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Surname: Toigo
Christian Names: Michelle Catherine Maria
Country: Now resides in USA
State or Province: California
City or Town: California and formerly Queensland
Service #: F1104394
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RACT and RAADC
Commencement of service: 1986
Completion of service: 1994
Case Notes:

Michelle Catherine Maria TOIGO, aka Manu Fox TOIGO joined the Australian Army aged seventeen years after growing up in the far north Queensland sugar cane town of Ingham. There is no doubt that she was an adventurous young lady to have made that career choice at such a young age.

Since her discharge from the Australian Army in 1994, Toigo has had some success in the United States entertainment industry. Here is what Ms Toigo says about her Army Career as part of her "show biz" Biography.

We all know that people can be creative with biographies and resumes and a little poetic licence is acceptable. However Ms. Toigo, in writing her biography, has created more "poetry" than Lord Byron.

"July 1986 - January 1994 (7 years 7 months) Lavarack Barracks, Townsville Australia"

Toigo, before being posted to Townsville spent three months at Recruit Training at Kapooka in New South Wales. She was then posted to the Royal Australian Army Corps of Transport (RACT), Puckapunyal, Victoria for driver training. Toigo was then posted to District Support Group, Puckapunyal as a Private Driver, before being transferred to the Armoured Centre at Puckapunyal, again as a Private Driver. After all of that, Toigo finally arrived at the Townsville Lavarack Barracks Logistics Company, Queensland.

"Served the Australian Army for over 8 years. Trained and worked 4 years in combative Operations Deployment Forces with Infantry as Transport Support and Infantryman."

Toigo was never more than a Private Driver and a Private Dental Assistant. Her only "Combative Operations" would have been protecting bicuspids and molars from dental decay.

In 1991, Toigo transferred from RACT, to the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps, to train as a Dental Assistant. Toigo was posted to 16 Field Dental unit as part of 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion, Townsville, until her discharge in 1994.

"First of 118 women to be selected for combat Operations Deployment Forces in Townsville, Lavarack Barracks working with Infantry, Artillery, Armored (sic) and Engineers."

Toigo may have been selected for Combat Operations Deployment but was only ever employed in non combative roles as a Driver and a Dental Assistant

"First female to have trained S.A.S as prerequisite for and to compete as a Team member for 3rd Brigade Military Skills competition. Personally recognized by the Brigade Commander for my courage and achievement".

Toigo entered a Military Skills competition and was praised for doing well as a female competitor. A Private Dental Assistant training Special Air Service (SAS) Troopers Naaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

"First assigned as Attache for Armored (sic) Corp director and first female to be posted to Armored (sic) unit."

Her posting to the Armoured Corps was to the Armoured Centre, a Training establishment. This posting involved driving Unit Administrative vehicles.

"Precision and Security Driver for High Ranking Military Officers and Politicians. NATO Security Clearance - Australian Army."

All part of the duties of an RACT driver.

"Awarded "Best Shot" in Basic training - Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales."

May have been "Best Shot" in her Platoon during Recruit Training.

"Awarded "Student of Merit" for initial Employment Training course of Corps of Transportation".

True - Came first in class during her initial driver training - Whoopeeee do.

"Employed overseas to Rwanda/Somalia attached to 2/4RAR Infantry Unit and was with Transport Support for supply deployment to local villages or Mogadishu Airbase Security"

Lies - This is the most damning aspect of her claims. She falsely claims to be a Returned Veteran. The above paragraph is all lies. During her service she never left Australia and was employed only as a Private soldier Driver and Dental Assistant.

Her poetic licence is further exhibited in other biographical documents see here.

Ingham is a town in Far North Queensland, Australia, not Italy. She was never deployed to Somalia and seriously injured. During Australian involvement in Somalia 1992 - 1994, Toigo was a Dental Assistant at Townsville.


Toigo again declares her involvement in Somalia and Rwanda, as if she were there and seriously injured.

We contacted Toigo and requested information about her Military History and here (in part) is her response:

"I just got back from visiting a survival school for several days. I apologize.

I first want to say I'm flattered that you think my resume is interesting. Yes, I've had a very interesting life and all those experiences have set the path to many other endeavours that I've pursued.

If you would like to talk to me more about my resume I would be willing to speak to you in person. Is there a number I can contact you? Or, is there a number to contact the publicist that you said wishes to talk to me?

My career with the Army is well over decades ago and don't have much to do with the Military except my few years with the Special Operations Training Group which I haven't worked for 18 months or so. I admire and respect the Military as there are soldier's more deserving of recognition and support."

"There are soldier's more deserving of recognition and support" She certainly got that right !

The "Special Operations Training Group" she refers to is a private enterprise quasi military organization located in Coronado, California, see here.


Toigo again poetically suggests that it is Military establishment where she has worked as recently as 2012.

We sent Toigo a further email in 12 March 14

Dear Ms Manu Toigo

It is desired to advise you that we have found that your Resume` has been grossly exaggerated with regard to the work that you did as a member of the Australian Defence Force.

Whilst some poetic licence can be ignored, the fact that you falsely claim to be a Veteran with involvement in Somalia and Rwanda cannot be overlooked.

Veterans of Australia and New Zealand will not tolerate such behaviour and unless you can provide evidence to support your claims, you will be exposed as an imposter and a wannabe on the Australian New Zealand Military Imposter website.

It is an offence under the Australian Defence Act 1903 to falsely claim to be a returned Veteran. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

We look forward to your response.

We notice that her false biographical detail has been removed from her LinkedIn Account.

Michelle Catherine Maria TOIGO aka Manu Fox Toigo served successfully as a Private, Driver and Dental Assistance in the Australian Army. She has created a false military history and declared the details to the world on the Social media. For her temerity, we take pleasure in publishing to the world her real military history and will ensure that she maintains a position of shame on this web site for ever more.


Update 20 March, 2014.

More information about Toigo has been received. In an email to us Toigo said:

"My career with the Army is well over decades ago and don't have much to do with the Military except my few years with the Special Operations Training Group which I haven't worked for 18 months or so."

We contacted the Special Operations Training Group mentioned in her email. It is a civilian organisation operated by a genuine ex US Marine. Here is the response (inter alia)

"On 18 March 2014 20:12, Xxxdxxx xxxxxx wrote:
Mr. Xxxxxxxx,

When she worked for SOT-G Manu, was part of a team that conducted military type training for corporation. She had a role as a level 1 cadre, (newbie) served as contractor, not an employee. She worked a few event over a 2-3 year period. She worked more in LA with combat casting than she did with us, but she was noticed and she spoke often of her days in the SAS , and her Native New Zealand Maori.

Part of her resume had incorporated her being selected as 1 of 3 women, She had to fight guys on her team everyday , she was a sniper, she fell from a Helo, on a mission and she she is on disability from the service, As a result Etc....

I might have more details when I talked to the crew later today.

But she did present herself SAS"

The world now knows that Toigo was a very ordinary Private soldier who served for less than eight years in the Australian Army. Initially she worked as a Vehicle Driver then worked as a Dental Assistant. She was never deployed overseas, was never an SAS Trooper, was not a Sniper and did not fall out of a Helicopter

For many years Toigo has created the false persona of being a battle hardened Military Veteran and for many years has basked in the kudos from her deceit. Antonyms for kudos are disrespect, dishonour, condemnation and disrepute.

If you tell the truth, it becomes part of your past. If you tell a lie it becomes part of your future.

Surname: Tolcher
Christian Names: Anthony Desmond
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Springwood
Service #: Never Served
Service: Never Served
Branch: N/A
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:



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Anthony Desmond Tolcher was born on the 20 June, 1956. He also uses the name Timothy Diamond. This is the pseudonym he uses as an author.


Tolcher is a shameless military fraud, without moral principles or integrity, and is a blight on the veteran community. He has deliberately told numerous lies, about his false military past, to sell books that he has written, and to profit from the proceeds.

Although he claims that this trilogy of books are “fiction”, he has publically stated that the information regarding the main character is based “loosely on his own life experiences.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

To support his outrageous lies, he had the following plaque manufactured and mounted in his office. We are aware that when he ordered this item, he convinced the gentleman concerned, that he served in the Australian Special Air Service Regiment at the dates nominated.


There are a number of anomalies present in this plaque.

1. The service number provided 0216811 is not an Australian Army number. It is actually Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) series, NSW Enlistment via circa 1955 – 1956. (Tolcher was born in 1956.)
2. He then claims “Service 1969 – 1970 Basic Training (6 weeks) – Continued at Swanbourne.W.A. ” (As Tolcher was born in 1956, he would have been 13 years old. )
3. All of the claimed Army service details displayed on the plaque are fabricated.
4. He also claims that he served with the “Australian Secret Intelligence Agency” from 1981 to 2000. You would think that after an alleged 19 years in the employment of one of our National Security organisations, he would get the name correct. It is either ASIS or ASIO.
5. His claimed medals and citation awards are rubbish. The dates he has nominated for his receipt of the awards are totally inconsistent with the dates that these medals were officially proclaimed and awarded by the Australian Government..
(i) Australian Defence Medal (ADM), Proclaimed. 30 March, 2006. - Not 1970.
(ii)Vietnam Medal (VM) Proclaimed 8 June, 1968. - Not 2005.
(iii) Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Proclaimed 13 September 1988.. - Not 2005.
(iv) The Vietnam Star Campaign Medal should be the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Approval to award - May, 1966.

'In addition, the United States Purple Heart has never been accepted by the Australian Department of Defence as an award to Australian Defence Force personnel.'

According to Honours and &Awards, -
The Purple Heart is one of only two US military decorations that may not, by law, be awarded to non-US personnel (the
other is the Medal of Honor).
The U.S. Bronze Star has only been approved by the Department of Defence as an acceptable foreign award for issue to a handful of Australian Army personnel, who served in the former Republic of South Vietnam .

We are also aware that the two black and white photographs appearing at the top of the plaque are not photographs of Tony Tolcher, but other Australian Army service personnel who have identified themselves to us.


In respect to Tolcher's medal rack above, he has not been awarded one of them.

They are -;

1.Australian Active Service Medal 1945 - 1975.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Australian Defence Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal. (Awarded for 181 days or more in Republic of South Vietnam)
5. United States Bronze Star. (Awarded for heroic achievement in a combat zone.)
6. United States Purple Heart. (Awarded to those wounded or killed in action)
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. (Awarded for heroic conduct while in combat with the enemy.)

Tolcher gave an interview on Youtube detailing his false military claims to enhance the sale of his books. We will not name the books here, as we do not wish to provide this charlatan with any more free publicity.

In this video, he tells the interviewer that, inter alia, - “on returning home from the South Coast, my wife was asking me about my life". He states that he then started telling her what he had done and she said that “You should write a book.” Later when I got home, I put it all down on computer. “It was all there in my head.” He then points to his head and says, “It is all loosely based on my own life, it is here, (pointing to his head again), all I had to do was punch it out.” We have a copy of this video.

As a result of this interview, where he claims SASR service, a number of former members of the Special Air Service Regiment contacted Tolcher and questioned his credentials and claims of military service. Below is his reply -;

Email reply to a former SASR vet- Well Hi xxxxxx (name deleted),

To answer your email, your name means jack shit to me too, and as i am in regular contact with a couple of former regiment bosses that have since risen to prominence, as governor generals. Mike who is one of the two, has advised me to verify your bonafides, and he is going to be doing the same. So i will ask for your former rank and, sabre squadron number.

If, as you claim of being an ex regiment member, you would also know about sealed records, obviously you haven't read any of my published books, that take a swipe at the govt to get them unsealed, which would benefit me greatly with my claim against the dva. As ex SASR you should be aware of the fact that no one is told everything, never make a bold statement that you no nothing about!

Oh, and yes i'm aware of the mentioned website, and other offences, get me your answers and i will be happy to talk to you, once you've been checked out, until then, cheers and up the regiment.

This pompous imposter is nothing but a low life arrogant individual who has stolen the valour of the Special Air Service Regiment for his own financial gain. He has absolutely no credibility whatsoever.

We tried to contact Tolcher by email on two occasions and invited him to explain his version of events. He failed to respond on both occasions..

We urge all our followers on this site to spread the word about Tolcher aka Diamond and not purchase any literary articles that he is associated with.

Tolcher needs to go public and apologise to all Vietnam veterans out there, without qualification. He should also apologise to all those people who have purchased his books, and who see him as some sort of “war hero.”

He should then donate all the profits of his sold books to Legacy.

Tolcher claims membership of the Springwood Queensland RSL Sub Branch. When asked by Sub Branch officials, he could not produce necessary proof of military service to that body, due to what he said was the “Official Secrets Act”. You know, "nudge nudge, wink wink." That is also a lie.

Anthony Desmond Tolcher, Military Imposter, from Springwood in Queensland, Australia will remain here for a long time to come.



Since our original exposure of military fraud Anthony Tolcher, aka Tony Diamond, there have been developments that have raised the interest of journalists and television media personalities throughout the country.

From the outset, we remind our readers that in our original exposure, we described Tolcher as a pompous imposter and a low life arrogant individual, who is a blight on the veteran community.

Following our publication, Tolcher was notified of the ANZMI exposure. He failed to express any remorse or contrition regarding his lies of Australian Army service as a decorated Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldier with Vietnam deployment. He failed to apologise for his deceit to his local Sub Branch or the Veteran Community. In fact he adopted a defiant attitude and maintained that his claims were factual and that his service records were "sealed."

Since then, his arrogance has manifested and he continues to snub his nose at the veteran community and treat our servicemen and servicewomen with the utmost disrespect and contempt.

On Anzac Day, 25 April, 2017, Tolcher, of Springwood, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, appeared at an official Anzac Day service in Watsonville, North Queensland, 1700 kilometres north of Brisbane. He was photographed wearing his fake purchased medals at this ceremony.


In this photograph Tolcher is wearing the following unearned medals.

1. Australian Active Service medal 1945-1975 Clasp Vietnam.
2. Vietnam Medal.
3. Defence Force Medal.
4. Vietnam Campaign Medal.
5. United States Bronze Star Medal..
6. United States Purple Heart Medal.
7. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm..

He also wears a phony Unit Citation for Gallantry above the phony medal rack. On his right lapel he wears a purchased Special Air Service Regiment silver badge.

This photograph of Tolcher appeared on the Facebook site of the Western Progress Association Inc (Watsonville) the following day, 26 April, 2017.

It was captioned - “Decorated War Veterans (name deleted) and Tony Tolcher at the ANZAC Day Ceremony”

Following inquiries from journalists and other interested parties, the photograph suddenly disappeared from the Facebook site.

On Saturday the 29 April, 2017, the following Courier Mail Brisbane Newspaper article appeared.







We are astounded at the arrogance of Tolcher. His insensitive so called “apology” as quoted by the journalist who wrote the above article is incredible. However, it is to be expected from this individual.

Tolcher is one of the worst imposters to ever appear on this site. He makes a lot of money out of his false claims of SASR military service.

He continues to sell his trilogy of books that he has written, which he states are based “loosely” on his life.

Every dollar he has received from the sale of these books, he has received immorally, by falsely pretending to be a decorated Vietnam War Hero and wearing purchased gallantry medals.

The veteran community should spurn this imposter at every opportunity, and treat him with the same contempt that he has displayed towards them.

We have notifed the Queensland State Police who hopefully will charge Tolcher for falsely representing himself at Watsonville, Queensland, on Anzac Day, 2017 with being a returned serviceman under the provisions of the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A., and Section 80B (6 months imprisonment or $3000 fine OR both)

Tolcher will have the honour of appearing on our Home Page shortly, with our other highly ranked Australian and New Zealand military imposters.

And there he shall remain for a long time to come.


Surname: Townley
Christian Names: Barry John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Swan Hill
Service #: R62600
Service: Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Not Known
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:



Barry John Townley is the President of the Swan Hill RSL Sub-Branch, a position, that in itself dictates the example to be set by that office bearer as one of the utmost integrity and honesty.

Townley has been very proactive in promoting the RSL within the local community, building up membership and increasing public awareness of the sacrifices of our veterans, through numerous public ceremonies, presentations at various schools and involvement with sporting clubs.

He has spoken passionately about re-instilling the ANZAC spirit in the community, quoted from a school students’ essay, - his role is, “Continuing to teach the importance of the tradition to the community, especially in schools, and involving different ages into the ceremony has enabled us to remember and honour the fighting spirit and soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of our country”.

However, for all his good work, Barry Townley appears to have dishonoured his fellow ex-servicemen and women, by failing to follow the principles of honour, honesty and integrity, the foundation values of the ANZAC spirit.


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Townley 2 2


Townley 3 2

The above photographs were taken at various public commemorations and presentations during 2014 and 2015. Barry can be seen wearing an apparently impressive set of medals, namely:

1. Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (clasp VIETNAM)

2. General Service Medal 1962 (clasps BORNEO and MALAYA)

3. Vietnam Medal

4. Australian Service Medal 1945-75 (clasp FESR)

5. Australian Defence Medal

6. Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) Commemorative Medal (unofficial ‘tin’ medal)

7. Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

8. Pingat Malaysia Medal (not entitled)

Townley 4 2


The FESR Commemorative Medal is best described as ‘an abomination’, being nothing more than an insult to those who have genuinely earned Service medals awarded by their country. This medal can be purchased like a trinket from a market stall, and is just as worthless, not belonging beside official medals.

Townley had considerable sea service during the ‘Malaysian Crisis’ onboard HMAS Vendetta, as part of the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) and during the Vietnam war, seeing action on the ‘gun line’ onboard HMAS Hobart. For this service, Barry was awarded six medals, along with a number of clasps to those medals and should be proud of that recognition.

Townley 5 2

The Pingat Jasa Malaysia (PJM) is a special medal of service to eligible Australian Service personnel who served from Independence until the end of Confrontation in the security of Malaysia, with the Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve,

during the period 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966 inclusive.

Like all medals, there are set qualifying periods, and in the case of the PJM, there is a requirement to serve an aggregate of 90 days assigned to the operational area. Publicly available records from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) set out the dates of when ships and units were in the qualifying areas. This is also supported, in the case of HMA Ships, by the availability of the Ships Record of Proceedings (ROPs), being available online from the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Naval Personnel records, up until 1970, are available for public access on the National Archives of Australia (NAA).

Having consulted the records from DVA, AWM and NAA, it can be determined that whilst Townley was posted to the HMAS Vendetta, he was part of the crew for the following ‘qualifying’ deployments:

-       17 Aug 64 to 25 Sep 64 (39 days)

-       12 Oct 64 to 02 Nov 64 (21 days)

-       19 Nov 64 to 10 Dec 64 (21 days)

The above adds up to 81 days, meaning Townley was 9 days short of being eligible for the PJM.

He appears not to have been satisfied with six medals, happy to add another two to make it look much more impressive.

Barry Townley, President of the Swan Hill RSL Sub-Branch, welcome to the long list of fraudulent former and current RSL Executives, who appear on this site, and who have flaunted medal wearing protocols for their own gain and attention.



Surname: Townsend
Christian Names: Shane William
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Wavell Heights
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry
Case Notes:

Shane William Townsend - “Lieutenant Colonel, DCM”

A psychopathic liar has no conscience, no feelings of guilt or remorse, and he cares not afig for the well being of friends or family members he betrays.

He does not struggle with shame no matter what kind of harmful or immoral lies he tells. Friends of ANZMI stumbled onto such a person whilst “surfing” the Internet. We welcome Shane William Townsend, born in New Zealand on the 9th May 1967 who now resides in the Wavell Heights Queensland area.  Townsend is a liar, fraud and wannabe who has convinced those who trust him that he is a decorated, returned Special Forces Army Veteran, a man of academic achievement, and according to information on other web sites, a gifted Psychic.

Contrary to what is shown in the resume Townsend’s official military history was four years service in Australia with 5/7 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (5/7 RAR) as a Private Soldier, followed by part time service, with Army Cadets in the Brisbane area as a Corporal. In 2007 he aligned with an unofficial Army Cadets Unit and was able to make himself a Lieutenant Colonel, as shown in the photograph below. His actual formal Military qualifications are:

Infantry Rifleman.

Armoured Personnel Carrier Driver

Unit band Bass Drummer.



In the two photos above he “struts” his stuff as a Cadets Unit, Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Officer, wearing an,

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

Awarded to Royal Australian Army Infantry Corps Soldiers, who have served in Combat.  Despite what he claims and the medals he wears, Townsend has never served in any war or operational area.  

Parachute wings.

Issued to qualified Army parachutists. Townsend has no such qualification.

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

The DCM is a high Imperial award for bravery and very few Australian Veterans have had the honour of receiving it.  In a “sorry” email from Townsend he said this about his “DCM”.

"the medal that you state is not the DCM it is a US medal that was given to me on the army tattoo from two sergeants from the USMC after pushing them out of the way of a falling scaffold. the medal is called USMC good conduct medal.  i went in to get my US medal mounted and the guy at  Everton hills medals  informed me that i could were (sic) the medal and that i might be entitled to others that were coming out , when i got the medal back he informed me that he couldn't get the correct rib for the US medal at the moment so he had gotten one that was very close thus the DCM ribbon, he had also put a RSM medal on it and a ASM on it, my mistake as i was informed to were (sic) medals for a picture for the local paper for our unit birthday, it was to promote the good work that we had done the youth in the area, i also was pushed in to wearing one more time"

A gaggle of other medals he has not earned.  As far as we can tell these are:

Australian Service Medal 1975 with incorrect Clasps attached

Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

United Nations Observer  (Mission Uganda/Rwanda)

Unable to identify.

We believe that Townsend is entitled to one medal only and that is the Australian Defence Medal for completing his four year contract with 5/7 RAR

An Australian Army Individual Readiness - AIRN badge.

This is the Badge on his right breast and denotes the wearer is currently ready and able to be deployed overseas on operations. It is only ever worn by serving members.

The truth is, in matters of military medals and badges; Townsend does not know his elbow from his nether end.

We hold Statutory Declarations detailing Townsend’s lies of heroic service in the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He tells heart wrenching tales of death and destruction and gripping tales of service in Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and of SASR mates dying in his arms. He claims to have worked with USA Navy Sea Air and Land (SEAL) teams and was “awarded a USA Military Medal” for work in Afghanistan. He has told his stories to his family, his friends and to adolescent Army Cadets.  All of these claims are lies.

Townsend lists on his Resume and on a Facebook page, high academic achievement with a Masters Degrees in Information Technology (IT) and a Masters Degree in Science (Robotics) from Griffith University, Queensland. A cursory check through the Griffith University web site indicated he had no qualifications at all from that University.

Townsend is wearing Parachute wings on his right arm. One would assume they would be pretend SASR Wings, however they are not. He is wearing pretend 3 Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) Parachute wings, which is a silly thing for an SASR wannabe to do. He does however, in his confusion, provide documentary evidence to his entitlement to wear 3 RAR Parachute wings in the form of a forged Certificate of Training see below:


School Cadets gave Townsend the opportunity to “Strike a pose” with medals and badges that lifted him from the mundane to a heroic veteran in the eyes of his youthful admirers and their parents.

We have “roused” a few frauds and liars found lurking among the ranks of School Cadets.  Wannabes like Townsend and his ilk can be “Big Men” among juveniles, unfortunately their lack of experience and knowledge imprints a false image on the developing minds of youthful Cadets of how a senior Defence Force Officer may behave. Other wannabes from Cadet Units on our site are:  McArthy,  Keaton, Bain, Crase, Snow and Mee. Townsend andall of these people would have corruptly influenced juvenile members of Cadet Units.

As a further insight into the personality of Townsend, he claims in media reports and on web sites to be a Psychic Medium and claims to have been tested at the University of Canberra and the ABC Testing unit for gifted children. His claims of being a gifted Psychic are for those gullible people silly enough to believe him, we do however know that he is a gifted liar. Townsend has:

Lied about having served with SASR

Lied about serving in Cambodia, Iraq and Afghanistan

Lied about being a decorated soldier

Lied about his academic qualifications

Lied about serving with USA Navy SEALs

Lied about serving in the RAN

Falsely worn a DCM

Falsely worn 3RAR Parachute wings

Falsely worn and Infantry Combat Badge

Falsely worn other medals that have not been awarded to him.

Produced numerous false military documents,  

Lied to ANZMI in his “apologetic” explanation.

Here, in part, is what Townsend said about his SASR involvement

“were (sic) the SASR and medals come into it was from a dining in night were (sic) a female from the organisation  stated to other members that i was in the SASR , i was then court (sic) up in a lie that has haunted me for the last 6 years as i said i have full respect for all members of the defence force and i am deeply sorry.”

The truth of the matter is, that when Townsend joined the Cadet Unit, well before the Dining In Night statement was made, he presented to the Cadet Unit a group of forged “Certificates of Training”. One has been shown above and now another of the Certificates is shown below.

The “Anti Bomb Tactical Course” certificate conducted by “SAS Training Group” is forged; you will notice that Townsend has promoted himself to “Lieutenant”. Townsend’s assertion that “a female at a Dining In Night” instigated his involvement with SASR is a lie, he started the subterfuge with the false certificate when he first joined the Cadet unit.

Because Townsend presented the Certificate to the Cadet unit on joining, the Certificate preceded the Dining In Night Statement.  The “Female from the organization” would have seen the certificate and used that information as the basis for her statement. The Certificate plus statements from Statutory Declarations that we hold, proves that Townsend deliberately planned and orchestrated the notion that he had served with SASR.

Falsely claiming to be a returned Veteran is a dastardly act, but falsely wearing a DCM puts Townsend into the wannabe category of a criminal as wearing medals that were not conferred on him, especially high bravery awards, and falsely claiming to be a returned veteran are offences against the Defence Act 1903 Section VII parts 80A and 80B. Maximum penalty for each of these offences is a fine of $3,300 or six months jail or both.

“Lieutenant Colonel” Townsend’s explanation that he was wearing fake medals because he saved the life of two USA Marines and then had to wear medals for the good of his Cadet unit is a  load of Claptrap.

Also note that Townsend’s spelling does not give evidence of his claimed high academic achievements.

Townsend’s responses emphasize that none of offences are his fault, and that he is the victim of circumstances. Our investigations indicate that he deliberately wove a web of lies and deceit to increase his standing in the community by adopting a career of a decorated Special Forces soldier who had been through the hell of numerous wars.

In a bizarre twist, Townsend also claims to be the illegitimate son of a high ranking Australian Army Officer and the reason for his successful “Special Forces” career was that he was “helped and “pushed along” by his “father”.

In reality Townsend is a psychopathic liar and a wimpish wannabe who falsely gained all of his “qualifications” and false respect by carefully executing a planned path of deceit and deception.

Few Veterans will ever again welcome Townsend into their trust, but we welcome him to our web site where he will stay to be viewed by those he has deceived and his posterity.

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: Trapp
Christian Names: Neill Edward
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: RedLands
Service: RAN
Case Notes:

Neill Edward Trapp – Another Sailor with trinkets.


Neill Trapp had three quick visits to SVN on HMAS Sydney. (Affectionately known as the Vung Tau Ferry.) HMAS Sydney was used to transport Army Units and equipment to and from Australia to Vietnam during the war. Trapp spent a total of Eighteen hours and Fifteen minutes on the ship in Vung Tau, Vietnam Harbour, and never went ashore. For that very ordinary service he wears six medals.



The last two medals on the right hand side are self purchased unofficial “Tin” trinkets that are significant, only because those who wear them are buffoon “lily gilders”. The medals are the unofficial Logistic Support Force Medal and the HMAS Sydney Medal. These two medals are commonly worn by Sailors and the sooner they realise how stupid they look, the sooner they will take them down and cast them asunder. Trapp also has a gaudy sparkling device attached to his medal rack that would be more appropriate in a trinket box in ladies boudoir .


For those with mathematical leanings, Trapp’s medals calculate to one medal for every three hours spent in Vietnam. An Infantry Soldier who spent Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty hours (One year) on the ground in Vietnam, under perilous circumstances wears four medals which equates to one medal every Two Thousand One Hundred and Ninety hours – Considering that Trapp has added two fake medals to his very easily earned genuine medals indicates a person of little consequence who “sports” an enlarged ego.  

Trapp further pushes his ego by filling executive positions in ex Service Organisations (ESOs). He was Vice President of the Redlands, Queensland, RSL Sub Branch from 2005 to 2006 and President of the Redlands, Vietnam Veterans Group until 2011. It is difficult to imagine how other Royal Australian Navy Veterans and ESO members generally, allow people like Trapp to bring their service and status into disrepute.

Offending “Tin Medals”


                                                    Logistic Support Force Medal                                      



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Surname: Treanor
Christian Names: T P J (John)
Country: New Zealand
State or Province: North Island
City or Town: Rotorua
Service: Army
Case Notes:
T P J (John) Treanor- President of Rotorua New Zealand  Returned Service Association (RSA)

It has become obvious that a more than desirable number of New Zealand (NZ) Veterans have an “Anything goes” attitude when it comes to medals protocol.


 It is not an offence against the Law for genuine veterans to wear fake medals with their Defence Medals, but it is against NZ Government protocol and is very much against tradition.

Treanor is an example; he has genuine Defence medals but has tacked on self purchased trinkets to lift his medals count from the six he has earned to nine. In addition he takes it upon himself to wear an Australian Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) The ICB has stringent conditions regarding entitlement to wear, and is issued only to soldiers who served in deployed combat infantry roles, in the Australian Defence Force.

What is even more concerning is that many high-profile NZ Veterans consider it OK to wear whatever is available, to make them look “a bit more of a warrior”.

In 1998 Treanor wore three genuine medals and one “trinket”.  It Appears he has since been issued a further three genuine medals and has added another three trinkets for a total of nine.

An ANZMI investigator phoned Treanor and requested an explanation for wearing the fake medals, he refused to give any creditable argument and insisted that ANZMI send the Police to his house and he would speak with them. It is not a Police matter, it is a matter of the integrity of NZ ex Servicemen and Women.

Below is a photo of Treanor taken in 1998.


We believe the nine medals Treanor is wearing are

Operational Service Medal          

Vietnam medal ·       

General Service Medal        

Army Long Service Good Conduct         

Defence Service Medal with bar       

Vietnam Campaign Medal        

2001 Year of the Volunteer with 2011 bar - Tin trinket       

Army 150th Annivery Medal – Tin Trinket

Regular Forces Cadets Medal – Tin Trinket

Here is the official NZ Department of Honours and Awards document reference, relating to wearing non issued medals.

“Order of Wear, Orders, Decorations and Medal in New Zealand, dated 1 April 2008 and signed by the Governor General”

“Section 11 Part I Awards issued by public and private organisations, other than those of the Order of St John and the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand, may not be worn, either with, below or on the  right side, with official Orders, Decorations and Medals.

Section 11 Part II Awards produced on a commercial basis may not be worn, either with, below or on the right side, with official Orders Decorations and Medals”.

An enquiry to NZ Government was answered as shown below:

“NZ Government policy is that NO commemorative medals may be worn on any official NZ Government uniform. That is as far as they can limit them. Once a person retires from the Services and is a 'civilian' in theory the same restriction applies, but is widely flouted by many ex-service personnel, and there is not much anyone can do about it.

Having said that, the conservative view of most veterans is that only "posers" wear these medals and they do not add to the regard of any wearer.

Within Govt agencies, Defence and Police for example, there are directions that no unofficial medals are to be worn and this is complied with and checked. None of the unofficial medals you cite have any NZ Govt approval.”


Treanor is wearing three unofficial non issued Commemorative medals as well as an ICB that was not issued to him

Official NZ Government policy is that Commemorative medals are not to be worn at all when wearing Defence Medals. 

Conservative Veterans believe that those who wear Commemorative medals are “Posers”  

In recent times we have conducted a campaign to clean out “Posers” from the Australian Veteran Community and as of now, New Zealand Veterans should be aware that from this day on, we are actively listing Kiwi “Posers” on our web site as well.

Treanor is the President of a Major NZ RSA, and certainly others who see Treanor wearing his trinkets will follow his lead and add trash to their Defence racks.

We ask those interested, to keep a good watch so that this narcissistic behaviour can eliminated from the Australian and New Zealand Veteran Communities.

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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