Introducing himself as
Veteran, Neil Howell Atkinson became heavily involved
with the "Vietnam Veterans International Reunion
Melbourne 1988 Pty Limited". Somehow, he ended
up as Company Secretary and represented the organisation
at high levels by corresponding to various consulates
and embassies seeking support for the project.
Atkinson first came to
prominence in 1993 in Eaglehawk Victoria where he corresponded
frequently with local newspapers concerning the plight
of his "comrades in arms" Vietnam veterans
and gained some credibility with genuine veterans.
Photographed left at Eaglehawk that ANZAC Day he wore
the two Vietnam Medals sporting two MID's (Mentioned
In Despatches) along with American and Vietnamese foreign
bravery awards (see left lower photo for a more detailed
with members of the VVMC (Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle
Club) he earned himself a name as a "Hard Bastard"
and adopted the nickname of "Claymore". A
member of the VVMC saw an American citation on his wall
which gave the details of horrendous action and his
bayoneting/knifing of five Viet Cong guerrillas following
an incident where his mate was KIA (killed in action)
during an ambush.
Moving on to
in country Victoria, Atkinson began telling people he
was an MD (medical doctor) but because of an accidental
death at a hospital where he worked, he had been advised
to "lay low" for a few years
He told many families
of his horrific experiences in Vietnam and gained much
respect throughout the local community. Atkinson
hurriedly left Castlemaine with a married woman to another
location, after being charged by local police with firearms
offences, and admitting himself to a psych ward
in an effort to escape a charge of "Road Rage".
Atkinson has fraudulently
used veteran status to further his ambitions, using
several aliases to obfuscate the truth and also tells
the tale that he is related to a Nazi SS officer - himself
boasting membership of the Nazi Party. Reputed
to give the "Heil Hitler" salute on occasion
with his female partner.
In efforts to highlight
Atkinson's fraud, the mass media has so far failed to
find any address for him in Victoria and inquiries are
being made interstate.
Given Atkinson's history
and some of his rumoured and alleged exploits, it's
likely he will again attempt to infiltrate the ranks
of ESO's (ex-service organisations) wherever he settles
Atkinson's claims are
all false, he is not a medical doctor and there is no
record of him ever serving either in the Australian
Army (ARA or CMF) or in Vietnam.
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