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

Surname: Cook
Christian Names: Kenneth Hugh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Koroit
Service #: R49003
Service: RAN
Branch: Unknown
Commencement of service: 01 Sep 52
Completion of service: 31 Aug 64
Case Notes:



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The above photo of Cook was taken at the Koroit RSL 2016 ANZAC Service, where he is laying a wreath at the Cenotaph.

Cook joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1952, serving for 12 years. During this time he spent considerable postings to sea aboard HMA Ships Shoalhaven, Cootamundra, Tobruk (I) and Vendetta.

For his service, Cook would have been entitled to the following medals:

1. Australian General Service Medal - Korea
2. United Nations Service Medal - Korea
3. Australian Service Medal (ASM) 1945-75 (clasp FESR)
4. Naval General Service Medal 1918-62 (clasp MALAYA)
5. Australian Defence Medal
6. Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal

In the above photograph, Cook can be seen wearing a total of 8 (not very well mounted) medals. From the picture, the seventh medal is unable to be identified, however, medal number eight, as circled, is a commemorative medal for service with the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR).

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To all discerning Veterans, the FESR Commemorative is nothing more than a ‘tin’ medal, it has no place with authorised Service medals.

So how did this medal come about? Well, people will collect anything and medals have an attractiveness all of their own, particularly when worn in order to impress others rather than just an official recognition of service to Australia.

This was well set out in the advertising spiel of the organisations who produced the commemorative medal.

“To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the RAN's involvement as an integral part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR), the HMAS Sydney and the VLSV Assoc (Vic) has dedicated this medal to all of those that served on HMAS ships on the FESR.

Ministerial approval was sought and Navy Office have granted an 'Instrument of Consent' to use certain words/letters on the Obverse side of the medal, thereby making it uniquely 'Navy'.

The design of the medal is a very fitting one, with two uniquely naval motifs included in the design. The first, the quarter compass rose, depicts the North West quadrant, signifying the direction of the 'Far East' in relation to Australia. The second is the symbol of a canted and fouled stockless anchor, superimposed with a scroll signifying the RAN's involvement in the FESR from 1955 until its disbandment in 1971. The wreath beneath the anchor crown is representative of the eucalypt leaves of the Australian bush, and is in tribute to the memory of those that did not return from this service to their country.

The recipient of this medal, whose name appears on the Reverse side, served on the Far East Station in an RAN ship which was a unit of the Commonwealth Strategic Reserve. And in the fine traditions of the Royal Australian Navy, they served Australia well.”

Defence Honours and Awards policy dictates specifically that such medals are never to be worn with official medals, a policy that is even reflected on the HMAS Sydney Association website and also on many other Navy and Military association pages.

Kenneth Hugh Cook, your lengthy Naval service has earned you the medals that you can be proud to wear, however, by the dis-service displayed by wearing a worthless commemorative medal, you have earned yourself a place alongside the increasing number of Navy veterans on the ANZMI site.

Surname: Coombe
Christian Names: Peter Franklin
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Waipukurau
NZ -Which Island:
  • North Island
Service #: NZ14123
Service: NZ Navy
Branch: Stoker
Commencement of service: 1952
Completion of service: 04 Dec 56
Case Notes:




Coombe  wears ten medals relating to three war zones,

These are the medals he is wearing;

1.  NZ Operational Service Medal - Entitled

2.  Korea Medal - Entitled

3.  UN Korea Medal - Entitled

4.  General Service Medal 1918-62 - Not entitled

5.  Vietnam Medal - Not entitled

6.  Vietnam Campaign Star -. Not entitled

7.  Queens Coronation Medal 1952  - Not entitled

8.  South Korea Campaign Medal - entitled.  New Zealand ex Service persons have permission to wear.

9.  Korean Veterans Medal -officially presented by South Korea to returning veterans or those veterans specially           identified by the Ambassador. Not to be worn with official medals but is a recognised award.

10. Australian Regular Force Medal - Not entitled self purchased "Tin" Medal.

He is entitled to wear only four medals not ten medals

Coombe was born in New Zealand on 17th  February 1935 and served in Korea as a very young man in 1952 with the Royal New Zealand Navy.  He served in Korea waters on board HMNZS Hawea and HMNZS Rotoiti  from August 1952 until March 1953.  He then served on HMNZ ships Black Prince, Bollona and Lachlan until his discharge on 4 December 1956 for being "Below Navy Physical Standards".  (This information was derived from a the New Zealand Korea Nominal Roll completed in 2013 by NZ historian Mr Howard Chamberlain.)

Coombe claims to have served in the New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australian Armed Forces. Whilst he did serve in the NZ Navy, it is very much doubted that he served with UK Forces and there is no record of Coombe ever having served in the Australian Defence Force. If he served in the UK Armed Forces it would be either as a youth of less than seventeen years of age or as a man who had been declared  "Below NZ Navy Physical Standards"

Chronologically, his medals indicate that after Korea he claims to have served in Malaysia, as he is wearing the UK General Service Medal (GSM) 1918 - 1962 which is an Army award. If his Malaysia service was with Australian or UK Navy his entitlement would be Naval GSM 1915 - 1962.

After Malaysia he claims service in Vietnam.  He did not serve in Vietnam with the Australian Defence Force.  He has no Navy file in  National Australia Archives (NAA) and he is not on the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Nominal Roll, nor is he listed on  the New Zealand Vietnam Nominal Roll.  The United Kingdom was not involved in the Vietnam war. 

We contacted Coombe and requested details of his medals entitlement.  He said

 "He no longer had any interest in the matter has sold his medals and had nothing more to say".

Coombe has got away with being a fraud and a  medals cheat for many years and has been seen "sporting" his pot potpourri  of medals on many commemorative occasions

After his service in Korea he has added six false medals to his rack.  He is not a young man but we do not discern when it comes to medals cheats.  He has enjoyed many years of false kudos and in accordance with Newton's law third law he will now have an equal and opposite reaction of shame whilst he reposes on our web site.

Surname: Cooper
Christian Names: Scott Ronald
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Warrnambool
Service #: 39391
Service: Army
Branch: Signals
Commencement of service: 17 Apr 1967
Completion of service: 1 Aug 1973
Case Notes:

Scott Ronald Cooper the case of the Daggy Spy


Authors, poets and artists  are allowed a modicum of poetic licence, however when it comes to falsely claiming to be a Vietnam Veteran, ANZMI gives no leeway Scott Cooper, author liar and wannabe, claims to have served in Vietnam and to have been a Spy. Cooper is certainly an author and certainly a liar but he did not serve in Vietnam and was not a spy.




Scott Cooper’s career as a “spy” coincides with the time he was a Signaller (equivalent to Private soldier) in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. During his six years service he was never promoted and because of his bad behaviour was not allowed to re-enlist – in fact he was sacked. His commanding Officer sent a letter to Headquarters in Brisbane dated 9 July 1973.  We hold a copy of the letter but as it contains considerable personal information we will only publish relevant excerpts:


Para 1 of the letter


The above mentioned soldier was reengaged for a further three years on the 16 April 1973.Based on subordinate commanders reports I recommended the re-engagement on the 19 February 1973, three days after assuming command of x Signal Regiment, since that time a number of incidents have occurred to cause me reconsider the situation and I now believe the re-engagement should be vetoed.


Para 10.


After considerable consideration I am of the opinion that Sig Cooper is undisciplined, immature, irresponsible, disloyal and dishonest, and that the word picture of him painted in April 1969 (Annex B) is still fairly accurate.


Para 11.


I therefore recommend that Sig Cooper's re-engagement be vetoed under the terms of MBI 171-1.  Pending decision I have taken steps to stop payment of the members re-engagement bonus cheque.


The letter was signed XXXXXXX XXXXX  Lieutenant Colonel CO X Sig Regt.


Cooper must have been told of the request to sack him because on the 10 Jul 1973 one day after his Commanding Officers letter to Headquarters he wrote a request to be discharged.  As shown in the following document, Cooper’s complaint was that the Army was simply not performing to his standards and therefore he wanted to grab his ball and go home.



Cooper was a junior soldier who carried out the duties of a private soldier – no more no less. We are reliably advised that his postings included working in an intelligence environment, however a Private soldier does what he is told and does it when he is told. Scott Cooper greatly and dishonestly exaggerates his role in the Army with tales of intelligence mystique and skulduggery.


We will deal firstly with Cooper’s claims that he served in Vietnam, he is known to have made these claims from the mid Eighties through to the present time.  He started whilst living in Warrnambool, Victoria when he applied to join the local Vietnam Veterans Association. A Veteran from Warrnambool said:


“Scott tried to join the local Viet Veterans group around the time of the welcome home parade, we found out he had never served in Vietnam, he stated the old story about Security reasons for not being listed and papers being lost”


We are also reliably advised that Cooper attended an ANZAC Day parade wearing Vietnam medals, but left the parade at the request of genuine veterans.


We hold numerous Statutory Declarations regarding Cooper’s claims to have served in Vietnam


He enlisted into the Army on the 17th April 1967 in Melbourne and was discharged (sacked) on 1st August 1973. He was sacked because he was undisciplined, immature, irresponsible, dishonest and disloyal and couldn’t be trusted as a Private soldier in the Army let alone be trusted to be a 007 on Her Majesty’s Secret Service.



Ordinary servicemen and ordinary citizens know little of the intelligence fraternity or what individual roles are however we have been advised that a private soldier of Cooper’s ilk would have been employed as follows: 

Whilst in the job of Operator Signals (Op Sig) he was not employed on communications duties. As an Op Sig, he was employed on intelligence-related duties - although not in the field and not as an intelligence officer, analyst or other type of operative (or spy) which he claims. His duties in Australia and Singapore would have consisted of helping man a facility within a secure Australian base where they listened in to and recorded foreign signals traffic".


He served only in Australia and Singapore. His Singapore service was as a Private soldier in a communications facility; he was accompanied by his family and was in Singapore for one year and Two Hundred and Twelve Days. The inserts below show his arrival and departure from Singapore.






Cooper has written a novel, which is a work of speculative fiction. He intimates in his publicity blurb that he worked in the murky world of Spies. This is one of his statements 


“Former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was kidnapped and murdered- by our own people, according to a Sunshine Coast novelist and former spy. Cooper claims he had to write the novel as fiction, not only because of the Official Secrets Act but also because of threats made against his son, a former army officer.”


OK so Cooper is a writer and therefore allowed a bit of poetic licence. But let’s be clear he was a Private soldier in the Army Signal Corps who sat at console jotting down and sending messages of various kinds.  Below is information from a person with a similar background who knew Cooper well when they served together.


“I knew Scott Cooper quite well way back in the past and I know about his book. He was an Operator Signals in x Signal Regiment and his rank was Signalman.

I am also aware of his book “Ripple Effect” and although I haven’t read it I have read excepts and it appears to be entirely fiction. Scott was an operator who sat at a console and took down Morse code messages and that would be about the full extent of his job.

He was never a spy in the true sense of the word.  The Regiment’s work was classified Top Secret but we were not spies in the James Bond sense.

He did not serve in SVN.” 


Another ex Serviceman who served with Cooper and knew him well said


“In his bio in relation to the novel "Ripple Effect", he implies that while the novel is a work of fiction, it is based about his own experience as an "intelligence operative" and he had to present the novel as fiction to avoid prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.  To those who are familiar with his background, this is simply posturing and he is considered to be nothing more than a typical "wannabee".  He never rose above the rank of Signalman and his experience in the signals intelligence field was minimal to say the least”


Cooper like most authors conducted a book launch tour to various locations, another of his “old friends” told us:


“ Interesting though is a comment my contact passed to me concerning the comments from a friend's daughter ( who has no cause to make an incorrect statement) to the effect that she had attended a book launch by Scott during which she spoke to him and he claimed to have completed two tours of Vietnam although not with xxx Sig Tp. 


Cooper is a long term wannabe offender dating from the 1980s to the present time.


He spruiks of the intelligence world and Vietnam service as if he were part of it and once it is understood that he is telling stupid lies his whole book hypothesis falls into a heap. During his Army service and leading up to his sacking his Commanding Officer said of him in a memo to Canberra that he was a known  liar, that trait has obviously stuck with him over the years. See copy of the letter:



 Below are more lies from Cooper:


“Scott says he actually wrote it nine years ago, alleging a threat to his son’s military career stopped him in his tracks. “My son was going through Duntroon at the time. I had made the mistake of giving it to an ex-intelligence friend who had written books himself. When my son was going through his graduation ceremony two (high-ranking) military army people joined us and we were having a bit of a chat and one of them looked me right in the eye and said ‘Right, now do you have a book or does your son have an army career.’ Immediately I said ‘It’s buried’,” he claims”


It all boils down to the fact that Cooper never served in Vietnam and was never an intelligence operator he was a Private soldier Signals Operator in the Army who from time to time handled secret documents – He was not trusted in that roll and was sacked. All he has said about his book and his Vietnam service are fairy tales and not worth a pinch of goat's dung


Cooper has brought discredit to himself, to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals and has earned the ire of Vietnam Veterans. He is a posturing fool and a known liar. Poetic license is fine in works of fiction.  Cooper is living his lies to falsely enhance his reputation at the expense of the honour of genuine Vietnam Veterans.


Veterans will not tolerate wannabes, Cooper is a wannabe, and his acts of make believe and self aggrandisement have evoked Newton’s third law and he now has an equal and opposite (and truthful) account of his Military Service published for the entire world to judge him as a liar and a wannabe.


Finally we say to Scott Ronald Cooper, congratulations on writing a work of fiction but don’t ever again claim to have been a “Spy” and don’t ever again claim to have served in Vietnam.


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: Cooper
Christian Names: Barry Arnold
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Woodlands
Service: Army
Branch: National Service
Commencement of service: 1955
Case Notes:

5/17609 Barry Arnold COOPER, date of birth 21 June, 1940 of Woodlands Western Australia completed National Service in 1958-59 and joined the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) till 1960.


Barry Cooper enlisted for National Service with 17 National Service Training Company at Swanbourne W.A. on 12 August 1958 and allotted to the 11/44 Infantry Battalion. On completing his National Service obligation he was discharged from National Service and transferred to 1 Royal West Australia Regiment (RWAR) CMF till he was discharged on 24 November 1960 at his own request.


On 25 July 1957 the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Company was formed and based at Campbell Barracks Swanbourne which is where Barry Cooper did his National Service Training and most likely at times came in contact with members of the SAS Company and learnt some information about their roll and tasks.

We received a Statutory Declaration stating that Barry Arnold Cooper claimed to have served with the Australian SAS. We also received other information that will not be put on this site as yet which backs up the Statutory Declaration.

The content of the Statutory Declaration is;

“Barry Arnold COOPER told me that he served with the Australian Army in Vietnam as a qualified SAS Operative. He also said he never saw any military action, as a result of him being stationed in various towns in Vietnam far from direct enemy contact”

The Australian SAS was stationed at Nui Dat during its time in South Vietnam and was never deployed in various towns. Its task was patrolling the jungles to gather intelligence by carrying out reconnaissance and ambush patrols for the Australian Task Force Headquarters also at Nui Dat.

Barry Cooper obviously has little knowledge about the SAS or how it operated. He apparently was not satisfied with just his National Service and CMF service and has been telling people for a number of years that he had served in the Australian SAS in South Vietnam to impress people especially women he met.

Barry Cooper by claiming to be a member of an elite unit, you have brought shame on yourself and family as well as showing no respect to the members of the Australian SAS, a highly decorated unit now with two Victoria Cross winners from the war in Afghanistan.

You will now pay the price for your lies and deception and be shamed on our web site.

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: Cooper
Christian Names: Mike
Country: Australia
State or Province: WA
City or Town: Belmont
Case Notes:

Vietnam 'impostor' admits medal scam

Mike Cooper a 64-year-old Redcliffe man has confessed to spending years falsely posing as a Vietnam War veteran.

In an exclusive interview with _The West Australian _yesterday, former Belmont Returned and Services League vice-president Mike Cooper admitted he was "living a lie" when he told other veterans he had served in the Vietnam War.


JOSEPH CATANZARO, The West Australian April 30, 2010, 2:25 am

Vietnam impostor admits medal scam

The West Australian ©

He also confessed to wearing medals during Anzac Day marches between 2006 and 2008 which falsely indicated he had served in Vietnam.

Mr Cooper, who served in the Royal Australian Army in Malaysia and Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation between 1964 and 1967, became the subject of an RSL investigation this year.

He said he intended to admit his guilt at an RSL tribunal next month. Under the Defence Act, it is an offence to impersonate a veteran or engage in the improper use of service medals.

Mr Cooper faces the possibility of a lifetime ban from the RSL. If the matter is referred to Australian Federal Police and the Department for Veterans' Affairs, he could be fined up to $3000, jailed for up to six months, or both.

Mr Cooper said he "should have known better" than to wear the medals on the left-hand side of his jacket, which is reserved for decorations earned by the wearer. But he claimed there were mitigating circumstances.

He said the replica medals had belonged to a now-deceased friend who had served in Vietnam.

He said the medals, which he had originally intended to wear correctly in honour of his fallen mates, had become mixed up with his after a botched mounting.

"This is a confession. Yes I was wrong. I was actually at 6th Battalion before I went to Malaya and Borneo, and a lot of my mates (from 6th Battalion) died at Long Tan, and I thought 'damn it, I'm going to wear it for them'," he said. "I should have worn them on the right-hand side (of my jacket), and I feel very ashamed about that."

RSL WA branch president Bill Gaynor said he was glad Mr Cooper had come clean but was disappointed about the deception. The WA president of the Vietnam Veterans' Association, Richard Williams, said the community needed to be made aware of the transgression to discourage Mr Cooper from repeating the offence.

The RSL is investigating another alleged impostor veteran described as a high-profile identity from Perth's south-western suburbs.


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: Cooper
Christian Names: Shane Warren
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Townsville
Service #: PMkeys 8558939
Service: RAAF
Commencement of service: Oct 09
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:




Shane Cooper enlisted in the RAAF in October 2009. He was 50 years of age. The RAAF accept entry into the service from applicants who are aged approximately 6 years younger than retirement age, in particular if they have a trade. Cooper enlisted with the background trade of a Plumber.


In the above photographs taken in 2015, Cooper is wearing the (i) Australian Operational Service Medal, Border Protection (AOSM) and (ii) the Australian Defence Medal. (ADM). He was awarded the Australian Defence Medal in 2013.

He served in the RAAF mainly in trade positions and was posted to Manus Island on Operation Landscape.

Manus Island is not a qualifying area for the award of the Australian Operational Service medal.

Cooper has been observed wearing the AOSM or the AOSM ribbon on numerous occasions. He has been told by others that he has no entitlement to wear it, however he continues to do so.

We contacted Cooper and invited him to respond to allegations made about him falsely wearing the AOSM.

He replied that -;

I am currently being discharged from the Military because I am not mentally sound. I get mixed up and confused. I thought I was entitled to wear it because I did OP Resolute which is on my PMKEYS. Another member told me he was awarded the metal (sic) who was on the same OP as me for the same period. On ANZAC day Sgt xxxxxxx (name deleted) asked me if I was entitled to wear the Medal. I answered I am not sure but its on my PMKEYS.
I said I will remove the medal from my dress. He said no just wear it its too late now as we were about to start the march.

Lac Cooper

We have been informed that Cooper did serve on Operation Resolute for a short period, however this service did not render him eligible for the award of the AOSM. This was a fact that he was well aware of.

Lac Shane Cooper is a liar and a medal cheat. The Sergeant, whose name we have deleted, did not give permission for Cooper to wear the medal on Anzac Day. However, he did quite rightly question Cooper’s entitlement to wear it. Rumours had circulated that Cooper was a fraud in respect to his wearing the award of the AOSM. As stated, he had in fact been told by fellow serving members that he had no entitlement to it. He ignored their advice.

Cooper claims he responded to the Sergeant that, "he was not sure if he was entitled to wear the medal". He would have no doubt as to whether he was entitled to it or not. That is why he purchased it from a Medal Shop or on the internet and had it court mounted, as it had not been officially awarded.

We are also intrigued that Cooper states that “the Sergeant told him to leave the medal on as it was too late and the march was about to start.”

Yes we agree, no sense in holding up the Anzac day march for a few seconds!!!!!

About the only part of Cooper’s response that is believable is that he states he is not mentally sound and that he gets mixed up and confused.

Common traits in the plumbing business on the peaceful surrounds of Manus Island we presume, and one that could possibly entitle you to a nice disability pension following discharge.

His superiors need to discipline Cooper for flagrantly disregarding Australian Honours and Awards medals protocols and RAAF regulations, by wearing an Operational Australian Service medal on his uniform that he has no entitlement to.

Our advice to Cooper is get it off immediately and show some respect to those who have genuinely been awarded Operational Service Medals.

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