Skip to comments.Cole sailor describes bombing, but was he even on the ship?
Posted on 12/04/2009 11:33:06 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
In early November, retired Senior Chief Jeffrey Sparenberg was the guest of honor at military heritage day in Delaware.
Sparenberg spent 23 years in the Navy, including time on the destroyer Cole, and he was at Fort DuPont State Park that day to donate a flag that he said flew over the Cole shortly after it was attacked nine years ago.
The flag, he hoped, would be put on view at the planned Delaware Military Museum.
A photograph from the ceremony shows Sparenberg on the steps of a shuttered brick building. The left side of his chest is covered with military medals - including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, purportedly from the actions he took and the injuries he suffered in that lunchtime attack.
Seventeen sailors died in the suicide bombing on Oct. 12, 2000, during a refueling stop in Aden, Yemen.
Sparenberg's detailed account of that fateful day was published on Nov. 16 in a front-page story in The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.
Now Sparenberg is back in the spotlight: The Navy and the ship's former commander say he was not on the Norfolk-based ship at all on the day it was struck.
They don't know whether the flag he donated actually flew aboard the Cole. And the two most significant medals he wore to the Delaware ceremony are also in doubt.
Lt. John Daniels, a Navy spokesman at the Pentagon, said Sparenberg's orders for the Cole show him joining the ship on Oct. 16, 2000 - four days after the bombing.
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Against the wall, he get one final 9mm round, I’ll buy.
Nobody....and I mean absolutely nobody....wears medals like this on a dress jacket. The guy is some nutcase.
“Now Sparenberg is back in the spotlight: The Navy and the ship’s former commander say he was not on the Norfolk-based ship at all on the day it was struck.”
Ohhhhhhhhhh......WTF.........shit.....the world is getting too full of this kind of bstrd.......
I see what appears to be the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and maybe a Meritorious Service Medal (which is incidentally awarded to VERY few enlisted men). This guy’s a real peach. To say nothing of the fact that he’s wearing them inappropriately.
“Against the wall, he get one final 9mm round, Ill buy.”
I’ll buy the back up, just in case...
He looks like one of those old Russian generals from the “Great Pat-ree-otic” war.
Hey people, yellow sunglasses, need I say more?
If true he should be prosecuted under the Stolen Valor Act, it’s people like this it was passed for.
BTW if u have yellow sunglasses then....THROW them away!!!!!good lord.
Anyone that wears a suit and puts his medals on, there is something wrong IMO. The only uniform in the Marine Corps you wear medals on is the Dress Blue Alphas and Evening Dress. I have never even had my medals mounted to wear them for that. That might be because I’m cheap though.... : )
Quite frankly, I didn’t even like wearing my ribbons all that much because I could not stand having people ask me about things like that. I hated standing for inspection and getting inspected by some captain with perhaps two ribbons and getting comments.
I like your moniker. I take it you ran into a few jarheads in the gator navy... Perhaps we were on the same ship. I hated LSTs.
At least he’s not a Massachusetts senator.
Massachusetts - you know that state.
They elect women murderers, gay guys that run prostitution clatches in their basement, and folks who have their Viet Nam experiences seared in their memories.
I can’t really tell, but the pseudo hero seems to be letting the flag drag in the dirt.
This guy is a little different than the average faker. One, there’s no question about his rank, he was a senior chief, and two, he apparently did the rate the MSM, which as you note is not a common award for enlisted. I will note however that when I retired a few years ago it was becoming much more common to see MSMs on senior enlisted, usually end of tour CMCs.
LMAO...see my post. True!
Ha! Just a few.
Perhaps we were on the same ship.
LST-1198, LKA-116, LST-1189, LPD-8, LPD-10, LSD-50.
Valor is demonstrated by real heroes. Anyone who pretends to be a military hero is a lowlife slug. That goes for employees of private companies who just happen to do business in a war zone too.
I'll need more than that to hang this guy. I have plenty of orders that don't match actuality...in fact a good part of my personnel record is (or was) off the mark. Put that together with the accuracy of "Pentagon spokesmen" as communicated through a reporter and I'll let the Chief have his day. For now.