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Surname: Kerr
Christian Names: William Raymond
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Northland
City or Town: MAngawhai
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: U18564
Service: RNZN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: Unknown
Completion of service: Oct 69
Case Notes:



William Raymond Kerr of Mangawhai, from the Northlands Region of New Zealand’s North Island, is a person without conscience or honour. He is the perfect example of a military fraud and he represents the reason why ANZMI exists today.

Kerr was a originally a member of the Onehunga Returned and Services Association (RSA) in Auckland, New Zealand. He let his membership lapse. In 2009, Kerr and his wife eventually decided to move north, where they settled in the township of Mangawhai, about 2 hours drive north of Auckland.

Within 2 years he was President of the nearby Hakaru RSA. A respected position within the community. He remained on the RSA committee as President for the next 6 years.


When Kerr joined the Hakaru RSA in 2009, he had not been a member of the RSA for a number of years. He was asked the usual questions about his service and requested to provide proof of that service.

He then submitted two documents to convince the committee that he was the real deal and a genuine “Returned Serviceman”

The below mentioned document is a copy of his “New Zealand Armed Forces Certificate of Release”.


The Date of Release indicated on this document is wrong. His actual date of discharge from the RNZN was October, 1969 and not November, 1970. He has provided the wrong date and forged this certificate.

The below document is his application to join the Hakaru and Districts Memorial RSA. Kerr has indicated on this form that he is a “Returned Member”.


Within a short time of his membership being accepted, Kerr began attending official commemorative functions at the Hakaru RSA and other venues. Two years later, he was President of the Branch.


The above photograph depicts the NZ Military Medals worn by Kerr on each occasion at these functions. They are -;


NZ Operational Service Medal NOT ENTITLED.

About the New Zealand Operational Service Medal
The New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) was instituted in 2002 for award to New Zealanders who have undertaken operational service since 3 September 1945. The start date is the day after the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay, and is also the day after qualifying service towards medals for Second World War service (including the New Zealand War Service Medal) ended.


The Vietnam Medal. NOT ENTITLED.

About the Vietnam Medal
The Vietnam Medal was instituted in 1968 to recognise New Zealanders who served in the Vietnam War. It was awarded for qualifying periods of 1 day on land, 1 operational sortie by air, 28 days at sea off the coast or 30 days cumulative visits, between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973 (the latter date was the date of the signing of the Paris Accords).

  New Zealand General Service Medal (WarlikeNOT ENTITLED.

About the New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike)
This medal was instituted in 1992. It was issued in silver to recognise service in warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand or British Commonwealth campaign medal was issued. By the time it was replaced in 2002, four clasps had been issued for warlike operations between 1956 and 1991 in the Suez Canal region, Malaya, Vietnam and Kuwait.


New Zealand Defence Service Medal. ENTITLED.

About the New Zealand Defence Service Medal
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal (NZDSM) was instituted in April 2011 to recognise attested military service since 3 September 1945. The Royal Warrant for the NZDSM allows for one or more clasps to be awarded with the medal. The number of clasps awarded to an individual will be determined by the type(s) of military service.


Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal NOT ENTITLED.

The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded by the Government of South Vietnam to New Zealand and Australian forces who served for six months in Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. The Sovereign approved the wearing of the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal by eligible New Zealand personnel in 1966.

During his Presidency, some of the Hakarua RSA members commenced having doubts about Kerr’s alleged Vietnam service. Some of the comments made by Kerr indicated that he may not have been the Vietnam veteran that he claimed to be.

During 2016, inquiries were made with the NZ Defence Force Personnel Archives, where it was ascertained that Kerr had no operational service during his RNZN service. He was entitled to the NZ Defence Force Service Medal only.

Subject: RE: Medal entitlement - unclassified

Hi xxxxx(name deleted),

Thank you for the email enquiry regarding medal entitlement for WRA Kerr (18564)

I have checked his records and confirm that for his service he is only eligible for the NZ Defence Service Medal. According to our records the medal remain unclaimed. Attached herewith please find an application form to claim the medal.

Signed xxxxxx(name deleted)
NZDF Personnel Archives &Medals
Private Bag 905 I Trentham Military Camp I Upper Hutt 5140

As a result of these inquiries Kerr was referred to the local Police. He was charged with wearing NZ military medals that he was not entitled to wear. He subsequently pleaded guilty and was fined $500.00 at the North Shore District Court for his deceit and fraudulent behaviour.

Kerr is a military fraud who should just wander off into obscurity. He has no place in the veteran community. He is a disgrace.

The below article was published following Kerr’s conviction.

Surname: Flaherty
Christian Names: Anthony John (Tony)
Country: Australia
State or Province: SA
City or Town: Two Wells
Service #: 44074
Service: Army
Branch: Catering Corps
Commencement of service: Claims 1963
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:



See Below:


Flaherty Update March 2018.

In regards to the matter of Anthony (Tony) Flaherty, the following article appeared in The Australian Newspaper on the 13 February, 2018.


An interesting comment in this article is from Flaherty’s former “C” Company Commander, Major David Rankine MC, who clearly states what Flaherty’s duties were, and what they were not.

In this article, Flaherty is quoted as claiming “damages of $250.000 from Michael von Berg because he says that Mr von Berg reported him to the Australia and New Zealand Military Imposter Group”.

Mr Michael von Berg MC OAM is the Chairman and National President of the Royal Australian Regiment Association.

ANZMI can categorically state that Mr Michael von Berg MC OAM, did not report Anthony Flaherty to ANZMI.   The reports were received from a number of disappointed people, who know Flaherty very well, and who viewed Flaherty’s curriculum vitae (cv) for his application for nomination to the South Australia RSL State Branch executive, and saw the inconsistencies and falsehoods that it contained.

A further update will be provided in the future as these matters progress.  

In the mean time, Flaherty remains as an Executive Member of the South Australia State RS&L Board.


Original Entry

 Anthony John (Tony) Flaherty, was born on the 5 May, 1944 at Renmark in South Australia. He is the current Mayor of the District Council of Mallala, South Australia, having been elected to this position in early 2016.

He resides in Two Wells, a small town, 40 kilometres north of Adelaide. He is the President of the Two Wells Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005. He is also the Mallala Citizen of the year 2016.

Flaherty is a glory hunter and a valour thief, who has for at least 46 years, been relating to others, outrageous lies to convince them that he is a Vietnam War Hero.



As a result of these preposterous lies, he was voted in as Mayor of that District in 2008 and again in 2016.

He is now seeking high office within the RSL South Australia State Branch as a State Board Member. He is asking for support from South Australian State RSL executives and members to vote for him at their next upcoming State Board election.

Tony Flaherty is a long time fraud.

Included on his personal resume for election to that office, he has claimed, inter alia, the following -;


Military Service.

• Regular Army 13 years.
• Army Reserve 10 years.
• Active Service Malaya 1967 – 1969. 8 RAR.
• Vietnam 1969 -1970. Served with 8 RAR in Long Hai Mountains. Operation Hammersley, Platoon Commander role, 8 Platoon, C Company, liaison appointment US Forces at Long Dien.

Tony Flaherty enlisted in the Australian Regular Army about 1963. Following Recruit Training he was selected for Australian Army Catering Corps duty as a Cook. He progressed through the Catering Corps ranks and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

He claims Active Service in 8 RAR (8 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment) Malaya from 1967 – 1969. At this time, he was a member of the Australian Army Catering Corps and not an Infantry Battalion. He was never a member of the 8 Battalion RAR in Malaya. That statement is a lie.

Australian Active Service for Malaya concluded on the 30 September, 1967 and not 1969. Therefore, he did not have active service in Malaya. That statement is also a lie.

In any case, 8 RAR arrived in Malaya in October, 1967. If he was attached to 8 RAR at the time, it was as a Cook in the Catering Corps.

Flaherty was subsequently posted to the then Republic of South Vietnam on the 19 November, 1969. He completed his tour and returned to Australia on the 5 November, 1970.


The above document is a copy of the Vietnam Nominal Roll entry for Anthony John Flaherty.

Flaherty was posted to Vietnam as a Sergeant, with the duties of a Cook, Australian Army Catering Corps. He was attached to 8 RAR during his time there. He was never a member of 8 RAR., or any other Infantry Battalion on this posting, or any other posting during his entire Army service.

He falsely claims that he served with 8 RAR in the Long Hai Mountains on Operation Hammersly in Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. Another lie.

In early 1970 8 RAR took part in Operation Hammersley, a reconnaissance operation in the Long Hải area. This operation began on 10 February and on 18 February it captured a large bunker complex after the Vietnamese Communist defenders withdrew following air raids. The operation continued until 9 March, with the battalion carrying out patrols and conducting ambushes in order to engage Communist troops. These operations were successful, and 8 RAR was awarded the South Vietnamese Government's Meritorious Unit Commendation, including Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation for its role in the operation.[1]





In the above photograph Flaherty can be seen wearing the South Vietnam Government's Cross of Gallantry, with Palm Unit Citation ribbon decoration. (Right side of coat lapel) He is also wearing the Australian Infantry Combat Badge above his medals.

With regard to Operation Hammersley, members of 8 Battalion RAR used hard (field) rations from tins and packets during this operation.

There was no requirement for an Executive Chef or Maitre D where these men were fighting. They were engaged in heavy contact with the enemy in the Long Hai Mountains.

Alas, our highly trained fighting machine Tony Flaherty was not with them on this occasion, and certainly not leading any Platoons of hardened Infantrymen, as he claims.

As indicated, Flaherty also wears the Australian Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) with his medals in addition to the South Vietnamese Governments Meritorious Unit Commendation mentioned above -;

The Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) is awarded to serving members of the Australian Army for service as an Infantryman in warlike operations.

The ICB was first established in July 1970 for recognition of infantry service in battle or on operations, following the decision of the Military Board in January 1970. The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and to hold ground, to repel attack, by night and day, regardless of season, weather or terrain. The purpose of the ICB is to recognize this unique role and the particular training, skills and hardships attendant upon service as an infantryman. In exceptional circumstances, the ICB may be awarded to members of other corps, where they have qualified for it as infantrymen.[1

Specific eligibility

Any member of the Australian Army who:[1]
• was on continuous full-time service as an infantryman at the time of deployment;
• has given satisfactory service as an infantryman;
• has served either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service on warlike operations for a single deployment or operation; and
• has not been previously issued the ICB.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Approval Authority may approve the issue of the ICB to members on exchange/attachment duties for service with allied units who meet the criteria, and/or to members who would have met the criteria had they not been killed, wounded, disabled or evacuated.[1]

Flaherty does not meet any of the above criteria.

Since Flaherty posted his resume for the RSL State Board election up on the internet, there has been a furious reaction by former senior Commissioned Officers and Non Commissioned Officers, who were attached to 8 RAR at the time of the Battalion’s deployment to Vietnam, and who were directly involved in Operation Hammersley.

We have been forwarded copies of Statements from very concerned former senior members of the Battalion, who state the following, inter alia -;

1. (excerpts Witness 1) Sgt Flaherty was a Sgt Cook and a good one. However,. He was jealous of his peer group wishing to acquire the stature and involvement of an infantry soldier and not as a cook. Though he desired and made no secret about it, Sgt Flaherty never commanded a unit or su¬b unit of C Coy in Vietnam. If he is doing this then it is purely his desires and imagination and it is not true.

2. (excerpts Witness 2) This bloke has been making claims that he ‘commanded’ platoons of C Coy 8RAR for many years. He has even some how wangled, I believe, to get himself issued the ICB despite being posted to 8 RAR, as xxxxx has advised, as a cook. Regarding his claim to have commanded 8 Pl on Op Hammersley, pages 52 and 53 of The Grey Eight in Vietnam, 8 RAR’s unit history, clearly show Lt Chris Sinclair leading men of 8 Platoon as xxxxx has quite rightly stated.

3. (excerpts Witness 3) I have read Tony Flaherty’s claim that he was a Platoon Commander of 8 Pl on Operation Hamersley and find it totally offensive to all who served in that platoon. My memory of these events are clear and I recall that 8 Platoon consisted of Chris Sinclair as Platoon Commander, xxxxxxxx as Platoon Sergeant with Chad Sherrin, ‘Opie’ O’Brien and xxxxxxx as Section Commanders.

4. (excerpts Witness 4)) I served for 30 years in the Infantry Corps and served on active service with C Company 8 RAR as a section commander with 9 Platoon C Company for the entire tour in 1969-¬70. I am concerned of the continuing statements that Ex Sgt Tony Flaherty of the Royal Australian Army Catering Corps (RAACC)is making regarding his war service record, he has made these statements for many years and has been the cause of many discussions amongst the C Company veterans. My memory is clear that Sgt Tony Flaherty was the C Company Sgt Cook and definitely did not serve in any capacity, command or other with 8 Platoon OR ANY OTHER PLATOON at any stage of the tour. The only time that I saw Sgt Flaherty on Operation Hammersley in February 1970 was to visit the 9 Platoon ambush position on the morning of 16th February with the CHQ group after a large action that resulted in a large number of enemy killed. Sgt Flaherty arrived and spent the majority of the short time that the CHQ was there taking MANY photos of the dead enemy until he was advised to stop. I am aware that Sgt Flaherty did accompany some TAOR patrols from the main base at Nui Dat when the company was on operations as part of Rear Details.

Witness 4 states that, “I am aware Sgt Flaherty did accompany some TAOR (Tactical Area of Responsibility) patrols from the main base at Nui Dat when the Company was on operations as part of rear details”

At most, even if Flaherty did accompany some perimeter patrols around the base, he was certainly not on full time duty as an Infantryman at the time of his deployment, and did not serve a continuous or aggregate of 90 days on deployment or operation. (as an Infantryman) He has no entitlement to wear the ICB whatsoever.

These infrequent functions were commonly known as “swannies” in Vietnam. Accompanying trained Infantrymen to patrol a perimeter"outside the wire" as a “rear detail” on a few “swannies” does not justify his wearing of an ICB.

Another witness has provided documentary evidence that at his acceptance speech for the 2016 Mallala Citizen of the Year award, Flaherty informed the gathering, how “he was on Patrol in Vietnam in command of his 8 Battalion RAR Platoon, when it came under heavy enemy fire, and that he had to personally call in artillery support to save the day”. Another lie.

Flaherty was also called to account regarding his false claims, by a former 8 RAR member, who had been seriously wounded in combat in Vietnam. He is still suffering the effects of his injuries.

In this regard, we have another signed statement -;

(Excerpts Witness 5.) “You will note in all cases the individuals making these statements in regards to Flaherty’s claims in two cases highly decorated for gallantry, and in all cases went on and enjoyed commissioned rank. It would be very foolish of the RSL to ignore these statements after complaints had been made by xxxxxxxxxx and a seriously wounded member of that platoon. More so that Flaherty through a Director of the RSL called the wounded soldier a liar. The battle scars carried by this soldier is a bit more factual than the fantasies and stolen valor of ex Sgt Flaherty. Reports indicate that Flaherty has been living this lie for some 46 years and it must be stopped. Stolen valor and false claims of this kind are an insult to those that have done the hard yards, lost close friends, been wounded and in some cases decorated for their actions and this individual is not fit to walk in their shadow let along (sic) be appointed a director of the RSL”.

Well said!

Flaherty claims on his resume a “Liaison appointment to US Forces at Long Dien”. This is just another outright lie. Can you possibly imagine an Australian Army Cook with the rank of Sergeant being appointed to liaise with United States Army Forces personnel at Long Dien. Maybe he was swapping recipes with our American allies and advising them how to cook up some bangers and mash with damper. Glory be!!!

It is beyond belief that this imposter can steal the valour of so many honourable Australian Infantry soldiers for so long. And not just those still living.

He is an absolute disgrace and should be booted out of the South Australia RSL completely, let alone being appointed to the State Board of the S.A. State RSL Branch, where he would create further disgrace to that organisation, if elected.

He should resign from his Mallalla Mayoral duties immediately, and hand back his 2016 Citizen of the Year award. The Mallala Council and community should notify the office of the Governor General, Canberra, to take action in regards to the Order of Australia award he was presented.

Flaherty needs to publically apologise to all 8 Battalion RAR personnel, particularly the former wounded soldier he offended, all Vietnam Veterans in general, the constituents who voted him in as Mayor, all the members of the Two Wells RSL Sub Branch, and the RSL South Australia State Branch.

He should just then resign all positions he holds. He has no credibility.

In fairness to Flaherty, we sent him three emails, to offer him an opportunity to provide evidence of his claims, or explain his version of the allegations made against him.

We have received no reply.

We continue to expose executive office holders of RSL Sub Branch positions in Australia as being frauds. RSL New South Wales under the new leadership of State President Rod White and CEO Glenn Kolomeitz are trying to do something about it.

Lets hope they get some support.

We look forward to completing an update of this valour thief and imposter in the near future.



Since our original exposure of long time military fraud Anthony Flaherty, of Two Wells, South Australia, there have been a number of developments, that ANZMI readers need to be made aware of.

ANZMI stand by all the factual evidence that we published in June, 2016, in regards to Flaherty’s false claims of military service as an 8 Battalion RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) - (Infantry) Platoon Commander, C Company 8 Platoon, - Operation Hammersley, Long Hai Mountains, South Vietnam, 1969 – 1970.. Also that he falsely claimed "active service 8 RAR in Malaya, 1967 - 1969".

Flaherty now claims publicly in televised and written media, that he has been vindicated by the National body of the Returned and Services League (R&SL) of all false claims of South Vietnam Infantry military service, made against him by former Commissioned and Non Commissioned Officers of 8 Battalion RAR.

This claim of vindication is also false, and it is a continuation of preposterous lies that he has stated about his service, to convince himself and everyone else that he is some sort of Infantry Platoon Commanding war hero.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In September and October, 2016, as a result of numerous signed statutory declarations received from former 8 Battalion RAR members, refuting Flaherty’s claims, the South Australian State Branch of the R&SL, (RS&L.SA), conducted a Tribunal hearing into the matters.

The Tribunal concluded that Flaherty had indeed misrepresented his South Vietnam military service as a Platoon Commander, 8 Battalion RAR. at Operation Hammersley. It also determined that his claim of active service in Malaya 1967 - 1969 - 8 RAR. was also false.

He was then stood down from his position as a S.A. State RSL Board member for the remainder of his current term. This was a position he had recently been appointed to in 2016. Surprisingly, although his credibility and integrity was seriously tarnished, Tribunal determinations allowed Flaherty to remain as the President of the Two Wells R&SL Sub Branch.

Flaherty then appealed this decision to the National body of the R&SL.

On the 3 March, 2017, a reference to this matter appeared on the Adelaide Channel 9 News. The misleading report declared that Flaherty “was this week vindicated” as far as his claims were concerned. Also in the segment, there was an apology extended to Flaherty by the National RSL CEO Ms.Georgie Macris, on behalf of the Acting National President Robert Dick.

Flaherty then seized the moment and gave the Reporter Ben Avery an emotive response about how “he was never going to wear his medals again”, but was happy now that he had been vindicated.

The facts of these events however, are far removed from what the Television Reporter put to air with Flaherty’s interview. Flaherty’s claims have again stirred the emotions of all the former 8 Battalion Infantry soldiers, who have provided sworn statutory declarations, stating that Flaherty’s claims of serving as an 8 Battalion RAR, Platoon Commander in South Vietnam are lies.

On investigation of the Channel 9 television news report, it is quite apparent that it had been edited to favour Flaherty. The report was incorrect and misleading.

It was ascertained that the National RSL CEO Ms. Georgie Macris, did not apologise for the action taken against Flaherty. Ms Macris apologised for the length of time and delay that it has taken to resolve the matter.

The National RSL has actually referred the matter back to S.A State Branch for a “fresh” Tribunal Hearing . At the time of writing, there is no result at hand.

As stated, Flaherty distorted the facts to publicly claim that he has been cleared of any impropriety.


Tony cleared of allegations
• Featured
March 8, 2017

Flaherty5 2017 04 02

TWO Wells Returned Services League (RSL) branch members have continued to throw their support behind their president, and Adelaide Plains Mayor, Tony Flaherty, after he was last week vindicated of false allegations made against him.

Mr Flaherty was cleared of allegations, made by the Royal Australian Regiment Association in July, which argued he had falsely claimed to have acted as a Platoon Commander during the Vietnam War, despite being sent to serve as a cook.

The allegations, and subsequent investigation by the RSL state board, saw Mr Flaherty dismissed from his board position, by a state tribunal, despite him presenting evidence to support his case.

Mr Flaherty then fronted a National RSL tribunal to appeal the decision, with its findings being made public last week.

In a statement aired on Friday night’s Nine News bulletin, the National RSL stated that “central to the complaints against Mr Flaherty…is wrong, ill-informed… there was no effective attempt at mediation (and) it might be argued that Tony was subject of a sustained campaign”.

Speaking during the same bulletin, Mr Flaherty – who did not return The Bunyip’s calls for comment – said his reputation had been tarnished as a result of the allegations and the state tribunal’s decision.

“I think the thing that got me was the way people turned on me,” Mr Flaherty told Nine News.

“I was never going to wear my medals again.”

Two Wells RSL secretary and long-time friend John Allen said the home branch has offered nothing but support to Mr Flaherty.
“We support our president 110 per cent, we believe exactly what he has said is right and all we can do is stand by him and support him,” he said.

National RSL chief executive Georgie Macris publicly apologised to Mr Flaherty, on behalf of both branches, during the Nine News report.

“I would like to apologise on behalf of the national president of the RSL, Robert Dick, and state president Tim Hanna to Mr Flaherty,” she said.

It is understood Mr Flaherty’s lawyers are currently preparing a defamation lawsuit against the RSL

As stated in our original exposure, we have six statutory declarations from former senior experienced members of 8 RAR. We recently received an additional statutory declaration which conclusively proves that at no time whilst Flaherty was in the Republic of South Vietnam, did he ever serve as an Infantry Platoon Commander. In particular , 8 RAR or on Operation Hamersley. He was a Cook, and by all accounts, a very good Cook

The following article appeared in the InDaily Adelaide Independent Newspaper. The comments also regarding Flaherty’s allegations being recently overturned by a National Tribunal are incorrect.

InDaily has been told it is a constitutional requirement that the board has at least two more elected board members than appointed ones.
Darwin branch president Don Milford is an ex officio board member while Tony Flaherty is on self-imposed absence while he considers suing the RSL over accusations he fabricated his service record –allegations that were recently overturned by a national tribunal.

Flaherty was not on a "self-imposed absence", he was stood down for the remainder of his elected term by the S.A RS&L Board.

In response to this misleading article, the below mentioned email was sent to the Editor of the “InDaily Newspaper” by a former highly experienced 8 Battalion RAR member.

Dear Editor,

I do not believe your story contained within the above link, is accurate. Inter alia, it is stated that"Tony Flaherty is on self-imposed absence while he considers suing the RSL over accusations he fabricated his service record - allegations that were recently overturned by a national tribunal."

Have you read the findings of the "national Tribunal"? If not, how can you claim that the fabricated allegations "were recently overturned by a national tribunal"? My advice is that the National Office of the RSL has not yet considered Tony Flaherty's appeal to them for his removal from the SA State RSL Board as a result of their belief that Tony had, in fact, fabricated his service record. I believe the National RSL Office has apologised to Tony only for their delay in considering his appeal! I served with Tony in Vietnam and hitherto regard him as a friend. Tony was a Sergeant cook in Charlie Company, Eight Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) and I was a (deleted), later to become a (deleted) in 8 Platoon Charlie Company of 8RAR. One of Tony's claims is that he was the Platoon Commander of 8 Platoon, 8RAR in Vietnam. HE WAS NOT!

Tony's fabricated service record with Charlie Company, particularly his fabricated service record with 8 Platoon, has been refuted with Statutory Declarations by the Charlie Company Commander in Vietnam, the 8 Platoon Commander in Vietnam, two 8 Platoon Sergeants in Vietnam, at least one Section Commander of 8 Platoon in Vietnam. A very forceful on undeniable source of the truth about Tony's service record with Charlie Company 8RAR in Vietnam. Unfortunately for Tony, the truth does not align with Tony's fabricated service record. Every single surviving 8 Platoon soldier who served in Vietnam and who has been recently contacted about Tony's claims, has refuted Tony's claims and have become very disturbed and annoyed at Tony's claims.

I would sincerely ask you to respond to this email and if you feel so disposed, you can publish this email.
Signed. (deleted.)

In conclusion, the weak decision by the R&SL South Australia State Branch Tribunal to just remove Flaherty from their State Branch Board for the remainder of his elected term, but allow him to continue within the R&SL organisation as a President of the Two Wells Sub Branch is a sad indictment on how poorly that State Branch is currently administered.

In a previous ANZMI exposure of another South Australian self confessed military fraud, Gerald Francis Harrison OAM, of Adelaide, a Mr. Bill Denny OAM, then high ranking SA RSL Board member, and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army, defended the outrageous lies of Harrison, who had claimed to be a member of 3 Battalion RAR at the battle of Maryang San, Korea in October, 1951.

See here Harrison

Denny, defending Harrison’s lies, stated to the InDaily South Australian Newspaper that -;“ANZMI are “scumbags” who hide behind anonymity and destroy peoples careers.”

Denny is oblivious to the fact that military imposters in our community gain undeserved recognition, cash and other benefits by living their lies for years, and convincing gullible people like Denny, that they are a person of honesty and integrity.

The S.A. RSL Management Board is now in complete disarray, with major financial problems and infighting. The CEO has resigned, as have a number of Committee members, including Denny, who resigned in November, 2016.

The Flaherty matter needs to be resolved expeditiously. If the SA RSL hierarchy allow imposters like Flaherty to continue unpunished, it will degrade the organisation considerably. They need moral conviction, courage and leadership.

We have on good advice that there will also be dozens of genuine Royal Australian Regiment Association members, who are former Vietnam Infantry soldiers, resigning and walking away from the South Australian R&SL forever, if Flaherty is permitted to continue his charade without retribution.

Who can blame them.

ANZMI and the RS&L South Australia are in possession of 7 sworn statutory declarations from former 8 RAR members proving that Flaherty is a liar and that his claims are fabricated. All this evidence must be weighed against Flaherty's extraordinary claims.

Flaherty cannot produce one witness to corroborate his version of events, OR, contradict the seven statutory declarations made by senior 8 RAR members, who genuinely fought on the battlefield.

In March, 2017, a questionnaire was sent to dozens of former 8 RAR Infantry personnel by senior members of the Battalion, regarding Flaherty's ridiculous claims. This was as a result of Flaherty's threats of legal action against members, disputing his lies of being an 8 RAR Platoon Commander, Operation Hammersley.

It was forwarded to us by a very concerned former member who received this questionnaire, and detests wannabees as much as we do.

See below.


To all my Fellow Charlie Company Mates who I served with in Vietnam,
Due to the very widespread media coverage of claims made by Tony Flaherty, who was our Charlie Company Sgt cook in Vietnam, I have been asked to communicate with you, as a member of Charlie Company 8RAR, to seek your help in trying to clarify what actually evolved as best you can remember from your "first hand" knowledge (not hearsay) in answer to the following several questions:-

1. Do you recall, from your own knowledge, if Tony Flaherty was put in charge of any unit or sub-unit, other than Catering Corps/Mess Duties? YES NO (circle one)

2. If YES to question 1, what unit, sub-unit, section or platoon was Tony Flaherty in command of?..............................................................................................

3. If you have answered YES to question 1, what was the period of time that Tony Flaherty was in command of that unit, sub-unit, section or platoon? ........./....../.........

4. What Section and Platoon where you in, in Vietnam? ...................Sec .................Pl

5. What was your period of service in that Section or Platoon? ...../......../......... to ....../........../...........

6. If you were in more than one Section or Platoon during your time in Vietnam, please indicate the period served in each Section and/or Platoon.

..........Sec ...........Pl ......./....../ ......./...../....... ........Sec ........Pl ......./....../ ...../......./......

To date, 30 replies have been received from a cross representation of former Platoon and Company members of 8 RAR. In particular former Platoon Commanders and Section Leaders.

Not one has confirmed or supported Flaherty's claims. Two responses agreed that Flaherty was a member of a couple of rear detail Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR) patrols, when the Battalion was absent from base on operational duties engaged with the enemy. This was normal procedure when the Battalion was assigned to engage the enemy elsewhere, and logistics personnel were utilised to conduct TAOR security patrols around the base.

Flaherty had no contact with the enemy whatsoever. Any claim that he did is false. Any claim that he was a 8 RAR Platoon Commander on these TAOR Patrols is a lie.

Seven former 8 RAR senior personnel have signed sworn Statutory Declarations detailing Flaherty's lies. Thirty other former 8 RAR personnel have now also completed a questionnaire rejecting his lies.

If Flaherty is telling the truth, then seven senior credible former Infantry soldiers have knowingly sworn false statutory declarations, punishable by law !

You be the judge !!

The time for any attempted mediation is over. You do not mediate with imposters.

Like most imposters who appear on this site, Flaherty has threatened to sue ANZMI and everybody who has disputed his false claims.

We here at ANZMI say go right ahead. We are confident that we can produce another 100 statutory declarations proving Flaherty is an imposter and liar of the highest order.

When the S.A RSL State Branch show some backbone and determines an appropriate outcome in this matter, we will look forward to publishing the results in our next update.


Surname: Booth
Christian Names: Ian/Iain Mongomory
Country: Philippines
State or Province: Angeles City
City or Town: Angeles city
Service #: 02407
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Seaman
Commencement of service: 06 Mar 67
Completion of service: Jun 71
Case Notes:

Iain Booth was born on the 25 April, 1949. In 1967, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet Midshipman. In the following years he progressed to Sub Lieutenant. He is a Medals Cheat and a false pretender. Booth wears seven medals. He is entitled to wear four.

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In the above 2017 Remembrance Day photograph, taken at Angeles City, near Manilla, Phillipines, Booth is wearing the following medals.

1. The Australian Active Serve Medal - (AASM) Entitled.2. Vietnam Medal. (VM) Not entitled
3. Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal. – (VLSM) Entitled.
4. Australian Service Medal. (ASM) Entitled
5. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)Entitled.
6. U.S Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with a "Combat V clasp. Not entitled.
7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) Not entitled.

Concerns were raised by individuals in Australia and the Phillippines, regarding Australian military medals worn by Booth. He also falsely claimed service on HMAS Hobart, a Royal Australian Navy Destroyer, in June, 1968. ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact in regards to lies told by Booth regarding Hobart service, at the time he claims. .

It appears that the medals he wears are not consistent with his actual RAN service. In particular, the VM and the VLSM cannot be worn together. You are issued with one or the other. He has been warned in writing several times by RSL Sub Branch Executives about not conforming with medals protocols and wearing medals he is not entitled to. Booth also made other comments to others about his alleged RAN service that are false.

ANZMI then researched the public records, regarding the Royal Australian Navy career of Ian Booth, as he was known then, and arrived at the same conclusion. He has since changed his first name to "Iain."

ANZMI then communicated with Mr Iain Booth and asked him for a summary of his Naval service and the medals that he wears. His response, inter alia, is below -;

I readily concede that there has been an error in my medal issue and that the VLSM cannot be issued with the Vietnam Medal, but the fact that my medals were all issued and named to me is not my error and I therefore feel that I am entitled to wear them. It would be less than prudent to knowingly wear medals that were supposedly not issued together (unless in error) as this would doubtlessly bring into question my entitlement.

Following that idiotic statement, we believe that Booth not only lives in another country, he lives on another planet.

We should all be glad that the Department of Defence did not send him a Victoria Cross in “error”. With Booth’s view on medals protocol, he would have had that medal court mounted and worn as well, claiming that he is entitled to wear it, as "it was not his error!"

The three medals that Booth and ANZMI know that he is not entitled to wear, are the Vietnam Medal (VM), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. (RVCM) and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with clasp.

1. The Vietnam Medal.

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Qualification requirement

Qualifying service for the Vietnam Medal includes:
• 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.
• One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.
• One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.
• Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days.
• One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty. between 29 May 1964 and 27 January 1973.

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2. The Republic of Vietnam Medal.


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury)[9] and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped.

Booth blames the Department of Defence for “the error”. He knows that it is wrong, but he fraudulently had the medals court mounted, and wears them on official occasions illegally. If you believe his suspect story that the medals were sent to him "in error". why didn't he just return them.

ANZMI asked Booth if he did actually serve in Vietnam, what period he served, what ship or ships he was a crew member of, and what medals was he actually entitled to? He stated that he was unable to recall unless he looked through his records, that were in a garage somewhere in Australia. After two further requests, Booth did not give any specific details of his Vietnam service, other than to respond "that there are other ships I served on in the operational area."

The below Vietnam War Service Certificate issued, purportedly by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), indicates that Booth served in Vietnam Waters for 413 days. It lists the following ships that Booth allegedly served on in Vietnam during the qualifying period 1962 to 1973..
1. HMAS Sydney
2. HMAS Parramatta.
3. HMAS Yarra
4. HMAS Hobart
5. CINPAC. (Commander in Chief Pacific)

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The certificate is false. It is a forgery. Only one person could benefit from this forged document. The person who submitted it to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch.

This certificate was with other documentation submitted to the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch, by Booth, when Booth applied to transfer his membership from Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, Sydney, in November, 2016.. We know that the information that appears on this certificate is false. His name does not appear on any of the published lists of crew members, for the three, 6 month deployments to Vietnam by Hobart.

We have signed statements from members of the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch and Hornsby RSL Sub Branch, detailing that Booth claims that he was on Hobart when it was damaged by 3 missiles from a U.S.A.F aircraft.

This incident occurred on the 17 June, 1968. Two crew members were killed and others injured. Extensive damage was sustained by Hobart and we can all be thankful that there was no greater loss of life to our young men.

Booth, according to his official Navy Record, was posted on Parramatta at that time, and was nowhere near Vietnam as he has claimed. Parramatta was in Singapore Harbour undergoing lengthy repairs, when Booth deceitfully claims he was part of Hobart's crew.


Strangely, the only current Vietnam War Service Certificate for Booth on the DVA Website appears below. There is no mention of ships that Booth served on or dates served.

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details
Name BOOTH, Ian Montgomery
Service Royal Australian Navy
Service Number O2407
Rank Sub-Lieutenant
Honours None for display

Something is amiss.

ANZMI then received another communication from Booth, where he stated that he served on the following ships on operational service in Vietnam.

Might I suggest that you check my service in the following ships -

HMAS Sydney 1967, 1968
HMAS Parramatta 1968
HMAS Yarra 1969
USS Brinkley Bass 1970
HMAS Sydney 1970 -1971

He does not mention Hobart on this occasion. He also knows that he has been caught out in regards to serving 181 days on Hobart, when it was stationed on the Gun Line, to qualify for the VM and the VCM. He has now substituted Hobart with the USS Brinkley Bass, a United States Navy Destroyer, that served on and off in Vietnam waters for short periods in 1970. According to our research, Booth was never attached to that ship for any period of time. There are no records of him serving on that ship.

He also claims Vietnam service on HMAS Yarra 1969. Yarra did not have qualifying operational service in Vietnam in 1969. It escorted the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, Vietnam in the last week of February, 1970. (Ships Record of Proceedings)

We know that Booth did not spend 413 days in the qualifying area of Vietnam, as indicated on his false certificate. He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal. (181 days or more) His Certificate of Vietnam Service, allegedly issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs is a lie, and Booth knows it.

His National Archives Australia Naval records, indicate that he was posted to the Sydney when it travelled to Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, on the 27 December, 1967. The ship arrived at 0700 hours that date and left at 1450hrs. A total of about 8 hours. However, qualifying time is accredited from the time the ship left the last Australian Port of Fremantle until its return to Australia 14 days later. His records disclose that he was also a crew member of Sydney when it sailed to Vietnam in late January, 1968 and spent 7 hours in Vung Tau Harbour on the 3 February, 1968.

Also Booths Naval Record indicates that he was on Parramatta between March and July, 1968. On 9 April, 1968. Parramatta visited Vung Tau Harbour for 9 hours escorting Sydney.

It appears then, that Booth deployed on Sydney in December 1967 and February. 1968, to Vung Tau Harbour and then on Parramatta in April, 1968. That being the case, he is entitled to wear the AASM, and the VLSM for those three trips and accumulated 24 hours in the port of Vung Tau..

He is not entitled to wear the Vietnam medal or the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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The above medal that he wears between the ADM and the VCM is the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Booth has added the "Combat V" clasp to the medal that he wears. The medal is awarded for -;

The (U.S) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal may be awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps (including foreign military personnel), distinguishes himself/herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. To merit this award, the acts or services must be accomplished or performed in a manner above that normally expected and sufficient to distinguish the individual above those performing similar services as set forth in the following -;

For Meritorious Achievement. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition,

For Meritorious Service. Outstanding and worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal or Air Medal when combat is involved or the Meritorious Service Medal or Air Medal when combat is not involved.

For Acts of Heroism. Worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal when combat is involved or the Navy and Marine Corps Medal when combat is not involved.

No records exist of Booth having been awarded the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Sadly, he has purchased this medal and awarded to himself..

ANZMI sent Booth an email inquiring about his claim to the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal with the Combat V clasp. His response was that he was never awarded a Commendation Medal.

From Booth February 2018 -

"I'm a little confused regarding your statement about my being awarded a Commendation Medal. I have never been awarded one. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to the origin of this"..

We certainly agree with Booth, that "he has never been awarded the medal and clasp" in question. Memory failure perhaps? We think not.

We also have statements from RSL members that Booth has claimed that he was a crew member of the RAN Submarine HMAS Onslow. We know that he underwent Submarine Training, but he was never posted as a crew member to Onslow or any other RAN Submarine. Again, no records exist regarding this claim.

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For his accumulated 24 hours in Vung Tau Harbour, Vietnam, Booth wears 5 medals. He is entitled to 2. The Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) and the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) He is also entitled to the Australian Service Medal (ASM) with clasp (FESR) for Far East Strategic Reserve Duty and the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)

By his own admission, Booth is a Medal Cheat and a False Pretender. His membership for the Angeles City RSL Sub Branch should be cancelled. He also owes them an explanation and an apology. He is a fraud.

Surname: KEOUGH (aka: Maclean
Christian Names: Norbert Basil
Country: Australia
State or Province: Tasmania
City or Town: Unknown
Service #: Unknown
Service: US Navy
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 01 Nov 89
Completion of service: 29 Aug 94
Case Notes:



Keough Update – 11 February 2018

ANZMI’s initial exposure of Norbert Keough (aka Maclean III) revealed a story of lies and deceit by this fraud and wannabe.   As part of our evidence to support the claims was a very revealing newspaper story which was printed in 1993.   At the time, ‘Norb’ (as we now know him) was running for election in the United States.

The article, in it’s original format was part of our exposure; however, a number of readers have experienced difficulty reading the story.   To assist the reader, and further strengthen the evidence against Norb, we have transcribed the report in its entirety below.

The article speaks loudly about the character and actions of Norb back then and provides a very revealing insight into the person he really is.

The astute reader will no doubt also note that nowhere in this revealing article is there any mention of service in the Gulf War and the timeframes mentioned in this newspaper report future support the claim that ‘Norb’ is a medal cheat and wannabe for claiming service during the Gulf War.  

As we alluded to in our initial report, any political party considering throwing support behind Norb should be very mindful of his actions in the past.  

The Tasmanian RSL now need to step up to the plate and take appropriate action against Norbert Keough (Maclean III) who was dishonourably discharged from the US Navy and should never been allowed to join either the NSW or Tasmanian RSL.   We hope the new National President of the RSL, who was the former Tasmanian President takes notice of the type of people being allowed membership of the League.    

Ashbury Park Press, Sunday June 6, 1993


Bad Checks followed withdrawn Assembly candidate

By Beth Whitehouse and Steven Chambers (Press Staff Writers)


On New Years Eve 1991, Norbert MacLean III threw a party at the Berkeley-Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park.   He mailed formal invitations.   He rolled a red carpet from the doorway of the presidential suite to the elevator.

He hung a United Nations flag at the doorway.   He posted signs that read, “Reserved for Ambassador MacLean” in the parking area for the white limousine he’d rented.

 For months, Maclean had been claiming to be an ambassador.

“He got very offended if you called him Mr MacLean,” JoAnne Guertin, former front office manager at the Berkeley-Carteret said, “He wanted ‘Ambassador Maclean’”

Maclean, a former Lakehurst resident whose father is that town’s police chief, is far from an ambassador.   He’s a 22 year-old former Navy sailor recently court-martialed after being charged with bouncing 81 checks.

Just two weeks ago, MacLean was seeking legitimacy in a different forum.   He was on the November ballot as an independent candidate for one of the two State Assembly seats in coastal Monmouth County’s 11th District.

Maclean announced his withdrawal from the race on May 19, the day after an interview with the Asbury Park Press during which he was confronted with the Navy charges and other instances of bounced checks.   An official in Maclean’s campaign said the interview had not prompted the candidate’s decision.

…’The reason for this painful decision is because of unfinished business with the United States Navy in Washington, DC,” Maclean wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Daniel J. Dalton.

People who know Maclean say a penchant for exaggerating his importance and living beyond his means gets him into trouble.   Many of the checks he was charged with bouncing were for such things as cellular phones and black-tie fund-raiser tickets.

In a freewheeling interview last month about his candidacy and his troubles with the US Navy, Maclean painted himself as a concerned citizen with a background in public service.   He said he is a gay man who was persecuted by the Navy he served so well.

Others, particularly those who ended up with his bad checks, said the Long Branch resident is nothing but a con man.

…” If I lived in the district, he wouldn’t be getting my vote,”   Bill Ulrey, executive director of the Assembly Republican Majority, said before Maclean withdrew his name from the ballot.   Ulrey received a $1,200 that bounced as payment for two thickets Maclean used to attend a state fund-raiser in 1991.   “If this guy can’t honor a personal check, imagine what he would do in Tenton with taxpayer’s dollars.”

Maclean declined to discuss specifics of any of the 81 bad checks the Navy claimed he wrote, nor would he discuss other instances of bad checks that did not lead to charges.

…” Believe me…I would love to sit down and be able to discuss things in detail with you, but you have to understand this is in litigation,” Maclean said.   “I am pressing extremely hard to get this worked out before November”

On leave from the Navy pending appeal of his case, Maclean said he was getting in touch with the people of the 11th District and running a full-time, professional campaign.   If he loses the appeal, his sentence of a dishonourable discharge and jail time served will stand.

A government source said Maclean said Maclean wrote at least 81 bad personal checks from more than 10 banks from Washington, D.C., to Florida for a total of more than $36,280.   There are more alleged bad checks the government isn’t aware of, such as the ones written to the Berkeley-Carteret Hotel.

At least one of the 81 checks was for more than $6000, another for as little as $1.42, according to the government source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.   After a court-martial hearing in August, Maclean was found guilty of passing a dozen bad checks totalling $*,169.30.

On Oct. 31, he was sentenced to be dishonourably discharged from the Navy, to forfeit all pay, and to be imprisoned for 40 months, according to Lt. Kate Mueller, a Navy spokesman.   As per an earlier agreement, the prison sentence was reduced to four months he had already served in the Marine Brig at Quantico, Va, Mueller said.

Writing bad checks is not unusual.   But it is unusual for a young man to know the political system so well that he writes congressmen and other officials for help, the source said.

A claimed conspiracy    

Maclean said the Navy charges are a conspiracy to discredit him because he had a top-secret security clearance and was trained to decipher coded information.   He said he’s being mistreated because he is gay and pointed to the anti-gay climate surrounding the presidential primaries last year.

The government source scoffed at the notion.

“Nobody woke up one morning and said, ‘Let’s get Norbert Maclean,’” the source said.

Perhaps the biggest victim of Maclean was The Children’s Home of Burlington County.   The private, non-profit home for 50 emotionally disturbed boys between ages 10 and 16 is in Mount Holly.   Maclean offered to run a black-tie, fund-raising dinner in Washington, D.C.   Tickets sold for $100 a plate, according to a New Jersey woman who attended the dinner.

The dinner took place on April 13, 1991 at the Belling Air Force Base officers club.   About 70 people attended, the woman said.   Maclean, dressed in a tuxedo, gave a speech.

Afterward, Maclean allegedly wrote a check to the officers club for more than $6000 to pay for the dinner.   It bounced, according to the government source.

Maclean also allegedly wrote a check for nearly $2000 to the children’s home.   It also bounced, the source said.

A representative of the children’s home had no comment.   “We haven’t had any notification of the investigation being completed, so we can’t comment,” said Karen Muldoon, a home spokeswoman.

Where the money from the dinner went, government investigators don’t know.

In an interview last year, Maclean said the Navy made errors depositing his paychecks and also said that some of his checkbooks were missing.

…” Everybody bounces a check here and there,” he said then.   “I’m not going to comment on what exactly occurred.”

Maclean also allegedly duped the political party to which he claimed to be loyal.   When then-President Bush came to the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in East Brunswick Township Sept. 19, 1991, for a fund-raising dinner, Maclean made sure he was there as well.

He called Ulrey, who was then finance director for the Republican State Committee, about a week before the event and ordered two tickets at $600 each.

Maclean sent a check, complete with a little Republican elephant symbol embossed next to his name.   Ulrey said Maclean showed up at the dinner in a limousine.

The check bounced.   Maclean still owes $1200, Ulrey said.

Matt Caracappa, Red Bank, met Maclean around Christmas 1991 and hosted the New Year’s Eve party with him.  He said he’s gotten bad checks from Maclean as well, one for $1200 that was supposed to pay for his share of the New Year’s Eve bash.

For a while, Caracappa believed Maclean’s story that he was an ambassador.   After all, Maclean was constantly in a limousine.   In his own car he had a cellular phone and would use it often.

…” He had stationary printed up,” Caracappa said.   It say’s “His Excellency Norbert B. Maclean III United States Representative to the United Nations Association.”

But Caracappa said he started getting suspicious when Maclean showed up so often in New Jersey.   “He would drive to New Jersey like you drive to 7-Eleven,” Caracappa, a contractor said.   “When did he work?”

Caracappa said he believes Maclean is a con artist.

“He is a pro.   What he has gotten away with so far – it’s like a television movie.”   Caracappa said.   “He’s really very convincing.   It’s just a bogus con job.   A little boy with a big imagination”.

 After graduation from Manchester Township High School in 1989, Maclean enlisted in the Navy and eventually served as administrative assistant to Richard L. Armitage, President Bush’s special negotiator at the State Department, Navy spokeswoman Mueller said.   He received a Joint Service Achievement Medal for his work during negotiations with the Philippines over military bases.

 In an interview last year, Maclean conceded that his early successes may have led him to try to inflate his own importance.

 …” Anybody would let their ego run a little wild,” he said.   “Maybe I might have exaggerated – not exaggerated, I wouldn’t say that.”   Maybe (I) overinflated the significance of what was happening or what was going on, but that wasn’t to the detriment of anybody and it wasn’t intentional.   As for being an ambassador to the United Nations Association of America, all you have to do is pay the association, which is a nationwide, non-profit educational organization.   People who donate $500 are called patriots; people who donate $1000 are called ambassadors.   Maclean never did that though, said John Brenan, membership director.

How it worked

This was the way Maclean operated, according to the government: He would go into a bank and open an account.   The bank would send him checks for the account.   Maclean would return to the bank and close the account.   Afterward, he’d write checks to people, and they would get notices saying the account had been closed.

Maclean allegedly got a stamp made that would show the checks had been cleared.   He would go to the bank with the check, and when the bank said the account had been closed, Maclean denied having closed the accounts.

Jacob Cohen, owner of the Hot Spot Deli in Ashbury Park, learned about the system the hard way.   Cohen catered a party for Maclean on April 30 to announce his candidacy.

The candidate called back a week later to say the $137 check he had written for the party was no good, but he would be sending another, Cohen said.   When Cohen called the Virginia bank, he was told the account was closed more than a month before.

In the interview last month, Maclean denied he ever wrote the check, although Cohen later produced the check.   Cohen said that on the day Maclean withdrew his name from the ballot, he showed up at the deli and made good on what he owed.



We, ANZMI would like to preface this report with this comment.   No doubt, when this report appears on our Website there will be angst and insults from contemporaries and allies of Norbert Keough, some of those people already have found a place on our Website because of their lies.   No doubt, Mr Keough himself will lead the charge against us.   ANZMI will be accused of being veiled website assassins, homophobic, and much, much more.   We are used to that.   Before reaching for the keyboard to pass judgement on us, think of this.   ANZMI did not seek out Norbert Keough, he put himself out there, he created the story that is now falling in around him, he is the one who threatened genuine veterans who expressed concerns about him, both in Australia and the United States.   Norbert Keough has sought public recognition for his efforts, but with that recognition comes scrutiny.   Mr Keough has actively sought to remove much of the details of his background from the public record.   This is right, but he must also remember that once documents are made public there is a right to question his credentials.   Yes, he may threaten legal action, and yes, he may suggest that it is his sexuality that is behind this report and yes, his political allies may challenge ANZMI, but that still does not excuse his actions, nor does the written record lie.    

And now to the Facts:

With all the illumination of a star burst shell, Norbert KEOGH appeared in the ranks of the NSW RSL and became quiet a mover and shaker, initially through the North Bondi RSL Sub Branch and various veteran’s organisations and projects such as the “Keep 45 Alive”, an RSL project aimed at remembering World War 2 Veterans, he maintained a close relationship with past and present executive members of the RSL.   Norbert seemed destined for a stellar career in the NSW RSL, that is until people started to question him about his service and a bit of a smell started to appear.

When Norbert Keough was treading the boards of the NSW RSL, he managed to create for himself quite a persona.   In his day, a google search would have found a lot of information about Norb, primarily the information he wanted you to know.   He was certainly wanted it to be known he was an important cog in the wheel and managed to link himself with some notable identifies:

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The entire article (assuming its author has not removed it) can be found at:

He has also managed to write (or his biographer wrote) quiet a well researched history of Norbert, this can be found at:

This is a very demanding read, so make yourself a cup of coffee before delving into the life of Norbert Keough.   If you are able to work your way through the pages of rhetoric, claims of false convictions, failed appeals and the classic ‘everyone has it in for me’ complex.

Whoever wrote the article, and we think we know who it was, has an intimate knowledge of Norbert, and despite the lengthy legalese used throughout is there any evidence whatsoever that Norbert Keough was not discharged from the US Navy after pleading guilty, and being found guilty of fraud at a Court Martial.

Norbert Keough, or ‘Norb’ as he likes to be called presents himself as a distinguished veteran of the US Navy, a Gulf War Veteran, a champion of veteran’s rights, and a non-practising Barrister.   Don’t however, challenge Norb’s credentials as he is very keen to litigate.   We wonder why?

The truth is, Norb is nothing but a fraud.   Yes, he did serve in the US Navy but if you can call being discharged after being Court Martialled ‘distinguished’ you probably believe the rest of his stories.

After threatening a number of senior members of the RSL with legal action for daring to ask legitimate questions about his past, Norb relocated to Tasmania where he reinvented himself in the Tasmanian RSL and picked up work with Jackie Lambie as an advisor on Veterans Affairs.   It also seems Norb is keen to have a tilt at politics.

Norb has created the image of a distinguished US Navy Veteran to enhance his public image, but in doing so, has left a trail of confusing photographs which depict changing medal entitlements, service not consistent with the published record, and lies about his actual service history.

This includes,

  1. Wearing the US Presidential Service Badge (Not entitled)
  2. Wearing US Medals associated with Service in the Gulf War (1990-1991) namely the Kuwait Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia and the Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kuwait


Norbert Maclean III (Keough) enlisted in the US Navy on the 1st November 1989 and was discharged following a Court Martial on 29th August 1994.   Keough was the subject of a Court Martial for several counts of writing bad cheques which totalled over $US8000 and a charge of AWOL.

Early on in his career with the RSL in NSW, Norb was photographed a number of times at various functions.   In these images (above) he is clearly seen wearing the US Presidential Service Badge.

The criteria for the award of this decoration is:

‘The PSB is awarded after at least one year of satisfactory service "to any member of the Armed Forces assigned to duty in the White House Office or to military units and support facilities under the administration of the Military Assistant to the President by the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Air Force, or, when the Coast Guard is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Secretary of Homeland Security, upon recommendation of the Military Assistant to the President". It is accompanied by a certificate and miniature lapel version. The PSB is recorded in the individual's military service records and is authorised for wear as a permanent decoration.

Recipients are, other than the President and uniformed members of the U.S. Secret Service, the only Americans authorized to wear the "Presidential Seal or Coat of Arms" on their uniforms and civilian clothes.’

There is no record of this decoration having been awarded to Norbert Keough/Maclean III, and it appears for reasons only known to himself, he has ceased wearing it as far as we know.  

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The dates of service have been confirmed by US Navy Records.   The Court Martial took place in 1992 and following that conviction, he took Leave Without Pay (LWOP) from the date of conviction until discharge while appealing the Court Martial findings.   Information from the US indicates that Keough spent 120 days in a military prison awaiting Court Martial.   Following the finding of GUILTY, a further custodial sentence was commuted for time already served in custody. From enlistment to discharge is a period of about 56 months.   Details on the Court Martial will be provided later in this report.   Suffice to say, that following a number of appeals, Keough was successful in having the AWOL charge overturned, but the finding of the Court Martial that he be dishonourably discharged (bad conduct discharge) was upheld.  Despite numerous appeals by Keough, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE to support claims the Court Martial decision to discharge Keough has ever been overturned.

Navy Times 06-13-94 Issue


By Nick Adde

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An avowedly gay sailor discharged for writing bad
checks sued the Navy for $40.1 million, claiming he was drummed out for a
crime he did not commit.

Norbert Basil MacLean III, 23, was convicted by general court-martial in
1992 on three counts of writing bad checks, totaling $8,169. He was
sentenced to confinement for 40 months, forfeiture of all pay and
benefits, reduction in grade to E-1, and a bad conduct discharge.

Because MacLean pleaded guilty, the judge reduced his jail time to 118
days, which he had served. He is on leave without pay from the Navy while
appealing the case.

MacLean said he is the victim of a "conspiracy" by Navy superiors and
criminal investigators. His commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert W. Cosgriff,
asked the Naval Investigative Service to watch him, the sailor said.
"Apparently, they found out I was gay at that time," he said.

But papers filed by prosecutors during MacLean's court martial tell a
different story.

Cosgriff, then commanding officer at the Naval Security Station in
Washington, D.C., received numerous reports from local merchants that
MacLean had bounced checks, according to prosecutors. As a result,
Cosgriff asked the NIS to investigate the sailor, who at the time worked
for Richard Armitage, a senior State Department official in the Bush

MacLean's sexual orientation became known only when he announced it, Navy
sources said.

MacLean claimed the bounced checks were caused by direct deposit
foul-ups. The Navy would not comment. on MacLean's claims.

The troubles with direct deposit were deliberate, Mac Lean said, part of
a "malicious" attempt to remove him from service. He said he pleaded
guilty because his command was holding him in the brig until he did so.

MacLean's court-martial appeal is pending before the Navy-Marine Corps
Court of Military Review. The government must respond to his civil suit
by July 20.

The part of appeal (regarding the AWOL) was overturned, however no evidence can be found to support his claim that the conviction for fraud and subsequent discharge was ever over turned.   There have been numerous attempts by Keough to murky the waters, and numerous appeals by him.   The simple fact is he is guilty and his conviction recorded in his 1992 Court Martial stands today.   Evidence of some of his appeal can be found at:

Norbert Maclean III came to Australia an about 2008 and reinvented himself as Norbert Keough.

As is clearly identified in Keough’s Service Record, he was awarded four (4) US Awards:

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Ribbon
  • Navy ‘E’ Ribbon
  • Navy Rifle Marksman
  • Navy Pistol Marksman  

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Early on in his RSL NSW career, Norb was photographed wearing medals, consistent with the record, with a couple of (what are believed to be) US Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadet medals (unofficial) which would have been awarded to him when he was a member of his school’s ROTC (School Cadets) unit.

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 The above image, despite being in black and white depicts the young Cadet Norb wearing two decorations which look very much like those being worn in his early RSL career.

Not listed on the record is evidence of the award of South-West Asia Service Medal for service in the Philippines.   It is for this service that he was allegedly awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal, which came with a rather verbose certificate.   The authenticity of this certificate has also been questioned by US veterans, however as no evidence is available to refute the claim, we have given him the benefit of the doubt.   Importantly, the dates recorded on the certificate indicate he was performing these exceptional duties from June 1991 to September 1991.

Now, this is where Norb’s service history gets interesting.   If we accept the US Navy record as fact, he enlisted on 1st November 1989, and completed basic training (10 weeks).   Allowing for Christmas 89-90 he completes this training in mid-January 1990.   He then undertakes specialist training and as can be seen in the next image, graduates on 11 May 1990.    

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In this image, Norbert Keough can be seen wearing the rank of Seaman (E3).  

So, the question is, where was Norb from May 1990, until June 1991 when he allegedly appears a Petty Officer Third Class working for the Special Negotiator, US/Philippine Base Negotiations office?   Well, thanks to our friends in the United States we have found out what he was doing on New Year’s Eve 1991.   Norb was pretending to be an Ambassador with the United Nations and after booking into the Presidential Suite of a flash hotel in Ashbury Park, then threw a swank party, even going so far as to have a car park reserved for his official vehicle and demanding that the staff refer to him as Mr Ambassador, and had red carpet from the doorway of his suite to the elevator.


This very enlightening article about Norb, it quiet succinctly sums up the circumstances which lead to his Court Martial.   A very different story than he would have us believe.    

We now know from the evidence available that from New Years’ Eve 1991, Norb was busy partying and writing dodgy cheques as detailed in the article above from the Ashbury Park Press until June 1991.   That leaves us with a six-month period from May 1990 (graduation from training) and December 1990 (known to be in US).  

If his story is to be believed, this is the only period of time he could have served in the Gulf War.   He certainly claims to have done so.

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How times change, Norb appears to rid himself of some of the unofficial medals to make was for the Kuwait Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia and the Kuwait Liberation Medal – Kuwait.  

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By his own timeline and the evidence trail left by him, there is no possible way Keough could have served in the Gulf War during the period needed to qualify for the awards he wears.

Knowing what we do about Norb’s story so far, we turn our attention to the ‘wings’ he wears above his medal rack.   Contrary to popular belief, these are not aircrew insignia but rather, a US Navy award known as the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia.

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There is no doubt this is the award he is wearing.

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The qualification requirements for the award of the EAWS badge are quite extensive and rather than recount them here, the reader is invited to follow the link to Wikipedia for a detailed explanation of the award.

Clearly, given the information already at hand, there is no possible way that Norbert Keough completed this qualification, nor does it appear on the extract of his service record provided under the Freedom of Information process.

The award he wears should not be confused with the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Badge which typically takes 18 months to achieve, there is simply not enough time in his timeline for him to have achieved all he claims.   It is as simple as that.

ANZMI has been investigating Norbert Keough’s claims following numerous requests from Veterans in NSW and Tasmania, for many months however we have not been alone.   In October 2017, the Sydney Morning Herald published the results of their own investigation, which can be found at:

Keough’s response to the Sydney Morning Herald was the same as it has been for everyone else who has dared to question his credentials, - he threatens legal action rather than explain the glaring anomalies in his story.

The facts in this case are straight forward once you cut through the maze of falsehoods left by Keough.   He is wearing medals and decorations he is not entitled to wear, and by virtue of the US Navy regulations, a person discharged by Court Martial is not entitled to wear any medals, even those awarded during service.   (Reference: The Navy Uniform Regulations, Chapter 6, paragraph 61002, sub paragraph 7).

Norbert Basil Keough (aka Maclean III) is a fraud, he has been a fraud most of his adult life and he has clearly been caught out wearing medals for service in the Gulf war for which he has not entitlement at all.   So why is he a member of the RSL?   Perhaps the Tasmanian RSL can do the research we have done to uncover the truth as everything about Norbert is in the public domain.






As can be seen from the information above, Norb is quiet the litigate, but as can be clearly seen, all his appeals have been denied.   The Court Martial findings stand.

After his discharge from the Navy, Norb made numerous appearances in US Newspapers, telling his story of how he has been wronged, so it is ironic that these very same newspaper stories bring him down.   Take the following report for example, the article provides evidence of a Court win by Norb, but it’s what is doesn’t say that is interesting.   Norbs service in the Navy is detailed for all to see, but nowhere does it mention service in the Gulf War.   An oversight? we think not


No doubt, ANZMI will be threatened with legal action because of this report, but before shooting the messenger, remember it is Norbert Keough who has sought publicity, it is he and his supporters who have suggested he will stand for election, so as a public figure, is it not right that he answer the genuine concerns of the Veterans community raised in this report?   We at ANZMI think yes.

Much of the rhetoric used by Keough in attacking those who challenge him is to play the homophobic card.   His sexuality has nothing whatsoever to do with this issue.   He has set out from day one to deceive and to portray himself as a veteran that he is not, the time has come for him to answer the obvious questions and explain his lies.

Is Norbert Keough/Maclean III a fit and proper person to be elected to Parliament?   Well, that is clearly a decision for the voters.   Is Norbert Keough/Maclean III a fit and proper person to be a member of the RSL, or to advocate on Veterans issues?   Clearly the answer is NO.

Call us keyboard warriors if you will, but this is what ANZMI does, it exposes those among the Veteran community who are nothing but frauds, those people who ingratiate themselves into Veterans organisations and get their way by shouting down the silent majority of genuine Veterans who would dare to challenge stories that simply don’t ring true but can’t afford or fear the stress of legal action, albeit veracious legal action which is the common response of the wannabe and fraudster.

This is why ANZMI is here.

Surname: Richardson.
Christian Names: Robert William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Greensborough
Service #: 37874
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry Clerk
Commencement of service: 14 Aug 1961
Completion of service: 19 May 1969
Case Notes:



"The pen is mightier than the sword" coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, indicating that communication (particularly written language), or in some interpretations, administrative power or advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct violence. Wikipedia.


In the case of Robert William Richardson, could be !!

ANZMI respect the service of all men and women who have served in the New Zealand and Australian Defence Forces. It matters not, what Branch or Units of the Military one served. It does matter though, when imposters embellish their service to gain benefits that would not otherwise have been received, had they not lied or put themselves out there as war heros.

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The above photographs depict former Private Robert William Richardson OAM, leading 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) component of the Melbourne ANZAC day marches. He has led the Unit on Anzac Days since 2000.

The gentleman behind Richardson, (second photograph) and bearing the United States 173rd Airborne Brigade blue and red standard, is a former member of that Brigade. He has specifically requested ANZMI not to delete his face from this exposure. We will not name him here, but he proudly represents the 173rd Airborne Brigade with 1 Battalion RAR on Anzac Day Marches.

Robert William Richardson was born on the 17 February, 1941. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the Australian Army. He completed recruit training at Kapooka Army Base, Wagga, New South Wales, (NSW), and was posted to 1 Battalion, (RAR) Holsworthy, NSW. In 1964, Richardson qualified as a Clerk (GD) and was posted into a Clerk’s position in B Company, 1 RAR as a Lance Corporal.

On the 27 May, 1965, Richardson was posted to then Republic of South Vietnam with 1 RAR. His duties were clerical, a sedentary role.

In August 1965, Richardson was demoted to the rank of Private for neglecting orders in regards to local leave. He was then transferred to Battalion Headquarters as a Private. (Clerk) He served in South Vietnam until his return to Australia on the 9 June, 1966. He was never deployed on any operations during his Vietnam tour. He remained on base and performed his allotted clerical duties.

During his time with 1 RAR, Richardson was posted to Battalion Headquarters, Bien Hoa, an American Military Base, 25 kilometres north of Saigon. 1 RAR was the first Australian Army Infantry Battalion to be posted to South Vietnam, and as such Australian logistical support was limited. Therefore, 1 RAR came under operational command of the US Army Commander , 173rd Airborne Brigade.

1 RAR conducted numerous operations within the Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR) and also in the Mekong Delta with the US Brigade. One of the major operations undertaken was Operation Crimp.

Operation CRIMP (8 – 14 Jan 66) (Courtesy 1 RAR Association Website.)

1 RAR, with under command 3 Fd Tp (minus), in direct support 105 Fd Bty. West-central Binh Duong province, 37 km WNW of Bien Hoa air base. A brigade search and destroy operation, 1 RAR being the blocking force for 173d Bde, which was operating in conjunction with 3d Inf Bde (US) both being commanded by HQ lst Inf Div (US). The brigade AO was centered in the general area of the Solirene plantation, nine km WSW of Bien Cat, and the 1 RAR AO of thirteen sq km was central within the brigade AO. Generally flat terrain, with areas of rice, jungle, and rubber plantations. The operation was directed at the destruction of the Saigon- Cholon-Gia Dinh Special Sector Committee, believed to be located in the southern portion of the long-established VC base area, the ‘Ho Bo Woods’; the Committee was protected by up to two VC main force battalions. Deployment by helicopter, directly from Operation 18/65 ‘MARAUDER’ via Bao Trai.
Results: Casualties: own: KIA 8, WIA 29; VC: KIA 27, wounded/escaped 7. Twelve VC suspects detained, and many civilians evacuated. Extensive multi-level tunnel systems were broken into by 1 RAR; these included a headquarters complex, reproduction centres, dispensaries and a hospital. A major arms cache and a rice store (fifteen tonne) were located. The operation was notable for the 7488 documents captured, primarily by I RAR.

The battalion completed its tour of duty and on the 1st June 1966 began the move back to Australia. The cost to the battalion was 23 killed, 114 wounded and 2 bodies not recovered. 1 RAR marched through Sydney on the 8th June 1966 and received a magnificent welcome from the thousands of people lining the streets. The battalion returned to Gallipoli Barracks, Holsworthy. End.

Private Robert Richardson was not deployed on Operation Crimp. He was back at the Bien Hoa base fulfilling his duties as a BHQ Clerk, including the completion of pay records and leave entitlements for the operational troops fighting in the field..

Following Richardson’s uneventful tour of South Vietnam, he remained in the Australian Army until he discharged on the 10 May, 1969. His discharge is recorded as “Retention in the Military Forces not being in the best interest of those forces.” This was due to 9 convictions of false pretences in obtaining goods by a Victorian Court.

Unfortunately, his convictions in the Victorian Court did not stop him from continuing his nefarious ways as a false pretender.

In 1980, the following occurred.

From Signed statements obtained -; .

Melbourne Age newspaper article 5 June 1980.

In June 1980, in response to a story that appeared in the Age newspaper on the 3 June 1980, by a Viet Cong soldier, who claimed that he had fought against 1 RAR during Operation Crimp in 1966, Richardson embellished his war service record through a Vietnam War story, “War’s bitter memories close to home, ” which Richardson gave to the Age newspaper Melbourne. Richardson called the Age newspaper and gave his account of Operation Crimp, and what he had experienced on that Operation.

Richardson informed the Age reporter:
“That this is one operation I will not forget” Richardson said, “ I reckon it was the beginning of all my troubles”.

The trouble with this statement is that Mr Richardson was a Clerk (GD) 40 km away from the location of Operation Crimp and took no part in the Operation Crimp or any other operation in his tour of duty.
Mr Richardson told the “The Age” reporter that he had fought against the former Viet Cong second lieutenant on Operation Crimp. ‘He also stated that he had no resentment towards him’ he said “If anything I suppose I am more bitter towards the Australian Government for the conditions under which we went”.



* Richardson stated his job was to count the casualties of Operation Crimp--- in his own words a “bastard of a job”
* Richardson then ridiculed, insulted and made inflammatory and unsubstantiated comments about the American soldiers. (173rd Airborne Brigade). Richardson made false and misleading claims about the American Pilots stating that they had sprayed him and the rest of 1RAR with Agent Orange whilst he was on Operation Crimp.

* Richardson also stated that all of his battalion were left “non – operational “for several days after they were sprayed.
* Richardson also claimed that he himself was chemically poisoned by being sprayed with Agent Orange, whilst on Operation Crimp.
* Richardson claimed the Battalion had lost two members KIA on Operation Crimp. The truth was 1RAR had lost 8 KIA and 29 WIA.
* Richardson false story has also been reported in USA on a Vietnam Veterans web site (Wounded Times) in April 2014, and was condemned as lies and fraud; this web site gets 1 million hits a month.
* Mr Richardson made up the entire story as he was not on Operation Crimp. His story was total lies and his fraud misled the Australian general public and in particular other Vietnam veterans that had served with 1 RAR in Vietnam on Operation Crimp
. End.

On the 10 June, 2002, Richardson was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for service to the welfare of veterans and their families, and to the community.

Not satisfied with his new found fame as a fully fledged Operational Infantry soldier, in 1 Battalion RAR, South Vietnam, and a recent recipient of the OAM, Richardson then convinced the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Media Unit in 2004, that they should record his “outstanding” feats of military greatness.

The DVA Media Unit then recorded 3 videos with Richardson, where he falsely stated his experiences of “patrolling and fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, and his worst operation of all, being Operation Crimp, and the tunnels of Cu Chi.”

A Senior Melbourne Herald- Sun newspaper Journalist interviewed Richardson about his claims, that he took part in Operation Crimp. Richardson was also asked about the contents of the 3 Vietnam War videos, that he had made for the Australian Vietnam War educational web site.

Richardson conceded that his 1980 Age newspaper claims of storming Viet Cong tunnels in one battle was "faulty", and that he took no part in the operation. He also admitted that his video about Operation Crimp was also not 100% accurate and not true.

The Herald- Sun newspaper articles were published on the 16 March 2014 and again on the 4 April 2014. The headlines were:


After being viewed by about 300,000 people, the 3 videos have now been removed from the DVA Educational web site.

From Signed statements -;

When finally in 2014 Richardson was exposed and cornered as a liar and a fraud, he then told the 1 RAR investigation Officer Brigadier Neil Weeks AM MC 1 RAR Vietnam second tour that he was involved in a Vietnam vehicle accident on the 9th August 1965 and that a Digger 1 RAR (driver) and two 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers were killed in the accident .And like all his other Vietnam War stories this story was again total lies and fraud.

As a result of Richardson’s continuing fraudulent claims of Vietnam service the following has occurred. –

From Signed statements -;

1. His appointment as a Justice of the Peace for the State of Victoria has been revoked,.
2. As a result of the Herald-Sun newspaper stories in March/April 2014, and complaints about Mr Richardson's lies and false Vietnam War stories from 1RAR and 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam veterans 1965/66, the First Battalion Association of the Royal Australian Regiment commenced an investigation into Mr Richardson's Vietnam War service claims. The result was that Mr Richardson was found guilty of:
3. Mr Richardson was not on Operation Crimp and took no part in the Operation.
4. That Mr Richardson was not sprayed by an American C130.
5. That 1RAR was not made non-operational for a number of days.
6. Mr Richardson was admonished for bringing the good name of the 1RAR Association into Disrepute and banned from any position of responsibility for two years; the real effect is for life.
7. That Mr Richardson was found guilty of loose wording during interviews and bravado.
8. It was found that Mr Richardson claims that he identified the killed and wounded of 1 RAR on Operation Crimp, was false and totally untrue.
9. Mr Richardson claims about the 173rd Airborne Brigade (separate) were blatantly wrong, and there was no truth in his claims regarding the American soldiers waiting for 1RAR clearing the area before they would go through.
10. Mr Richardson claimed that 1 RAR lost 2 killed in the Age newspaper story was not true .In the DVA Vietnam War video about Operation Crimp, Mr Richardson claimed 1RAR lost 5 killed .The actual amount 1RAR lost was 8 killed and 29 wounded on Operation Crimp.

Representations have also been made by members of 1 RAR to the office of the Governor General, to have Richardson’s award of the OAM revoked.

Richardson is a Grandstander without credibility.. He has let down his former mates in 1 RAR, members of US 173rd Airborne Brigade and his family. His role as a clerk, with all the comforts of a Base Camp, is far removed from his claims of fighting the Vietcong in the jungles of Vietnam.

He has received unearned respect, recognition and benefits from his deceit. He is an imposter, who should return his OAM as a moral gesture. He has absolutely no credibility for this prestigious award..

Richardson's false claims of combat service are not dissimilar to Anthony (Tony) John Flaherty, a former Catering Corps Cook in South Vietnam, 8 Battalion RAR, who also appears on this site for his own claims of combat "derring do!".

See link. flaherty

The Department of Veterans Affairs, (DVA) Investigation Section has also been notified regarding Richardson's false claims of combat service.

Surname: Pool
Christian Names: Peter James
Country: Australia
State or Province: New south Wales
City or Town: Bundeena
Service #: 2244138
Service: (ARes) Australian Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 23 July 1966
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:


Peter James Pool was born on the 15 December, 1947. He enlisted in 1 Commando Company in the part time Australian Army Reserves (Ares) on the 23 July, 1966. Records indicate that he was with 1 Commando Company until 23 December, 1968. He later transferred over to full time Reserves, Australia Regular Army. (ARA)


As a Private soldier, Peter James Pool was subsequently posted to the Australian Army ship, the “John Monash”. The John Monash was a 1400 ton Cargo ship. Photograph below -;


Service history

John Monash was built for the Associated Steamships Co. and was completed in 1955. She was purchased by the Australian Army in 1965 to provide a means of transporting cargo which was unsuitable for the Army's four Landing Ship Medium and was assigned to the 32nd Small Ship Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. She was also used as a training ship and to supply Army units deployed in South Vietnam. In the later role she completed eleven voyages to South Vietnam between 1965 and 1972.The ship was sold in 1975 to a foreign company

Source Wikepedia.

Between the 25 October, 1969 and the 7 December, 1969, John Monash sailed from Australia to South Vietnam with vital cargo for the Australian war effort. According to the Vietnam Nominal Roll, Peter Pool was a member of the crew. The ship returned to Australia on the 7 December, 1969, 44 days later..

In the recent photograph above, Peter James Pool is wearing the following medals.
1. Australian Active Service medal. Entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. (28 days or more Vietnam waters) Entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
4. Anniversary of National Service Medal. Purchased. Not entitled.
5. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. RVCM (181 days in Vietnam) Purchased. Not entitled.

Usually, the ship on arrival in South Vietnam, unloaded stores within a day or two, and then returned directly to Australia. It was called the “Shuttle Run” by those associated with her.

Operational service for all crew members on these voyages is calculated from the time the ship departed the last Australian port, until it returned to the next Australian port.

In the case of Peter Pool, 44 days.

Below is a copy of his Vietnam War Service from the Vietnam Nominal Roll -;

Vietnam War Service

Veteran Details

Name POOL, Peter James
Service Australian Army
Service Number 2244138
Date of Birth 15 Dec 1947
Rank Private
National Service No
Corps Royal Australian Infantry Corps
Honours None for display
Unit History
Unit Name Start Date End Date
32 Small Ship Squadron (AS 3051 John Monash) 25 Oct 1969 07 Dec 1969 44 DAYS

Peter Pool is not entitled to wear the following medals. He has not been officially awarded them. He has purchased them, paid to have them court mounted, and added them to his genuine 3 medals illegally.

1. Anniversary of National Service Medal.



The Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal is a commemorative medal awarded to Australians for their service in post-war national service schemes. Wikipedia.

Pool was not an Australian National Serviceman.

2. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.


The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to Australian military personnel for service in South Vietnam during the period 31 July 1962 to 28 March 1973. The requirements for the award are: at least 181 days service, either continuous or aggregated, unless killed on active service (KIA); or wounded in action (includes psychological injury) and evacuated (medically evacuated other than being wounded does not meet requirement for medal); or captured and later released or escaped. Wikipedia.

Pool did not service in the qualifying area for the required 181 days.

ANZMI sent Peter Pool an email to his current email address, and invited him to respond to the fact that he wears the two un-awarded military medals.

He failed to respond.

Peter James Pool is a Medal cheat and an imposter. He has no right to wear them.

Pool is a Director and owner of Australian Specialised Defence Equipment (ASDE), Sydney. This Company has provided equipment, under contract, to the Australian Defence Force. Pool should have more sense than to wear medals that he has not earned.  

He should remove the un-awarded medals immediately, and apologise to the President, Committee, and all his fellow members at the Bundeena RSL Sub Branch in Sydney, for his lack of respect for the Australian Honours System and Defence Force protocols..

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