Norbert Keough aka Norbert MacLean and ANZMI

| March 12, 2018 | 67 Comments

Last year, we wrote about this fellow, Norbert Keough who was known as Norbert Basil McLean III while he was in the US Navy. Within weeks, we started receiving letters and emails from a legal firm in Tasmania threatening to sue us for defamation of the poor fellow. Of course, since Tasmanian courts have no jurisdiction over us, we’ve pretty much ignored the threats.

This morning, our friends at Australia New Zealand Military Imposters (ANZMI) send us a link to their very extensive work on Mr Keough/McLean.

While we published his records, and told folks that he wasn’t a participant in the Gulf War despite the awards he wore for that campaign, they found him playing ambassador on New Years Eve 1991 in New York City, half a world away a mere two weeks before the beginning of hostilities.

On New Years Eve 1991, Norbert MacLean III threw a party at the Berkeley-Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park. He mailed formal invitations. He rolled a red carpet from the doorway of the presidential suite to the elevator.

He hung a United Nations flag at the doorway. He posted signs that read, “Reserved for Ambassador MacLean” in the parking area for the white limousine he’d rented.

For months, Maclean had been claiming to be an ambassador.

“He got very offended if you called him Mr MacLean,” JoAnne Guertin, former front office manager at the Berkeley-Carteret said, “He wanted ‘Ambassador Maclean’”

Maclean, a former Lakehurst resident whose father is that town’s police chief, is far from an ambassador. He’s a 22 year-old former Navy sailor recently court-martialed after being charged with bouncing 81 checks.

Just two weeks ago, MacLean was seeking legitimacy in a different forum. He was on the November ballot as an independent candidate for one of the two State Assembly seats in coastal Monmouth County’s 11th District.

Maclean announced his withdrawal from the race on May 19, the day after an interview with the Asbury Park Press during which he was confronted with the Navy charges and other instances of bounced checks. An official in Maclean’s campaign said the interview had not prompted the candidate’s decision.

…’The reason for this painful decision is because of unfinished business with the United States Navy in Washington, DC,” Maclean wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Daniel J. Dalton.

So, the little twerp packed his bags and left for the Land Down Under to escape his infamy and he strapped on military decorations he didn’t earn thinking that no one would discover his lies, until we got his FOIA;

Now ANZMI has questions;

Norbert Keough, or ‘Norb’ as he likes to be called presents himself as a distinguished veteran of the US Navy, a Gulf War Veteran, a champion of veteran’s rights, and a non-practising Barrister. Don’t however, challenge Norb’s credentials as he is very keen to litigate. We wonder why?

The truth is, Norb is nothing but a fraud. Yes, he did serve in the US Navy but if you can call being discharged after being Court Martialled ‘distinguished’ you probably believe the rest of his stories.

After threatening a number of senior members of the RSL with legal action for daring to ask legitimate questions about his past, Norb relocated to Tasmania where he reinvented himself in the Tasmanian RSL and picked up work with Jackie Lambie as an advisor on Veterans Affairs. It also seems Norb is keen to have a tilt at politics.

Norb has created the image of a distinguished US Navy Veteran to enhance his public image, but in doing so, has left a trail of confusing photographs which depict changing medal entitlements, service not consistent with the published record, and lies about his actual service history.

Yeah, Norbert likes to threaten people, but we’re accustomed to that. I’m sure I’ll get another costly letter in snail mail from his lawyers. It’ll join the others in my circular file.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. DirtDart says:

    Holy crap!! ah pulled a first?!?!

    but dudes don’t learn… the bernasty from down under or what?

  2. Combat Historian says:

    The shittiest of shitbags; he must be the DRG rep for the ANZAC region…

  3. Roh-Dog says:

    Maybe he is an Ambassador…
    Ambassador of Asspoundia, nominated by President Mona Inapillow.
    Keep this check bouncing bastard away from anyone that can’t legally consent!

  4. OWB says:

    Ambassador Norb? Famous in Tasmania? Interesting. Very interesting.

    And what is a “CTASR” for rank/grade?

    • Roh-Dog says:

      Can’t Take Any Serious Responsibly

    • Hondo says:

      The handy-dandy Cracker Jack Navy Rate Decoder Book says that rate abbreviation stands for either “Communications Technician (Administrative) Seaman Recruit” or “Cryptologic (Administrative) Seaman Recruit”. My guess is that the rate abbreviation has been re-used, and stood for both – but at different times.

      Both are E1s. Either would be consistent with being reduced to E1 and given a punitive discharge as part of a court-martial sentence.

      • OWB says:

        Thanks, Hondo. Guess it would have been too easy to just put “E-1” on that line.

      • Bobo says:

        He was a crypto tech. Back in the day there were CT(A)s, who worked on intel products, CT(M)s, who maintained the crypto gear, and CT(I)s, who were the linguists. All required a TS clearance, some with higher security clearance requirements depending on assignment.

        I’m sure that the idea that someone who had daily access to highly classified intel was writing a stack of bad checks was part of the calculus to dump his ass.

        • RM3(SS) says:

          Like Bobo said. CT is actually a hard rate to get into both because of the security clearance requirements and the complex nature of their work. We had CT’s as riders on our spec ops, all of them that I met were very sharp.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      CTASR = Chicago Transit Authority Squatter-Rider

      (Never pays fare, rides the bus all day long)

  5. Red Forman says:

    He likes to be referred to as “Norb”.

    The Urban Dictionary defines “norb” as someone who likes to run naked through the Savannah. Elsewhere, “Norb” is an acronym for “No Reason Boner”.

    I’m sure someone here can come up with something better.

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Ambassador Nob must have a sugar daddy. That’s a lot of someone’s money spent attempting to re-create himself and bouncing around the globe.

    • SSG Kane says:

      Or he’s really good at conning people out of their money. Which is why he cares enough to actually threaten to sue. His credibility is on the line.

      Plus it gives him the ability to say he currently has “litigiation pending” and provide the name and number of an attorney who will only confirm that fact.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I would love to receive a legal letter from some lawyer in Australia. I’d send it back stamped “GFY, mate.”

  8. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Holy Looney Tunes, another Tanzmanian Devil. At least he’s not from you know where claiming to be a Seal. I believe back in the 1950’s, there was a short lived half hour TV show called Norbert. Think it ran just one season.

  9. Tallywhagger says:

    If John Fonda-Kerry had a grandson…

  10. Gat Cat says:


    • dusty1 says:

      Australia is pronounced STRAYA for those learning the lingo.
      Ms Lambie thought she was back in to Federal Parliament as the patsy they had warming her seat after her removal under section 44 of the Australian constitution owing to her dual citizenship was due to stand aside and put her back in……but no….He says F.U & goes it alone as an Independent.
      The Jackie Lambie Network ran some canidates in the recent Tassie state elections and they flopped dramatically, her star has risen and come crashing back down to earth faster than a clapped out steaming pile of Chinese space junk.
      Now She just comes across as a sad & cranky old woman with “issues” complete with scraggly hair & psycho eyes, she has zero political pull now days.

  11. Jonn Lilyea says:

    I found one of his letters;

    Dear Messrs Lilyea and Seavey,

    Earlier this week it came to my attention that you published an online
    article entitled “Norbert Keogh aka Norbert Basil MacLean III; U.S. Sailor
    walting in OZ” on or about 23 July 2017.

    Firstly, the photographs you published are owned by the Returned & Services
    League of Australia (“RSL”) and are copyright protected. I verified that
    you never received permission or authorisation from the RSL to use those
    photographs in any way, shape or form. I am in the process of being
    provided a statutory declaration to support this fact. I have copied the
    CEO and National President of the RSL on this email together with the North
    Bondi RSL Sub-Branch President should you desire to independently verify
    that fact – which is that you do not have permission under copyright laws to
    use those photos in your publications.

    Second, you state “[h]e wasn’t a Navy Aviator, either”. I have never worn
    U.S. Naval Aviator wings; to the contrary my U.S. Naval records indicate
    that I was in fact designated an EAWS (which is an “Enlisted Aviation
    Warfare Specialist”) on 7 November 1989. That designation was never revoked
    during my Naval service. To substantiate this fact, I enclose a copy of
    part of my Navy Occupation Training record otherwise known as NAVPERS
    1070/604 (Rev. 1-79). Please be advised that I have redacted my social
    security number on that document for privacy. The wings pictured in the
    copyright protected photographs, which you have used illegally, are in fact
    EAWS and are not Naval Aviator wings.

    Third, you state, “[y]eah, he served during the first Gulf War, but the Navy
    says that he wasn’t there”. The purported U.S. form you published does not
    accurately reflect my actual Naval Service assignments. In fact, the
    document you published fails to list any of my duty assignments as well as
    Temporary Additional Duty assignments that I undertook during my U.S. Naval
    Reserve and active duty U.S. Navy service.

    Fourth, you indicate that “someone in Australia sent us the world about this
    fellow”. In this regard, I have retained Australian solicitor Daniel
    Zeeman, a partner in the law firm Butler McIntyre & Butler based in Hobart,
    Tasmania, to prosecute any defamation claims I may have against the
    individual/s involved in the publication of defamatory material sent to you
    by an Australian resident in the Supreme Court of Tasmania. I have copied
    Mr Zeeman on this email.

    Fifth, the purported U.S. form you published does not accurately reflect all
    of my awards as indicated in my Naval records. Thus, it is inaccurate and
    constitutes defamation.

    Sixth, during my U.S. Navy service my surname was in fact “MacLean”.
    However, on 10 December 2007, I recorded a change of surname in the State of
    New South Wales, Australia, and subsequently notified the U.S. Department of
    State via the American Consulate in Sydney as well as the U.S. Social
    Security Administration. Both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S.
    Social Security Administration have confirmed the status of my change of
    surname. This is reflected on my U.S. and Australian Passports as well as
    my U.S. Social Security card. Thus, there is nothing nefarious about such
    surname change as suggested in the published defamatory comments to your

    At no time prior to the publication of your post did either of you ever
    contact me to verify the truthfulness and accuracy of its contents. The
    various published comments from other individuals to your published post are
    highly defamatory of me. Your publications, and the various comments to it,
    are untrue and as such are defamatory.

    I demand that you:

    1. Withdrawal and remove your publication together with its published
    comments within 24 hours of receipt of this email;
    2. You desist from further defamation;
    3. You reveal to me the name and contact information of the “someone in
    Australia” that sent you purported information that you published on me; and
    4. You provide a written apology for having defamed me and a retraction
    of your comments contained in the publication.

    Failure to respond to this demand will result in a complaint being filed in
    either the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of West Virginia or
    a West Virginia Circuit Court with an application for injunctive relief.
    Please be advised that if I am required to hire a lawyer in West Virginia to
    prosecute these matters on my behalf I will be seeking to recover my costs
    associated with such from the both of you.

    Faithfully yours,

    Norbert Keough

  12. Ex-PH2 says:

    Tasmania, huh? Well, even Taz may disagree with that, Norbie.

  13. Steve says:

    LOL XD

    Hey Norbert! EAT A BIG BAG OF DICKS.

    You’re famous now, dangleberry!

    Even Jacqui isn’t stoopid enough not to be able to see through your bullshit.

    And don’t worry about trying to intimidate ANZMI either. They’ve had their fair share of assholes way more intimidating than you’ll ever be.

    Enjoy your fame you fake, poser douchenozzle.

    • rgr769 says:

      Apparently Norb is quite experienced at eating dicks. Not that there is anything wrong with that.:)(for the benefit of our proggies, even though they be few in number)


    I love Aussie RSL’s! They are usually the happening place in rural towns due to their good, cheap food and booze, slot machines and frequently live music.
    They certainly put the RC Legion to shame.


      I hope the Tazzies shove a didgeridoo up his POSer ass and send him home, to face more ridicule!

    • dusty1 says:

      How’s that P.M of yours Justin Turdue?
      still sashaying around India in Bollywood dress up costumes with His family in tow wearing matching outfits, all with their hands clasped together in prayer in every photo, I got a laugh out of that.
      Almost as bad as our P.M Melvin Trumbull mincing around at the gay mardi gras in Sydney recently with His wife juicy Lucy & CHER.
      Makes Donald Trump look Presidential.

      • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

        Get it fucking right Dusty, His full title is Chairman Justin ‘pussyfart’ Turd-eau Of The P.R. of Canuckistan.

        • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

          Only the libtards and welfare bums like him.
          Personally, I hope someone “winks and smiles” at him from 100m.
          Other than the syphilitic snail-trails listed above; most Canadians I know would love a Right-Wing coup. Photos of Turd-eau are popular targets at my range. His face looks great on a Figure-11

        • dusty1 says:

          WHOA there, take a chill pill, you voted for him.
          You might be lucky & P.M Turdue might pull a Xi Jinping and make himself President for life, now wouldn’t that be something.

  15. Bill M says:

    I was going to say something pithy about this turd, but I’m laughing too hard.

  16. Atkron says:

    Crypto dicks are well known around the hangar bay, flight deck, and in the Squadron shops. /sarc

    Nice EAWS wings dick…you thought maybe they would think you were an aviator or crewman with those wings?

    EAWS = Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      There’s this thing called libel tourism. The term describes the use of foreign law–always less tolerant of free speech than the US–to obtain a plaintiff-favorable verdict and then execute a judgment here. The US has essentially said, and I accurately paraphrase the law here: “GFY!”

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Glad to know about that, because I was concerned that Fatty Kim da T’ird might not like the smershy things I have said about him in the past.
      He seems tame right now. I wonder what’s gotten into him.

      Now, Norbie, on the other hand, is factually a dork lacking hormones.

      And while we certainly should be concerned that we use only the most sparklingly offensive speech patterns, it certainly does not impinge our right to free speech for us to let people know our opinions, does it?

      No, it does not. And, anyway, I have doubts in his physical capacity as a man to wipe his own drool off his mouth. But that’s just my personal opinion, nothing else.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        In Australia, free speech goes only to political speech. The downunders do not have anything akin to our 1st Amendment. Thus, one can be prosecuted criminally for incitement and such by, say, calling Ambassador Nob here a flamin’ fag, a pipe puffer, a butt burner, and the like.

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          In that regard, no US state court will apply Australian law to a claim of defamation. It doesn’t work that way. That’s not to say that a Federal court wouldn’t. That happens quite frequently, usually in matters of contract issues and where the parties agree that the choice of law is foreign. In this instance, Ambassador Nob is soon to be counseled by Mr. Zeeman, “a partner in the law firm Butler McIntyre & Butler based in Hobart,Tasmania,” if that hasn’t all ready occurred.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          He’s still a poofter, 2/17 Air Cav, in my opinion.

  17. Old 1SG, US Army (retired) says:

    Norb, Norb, Norb…

    I see you’re attempting to take on an Aussie persona. Good luck with that…

    I’m sure your family is happy that you changed your surname.

    Just out of curiosity why did you do that? Hiding out from the authorities? The gang back home from “da shore” looking for you? Unpaid child support? Prelude to a sex change operation?

    You, young man are a very, very strange fellow…

  18. Dustoff says:

    Norbert Basil McLean III. Is that kinda like Thurston Howell III?

  19. mr. sharkman says:

    Aussies, Kiwis, and Britts are not to be fucked with, be it going to war, drinking.

    Some of of the classiest dudes and greatest warriors I have ever met, trained with, and fought alongside with, period.

  20. Just An Old Dog says:

    What a clown shoe. Here’s to him getting his browneye ravaged by a sex starved dingo while a joey uses his nutsack as a speedbag.

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