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Surname: Cartwright
Christian Names: Mark Anthony
Country: USA
State or Province: Colorado
City or Town: Colorado Springs
Service #: 2185887
Service: Australian Army - Reserve
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 1974
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

MARK ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT UPDATE. 2020

Since the exposure of Mark Anthony Cartwright, further evidence of his fraudulent behavior has come to the attention of ANZMI.

Cartwright claimed in his response to an ANZMI request, that he had no idea how a photograph of him wearing Australian Army uniform and Vietnam War Service medals appeared on his Facebook Page. He was going to take the matter up with Facebook. This, in spite of friends posting compliments to his published Facebook photograph.

The strange thing was that in the original message from ANZMI to Cartwright, there was no mention at all that the photograph had been downloaded from his Facebook page. He knew it was there. He acknowledged the compliments.

Before Cartwright deleted all Facebook references of himself wearing Australian Army uniform with Vietnam medals, and other incriminating evidence, ANZMI downloaded another photograph of Cartwright wearing the same medals.

Also,further photographs of him publicly wearing US. Army Vietnam Veteran Infantry Combat cap and jacket patch were downloaded.

Below are further examples of Cartwright’s deceit over many years and his fraudulent claims of Australian Army Vietnam service and U.S. Army Vietnam service. These were Facebook posted. No doubt to deceive his church congregation as a Vietnam veteran, into providing him with cash donations to prop up and pay for additions to his 77 acre Araluen Ranch, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Photo 1. Three Generations. As stated in his original entry response to the ANZMI request, he claims he is a third generation veteran.
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Above - Cartwright again displaying his un-awarded Australian Vietnam medals.

Photo 2. With two genuine U.S. Veterans.

Above - Cartwright dressed in U.S. Army Infantry Combat Vietnam Veteran peaked cap with U.S. Vietnam ribands and camouflage Army pants. He is standing with one other genuine U.S. Vietnam veteran and an elderly genuine U.S. Korean veteran in the wheel chair.

Photo 3. On Holidays


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Above - Cartwright photographed at the Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Park, wearing a U.S.Vietnam Veteran Combat Infantry peaked cap, and T shirt with the word “Army” displayed. He also wears the camouflaged Army pants.

Cartwright has claimed his innocence in regards to the initial ANZMI exposure.

This ANZMI update should put the matter beyond all doubt for his church followers, that he is a charlatan and a crook.

Below is an extract from the Last Roundup Cowboy Church website homepage.

ARALUEN RANCH.
From Cartwright.


God has blessed us with 77.7 acres of land to be used to glorify Him. It will have a three fold ministry. Apart from the main house we will be building a guest house with 3 bedrooms and one bathroom as well as kitchen and living area. It will also have a 2 car carport attached as well as stables for 6 horses. This will be stage 1.The main ranch house will be stage 2.

1) It will be a place for combat veterans from all conflicts to come and rest with their families and assist them to re-adjust,
2) a place where children who are caught up in the system can come and get trained in the basics of living which will include cooking, budgeting, responsibility as well as working with both power and hand tools.
3) A place where people can come and learn about how to grow natural medicines etc.
4) And most importantly, a place where people can learn about and meet with Christ
If you wish to support our ministry, you can make checks out to Last Roundup Cowboy Church. we are in the process of getting out 501(c) which will enable donations to be tax deductible.

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At ANZMI, we would suggest that if you ever go to his Last Roundup Cowboy Church or to his Araluen Ranch, be sure to keep one hand on your wallet.

Cartwright should return every Araluen Ranch cash donation he received by his continual lies and deception.

This should be the end of the road for Cartwright as a Pastor or a Preacher or whatever he wants to call himself. He needs to be sacked immediately and reported to the local Police. He has milked or tried to milk the Last Roundup Cowboy church goers and friends for many years, claiming he has Vietnam War caused PTSD, and on that basis, asking for cash or cheque (U.S. check) donations for his Ranch. Can’t get much lower than that. Genuine U.S Defence Force veterans in the United States will be disgusted with Cartwright, and he should be spurned at every opportunity.

He will no doubt say “sorry” to his faithful following and ask for divine forgiveness. The only reason this shyster is sorry, is that he has been well and truly caught out.

Cartwright has been a Military Imposter for a very long time. He sees it as a means of income. As such, he will remain on the ANZMI site for eternity.

The local Colorado Springs Media have been notified.

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Original Report - 25 April 2020

Pastor Mark Cartwright, is an Australian born person residing in Colorado Springs, U.S.A. He is 63 years of age and is now an American citizen. Cartwright is the Senior Pastor at the “Last Roundup Cowboy Church” located in that City. On their website, the Church states the following about Cartwright -;

“Pastor Mark Cartwright joined our community after moving to Colorado Springs from Australia. Pastor Mark Cartwright is an Evangelist who preaches the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and is called to “Missions.” . From Cartwright - "My mission is to present to people the challenge of receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior”.

On U tube he preaches, “Even a lie is on the same category as a sin as what murder is. Even if you have told a white lie, you are still a liar.”
Unfortunately for Senior Pastor Mark Cartwright, in his own words, he is a liar. A prolific liar at that. He is an Australian and American Military Imposter and a Fraud.


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The above photograph depicts Mark Cartwright dressed in an Australian Army uniform. He wears the following,

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975. Not entitled.
2. Vietnam Medal. Not entitled.
3. Australian Defence Medal. Possible entitled. Army Reserve Service.
4. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Not entitled.

Above the medal rack, he wears the ribands applicable to his un-entitled worn medals. Above that, appears to be either an Australian Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) or an Australian Army Combat Badge. (ACB) On his left shoulder he wears a Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) lanyard and (RAR) shoulder Corps badge. His left sleeve denotes that he is a Corporal. On the slouch hat he wears what appears to be a RAR Infantry hat badge.

Cartwright claims on his Linked In page that he served 6 years in the Australian Army Reserve. He claims elsewhere that he served in the 1/19 Royal New South Wales Regiment (1/19 RNSWR – Reserve part time Army) and 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. (RAR) – A Regular Australian Army Battalion.

Problem for Cartwright, is that he is not entitled to wear the uniform with medals, ribands, badges, stripes or lanyard. There is no record of him serving in the Australian Regular Army, let alone serving in the former Republic of South Vietnam. His name does not appear on the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll.

If Cartwright was observed wearing the above uniform, medals and paraphernalia in Australia, he could be charged criminally by State and Federal Police for falsely representing himself to being a returned soldier, and also wearing service decorations and medals that have not been awarded to him. Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B.- $3,300 dollar fine and/or 6 months imprisonment, each offence.

A Cartwright Facebook posting asks fellow students of Mt Druitt High School (Sydney) for 1972 photographs. If his Australian Army Vietnam service (6 Battalion RAR – last Vietnam tour 1969-1970) is to be believed, then he must have left the Army after Vietnam, and returned to Mt Druitt High School again. Cartwright was born on the 26 June, 1957. Far too young to be a Vietnam Veteran.

Cartwright is just an inveterate liar and military imposter, who also consistently claims to be a United States Army Vietnam Veteran. He is a valour thief of the worst kind and a medal cheat.

The below photograph is one of many obtained by ANZMI that depict Cartwright publicly showing off to the world that he is a U.S. Army Combat Infantry Vietnam veteran. More deceit from a proven liar.

No doubt he receives accolades from the American public thanking him for his honourable service wherever he goes. Perhaps he also receives other benefits, like discounted food, and other retail purchases when he is wearing his hat and jacket below.







This photograph depicts Cartwright wearing a U.S. Army Vietnam Veterans peaked cap indicating that he is a U.S. Vietnam Combat Infantry Soldier. He also wears a U.S. Vietnam Veteran patch on his jacket with the three ribands appropriate for U.S personnel who genuinely served in South Vietnam.

He is not entitled to wear any of it. He never served in the U.S Army and he is not a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

He should be ashamed of himself for claiming that he is, and disrespecting all those brave men and women who served and /or died in the former Republic of South Vietnam.

The following is a posting from his current Facebook Page.

POSTED FACEBOOK 29 March, 2019
Mark Cartwright created a fundraiser.
Facebook Fundraisers

ARALUEN RANCH FUNDRAISER.
Fundraiser for Mark Cartwright.

I am a Vietnam Veteran who has PTSD and as such My wife and I are setting up a place where veterans and first responders with PTSD, youth at risk can come for some rest and support.

We need financial assistance to build a bunkhouse, dig some wells etc. The property is already paid for which is a blessing. Anything that will help get this of the ground will be greatly appreciated.

$0 of $1,598 raised. Ended.

In Australia, claiming something that you are not for financial gain is a criminal offence. It is deemed False Pretences. Cartwright could be locked up in Australia for fraudulently claiming that he is a Vietnam Veteran who has PTSD, and gaining a benefit from that false pretence.

Another post on his Face book page invited all his (American) Vietnam Veteran mates to his (USA) Citizenship ceremony which was to occur on the 1 July, 2019. A further post detailed information about his Pop, "who was very quiet, until he found out I was a Viet vet."

Cartwright is a hypocrite, and a fraud. A religious one at that, who preaches to the world on U tube and his Church, not to tell lies or sin. If Cartwright is the best available “Preacher man” to lead the poor unsuspecting Colorado flock, then this “Roundup Cowboy Church” is in for a bumpy ride.

The below photograph is Cartwright preaching to the gathering. Glory Be !




Cartwright was sent an email asking him to provide evidence of his Australian Army Vietnam service, and U.S. Army Vietnam service. Attached was a copy of his Facebook photograph wearing the Australian Army uniform and Vietnam medals.

His response was -;

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

First of all, I would like to apologise for any hurt that has been caused by this photo. While I admit that that is my face I do not know who (sic) this was done and put on my facebook page. As a result, I will be notifying Facebook regarding this matter. I have also attached a copy of a page of my enlistment papers which clearly states that I enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve in 1974. It also shows that I was born in 1957 it would have made me about 14.5 years old at the time Australia came home. If you go further into my records it will show that I have never been overseas in any way shape or form and the only medal I have received is the ADM which I wear proudly.

I could not have made the regular army as I had perforated eardrums. I am proud that I was a reservist. I am also a 3rd generation serviceman ( if that is what you call reservists) with both my father and grandfather plus my Uncles serving.

I have a lot of respect for those who fought in all conflicts and would not sour their memories by pretending to be something I am not.

Cartwright continues his deceit. He is definitely claiming “something he is not.”

He is in this photograph with a relative. He is dressed in an Australian Army uniform with Vietnam medals suggesting he is a combat veteran. He admits that it is him. The photograph appeared on his personal Face Book page with adulating comments from friends, however, he now does not know how it got there. He is now taking the matter up with Face Book ! Good luck with that one. That should work.

He also conveniently omits to address all the evidence where he is wearing a U.S. Army Combat Infantry Vietnam Veteran cap and jacket with ribands. He also omits the fact that on numerous occasions on his Face Book page, he falsely claims to be a Vietnam Veteran and on one occasion, asks for cash donations due to his “Vietnam veteran” status.

Cartwright prophesises, "My mission is to present to people the challenge of receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior”.
Our mission at ANZMI is “to present to people liars, charlatans, military imposters, honour thieves and medal cheats”. Cartwright is all of them.

Cartwright has no morals and should be given the boot from the Last Roundup Cowboy Church. He should not be preaching to anyone about anything, especially moral behaviour.

He has no doubt convinced everyone in Colorado Springs that he is a Vietnam Veteran.

If our friends in Colorado would like to continue to update us, we will offer Cartwright further spiritual guidance on this site. Salvation - not a chance.

Surname: Castle
Christian Names: Jody
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

 

DECEASED - September 2015

337384 Brigadier J(Jody) Castle

RNZASC- 16 Field Regiment, North Island, New Zealand

 

It  is not often that CPMH runs across a larger than life mug who obviously has no fear of the Veteran community or the laws in place for impersonating a Veteran.    This charming gentleman graced the St Kilda RSL, Melbourne in all his finery and expected the members there to be kind and courteous to him on the day, as, after all, he is a New Zealand Brigadier.   He was indeed shown the respect he deserved by the Veterans and the full story will appear here soon.  In the meanwhile just browse the photographs and see if you can pick any faults with the good Brigadier's dress and bearing.


Perhaps you too may have run across the Brigadier.  We at the site would be interested in any information you may have.  Send it here information@anzmi.net   Or maybe you encountered and took photos of an impostor in your area on Anzac day.  Please send them through to us along with their story and we will ensure that all Veterans get to know about their heroic exploits via these pages.

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.




UPDATE: JODY Charles CASTLE 30 Sep 14


"Brigadier" Jodie Charles Castle is a recidivist liar, cheat and wannabe. He was originally "outed" many years ago by ANZMI after wandering into the St Kilda RSL wearing the uniform of a New Zealand Army Brigadier, complete with campaign medals. He now resides in the Oakleigh area of Melbourne, Victoria. Here is what he looks like now:

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Note that his camouflage clothes shows him as a New Zealand Korea war Veteran. He has been attending suburban Rugby matches wearing his "Cam clothes" and also a bright red blazer of the 28th Maori Battalion Association.

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The 28th Maori Battalion Association is now defunct and information is not available regarding past or present members.

The Royal New Zealand Army Association has never heard of Castle.

The Australian Returned Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of New Zealand Veterans have never heard of Castle

His real military history is hard to track, however we believe he could be ex New Zealand Soldier

Regimental Number: 337384 Ex Private J Castle of 10th Coy Royal New Zealand Army Service Corp.

When asked about his military background he said:

"I had a falling out with the President of the St.Kilda RSL who did not recognise our South Eastern campaign War even though I have been a member there since 1986 and had the honour of taking my NZ Maori 28th Battalion Unit Contingent there for 3 days, 48 Soldiers in all proof of that visit in all the photos of that visit, though since then the Vietnam Vets now Rule the roost and have taken over the RSL. I am now a member (Life)with the Dandenong Branch."

When asked "What the South Eastern campaign War was" he said:

"South Eastern(Asian)Korea/Japan/China/Guam Skirmishes etc eventually including Vietnam. Occupational included after the 2nd World War"

In our original exposure when Castle was removed from the St Kilda RSL he was wearing Vietnam Campaign medals and therefore purporting to be a Vietnam Veteran, so he should have been "at home" at the St Kilda RSL.

In reality he was kicked out of the St Kilda RSL for being a big goose of an impostor for (very untidily) wearing the uniform of an New Zealand Army Brigadier.

We know this man is a liar, fraud and wannabe.

We know he did not serve in Korea or Vietnam with the New Zealand Army.

We know he was never a Commissioned Officer in any Army, however we don't know the details of his New Zealand past.

Someone from the Isle of the Long White Cloud must know Castle and his past.

We would very much appreciate information about him so that his posterity will know the full and true military history of Jody Castle

 

Surname: Cavanough
Christian Names: Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Childers
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Kevin Cavanough - Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) wannabe
 
Kevin Cavanough runs a Quarter Horse Stud near Childers, Queensland, and claims to have served with the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Somalia in the early 1990s.

 He can tell some pithy, but highly incorrect stories about his mythical service.


 


 
We have been unable to find any trace of Kevin Cavanough in the dusty tomes of Military Service Records and very much doubt that he has ever served anywhere.
 
In 1994 a ten man patrol of SASR Troopers under the command of a Sergeant was deployed to Somalia to protect the Sixty Seven Australian soldiers who had remained in Somalia after the withdrawal of the Australian Infantry Battalion group that was part of a United Nations contingent endeavouring to restore law and order. Accurate details of this deployment are recorded in the Book - 
SAS: a pictorial history of the Australian Special Air Service 1957 - 1997.  
 

We have the names of each person on the SASR Somalia deployment Cavanough is not listed.
 
We have a Nominal Roll of all of those from the Somalia deployed Australian Infantry Battalion Group, Cavanough is not listed.
 
We have a Statutory Declaration detailing a conversation with Cavanough about his “Somalia Deployment with SASR”.
 
Some of the contents of the Stat Dec are discussed below.  

“It is well known that the SAS purloined two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and painted a large white Kangaroo on them. When Cavanough was asked about the acquisition of the APCs he said (conveniently) “He was out sniping on that day”


 


 
He also stated that Australian SASR were involved in the "Blackhawk down" incident, which is simply not true.

He stated that at one point a Somali man managed to get into the compound and walked into the middle of the area, when he was challenged he offered a big smile and then brought his AK-47 up (at which point he was shot by several SASR soldiers).

There was a similar incident when the two SASR APCs were escorting Australian vehicles through Mogadishu. Two locals were standing off to the side and with big smiles brought their AK-47s to bear at the vehicles in which were seated the Aussie contingent.  An SASR Sergeant on the rear APC dealt* with them both, before they could open fire. *Note, “dealt” is an SASR euphemism for “shot”.
 
An incident occurred when an SASR Trooper was involved in a wrestle with a lion over a gymnasium mat. The lion released the gym mat at bit the troopers hand instead. Cavanough showed no knowledge of this, although he nodded and chuckled pretending to reminisce.


 
When questioned about other genuine, well known incidents involving SASR Troopers Cavanough had no knowledge and he laughed and nodded in pretend reminiscence, it was clear he really had no idea about real SASR operations in Somalia”.

ANZMI contacted Cavanough by phone and asked if he had served with SASR in Somalia, he said yes he had. When asked why his name was not on the Somalia Nominal Roll he said that was his business.  When told that ANZMI believed he had never served anywhere with SASR he said he didn’t care what we thought, he then went on to instruct us to never call his phone number again.
 
We sent the following email to Cavanough on the 19 August 2012.
 
Dear Mr Cavanough
 
Our organisation investigates frauds and wannabes in the Veteran community please see our web site at:
http://www.anzmi.net/cases.html 
 
We have been advised that you claim to have served with The Special Air Service Regiment during its Somalia deployment. We have been unable to find any evidence of this deployment.
 
We have no opinions one way or the other in this regard and wish to advise that the matter can be quickly cleared up if you could please email a copy of your Certificate of Service or some other documentary evidence.
 
Please produce the documentary evidence by the 26 August 2012. Should you choose to not cooperate we will proceed without the benefit of your input.
 
Sincerely

 
Cavanough chose not to reply to our simple request. The reason Cavanough could not produce any documentary evidence of service in Somalia is because he has none, he was not there.  Any reasonable person with legitimate service would quickly produce documentary evidence and perhaps some rude words regarding our accusations.
 
Cavanough chose to be a liar, fraud and wannabe by claiming to have served with SASR in Somalia in 1994.
 
We choose to list him as a liar, fraud and wannabe on this web site and warn him to cease and desist with his despicable lies.  We also warn the hundreds of other wannabes falsely claiming service with SASR that your days of false glory will soon come to an end, as you are most likely on our current list of cases, and if not, you are sure to be reported by an offended genuine Australian or New Zealand Veteran

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: Caves
Christian Names: Denys
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: Hawkes Bay
City or Town: Wairoa
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: 354663
Service: Army
Branch: Territorials (part time)
Commencement of service: 1959
Completion of service: 1961
Case Notes:

 

UPDATE CAVES - August 2018

Denys Caves and his "mate" cannot accept that he is a medals cheat.

Caves belongs to the Wairoa Branch Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association (RSA). He is a local politician who is a "mate" of the President of the Wairoa RSA. He gains kudos from constituents who see he is a member of the Wairoa RSA and wears a medal on his left breast on ANZAC Day. Here is what the RSA President had to say:

"Name: Selwyn Lilley
Email: selroblil@hotmail.com
Where did you hear about us?: A Friend or colleague
Your message::
I am Selwyn Robert Lilley, President Wairoa Branch RNZRSA; with regard to the MISS REPORTING of Denys Caves, this man has every right to wear his medal as he did. The medal is a commemorative medal and as such can be worn on the right, or on the left, below official medals. Denys's service was short but however he has no official medals, campaign or service, so his wearing of the 150 year NZ Army commemorative medal was/is correct"

It is incongruous that an RSA President would support a person wearing an unofficial commemorative medal on the left breast on ANZAC Day,

Here is what the NZ RSA Headquarters said about the matter on 20 Jul 18.

"Team Administrator
Phone 04 384 7994
Anzac House, 181 Willis Street
PO Box 27248, Marion Square
Wellington 6141, New Zealand
www.rsa.org.nz

Short answer is NO.

The Left Breast is strictly for Medals awarded by the Government. Self purchased non official medals can only be warn on the right breast.

Check out medals.nzdf.mil.nz/

Cheers"

The RSA President Selwyn Robert Lilley served with the NZ Army in Vietnam but appears to be "blind" to a person like Caves who for photographic opportunities flaunts RSA and ANZAC traditions.

There is no place for medals cheats like Caves in an RSA and there is no place in the Veteran Community for RSA Presidents like Selwyn Robert Lilley.

The New Zealand Veteran community must not allow political aspirants or RSA Presidents to destroy protocol and tradition especially for self serving reasons.

 

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UPDATE CAVES  -  20 JULY 18

Denys Caves and his "mate" cannot accept that he is a medals cheat.

Caves belongs to the Wairoa Branch Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association (RSA).  He is a local politician who is a "mate" of the President of the Wairoa RSA.  He gains kudos from constituents who see  he is a member of the Wairoa RSA and wears a medal on his left breast on ANZAC Day.  Here is what the RSA President had to say:

 "Name: Selwyn Lilley

Email: selroblil@hotmail.com
Where did you hear about us?: A Friend or colleague
Your message:

I am Selwyn Robert Lilley, President Wairoa Branch RNZRSA; with regard to the MISS REPORTING of Denys Caves, this man has every right to wear his medal as he did. The medal is a commemorative medal and as such can be worn on the right, or on the left, below official medals. Denys's service was short but however he has no official medals, campaign or service, so his wearing of the 150 year NZ Army commemorative medal was/is correct"

It is incongruous that an RSA President would support a person wearing an unofficial commemorative medal on the left breast on ANZAC Day,

Here is what the NZ RSA Headquarters said about the matter:

"Team Administrator

Phone 04 384 7994

Anzac House, 181 Willis Street

PO Box 27248, Marion Square

Wellington 6141, New Zealand
www.rsa.org.nz

 

Short answer is NO.

The Left Breast is strictly for Medals awarded by the Government.  Self purchased non official medals can only be warn on the right breast

Check out http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/

 Cheers"

 

The RSA President Selwyn Robert Lilley served with the NZ Army in Vietnam but appears to be "blind" to a person like Caves who for photographic opportunities flaunts RSA and ANZAC traditions.

There is no place for medals cheats like Caves in an RSA and there is no place in the Veteran Community for RSA Presidents like Selwyn Robert Lilley.

The New Zealand Veteran community must not allow political aspirants or RSA Presidents  to destroy protocol and tradition especially for self serving reasons.

 

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Denys Caves JP is a regional politician and well known in his area of New Zealand.  As a high profile person he should know not to do anything that can be adjudged as illegal, or not in keeping with protocols and heritage.

 

Denys Caves

 

Caves wears on his right breast medals of deceased relatives from both WW1 and WW2.   On his left breast contrary to tradition he wears a self purchased tin medal.  It is New Zealand Army 150th Anniversary Medal.   Here it is:

 

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It is this one:

 

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This is not an official medal and therefore must not be worn on the left breast, where it can be mistaken as a Medal for Defence Service.  Caves did serve in the NZ Defence Force but did not complete sufficient service to make him eligible for an award.

For whatever reason Caves wears the 150 Year Anniversary Medal it is a mistake in judgment.   Genuine Veterans do not appreciate those who claim false honour.

It is said that any publicity is good publicity, but we think in this case that is not so.  Denys Caves, welcome to our website.

Surname: Cerminara
Christian Names: Ralph
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 8298192
Service: Army
Branch: Gunner, Royal Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 27 August 2002
Completion of service: 18 September 2004
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Ralph Cerminara is described in some circles as ‘the self-described leader of the Australian Defence League or (ADL)’, others just call him a far right wing nutcase. We will leave that up to the reader to decide.

We know Ralph Cerminara to be a liar and ‘wannabe’. He is just another one of the new generation of fools who think they can claim operational service in Afghanistan and get away with it. This new generation 'wannabe' ingratiate themselves in various organisations by telling stories from ‘the sandpit’ or how they ‘buried a couple of mates over there’ so that anyone suspecting a lie is held to ridicule and abused by the wannabe or their associates.

This is the Ralph Cerminara story in a nutshell and a simple google search will help the reader understand what sort of person he really is. An active member of the Australian Defence League, Cerminara has a number of opinions which are quite disturbing. He has also appeared in the media as some sort of advocate for Defence Force Personnel.

 

 

Cerminara did serve in the Australian Army, but not with distinction. He enlisted on the 27th August 2002 and was discharged on the grounds, ‘Retention Not in the Service Interest’ in September 2004. He was discharged with the rank of Gunner, equivalent to a Private Soldier.

Since his unceremonious discharge from the Army, Ralph Cerminara, also known as Ralph Ski on Twitter has made quite a name for himself as the champion of the ADL. Look out if anyone dares to be critical of him or his policies, why? Because he is a ‘Veteran who buried his best mates’ as tweeted below:

 

 

Ralph Cerminara does not only tell his lies on social media, he is more than happy to do it face to face. In June 2013 he gave a speech to the Humanist Society of NSW entitled ‘A gunner in Afghanistan’ where Mr Cerminara, it was reported, served with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan in 2006. His speech, which purported him ‘Telling the truth in a world where the truth is the enemy’ was certainly profound, because the truth is definitely Ralph’s enemy. We know that he was discharged in 2004 and he did not serve in Afghanistan or any other overseas area during his two years of less than spectacular service.

 

 

When not mouthing far right politics, Ralph Cerminara has set himself up as some sort of self-appointed advocate for oppressed Defence Force personnel. Now that we know the truth about his reason for discharge from the Army, it might explain why he chose to embellish the truth when speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in March 2013.

 


Ralph Cerminara is nothing more than a loud mouthed bully wannabe who couldn’t make it in the Army. He has found his way to the far right wing Australian Defence League and by spreading the lie that he saw service in Afghanistan, tries to use that false experience to support his distorted political views. He has no right to be called a Veteran and by making these false claims, he has committed offences against the Commonwealth:

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A - Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

If the Australian Defence League has any morals, they will distance themselves completely from Ralph Cerminara. He has proven himself to be a liar and a valour thief. He has displayed so little integrity, that it is no surprise that his services with the Australian Army were terminated as "not being in the interests of the Service."

Ralph Cerminara should immediately take to social media, and his various websites and apologise to all members of the Australian Defence Force for his lies. He is an imposter.

We doubt that he will apologise. We will eagerly wait and see if the Federal Police take an interest in his false claims of operational overseas war service and take action against him.

CERMINARA UPDATE – 08th MAY 2014

Like the proverbial bad penny, Ralph Cerminara just keeps turning up. After our recent exposure of this wannabe you would think he would take a lower profile, particularly in and around the ex-service community. But no, after posting a call to arms on Facebook, Ralph made his way to Sydney’s ANZAC Dawn Service, resplendent in his ADL Tee Shirt and carefully avoiding the Artillery community who would no doubt love to catch up with him.

While at the Dawn Service, he managed to latch onto a poor unsuspecting sailor for this photo opportunity. We have disguised the identity of the unsuspecting sailor, who we know to have absolutely no association with Cerminara or his distorted political views. Trying desperately to convince the world that members of the Australian Defence Force are ready to answer his ‘call to arms’. Ralph posted the photo on the Facebook page of the Australian Defence League (ADL). Not surprisingly after our exposure, linking Ralph with the Defence Force is something the ADL is keen to distance itself from so the image was quickly removed.

This is an example of the lengths Ralph Cerminara will go to advance his aims and a timely warning for any member of the Defence Forces in uniform who maybe approached by him to avoid any photo opportunity.

Following the initial exposure, Ralph was quick to lodge a complaint with Facebook alleging that we were harassing him and demanded that his image be removed. He accused us of cyber-bullying which is quiet amusing when we read what he and his mates have been up to in recent months.

Since our first report, we have been contacted by a number of people who have had dealings with Ralph Cerminara and the information they have provided has been both illuminating and very disturbing.

Cerminara came to our notice for falsely claiming service in Afghanistan but it seems that was not his only claim to overseas service.

No Ralph, you did not go to Timor with 3RAR. Remember, you were a Gunner in Artillery, not a Rifleman in Infantry.

Cerminara enlisted on the 27th August 2002 and was terminated on 18th September 2004.

We have been contacted by a number of people who served with Ralph Cerminara during his short time in the Army and the stories they tell of his actions, conduct and behaviour are most disturbing. Regrettably, and out of profound respect for those involved we will not divulge what we have been told, suffice to say that those who know his story and suffered because of his actions can rest a little easier knowing that he has been exposed as a fake and a contemptible wannabe.

Hang your head in shame Ralph Cerminara, and never again attempt to use sacred days such as ANZAC Day to advance your own agenda. Your actions are offensive and strike at the heart of the values held dear by current and former members of the Australian Defence Force from all walks of life and who have proudly pulled on the uniform of our Country.

Surname: Chamron
Christian Names: Woodhy
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lidcombe - Sydney
Service #: Not Known
Service: Claims Cambodian Army & USArmy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Claims 1970
Completion of service: Claims 1975
Case Notes:

 

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Woodhy Chamron emigrated from Cambodia to Australia on the 21st March, 1976. Not much was known about Woodhy as he eventually settled into his home suburb of Lidcombe in the western suburbs of Sydney. He claims that he was the original founder of the 1st Khmer Community New South Wales, 1977.

Over the following years he became a self proclaimed leader in the Khmer community around the western suburbs of Sydney.

In 2014, Chamron made inquiries to join the Auburn (Sydney, NSW) Returned and Services League (RSL) Sub Branch of the NSW RSL, claiming he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian Army and the United States Army during the Vietnam war.

He declined to deliver documentary proof of his alleged United States and Cambodian Army military service to the RSL Sub Branch office, however, he volunteered to disclose some documents to the then Vice President of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, Mr Ron McLennan at Chamron’s private home. He emphasised that these documents were not to be taken away and copied.

Strangely, this demand was agreed to and in documents held by ANZMI, Vice President McLennan visited Chamron at his Lidcombe home and viewed documents that McLennan states satisfied himself of Chamron’s alleged United States Army and Cambodian Army service as a Lieutenant Colonel. McLennan also viewed purported military medals that Chamron showed him.

The below email document was received from a concerned RSL member who was inadvertently forwarded the document in error. In this document, McLennan, states that he read four sheets of paper pertaining to the military service of Chamron and “they all looked ok” . He further stated, “With American military and Cambodian Army I can only read the papers and hope they are original. About the medals, I have to take his word. We all know American service medals about (sic) and how you get them very easily”.

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I Ron McLennan was the first person to view Woodhy service records at his home, they looked ok to me there were about four sheets of his record of service. With American military and Cambodian Army I had to approve them as I can only read the papers and hope they are original. About the medals I have to take his word. We all know American Service medals about and how you get them very easily.
Ron McLennan

The major problem with McLennan’s slack attitude towards Chamron’s claims is that we have evidence that most of the four sheets of paper McLennan was shown were written in a foreign language. Our inquiries have confirmed that McLennan cannot read, speak or understand Khmer, so he would not have any comprehension of what he was reading.

McLennan’s apathetic disregard for medals protocols is also concerning in respect to his comments about how you get American service medals very easily. All this is coming from a current executive Vice President of an RSL Sub Branch, who is responsible for the integrity and dignity of that Sub Branch and the credibility of the State RSL movement.

Why didn’t McLennan verify if the medals were genuinely awarded or purchased replicas over the internet? He allowed Chamron to dictate his own terms as to what documents he was shown and then naively states that “I have to take his word.”

For McLennan to make this comment, either Chamron told McLennan they were U.S military medals, or McLennan obviously did not even ask the question. McLennan did not obtain any proof whatsoever of what they were, and must have assumed they were genuine U.S military medals because of what Chamron told him about his U.S Army service.

In any case, Chamron’s medals are not “American Service Medals”. They are Cambodian military medals.

As Chamron would not provide any proof to ANZMI regarding his medal entitlements, we believe that all of them are non awarded replicas. They can be purchased on line over the internet.

Following McLennan’s visit to Chamron's house, he then personally approved his application for full membership to the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. Chamron has never appeared before a Membership Committee to have his claims or documentation validated.

State RSL Governance Regulations require all applicants to be processed in this fashion in order that the Membership committee can then recommend to the full committee if the application should be approved. McLennan took it upon himself to just approve everything without validating anything.

Thanks to this bungled process, Chamron then joined the Auburn RSL as a full returned services member without disclosing any proof of his claims.

This was much to the surprise of an overwhelming number of genuine returned and service members of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. These other members had to produce their own Discharge Certificates or Certificates of Service, and photo identification before they could join the RSL movement, as required by State RSL regulations.

Following his acceptance into the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, Chamron then commenced attending official functions displaying the RSL insignia on his jackets with all his medals. The below photograph is a recent photograph of Chamron at an official VP (Victory in the Pacific) day ceremony in 2015.

 

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In the above photograph, Chamron is wearing the following medals -;

1. Royal Order of Cambodia.
2. Unknown.
3. Royal Order of Cambodia.
4. Royal Order of Cambodia.
5. Royal Order of Sahametrei.
6. Unknown.
7. National Defence Medal. (Cambodia.)
8. Medal of Faithful Service, (Cambodia.)

The below mentioned photograph is Chamron again at another official function in 2015.

McLennan failed to make any attempt to identify the medal ribands that Chamron wears at all official occasions.

The gold braided military officers cap Chamron wears is similar to a General in the Cambodian Army. We have displayed both of them below.



Chamron is still yet to convince anyone at Auburn RSL Sub Branch that he is entitled to wear this highly ranked Officers cap and no one has told him to "get it off."

We started making some inquires about Mr Chamron and ascertained that in an email dated in 2014, he sent to a friend Mr. Khmeryong of the International Khmer Assembly, (IKA) Minnesota, U.S.A. he informed him that he (Chamron) was a “1st Lieutenant in the Lon Nol Army from 1970 - 1975 of OTS/3 from famous Khmer Military College”.

Extract -;

Woodhy Chamron
- Lon Nol's army 1st Lieutenant 1970-1975 of OTS/3 from famous Khmer Military College
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We presume "OTS" is Officer Training School.

He then emigrated to Australia in March,1976, where he later claimed to McLennan and other Auburn RSL members that he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian Army and also had U.S Army service. A remarkable rise in rank from an alleged 1st Lieutenant to a Lieutenant Colonel when he had supposedly already left the Cambodian Army 37 years beforehand.

Interestingly, Chamron claimed in the email to his friend at the IKA Minnesota in 2014, that he was a former 1st Lieutenant in the Lon Nol Army. This is the same year he informed McLennan and others that he was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Cambodian and U.S. Army.

ANZMI also made inquiries with Chamron’s claims of being a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Our counterparts in the United States made a thorough inspection of United States Military Archive records and lo and behold, no Woodhy Chamron or Chamron Woodhy has ever served in the U.S. Military at any time whatsoever.

We forwarded two emails to Chamron requesting details of his military service in the United States and Cambodian Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. We also requested proof of his medal and riband entitlements.

He failed to provide any particulars and then abused us for asking. He claimed in his response that he was an Australian Cambodian war hero and that we should recognize him as that.

We then sent two emails to Mr Ron McLennan, Vice President of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch. He also failed to provide any information about documents or medals he was shown. He also failed to provide information as to why he was satisfied that the four sheets of paper Chamron produced , mostly in the Khmer language, convinced him that he should approve Chamron for full membership of his Auburn RSL Sub Branch.

We look forward to viewing a Certificate of Service or a Discharge Certificate from the Cambodian or U.S. Armies from Chamron, McLennan or anyone else who may have an interest in this matter.

We will not hold our breath.

Chamron claims he is an Australian Cambodian war hero. We seriously doubt that. We would prefer to describe him as an imposter with no credibility. We will continue to portray him as an imposter until he provides evidence of his U.S Army and Cambodian Army service as a Lieutenant Colonel and provide conclusive evidence of all his purported medal entitlements.

Since Chamron has been accepted as a full member of the Auburn RSL Sub Branch, he has used that Sub Branch as a platform to lobby the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the former State Governor Dame Marie Bashir and other Politicians about political events he is unhappy with, that he claims are occurring in Cambodia.

McLennan and anyone else involved in the process of Chamron's acceptance to the RSL movement should resign their committee positions forthwith for their incompetence.

NSW RSL State Branch should hold an investigation into the entire Chamron membership process to ensure similar incidents are not repeated or have occurred in the past at Auburn RSL Sub Branch.

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