Van Assen

Surname: Van Assen
Christian Names: Jooitsen
Country: Australia
State or Province: NT
City or Town: Tennant Creek
Service: Nil
Case Notes:

Jooitsen Van Assen "Dutchy"
According to “Dutchy” he was a member of the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and served heroically in Vietnam where he worked with United States soldiers. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal by the United States Army following his part in the rescue of One Hundred prisoners of war. (The Purple Heart is awarded to United States soldiers who are wounded in action)

In this photograph you can see that “Dutchy” was a bit shy to show his gleaming array of medals and was careful to place his arm in front of them to thwart the photographer.


The determination of the photographer was not easily thwarted and he snuck a phone camera under the table and got a shot of the medals. The photo, although a little blurred shows “Dutchy” wearing the following medals;
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75
Vietnam Medal
Defence Force Service Medal
National Medal
Purple Heart (USA)
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
Vietnam Campaign

Tennant Creek locals were suspicious about “Dutchy” because of the Purple Heart and also he could not remember his Regimental number – you show me a soldier who can’t remember his regimental number and I will show you a very likely candidate for our web site. “Dutchy” also spruicks about how Vietnam ruined his health – obviously playing the sympathy card of a wounded hero. 
Tennant Creek may be way out in the middle of no where but the local veterans are not yokels and can sniff out a suspected wannabe when the occasion arises. Wannabes should be aware that ANZMI has eyes and ears all over Australia and sooner or later they will be exposed.
We were very pleased to assist the good veterans of Tennant Creek to expose Jooitsen “Dutchy” Van Assen as an impertinent and disgraceful wannabe who steals the valour of genuine veterans. He has committed an offence against the Defence Act, 1903 (as amended). It is a federal offence to claim to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman, subject to six months' imprisonment and a fine of up to $3300. 
We approached our usual sources regarding a Service File for Jooitsen Van Assen and got the following reply.

Dear Sir

Thank you for your inquiry regarding VAN ASSEN, Jooitsen  

Post-WWII Army records are held by the Central Army Records Office (CARO). They have advised us that they were unable to locate a record for this individual. We provided them with the following information:

Name:   VAN ASSEN, Jooitsen                                    
DOB:    22 March 1942                                                  
Served: 1960-1975                                                             
Service No:     Unknown                          
“Dutchy” is a dud, and as far as we know whilst he may have pulled on the odd clog or two has never pulled on an Army boot of any kind, he is the worst kind of wannabe, who claims to have served with the elite SASR and to have given heroic service and  been wounded in action.

We wrote to Van Assen asking for information about his Military Service, however he chose to ignore our letter.
Dutchy is a thief of veteran honour and will for the rest of his days languish on our web site an honour he richly deserves.

10 Apr 2010

Good news from the Red Centre, “Dutchy” has been charged and arraigned before a Magistrate and  convicted under the Defence Act 1903,  for his actions described in our exposure.

He was charged with:

Falsely represented himself as  a person on whom a service decoration had been conferred.

Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier.

Van Assen was fined $1,000 and placed on a two year good behaviour bond.

“Dutchy” is the second court conviction for our Wannabe “stars” this year.  The other was Colin Maurice Gibbons who was awarded four months jail, of which he was directed to serve fourteen days and placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for twelve months. 

This is a very welcome trend and Australian and New Zealand Veterans sincerely thank the Victorian and Northern Territory Police for their prompt and decisive action.

Here they are Exposed - Charged and Convicted

  Gibbons Jailed and 12 months Prob                                             Van Assen $1,000 fine and 24 months Prob


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