Service Medals in 2013, that he knows he did not earn, 42 years beforehand.

As a former Commissioned Officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Army, Holden should apologise to all his former colleagues in 6 Battalion RAR, the National Serviceman’s Association, Queensland, and everyone else he has treated with contempt, including his friends at COUCH WELLNESS CENTRE, for wearing unearned Vietnam campaign medals, the RASB, and claiming active service in South Vietnam, when, at the very most, he was a guest of Commander Burnett as a good will "gesture." His PTSD colleague should do the same.

Welcome to the site, former 2nd Lieutenant Ronald Frederick Holden, 6 Battalion RAR.

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