On 22 April 2003 the following Newspaper
clipping appeared in the local newspaper.
Claims made by Schmidt in the Newspaper article
Regimental number QX21422.
His regimental number was 121422, not QX21422. His
CMF service was so ineffectual that he could not
even remember his regimental number. See his
Attestation Form that was filled out on his
enlistment, his regimental number is very clear.
Citizens Military Forces in May 1950
He joined the CMF on 11th October 1949
and was allocated to 9th Infantry
Battalion (The Moreton Regiment) as a Private
Recruit and he was discharged "At his own request"
on 12 th September 1950 still a Private
Recruit. See entry on his Record of Service:
On enlistment his rank was Private
recruit and on discharge his rank was
still Private recruit.
Volunteers called from CMF for service in
Schmidt did not volunteer for service in Korea. We
have perused records of his entire military career
and see nothing but a record of a man who never
completed recruit training in the eleven months
before he requested a discharge.
Schmidt seconded to D Company, Moreton Regiment 2/9
Battalion (Infantry) AIF.
Schmidt served for his entire enlistment of eleven
months, with 9th Infantry Battalion,
Kelvin Grove, Brisbane Queensland.
Embarked for Korea on Board HMAS Duntroon.
Schmidt never left Australia during his Citizens
Military Forces (CMF) Service and the MV Duntroon
never carried troops to Korea. Section "P" of his
CMF Record of Service detailing " Embarkations,
emplanements, Disembarkations, Deplanements and
other Major Movements" is blank – no entries
whatsoever. See Below
HMAS Duntroon disabled off the Philippines, troops
transferred to HMAS Leeuwin returned to Australia
such incident occurred. According to Senior Naval
Historical Officers, Department of Defence,
Canberra. MV Duntroon completed troop-carrying
duties in 1949/1950, and then returned to coastal
shipping duties. In the book "The Official History
of Australian the Korean War 1950 –1953" by Robert
O'Neill there is no mention of the MV Duntroon
Discharged at the end of 1950
Schmidt was discharged from the CMF on 12 September
1950. Still a Private recruit.
Schmidt also verbalises a slightly different story
about his embarkation and return to Australia. He
tells stories of his attempt to participate in the
Korea conflict, it goes like this.
"Embarked for Korea on MV Duntroon, en route the
MV Duntroon was shelled by a Russian submarine and
sunk. I survived and boarded the MV Cape Leeuwin.
I returned to Brisbane never having reached Korea
and discharged from the CMF in November 1950. I was
awarded two or three campaign medals, which I lost."
Schmidt shows around a photo of "himself" and a
group of soldiers on the wharf at "Pinkenba,
Brisbane" on the day of his dreamed up
"embarkation" and departure on the MV Duntroon.
We are reliably advised that the person circled,
that Schmidt purports to be himself, is in fact a
Lieutenant, and the Lieutenant and the soldiers in
the photo, are all from 4 Platoon, B Company 3
rd Royal Australian Regiment. The photo was
taken in Korea very soon after the very famous
battle of Kapyong on the 23rd and 24th
The same photograph hawked around by Schmidt as his
embarkation evidence unfortunately (for Schmidt)
appeared in the Brisbane Daily Mail on the 24
th April 1994 as a story about the battle of
Kapyong and depicts soldiers of 3rd
Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
Pillar of the community, RSL
President and ex School Principal
Colin Schmidt is a pillar of the Kingaroy community
and (until now) a very respected veteran of the
Korea conflict, a retired school principal, a former
six term president of the Returned Services League
(RSL) and still a senior and very active member of
the League. We visited Kingaroy and photographed
their honour board, that shows Schmidt as serving as
President in 1992,1993,1996, 1997,1998 and 1999.
Schmidt claims RSL membership and veteran status on
the basis of embarking for service in Korea in 1950.
As per his newspaper story. – Now that you have
seen his service records it can only be concluded
that everything he has said about embarking for
Korea is a lie. He served his whole term in the CMF
at Kelvin Grove, Brisbane from 11 th
October 1949 to 12th September 1950.
Schmidt was a Private recruit, who never completed
his recruit training in his eleven months service.
is difficult to understand how a person can cope
with the knowledge that they are living a lie, and
liable to exposure at any time, exposure, that will
destroy their reputation. This is particularly so in
medium sized rural towns where prominent people are
known by most of the residents.
The Schmidt saga is an open and shut case, of a
country town becoming blinded, by a con man seeking
self-gratification by claiming to be a veteran of
the Korea conflict, when in fact his service
consists of eleven months CMF service as a Private
recruit. He chose to seek this gratification in the
local Returned Services League (RSL), in which he
has held the office of president on six occasions.
There are lots of clubs where people could gain
notoriety and respect in a country town, like Rotary
and Lions, but Schmidt, for some reason needed to be
seen as an RSL member and a returned Korea veteran.
understand an audit of membership bona fides is now
under way. If you have a Wannabe who has held the
Presidents position six times, then he could have
allowed anyone to become a member. When more than
one of these impostors gain entry they multiply
exponentially and the integrity of the RSL is very
Have no pity for Schmidt.
Genuine veterans are ordinary people, however,
unlike Schmidt, for a period of their lives they
have given extraordinary service to qualify for
veteran status. As a result of their service, many
veterans suffer mightily. Schmidt has never given
active service and never been anything but a CMF
private recruit. Should he have had the desire in
1950 to serve in Korea he could have done so, but he
chose not to do the hard yards. Now, after what he
thinks is a time beyond people's ability to expose
him as a fraud, he claims veteran status and basks
in the kudos of that status.
Schmidt, an ex school principal didn't do the hard
yards, but claims the honour, and he is exposed as a
conman, a liar and a cheat, a status that is hard to
abide in a rural Australian town.
From 1983 the minimum requirement for RSL membership
is six months continuous CMF service. Locals
reliably advise us that Schmidt was a member of the
RSL for many years before 1983. At that time
membership criterion of the RSL was that the member
be returned from active service. It can be assumed
that Schmidt has been posing as a Korean Veteran for
more than 40 years. Schmidt is not a soldier who has
returned from active service and never even
completed his CMF recruit training, yet he has risen
to the high office of president of the Kingaroy RSL
on six occasions.
The Newspaper article shown above details Schmidt's
regimental number as QX21422. Soldiers never
forget their regimental number, but if you joined
the CMF and then never really attended, perhaps you
may forget. The regimental number QX21422 belongs to
a real WW2 soldier, this could and should have been
checked by the Kingaroy RSL, who by their inaction
have aided and abetted this man in his disgraceful
support his membership of the RSL Schmidt has
developed a line of answers to deflect questions
from persons suspicious of him. His stories are so
silly that his cloak of respectability that comes
with being a local school principal must have
blinded people. Just ponder – this lying fraud
of a schoolteacher has presided over the education,
and to some extent the moral and ethical standards
of many generations of Kingaroy citizens.
As well as being a moral hypocrite,
he is also a physical thief as he wears a Korea
medal (pictured above) that he is not entitled to.
Schmidt says that he was issued with three Korea
medals but has lost them. Also he says he was never
issued with any discharge papers.
Schmidt wears one medal, after claiming to have lost
three others. The one that he wears has a regimental
number and name endorsed on it. We are reliably
advised that the name on the medal is not his, but
it belonged to a genuine RAAF Korea veteran. The
medal was presented to the Kingaroy RSL and now it
is being worn by Schmidt, - do we detect an offence
under Federal and Queensland law?
As we do with all
ex service people, we sent Schmidt a letter asking
him to explain his behaviour. A copy of our letter
is shown below.
Mr C W Schmidt
76 Haly Street
27 January 2006
Dear Mr Schmidt
Our organisation protects the honour of veterans;
you may wish to see our web site at www.anzmi.net <http://www.anzmi.net/>
It has come to our attention that you claim to be a
veteran of the Korea War.
We have been unable to find any evidence that you
served in Korea, or embarked from Australia with the
intention of serving in Korea.
We note that on occasions you have worn the Korea
It is requested that you please produce some
documentary evidence to support your claim of
service in Korea and your eligibility to wear the
We ask that you respond to this letter by the 5th
February 06. Please address your answer to
Should you choose to ignore this letter we will
consider publishing your details on our web site.
If you produce evidence that you are a genuine
Korean Veteran, we will not bother you again.
Schmidt was quick to answer our letter, and we are
sure that members of the Kingaroy RSL will be amazed
to read that Schmidt claims no involvement
whatsoever in Korea, and he claims to have found the
Korea Medal in a garbage bin and was not aware it
was an offence for him to wear this medal.
the local RSL approx 15 - 18 years ago..."
Not true Mr Schmidt.
He joined over 40
years ago when joining the Returned Services
League required the person to be a fully fledged
returned serviceman, a war veteran. How did he
manage to gain membership while not a returned
serviceman? What did he present as proof of his
war service? The answers aren't known and
probably never will be, due to the relevant RSL
documents having been deliberately destroyed.
Note that Schmidt has
decided to resign from the RSL and claims poor
health. It is suggested that the resignation is
well timed, because, there are a lot of RSL members
who will find it hard to believe Schmidt's letter
after all of the lies he has told them about his
Korean escapade, especially, the bit about embarking
from Pinkenbar on the M V Duntroon, and being
shelled by a Russian Submarine, climbing up the
cargo nets of the rescue ship, and seeing his mates
killed during this action. Schmidt lied to his
friends and deceived the Kingaroy community and now
lies to us in his letter of apology. We judge him as
a blatant liar, and expose him as a unrepentant
Wannabe who is well worthy of the wrath of the Kingaroy community.
It was not really very wise to create history by
sinking a ship, especially the very famous WW2 Troop
Carrier MV Duntroon. Schmidt says it was damaged or
sunk in 1950. The MV Duntroon was not damaged in
1950 and did not sink. The Senior Naval Historical
Officer, Department of Defence, Canberra says it had
no role in the Korean war, it was never sunk and was
towed out of Melbourne in 1960 for breaking up.
There is no doubt that Schmidt has fraudulently
posed as a Korea veteran for many years in the
Kingaroy area of Queensland and he has supported his
posing with some very "lame brain" poorly researched
Schmidt you are a fraud, now it is time to
get out of
the RSL then apologise to the citizens of Kingaroy
who, for your own gratification, you have deceived
and conned for many years.
posed as a war veteran and therefore will feature on
this site for the rest of his days.
We suggest to Schmidt and to all Wannabes polluting
our veteran community that you seek help from a
psychologist, for your devious personality defects
Below are the details off the
medal Schmidt claims to have found in the trash.
If you are the owner of the medal, or a surviving
Next of Kin of this Serviceperson and would like the
medal please contact us for information on where the
medal is currently being securely held.
||Royal Australian Air
|Service Number :
|Birth Date :
||2 October 1925
|Birth Place :
||None for display
|Days in Service :
|Prisoner of War :
|Start of service
||End of Service
|4 October 1952
||25 February 1953
||No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron
|7 May 1953
||22 May 1953
||No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron
|8 June 1953
||18 November 1953
||No. 77 (Fighter) Squadron
9 March 2006. See here
South Burnett Times
front page news.
This is published in the
public interest, particularly that of the Veteran
community. All information presented is fact and the
truth. Information was gleaned from communications
between ANZMI and Mr Schmidt and reports
received from private citizens. Statements of fact
and statutory declarations support these reports.