Andy KRUZYNSKI – Dog Tag Dude.

SVC actually piquetted and bypassed Kruzynski several years ago based on a commitment from individuals on the ground that he would cease and desist from his antics.

When he recently resurfaced on “Police on Guard for Thee” FB page (12 February 2021) making claims of operational military service along with those of being both a Police Officer and a Corrections Officer our email blew up

After reviewing this image, we’ll offer the following observations on the medals Mr Kruzynski is wearing.

1 – UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Medal  – Just over 100 Canadian Forces members were awarded this medal for their service in the Middle East in 1978. Kruzynski is not on that list. 

2-UN Emergency Force 2 (UNEF2) Medal – CAF members were awarded this medal for their service in the Middle East, primarily in Egypt, during the period 1973-79. Kruzynski’s actual service (1965-68) is well outside the medal’s eligibility period. 

3-Police Exemplary Service Medal Awarded upon completion of a minimum of twenty years of full-time service with one or more recognized Canadian police forces. 2 years with Toronto Metro Traffic doesn’t meet the eligibility requirement. Nor is he listed on the GG’s website / Canada Gazette as a recipient.

4-Corrections Exemplary Service Medal – Recipients must have been working on or after the date of creation of the Medal (1984), and must have completed 20 years of full-time service, not necessarily continuous, with one or more of the correctional services in Canada. Kruzynski claims only 17 years service as a CO and he’s not listed on the GG’s website / Canada Gazette as a recipient.

5-The Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal – CPSM recognizes peacekeeping service performed by Canadian citizens who have served with a peacekeeping/observer mission(s) for a minimum of 30 days accumulated service. He is eligible for this medal, his claimed in Cyprus has ben confirmed. 

Note, this is the “senior medal” and it’s in wrong position. 

6-UN Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Medal – Awarded for 90 days of consecutive service as a member of CF in Cyprus. Kruzynski is eligible for this medal,  his service Cyprus has been confirmed.

SVC has been unable to determine the legitimacy of the military parachutists wings that Kruzynski is wearing, we have been in contact with a number of airborne forces experts for their assistance in determining the ground truth.

There are several more images of Mr Kruzynski wearing a much different array of medals from the first time we encountered him. The ESMs aren’t in the mix however, there are a number of WW2 medals in the group. 

This is an earlier iteration of Kruzynski’s magical medals. 

The UNFICYP Medal is in the senior position, it was legitimately awarded to him for service in Cyprus with the Queen’s Own Rifles. That deployment would also entitles him to the Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal. 

He’s not rocking the UNEF2and UNIFIL Medals nor the Police or Corrections ESMs. 

But, he has the Defence Medal, 39-45 Star and the War Medal 1939-1945 on display, a most amazing occurrence as he wasn’t born until after the war! 

The privately purchased Normandy Campaign Medal in the mix is available to anyone for just 88 dollars plus shipping and handling. 

And, there’s more! 

He’s also wearing the Polish September Campaign Cross 1939. 

Poważnie?

Mr Kruzynski was a Cold War infantryman who deployed to Cyprus. There was no need for him to embellish his military service but, he did…

It’s time for him to walk away from his military themed fairy tales.

Arnold LePOTVIN – Sarnia’s Rice Paddy Daddy.

Mr LePotvin liked to tell his stories of searchin’ and killin’ missions in the jungles of Vietnam as an eighteen year old Staff Sergeant paratrooper.

A friend of SVC, thought that perhaps, LePotvin was being less than truthful as his Army timeline didn’t marry up with recorded history. So, we were asked to look at a couple of photographic images…

As per our SOP, we contacted LePotvin and asked him to help us sort out the situation and, we received this in return.

He then quickly dumped all of his social media accounts however, it ain’t our first time at the rodeo and we scooped up anything of interest before connecting with him…

So, we asked our American Partners at “This Ain’t Hell”, the pre-eminent Stolen Valour (or “Valor”) web site in the United States for their assistance in determining fact from fiction.

Those fine folks easily punched holes in LePotvin’s story and they contacted the US National Personnel Records Center (not Centre) as permitted by US law, to obtain his military records.

The Bottom Line

Mr LePotvin was encouraged, by members of the Sarnia Veterans Community, to surrender the bogus medals and apologize for his reprehensible actions.

He’s done the former, and we are still waiting for him to do the latter.

Is that RCAF ink on his right forearm? Weird, as he was never a member of the CAF either….

For additional information on this file, visit http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=77434

or,  http://www.theobserver.ca/2018/01/29/claims-of-service-in-vietnam-war-questioned

Hall of Shame / Gallery of Space Shuttle Door Gunners.

William (Bill) MacKenzie Niagara Falls, Ontario

Hendrik Van der pol
Summerside, PEI
Mark S Beres
Beachville, Ontario
Johann JEPPE
Calgary, Alberta.
Andy WRIGHT
Edmonton Area, Alberta.
Dwayne Curtis EISEN
Okanagan Falls, BC
Stephen EVANS
Wallaceburg, Ontario
James FRENCH
Cloverdale, BC
“SIR” Brent HABETLER
Lloydminster, Sk

Terry “captain landmine” BIRCH
Cornwall, Ontario

Jacques “Ti-Co” HAMEL
Trois Riviere, Quebec
Thomas QUIGLEY
GTA, Ontario
Ken POITRAS
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jean Charles PERREAULT
Levis/Bagotville, Quebec
Matthew CONNOLLY
Kentville, NS
Robert DESABRAIS
Warren, Ontario
Mark S HALDEN
St Catherines, Ontario
Hubert MEYERS
Fort Frances, Ontario
Daniel WHITSELL
Windsor, Ontario
Gerry CONWAY
Guelph, Ontario
Andrew Robert FARROW
KW Ontario / Nanaimo BC
Stephen Dennis McDONALD
Calgary, Alberta
Herne STEELGRAVE
was Gary Reginald ROWE aka Herne GALLOWSGLASS
David MacKENZIE
Dugald, Manitoba
Jean-Pierre Isore
St Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec

Matthew TREMBLAY
Thornloe, Ontario
Richard IVIE
Calgary, Alberta
William Edward LANG
Pembroke, Ontario
John Edward JOHNSTON
Nipawin, Sk
Daniel “Fon-Fon” LAFONTAINE
Quebec City, Quebec
Deborah MILLER
Kingston, Ontario
Ryan FOSTER
Calgary, Alberta
Oskar KONTORSKY
GTA, Ontario
Wayne JOHNSTON
Toronto, Ontario
Joe FRAGA
Surrey, BC
Helmut KRES
Edmonton, Alberta
Eric JANSSENS
Orono/Bowmanville, Ontario
James M DOBSON
Windsor, Ontario
Robert COOPER
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Dennis C SURRENDI
Nanton, Alberta
Ian DEWAR aka DEWAR-ADAIR
Hamilton, Ontario
James WELLHEISER
Ayr, Ontario
Elwyn/Elwin EVANS
Teulon, Manitoba
David Jeffrey DODD
Peterborough, Ontario
Curtis ROUSH
Smithville, Ontario
David C TOWNSEND
PEI
Donald LEMMOND aka TYRELL
Hamilton, Ontario
Byron S RODRIGUEZ
North Battleford, Sk
Arnold LePOTVIN
Sarnia, Ontario
Richard FANCY
Halifax, NS
Lawrence PATTERSON
Amherst, NS
Robert Wayne KELSO
Antigonish, NS
Earl Clarence WOOLERY III
Markdale, Ontario
Peter Miklos TOTH
Red Deer, Alberta
Bob KELLY
Leamington, Ontario
Franck GERVAIS
Cantley, Quebec
Art MURRAY
Cornwall, Ontario
Gerry MORGAN
Chatham, Ontario
Michael McNaught
Kingston, On
Sean BALDACCIN aka MARTIN aka HILTS
Northbrook, Ontario
Dale GRAY
Oshawa, Ontario
David Christie
Whycocomagh, NS
Steven A MARTENS
Scotch Creek, BC
Carl DALE
Kingston, Ontario
Ian NEWBY
Aldergrove, BC
Art LEONARD
GTA, Ontario
Pascal MIRON
Repentigny, Quebec
Ashley ZEDNER
GTA, Ontario
Michel- Eric CASTONGUAY
Levis, Quebec
Alexandre / Andre ASTLE
Pembroke, Ontario
Peter PASANEN
Burnaby, BC
Robert N White
Petroli, Ontario
Clayton DONOGHUE
Orillia, Ontario
Robert “Bobby” COLLINS
Saanich, BC

Never pass a fault – A bogus RCR Sergeant Major!

So, back in December 2020, Mike Blais wrote this piece.
We have now ID’d the individual who claimed to be a CSM in the Royal Canadian Regiment and a former member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.It now appears that Mr MacKenzie has a long history of impersonating an infantryman that dates back several decades and in fact, continues to so based on images pulled from multiple social media platforms.

There is likely much more to his story as stolen valour is often just the tip of the iceberg…

A Vietnam Prisoner of War? You decide…

Mark S. BERES

Beachville, Ontario

We were asked to have a look at this individual who wears a substantial group of medals detailing his service in South East Asia as a combat infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division.

In the group, there are two medals which are readily researchable. The first, the Silver Star, the United States’ 3rd highest award for heroism in combat and, the Prisoner of War Medal.


Our team could find no open source record of these two medals ever being awarded to Beres so, we contacted our US counterparts for their advice and assistance. They initiated a FOIA request for his military records on our behalf.

The documents received from the National Personnel Records Center are quite interesting as there’s absolutely no mention of the Silver Star nor the POW Medal



We’ll draw your attention to the Decorations and Awards block.

The accounting for US Army Vietnam Prisoners of War (returnees / escapees) is 100% accurate, Beres isn’t listed!

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_acc_p_usa_20191227.pdf

Interestingly, the three other Vietnam POW claimants we are currently tracking are not listed as returnees / escapees either!

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_returnee.pdf

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_escapee.pdf

You decide…

Beres can contact us if he has independently verifiable evidence of the awards. We aren’t hard to find…

In fact, we encourage him to do so.

Elwyn David EVANS – Walting Matilda!

Mr Elwyn/Elwin David EVANS of Teulon MANITOBA claims he served in 2 Squadron of the SAS and was taken POW in Vietnam however, Australian Government records tell a different story. The Aus SASR and the NZ SAS served in Vietnam, and there are legends that the UK SAS may have fought alongside them. However, there were No Diggers or Kiwis taken POW during the Vietnam War, and it isn’t a great stretch of the imagination to say that there were no UK POWs either. Mr EVANS is just another just another poser who believes standing next to legitimate veterans, serving CF and RCMP members validates his claims…

Evans has never heard the Odd Angry Shot, the closest he got was the Routine Painful Shit!

Regardless of his claimed country of origin and service, Evans isn’t a recipient of the Military Cross (MC)! He’s rockin’ Sergeant’s rank badges, and during his time of his “service” in Vietnam only Officers below the rank of Major and Warrant Officers were eligible recipients…

He’s not listed on any of the MC databases (UK, Aus, NZ). This dude is an imposter who has worn a pseudo-uniform adorned with unearned medals & insignia and spews tales of his adventures in SE Asia for a gullible audience!

Military Cross (MC)– A third tier gallantry medal, roughly equivalent to Canada’s Medal of Military Valour (MMV), awarded by the UK, Australia, New Zealand and previously Canada.

The MC was/is awarded for exemplary gallantry in the field, and was available only to Warrant Officers and Officers prior to 1993. This would preclude “Sergeant” EVANS for being so recognized during the Vietnam War. 

All MCs are named with the recipient’s name and year of the award. Mr Evans claims that his medal is a replacement that he received after the original one was destroyed in a fire! 

General Service Medal 1962 (GSM) – The GSM, occasionally referred to as the General Campaign Medal, was awarded for “minor” campaign service (1962-2007). The medal always has an accompanying bar(s) detailing the specific campaign(s). The most common bar would be ‘NORTHERN IRELAND” however, there was a “SOUTH VIETNAM” bar awarded to a very limited number of Australian Army and Air Force Personnel. 

All GSMs are named with the recipient’s Name, Rank, Corps / Regiment.  

Interestingly, EVANS is wearing 2 General Service Medals side by side!

United Nations Forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Medal – a service medal awarded to individuals who served a minimum of 90 days as a member of the UN Force in Cyprus after 26 March 1964. Evans claims that he earned this medal as a member of the 6th Bn of the Parachute Regiment in 1963-4. 

SV-C has searched the London Gazette, which lists the details of UK national level honours and awards, EVANS in not listed as  Military Cross recipient. Nor, is he listed as an Australian recipient of the MC. As the MC was awarded only to Warrant Officers and Officers until 1993, this would certainly preclude “Sergeant” EVANS for being so recognized during the Vietnam War.

Elwyn Evans contacted us in December 2019 and demanded that we remove the posts detailing his medallic fuckery™ from all SVC platforms or, he would be taking legal action against us.

So, according to Evans, over the course of 4 years (1963-1967)
*He joined the Brit Army,
*Trained as an infantryman,
*Qualified as a paratrooper,
*Served as a Peacekeeper in Cyprus,
*Was promoted to Sergeant,
*Earned his blade badge with the SAS,
*Fought in Vietnam with @ Ia Drang in 1965,
*Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong,
*Escaped from captivity,
*Fought his way back to friendly forces,
*Awarded the Military Cross,
*2 tours of duty in Northern Ireland and,
*Emigrated to Canada.
Cool story Bro!

As per our SOPs, we invited him to prove us wrong.

Evans then provided us with a long list of his “proof of service” including images of his now expanded group of medals and an image purporting to be him as a Sergeant in the UK Special Air Service Regiment.

The 8 of the medals Evans wears are privately purchased, commemorative medals of no legal standing, they are self awarded, make believe embellishments “recognizing” his fictional military service.

The trinkets include the British Forces Campaign Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal General Service Medal, the British Army of the Rhine Medal, the Parachute Regiment medallion, the Cold War Medal, the Special Forces Medal, the Veterans Star and the Vietnam Veterans Medal…

Anyone can purchase them for on line for a few hundred bucks plus shipping and handling.

Like convicted Valour Thief Peter Miklos Toth of Red Deer Alberta, Evans figured that parading with CF members and the RCMP on Remembrance Day 2016 would bring some legitimacy to his medallic fuckery™

The uniform, insignia and head dress that EVANS is wearing are nothing more than a fantasy creation. 2nd Special Air Service (SAS) was disbanded shortly after the 2nd World War, therefore the insignia are incorrect regardless, he’s not old enough to have soldiered during WW2!

The winged blade badge of the SAS would be sewn on a tan beret, and not what appears to be either the head dress of the United Nations or the UK Army Air Corps. The distinctive parachute wings are SAS specific and awarded only to members of the SAS Regiment.

He is also a convicted prohibited weapons manufacturer however, medals aren’t awarded that type of captivity…

https://winnipegsun.com/2012/09/26/crown-takes-aim-at-lengthy-weapons-sentence

Oh, we almost forgot the picture, remember the one with showing Evans as a SAS Sergeant in 1964? A quick image search shows that it’s actually Israeli Defence Force SF operators rehearsing just prior to the Entebbe Raid in 1976.


SVC now believes that Mister Elwyn David Evans has jumped to more time periods than Marty McFly!

Evans has also been show cased on our partner’s pages in the US and in Australia at www.anzmi.net

https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=69509&fbclid=IwAR23vNXMugQbLvPXzA_s0WZjPRKPOrgZii6txjpKj0SPGlRV9_EwAGvfmh4

Elwyn Evans; Canadian phony

Matthew Karl CONNOLLY – Never pass a fault.

Matthew Karl Connolly
December xx, 19xx

Stolen-Valour Canada was advised by a number of parties that there was a potential issue with the medals that Mr Matthew Connolly had been photographed wearing.

SVC does not act upon unsubstantiated intelligence or malicious tips that are often initiated as a result of petty jealousy, marital misadventure or, sheer vindictiveness. We will not waste any staff effort on someone’s “gut feel” nor do we do participate in witch hunts. Tipsters must provide evidence (pictures, news articles, social media links) of their concerns before we can move forward.

Prior to investing any research effort into what often becomes an unfounded wild goose chase; we contact named individuals in order to provide them with an opportunity to sort out the reported situation.
Our hope, they would take advantage of our offer to protect his reputation and silence this issue once and for all.

To that end, we asked that Connolly on 14 Feb 2019 to provide us with the documentation that would prove his entitlement to wear the Special Service Medal (NATO) and the NATO Non-article 5 Medal.

The result – Connolly read our communication and told us that the medals he wore were replica medals ordered to replace the originals lost in a house fire. He had advised the medal mounting company of his dates of service / units and, a four medal group consisting of the SSM, CPSM, UNIFICYP and NATO Non Art 5 medals was created.

Connolly’s medal group including the SSM, CPSM, UNFICYP, NATO Non Article 5 Medal and the QDJM. Prior to 6 March 2019.

Unfortunately, the ships (FRASER / HURON) that he claimed to have served in between 1977-1980 did not meet the 180 day threshold for the SSM during the time he said he was a member of the ship’s company.

The NATO Non Art 5 Medal presented a challenge as there is no clasp detailing a particular mission however, that particular medal was created to recognize specific operations that did not occur until many many years after he left the CF…

Connolly’s actual medal group consisting of the CPSM, UNFICYP and QDJM. After the 2 medals he lacked any lawful entitlement to were removed.

 

 

 

Lest We Forget

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Ken “Not a Ranger” POITRAS

We were asked to review a number of photographic images of former Master Corporal Kenneth (AKA”Ranger Ken”) Arthur POITRAS CD who resides in the Winnipeg, Manitoba area.

Our review identified a number of inconsistencies in his medallic display and, when combined with his confusing claims of service, that gave us cause to question his entire military narrative.

Our team conducted a thorough review of all available records, this included websites, newspaper articles, photographic images, regimental tour books, searchable data bases of medal recipients and extracts from military documents in Canada and in the United States in order to determine the legitimacy of his claims.

When recently questioned by a retired senior PPCLI Officer who is actually a US Army RANGER, this was Poitras’ response…

Poitras wearing a maroon beret next to the mural dedicated to a true PPCLI hero!

SV-C then reached out to the regimental associations, their museums and other organizations in which Poitras has claimed to have served. The publicly accessible records, that we have had the opportunity to review, did not support his claims. That being said, the absence of verifiable records alone does not conclusively prove that an individual is a fake or embellisher, it just indicates that there are no records…

Our next step, we contacted Mr Poitras on 5 May 2019 and provided him the opportunity to sort out the reported situation.

In this image, sent to SVC by Mr Poitras on 7 May 2019, shows the medal group and jump wings he routinely wore at military themed events.

*Special Service Medal (NATO/OTAN),

*Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal,

*U.N. service medals (6) – India/Pakistan, Cyprus, Golan Heights, Lebanon, Namibia, and Angola,

*International Commission of Control Supervision (Vietnam),

*Multinational Force of Observers (Sinai), and

*Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He separated the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD), his sole legitimate medal from this group on our request.

Recorded history and simple arithmetic caused us to raise a number of red flags in regards to Mr Poitras’ medal group.

India/Pakistan- UNMOGIP (1948-1979) and UNIPOM (1965-1966). These two missions used the identical medal ribbon. CF participation was limited to military observers, all officers, and RCAF aircrew.

Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) The names of PPCLI recipients of this medal are recorded in the regimental journal. There are no 21 year old Private soldiers with broken service listed…

Lebanon-UNIFIL (1978) only 117 CF members received this medal and their names are known to SVC. Of note, this medal was also worn fraudulently by a convicted valour thief / senior officer.

Angola-UNAVEM II (1991-95) Canadian participation in this mission was limited to a total of 60 military observers, all officers.

Vietnam-International Commission of Control Supervision (1973) – 14 PPCLI Officers served on this mission that predates Poitras’ enrolment by almost 2 years!

SO, what we do know…

Former Master Corporal Kenneth Arthur POITRAS was an Infantryman in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He served in both the 2nd & 3rd Battalions of PPCLI between 1975 and 1983. Poitras was selected for and attended basic parachutist training at the Canadian Airborne Centre in Edmonton in the Spring of 1977, he failed to complete the course.

There is absolutely no record of him attending the US Army’s RANGER qualification course although he claimed to have been a trainee on Class 2 of 1976.

Was he honouring a friend by wearing the RANGER garb?

He continued to serve in the 3rd Bn PPCLI at Work Point Barracks until he applied remuster to Mobile Support Equipment Operator. Poitras then served at a number of Air Force bases until he retired from the CF in 1991.

By surrendering the bogus medals and wings,  former Master Corporal Kenneth A Poitras CD confirms that he didn’t serve overseas in any capacity and had had no lawful entitlement to the wear the items.

Lest We Forget.

Herne STEELGRAVE – Green Beret or a newt?

Stolen Valour Canada was advised by a number of parties that there was a potential issue with the claims made by Gallowsglass who was regular participant in events and ceremonies in the Manitoulin area hosted by various veterans support organizations. 

https://www.manitoulin.ca/war-pensioners-plan-shutter-organization/?fbclid=IwAR1kqK2trdXAHkCkycnlGnGznlzvqzUTo04a2_0kvi-Sdpl0JTpCLtE3Sc0

Prior to investing any research effort into what has the potential to become a wild goose chase, we attempt to contact named individuals in order to provide them with an opportunity to sort out the reported situation. SVC does not act upon unsubstantiated intelligence or malicious tips, and we hoped that the “Green Beret” would take advantage of this offer to assist in protecting his reputation.

Unfortunately, Steelgrave immediately went silent, not surprisingly images were deleted from social media sites and then the inevitable occurred, we were contacted by an enabler (Spouse/partner/spiritual advisor?) asking that we remove the content from our media platforms and making threats of legal actions against someone for something…

Of course, we responded.

SVC has had no further communication from the “Green Beret’s“ witchy-woman so, we can only surmise he’s on a deep undercover mission for the CIA or he’s been turned into a newt.