Surname: Andrews
Christian Names: William James
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Lakelands
Case Notes:

William James Andrews of Lakelands in the Warners Bay region of NSW is a cool customer who is not at all averse to fooling his friends into believing that he served two tours of Vietnam with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) during the Vietnam War.  Like most wannabes he also has a propensity to add some disgusting frills to his service.

He said to a “friend”  that

“His Section Commander ordered him to dispatch an adolescent VC - he emptied his M16 rifle into her.”



He was even accepted as a member of the 5RAR Association who were obviously more interested in collecting money than checking the bona fides of their “members”.  Andrews didn’t even provide a regimental number with his membership application.

We don’t know a lot about Andrews, but we do know that he is devoid of any proof of Army service;

 1.       He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Vietnam Nominal Roll.


  2.       He does not have a Service File at Central Army Records Office (CARO).


   3.    He is not listed for benefits with DVA.


   4.    He could not quote an ex regimental number for membership with 5RAR association.


              5.      RAR has no record of him ever serving with the Battalion.


We are reliably advised that his wife clearly and honestly believes he is a Vietnam Veteran and has attended many commemorative occasions with him.  Wannabes give no thought to the hurt and mistrust they inflict on their families and friends.  To live such a lie is an inhuman trait.

As shown in the photograph he wears Vietnam Medals the photo shown above was taken at the Cenotaph in Sydney.

Andrews has committed an offence against the Defence Act 1903 by wearing medals to which he has no entitlement.  Penalties for this offence are a fine of up to $3,300 fine or six months jail or both.

Law enforcement authorities care nothing for the hurt caused to the Veteran Community by people like Andrews and it is a disgrace that ANZMI must do the work of law enforcement.

Andrews will grace our web site for the rest of his life for the world to see that he is a disgraceful fraud and a wannabe. 

10 Apr 2010

We are advised by the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) Association that Williams James Andrews did not renew his membership to the Association after 2008.

As a result of an audit after 2008, Andrews was removed from the Membership list of the 5RAR Association.

Should any ex Service Association, doubt the bona fides of any of its members, or those applying for membership, we are very happy to assist in sorting the matter out, simply contact us through our web site.  Experience has shown that many wannabes have infiltrated the ranks of ex Service Organisations and Unit Associations. 


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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