A family friend offered to take Nicholson's wife to a
Department of Veteran's Affairs office to initiate a
pension claim for him but he forbade her to do this
because DVA had thrown his claim out years ago.
Last Anzac Day, 25/4/05, Nicholson spent the day at
Dandenong, Victoria, Returned Services Leagues Club
being bought many beers by patrons who listened to his
tales of war service in Vietnam as a Colonel in the
On the day he told his
listeners that he was confined to a wheelchair due to
having been shot in the back while serving in Vietnam.
didn't wear medals because he "had thrown them away"
Nicholson claims he was a National Serviceman who rose
through the ranks to Colonel but he forgets in which
state he was conscripted, sometimes it's NSW and
sometimes it's Victoria.
A former AATTV member questioned Nicholson on behalf of
the family to ascertain whether he is a Veteran or not.
It was determined that Nicholson had never dragged on a
boot in his country's service.
Three of his most transparent tales of Vietnam are as
told to the Veteran:
had to "rescue" a SAS patrol when they ran into trouble
[enemy contact] and during a helicopter rope extraction
a Soldier fell to his death but he can't remember any
names of those involved. This Soldier is still listed as
had to rescue his troops who had been caught in ambush.
During this incident he had to rescue his current wife's
estranged father who had been shot and mortally wounded,
this man died in Nicholson's arms.
This lady has since discovered that her father did not
serve in Vietnam.
Nicholson claims that it was during this 'rescue" that
he himself was shot in the back.
had to go and rescue more of his men. After the pilot of
the helicopter he was riding in was shot, he flew the
aircraft. This aircraft was subsequently shot down and
burned causing three Australian lives to be lost.
Nicholson stated that this loss of life could have been
avoided but the "idiots on the ground stuffed up",
one of these Soldiers is still listed as MIA.
Nicholson has loosely quoted three incidents that
Editors note; An Australian Soldier who was on
the ground and killed during this actual helicopter
crash in 1971 (No.3)
was known to one of our CPMH members. Corporal "Blackie"
Blackhurst was the advisor on the ground who Nicholson
says "stuffed up"
Nicholson is the idiot who has "stuffed up" by
besmirching the name of a good soldier who died doing
his job in trying to save the lives or four Vietnamese
Regional Force Soldiers.
There will be no forgiveness shown by this CPMH member, nor by
the former AATTV advisor who supplied us with
information on Nicholson and knew both Corporal
Blackhurst and one of the soldiers listed as MIA. Any
apology tendered by Nicholson will be rejected by them
and so this story will remain here.
Nicholson had difficulty in remembering where he did his
recruit training but states that he was such a good
soldier he bypassed Infantry Corps training and was
posted directly to Townsville, QLD, to a unit he can't
remember the designation of. He was rapidly sent from
this unit to SAS as a Colonel and then to Vietnam.
Another version of his
tales says he was sent directly from recruit training to
a special unit in Vietnam.
Nicholson further stated that he was
the Commanding Officer of 3 Cavalry Squadron, an
Ordnance unit and D Company 4th Battalion during the
cleanup after all Australian fighting troops left
Vietnam in 1975. Yes, 1975, this is not a typo. These
units left Vietnam in early 1972.
Did we carry out our
normal searches for documents that may support his
stories? No, here's one reason why. He was born in
1958. National Service conscription finished and the
last fighting and advisory troops left Vietnam when he
was 14 or 15 years old.
Whether he served in some reserve unit at some time is
very doubtful and is not of concern here, our concerns
are with his outlandish claims of service in Vietnam.
There is more information on Nicholson and his failure
to answer appropriate questions but what you read above
should be sufficient for us to brand this fool as a
wannabe, he deserves his lifetime entry on this page.
We sent a letter to Nicholson
asking for an explanation of his stories and actions but
at time of publication no reply had been received
directly from him. We did, however, receive an email
from someone who telephoned him to ask about his
reaction to our letter. This email states, "He
says he has nothing to answer to, he says he has never
posed as a vet"
you have it, this spineless bag of excrement felt very
comfortable terrorising his family with his garbage and
sucking up free beer at the Dandenong RSL but when the
hard questions were asked, he went to water. A typical
wannabe, a despicable specimen of same.
For those of our
readers who think we're kicking a bloke when he's down,
think about this. Nicholson had been carrying on with
his lies for at least twelve years before he had a
Naturally, the memories of
the former AATTV Veteran and our CPMH member had been
vividly awakened due to the exposure of this
disgusting wannabe. How does this creature compensate
for the dreams they are having right now? He
wouldn't know and would care even less. Sleep well Mr.
Nicholson but open your mouth again and you'll find
yourself in very deep trouble.
There's a message in this story for our readers. If you
know someone who won't allow friends or family to
contact the Department of Veteran's Affairs on his or
her behalf, that's a big red warning flag. There's an
even chance that you have discovered a wannabe. All
Military records over thirty one years old are
available. Apply to
firstname.lastname@example.org supplying branch of
service ie. Army, Navy, Air Force or Reserves, full
name, date of birth and service number (if known). Your
local RSL or Vietnam Veteran's organisation should be
able to assist with a search of the WW II, Korea and
Vietnam Veterans nominal rolls.
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