The accompanying newspaper articles tell the rest.
There is no need for expansion on the fine job done by the reporters in the accompanying articles. Read it all and judge this man for yourself.
Be warned, Rodney Bolam
may be residing in your area and still pulling the same
caper. If so, CPMH would be interested in knowing his
whereabouts so the authorities can be notified.
6th Oct 2012
Update Rodney Allan Bolam aka Rodney Allan McAuley
Bolam has shown up in Goomeri Queensland, a small town
in the Burnett region with a population of just under
500 people and a Returned Services League (RSL) Sub
Branch to which Bolam had attached himself. Here is a
recent photograph taken at the Goomeri RSL.
now learned that Rodney Bolam has served in the Army,
but under a different name. He served as 2789041 Rodney
Allan McAuley. He was enlisted as a National Serviceman
on the 7th Feb 1968 and after initial
assessment became an Officer Cadet, which is a
Commissioned Officer in training. He was unsuccessful as
an Officer Candidate and was discharged from the Army on
9th Nov 1968. Here is his Discharge Certificate:
stage after his departure from the Military, Bolam
changed his name from Rodney Allan McAuley to Rodney
Allan Bolam. He was caught lying about his military
service in Cairns, Queensland and charged and convicted
in Darwin, Northern Territory by Federal Police. Now he
is committing the same offences in Goomeri Queensland.
Goomeri he was the official flag raiser for the Goomeri
RSL. As a member of the RSL he kept quiet about his
false military exploits, but was quick to relate stories
to any “out of towners” who would listen to him. On the
16 Jul 2012 he met a genuine veteran visiting Goomeri.
That Veteran has provided a Statutory Declaration
regarding the casual meeting. Here are excerpts from the
were introduced to him as Rodney McAuley and he was told
that I also was a Vietnam Veteran as was this person.
This chap was very engaging and I invited him to join us
and we got to talk about our Vietnam experiences.
said he volunteered for National Service rather than
wait for his number to come up, (he said it actually did
come up in anyway) and a couple of days after recruit
training started he applied for officer training and he
and another recruit were accepted.
went to Scheyville and graduated as a 2nd
Lieutenant and went to Vietnam in C Company 2 RAR. He
said he was there during the TET Offensive and also at
Fire Support Base CORAL.
said he retired in 1975 with the rank of Captain.
also revealed he had only just got his TPI pension. He
got caught between two mortars and that they were still
digging shrapnel out of his back. He told me of the
American hospital he was evacuated to (not Vung Tau)
but I can’t remember the name.
normally a strong skeptic, was thoroughly convinced, and
produced my iPad with a few pictures including ones on
my old unit’s xxxxxx xxxxxxx web site. This man knew
all the military jargon and upon seeing a photo soon
pointed out points of interest around Nui Dat. He also
recognized photos of CORAL. quite a few other fanciful
stories told by him emerged.
him quite a few of my personal experiences of my service
in Vietnam and no doubt if he goes onto another similar
adventure in another town they will be added to his
personal library of experiences and naturally I feel
uncomfortable about this. After decades of perfecting
this technique he may very well surely succeed again”
not graduate from training as a commissioned officer,
but was discharged from the Army before he completed the
Officer Training course.
served in Vietnam, never attained the rank of Captain,
and was never wounded in action. He is a liar a fraud
and a wannabe and should be treated as such by all who
McAuley is an enemy of Veterans, do not allow him to
continue stealing the honour of Returned Servicemen and
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