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Surname: Smith
Christian Names: Lance Mailer
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Glenroy
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: 0
Completion of service: 0
Case Notes:

Lance Mailer Smith aka Lance Anthony Smith - “A man lower than a snakes belly”

Smith is the President of the Glenroy, Melbourne, Returned and Services League (RSL).  He has been a “Returned Veteran” member at Glenroy RSL since 1972

11 Jul 2013

14th Jul 2013

 He has never served in the Australian Defence Force and has no entitlement to be an ex Service member of the RSL. He is a liar, fraud, cheat and wannabe who has deceived all those who surround and trust him, including his “friends” and family.



The Glenroy RSL are not prepared to accept the truth about Smith and have fumbled and stalled, however, the Victoria State RSL Headquarters took quick and simple action by requesting Smith produce evidence of his bona fides by a given date. He has not produced evidence because he cannot. We are confident that the RSL, will, after due process, deal with Smith in an appropriate and decisive manner. That action will be advised in a future update.

See below the Glenroy RSL Website listing Smith as their current President:


We are reliably advised that his registration at the RSL contains the following information:


Lance SMITH DOB 16 Sep 43

Area of service - SVN – ARA   (South Vietnam – Australian Regular Army)

Regimental Number: 376438

Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxx  Westmeadows - Vic 3049

Ph: (H) - xxxxxxxxxxx

Email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Financial member of Glenroy RSL.


He has always made it known to members of the Glenroy RSL that his Vietnam Service was with 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), on their first tour of Vietnam during 1965. He stated to some, that his “tour” consisted of three months to others, seven months and again seven weeks.


Here is a newspaper article that appeared in the Melbourne Herald Sun on 26 April 2013

When being interviewed by a journalist Smith produced a heavily black ink censored document, that he said proved he was a Vietnam Veteran, he would not allow the journalist to read the document but the journalist noticed there was reference to a “Lieutenant Colonel M” and also the Reference number B1794791. If you type that number into search engine Google with the word “Court” a document relating to a 2011 Court Martial of a “Lieutenant Colonel M” will appear. Below is the front page of the document. The whole document is easily found using Google as suggested above




We contacted the author of the document and received the following advice:



I can advise that the number B1794791 is a unique identifier assigned to the document by AGS’s electronic document management system. As the number is unique and software generated, I do not believe it would have been used on a document prepared in 1966, other than by coincidence.

Yours sincerely


Corporate Secretary

Australian Government Solicitor

T 02 6253 7204 M 0419 628 350”


What are the chances of Smith’s document containing the words “Lieutenant Colonel M” and having the serial number B1794791 being different from the document we have located? It can be concluded that the document that Smith waves around has nothing to do with his military history and further illustrates, the extent this con man will lie and cheat to “prove” he is a Vietnam Veteran


National Archives Australia (NAA) are unable to locate a Defence Service File for Smith:

“National Archives of Australia   National Reference Service

Reference: NAAxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx



Thank you for your enquiry regarding Lance Smith 376438.

Post World War II Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO), Department of Defence. They have advised us that they were unable to locate a record for this individual based on the following information:


Name: Lance Smith

Date of birth: 16/9/1943

Service number: 376438 (no such number)

Period of service: 1965-1973


Please note that CARO can provide the records of Australian Army service personnel only. If the serviceperson served in another branch of the Australian Defence Forces (Air Force or Navy), please visit our website for information on how to access these records. If the person served in a foreign army or a private organisation, our website also provides contact details for other archival institutions.

We wish you all the best with your research.

Yours sincerely,xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Reference Officer

National Reference Service”

Tel: xxxxxxxxxx”


Smith has said he served under a different Surname but used his Christian name. We have checked military records and it is a fact that no person with the Christian name of “Lance” served with 1RAR in Vietnam during 1965.

All Australian Veterans, since the First World War, remember their Regimental number, Smith claims that his was 376438.  He quoted that number when he joined the Glenroy RSL; he also has a set of “Dog Tags” (metal identification tags that are worn around the neck by soldiers) with that number engraved on them. In fact, that Regimental number has never been issued by the Department of Defence to any person. He claims he changed one number of his Regimental number when he joined the RSL.

Again it is easily proven that no person with a Christian name “Lance” and a Regimental service number with one different number, from that quoted above served with 1RAR in Vietnam in 1965.

We phoned Smith and sent him emails on numerous occasions to give him the opportunity to explain his military service, and advise why Central Army Records Office (CARO) could not locate a file, and why his name is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Vietnam Nominal Roll.  Here are two unedited rambling examples of his attempt to explain the lack of information about his Military Service.


Received from Smith 13 March 2013:

“Lance Smith <smithlance918@ymail.com>

13 Mar

to me

xxx  as I said I would send you an email ,will not understand the situation however I spoke to my solicitor today anyway the problem is that back in 66

I was a witness in case re stolen weapons I had severe threats which after this and have worried about my wife ,any after today he is going to apply for a document to send to you this will take approx  7 - 10 days get ,if you promise to destroy it, I will post if you can supply your address if its ok. this is all I want to say at this stage dont like emails

Lance Smith”


Considering that Smith claims to have served in Vietnam in 1965 and the “case of stolen weapons” occurred in 1966, there is no reason for Smith to claim to have served under a different name. In any case, before the Vietnam War he was known as Lance Smith, during the Vietnam war he was known as Lance Smith, and from the end of the war until today, he is still Lance Smith.


Our response:

“13 Mar

to Lance, bcc: xxxxxxxxx

Dear Lance Smith

Please give me the name of your Solicitor and will save him the trouble and expense of locating your document.

I have no interest in "Secret documents" or events that occurred after your Vietnam service with 1RAR in 1965.

Have handled hundreds of enquiries and have no problem in establishing the truth as will happen in this case.




“On 2 April 2013 10:45,

Lance Smith <smithlance918@ymail.com> wrote:

Mr xxxxx   I understand you phoned the RSL again last weeek ok, I have been told not to contact you however I know that xxxx and xxxxxxxt sent you the email in the first place we tracked that, firtsly i changed my number to keep quite what happened in 65,which is my business.

This morning we have been to the city to Australian Federal Police HQ, I have not committed any offence but doing this I will be suspended by the RSL. for the number change .The AFP want to know how you onbtained files from various places DVA,CARO,and other places,they know who you are,you listen to people who i have not seen since i was 17 years old who have not a clue what i have done,and i am being victimized” 


Our response to this “dribble”

“To: Lance Smith <smithlance918@ymail.com>


You are a liar, you have never served in Vietnam and have been fooling the RSL since 1972.

Please give me details of the AFP Officer who has taken your complaint and I will be happy to brief him as to how a search was done to establish whether or not you have ever served in the Australian Defence Force.

It is our intention to expose you as a liar, cheat and wannabe on our web site in the very near future”


During a telephone conversation (relayed by a welfare officer, because Smith has had throat surgery for cancer) Smith claimed to have served under a different name and also claimed to have had his name removed from the Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll, for the safety of his family because he was witness in a weapons theft.

Smith claims to have been granted an Intermediate Pension (Gold Card) from DVA. All Vietnam Veterans who contract cancer are looked after by DVA. We challenge him to produce a DVA Entitlement Card. The truth of the matter is that he has no DVA Card.

We strongly suggest that Smith is not known by DVA

At this stage we have no photographs of Smith wearing Vietnam Medals, but we are reliably advised that he wears them on commemorative occasions. We are confident that after publishing this on our web site, recent photographs of Smith wearing false medals will be sent to us.

Notice in the photograph below that Smith is wearing a Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB)



Returned from Active Service Badges, are issued by the Australian Government to those returning from warlike service. The RASB is a personal issue and not issued to relatives of deceased ex-members. Each Badge has a serial number registered to the recipient. The Badge Smith is wearing can not be his, and clearly provides evidence that Smith is falsely claiming to be a “Returned Veteran”.

We spoke to a genuine Vietnam Veteran, Welfare Officer/Vice President from the Glenroy RSL who is a good friend of Smith; he vouched unequivocally for Smith as being a genuine Vietnam Veteran. The Welfare Officer/Vice President is either asleep on the job, or part of the plot.

Smith, for Forty One years has enjoyed the false status of a Returned Serviceman. To have planned and perpetrated this act, he must be a miserable human being, always anxiously awaiting the tap on the shoulder that would expose him as a liar, cheat and thief of honour. His “tap on the shoulder” has arrived and it is time for Smith to clean out his President’s desk and get the hell out of the Glenroy RSL where he does not qualify to be an ex Service Member.

It is a painful reality that ex Service Organisations are intent on building membership numbers at any price. Ex Service Organisations should be doing the work that we do, preserving the dignity of their iconic organizations, however, ex Service Organisations have succumbed to our “touchy feely” society and gone “overboard” with politically correct confidentiality doctrine. 

We implore Ex Service Organisations Australia wide to audit their membership and weed out criminals like Smith before they are able to further influence and corrupt their organization. Smith is a criminal because he has committed an offence against the:   Defence Act 1903 Part VII, Section 80A


80A.    Falsely representing to be returned soldier,


The maximum penalty for that offence is a fine $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.


In recent years we have exposed many Wannabe ex Service Organisation Presidents and senior executives, here are some of them.

Schmidt, DiTullio, Copeland, Meehan, Fergusson, Skelton, Moselen, Gibbons, Crane, Hardy, Fenton, Hammal, Bees, Halim, Day, Wright, Nemtas, Jordon

If we can stumble over so many, we shudder to think how many more Wannabes there are out there, who have infiltrated the Veteran Community and taking advantage of Veterans benefits and privileges without the burden of having to earn them.

Smith is a blatant conman who has been able to fool everybody, for Forty One years, he has conned the Glenroy, Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League, local politicians, his family and the general public into believing he is a returned Vietnam Veteran. It is also remarkable that over 12 years ago he was the elected President of The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, North West Sub Branch.  

He has mistreated his family and conned them into believing that his disgraceful behaviour towards them is because of his Vietnam experience. On the “Pecking Order Chart” of Wannabes he is in the category of those lower than snake’s bellies. His years of “doing good” at the Glenroy RSL mean nothing, because his presence is based on planned and executed deception.

As is the case with many wannabes, Smith, knowing that he has been caught, now feigns illness and blames ANZMI.  We have no guilt, we doubt he is really ill, and if he is, the fault lies squarely on his dishonest, lying, cheating, wannabe shoulders.

Smith has no place in the Veteran Community and he should be excised like an unwanted wart.

Having lost his place in the RSL we are happy to allow him to occupy space on our web site for his posterity.

We urge all Ex Service Organisations to audit their executive membership and take appropriate action before we have to.

If you see Lance Smith ask him to do any of the five actions shown below to prove his Military Service:

Quote his Regimental number.

Produce his DVA Treatment Card.

Quote his RAS Badge number.

Produce his Record of Service or Discharge Certificate

Introduce you to a 1RAR Veteran who will attest to serving alongside him in Vietnam


Be assured this snake can’t do it


11th May 2013

Lance Mailer Smith

Have no doubt, Smith is a fraud, medals cheat, wannabe and despicable liar. He is sticking to his story that he is a Returned Ex Serviceman who served in Vietnam. The corner that he has painted himself into is getting smaller, perhaps soon he will concede he has been living a lie for more than forty years. In our original exposure we asked for a photograph of Smith wearing medals and here he is:

The photograph was taken in the 1990s when he was elected the inaugural President of the North West Sub Branch, of the Vietnam Veterans Association Australia (VVAA). He is wearing the full “Monty” of medals and badges:

Australian Active Service Medal

Recognises service of Australian Defence Force and certain other persons in prescribed warlike operations for service only during the period 1945 to 1975. Recipients of Vietnam Medal (29/5/64-27/1/73

Vietnam Medal

Eligibility - 28 days in ships or craft on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam.  One or more days on the posted strength of a unit or formation on land.  One operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese water by aircrew on the posted strength of a unit.  Official visits either continuous or aggregate of 30 days. One day or more by members of accredited philanthropic organisations attached to Australian forces in an official capacity for full-time duty

Vietnam Campaign Medal

The Australian government maintained the basic qualifying criteria specified by the Republic of Vietnam for allied troops. To be eligible for the medal a person must have completed a minimum period of 181 days, either continuous or aggregated, unless: killed on active service (KIA); wounded in action i.e. classified as a Battle Casualty and evacuated as a result of those wounds; or  captured and later released or escaped.   Note that medical evacuation from the area of operations for any reasons other than wounds received in action does not constitute an exemption from meeting the minimum qualifying period

 Infantry Combat Badge

Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for at least 90 days to an operational area.

Returned from Active Service Badge(shown as a smudge on his left lapel)

The Returned from Active Service Badge (RASB) is issued to Australian Defence Force personnel who have rendered warlike service.

Smith has no entitlement to wear any of the above. Not only did he not serve in Vietnam, he has never served in the Defence Force anywhere at any time.

Smith has not, and cannot produce evidence of his service because he has none.

Based on lies and deception he has been a member of the Glenroy Returned Services League (RSL) for Forty One years. He has been President of a Sub Branch of the VVAA and he has been President of the Glenroy RSL. 

There are members of the Glenroy RSL in despair because of the level of dishonesty and fraud perpertrated by Smith who was a trusted friend. They would have been better off befriending a Red Back Spider.

We urge all ex Service organizations involved with Smith at all levels, to wipe his name from Honour Boards and expel him with ignominy.

7th Jun 2013

Update Lance Smith  - His daughter is revolting

Tirades from unbelievers are all part of the work description at ANZMI.  Below is Smith’s daughter telling us that although Smith is a liar he is a “good man”. We are also accused of causing Smith to have “Strokes”. Strange how the “strokes” occurred on the very first day that Smith knew that his forty two years of fraud and deception were over.

The good lady also challenged us to print her email, we have risen to the challenge and iterate that for the last forty two years Smith has been deliberately deceiving the Veteran Community and his family. We also wonder if Smith received honorariums and other benefits for his work with ex Service Organizations, because if he did, the Police may desire to knock on his door in relation to receiving benefits from his fraud.

Veterans all over Australia are sickened that this moron could persist for forty two years with his deception including being elected President of two major ex Service Organisations. He even invited friends to attend his “Military Unit” Association functions, and introduced them to people he claimed to have served with in Vietnam – duhhhhhhh. There is no doubt that Smith is a very skilled con man and we are confident that his suddenly developed “Strokes” are more of his evil antics.

We now apologise for saying that Smith is “Lower than a snakes belly” because such a statement is an insult to snakes everywhere. Now read his daughter’s email: 

Tracey xxxxxxxxx <xxxxxxxxxxxxx@optusnet.com.au>

2 Jun (1 day ago)

to enquiries

My name is xxxxxxxxxxxx and you say horrid things about my father in fact intimidate him to point of strokes.

Who are you, you COWARD of a thing?? No contact telephone number or a post office address just a crap shit to post more shit to distress myself son & sister who just had brain surgery you idiot.

How dare you write my father mistreated his children? where did you get the bullshit information? a man lower than a snakes belly! you bastard gutless thing.


Dear xxxxxx  xxxxxx  he is either asleep at his desk or in on the plot!!!!!

What are you?????????????????????

My father a liar YES why I'll never understand because he is a GOOD bloody man that has a serious problem and put shit on what he done down at that club. He is a BIG LIAR HE STOOD UP where no other person would so piss off with his good meant nothing, I was his voice mate and I know what he did was not good GREAT. He helped people he did a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who ever you are that wrote that crap about his abuse, better have that information 100% right because I WILL be seeking legal advice OK and if you are indeed a man and have the gut give me a call AUK pal and you won't know what coming your way. My number is 03 xxxxxxxxxx AUK

I am also telling you I did not wish to communicate via email, you leave no other option gutless, I warn you put this email on your site for the world to see, I will take legal action as I have provided you my PRIVATE telephone number.

I hope to speak to the thing real soon. THE MAN LOWER THAN A SNAKES BELLY DAUGHTER


23rd Jun 2013

Update – Lance Smith

Smith is now reaping the bitter fruits of his lies and deception by being given the opportunity to defend his actions in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows Magistrates Court. State Police all over Australia are now taking swift actions against Smith’s ilk. The Melbourne newspaper, Herald Sun published the report below on the 19th June 2013.  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/ex-rsl-official-lance-smith-accused-of-deception/story-fni0fit3-1226665922353

The unfolding court drama will be reported as Smith plays out his legal rights. There are now many genuine Veterans in State Police Forces throughout Australia who abhor the theft of their honour by people like Lance Smith.

Wannabes, liars and frauds in the Veteran community have never had a greater opportunity for a meeting with a Magistrate.

14th Jul 2013

Lance Smith Update  -  The Final Chapter

On 1 July 2013 ANZMI finally got Lance Smith, the former President of the Glenroy RSL, before a Magistrate.

The Magistrate had this to say during the hearing (inter alia):

“Veterans have fought and died to earn the right to be awarded medals.  I cannot see an offence treated so lightly, in 28 years I have never dealt withsuch a despicable case.  Veterans sacrifice deserves respect. 

For 41 years nobody detected these fraudulent activities.  It now becomes a difficult sentencing matter.”

The Prosecutor said (inter alia)

“Smith's actions are an insult to the brave men and women who have given their lives in the defence of Australia, Vietnam veterans with PTSD see the actions of SMITH as a "Kick in the teeth"   

The Magistrate  continued

"Stand up Mr SMITH - I see no application for restitution. Your behaviour is disgraceful - you are an insult to our brave men and women who served with distinction, sadly some of these veterans paid the ultimate price.  This court must denounce your actions at the Glenroy RSL - let me state quite clearly that without the character evidence given by Mr LANCASTER and your age (69) I would have sent you to jail for six months today.  How you got away with this charade for 41 years is beyond me.By your illegal wearing of medals you put yourself out as a Vietnam veteran. That was the greatest insult to genuine Vietnam veterans.

On charges three and four I sentence you to imprisonment for six months under Section 20 (suspended for 12 months) - and fine you $2000.00 - (Improper use of decorations &impersonate a veteran).

On charges one & two,  Proceeds of crime and financial deception, you are fined $2500.00 Time to pay  Commencing 1 AUG $250 PER MONTH UNTIL PAID IN FULL.Now released to the community”.

See the Video news here:


Newspaper report below:

Glenroy RSL executive were unable to grasp the reality that their long time “friend” was a lying, cheating wannabe. Smith’s deception required a lot of detailed planning throughout the entire 41 years of his fraud.  The Victoria State President of the RSL said “he was disappointed that the RSL did not twig it earlier but they are pretty clever people the way they do it”

Smith’s demise was a classic case for ANZMI.

A member of the public reported their suspicions to ANZMI.  After an initial investigation, we had reason to believe the allegations were true.  ANZMI determined that Smith had no Defence Service Record of any kind, and advised the State Police, the Glenroy RSL and the RSL, Victoria StateHeadquarters. After careful analysis of the responses from Smith, it was determined that Smith was a liar, cheat and wannabe and he was exposed on our web site.

When cornered Smith feigned serious illness and resigned from the RSL, and perhaps thought he was ahead of the game, until the Police arrived at his doorstep and charged him with various offences, for which he was found guilty and received an appropriate punishment.  

Be aware that if you are a lying wannabe your door may be next the Police knock on. Police or not, we will expose you on this web site.

Smith’s fate is a model for what awaits those who steal the honour of Veterans. 

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: Smith (aka Stowers)
Christian Names: Jason
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Melbourne
Service #: N/A
Service: N/A
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:




Wannabes take many forms as the ANZMI website will attest.   Most wannabe’s operate in that grey area of believability where their stories of daring do convince the listener that maybe the wannabe is legitimate.   Every now and then however a wannabe pops his head up, with a story just so ridiculous that the wannabe is just asking to be hit between the eyes.  

This is the case of Jason Smith (aka Jason Stowers).

We do not believe that this person’s name is Stowers and given his rather tenuous grip on reality, it probably isn’t SMITH either.  However those are the names this wannabe uses, particularly when spinning a yarn to pick up the ladies.

Watch out for Jason, he has all the stories.   He was wounded by a grenade, he’s a Major in Special Forces, and wait for it… all of his family members ceased to exist and claims to have been put into military boarding school at age 9 in Adelaide.

Wait a minute, ‘all of his family members ceased to exist’, what the hell is this bloke on?

As you can see from the following image, this nut just has no idea.

He is wearing awards issued to US ARMY and US AIR FORCE personnel including WW11 and Korea up to Afghanistan here is the full list:

Right breast top row

Korean presidential citation

Army Valorous Unit Award

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Right Breast Bottom row

US Presidential Citation each cipher on ribbon donates another award

Left Brest Top Row Left to right

Distinguished Service Medal

Silver Star

Defence Superior Service Medal

Left Breast Middle Row left to right

Soldiers Medal

Purple Heart

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Left Breast bottom row left to right

European and Middle East Campaign Medal (WW2)

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

US Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon

What more is there to be said?   If this bloke was in a play or stage show, the uniform might be in some way plausible, but that is not the case, we have evidence that he uses the ‘special forces’ modus operandi to impress and not to entertain.   This peacock even drives around Melbourne with the uniform on display on the back seat of his car as a means of avoiding police fines by falsely claiming his ‘Special Forces’ status.

Of course it comes as no surprise that this wannabe also chooses to be a ‘Major in Special Forces’, complete with SAS Beret and ID Card, suitably blanked out to protect his secret identity.   Wearing the coveted SAS Beret makes this bloke a valour thief as well as being a medal cheating wannabe.

Not only does this wannabe parade about in a uniform he has no entitlement to wear, but he also has his own little shrine to his courage in his house.   Readers will note that both medals are American, but that’s not surprising as everything he wears was made in the good old USA.   We will not subject the reader to pages of reasons why Jason STOWERS (SMITH) has no entitlement to any of the medals and awards he claims, that should be self-evident.   Suffice to say he could not have served in World War 2, Korea or any other conflict.   He could not have won the Purple Heart Medal, it is only ever awarded to US Personnel and no, he is not American or a US Citizen.

We here at ANZMI are gobsmacked at the stupidity of Jason STOWERS (SMITH) who has well and truly earned a place on our special wall of fools where only those wannabes who just make you say, “What the…” appear.

Welcome to our website Jason STOWERS (SMITH).


Surname: Snow
Christian Names: Alan Neil
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Kalgoorlie
Service #: R105662
Service: RAN
Branch: Underwater Control
Commencement of service: 18 Sep 69
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:




On Monday 16 February 1970 HMAS Sydney departed Port Jackson (Sydney) bound for Vietnam.  Embarked on board Sydney that day was 7 Battalion RAR and the ships’ company that included Ordinary Seaman (Underwater Control) Alan Neil Snow.



Sydney and her escort HMAS Yarra arrived in Vung Tau harbour and anchored at 0638H on Friday 27 February where she disembarked the troops of 7 RAR and then embarked 5 RAR and a large amount of cargo.  At 1120H Sydney weighed anchor and proceeded on her homeward journey, arriving at Fremantle on 5 March.

As can be seen the total time Sydney was in Vietnam was 4 hours and 42 minutes.

The RAN count war service from the time the ship leaves an Australian port until its return to an Australian and therefore Ordinary Seaman Snow was awarded 18 days Vietnam War Service as the following certificate attests.



In addition Ordinary Seaman Snow was awarded:

  • Australian Active Service Medal
  • Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal

For his service in the RAN, Ordinary Seaman Snow was awarded the Australian Defence Medal.

The three medals awarded to Ordinary Seaman Snow should be worn with a sense of pride and honour for having served his country as a member of the RAN.  However this is not to be the case as Ordinary Seaman Snow went ahead and purchased:

  • The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, to which he was not entitled;
  • The Australian Logistic Support Medal, that is pure junk (a tin medal); and
  • The Sydney Medal, that is also pure junk (a tin medal)

Ordinary Seaman Snow looks a real treat in his Bonnie Scots bonnet and of array six ‘war’ medals.



For reasons known only to himself, Ordinary Seaman Snow has added three false medals to his rack.  Civilians in his home town of Kalgoorlie would not know that he is wearing six medals for spending 4 hours and 42 minutes in Vietnam.

By his dishonesty, Ordinary Seaman Snow is not a person who belongs in the company of honest veterans.  Wearing false medals proves he is a liar, medal cheat and wannabe.  For his dishonest actions, Ordinary Seaman Snow has earned a place on this web site for evermore.

Surname: Snow
Christian Names: Ronald Charles
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Sunhine Coast
Service: Army
Branch: Engineer
Case Notes:

Ronald Charles Snow MM
If you want to know how to ruin a reputation and a personal military history, in one fell swoop just ask ex Warrant Officer Second Class Ronald Charles Snow, Military Medal (MM) of the Sunshine Coast area of Queensland. Snow formerly of the Royal Australian Engineers now audaciously portrays himself as “Major Ron” Snow MM retired.


You can see from the medals that Snow is wearing that he has given a lot of service, and after showing exceptional courage and leadership as a Sergeant in Vietnam, was awarded the Military Medal MM.  Unfortunately for reasons known only to him he had to “gild the lily”, and claim to have served in the Army as a commissioned officer with the substantive rank of Major.
Ron Snow presents himself around his Region as “Major” Ron Snow there is much anecdotal evidence to support that claim, and hard evidence in the form of his listing as Patron to the Caboolture National Servicemens’ Association. Snow had convinced executives of that organization that he was a commissioned officer during his Regular Army service. Here is their web site banner.


The executives of the organization are not entirely without blame because they have neglected to check the bona fides of Snow. 
Only a commissioned officer, who has attained the rank of substantive major, or above, has the right to use their military rank as a title, in the same way as a Doctor.
It appears that Snow claims his title from serving in the Australian Army Cadets (AAC) after his Regular Army service. According to the AAC Chief of Staff located in Canberra - If he attained the rank of Major in the AAC, and if he departed that service at the age of Sixty Five years, then he is entitled to describe himself as follows:
Mr Ron Snow MM Major (AAC) retired. Not as Major Ron Snow MM retired.
Snow’s actions are deliberately designed to give the impression that he attained the rank of substantive major whilst in the Regular Army. It is a deliberate dishonest act and the act of a wannabe.
Whilst Snow’s subterfuge, is at the lower end of the wannabe scale, as an ex Warrant Officer with long term service, he would well know that his actions were somewhere between pretentious and dishonest.
It is our opinion that the Caboolture National Service Association must not retain Snow as their Patron. Patronage of such organisations is reserved for people of honesty and integrity. Ron Snow, because he pretends to be a retired Major is not an honest person and he lacks integrity
Ex Service Organisations (ESOs), Australia wide are fecund ground for frauds and wannabes and there are many who have been exposed and reside on our web site and there are many more in our files being investigated.
We have three suggestions for ESOs  - Check, check and check.


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: Sorensen
Christian Names: Carl Jon
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Boronia
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Carl Jon SORENSEN DOB 29/01/1947 R63437 joined as a cook and changed jobs to a Writer (Clerk) in the Royal Australian Navy from 2 May 1964 to 1 May 1973.

He did one tour to Vung Tau, South Vietnam on HMAS Sydney a troopship carrier; know as the Vung Tau Ferry. Read on as to why he appears on our site.

Boronia RSL - located in the Outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne was featured in a local paper the Knox Journal prior to ANZAC day with their incumbent Secretary of 15 years Carl SORENSEN given a front page spread resplendent in some form of uniform sporting five medals.

In the photo Secretary Carl wears five medals - two of which are what we call "Tin Medals" - purchased that which financially lines the pockets of dubious companies who prey on the wanton greed of those who desire to appear more worthy than they are.

As you look at his photo the last two medals on the right hand side of his rack are commemorative trinkets which sell for around $75 each. 

Our ever alert ex RSM Vietnam veteran who has already one scalp on the site (Ken GIBBONS) had this paper delivered to his letter box and immediately detected a wannabe - having already exposed one RSL poser from the Croydon RSL he now had another, not more that six kilometres apart at the Boronia RSL!!  This RSM almost burst a vein gathering the necessary evidence to expose yet another RSL Executive who has walked the false trail.

 Telephone contact was made and when asked to explain why he wore "Tin" SORENSEN replied:

"These extra medals are allowed to be worn because for a long time people in the Far East Reserve (Royal Aust Navy) were not recognised to get Vietnam medals.  He claimed that he has instructions on the notice board at the Boronia RSL that allow for the wearing of these things". 

 Our RSM suggested to SORENSEN that anything not issued by the Government should not be worn on the left breast which prompted the reply: "Why do people wear the Vietnamese Campaign Medal as it was not issued by the Australian Government"?

This would have to be the most ludicrous reaction from a supposed "elder" of the RSL.  Sure, SORENSEN never spent the required 180 days in Vietnam to qualify for the Vietnamese Campaign Medal.

In reality his time "In Country" in Vung Tau harbour is only recorded for HMAS Sydney is from 0700 hours 8 June to 1020 hours 11 June 1965, the 23 days marked on the nominal roll is from port to port - so he must hold some resentment over this issue.  

Out of the five medals he wears on his left breast only the first three are official medals, the other two should never be worn. The medals from left to right are;

1.     Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 clasp Vietnam (official entitled)

2.     Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (official entitled)

3.     Australian Defence medal (official entitled)

4.     Sydney Medal (un-official tin medal)

5.     Australian Logistic Support Forces Medal (un-official commemorative tin medal)

The government and the RSL itself has published documents stating that un-official medals should not be worn on the left breast and mixed with official medals, yet this sub branch and others continue to disregard official protocol regarding the wearing of medals.

Google research shows SORENSEN is also a Justice of the Peace and this does not reflect the public's expectations of said office.

 Our investigation team Australia-wide is currently in the process of finalising more cases of RSL Executives who wear "Fools Jewels" with their issued medals. 

We will not rest until this insidious practice ceases so the youth of this nation deserve the right to respect our supposed ex-service community leaders.

 ANZMI holds no regrets over exposing any genuine veteran, who desires to inflate his issued entitlements and this means of exposure will continue for as this exposure goes to air we can advise of another genuine Vietnam veteran who wears more than he should and represents a veteran’s organisation under the roof of the aforementioned Boronia RSL.

 “Sydney” was in VT harbour, on his one and only trip, 0700hrs on 8 Jun to 1020hrs on 11 Jun 1965.

During May 1965, Sydney was undergoing a refit at Garden Island, when she was ordered to prepare the ship for her first voyage to Vietnam.[94]The refit was hastily completed, and cargo loading started on 23 May.[94]A blanket media ban concerning the ship was issued, and soldiers of 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment(1 RAR) and the Prince of Wales's Light Horsearmoured regiment, along with a logistics unit and a group of journalists were covertly transported to the ship on 26 May in order to foil any protest attempts.[95][96]Sydney began her departure at 0139 hours; leaving Sydney Harbour with only her navigational lights lit.[95]The troopship was in Vung Tau from 8 to 11 June, and returned to Fremantle on 26 June.[97]

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: Sorensen
Christian Names: Derek Joh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ipswich
Service #: Not found
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Derek Sorensen


In the photographs above Sorensen is wearing a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) sandy beret as well as some unidentified medals and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

Derek Sorensen has never served in the Australian Defence Force. He is the son of a Special Air Service Trooper who served in the then Squadron at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne Western Australia in the early 1960s.

Here is what he has said about his fabled SAS service:


A prominent SAS veteran advised that no Trooper has been shot twice in the same leg in any SASR deployments. Sorensen has also been seen wearing a Medal of Gallantry (MG) and claims to have been involved in the Blackhawk tragedy near Townsville Queensland in June 1996.

Simply put, Sorensen is a liar, a fraud and wannabe. He has stolen the honour of the elite Troopers from the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR).

He has been spinning his yarns to loved ones, friends and work mates for many years. Wannabes should be aware that they will be exposed, and should understand that the false lives that they have created will crash down when their loved ones, friends and work mates read of their deception.

Sorensen has well earned a position with ANZMI where he will remain until at least the 200th anniversary of the Townsville Black Hawk disaster.

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