Surname: smith
Christian Names: Murray
Country: Australia
State or Province: Unknown
City or Town: Unknown
Case Notes:

Murray Smith claims to have been a SASR (Special Air Service Regiment, based at Swanbourne, Western Australia) trooper.  He wears the medals of a Vietnam Veteran and the Infantry Combat Badge [ICB] of an Infantryman.   

He rose through the ranks to become the President of the Royal Australian Army Service Corps Vietnam Veterans Association Inc. Smith thought he had made all the right moves to now be classed as "in" with the veterans of this association, however the RAASCVN association members are no fools.


Murray Smith would have severe flashbacks on ANZAC Day and tell stories of his brave missions into Cambodia to anyone who would listen to him. He would almost become traumatised by the stories he would tell to the point where the RAASCVN Association had had enough and decided to check his record of service thoroughly. The result of this check proved beyond any doubt that he was an impostor.   

Murray Smith was confronted and asked to prove his service. He could not, and further went on to admit to the Association that he had purchased the medals he wore through a memorabilia outlet, an organisation that should have asked for the bone-fides of the person before making the sale to him.   

It is a Federal Offence in Australia to impersonate a serviceman/woman or wear medals not rightly bestowed on the wearer of any such awards.

Currently the RSL (Returned and Services League) and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia are pushing government for the penalties for this offence to be increased. It is hoped that the Australian government will listen to them and impose much harsher penalties.

Australian Vietnam Veterans had it tough enough when they returned from active service, but now that they are at last becoming accepted and to a degree feted, it seems that everyone wants to become a Veteran.

Imposters dishonour the memories of all servicemen and women of all conflicts who paid the supreme sacrifice for this country. Now the country can do something to assist the veterans in their quest to find and expose these impostors by increasing the fine and jail sentence that should be imposed on the "Would be if I could have been" segment of the Australian and New Zealand population."     

Murray Smith has been reported to the Australian Federal Police for falsely wearing the decorations of a veteran. Like all the others on this site, Smith's claims to the awards he wears, are false.

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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