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

Surname: Carlin previously kn
Christian Names: Timothy Allen aka Harry
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Newstead
Service #: 362279
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry Commando Army Reserve
Commencement of service: Jul 72 and May 73
Completion of service: Jun 77 and Jul 78
Case Notes:

 

 

 

62279 Private Timothy John Carlin initially from New Zealand and now of Newstead Victoria, was previously known as Timothy Allen Southwick and also known as Harry Carlin.

Carlin is another "sufferer" of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by his Operational Service deployment to Vietnam. He uses the excuse of PTSD for his occasional deplorable behaviour. The problem is that Carlin has never been deployed on operational service, and his bad behaviour is just an aspect of his need to be seen as a tough but mentally scarred Commando Trained returned Veteran. He describes his education qualifications as "The Australian Special Forces College". (There is no such establishment)

Carlin's name changes did temporarily hamper our search for his true military history which is a lot different from Carlin's version.

We hold Statutory Declarations stating that Carlin said that,

"He served in Vietnam with 2 Commando Company in the late 70s, he says that 2 Commando Company were deployed as private contractors until Fraser (The Prime Minister of the era) pulled them out. In addition, in numerous Facebook Posts he gave strong indication of service in the Middle East conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan"

At no time was 2 Commando Company ever deployed to Vietnam and unlike the recent Middle East wars there were no Australian Private Contractors deployed to Vietnam at any time during or after the war

We are reliably advised that Carlin had the audacity to seek psychological counselling from Department of Veterans Affairs in relation to his Vietnam War Service. He also approached Department of Defence for the issue of Vietnam Campaign medals. Both government agencies gave him short shrift. He was able to explain to his family that the lack of Government co-operation was because his work was secret and his file expunged.

In fact Carlin's full military file is available on application to National Australia Archives.

He was a Private soldier who served two stints of one year each with the Army Reserve on a part time basis consisting mainly of week-ends and one or two nights a week.

His status as a soldier puts him at the bottom of the pile and he would in no way be sufficiently skilled for the type of deployments he claims.

In essence Carlin is a big noting, liar and wannabe who has offended many people with his laughable claims of being a Returned Veteran. Carlin need no longer seek fame through his tales of Commando service in Vietnam, as his countenance and his true military history can be viewed in every corner of the world through the medium of this web site.

Surname: Carr
Christian Names: Lee Thomas
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Wollongong
Service #: Not Known
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: RAInf
Commencement of service: 11 Oct 1986
Completion of service: Nov 1986
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Lee Thomas Carr was born on the 5th September, 1966. He is a partner in a business formally registered as Downtown Gym at Wollongong, south of Sydney in NSW. Carr is a boxing trainer who "tossed in the towel" on his own military career after one weekend in the "bush".

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The above photograph is Carr posing for the camera at his Wollongong gymnasium.

Lee Carr runs a Facebook page in connection with his gymnasium to promote himself and his business.

No problems with that. It makes good business sense.

However, it is what Carr places on his Facebook page that has created the interest of ANZMI.

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In the above Facebook photograph posted in 2014, Carr has claimed that the photograph is of him when he was a member of the 3 Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) Commando Unit.

It is in fact a staged photograph of Carr about six weeks after he joined the part time Australian Army Reserves, formerly the Citizens Military Forces on the 11 October, 1986.

On the weekend of 28th - 30th November, 1986, shortly after joining the Army Reserves in October that year, Carr was sent to Nowra on the south coast of NSW for an escape and evasion course. This was part of his initial normal Reserve training. We have been reliably informed by his former “team mates”, that this is the only time he ever spent in the “bush”.

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Carr is a lilly gilder, and a liar. The above Facebook post states that he “misses his old team.” He uses these false inferences and innuendos to convince his “loyal gym followers”, mainly females, that he is a legitimate former commando.

Carr in fact had a very uneventful period in the part time Army Reserve. Following his subsequent disinterest in army life, he failed to even complete basic mandatory Recruit training at Ingleburn, NSW.

As a consequence, he and the Australian Army parted company. His services were no longer required. His "bush" experience must have been too stressful for him and he tossed in the towel after six weeks, or in his case, a couple of weekends and a handful of  Tuesday night Parades.

Carr was never a member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not attend basic training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Kapooka, NSW. He did not attend Infantry Corps training at Singleton, NSW, and he certainly did not attend any commando parachute courses at Williamtown or anywhere else in Australia to become a qualified Commando.

He was never a member of 3 RAR Infantry Battalion. The 3 RAR Association have never heard of him.

In any case, there never was a 3 RAR Commando Unit as Carr claims.

In fact, his service records indicate that he would never have made the grade to be a regular full time soldier, let alone a qualified Commando.

We tried contacting Mr Lee Carr on the telephone number supplied for Downtown Gym, 50 Crown street, Wollongong.  This number has been disconnected.

We also tried contacting Carr on his mobile telephone for a considerable period to ask him about his Commando days in the Australian Regular Army.  This was also unsuccessful.

Carr is just another contemptible wannabee and liar, who uses his very brief part time Reserve service to promote himself and his gymnasium business to others by continual lies and innuendos.

For all his bravado, he is a just a fraud who could not hack military life but uses it to increase his status and regular income.

Carr, remove your lies about your military service from your Facebook profile and accept the fact that you are just a failed soldier.

Also have the intestinal fortitude to inform all your gymnasium clients that you are just a false pretender and that you lied to them about your Commando claims.

We look forward to providing an update of this imposters claims in the near future.

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: Caton
Christian Names: William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bribie Island, formerly of Killarney
Service #: R53690
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Clearance Diver
Commencement of service: 22 November 1957
Completion of service: Unknown
Case Notes:

 

William "Bill" Caton alleges his wearing of false medals over the past twelve years is the fault of an RSL Secretary who is deceased. It is a very lame excuse, considering the Secretary mentioned, cannot defend himself. In any case, Caton would have clearly known he had not been awarded the medals concerned, particularly the prestigious Member of the British Empire Medal (MBE) which, in addition to being a medals cheat also makes him a liar.


The medals are:

Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE. Not entitled
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Naval General Service Medal (NGSM)
General Service Medal (GSM) 1962
Vietnam Medal (VM) Not entitled
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) Not entitled
Pinjat Jasa Malaysia (PJM)

Caton is not entitled to three of the medals, but may be entitled to a lesser medal for his two days of Vietnam service out of sight of the Vietnam coast. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Nominal Roll details that Caton spent 23 days aboard HMAS Melbourne in Vietnam. Whether Caton was on board is a mystery, because his RAN service record does not reflect involvement in that voyage. HMAS Melbourne escorted HMAS Sydney to Vietnam waters from 31 May 1965 to 22 June 1965 which was 23 days, as shown on the DVA Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans. HMAS Melbourne's actual time in Vietnam waters, consisted of only two days, the 7th and 8th of June 1965 and was out of sight of land the whole time.

"In accordance with information from Ship Movements Sheets – Naval History Section – Sea Power Centre, Australia, I am able to confirm that HMAS Melbourne has qualifying time and eligibility for the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp ‘Vietnam’ , Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal and Returned from Active Service Badge for the period being 07/06/1965 – 8/06/1965".


Caton's record of service, clearly shows that he was aboard HMAS Supply on the 7th and 8th June 1965. HMAS Supply is not listed as ever participating in the Vietnam war.


His record shows he was located at HMAS Terror in Singapore from 14 March 1965 until 23 May 1965 and then aboard HMAS Supply from 23 May 1965 until 22 June 1965,

On that May/June 65 voyage, HMAS Melbourne escorted HMAS Sydney from the Singapore area to Vietnam waters. HMAS Melbourne never went within sight of the Vietnam Coast, but many years later, after much lobbying, the crew were presented with the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM), which is the medal that Caton could be wearing instead of the VM and the RVCM, if he was in fact aboard HMAS Melbourne at the time.

Which is correct? The DVA Nominal roll that puts Caton on board HMAS Melbourne on 7th 8th June 65 or his official RAN file, which puts him aboard HMAS Supply on 7th 8th June 1965?

The twenty three days in Vietnam shown on the DVA nominal roll was actually the time that HMAS Melbourne departed Singapore until it returned to Singapore. Caton's whole Vietnam experience would have been two days out of sight of land in Vietnam waters. For that service, he wears the same medals as an Infantry soldier who had to serve one hundred and eighty one days on Vietnam soil.

The MBE is a very prestigious medal presented under the previous imperial system for outstanding service in a senior position. All recipients are listed on the London Gazette. Caton is not listed and has never been awarded the medal.


Below, is the "official" reason why Caton wears the three false medals. The information was presented by executives of the Killarney RSL

"Bill was attending a meeting in Killarney when his medals were stolen from inside his car. A week later, Sub-Branch secretary Trevor Smart (deceased) gave him a rack of medals to wear and replace the ones stolen. Some time later, Caton’s medals were returned to his car however he didn’t get around to replacing them and remained wearing the rack given him by Mr Smart".

What a load of codswallop. The above happened around twelve years ago and Caton continued to wear the medals for twelve years.

An investigator was also advised by a Killarney RSL executive, that Caton served on four different ships in Vietnam and there was no record because RAN never kept records. More Codswallop

After trying to contact Caton we received this email from Mr Peter Webster PhD Secretary of the Killarney RSL:

KILLARNEY RSL SUB-BRANCH
Returned & Services League of Australia (Qld)
“The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance”


President: Jim McGee

Ph: xxxxxx

Secretary: Peter Webster

Ph: xxxxxx

Email: rslkillarney@gmail.com
Send all correspondence to: The Secretary, PO Box 69, Killarney, Qld, 4373


Greetings,
Mr xxxxxxx (Investigator?).
I have been informed of your 'investigation' (23 February 2020) and am in receipt of copies of emails initially sent to ex-President (Killarney RSL Sub-Branch) Mr xxxxxxxx and/or ex-Secretary Mrs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

With the limited information currently available to me, it appears that person or persons unknown to us, (identified in the emails as 'a friend') have asserted that one of our members, Mr William (Bill) Caton, is being investigated by you, for alleged wearing of medals to which the allegation clearly infers, he is not entitled, namely the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (1965).

Please advise me of your role in this investigation?

It is of concern to us that proper protocol appears not to have been followed, in that this matter has been brought to the attention of Mr John Skinner President of Warwick RSL Sub-Branch, which as you will be aware is a different 'entity' to ours.
Further, prejudicial language such as "He is a 'big noise' in the Killarney (Qld) RSL Sub-Branch" and "I believe this man is a medal cheat", would appear, at least on the surface, to negate any presumption of innocence?

In all further communications, you are requested to contact either myself (as Secretary) or my President Mr James (Jim) McGee, details above on our letterhead.

Peter Webster PhD
Facebook: Killarney RSL Sub-Branch Military Memorabilia Museum.
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Due to member shortages, the problem has now developed within RSL Sub Branches, where persons with not one day of military service can be voted on to Sub Branch Boards, and make decisions that affect genuine veterans. Peter Webster, Secretary, Killarney RSL Sub Branch is a classic example of how the RSL organisation, is being infiltrated by persons who have no affiliation with veterans other than a possible family member.

The signatory, Peter Webster PhD Secretary, is a Citizens Auxiliary member and has never served in the Australian or any other Defence Force. It is incongruous that he should be involved in matters involving Service members of the RSL. For those interested, here is a photograph of Peter Webster PhD:


Caton joined the RAN in 1957. After failing his first Clearance Diver course in 1960, he qualified as a Clearance Diver in 1961. He then served as an Able Seaman and Leading Seaman, then back to Able Seaman, then Acting Leading Seaman by March 1969. Caton was withdrawn from an Advanced Clearance Divers course in 1967 after being deemed unsuitable.

The Killarney RSL also claim to have proof that Caton served on land in Vietnam and therefore was entitled to wear the two Vietnam medals. One of the two medals actually required 181 days, and in any case, they already say his wearing of false medals was a result of a theft from his car. There were forty eight RAN Special Forces Clearance Divers posted to Vietnam between February 1967 and May 1971 who earned the two medals. Caton was not one of them.

Caton is a dishonest medals cheat who dazzled the Killarney RSL with his Clearance Diver background and his false medals rack. Any prestige he was due, has been erased by his big noting dishonesty.

There are Clearance Diver berths, on HMAS ANZMI, these are usually filled by people falsely claiming such service. It is unusual to have one on board, who was a genuine Clearance Diver, but has been blowing false bubbles as a medals cheat.

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

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