Anyone in the Regiment recognise this fella?

#1
Has anyone seen this fella before? I know Arrse don't like people giving real names out, so you'll have to read the article yourself. They also published a photo of him on their website.

I'll quote from the paper: "SAS veteran honours fallen comrades. THE only British soldier to be awarded the American Purple Heart will take part in the Remembrance Sunday parade in Seahouses this weekend".

The link for the article is: http://www.northumberlandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=1117&ArticleID=1257688
Photo is at: http://www.photostoday.co.uk/frontpage.aspx?Sitecode=NGAZ

Click on the 'Seahouses Remembrance Parade 2005' folder to see his smiley face :)

The general consensus round here is he's a Walt. Can anyone dispel that myth?

PS. I deleted the photos that originally appeared here. I don't want to be accused of infringing copyright do I?
 
#2
Why does he appear to be wearing 2 x GSM 1962?
Perhaps someone who knows about such things could enlighten me?
 
#4
http://www.un.org/Depts/dpko/medals/untac.htm the third medal in is UN CAMBODIA awarded 1992-1993 only.

PH only awarded to US Army soldiers and cilvian employees not foreign troops.

He claims to be in Nam 1962-1975! Not ONE US serviceman did the full 13 years. If he got the PH how come no Nam campaign medals then?

I had a long spiel with links and everything and the bloody forum blew it out when I licked POST. Bugger!
 
#5
So he is a young newly trained RAOC Staff Clerk and he is serving in Nam two years later? Wow.
 
#6
Storeman Norman said:
Why does he appear to be wearing 2 x GSM 1962?
Perhaps someone who knows about such things could enlighten me?
Pure speculation on my part, but could one of them have the South Vietnam clasp? Since it appears that he's chucked a UN Cambodia medal into his set albeit nearly two decades too late, there would seem a resonable chance he hasn't done his research and has added the South Vietnam GSM to complement his story, despite it being an Oz only award.
 
#7
strut_jack said:
Storeman Norman said:
Why does he appear to be wearing 2 x GSM 1962?
Perhaps someone who knows about such things could enlighten me?
Pure speculation on my part, but could one of them have the South Vietnam clasp? Since it appears that he's chucked a UN Cambodia medal into his set albeit nearly two decades too late, there would seem a resonable chance he hasn't done his research and has added the South Vietnam GSM to complement his story, despite it being an Oz only award.
Thanks. So now we seem to agree that this unfortunate has delusions of grandeur, and indeed is in danger of falling foul of the law - is anyone going to blow his story with the paper who actually printed it in the first place?
 
#9
strut_jack said:
and has added the South Vietnam GSM to complement his story, despite it being an Oz only award.
Royal NZ Regiment of Artlillery where there, plus other Kiwi Inf units.

As an aside, the NZ Army has a large % of Maori soldiers. These blokes are pretty nails - so much so, that when they sprung an ambush they would originally leap out and bludgeon the VC to death with their bare hands. They had to be ordered to use their SLRs....
 
#10
Cabarfeidh said:
He claims to be in Nam 1962-1975!
No, he claims to be SF from 1962-1975.

msr
 
#11
He appears to have the facial expressions of a man with a secret, the eyes are the window to the soul, and a beret hot off the EBAY catalogue, If we are wrong and he is indeed a true hero, I will be the first to apologise on this forum.....
 
#12
why doesn't somebody just email him on forcesreunited and enquire about his medals from the pic in the paper??? :roll:
 
#16
Pilot Wings
Johnny Foreigner Wings in place for medals
Medals all swing mounted
PARA and Bootie in the same pic
Short legs, no feet
 
#19
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

Pilots wings???

Russian?? Jump wings??

Medals not court mounted...
 
#20
Bravo_Bravo said:
strut_jack said:
and has added the South Vietnam GSM to complement his story, despite it being an Oz only award.
Royal NZ Regiment of Artlillery where there, plus other Kiwi Inf units.

As an aside, the NZ Army has a large % of Maori soldiers. These blokes are pretty nails - so much so, that when they sprung an ambush they would originally leap out and bludgeon the VC to death with their bare hands. They had to be ordered to use their SLRs....
Apologies Bravo_Bravo, allowed myself to be distracted by the larger island in Oceania, the Kiwis did indeed take part. However I believe that all the South Vietnam clasps issued for the GSM were issued to Australian personnel.
 

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