Doran also acted as a
Pensions/Welfare Officer with the Viet Nam Veterans
Federation Great Lakes sub-Branch in Forster.
He is currently operating within the
Taree Vietnam Veterans Group.
It was at a meeting in Taree, convened by Doran on the
26th July 2001
of ex-service organizations that included
representatives of the TPI Association, Taree RSL,
Taree Legacy, War Widows Guild, Veterans Partners
Support Group, Great Lakes VVF sub-Branch and Veterans
Villages Inc. that Doran was first challenged over his
It was noted that Doran was wearing a Returned from
Active Service Badge on the left lapel of his coat.
When questioned on his service Doran claimed to be a
National Serviceman and that he had served with 1RAR
in 1965 and then again with 3RAR in 1969. Prior
checks of the Viet Nam Veterans Nominal Roll failed to
reveal any person by the name of Ken Doran ever
serving in Viet Nam.
Once again Doran was challenged on his name at which
time he stated his real name was David Doran, he had
changed his name for reasons he was not prepared to
divulge at the meeting.
legitimate Veteran who had previously questioned
Doran’s bona fides was drummed out of a Veteran’s
the letter below.
The wearing of the Returned From Active Service badge
when not entitled, is a Federal offence.
It has been reported that the number on the RASB that
he wears is A473738. A
check of this number through archival records is yet
to be conducted to see who this badge was issued to
He has also claimed to be Rodney James Doran.
R.J. Doran did serve with the Australian Army
Assistance Group, Viet Nam in 1972. He was born in
1952 and is much younger than the Doran in question.
check of archived Defence Department records at the
Australian National Archives,
revealed Kenneth James Doran served with the
Australian Regular Army from September 1964 to August
1965 (11 months) in that period of time he served with
the Royal Australian Infantry and Royal Australian
Army Medical Corps.
Kenneth James Doran
did not serve overseas or on active service and
received no Medals or awards so he could not have been
a National Service Lieutenant who served with 1 RAR in
Viet Nam, 1965. In fact, 1RAR’s first tour was the
only tour that was comprised of Regular soldiers only.
No National Servicemen.
Doran tells many different stories about his service
details and pulls the “I’m still covered under the
Official Secrets Act”
bit as the guise for not producing any documentation
of his service. This is also
indicated in the letter displayed above and it would
appear that Doran used this to ‘pull the wool’ over
the eyes of the executive of the VVA.
Great Lakes Doran, if not already aware, will be
after seeing himself here, that all Viet Nam Veterans
records are now available to the general public and
the said 30 year secrecy act for Viet Nam is over.
As occurs many times in this kind of situation, the
President of the Veterans Association, which Doran is
a member of, strongly defends Doran’s claimed status.
Organisations who insist in covering for bogus
Veterans will also be named on this site as it would
appear that such organisations are not doing proper
service checks prior to accepting members.
Doran has admitted in an interview with a reporter
from the Sydney Daily Telegraph that he had never
served in Viet Nam.
Doran has now parted
company with the Forster group and has established a
group in Taree, doing the same thing and making the
same false claims of veteran status. Some in
Forster still send veterans to Doran for assistance.
claims to be in possession of a DVA White (specific
treatment) Card. CPMH
is well aware that Doran has no entitlement to DVA
authorised Veterans medical treatment.
previous President of the V.V.A.Taree Sub-Branch
organised support to remove Doran from the Association
premises. This was done in the interests of the
members and the Ex-Service Community at large.
an extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday 9th
September, this President of six months was voted out
by Doran supporters. A non-Veteran, Trevor Brauer, was
re-installed as President. Doran was applauded as he
entered the room after hiding out in the car park.
comment made at the meeting by a Doran supporter
I don’t care what the constitution says, we’ll run it
our way” The Association Secretary resigned
on the spot. He was immediately replaced by a Doran
This meeting was so stressful for many of those in
attendance that some left and those remaining needed a
30 minute break to restore their composure.
Attention was paid to the immediate changing of bank
Taree V.V.A. Sub-Branch is back in Doran’s hands with his
wife installed as the advocate for AAT and VRB
Another meeting will be held by the Sub-Branch on the
12th of October 2003 to consider its future
with one item on the agenda being to move away from
the Granville V.V.A.
and form another group to possibly be
is this information here on this site ??? It’s here to
demonstrate just what can happen to decent, honest,
Ex-Service people who have done their level best to
atmosphere and quality, free, advocacy to genuine
Veterans. Those previous members who may have been in
a fragile state at the time are probably a lot worse
off now. What do they do and where do they go now that
their sense of belonging to a once highly regarded
organisation has been removed? Removed by a bludging
wannabe and his bludging wannabe cohorts who
money for providing useless advocacy.
14 Sep 06
We have seen in the past, that when a wannabe
gets into a position of power in an ex services
organisation, he invites others of similar ilk,
they have no innate respect for real Veterans
and operate the ex service organization in a
manner to suit their personal needs, they also
take on roles of "assisting"
genuine Veterans with claims for benefits and in
general welfare situations, the
wannabes are naturally dishonest and steer their
whole operation towards dishonest practices to
the detriment of the innocent Veterans seeking
There is a group of such people involved in an
operation in Taree in NSW. It is the Taree
Vietnam Veterans Association. Mr James
Meehan is the President, Mr
Graham Stenner the Public Officer, and
lurking in the back ground pulling the strings
of his puppets is Mr Ken
Doran. This crew is then
fortified by the likes of
"Captain" Russell Lee Jones.
In the past we have named Kenneth James
Doran of Taree to be a liar, a
scoundrel and a wannabe. Doran exhibits the
guile of a sociopath and he has a group of
easily lead sycophants who have obviously been
mesmerised by this con-man.
In our original report we advised that Doran had
worn a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB)
that he claimed to be his own. We all know that
he has no entitlement to a
RASB because he has
never been involved in any overseas military
operations – ever. The badge he wore was
numbered A473738. The badge owner has come
forward and given us a Statutory Declaration
regarding this transaction. He states inter
In 2001, Ken Doran, of Vietnam Veterans Taree,
was acting as my advocate with DVA. He asked me
to loan my RAS Badge to XXX XXXXXX, an ex
National Serviceman, so that he had a badge to
wear at a march.
I had to press Doran for the return of the
"I have recently read an article about Doran
being a Vietnam Veteran impostor. Apparently,
when Doran was challenged. In July 2001, about
his bona fides he was wearing a RAS Badge and
quoted the number A473738. That badge was mine"
Doran is known to have worn this badge and said
that it was his own.
The wearing of the RASB, when not entitled, is
against Sect 80B of the
Defence Act 1903
You are reminded of the following.....
Kenneth James Doran served with the Australian
Regular Army from September 1964 to August 1965 (11
months) in that period of time he served with the
Royal Australian Infantry and Royal Australian Army
Medical Corps before being discharged on Psychiatric grounds.
was never in Vietnam and was never an Infantry
An illustration of the extent of
Doran's deceit is in an aspect that was not
revealed in the original story. You should
recall that Doran told a newspaper that he was
not a Vietnam Veteran.
Doran claims in the article to have made only
one "off the cuff" remark about being a veteran.
he has made many
claims about being a veteran as well as wearing
a Returned from Active Service Badge and showing
people a newspaper clipping about his "Vietnam
Prior to saying he was not a Vietnam Veteran,
Doran had shown this
to numerous people that "proved" his involvement
in "secret operations" in Vietnam.
illustrates the strength of his criminal intent
to fraudulently portray himself as a Vietnam
Remember we noted some of
Doran's aliases on our Cases page.... "aka
Ken Doran, David Doran & Rodney Doran"
and this from his original exposure at the
top of this page.... "Once
again Doran was challenged on his name at
which time he stated his real name was David
Doran, he had changed his name for reasons
he was not prepared to divulge at the
The clipping is a simpleton's
fake. Newspapers do not use "True Type"
font. There are no paragraph indentations, the
grammar is poor and "immediately" is wrongly
importantly the clipping maliciously and wrongly
indicates disgraceful behaviour by an Australian
unit, easily identified as 1 RAR who worked with
the US 173rd Airborne Brigade during 1965 - 66.
to be a report of his Courts Martial in
Canberra, although the quality is poor we show
it here to illustrate that although Doran has
said he has never claimed to be a Vietnam
Veteran, the planning and production of this
document was executed with only one intention,
and that was to prove he was a Vietnam Veteran
and an Infantry Officer who was in the thick of
clandestine operations. The newspaper states
that at a courts martial in Canberra he was
exonerated in relation to six charges of
unlawful execution of six Viet Cong prisoners in
The fact that Doran dressed in the uniform
of an Infantry Lieutenant for the photo is
indicative of the extent of his careful planning
for the purpose of deceiving people. It is also
indicative that he has in his possession for
whatever purpose an Infantry Officers military
We now name James Sidney
Meehan, President of the Taree Vietnam
Veterans Association, as a
liar, a fraud, and a generally dishonest
Meehan was in the Royal Australian Navy and
visited Vietnam in 1969 for just a few hours and
during this time he never set foot on
land at all. Meehan is one of those people who
submit outrageously exaggerated claims to the
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) in the hope
of pension payments and other benefits, not only
did this poor excuse for a man submit dishonest
claims but he had the audacity to appeal
decisions made by DVA and subsequent judicial
bodies. Finally, at the end of the line, The
Administrative Appeals Tribunal cleared up a few
"errors" in his evidence. It
just so happens that all of the "errors" formed
the very basis of his quest for compensation and
"That, when the whole of
the material is considered, it is clear that Mr
Meehan's memory is very seriously
flawed, multiple examples were offered.
(a) He wrongly thought he was in Vietnam
during the Tet Offensive. His first visit was in
fact 12 months after the Tet Offensive.
(b) He thought he had been to Vietnam five
times whereas he went only twice.
(c) He thought he was in Vietnam for five
months whereas he was in Vung Tau Harbour on two
occasions for only 5 ˝ hours on each occasion
(d) He thought he had seen people being
killed and injured whereas he had seen no such
(e) He incorrectly thought he had
transported body bags
(f) He thought he was part of a group of
three clearance divers who checked the hull of
the HMAS Sydney below the water line whereas he
performed no such function
(g) He thought he had been a sentry in the
bow of a landing craft in Vung Tau Harbour at
night whereas his ship had been in Vung Tau
Harbour only in daylight - the ship was in Vung
Tau Harbour from 7.00 am to 12.25 pm on one trip
and from 6.55 am to 12.25 pm on the second
(h) He thought he
heard scare charges in Vung Tau Harbour at night
while in his bunk when in fact he was never in
Vung Tau Harbour at night.
It's nice to know
that costs were awarded against Meehan and
Let us say what the tribunal didn't say – James
Sydney Meehan is a liar and his other
qualification is that he is one of Doran's
disciples. Nefarious, dishonest people like
Meehan clog up the DVA system and cause genuine
needy veterans to wait in line behind these
liars and cheats.
the Public Officer of the Taree Vietnam
is a liar and a close associate of Doran.
Stenner has publicly
stated that he had two NSW ex-detectives
investigate Doran's bona fides and they reported
back to him that Doran was a genuine
veteran....An obvious lie.
allegedly phoney war stories are in a league of
their own too. He saved Doran's life in Vietnam?......
President of the Taree Vietnam Veterans
Association 2003 - 2004 and another member of
this "push" is "Captain Russell Lee Jones (MN)"
another proven liar, who is featured on our
Cases page immediately
We believe that the group of liars is more than
a quartet and more likely to be a sextet or a
whole orchestra. This is because
cheats are drawn to one another as is the case
with Doran, Meehan, Stenner and Jones of
the Taree Vietnam Veteran's Association.
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