his discharge from the Army in August 1972 he has
changed his name to Michael Gray. Gray is a mature man
with a responsible job in the Occupation Health and
Safety (OHS) sector of the Western Australian Mining
Industry. During induction courses for new workers and
during OHS lectures at regional industry meetings Gray
stands up and declares himself to be a Vietnam Veteran.
can lay claim to being an ex Serviceman but he is not a
Vietnam Veteran. His military career under the name of
Guthkelch was very stinted. He joined the Army in
February 1972 and was discharged in October 1972 under
Australian Military Regulation AMR 176 (1) (L) “Not
suited to be a soldier”. Here is a document containing
the full record of his service and below that is his
Interim Discharge Certificate.
entire Military career consisted of basic recruit
training, a course at School of Army Health, where he
qualified as a Nursing Orderly. He was never posted to
a unit to work as a Nursing Orderly and was subsequently
has claimed to have served as a “Medic” in Vietnam with
“Special Forces” in 1971 – 1972, that is a lie. He also
claims to have been “Badly wounded”, that is also a lie.
He never left Australia during his eight months service.
It is now very simply to check those falsely claiming to
have been wounded in Vietnam, as there is a
comprehensive and accurate Vietnam Casualty List at http://www.thecasualtylist.com/
This list is accurate to a very high degree, it does not
list those evacuated for non battle casualty illnesses.
Gray/Guthkelch of course, is not on the list.
only inference of “Special Forces” shown on Gray’s
Service Records is that he was admitted to the Medical
Centre at Swanbourne WA (The home of the Special Air
Service Regiment (SASR)) for a five day period, in
below part of a Statutory Declaration detailing claims
made by Gray.
also reliably advised that Gray claims “he does not wear
medals on commemorative occasions because they were
stolen from his locker at a job site.”
Michael Gray who served for eight months in the
Australian Regular Army has earned a position on our web
site where he will stay for the remainder of his life.
Oh and by the way, Michael Gray has committed an offence
against the Defence Act 1903 Part Vll section 89A. If
persons from his locality were to report this
information to Gray’s local State Police office and
produce the evidence from this web site police would be
obliged to proceed with the matter. The penalty for
falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran is a fine of
up to $3,300 and six months imprisonment or both. To
assist the police the actual charge is shown here:
DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself
or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman;
(b) the representation is false.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months,
(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;
Publicised direct action by law enforcement agencies
would be a deterrent to wannabes and therefore decent
Veterans are urged to report these matters to both State
and Federal Police.
statistics show that despite our work, frauds and
impostors in the Veteran community are on the increase.
With the help of Veterans Australian wide ANZMI is
prepared to meet the challenge, and will continue to
vigorously investigate and expose those involved
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