the photograph, Bill Shaw has been presented with
the Republic of Vietnam medal -
The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm) -
this has been pinned next to the Vietnam Medal and
the Vietnamese Campaign Medal by the then President
of the Kuranda RSL.
The presentation of
this medal was organized by the then Secretary of
the Kuranda RSL the venerable Dr Barry Owen Wright
(See our cases page)
At the time when Dr Barry Owen Wright had the
rest of the Kuranda RSL management committee
dazzled with his false credentials, there were
many who were suspicious, but did nothing.
Edmund Burke the Irish political philosopher
said in 1770 "All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil is that good men do
The integrity of the veteran community is the
business of every ESO committee member and
every ordinary member. Too often we find that
had the "Burke principle" been applied
in a timely manner exposed wannabes would never
Shaw is a wannabe and one of Barry Owen Wright's
creations from the Kuranda RSL (there are more to
come). Wright is the lying ex education corps
officer who rewrote his military and civilian
history so that his mundane life as a teacher and
librarian became a kaleidoscope of heroic events and
achievements. Whilst secretary of the Kuranda
Queensland RSL, Wright encouraged and conspired with
others to allow wannabes to fraudulently participate
in RSL affairs as veterans.
What is Shaw's real story?
Shaw was never a member of any of the New Zealand
forces he is a wannabe riding on the bow waves of
dreamed up glory, made possible by the consummate
wannabe Barry Owen Wright and his mates, who had
control of the Kuranda RSL in the 1990s.
Shaw said he was in the Kiwi Navy attached to an
American River Patrol Operation
The official word from our partners across the
Tasman Sea is; "No NZ sailors were attached
to American River Patrols. It would be part of New
Zealand history if they were. Shaw simply did not
serve in any capacity in South Vietnam either with
New Zealand or Australian Forces."
To the best of our knowledge he has never pulled on
a boot, spliced a mainbrace or cranked a propeller
with any military force in his life.
The Cross-of Gallantry (With Palm)
was awarded to three New Zealand servicemen. Shaw
was not one of them.
There were five people with the surname Shaw who
served with the New Zealand forces in Vietnam. We
have their names and Bill Shaw is not one of them
Bill Shaw has no entitlement to any of the medals he
is pictured wearing.
If this person were a "decorated" Navy Veteran, he
would be a household name in New Zealand and would
Coached by the infamous Barry Wright, Shaw was
obviously "building a case" for a pension with his
pretend "night terrors" we believe this bizarre
behaviour was setting up witnesses for his "pension"
for "post traumatic stress disorder"
Bill Shaw still
resides in Cairns, Far North Queensland even though
Shaw has not continued his disgraceful charade into
recent times he has earned a place on our web site
for the eyes of the world for rest of his life.
During the 1990s Bill Shaw wore medals he never
earned, and he pretended to be a damaged veteran –
both disgraceful acts which should never be
forgotten by the veteran community.