Haydon

Surname: Haydon
Christian Names: Barry Francis
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Kingaroy
Case Notes:

Live: 05 Nov 2013

Barry Francis Haydon of Kingaroy, Queensland, would have you believe that he was an extraordinary, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Ordinary Seaman.

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Haydon has put himself in the category of the "courageous" characters, who are also located on this web site. See Noel Patrick “Molly” Muller and Alistair Ross Hardy, who, as Navy Seamen were also "involved" in heroic clandestine operations in the jungles of South East Asia.

For more than twenty years, Haydon has told tales of his extraordinary service with the RAN and a United States Navy Sea Air Land (SEAL) unit. We hold statutory declarations relating to the ridiculous claims made by Haydon and we will show that he is a liar and a wannabe.

It is hard to believe that the United States Navy SEALs would recruit an unspectacular Australian Ordinary Seaman, who after nineteen months service of a nine year enlistment period, was discharged from the RAN as being "Unsuitable", as indicated below on his official RAN file.

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According to Haydon, the SEALs recruited him as soon as he left the RAN and sent him "back up country" (To Vietnam).

Haydon joined the RAN on 22 August 1970 and departed on 27 March 1972.
During his short stay in the Navy he served on HMAS Brisbane in Vietnam from March 1971 to October 1971 as a nineteen year old Ordinary Seaman. His service was ordinary, as was just about every other Sailor, Soldier and Airman who served in Vietnam.

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As shown above, Haydon was employed as an Ordinary Seaman, Underwater Weapons. (Under training). When asked about his job involving Underwater Weapons he said,

"No, that should be Diver as "Underwater Weapons" means a "Diver"

RAN Clearance Divers are a Special Forces elite group. They have never heard of Haydon. RAN personnel who served in Vietnam as Divers, are clearly shown on the Vietnam Nominal Roll as "Clearance Divers".

After being snapped up by US Navy SEALs and returned to Vietnam. He tells of his mission to extract Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Officers from the Australian Embassy in Saigon. He says -;

"We had to remove all identification and of course wear 'civvies' we made a high speed dash up the river to a pick up point. We got them, as it was pretty crowded, we did a hot extraction".

Then in a secret RAN unit he did operations in Australia:

"We had to come up river to the New Farm area of Brisbane in the 1970s. Removed all identification and wear civilian clothes because if we were caught we were on our own. The mission was to remove documents from an office on the river bank, then do a high speed extraction down the river"

Whilst serving on HMAS Hobart

"He became inebriated in Singapore. His ship left without him. He had to ‘hitch hike’ to Vietnam to try to catch his unit. On the way he was caught up in a battle, but was rescued by the Green Berets"

On another occasion -;

“You know how these things happen. I recall that when I was up country, I heard some movement one night. I let off a full ‘mag’ and then I realised what I had shot was a bird”.

In a recent incident, a very high profile, highly decorated Veteran visited Kingaroy and Haydon had the audacity to invent a story about how the visitor had rescued his father during a battle in Korea.

In April 1972, after his removal from the RAN, Haydon joined the Australian Citizens Military Forces (ACMF) (Part time) as a Private soldier. One would think he would have acquired an elevation in rank after his "Secret Service".

He was discharged from the ACMF in 1974. He then re-enlisted into the Army Reserve (Part Time) in March 1979, where he qualified as a Cook at the rank of Private, until he was discharged at his own request on the 26 May 1980.

Ex-Service persons from the Kingaroy area are exasperated with Haydon's ridiculous stories that are not told in jest, but in a manner to enhance his persona as a returned RAN Veteran, who did much more than was ever expected of an RAN Ordinary Seaman.

Most Veterans are content with their true military history and have no desire to grossly exaggerate and lie about it. Haydon does not realise that those he tells his tales to, know immediately that he is a liar, a wannabe, and a person who has earned the disrespect of the Veteran Community everywhere.

He has well earned his position on our web site and unlike the RAN we find him most suitable to serve on our web site.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

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