Skip to comments.Veterans push for crackdown on Medal of Honor fakers
Posted on 04/30/2006 2:26:19 PM PDT by SandRat
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Faking American medals of honor is apparently a growth industry.
In fact, federal authorities now say there are more Medal of Honor impostors than actual living recipients.----
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I despise the vile impostors.
Anyone caught doing this should be publicly caned and then forced to do a live interview on all major networks. Maybe put them in the gallery during the State of the Union speech and point them out.
Despicable. There are a few awards in my profession and in my avocation that I aspire to. I wouldn't dream of faking them. I might not get them, but I might still. The most likely is an age group national championship in the 3000m racewalk next March at the indoor Masters' Track and Field meet in Boston. I had to drop out at 700m of this year's competition with a muscle strain. I've rested and am slowly ramping up my training.
Couldn't we just shoot them instead?
My Nephew was killed near fallujah. At his funeral in his home in N.J. some whacko impersonated a marine officer in full dress uniform with all kinds of medals.
He got very near J. T.s mom and then the f.b.i. nabbed the nutcase. Good thing J.T.s father didn't get ahold of this guy at the time or all of the emotions would have come out and the idiot would have become a statistic.
I think there are also more POW poseurs than there are POW's, and 6 or 8 times as many SF/SEAL/MACV-SOG phonies as there are the real thing.
Being somewhat obsessed with war and the military, I have busted many phonies over the last 35 years, although no MOH impostors.
In the 70s it was phony Green Berets, then after SEAL movies became popular in the 80s and 90s SEALs became the new thing.
POW has always been a popular identity for phonies
It surprises me how easy it is to penetrate the typical "veteran" con.
I think you're grossly wrong about 8 or 10 Phonies for every real SEAL; from what I've read, there may be as many as 50 to 100 lying SEALs for every real SEAL. And from what I've seen, some of the world's least likely candidates will make the claim they "were a SEAL in VN". When I ask them "just where were you in VN"?, the standard answer is: ALL OVER THE PLACE!
You can bet there will be a few more from the Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan...Keep up the work. At least I have my 214 to back me up.
That is why John Kerry did not win a Medal of Honor he could have been sent to jail for that lie. But the other medals are OK to steal.
Stolen Valor sure changed the way I look at Medals people claim to have.
Best retribution is to make them earn it.
Hmm, I think I know where three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star are that should also be taken back.
Don't forget the Silver Star or the Honorable Characterization on the DD215.
"You can bet there will be a few more from the Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan...Keep up the work. At least I have my 214 to back me up."
You mean it didn't burn up in the 1973 fire in the St. Louis records center?
If you don't know, one of the common explanations for no proof of military exploits is that fire, but the destroyed records have nothing to do with most veterans, also they have largly been rebuilt.
What the hell is a "DD215" Did they change the form, or is that what imposters use?
I have a DD214.
this is probably the biggest collection of poseurs and their stories on the imternet....the GOOD part is that THESE have been busted!
PHONIES and WANNABE'S
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