Excerpt from “HUBBARD'S HEROICS”, A SEARCH FOR DECORATIONS.
AN ESSAY BY JAN WILLEM NIENHUYS, from the magazine SKEPTER,
The essay is written in Dutch, and researches Hubbard's military history. I only translated the parts about the Dutch decorations, the stuff about fake American medals can be found in original American sources.
The link to the original essay is:http://www.skepsis.nl/hubbard.html
According to data from the American military, Hubbard was stationed in Melbourne, Australia from Dec. 18 1941 to April 2 1942 as an Intelligence officer. He worked as assistant decoder, was sent to the Philippines and quarreled with his superior officers so much that he was sent back to the US in February 1942.
A year later he claimed to have been dropped by parachute near Surabaja, Java (Dutch East Indies) on the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Dec.07, 1941. He'd kept himself hidden in the jungle while the Japanese army occupied Java. He was shot in the back by a Japanese patrol armed with machine guns. Then he took a raft and sailed about 600 miles towards Australia, where he was picked up by an Australian (or British) destroyer.
In reality, the Japanese army didn't enter Surabaja before March 08, 1942.According to CoS, Hubbard received a Dutch “Victory Medal” for this episode. Victory medals are given to all military personnel at the end of a war. Hubbard could legally claim four American Victory Medals.
Glaringly absent from the list, both Hubbard's one and the official American version, is the “ U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal”, given to all Navy-men with more than 3 years of active duty and more than average conduct.
Holland gave a medal called Oorlogsherinneringskruis (War remembrance cross) to Dutch military men who served at least six months during war, or for special courage in combat against the enemy the Bronze Cross (Bronzen Kruis) or Bronze Lion (Bronzen Leeuw), that could also be rewarded to civilians and foreigners. Hubbard claimed in 1947 he was awarded with the Bronze Cross.
There is no such thing as a Dutch Victory Medal. It just doesn't exist.
When confronted with this,the spokesperson of CoS Holland wrote: It is likely to be an American award granted for actions on Dutch territory, like the former Dutch East Indies, where Hubbard was stationed as a navy man.
Later on she wrote the award was a “Kruis voor Verdienste” (Cross for Merit), given to him in 1942. A document of proof was to follow. This document turned out to be a copy from a Danish version of a nameless English handbook about military decorations. This Cross of Merit was supposed to be an award for bravery, instated Feb. 20, 1941, that could be granted to non-Dutch nationals.
The book contains a little mistake: Though the name of the award is Kruis VAN Verdienste, Cross OF Merit, the original ribbon says “voor Verdienste", FOR Merit, on the backside. The photograph in the book doesn't.
It is also clear that the photo, sent to the author as proof of the ownership of the real thing, was a copy from the (badly informed) book.
The color of the ribbon is dark blue, 3,7 cm wide. The vertical stripe is orange, 6 mm wide.
Frontside, in color
After receiving this information, the writer of this piece contacted the Chancellor of Decorations, and according to the Secretary of the Chancellor, the name L. Ron Hubbard did not appear on the Honor Roll of the Registry, not for the Cross of Merit, nor for the Bronze Cross or Bronze Lion.
There were two Hubbards on the Honor Roll. A British Flying Officer named W. Hubbard, decorated in 1947, and an American Army Major named Frank E. Hubbard, who received his decoration in 1945.
The highly unlikely possibility of a mistake in spelling of first names is thus excluded.
The official spokesperson for the CoS objected to the less than flattering tone of the essay,and doubted the integrity and objectivity of the author and the publisher. I can't resist the temptation of translating her reaction, because it is so typical for CoS. Jeanine Slot, spokesperson for Scientology Amsterdam, says:
If L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the philosophy of Scientology, would have had a glorious war history, the denigrating way Nienhuys writes about Hubbard and Scientology would not be replaced by a more respectful style.
With his detailed argumentation about crosses and medals he only tries to poke a hole in the greater picture of the Church of Scientology, the organizations related to it, and everything it stands for,
The thousands of official letters of gratitude to Hubbard, the thousands of ex-delinquents that lead a normallife thanks to Hubbard's method, the tens of thousands that got off drugs thanks to his method, the hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren who get better results thanks to his method, it's all inconsequential to Nienhuys!
Dear mister Nienhuys; if I had the conviction that delivering Hubbard's medal, which you are so desperately looking for, personally at your doorstep would help to stop your intense desire to write to ruins everything that doesn't fit into your narrow "scientific" mold, I would consider having the medal flown over from the US. I am however not convinced it would make any difference, so why don't we just leave it at that.