A check of
available records was completed and
it was ascertained that Matthews had indeed
enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in
March 1969 and discharged three years later,
March 1972. During his entire period of service
Matthews was employed as a driver at the Army
base at Puckapunyal Victoria; he was never posted
to any other location in any other state and
definitely had NO Active Service in any theatre
of war, and therefore was NEVER awarded any
Active Service Medals, Infantry Combat Badge
or Returned from Active Service Badge.
was mailed to CPMH investigators with photographs
of Matthews wearing the Vietnam Medal ribbon
and several other ribbons on a leather vest.
Above these ribbons quite clearly can
be seen the Infantry Combat Badge.
Recently a video
was made available for CPMH viewing in which
Matthews is seen associating with genuine Vietnam
Veterans in Washington circa 1995, here he is
seen quite clearly wearing the abovementioned
illegal accoutrements of a genuine veteran from
the Vietnam conflict. Movie download here (large
file. .mpg format).
pretender, our intrepid CPMH investigator thought;
until further evidence came to hand that Matthews
had been elevated to the esteemed position of
Justice of the Peace in 1999, is the current
President of the Leongatha R&SL and has apparently
been under the microscope of the State Branch
of the Melbourne R&SL because of reports
of his bogus veteran activities.
A member of CPMH's
Victorian Team contacted Matthews by telephone,
giving him the opportunity to explain his more
than questionable actions. The result
of this conversation can be seen in his attempt
to sweep the matter under the carpet in a less
than fulsome and genuine apology he faxed to
one CPMH Team member.
fact that this ex-serviceman completed three
years of Regular Army service and would be well
and truly aware of his NON ENTITLEMENT to wear
any kind of combat or service decorations. Whilst
on the phone he alluded to training members
of the highly-esteemed AATTV (Australian Army
Training Team Vietnam) and other members of
the forces in "Combat Driving/Motor Transport"
whilst at Puckapunyal, in preparation for their
arduous service in Vietnam. Impressive
to say the least, for a Temporary Corporal with
such limited service.
CPMH have an
airtight, solid, concrete case whereby this
impostor in his own writing and during an interview
with a CPMH investigator has fallen on his own
sword: "Served 1969 to 1972 with
Cambodia service 1970 to 1971 (NO Records)".
The only truth
that he has recorded in any utterance to date,
is that are NO RECORDS - we have verified this
to our complete satisfaction.
A Justice of
the Peace who now holds a respected position
in a country town, currently the R&SL President.
How many innocent Veterans, civilians
and acquaintances of this impostor have fallen
prey to his bogus lifestyle?
CPMH will continue
to monitor the activities of Matthews and invite
him to respond further. This response is awaited
with great anticipation.
Other than his three
year's service at Puckapunyal, Matthews' claims to all
awards and experiences, are false.
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