Tony Flaherty sues mates to alter history

| December 4, 2017

Someone sends us a link to the story of Tony Flaherty. It seems that Mr Flaherty was in the Australian Army and served in Vietnam as a cook with the 5th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment. Now that he’s running for political officer, his biography says that he was a platoon commander. A real platoon commander, Michael von Berg, has called out Flaherty by turning him into our friends at the Australia and New Zealand Military Imposters group, and Flaherty has responded by suing von Berg. From The Australian;

In his candidate profile, Mr ­Flaherty wrote that he had served in a “platoon commander role 8 Platoon, C Company”.

Mr von Berg and other Vietnam veterans say that claim is false — Mr Flaherty was the company’s cook, not a platoon commander. “His claims of being a platoon commander … this really irks me because I know what I and every other platoon commandeer in the RAR had to endure,” Mr von Berg told The Australian.

“For Flaherty to have the temerity to portray himself as an ­acting platoon commander is an insult to me and every other ­platoon commander.”

He wrote a letter of complaint to the RSL SA on behalf of ­aggrieved members of 8RAR in his capacity as president of the SA branch of the RAR Association. The former infantry, SAS and commando officer was motivated to speak out after Mr Flaherty’s side of the story was aired on the ABC’s PM last month.

Vietnam veterans from across Australia have stepped forward to back Mr von Berg’s defence.

At least eight have signed statutory declarations disputing Mr Flaherty’s biography.

His company commander in Vietnam, Major David Rankine MC, wrote that in his time in charge of C Company, “Tony Flaherty never commanded anything other than a stove in the kitchen”.

According to Flaherty, in an interview with ABC, since he can’t identify any of the folks at ANZMI, he’s going to sue his former Army mates for turning him in.

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Please don’t share this story with Flemron Dickey…

  2. RetiredDevilDoc8404 says:

    I guess that’s one way to try to make your stolen valor legit, don’t see it working well for him but at least it’s a somewhat novel approach. Still a scumbag though, he probably spit in the soup whenever he got the chance.

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    Kind of reminds me of someone else around here that is now sitting in the can???

  4. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    Hey Cookie,

    You could have just said I served in Nam and left it at that. At least you did more than a certain Senator from Connecticut and he got elected.

  5. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    OK, this is very confusing …

    So the sink, pantry refrigerator and walk-in freezer were all under separate commands?

    I just don’t get it …

    • 1610desig says:

      It would seem to violate galley unity of command….Clausewitz (or that Chinese dude Sun Set or General Tso’s chicken) would disapprove

    • Bill M says:

      Yeah, You should have seen him call close order drill with the stove, refer and the sink all doing column lefts around the kitchen. As*ho*e!

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    He was a cook? What’s wrong with being a cook? If you’re a good cook, people love you because you can make a sandwich out of cigar ashes, air and moonbeams.


    He must have thought that repeat viewings of ‘The Odd Angry Shot’ qualified him as a PL commander.
    Great film BTW, its on Youtube.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    ‘…since he can’t identify any of the folks at ANZMI, he’s going to sue his former Army mates for turning him in.’

    Where have I heard that before? Wasn’t it on a Tuesday?

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Sounds like he has a bad case of Bernathitis which causes severe brain damage if left untreated!

  10. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    I bet he can make up a big pot of Cream of Sum Yung Guy in a New York Minute…

    • dusty1 says:

      Nah, He’s was stationed in Phuc Dat Bich province in Vietnam where rumour has it He was responsible for injuring more Australian soldiers than the VC.
      He will now be known evermore for being a knob jockey riding a baloney pony.

  11. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Looks like “FLAHERTY” will get him nowhere.

  12. NHSparky says:

    How Bernathian.

  13. Steve says:

    I remember reading about this raging bag of FUCKWITERY on the ANZMI site.

    This ballbag piece of shit pond scum is pathalogically incapable of admitting when he is wrong.

    He has the sheer f*cking hide to throw his mates under the bus because he had a look back at his life and didn’t like the view.

    Fuck him and all who sail in him. Wanker.

  14. Steve says:

    AND the piece of shit is wearing an infantry combat badge.

    Cranky pants are ON.

  15. Jim says:

    Nothing wrong with being a cook as long as you’re a good one.

  16. Green Thumb says:

    A totally “Phildoesque” dude.

    The only thing this clown cooked were some warm, buttered buns he put in his oven.

    Kinda looks like of whom I would assume would be Phildo’s dad.

    I poke fun but in reality this maggot is shaming the fuck out of his family.