Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Bateman
Christian Names: Toby
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Shoalhaven
Service: Claims Navy Reserve, USA Navy and Army
Branch: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Commencement of service: Claims 1972
Completion of service: Claims 1980
Case Notes:

 

We know this man resides in the Shoalhaven/Nowra region of New South Wales, however despite many hours of research we have been unable to track him down.

We ask our readers, particularly those from Shoalhaven/Nowra, if they are able to identify a man named, Toby Bateman. Bateman is a particularly skilled deceiver. however, like all liars, he makes mistakes in the detail.

All of his offending has been on social media.

Toby Bateman has ridiculed and threatened, those who question his Vietnam Service. He threatened two people, who questioned his service, on social media:

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Over many years we have learned that wannabes first defence, is to threaten those who expose them. Genuine veteran may get a bit "stroppy" but are always proud to provide their bona fides. It is so easy to simply provide evidence of service.

Bateman claims to have transferred from Royal Australian Navy Reserve, to full time service with the United States Navy, in 1972. He has said a lot about his "service", and is knowledgeable, but makes many mistakes in the detail. Here is his "service" as advertised on social media:

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Claims to have served at Fort Bragg in USA, but wrongly spells "Bragg" with only one "g". It is correctly spelled Fort Bragg. Named after General Braxton Bragg.

He is also a Motor Bike enthusiast. and wrote the following about a motor bike track.

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Notice the motif in the top left corner, is the same as those relating to his US Navy service. Anyone who knows the identity of this person should please contact us

What do we know about Bateman?:

He was born in Sydney in 1953, making him now 67 years of age.
Now resides in Nowra/Shoalhaven area of NSW.
He is a motorbike enthusiast, associated with "Triumph" motorbikes. He is Regional Representative for a Triumph Motor bike club as shown below.

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He claims to be both ex Australian Navy Reservist and a USA Navy, Vietnam veteran.
Claims to have served in Da Nang Vietnam in 1975. Spells Da Nang as "Dar Nang"
Here is the official history of US Navy presence in Da Nang Vietnam. All departed by 1973.

Camp Tien Sha, a.k.a. Naval Support Activity Da Nang was established in 1964 and disestablished in April 1972. On 29 March 1973 the last American units left Da Nang. On 25 Aug 14973, the USA Congress passed the "Case Church Amendment" which forbade any further USA Military involvement in Vietnam.

Claims to have Joined RAN (R) in 1972 aged 19 years. National Australian Archives have no record of him ever serving.

He claims he was presented with the USA medals shown below for his Vietnam and USA Navy service.

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First row:
Claims these USA medals for his Vietnam service, they are out of precedence order.

Bronze Star Medal.
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Vietnam Service Medal.
National Defence Service Medal.

Second row
Bronze Star Ribbon.
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon (can't be positive of the colour).
Vietnam Service Medal.
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm.

The third row.
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm.

The fourth row.
National Defense Service Medal.
Combat Action Ribbon (it is upside down).
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.

Claims his USN Vietnam service was acknowledged by Australian Honours and Awards and was awarded an Australian Active service Medal (AASM) and an Australian Service Medal (ASM). This did not occur.

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Has photographs from a helicopter of his service in Vietnam in 1975. Photograph was proven to have been taken by, and belonging to, a person from Kansas USA who knows nothing of Bateman being in that helicopter, and advises that the photograph was not taken in 1975

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Claims there were still Australian troops in Vietnam in 1975. See details in above insert.

Claims Australian troops departed Vietnam by chartered QANTAS flight on 25 April 1975. In fact the last QANTAS charter to carry Australian troops, was in 1972. QANTAS had "Baby rescue flights from Saigon in 1975, but no Troops were aboard

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Claims his US Navy unit was USN 5 Platoon Air Mobile Combat Ordnance disposal, which is incorrect. For example US Navy, uses the term "EOD Mobile Unit Eleven" . EOD Stands for "Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

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Like the "Scarlet Pimpernel" Toby Bateman is hard to pin down, however, we now hope that with your help, we may be able to receive a photograph of him, and also ask him directectly about his US Navy service in Vietnam.

It would be a great pleasure to receive from him definitive proof of his service.

Initially, Bateman was communicating with returned veterans on a social media website, and those returned veterans, like us, know full well that Bateman is a liar and a wannabe.

At the moment, Bateman is in the ANZMI remand section, and when information is received, we look forward to promoting him to full time service with ANZMI.

Surname: Halstead
Christian Names: William
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Mitcham
Case Notes:

 

William "Lieutenant Colonel" Halstead

CPMH was notified by the VVAA Melbourne that contact had been made by the Lions Club in Mitcham, Victoria, complaining about the antics of one of their number - a Bill HALSTEAD who regaled the members with tales of singular heroism as a Colonel with the famed Australian SAS in Viet Nam.

"Colonel" Bill had held the position of Treasurer in his tenure with the Lions, and took great pleasure in spruiking of his wartime exploits - of being captured by the Viet Cong and suspended from a tree in a bamboo cage, of being wounded no less than seven times, of having seven centimetres of his spine surgically removed due to bullet wounds, of being waist deep in snow on patrol in South Viet Nam, and lastly of being "desensitised" of his phobia by having the Army fly helicopters overhead in Collins Street. Melbourne, to stabilise his health.

The Melbourne Herald/Sun journalist Russell ROBINSON was contacted by our operative and he then interviewed and photographed "Colonel Bill" - it was at this interview that Bill threw himself on his sword and admitted that he was actually serving time in prison for rape when he was supposedly ducking bullets in Viet Nam - read the relevant news article here 

When confronted with the facts Bill had no option but to write to the Victorian CPMH co-ordinator explaining why he was impersonating a Veteran.   His reply in the form of an apology and several photos proves that he at least has a modicum of conscience.  Then again - when cornered what are his alternatives?

"Colonel"  Bill Halstead's feeble attempt at an apology to the Veterans he was impersonating has been rejected.  His lies about unbelievable service as stated above, again brings disrepute to the SAS when the shame should be his for raping a young woman and being jailed for it.  If he had the intestinal fortitude to admit to what he had done in the first instance, instead of fabricating Military service, it would most likely have been forgotten by now, but his lies have brought him undone.

So another rogue is added to our gallery - a self confessed rapist who for over 30 years has walked in the blood of our brothers.  Do NOT for one minute feel sorry for this man - a jury of 12 citizens ultimately sent him to jail for a monstrous crime - the age of the female raped is unknown.  There are many thousands of veterans alive and gone before us who have daughters and as any rape victim knows, you can never forget.

Bill HALSTEAD - welcome to CPMH. You are embedded in these pages. However should you feel the need to voluntarily  hand yourself in to the Federal Police to be charged under the Defence Act 1903 Section 80, for impersonating a Serviceperson, consideration may be given to your removal off these pages for the sake of your grandchildren........after we receive the results of your conviction.  You may download your admission of guilt from the area below, or use the carbon copy you made.  We will return the page you inadvertantly left on the letter you mailed us for this purpose.

As they say Colonel Bill....."Never run from a sniper.  You will only die tired."  Turn yourself in to the Federal Police and face the music and the result may see you removed off here.  Other than that you remain here forever for the world to see.

 

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 the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

 

Surname: Hall
Christian Names: Thomas Eyre
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Hornsby
Service: CMF/Army Reserve
Branch: Infantry/Armour
Case Notes:

Updated 5 Sep 2013

Thomas Eyre HALL, born 07 October 1933 of Hornsby New South Wales, did a short visit of 15 days to Vietnam as a Citizen Military Force (CMF) officer. However, he wears both the Vietnam medals pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran that completed a full tour.

 

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You will notice in the photo that the medals have not been mounted by a professional as the ribbons are of varying lengths and look quite untidy.

In the photo above, which is not that clear and taken a while back, you will see that he appears to be wearing the following medals;

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

Vietnam Medal (not entitled only entitled to the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal VLSM)

Reserve Forces Decoration with one clasp (entitled)

National Medal with clasp (entitled) medal and first clasp awarded 30 Aug 2000

QE2 1953 Coronation Medal (not entitled, he was only 19 years old in July 1953)

Efficiency Decoration with bar Australia and first clasp (entitled) medal awarded 1967 clasp 1973

National Service 1951-1972 Medal (not entitled as this is an unofficial tin medal purchased)

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (not entitled, did only 15 days not the 181 days required)

He also appears to be wearing the Infantry Combat Badge just above his medals which he is not entitled to.

During our investigation we received a photo of Hall’s updated medals. Appears he is still wearing the same jumper and jacket. You will notice the medals have been re-arranged and additional medals appear, one of which replaces the tin medal he is wearing in the original photo received.

 

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The 2nd photo was taken either 2007 or 2009.

In this photo he is still pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran who has completed a full tour. The medals are;

Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (the parachute lapel badge should not be worn on that medal)

Vietnam Logistic Support Medal (with the Vietnam Ribbon)

QE2 1953 Coronation Medal (not entitled)

Defence Force Service Medal (not entitled) new

Reserve Forces Decoration with two clasps (entitled)

National Medal with 1 clasp (entitled)

Australian Defence Force Medal (entitled) new (15 tears service Regular Army or 12 years and 3 years in the Reserves)

Efficiency Decoration with bar Australia and first clasp (entitled)

Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (entitled, replaced the tin medal) new

South Vietnam Campaign Medal (not entitled minimum time 181 days in country)

HALL is only entitled to the Australian Active service Medal (AASM 1945-75) which was approved in 1997 for one reason only and that is when the VLSM was instituted in 1993. So prior to those medals being approved he was not entitled to any medals for Vietnam until 1993.

 This is the medal he is entitled to wear.

 

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 This is the Vietnam Medal.

 

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You will notice he is wearing the VLSM medal with the Vietnam Medal ribbon. The difference between the two medals besides the ribbon colour is where the medal and ribbon are joined. How many others out there are doing the same thing?

The following information is from the gazettes pertaining to the medals.

The AASM

(iv) the Medal may be awarded to a member of the Australian Defence

Force who rendered service as such a member for a period of 30

days, or for periods amounting in the aggregate to 30 days, for

official visits, inspections or other occurrences of a temporary

nature in connection with the military contribution in the

prescribed operation;

HALL did not complete 30 days service.

(vii) the Medal may be awarded to a person who, as a member of the

Defence Force, qualified for the Vietnam Logistic and Support

Medal in accordance with the conditions for that award set out in

Regulations and Letters Patent dated 24 February 1993; and

The Vietnam Medal

The conditions of award of the Medal shall be common to members of the

three Services and shall be:

(i) service of twenty-eight days, continuous or aggregated, in ships or craft

employed in operations on inland waters or off the coast of Vietnam;

(ii) service of one day or more on the posted strength of a unit or formation

on land in Vietnam;

(iii) one operational sortie over Vietnam or Vietnamese waters by aircrew on

the posted strength of a unit allocated for direct support of operations in

Vietnam; or

(iv) service of thirty days, continuous or aggregated, for official visits,

inspections or, other occurrences of a temporary nature on duty in

Vietnam, or in ships_ or craft engaged in operations off the Vietnamese

coast.

HALL did not complete 30 days service and he was not on the posted strength of a unit namely 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) but attached for a two week CMF visit to get eyes on experience on the layout of the Task Force base at Nui Dat and how operations were carried out and visiting units within the base. He would not have completed the required training to go out on operations with any units.

 

VlETNAM LOGISTIC AND SUPPORT MEDAL REGULATIONS

Conditions for the award of the Medal

4. (1) The Medal may be awarded for service of one day or more in the area of

operations of Vietnam during the relevant period:

(a) as a member of the crew of a ship or aircraft operating in support of the

Australian Armed Forces;

(b) while attached to a unit or organisation operating in support of the Australian

Armed Forces;

(c) while attached to, or serving with, a unit of the Australian Armed Forces or

allied forces as an observer

Hall is entitled to the VLSM as mentioned in 4. (1) and (b) or (c). Notice the word attached not posted.

 

The Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Medal.

As mentioned before HALL was only 19 years old so why would he be awarded that medal.

As it happens we managed to locate on a web site a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated Tuesday 2 June 1953 which states that 11,500 medals were awarded and lists the names of the persons awarded the medal. Thomas Eyre HALL is not one of them.

We managed to copy the names mentioned in the paper which you can see below or you can go to the website and view the list yourself. The medal he is wearing either belongs to someone else or he has purchased it.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/18371227

 

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Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal

This medal was not introduced till 2001 so HALL like others purchased an unofficial tin medal to show they did National Service duty until he eventually applied for the official medal.

Our first search for the service file for Thomas Hall was in three sections altogether over 8 inches in density. He served as a National Serviceman (NS) in the 1950’s with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with the service number 270362, where he reached the rank of Corporal. Hall transferred from national service to the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) when he was allocated a new service number 2234018 and reverted to the rank of Private on 05 January 1957. On 07 December 1957 he was appointed to the Commissioned Officer rank of Lieutenant. One of the CMF units he served in was 1 Commando Company.

His records show he was an officer in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) during his time in service. As some documents were missing we are not aware if he spent time in the Australian Regular Army.

The majority of paperwork relates to two “Redress of Wrongs”, when he was adversely reported on by his superiors in 1966 and 1967 and again in 1973-74.

Ultimately he wrote two Ministerial letters to the Minister of Army and earned himself the title of vexatious litigant. He was adversely reported on for his dress and bearing, attitude, conduct unbecoming as a Major, treating his underlings with disdain and ignoring any commands given by superiors.

As mentioned above, Hall now a Major during the Vietnam War was able to do a short visit of 15 days on Full Time Duty (FTD) as per the regulations at the time and was attached “not posted on strength” to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 04/02/1970 to 18/02/1970.

After carrying out his short visit, Hall wrote a submission that he shouldn’t have to pay tax for the period in South Vietnam (in reality a fortnightly CMF camp period). Again reams of paperwork resulted from this submission which included the Australian Tax office and the Minister for Army.

 

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Our second search for his service record revealed the rest of his service record which may have been filed under his National Service file.

 

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The service records are not complete as no discharge date is given, but going by an interview he gave to the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 August 1994, titled “The Heroes Who Disappeared” written by Philip Cornford, Hall stated he retired at 53 years of age which would mean he retired from what was then called the Army Reserves not the CMF around 1986.

They were the days of large newspapers and we failed to find the article on line, but State libraries do keep copies of newspapers on record so a section of the article was photographed as seen below.

 

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Now according to Hall he joined the Regular Army as a Captain in October 1963. The truth is he was still a CMF officer who went on Full Time Duty. He did not resign from the CMF and enlist in the Regular Army. The dates of his full time service were 4 Oct 1963 to 11 February 1966 as can be seen in his service record and he remained in the CMF till he retired

 

 

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Having read the article, it would appear Hall only went full time in the army to try and get access to files that were still classified in regard to Special Operations Australia, a top secret covert unit based on the British Special Operations Executive. These files would be classified till 30 years after the war.

He needed access to these files to uncover what happened on the Rimau mission, the second raid on Singapore Harbour which unfortunately failed and the men never heard from again.

 

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After Hall returned to the CMF, he continued to get access to the files and as Hall stated in the article he was told by a Brigadier, Commander of the Fifth Task Force, a CMF Unit, that he had better stop making a nuisance of himself. Hall ignored the warning and a year later was summoned to Victoria Barracks in Sydney and confronted by a General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, a Major General, a Brigadier and a full Colonel and ordered to top asking questions about Rimau or face a Court Martial. Hall as quoted in the article said, “Go for your bloody life, General.”

This may explain his bad report at the start of the case.

Hall also stated in the article that he went to Vietnam as a CMF Observer and was wounded twice in 24 hours forcing his early retirement at 53 years of age.

 

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When you look at his service record there is no mention of him being wounded or injured whilst on his CMF visit with 6 Battalion RAR. All that is recorded is he flew from Sydney to Saigon via Darwin and flew back to Sydney at the end of his visit.

Now he may have tripped over in a drunken stupor and bruised or scratched himself, but there are no records of him being wounded in Vietnam.

If you check the following site you will also find he is not listed there.

http://www.thecasualtylist.com/

Thomas Eyre HALL as an officer, you are a disgrace to the Officer Corps by pretending to be a Vietnam Veteran, lying about being wounded, wearing the Vietnam medals and wearing the Coronation Medal you are not entitled to, not to mention the tin medal.

You have shown that you are a man that shows no respect to the Vietnam Veterans that earned those medals, especially those that never made it back. You also show that you are a man of no integrity and most of all, no honour or honesty or respect for your superiors whilst a serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

It is no wonder the comments we received when your case first went up, makes it quite plain the men that served under you had no respect for you. A good leader always leads by example and you have shown yourself to be a very poor leader.

You can only be described as a very arrogant man who deserves to be on our website.

This is published in the public interest, veterans of all conflicts, in particular that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from the private citizens are supported by statement of fact and statutory declarations.

Persons appearing on our site that are now deceased will not be removed, but the case will have the word "Deceased" placed next to their name when we are advised.

Surname: Halim
Christian Names: Asim (Sam)
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Healesville
Service: RAAF
Branch: Clerk
Case Notes:
 

 

Asim Halim - The Case of the Cunning Linguist

Since the late 1980s Halim's ability with Arabic languages had been of value to the Department of Defence and he had on occasion been deployed as an interpreter.

Asim (Sam) Halim the recently sacked President from the Healesville RSL is a master of innuendo a conman and wannabe. Sam Halim was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Clerk who held the rank of Flight Sergeant on retirement. Because of his Egyptian heritage he was occasionally  employed as an Interpreter. Unfortunately his interpretation of the truth of his service is somewhat sullied by lies, and of a lesser quality than his Arabic interpreting skills. In addition last ANZAC day he was found to be wearing medals he is not entitled to.

                                            

Between 21 August 1990 and 14 December 1990 he worked as an interpreter aboard HMAS Darwin in the Persian Gulf

From 13 Jan 1992 to 30 Nov 1994 and again from 15 May 1995 to 14 May 1997 he was granted Leave Without Pay (LWOP) from the RAAF to work as a consultant at the Joint Technical Language School, Fiddlers Lane, Cheltenham in the United Kingdom where he was a linguist and a consultant on Middle East culture.  This organisation is part of the British Communications Headquarters which is part of the British Intelligence community. And is described here:

 

 BCHQ Cheltenham

BCHQ is a Civil Service Department under the Ministerial responsibility of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. BCHQ provides Government Departments and Military Commands with signals intelligence (Sigint) in accordance with requirements laid upon it by the JIC (as for SIS) in support of HMG's security, defence, foreign and economic policies.                               

From 24 February 1998 to 10 April 1998 he worked as an interpreter  for an Army Major on a liaison mission to Kuwait, as support staff for the Australian Embassy Office Kuwait.

During the Kosovo refugee crisis in 1999 Halim was used as an interpreter to assist refugees to settle into temporary accommodation at Puckapunyal in Victoria. Note in the following newspaper article it mentions "As one of the few Defence Force Arabic speakers he is asked to put aside clerical duties and help out in exotic places"   That sentence defines Halim's RAAF duties he was a Clerk who was deployed as an Arabic speaking interpreter from time to time.

 

 

Halim claims 23 years RAAF service, and mentions in his various "blurbs" and flyers only his interpreting deployments and hints that this was all "spook" oriented, however, his service really looks like this:

1.  Four years secondment on Leave Without Pay from the RAAF to the Joint Technical

     Languages School (JTLS) at Cheltenham in the United Kingdom as a linguist and 

     instructor in Arabic language and culture.

2.  Four months deployment aboard HMAS Darwin as an interpreter during the Gulf War.

3.  Seven weeks deployment as interpreter for an Army Major in Kuwait.

4.  A short deployment in Victoria helping Kosovo refugees to settle in at Puckapunyal.

5.  Eighteen years as an RAAF Clerk.

In total his clerical duties would have involved eighteen of his twenty three years service, then four years as a language and cultural instructor at JTLS in the United Kingdom and six to seven months deployed as an interpreter  

Halim advertises his illustrious career as being in the murky world of espionage and intelligence. Here are some of his efforts:

RSL Committee nomination 

                                                   

 

                                                                 

 Local election

 

 

                                                    How to vote:                                                      

                         

                                                                   

 

One of his claims  is  true - he did serve in the Gulf War in 1990 - but all the others are sly innuendo designed to enhance his public profile and gain benefit from being elected to important community positions. Halim infers in his "blurbs" that he was a highly decorated intelligence operative who worked with - in - or at :

ASIO

British Intelligence

High Commission London

British Intelligence General Headquarters

Persian Gulf

Bosnia

Kosovo

East Timor

Kuwait with SAS

Iraq

Was a soldier and Officer

Diplomat

Worked with United Nations

Was recommended to work with Richard Butler in Iraq.

Now have a look at the photo below and see the medals that reflect the above service:

 

 

Until ANZAC day 2007 Halim claimed he had no medals, but he is entitled to some because of his service as an interpreter on the Royal Australian Naval Ship HMAS Darwin whilst on service in the Persian Gulf during August to December 1990. Several members decided that as Club President he should wear his medals on ANZAC Day 2007 and after reading his "blurbs" and considerable discussion with him, decided to purchase from the local medal shop his "entitlement" of the rack shown in the photo.

The invoice for the medals is shown below:

 

 The workings of the RSL are none of our business, however it is relevant to this case to say that Halim was the President of the Healesville, Victoria, R&SL Club and at that establishment chaos reigned.

A report to the R&SL State Headquarters was put together by a member of that sub branch, the gist of the report is shown below

Halim had been questioned by several RSL members about not wearing medals. He claimed various reasons like "they represent killing" and "he moved about so much he and the medals were never at the same place at the same time".

Halim was challenged for wearing the East Timor medal and was reminded that he claimed "involvement " in East Timor on several documents and flyers, his response was "involved does not mean I was there". This prompted an RSL member to do an analysis of the terms he used on the various documents and flyers. A report was then forwarded to the RSL State Branch. The report refers to other matters outside our wannabe charter so only extracts of the analysis are shown below.

Extracts from report
"Involved. His nomination for committee states " involved in: Gulf war, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor crises. My interpretation of the manner he has presented these "involved" areas is in the same context as we know without doubt, the Gulf war. It was reasonable then to conclude he was involved in other areas in the same manner. The inference is there.


The last paragraph of the local paper profile when a candidate for shire council refers to "and served in the Gulf War, Bosnia/Kosovo, East Timor, Kuwait and Iraq"

It is reasonable so far to be of the view his use of involved and served mean the same.

His how to vote card for shire elections states "I was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait" and again uses the term involved, " and was involved in Bosnia/Kosovo and East Timor" The term deployed can be rightly interpreted that he was in position.

It is now reasonable to conclude the words involved, served with and deployed are used in the same context.

His nomination for president profile advises the reader " I was involved in the Gulf War, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor" and "I was deployed with the Australian Navy, Army, SAS, Police, ASIO and British Intelligence"

It is now quite obvious the use of the terms involved, deployed, served with are used in the same context. To that end I advised four medals but probably entitled to more. The Sub-Branch xxxxxxx, Mr. xxxxxxxxxxx then made the arrangements for the duplicate set be made up.

I would remind the Tribunal that the only military forces deployed into Iraq was immediately on cessation of hostilities of the Gulf War. That deployment was to the Kurdish northern Iraq areas as a United Nations deployment known as Operation Habitat. The DVA nominal roll lists by name and service 72 army personnel and 3 RAAF. Mr. Halims name is not on that roll."



xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx Signed

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Recently he was brought before an R&SL State Tribunal where he was found guilty on three charges with penalties awarded as shown below

Halim has been found guilty by the RSL on several charges including "The wearing of medals to which he was not entitled",  " Claimed to  be a highly decorated returned serviceman from the first Gulf War" which he was not, and "making false claims against the Victorian State President" He was awarded punishments including banishment up to 5 years.

Mr. Halim has appealed to RSL National HQ. That appeal is yet to be heard.

There are numerous accusations, reports and counter reports not included in this report that led to the decisions made by the R&SL Tribunals findings. We have not included these because they are not wannabe material - suffice to say that chaos did indeed reign at Healesville.

Sorting out the "wheat from the chaff" in relation to Halim's service and medals was an intricate affair, but all wannabes leave trails and we were able to sort out Halim's spore.

As stated in the letter from a member of the Healesville R&SL to their Headquarters, Halim's statements of his service history ranges between "drawing a very long bow" to downright lies and as previously stated he is a master of innuendo - probably in two languages. His statements are sorted out as follows.

ASIO - Never worked for ASIO except perhaps as an interpreter and is not known to them as an employee.

British Intelligence General Headquarters - He worked at the JTLS Languages School as a Linguist.  During this time he was on Leave Without Pay from the RAAF and was acting as a consultant. He also produced some written briefs on the Middle East culture for the School and the Head of the Language School commended his work.

High Commission London - We believe that this was in relation to his work at the Languages School.

Persian Gulf - Halim served as an interpreter on HMAS Darwin between the 21 August 1990 and 14 Dec 1990.   HMAS Darwin's Captain commended his work.

Bosnia - Halim never served in Bosnia.

Kosovo - Halim never served in Kosovo, the extent of his involvement in Kosovo was as an interpreter in settling Kosovo temporary refugees into accommodation at Puckapunyal Army camp in Victoria.

East Timor - Never served in East Timor

Kuwait with SAS - Because of his interpreting skills Halim was detached to work with an Australian Officer to facilitate the involvement of Australian troops in Kuwait as part of a United States led coalition. The detachment was from the 24 February 1998 to 10 April 1998.  The Australian Officer happened to be an SAS Officer. Halim was not posted to the SAS in Kuwait. See more about this detachment further down.

Iraq - Never served in Iraq.

Was a soldier and Officer - Halim was never a soldier or a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force. Whilst he was working as an interpreter in Kuwait, to increase the prestige of the Australian presence in Kuwait, sometimes it was necessary to "Dress Up" Halim as an RAAF Officer so that he would be more presentable than a RAAF Sergeant when interpreting during meetings between Kuwait officials and the Australian officer - The Australian Embassy office even went as far as issuing an official document to say he was a Flight Lieutenant (See below). That is what Halim refers to when he says he was an "Officer".  The SAS officer commended Halim for his interpreting skills during this detachment. In one of his electoral posters he also says   "British Intelligence as a soldier, an Officer". He was never a soldier and never an officer with British Intelligence. 

 

 

 

Diplomat - This again refers to his duties as a Sergeant interpreter in Kuwait - he was never a diplomat he was an interpreter for an Australian Army Major who was attached to the Kuwait Embassy Office. The office was established as an adjunct to the Australian Embassy in Riyadh

Worked with the United Nations - Never worked with the United Nations.

Was recommended to work with Richard Butler in Iraq - We asked Richard Butler and he said he had never heard of Halim, however there is truth in this statement, because whilst he was at the JTLS School in the United Kingdom the Head of the Language School recommended him as "suitable for employment on United Nations Inspection Missions to Baghdad"

As an RAAF Sergeant, Halim had two roles, he was a Clerk and an interpreter.  When Arabic interpreting skills were needed he was detached for short periods of time from his everyday job as a clerk. His time at JTLS was at his own request, but it also suited the RAAF to release him on Leave Without Pay. He does not mention in his "blurbs" about being a clerk, which was his role for most of his Twenty-Three years service. Below is a copy of a RAAF document that explains his secondment to JTLS and clearly shows he was employed as a clerk.  

 

We had previously looked at Asim Halim, but at that stage he had not worn medals to which he was not entitled. We decided not to publish then, because it was noted as iterated here that wherever Halim carried out interpreting work he was commended for his excellent work, however, he was not "a highly decorated soldier for the first UN sanctioned Gulf War in 1991" as is stated in one of his election posters.  He was an RAAF Sergeant clerk who was used by the Department of Defence from time to time as an interpreter because of his Egyptian heritage. In addition at that stage he had not worn a rack of medals to which he is not entitled.

Asim Halim rewrote his service history and by innuendo and lies gilded the lily to the extent that any reasonable veteran would see through the smoke screen he had created. Perhaps he started to believe his own lies because, he was running the R&SL club as if he owned it, his actions and behaviour at that venue caused people to look into his amazing resume where very little truth prevails.

As an ex RAAF Sergeant with twenty-three years service Halim could not be so dumb as to not know exactly what his medal entitlements were. Members of the R&SL Club wanted their President to look the part on ANZAC Day so they in good faith arranged medals for him in accordance with his stated service, because his service was a sham he was not entitled to wear the medals provided and he has been exposed as a wannabe.

A reputation built on lies and innuendo is a "House of cards", Halim built a "House of Cards" which eventually all came tumbling down. His stupidity has seen him expelled from the R&SL club and made to be a fool in his hometown.

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: Hajek
Christian Names: Adam
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Port Kembla
Service #: None
Service: None
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: Nil
Completion of service: Nil
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Here we have another cur of a "Love Rat". Adam Hajek had convinced a vulnerable lady that he was a serving member of the Australian Army, who held the rank of Lieutenant and was a Sniper who was flitting back and forth from the Middle East on Missions. He also claimed to be attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) as well as studying at Sandhurst Military College in the United Kingdom. He claimed to have served in the Australian Army for more than 20 years.

This human detritus has spent a "lot of time" on international flights, to and from the Middle East, London, Syria and to countries on secret sniping missions. This "Battle hardened criminal" is also undergoing constant surgery to have shrapnel removed from his body. Sometimes he phones from his mobile phone claiming to be "In action" on the "Front Line"

In between missions he claims to live in Barracks and is allowed no visitors. We don't know his current address, but we tracked him to a previous address where he resided early this year. It is a low cost Boarding House in the Port Kembla area. Whilst he was at that address he was employed full time as a Roofing Labourer in the building industry, and was not flitting around Battle Fields as he claimed.

This disgusting behaviour is becoming prevalent, and those involved are no more than cowardly curs who take advantage of vulnerable Ladies. Here is a list of others in this category who have falsely claimed heroic military service to ingratiate themselves into mainly single parent families:

Loveridge
Jenkins
Stoove
Gwilliams
Bennetts
Montgomery

All of these people have grossly insulted the Veteran community by falsely claiming to be Returned Veterans, and even worse, claiming to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as an excuse for their appalling behaviour whilst domiciled in other peoples houses.

Hajek is falsely claiming to be a Returned Veteran. That is an offence against the Defence Act 1903, Part VII Section 80A. Unfortunately New South Wales and Western Australia State Police deign not to prosecute, whilst Queensland Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have successfully prosecuted many offenders. We will continue to lobby until all States and Territories carry out their duty to preserve the integrity of Veterans.

We ask that those from the Port Kembla area keep watch for Hajek and report his whereabouts so that we can pass the information to State Police.

Hajek and his ilk are the lowest of the low and we are pleased that we are able to expose him on this web site.

Surname: Brooks
Christian Names: Benjamin Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Darwin
Service #: *224017
Service: Army
Branch: RAA
Commencement of service: 03 Jul 01
Completion of service: Not Known
Case Notes:

 

BROOKS UPDATE - JUNE 2020

In 2017 Benjamin Mathew Brooks was mentioned in ANZMI despatches for wearing four medals and an Army Combat Badge (ACB). Two of the medals and the ACB were fake.

He now wears six medals and three badges. Two of the medals, and one clasp are fake, one badge is not to be worn, except on Army uniform, and one of the badges is fake. Here are two photographs of Brooks, one from 2017, the other from 2020, showing his latest medals and badges display.


His current rack consists of:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM). Not entitled
Iraq Medal. Not entitled
Australian Service Medal (ASM) with two clasps. Entitled to the medal, but to only one clasp.
Operational Service Medal - Border Protection (OSM-BP) Entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) Entitled
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM) Entitled

Note that he wears two clasps on his Australian Service Medal. One would be for Timor, but he has no service that would result in a second clasp. (Shown on the right hand photograph of him above)

He also wears, the:

Australian Army Individual Readiness Badge (AIRN) which is to be worn only on Army uniform, by those who meet the criterion at a specific time. It was issued to Brooks but is not to be worn on civilian dress.


An Army Combat Badge (ACB) which is a military decoration that is awarded to any member of the Australian Defence Force for service with an Army combat element in warlike operations. Brooks does not meet that criterion. Not entitled


Operational Service Badge - Border Protection, is issued with the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM) He would have been awarded this badge in concurrence with the OSM-BP for Operation Relex. Entitled


In summary he now wears:

Six medals of which these two below, are fake.


Two badges, the AIRN Badge, is inappropriate for wear in civilian clothing and the ACB is fake.

Since last reported, his medal rack remains at two fake medals, but he has added AIRN badge and now wears two fake badges.

A reasonable person would note Brooks's medals, and deem him a hardened returned veteran. In reality, he lives a lie, and we assume that other aspects of his life could also be based on lies.

If you see Brooks wearing his medals on a commemorative occasion ask for his autograph as he is a noteworthy recidivist medals cheat, whose offence will be forever inscribed on this website

Beware of this cheat.

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Benjamin Mathew  Brooks "tried it on" and has been comprehensively caught.

The photograph shows Brooks on a graduation parade when he became an Corrections Officer in the Northern Territory Correctional services.  We believe he is no longer a Corrections Officer because his general behaviour was less than satisfactory.

In the photograph he is wearing the following medals:

Australian Active Service Medal - Not Entitled

IraqMedal -  Not Entitled

Australian Service Medal - Entitled

Australian Defence Medal - Entitled

In addition he wears an Army Combat Badge to which he has no entitlement.

He never served anywhere to meet the criterion for this badge, which  is:

Been force assigned to a combat team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service; or

Been physically deployed in the same geographical location as a Combat Team and have a primary role to directly support that Combat Team for a period of either a continuous or an aggregate of 90 days satisfactory service.

He is wearing four medals and has earned only two.  The first two are prestigious medals for war service in Iraq, he did not earn them, they are self purchased fakes.

The third medal is for non warlike service in Timor and the last medal is for completing four years service in the Army.

People from all walks of life  understand the shame of stealing the honour of Defence Veterans and we are happy to investigate all reports received from the public.

Falsely wearing medals is a risky business, those who do it will be noticed and subsequently allocated space on this website.

Brooks was reported to us by a member of the Public and our investigation ascertained that he is a fraud and a wannabe who is very welcome on this website.

 

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