Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'M'

Surname: McKean
Christian Names: Brent Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Ashmore
Service #: PMkeys 8091960
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry Recruit
Commencement of service: 07 Jul 14
Completion of service: 13 Sep 14
Case Notes:




Brent McKean could not "cut the mustard" as an Army recruit. There is nothing wrong with that, as everyone is not suited to be a Soldier.  The training is arduous and relentless, it is designed to train people to a basic level, so they can then be trained in a specialist field.

There is however a lot wrong with someone who has failed recruit training and then pretends to be an elite Defence Force Commando who had also served as an elite Navy Clearance Diver.

On 24 April 2015, McKean was buying a Burger at the same time and place as a Police Officer who was also a current serving Army Reserve Officer as well as a member of the elite Queensland Police Rapid Action and Patrols Group (RAP).

From the moment he was spotted by the Police Officer, McKean was doomed, and here is a media report of the event.

McKean is a classic wannabe, who wanted the public to see him as something he is not and could never be.  He has however achieved one thing, and that is being named as a liar, cheat and wannabe.

Welcome Brent McKean of Ashmore





Surname: McLarnon
Christian Names: Robert Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Hervy Bay
Case Notes:

Robert Richard McLARNON,

born 28 June 1957 at Belfast, County Antrim, of the Hervey Bay area Queensland, a man of adventure, excitement, fought in many areas with different civil and military units all over the world and killed 400 people whilst attached to 22 SAS UK.

We think he has a very good imagination and should be writing books on his factitious world of fantasy.

McLarnon claims to have served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) from 30 June 1975 until 14 June 1982 Northern Ireland during which time he was attached  3rd QRF (Quick Reaction Force), 22 SAS United Kingdom . A total number of 7 years service with the RUC and 22 SAS.

The QRFwas part of the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) is Britain's newest special operations unit. Formed around a core component of members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1para), with additional troops from the Royal Marines and the RAF regiment, the SFSG provides infantry and specialised support to SAS and SBS special operations.

You will note under Campaign and Service medals, he states he was awarded the Police Service Medal which denotes the award of the George Cross, no other medals are mentioned. More on that medal later under medals entitlements.

Again in these documents he is only claiming service with the RUC and 22 SAS as part of an RUC Police Special Services Unit stationed at “D” Division Head Quarters, North Belfast and no mention of service with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) a military unit.

A specialist anti-terrorist unit was formed and named the Special Patrol Group as a part of the RUC. It was formed in the early 1970’s and disbanded in 1980. The unit was made up of RUC police officers who received special training in handling side arms (semi-auto pistols) and sub-machine guns. They were used for high risk arrests or searches of houses for weapons and bombs. They may have worked with Special Force (SF) units on occasions but were not part of an SF unit.

He also claims to have been Parachute Regiment trained. This is highly unlikely as he was a Police Officer who is a civilian and not a member of the Defence Force. Only military personnel from all branches of the Defence Forces can do a Basic Static Line Parachute course if it is requirement for them to carry out their duties. Members of the Defence Forces applying for a Special Force unit, if not already qualified, must pass the Selection Course for that unit before going on to qualify as a Basic Static Line Parachutist and further advanced parachute courses.

He has made claims of serving in a number of countries in operations in the UK, Europe, North Africa and Central America whilst a member of the RUC attached to 22 SAS.

The British Army was in Northern Ireland from 1969 through to 1997 when 30,000 troops were withdrawn reducing the force to just 5,000, with the last group 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment vacating the Army complex on 25 June 2007. The RUC was renamed in 2001 as the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Research on the internet shows RUC officers did serve in Bosnia and Kosovo as peace keepers, which would have only occurred after NATO and United Nations intervened which ended the hostilities between the warring parties. Hostilities took place in Bosnia between April 1992 and December 1995, in Kosovo that occurred between 1998 and 1999. Only a small group of PSNI officers are recorded as serving in Iraq to train police in the town of Basra after the fall of Saddam.

As for his service records McLarnon can apply for a record of his service with the RUC and any military unit he served with through the appropriate channels in the UK to confirm his service and he is aware of this as he has stated that himself.

On looking at this document, it looks nothing like any military documents ANZMI have seen over the years. The title for 22 SAS is not 22nd Special Air Service. If you wish to read up on 22 Special Air Service Regiment, the correct title, click onto the following link.


Close Quarter Combat (CQB), it takes years of training to obtain a Black Belt in Martial Arts. The army runs Unarmed Combat Courses to deal with hand to hand fighting. CQB is part of Counter Terrorist Training which includes firing pistols and sub-machine guns at close quarters and being able to instinctively get a head shot without having to aim in the split seconds you have to react and avoid hitting any hostages. It takes a long time and training to reach that stage.

If you look at the “Required Training-Passed Date”, the year is 1975, the same year he joined the RUC. What would take years to get the qualifications listed, McLarnon appears to have done in a very short period of time. ANZMI does not think anything further needs to be said about that document.

As you can see from his application to join the Tri-Service Retreat Inc, he repeats his claims to have served in the UK, Europe, North Africa, and Central America and only suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Further information received states he was wounded in action against the IRA.

You will also note that he uses the Post Nominals GC after his name. McLarnon has never been awarded a George Cross Medal and therefore is not entitled to place the Post Nominals after his name and he is not entitled to wear the RUC GC medal he is wearing when the RUC was awarded the George Cross Medal as a Unit Citation. Similar to the award made to the island of Malta during World War Two, which is shown on its flag.

He now has added that he served in the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), a military unit as well as the RUC. That would be done to cover him wearing the General Service Medal as it was not issued to the RUC.

We contacted the RUC George Cross Foundation giving them the information we had and received the following reply.


To answer your questions

1 The award of the George Cross was to the organisation and therefore no one is allowed to wear a George Cross or to have the post numerals GC.

2 It would appear that Mr R McLarnon served in the RUC but as a member of the Reserve.

3 He would be entitled to wear the RUC service medal which was issued long before the George Cross.

4 I have no indication that he served in the UDR but the Military General Service medal with the Northern Ireland bar would be appropriate for such services.

5 The service numbers are incorrect.

6 It is unlikely that he was attached to other arms as it is unlikely that he would have served outside Northern Ireland.

I also enclose a copy of another enquiry from Australia and the similarities are startling. Contact XXXXX XXXXXX (mail to: deleted) his enquiry dated 3 May 2008.


We also contacted the Ulster Defence Regiment and after sending out the information to branches, the following information was received.


Reply to one of my contacts from a man who served in SAS for 24 years. Excuse the abbreviated language..


Hi XXXXXX, see from XXX he was 22 SAS for 24 years,

Hi XXXXX Robert McLarnon is not entitled to wear SAS Tie or blazer badge, if he was only attached, you have got to have served with 21 SAS , 22 SAS ,23 SAS ,  Has he got a SAS association, number ? And he is wearing the Queens Jubilee, it was only awarded to all serving personal at the time and you must have 5 years service, it was awarded about 5 or 6 years ago. He would have been too young for Korea, Malaya and Borneo, Aden, if he was in the UDR from the start surly he would have the UDR medal, I would f..k him off ,hope this helps mate XXX ,you can pass this on to XXXX XXXXXX if you wish ,

We appreciate the assistance from the RUC George Cross Foundation and the UDR Association.

McLarnon also stated he was a member of the Campbelltown RSL NSW which he joined in 2002, badge number 15705 when he applied to join the Hervey Bay RSL. The President of Hervey Bay RSL contacted the President of Campbelltown  RSL and on checking their records back to 1998, they have no record of McLarnon being a member of their sub-branch.

We have received assistance from the Hervey Bay RSL and one of the members has supplied a Statutory Declaration in which you can read the exaggerated stories McLarnon has been telling the members.

He has made claims that he used his flak jacket to protect a pregnant woman who later gave birth to a son and called him Rob. He states he was a police officer in the Bronx area of New York in the USA, which is hard to believe considering you have to live in the USA for five years before getting citizenship to get a job with the military or government department. His exploits in South America and South Africa is also stretching the imagination.

His claim that he killed 400 people whilst he was attached to 22 SAS, stretching the fantasy a little bit more.

The biggest fantasy would have to be about the Bali bombings which took place on 12 October 2002 when 202 people were killed , 88 of them Australian and a further 240 injured. Being a secret group of ex SAS the Australian Government recruited them to go to Bali to take out the terrorists, but backed out at the last minute. McLarnon obviously does not know that Australia has its own SAS Regiment.

He wears the SAS beret and Badge most likely UK and has now taken to wearing the Commando beret. At present we do not have photos of him wearing either beret, but we would appreciate it, if someone does have a photograph of McLarnon wearing either beret if they could forward it to us. Next ANZAC Day would be a good time to get one if anyone sees him. He does believe his own lies as he has been telling them long enough to march next ANZAC Day wearing all his medals and either beret.

Robert McLarnon’s medals are a real mixture, most likely bought by McLarnon himself.

The RUC Medal GCissued 4 November 2001 Official, but not entitled to this medal (The RUC George Cross Foundation stated he may have been in the RUC Reserve and his service numbers are incorrect. Had he served in the RUC Reserve he would only be entitled to the original RUC medal issued in 1982)

This is the medal he should be wearing which was instituted on 20 July 1982 and not the one with the blue edges which was instituted 4 November 2001 when the RUC received the Unit Citation for the George Cross.

The RUC Medal, first medal instituted 1982




The RUC Medal showing it was awarded the George Cross as a Unit Citation, second medal.

Within two years of being awarded the George Cross the RUC was replaced by the PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland)

General Service Medal clasp Northern Ireland.Official medal, entitlement doubtful (The UDR Association no longer have access to the records and could not confirm that he served with them bearing in mind the two service numbers stated by Mc Larnon are incorrect and the fact that he claims to have been attached to 22 SAS Regiment serving with them all over the world. Also McLarnon makes no mention or gives any dates as to having served with the UDR in his application to join Hervey Bay RSL). He is not entitled to it by serving with the RUC as they were issued the RUC Service Medal.

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002.Official medal, not entitled as he was here in Australia at the time and not a serving member of the British Military Forces.

The procedure for the issue of the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002 was entirely different. It was not offered to Australia for general issue to Australians. As a consequence, very few Australians are entitled to the Golden Jubilee Medal 2002. The only exception is the small number of people who received the medal as a personal gift from the British Government. For example, Australia’s only two living Victoria Cross recipients did receive the medal. (At the time)


Active Service Medal.Unofficial medal, what we refer to as a purchased tin medal and should not be worn.

Defence Meritorious Service Medal (USA) 3rd Highest Award, official medal, not entitled, only awarded to the US Military

The Defence Meritorious Service Medal

(DMSM) was established by Executive Order 12019 on 3 November 1977 and implemented by DOD 1348.33–M.

The DMSM shall be awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defence only to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after November 3, 1977, distinguished themselves by noncombat meritorious achievement or service.

Only under the most unusual circumstances will the DMSM be awarded as an impact award for outstanding TDY (Temporary Duty, US military abbreviation) achievement. The DMSM is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally meritorious service performance and to honour an individual's accomplishments over a sustained period.

The eagle is symbolic of the United States; the pentagon shape alludes to the Department of Defence, and the laurel wreath represents achievement. The colours, crimson and white, are duplicates of the colours of the Legion of Merit ribbon. Bluebird is the colour associated with the Department of Defence.

Note: Update of information received after ANZMI forward McLarnon’s documents to the RUC George Cross Foundation, Ulster Defence Regiment and the Police Service Northern Ireland.

From the RUC


I am advised that the military numbers are incorrect in that there are not sufficient digits. The number for the RUC GC service is incorrect and in fact we have identified the officer whose number it is.


This is from a soldier who served in the UDR.


I've just read his claims, and while it is unbelievable it also angers me when people claim to be something they quite obviously are not. In saying that I found myself shaking my head and smirking to myself in total disbelief at his claims, the man must be one of the biggest Walters I've ever heard of, and I can only imagine the stories he must have told his wife and family (and God knows who else) !!!

 I know that what I say may not be of any help or change anything, but from what he claims I have noted the following; -

He makes reference to the RUC and quickly states the award of the George Cross,  while he is correct in that the award of the GC was made to the RUC it was a 'collective' award and not to any individual as I think he is trying to imply (now that he's living in Queensland where nobody knows him I wouldn't be surprised if he's actually wearing one).

 The RUC never had a Special Service Unit. They did have SPG (Special Patrol Groups). These groups received more range/weapon training than the ordinary policeman and would have been called in after intelligence was received to carry out searches for weapons, etc. while the ordinary policeman would have manned the cordon, etc , but they certainly didn't have a 'specialised unit' that worked solely with the SAS on a regular basis as he implies.

The RUC would have had dealings with Special Forces, just as they had with all units and Regiments in the province, but this would have been carried out by Special Branch in order to supply information and if an operation was to be carried out then either the area would have been sterilised completely or the RUC/Army/UDR would have been used to patrol the area at a distance. They were never attached to the Special Forces as he again would have you believe. He may have been in the RUC and he may have been on a particular job knowing that something was happening, but he certainly would not have been doing what he implies as an RUC officer.

 As a Soldier I was also of the opinion that to even apply for the SAS (or Special Forces) you first had to have five years Military Service. As a member of the RUC (a policeman) he was a 'civilian',  if I've got this right I gather that he only served in the RUC and that he had no further Service after leaving them in 1982 ???  If that is so then I find it impossible to believe, or even consider, that the SAS would train a 'civilian' in all the things he claims, particularly when his 'certificate' clearly states that HALO is a requirement ??????  And why on earth would a mere policeman need to be Para trained? OK, he may have done a parachute jump (as many of us have) but that doesn't make him 'Parachute Regiment trained' ... and I can't believe that anyone could be deceived by anything he has produced as it's clearly fake, just as he is.

Please keep me informed. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he perhaps served in the RUC, but I think I can safely say that he was never in the Ulster Defence Regiment. Thankfully the good, decent, honourable and brave officers and Soldiers of the RUC and UDR more than make up for the likes of Mr, McLarnon.


As can be seen from the information received by the RUC George Cross Foundation, the UDR Association and the documents in McLarnon’s own hand as well as the lies he has told, McLarnon does live in a world of fantasy. As he is in Australia, he most likely thought he would get away with spinning his false yarns. His time has run out and he has lost a lot of friends he had by telling tall stories.

We do expect more information will be forth coming once this goes to air.

For his actions Robert McLarnon will grace our web site for the world to see as he has stolen the valour of the real police officers of the RUC who died or were injured doing their duty.

 He has tarnished his name and brought shame on himself and family. He has also shown a total disrespect to 22 SAS Regiment, Royal Ulster Constabulary, and Ulster Defence Regiment and to the meaning of medals he falsely wears.

29th May 2011

We have received more information and more photographs of Mclarnon, a couple of him wearing the UK SAS beret. McLarnon was never a member of the UK SAS and is not entitled to wear the beret or any other items which indicate he was a member of the UK SAS, such as the tie, badge on his jacket, lapel badge, let alone the beret

We have also received a copy of a document created by McLarnon as a history of his military service and service to the community. In the document he states he did active service from 1975 to 1982. In his Statutory Declaration already on his case page you will see that service was only with the RUC and allegedly attached to 22 SAS UK. This we know is false. As you will see earlier in the case he supplied incorrect service numbers for the RUC and believe this service to be false.

He claims to have participated in a US exchange program with the New York Police Department serving with the 41st Precinct in the Bronx. It has been confirmed with the RUC that no exchange program with the New York Police was ever in place during that time period.

He also claims to have served with the 1st Battalion Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) in a Recon Platoon. We have been contacted by a member that served in that Battalion at the time. He advised us that no battalion in the UDR had a Recon Platoon and he and others do not recall his McLarnon’s name or that he served in the 1st Battalion UDR. McLarnon fails to state what years he served with the UDR.

As our ex UDR member stated everybody knew who was in their battalion, you may not know everyone in the Regiment which would have consisted of a number of battalions, but most certainly you would know members of your own unit.

The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross was awarded as a unit citation to both the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment in October 2006. As the United Kingdom does not have unit citation medals or insignias as the Australian forces, members wore a small CGC lapel badge either on their lapel or on the ribbon of their Northern Ireland Campaign Service Medal, the General Service Medal. The RUC have two lapel badges, one indicating the issue of the George Cross. Another lapel badge that has popped up is an SAS/RUC lapel badge. With the recent killing of an Irish police officer by hard line IRA (Irish Republican Army), it is doubtful if anyone would wear a lapel badge that would make them a target for the IRA.

It appears McLarnon is a born liar and fraud who has made up a false CV of what he has done during his lifetime. We already know from a retired New South Wales police Sergeant that McLarnon’s claims of being a private instructor to the NSW Tactical Response Team is false as each State Police Force would have their own instructors that would have been trained by the Australian SAS in Counter Terrorist work.

 As for the rest of the information he has put in the document, it should be treated as very doubtful especially his claim of have a degree in Criminal Law. He does fail to mention with which University and when he received these degrees.

McLarnon is an out right liar and lives in a world of his own making up stories as he goes and expects people to believe him.

You will notice in the Statutory Declaration supplied by our informant that McLarnon is under investigation for discrepancies in funds when he was the Treasurer of the Tri Service Retreat Inc which sends parcels to our troops serving overseas which we highly commend them for. The discrepancies are between his reports and the bank statements, so what else does that make him. A large sum of money has mysteriously appeared in the Tri Service Hervey Bay Inc account. It is not known who placed the money in the account.

Robert McLarnon you have made many enemies within the area you live. Our advice to you is to get rid of false medals and desist from telling any more outlandish lies about your service as we have been informed that three English gentlemen turned up on ANZAC Day looking for you, but you were nowhere to be seen



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: McLean
Christian Names: Wayne N
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Ballarat
Case Notes:

Wayne N McLean  of Delacombe near Ballarat Victoria

According to Wayne McLean at the age of eighteen years he was dodging bullets as a helicopter medic participating in the battle of the siege of Khe Sanh in Vietnam.  To be a successful wannabe you have to know your military history and when it comes to Military History you have to be damn good to beat us. On our side we have thousands of Veterans who have served in every theatre of war from World War 2 until present time. 



Khe Sanh was a vicious battle between USA Marines and North Vietnamese from 21 January 1968 to 8 April 1968.  McLean was born on the 11 July 1951 which means that he was seventeen years and ten months old at the conclusion of the famous battle. Here is a photo of his Victorian  Driver’s Licence clearly showing his birth date.


We know, and any amateur Vietnam historian knows that no Army personnel were deployed to Vietnam until after their nineteenth birthday, so 1951 rules out Wayne as a Combat Medic.

According to McLean he was posted to the Australian 1st Armoured Regiment Squadron as a “Medic” and then detached to a United States Helicopter Air Ambulance “Dustoff” unit.

Of course we won’t find an official service record because he claims to have changed his name. We have checked every person in A, B and C Squadrons of 1st Armoured Regiment who served in Vietnam and there is no person named McLean and no person from the Royal Australian Medical Corps with the first or second name of Wayne.

Wayne spins garbage war stories, here is an example:

“On his first mission as a “Dustoff” helicopter medic, the African American pilot of the aircraft offered him his first marijuana cigarette.

His helicopter was involved in transporting approximately ninety wounded soldiers, on sequential missions, eighty of the casualties died” 

We hold a properly signed and witnessed Statutory Declaration from a person who directly told of his war exploits, we have distorted some of the Statutory Declaration for security reasons:


Here is some information from a genuine dustoff Australian medical Corps soldier:

There was only one African American in 45th a crew chief. There just were not any African American  pilots that I saw and I was all over the place from Tan An in the Mekong Delta to Kartoum in the North and Cambodia in the West, never did I see an African American pilot and very few African American crew members.   The marijuana incident that “happened” in 1968, they probably were flying the UH-1C then, they were harder to fly as they did not have an automatic collective like the later UH-1H and as for the crew smoking pot whilst flying a difficult precision aircraft like the C model, no way.

The Battle of Khe Sanh was in 1968 in I Corps; 1st  Armoured Regiment arrived in Vietnam in February 1968 at Nui Dat in III Corps;  The battle was between the US Marines and the North Vietnamese Army;  The battle was fought between January and April of 1968;  The only Australians who contributed to the battle were the crews of 2 Squadron RAAF in providing air support;   Some Australian medics were seconded to the USA 45th Medical Company (Air Ambulance)  The 45th Medical Company serviced only the III Corps area. The battle of Khe Sahn was in I Corps area.

Wayne N McLean spins a twisted tale of service in Vietnam that to him would appear uncheck able, because he claims to have been attached to a USA unit and claims to have changed his name. It is easy to “pick holes” in his story because:

No one under the age of Nineteen years served with the Australian Army in Vietnam.

No Australian Medical Corps personnel worked with USA units servicing the I Corps area where the battle of Khe Sahn was fought.

Despite what is depicted in Rambo type movies, genuine Veterans know that helicopter pilots did not nonchalantly smoke marijuana whilst on operations.

Wayne N McLean of Delacombe near Ballarat in Victoria is a disgraceful liar and a wannabe.

We would like to hear from any other Veterans or ex Servicemen who have had the displeasure of meeting this fraud.

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: McLean
Christian Names: James Ronald Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Wangaratta
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army
Branch: Armoured Corps
Commencement of service: 1984
Completion of service: 2006
Case Notes:




James McLean completed many years of respected Army Service mainly in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps where he was a skilled Crewman on Armoured vehicles. After his discharge he became a Fire Fighter in Victoria and seems to have run off his tracks.

Notice that McLean is wearing on his left breast:

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB)        -  Not entitled

General Service Medal (GSM) (Imperial)  -  Not entitled

Australian Active Service Medal    -  Entitled

Defence Long Service Medal        -  Entitled

Australian Defence Medal             -  Entitled

United Nations UNTAC Medal       -  Entitled

Above, and to the right of his rack, he is wearing a newly presented National Emergency Medal. Awarded for service as a Fire Fighter, he is entitled to that medal.

His deception

The ICB is a prestigious badge awarded to  serving members of the Australian Army for service as an Infantryman in warlike operations. McLean has never served in such a roll.

The GSM is an imperial medal that McLean claims was awarded to him for service in Northern Ireland whilst attached to United Kingdom Forces during his Special Air Service Regiment service during the 1980s.  In fact McLean has never served with the SASR attached to UK Forces and never served in Northern Ireland.

We hold Statutory Declarations declaring that McLean has told people  he also spent two weeks in Somalia with SASR.  In addition he claims to have been on a solo exercise "mission"  in Bass Strait Victoria to "Retake" an oil/gas rig, however he misread the tides and drifted past the Rig and had to have his "ship" return and  pick  him up.

McLean does have a history with SASR in that he attended two selection courses, one in 1991 and another in 1992.  He failed to complete the courses and was withdrawn on both occasions.

McLean earned the Australian Active Service Medal and the United Nations UNTAC medal for Peacekeeping operations in Cambodia.  He earned the Australian Defence Medal and the Defence Long Service Medal  for completing years  of service in the Australian Army.  He earned the  National Emergency Medal for civilian fire fighting duties.

He should have been satisfied with his awards and his service, but for reasons known only to him he awarded himself an extra badge and medal.

McLean is a medals cheat, a liar, a wannabe and a fraud, he wears a prestigious badge he did not earn, a UK medal he did not earn and tells lies about having served on dangerous operations in the elite SASR.

McLean's reputation has now been sullied by his own actions.  Those who choose this path of false fame will, like McLean be exposed on this website.


Surname: McLeod
Christian Names: Sydney Alexander
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Wulguru
Service #: 1201143
Service: Army
Branch: Royal Australian Infantry
Case Notes:



Sydney McLeod has vigorously responded to our website entry. 

 We write facts and it is up to the reader to decide whether the person is a Wannabe or a Medals Cheat or a rampant Conspiracy theorist.  McLeod responded to our report as follows inter alia:

As for my being well known ACTUALLY EXCEPT FOR THE NIGHT The CIA in command of an American Military Unit threatened me with extinction by 5.5s if I fired on passing enemy everything claimed was written by a well respected officer who did not even know me until 30 years later so gutless one with tract (sic)  that assumption. He was also the officer who confirmed the awards I WAS TO GET.

The above passage is relevant to our report as it indicates the state of mind of McLeod regarding his conspiracy theories.  Below is his rationale for wearing unauthorised foreign and fake tin medals

As for the Purple Heart Many Australians have them whether we should wear them or not is a mute (sic) point I asked the Americans and they took the view that even though NONE of us are on the PH roll they said we SHOULD WEAR THEM WITH PRIDE oh and by the way it was not an American Officer as far as I remember it was a 2 stripper (sic) clerk who brought them to our beds in the American Battle Casualty Ward. I even had a visit from an Australian Captain who assured me I could not possibly be who I said I was and would be investigated and charged, never heard from him again. Now I have been wearing the FLS (Front Line Service)  medal tin long before the later Australian Gongs I still wear it because it is and was a direct challenge to wankers who write this crap up. As for the last minis they are set up for display and is missing 2 Vietnamese ones which when I get them will go into the book this FRAUD WHOEVER HE MAY BE CAN READ ABOUT THE TRUTH OF COMMAND IN AUSTRALIA AND VIETNAM and the verifying officer. So the only SILLY individual is the IGNORANT AUTHOR OF THIS CRAP

Here is another passage from him

 THIS IS SLANDER AND AN INCORRECT OPINION AS I AM ONLY BACKING WHAT A WELL RESPECTED OFFICER HAS STATED AND PROOF IS PROVIDED. MY CONTRIBUTION IS ABOUT WHY I MUTINEED (sic) AND THE FACT I WAS NOT COURT MARTIALLED, THE NEW COMMANDER OF THE MAT WAS LIED TO ABOUT IT (didn't even know I existed after arriving the day after I left) AND THE FACT THAT A CIA AGENT TOOK COMMAND OF 89 MACV A MILITARY UNIT IS IN AUSTRALIAN VIETNAM WAR HISTORY. REMOVE IT OR I will get legal advice about this and the other charges against AHQ. And I would suggest you give the syphilitic harlot you used for this a smack around the chops. Oh and by the way you failed to mention I am not wearing MY ENTITLED UNIT CITATION WITH FEDERATION STAR for my part in 2nd Coral and both Balmorals. You got me on where I wear my PH and my FLS tin which I will continue to do so fuckwits like your abuser can expose themselves. To even mention the rack that I ""OWN"" and use in the book as an example is anexample what a slut you have reporting for you

We have said that McLeod is a Medals Cheat and a conspiracy theorist.  McLeod's response is proof that we have got it right.

MacLeod spent time deployed to Malaysia before being deployed to Vietnam for 756 days in an Infantry role.  We believe that the Army should carefully consider mental health issues, before committing soldiers to long term repetitive deployments to war zones. 



Have no doubt, Sydney Alexander McLeod has served with distinction. He served two tours with a total of 756 days in Vietnam. All that time was spent as a combat soldier. His first tour in 1967 - 1968 was as a Private Soldier and his second tour 1970 -1971 was as a Sergeant.

Sydney Alexander McLeod

Notice the last two medals he wears are:

USA Purple Heart
Front line medal

The Purple Heart is not a medal authorised by the Governor General of Australia and must never be attached to his genuine rack of medals.

The Purple Heart was issued to USA service persons who were wounded in action. McLeod was wounded in action on the 22 January 1968 when the vehicle hit a mine at GR509546 South of Lo Gom. He was evacuated to a USA Military Hospital and claims whilst recovering in hospital was presented with the Purple Heart by a US Army Officer. Irrespective of how he acquired the Medal, protocol dictates that it must not be worn with Australian Defence or Federal medals on the left breast.

Sydney McLeod

The Front Line Medal is an unauthorised, unofficial, self purchased commemorative medal and must not be worn with Defence or Federal Medals.

Sydney McLeod

McLeod is well known in the Veteran community because of his rantings about how corrupt the Australian Army was in Vietnam. He is a silly conspiracy theorist and he is the corrupt one, due to his shenanigans to corrupt the Australian Honours and Awards system.

Below is another rack of medals that he owns. He has not been seen wearing this rack of medals and therefore has not committed any offence


He would be entitled to wear seven of the twelve medals. Five of the medals are fanciful awards that he believes he should have been presented with. The Australian Government decides who wears what. It is people like McLeod who are chipping away at the integrity of the Australians Honours system.

Irrespective of his personal belief that he can wear whatever he likes, ANZMI will report him and his ilk wherever and whenever they offend.

Welcome to the website Sydney Alexander McLeod.

Surname: McMurtrie
Christian Names: Darcy James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Darcy James McMurtrie


Darcy James McMurtrie almost served in Vietnam as a Guard at the Australian Embassy in Saigon.

 He was posted to the Australian Embassy Guard Platoon on Army Headquarters Posting Order SVN 6/73 dated 10th January 1973.  McMurtrie did not go to Vietnam, as the Posting Order was cancelled on the 2nd March 1973, because the Australian Embassy Guard Platoon was to be recalled to Australia in June 1973.



McMurtrie will tell those who will listen that he served in Vietnam with 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), and was attached to the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).

A genuine, and very well known ex SASR Vietnam Veteran met McMurtrie by chance, and McMurtrie gave him a “rundown” of his Vietnam service and details of a Parachuting accident that occurred whilst attending a Free Fall Parachuting Course, that left him with a prosthetic leg.

Below is a transcript from a Statutory Declaration that we hold: inter alia

“I met a Mr Darcy McMurtrie. During discussions with Mr McMurtrie he claims to have lost a leg during a course (Military Freefall Parachute) at the Army Parachute School. I was quickly able to establish that Mr McMurtrie was not telling the truth about his accident and that he never attended such a course at the Parachute School.

In further discussions with Mr McMurtrie he also told me that he was a Vietnam Veteran and had served with 7RAR (attached to SAS) during his service in Vietnam.  He also has a private car that has a large sticker on the rear window that says “Vietnam Veteran and Proud of it””

Below is further information from the genuine Veteran:

“McMurtrie was very passionate about him having lost his leg on a parachute jump at the parachute school, even after I told him he was talking to the ex xxxxx xxxxx  of training wing, and that he had never been to the parachute school let alone done a course there.. His reply was that he had been there and has a photograph of him in his black jump suit on the course. My reply was .. there’s your answer mate.... only instructors wore black suits and students wore orange suits...”

McMurtries Service Record shows that he did attend a Basic Parachute course at the Air Support Unit Army Component between 23 January and 15 February 1974. His records do not reflect any accidents or injuries associated with that course. A Basic Parachute Course is a long way different from a Military Freefall Parachute Course.


McMurtrie did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force and has never been attached to the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR). The last Australian Army units departed Vietnam in December 1972. McMurtries Certificate of Discharge shows no Overseas Service during his National Service from 30 September 1970 to 29 March 1972.


After being a civilian for eight months McMurtrie re-enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on the 11 December 1972.

McMurtrie continued with routine service. The last entry accessible on his file is dated mid 1982 when as a Private soldier he participated in Exercise Long Star in West Germany.

We know that McMurtrie has lied about serving in Vietnam with 7RAR attached to SASR, whether McMurtrie attended a Military Freefall Parachute course at some time after 1982 and injured his leg we don’t know, however, we do know that if he has a photograph of “himself” wearing a black jump suit during a descent it will be false.

McMurtrie is a wannabe fool who eventually told his story to the wrong person, and is now comprehensively exposed as a liar and wannabe. Because he lied about his military service his true military history is now available on this web site for all to see. Those who choose to gamble by grossly exaggerating their military history, have very high odds of joining McMurtrie and the hundreds of other liars frauds and wannabes we have exposed. Wannabes, be aware, ANZMI’s network is comprehensive and those who choose to be wannabes will eventually be exposed.

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.

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