Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'W'

Surname: Wagner aka Ragno
Christian Names: Shane or Cosimo
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Eglington
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: None
Commencement of service: Claims 1969 to 1976
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Wagner stood in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Canberra and gazed at the Long Tan Cross that was on loan for exhibition. He also identified "himself" in a photograph taken in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in August 1969 that was accompanying the exhibition. Here is Wagner gazing at the Cross at the AWM

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We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Wagner claims to have fought in the Battle of Long Tan with D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) on the 18th August 1966.

The Statutory Declarations state that Wagner claims; He was in the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam and then served with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He said he was the youngest soldier to serve in Vietnam and became a "Sniper" with a 140 odd "strikes" to his name and he liked to work alone.

 Shane Wagner was born Cosimo Ragno in Italy in October 1951 and came to Australia as an infant. At the tender age of fifteen in 1966 he certainly would have been the youngest person to serve in Vietnam.   All Vietnam nominal rolls and data from 6RAR have been checked and, Wagner aka Ragno did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force at any time. To join the Army you had to be 17 years old and to be sent to Vietnam you had to be 19 years old. Wagner aka Ragno is a liar and a Wannabe.

We contacted two retired senior members of D Company, 6RAR and they advised that Wagner is not known by the 6RAR fraternity and did not serve with 6RAR in Vietnam or at any other time in any capacity.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Wagner to enquire about his service. Wagner said he was an ex Serviceman and he served in "Nam" with 6RAR during 1967 and 1968. Any Vietnam veteran who uses the Americanism "Nam" is immediately suspected of being a crook, then when you realise that 6RAR was not in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968 it is obvious we have found another one.

Wagner claims to have gazed at the Cross on another occasion in 1966 when it was "originally erected" in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation. Unfortunately for Wagner the cross was not erected until 1969, during 6RARs second tour of duty in Vietnam. A solemn commemorative ceremony at the newly erected Long Tan Cross was conducted in the Long Tan Rubber Plantation in Vietnam on 18th August 1969.  

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This photograph below was taken on 18 August 1969 and was also part of the AWM exhibition, those in the photograph are genuine ANZACs. The photograph was taken on the 18 August 1969. Wagner identifies himself as the third person on the left side of the photograph

 

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It is not Wagner, and we are sure that because of the 9 millimetre pistol the person is wearing he is most likely from 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, whose unit in 1966, after four hours of engagement by the 108 men of the beleaguered D Company 6RAR provided the necessary support and firepower to be able to repel the North Vietnamese and help rescue the 90 heroic survivors of D Company 6RAR.  

 Here is a synopsis of the final stages of the battle.

 AT 1900 hrs during the battle 3 Troop of 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron advanced through 'D' Company's position, carrying out a quick sweep of the area through which the attacking Vietnamese were forming up for another attack, catching the enemy on their flanks and inflicting heavy casualties.  Upon seeing the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers the enemy broke off its attack, the survivors melting away back into the jungle and leaving the Australians in possession of the battlefield.  The Australians suffered 18 men killed and 24 wounded. Of these, one of the men that had been killed was from 3 Troop.

As well as being a lying wannabe he has lied in the Magistrates Court about his non existent military service and in doing so, has perverted the course of justice. Here is what his legal representative told the Magistrate at a hearing at Maroochydore Queensland in 2013.

 

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Wagner is not, and never has been on any Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) disability benefits. Here is more of the lying palaver he has uttered.

 

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Wagner has mentioned a very honourable man (name expunged) as being his guide and mentor to get his "Entitlements" from DVA. Wagner does not know, and has never communicated with the person he has mentioned. In essence Wagner is not fit to wipe the mud off the man's boots.

There were 3,629 Australian and New Zealand casualties in the Vietnam War 521 of those died and thousands more have since suffered and died from the effects of the war. People like Wagner are a blight on the Veteran community.

Wagner falsely claims to have served in Vietnam at the famous ANZAC battle of Long Tan.

This entry will serve to advise those he has deceived that he is a liar, a cheat and a fraud.

Wagner richly deserves his years of infamy on this website.

Surname: Walkley
Christian Names: Terrence Ralph
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

In the spring edition of the newsletter, 'Over the Top' - Ringwood Victoria, Returned and Service Leagues club, included a colour photograph of a member celebrating ANZAC Day 2002 at their club rooms. Everybody knew "Terry the Pom" - he was a veteran of the British Army due to service in Borneo/Malaya and for this service he was awarded the General Service Medal, Borneo.

He had also advised anybody interested that he also had service with the Australian Army - and done a tour of duty in Viet Nam.   His vehicle bore the mandatory Viet Nam ribbons sticker and Terry had found the comfort and camaraderie particular to the Viet Nam Veteran membership of his RSL.   His active service in South Viet Nam was something that had adversely affected his health and mental well being - those close to him were concerned for his welfare.

Once the newsletter hit the streets some Viet Nam Veterans experienced warning bells.  Here was a picture of one of their own wearing his medals out of sequence.   Concerns were directed to the Executive Committee and a cursory check was completed with ANZAC House and official Military sources.    Apart from his British Army service, this charlatan had NEVER served in the Australian Army, or for that matter any branch of the Australian Defence Forces.

 

CPMH was contacted and liaised with the RSL.   It is known that the RSL corresponded with Terry and gave him a seven [7] day period of grace to either produce evidence to the contrary or explain his actions.

Walkley did neither.   CPMH contacted him and gave him twenty one [21] days to produce irrefutable documentary evidence of his Service in Viet Nam or apologise in writing to the Viet Nam Veteran community   [included with this correspondence was a copy of the new penalties for offences against the Defence Act 1903].  Terry has not replied to this letter either.

 

What should leap out to the reader is the stupidity of this individual.   Had he done the correct research he would have been aware of the precedence of wearing Active Service Medals.   The Veteran community then would not have twigged and his bogus activities would still be attracting sympathy and the encouragement of 'The Brotherhood' and his other clan of believers.

It is not known if Terry has attempted any War caused disability claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs.   It is common knowledge that DVA access this site from time to time in the interest of preserving the rights of legitimate veterans and we would encourage them to check their records to see if any such claims may have emanated.

Terry Walkley is a veteran in his own right.  Why he saw the need to embellish his status is unknown.  His obvious inaction in showing the gumption to answer all contact for his deeds has earned him a place on this site.  Had he replied to the RSL or CPMH with the appropriate apology, it would have been accepted, if he pledged to refrain from attempting to be a Viet Nam Veteran again.

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Wallis
Christian Names: Harold Gilbert
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sussex Inlet
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

R29418 Harold Gilbert Wallis DOB 21/05/1928 of Sussex Inlet NSW served 22 years with the Royal Australian Navy as a cook on RAN Ships and Shore Bases.

He served the Nation for a long period which he should be proud of, having sailed the seas and visited a number of ports. Wallis was not satisfied with that and has embellished his service. Read his story here.

We were sent a photograph of Wallis taken at the Vikings Football Club Erindale ACT showing Wallis wearing a large number of medals.

He was quoted as saying that his service record was not available due to the Secrets Act. Well Harold Wallis your records are available and on checking your service record you are now entitled to wear three medals, though at the time of your discharge from the Navy you only had the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Listed here are the medals which I will indicate the ones he is entitled to in bold and the ones he is not. I will start from left to right with the top row

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  1. United States Meritorious Medal (Not entitled)

  2. Naval General Service Medal 1915-62 (Not entitled)

  3. Defence Medal World War 2 (Not entitled)

  4. War Medal 1939-45 WW 2 (Not entitled)

  5. British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (Post WW2 un-official medal, should not be worn)

  6. Australian Service Medal WW 2 (Not entitled)

  7. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (entitled with one clasp FESR, Far East Strategic Reserve, issued after discharge)

  8. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Not entitled)

  9. United Service Medal Korea (Not entitled)

  10. Korea Medal (not entitled)

  11. General Service Medal 1962 (Not entitled)

  12. Naval General Service Medal no clasp (Not entitled, you only get the medal issued once and further clasps added to it, if entitled)

  13. Vietnam Medal (Not entitled)

  14. South Vietnam Campaign Medal (Not entitled)

  15. Australian Defence Medal ( entitled for the period of service in the Navy, issued after discharge)

  16. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal (Not entitled)

  17. Naval long Service and Good Conduct Medal (entitled issued prior to discharge)

  18. Returned from Active Service Badge (Not entitled, was never in an Active Service area)

Wallis enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy 21st May, 1946 and discharged on the 20th May, 1968. He was not old enough to serve in World War 2 and should not be wearing those medals at all.

On checking the dates of the ships he served on, only one came up as being in the Far East Strategic Reserve which was HMAS Vampire from June to December 1960 before going in for a refit until April 1961.This would entitle him to wear the ASM 45-75 with clasp FESR. You will notice in the photograph he is wearing three clasps.

Wallis did spend most of his ship time on HMAS Melbourne which was all in Australian waters. He also spent short times on other ships, but none of these ships whilst he was on board were in the waters of Korea, Malaya, Indonesia (during the confrontation) or Vietnam. Most of his service was in docks on board ships or shore bases.

As can be seen by the number of medals he is wearing and his service record, Wallis has gone right over the top in trying to fool people that he saw a lot of active service during his career with the RAN.

 He is showing a complete disrespect to the sailors he served with and the RAN and to all veterans who actually saw active service. He has brought disgrace upon himself and his family. For this he will grace our web site for the rest of his life.

 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

Surname: Walsh
Christian Names: Leo William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Service #: R49576 & 214436
Service: RAN & ARMY
Branch: RAN, RAInf, 1 SAS SQN
Commencement of service: 1953
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Every now and then, a case comes to our notice concerning an ex-serviceman who embellishes his medal entitlement, which just leaves us scratching our head and asking, why?

This is the case of Leo William Walsh, OAM an ex-serviceman who served in the Royal Australian Navy, discharged and enlisted into the Australian Army and served with distinction in the Special Air Service Regiment seeing active service in Borneo, the Malaysian Emergency, and two tours of Vietnam with SASR and 6 RAR. He is now the Curator of the Queensland Military Memorial Museum. For his service to the community through the museum, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). During his service in the Navy, he was awarded a Naval Board Commendation for Brave Conduct.

Leo Walsh was one of a select group of SAS to have seen action in Borneo and the Malaysian Emergency.

And in Vietnam during two tours.

WHY then would such a distinguished ex-serviceman embellish is service by wearing medals he has no entitlement to? Leo Walsh wears an impressive array of medals on his rack.

The medals he wears are:

OAM (General Division) - Entitled
Australian Active Service Medal 45-75 - Entitled
Korea Medal - Not Entitled
United Nations Service Medal for Korea - Not Entitled
Naval General Service Medal (1915 - 62) - Entitled
General Service Medal 1962 - Entitled
Vietnam Medal - Entitled
Defence Force Long Service Medal - Entitled
Reserve Force Medal - Entitled
National Medal - Entitled
Australian Defence Medal - Entitled
US Bronze Star - Not Entitled
Vietnam Campaign Medal - Entitled
Pingat Jasda Malaysia - Entitled

He is entitled to clasps to the medals listed above; AASM45-75 (Malaysia, Vietnam), ASM45-75 (FESR, Korea, PNG, Thailand)

Walsh served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1953 until 1959 when as his records show, he was discharged SNLR ‘Services No Longer Required’.

The Korean War broke out in 1950, and a ceasefire agreed to in 1953 effectively ‘ending’ the war. His record of service shows that he served on HMAS Tobruk from 1st September 1955 until 3rd January 1957. During this period, HMAS Tobruk deployed to Korean waters, Walsh along with all other members of the crew became entitled to The Australian Service Medal 1945 – 1975 with Clasp ‘Korea’

It can be clearly seen in the photographs of his medals, Walsh is wearing the Korea Medal and the United Nations Service Medal for Korea.

Personnel who served in Korea during the time of the Korean War are eligible to receive up to three medals; the Korea Medal, the UN Medal for Korea and the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75.

The medal was instituted in July 1951 and awarded for service in Korea between 1 July 1950 and 27 July 1953.

The United Nations Service Medal (Korea) is awarded to those members who were posted for any period with the United Nations (UN) forces in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

The medal is also awarded to personnel who served in adjacent areas like Japan and Okinawa operating under UN command or sent to support UN operations in Korea in the relevant period from 1950 to 1954.

Clearly, Walsh did not serve in Korea and has no entitlement to wear either medal. The only entitlement he has is to the ASM 1945-75 with Clasp Korea.

ANZMI contacted Walsh and gave him numerous opportunities to explain why he wears the two Korea Medals and why his name does not appear on the nominal roll of eligible veterans. His reply, below, leaves a lot to be desired.

Yet again, we are expected to believe that all supporting records have been expunged or ‘lost’. If we accept that he enlisted underage as he claims and went to Korea almost immediately after his recruit and trade training, surely it is not unreasonable that someone who he went to recruit school and trade training would remember him and be able to vouch for his story. If indeed he went to Korea you would think he could advise the job he had there, but no, every request made to him to provide this basic information has met with blank replies, health claims and threats of legal action. The whole scenario of being underage and sent to Korea is just a little hard to believe we think.

The question must be asked as to how the Department of Defence Honours and Awards were able to find records to send him the war medals, yet apparently there are no records of his ‘underage service’. Walsh would have us believe that the Navy expunged his ‘underage service record’ to avoid embarrassment to the Navy. If such a mistake was made it would be in the public interest to know how the Navy could make such a monumental error occur without records being kept. In reality, how could such a ‘secret’ be kept for so long by Walsh and those who knew him, trained with him and served with him? If you believe Leo Walsh, you must also believe that man did not walk on the Moon. The answer is of course an easy one. Leo Walsh has no entitlement to wear those medals.


The third medal in question is the US Bronze Star worn by Walsh.

The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the US Military. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the "V" device.

The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star. Foreign soldiers, as well as officers from the other Federal uniformed services are also eligible to receive the decoration when serving with or alongside a service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

A record of awardees of the Bronze Star is kept and readily accessible on the internet and includes awards to Foreign Service personnel, including Australians. As expected, a search for Leo William Walsh reveal no award was made.

A common mistake made by medals cheats who award themselves US awards and Medals is that no records of such awards were kept. The common belief that US Generals distributed medals like confetti is a misnomer. Had the award been made to Walsh in Vietnam, a record would have been made, but again no such record can be found.

Leo William Walsh wears an impressive rack of medals, reflecting distinguished service in the Australian Defence Force but he has no entitlement to three of them and by wearing them, he is committing offences against the Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
80B. Improper use of service decorations

Under other circumstances, it could be argued that Walsh is wearing these medals while in ‘period’ Army Dress, costume if you will. However, as can be seen in the photograph below, he wears them on official commemorative occasions as well.

So the question is why? Why, Leo Walsh would you sully your distinguished service in the Armed Forces? Indeed as a member of an elite Regiment such as the SAS, with service in Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam - why do you feel the need to steal the valour due to genuine veterans who saw active service during the Korean War?

We at ANZMI also have information concerning the manner in which the US Bronze Star possibly came into your possession. If this information is correct you should hang your head in shame.

With such a distinguished record of service, it is difficult to label Leo Walsh as a medals cheat, but regrettably, that is what he is. Wearing the Korean Medals is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 and those ex-servicemen and women who served with distinction in Korea. His wearing the US Bronze Star when a genuine entitlement cannot be established belittles his genuine service. His actions cannot be condoned, even by such a distinguished ex-serviceman. Let us hope that the appropriate authorities take action against him. In any event, his actions have undoubtedly tarnished the respect which should be owed to him and he must live with that. Welcome to the ANZMI website Leo Walsh.

Surname: Walter
Christian Names: Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Cobram
Service: Army
Case Notes:

Russell Walter

As a "guest speaker" at a Probus meeting in a rural part of Victoria yet another RSL Executive has been exposed as a bogus veteran - this sort of behaviour only serves to further besmirch the already damaged reputation of Australia's only true veterans' league....how much lower must the RSL be dragged before 100% justice is dealt out to those who offend ???

 

The rural Victorian tabloid "Cobram Courier" on Wednesday 15 February 2006 on its social page "Roundabout" printed details of Cobram Men's Probus Club engaging a guest speaker Russell WALTER who "spoke of International Intelligence.  Mr WALTER had led an eventful life flying 65 missions "spotting Cessnas" in Vietnam, pursuing a nursing career in 2005, before retiring to live in Barooga".

WALTER is a member of the Cobram Barooga RSL and spent almost two years on the Sub-Branch Executive Committee as Secretary.  During this period it is alleged WALTER advised those who queried his rank that he left the Army as a Major, others state he advised he was a Colonel.
With the article of his supposed Vietnam service published in the local paper, veterans began questioning the bona fides of their past RSL Sub-Branch Secretary - a glaring anomaly was his lack of command of  written English, something a commissioned officer in the Australian Army prides himself on.

ANZMI was contacted and a subsequent thorough investigation into WALTER's military history revealed that yes, he did indeed serve, he was a National Serviceman who enlisted on 24 April 1956 and was Discharged 20 March 1957 medically unfit with clinical notes attached to his file as follows: "This disability is likely to remain for such a period as to prevent the resumption of training within a period of five years - DDMS S Comd". 

WALTER was allocated to the corps of Ordnance as a Private soldier, posted from 20 National Service Battalion to 3 Stores Company and spent his 11 month Army life plagued by medical problems. 

With all the evidence at hand WALTER was contacted and asked to explain his claims of  being an Army Officer and Pilot. His replies are below including his apology directed at us. We don't accept or reject apologies, in this instance it's up to the Veteran Community at large. We will monitor all replies for or against and advise the outcome around the end of September.
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----- Original Message -----
From: Russell & Kaye Walter
To:
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 4:26 PM
Subject: reyour letter dated 27-06-06


 

    Dear Sir,
 
                 With refence to your letter dated as above i wish to inform you that at no time did i state when giving an address to a Probus club did i ever state that i was a VIietnam Veteran, nor that i flown thirty mission over Veitnan, at the time i was in Loas fling for a private air line,nor did i state that i was a major or Lieutenant Colonel.
 
                  Therefore i offer all the Vietnam veterans/R&SL,my  apologies for any misconstrue over this matter.
 
                                                                                                                                 Regards RUSS WALTER

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WALTER has denied fraudulently representing himself as a veteran - an offence under the Defence Act.
This man served his country albeit in a restricted manner - was awarded a National Service Commemorative Medal and in due course will be awarded the Australian Defence Medal, obviously he felt the need to embellish his service - and the ensuing embarrassment will be down to him.

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----- Original Message -----

From: Russell & Kaye Walter
To:
Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2006 1:23 PM
Subject: apologies

Attention  XXXXXXXXXXXXX
 
  Dear Sir.
 
              Further to your mail on 24.06.06 and my email of 28.06.06,as some 48hours has has passed i have had time to reflect on my actions of the past and in doing so i can say what a bloody fool i have been,and what injury i have caused our veteran veterns.
 
             As such i wish to again apologies to you,your members,dependants,and i can only say how bad i feel about my past mistake's.I have always held the Veitnam Veteran vets i the highest regards, and have not and would not like you think i would have a bad  word to say of them.
 
            I will not belong to our local RS.L. sub-branch nor any other branch and will not renew my member ship when it expires, once again please accept my honest apologies and if it was at all possable in the near future i would like to meet you face to face as men and discuss this matter.
 
                                                                                              Yours truly Russ Walter
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----- Original Message -----
From: Russell & Kaye Walter
To:
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:44 PM
Subject: re your email
 
Thank you for your email of to day,as i informed youi did work for a private company, but i am not in a situation whereby i am unable to disclose this inforemation to you,but i will give you some back ground of my self.
 
In 1961 i join the Chief Secreatary,s Office attached to the office of the State Insurance Commision as an investorgator reporting back to the Crown Law Dept,later i was transferred to Comberra and then went to the firm that employed whilst i was oversea,s,i spent some six month,s in Laos when i waseffected with astomach infection and was sent back to australia where some 8/10 of my stomach was removed, i would have no objection to yougeting my medical.
 
M y wife has in the time i have known me all way,s called me Colonel.
 
When i was over in Laos i was called the Major.
 
My Medals are  1 Commonwealth National Service Medal, amd the National Service Association Medal {SA] Branch INC. And id dose amaze me that the person who informed you of myMedal,s was not aware that the Medal,s were not Service Nedal,s as would be found on any of your menbers as quite a nimber of national service menbers wear same when attending servce,s.
 
                                                                                           regards Russ.I
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He apologised and then feeds us malarkey about being some sort of spook in Laos. We can't believe a word he says now.

"My Medals are  1 Commonwealth National Service Medal, amd the National Service Association Medal {SA] Branch INC."

The medal on the right was not awarded for service, it is a purchased National Serviceman's Association trinket, much favoured by those who never served overseas but feel they have to wear something on commemorative occasions as if they'd actually been somewhere and done something . If worn at all, it should be on his right breast and well below any Next of Kin medals that may be worn,where such things belong.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Walters
Christian Names: Russell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mordialloc
Case Notes:

It seems the war weary Russell “Chuck” WALTERS had just been elevated to the position of Divisional Commander of the Merimbula Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, and had already been involved in rescuing three men from rugged seas.

Utter disbelief was shared by the Ringwood R & SL members, sure, they knew “Chuck”, he had joined their Veteran's League on the 20th of June 1968 giving his date of birth as 30 June 1945 and in 1975 and 1976 he was elected and served as  Secretary on the executive of that veterans establishment.  WALTERS then transferred to the East Malvern (Vic) R & SL in 1990 and maintained membership there until 1993 when he moved interstate.  Evidence of employment whilst in Victoria is a business card showing he was the Administrative Officer with Terumo Corporation in the bayside suburb of Mordialloc (Vic),  and subsequent information  of being employed as a private investigator!  Our investigators uncovered this information from checks with our R & SL contacts.

How could it be possible that “Chuck”  served 33 years with the US military and be in Australia for all these years?   His tales of being involved in the Grenada skirmish in 1983, Panama in 1989 and then Somalia for Operation “Just Cause” in 1993 lent further disbelief in his “Walter MITTY” ramblings to the press.  On ANZAC Day 2005 in Merimbula,“CHUCK” paraded in full US Marines officers dress uniform wearing a most colourful display of combat and service ribbons – including the coveted Purple Heart  – this is part of the picture that was also published in the newspaper that initially interviewed him.


Photograph courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly

CPMH was contacted by concerned R & SL members who requested a complete investigation be carried out.  WALTERS was contacted officially on 2nd of May 2005 and given until 31st of May to reply with either proof of service or an apology to all returned servicemen.

It is obvious he chose to ignore our correspondence – so, true to our word to him, contact was made with the local press.




News articles  courtesy of Merimbula News Weekly

Some people interviewed over this pretender,treated the matter with brevity and actually had a laugh at his antics.  CPMH was most swift in reminding these folk that as patriots we take a much different view – the Australian Federal Government has recently outlaid millions of dollars in Coastal Defence for surveillance involving drug/people smuggling, illegal fishing and National Security.  WALTERS through his posturing and bogus ministrations has inveigled himself into the mesh of this governmental initiative – and this in our opinion,verges on criminal activity.

No doubt the American Embassy in Canberra will have some input into this matter once it becomes public knowledge.  CPMH will monitor all proceedings and keep our followers advised of proceedings.

 29 June 2005.   Not more than one day on the web site and the Merimbula News Weekly have  unfolded the true story of Chuck the Marines, Marine.   This should be a timely reminder to all the bogus people who check these pages to see if you have been listed,  that if you get a letter from us asking you to "please explain" your exploits and service, that you SHOULD NOT IGNORE US.   Doing this just confirms to us that there is something amiss and we will check you out via any and all means available.

In this instance, the help from the Merimbula News Weekly  and especially reporter Bethany Dortmans, was invaluable in getting the full expose on Chuck  and we thank them  for the coup de grâce on the front page of their newspaper 29 June 2005.    

The full story courtesy of the Merimbula News Weekly is shown below.
 

Military imposter exposed
Bethany Dortmans
Wednesday, 29 June 2005

Russell "Chuck" Walters has been exposed as a military imposter by the Coalition of Patriots for Military Honour [CPMH].

He has resigned as Merimbula's Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol divisional commander.

Mr Walters has admitted that the information on his military service, published in a News Weekly report, headlined "Chuck the new RVCP commander" on April 13, was false.

In the interview the article was based on, Mr Walters said that he had spent more than 33 years in the US military before retiring as a full Colonel in 1995.

He claimed to have spent two years on submarines, made two tours of Vietnam, been involved in Grenada in 1983, Panama in 1989 and in later operations in Somalia.

He also said he had served time with the Australian Department of Defence and the American Embassy.

Mr Walters, 59, provided a letter to the News Weekly on Monday, which read:

"I wish to make a full and unequivocal retraction of any and all my comments related to the article about myself which appeared in the Merimbula News Weekly on April 13.

"The information I provided was false.

"I humbly apologise to any and all persons I may have offended by comments and actions."

It is signed Russell Walters, Tura Beach.

Mr Walters' apology came hours before he was exposed on the CPMH website, www.cpmh.net, as a bogus veteran.

He is listed on the site under "cases".

But while he has apologised to the News Weekly and the public, CPMH investigator, Max Greevey, said it was going to take further action from Mr Walters before his case was removed from the site.

"Chuck will need to write letters of apology to the Vietnam Veterans of Australia, The RSL, the US Marine Corps, the US Embassy for starters," Mr Greevey said.

"Once we have these letters we contact the parties involved and ascertain whether his apologies are accepted.

"Should they all deign his contrition is deep enough - he will be removed from CPMH - with a staunch warning that should he tread the same path again he will remain on the site for life," he said.

CPMH is an association of Vietnam veterans from all services and ranks that exposes and brings federal charges against those who falsely seek military honour.

Most members have more than 20 years of military service.

The CPMH investigated Mr Walters' history after the News Weekly article sparked outrage from Victorian RSL members, who said they knew Mr Walters for more than 10 years from the late 1960s, a time when Mr Walters had said he was working for the US military.

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The CPMH investigations showed that he had joined the Ringwood RSL, in Victoria, on June 20, 1968, where he was a member until 1990, was secretary of the Ringwood RSL sub-branch in 1975-76, and transferred to East Malvern RSL in 1990, where he was a member until 1993.

These revelations uncovered inconsistencies in Mr Walters' claims, particularly his 33 years of military service.

The CPMH contacted the News Weekly with this information and the newspaper conducted its own inquiries into Mr Walters' history.

On June 22, Mr Walters spoke to the News Weekly and stood by his words, stating that all the information in the April 13 article was correct.

He showed the News Weekly paperwork on his service with the US Navy and Marine Corps from 1962 to 1967.

He could not, however, provide proof or confirmation of his operations from 1968 to 1995, saying he was not allowed to talk about it.

Mr Walters said his movements with the US Military over this time were confidential and must stay secret.

He would not let the News Weekly keep any copies of his military service papers and would not allow the interview to be taped.

Mr Walters said he regretted his original comments to the News Weekly.

"I shouldn't have expanded so much on my military career.

"But I was proud of my appointment and, in the moment, I said too much.

"In hindsight, I wish I hadn't said anything," he said.

Mr Walters then handed a signed letter of apology to the News Weekly on Monday.

A statement released by the Merimbula Coastal Patrol the same day said Mr Walters had taken the view that his position would have become untenable as a result of today's article.

"Chuck's brief tenure as commander was characterised by his dedication and administrative skills and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his resignation are regretted by all.

"The patrol, however, is a valuable Merimbula asset and must be protected for the important part it plays in our community.

"Its members will continue to work in the best interests of that community and with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism," the statement said.

Jim Hinde is now the Merimbula Coastal Patrol's acting commander.

Far South Coast Coastal Patrol captain Jim Greenshield, who oversees coastal patrol operations from Batemans Bay to the border, was one of the officials who interviewed Mr Walters for the position of divisional commander.

He had given Mr Walters his full support and said, "In my point of view, he [was] performing well as divisional commander."

Mr Greenshield said Mr Walters' military history had played no part in landing the position with the patrol.

"The main criterion for the position is management skills," he said. "And from what we gathered in the interview, we believed Chuck had the necessary training and skills for the job."

Under the Defence Act, it is a federal offence to wrongly claim to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman, and a proven offence can result in up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $3300.

It is an offence to wear a service decoration to which a person is not entitled. This may attract additional penalties.

The CPMH website says: "Worst still is the insult to genuine veterans of any conflict, who find their courage, honour and valour stolen by imposters both from within and outside their ranks.

"Each time a military imposter is left 'unexposed', it cheapens the value of every true hero, and cheapens the sacrifice that every genuine service-person and veteran makes.

"The imposter has ruined his own life with his lies."
 

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

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