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Man who inflated his military service sentenced in Roanoke
Virginian Pilot ^ | Mike Gangloff

Posted on 04/08/2010 6:14:25 PM PDT by csvset

By Mike Gangloff

ROANOKE

A man who falsely claimed a chestful of military medals was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and was ordered to repay $11,098 in veterans benefits he shouldn't have received.

Thomas Barnhart, 59, had 21 years of legitimate Navy and Coast Guard service, including offshore duty in Vietnam. But starting in 1979, he began inflating his experience in claims for promotions and benefits, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake Jacobsen told U.S. District Judge James Turk today in Roanoke.

Among Barnhart's lies, according to the prosecutor: he was a Navy SEAL, he received elite low-altitude parachute training, he was awarded five Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and a Vietnamese medal of honor. He also falsely claimed that a downed U.S. helicopter pilot died in his arms and that he saw other U.S. soldiers die around him.

Jacobsen, a veteran of the current Iraq war, called Barnhart's conduct "repugnant."

Barnhart wept in court and said he lied because neither the Navy nor the U.S. public appreciated his real service.

"I just can't punish myself enough," he said, sobbing. "Every day I ask forgiveness."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: fake; fraud; jackass; punkmofo
What a f'ing low life.
1 posted on 04/08/2010 6:14:26 PM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

And what are we to do, then, with Senator Dirtbag Cambodia Kerry?


2 posted on 04/08/2010 6:16:52 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: csvset

I inflated my sevice record too. I neglected to mention all the card playing and sand bag filling.


3 posted on 04/08/2010 6:18:25 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: csvset
Barnhart wept in court and said he lied because neither the Navy nor the U.S. public appreciated his real service.

Sad.

4 posted on 04/08/2010 6:18:40 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: csvset

I have more respect for a buck private clerk who served his tour at some stateside supply post than for anyone who claims service or medals not earned. At least the clerk served honorably and is proud of that service.


5 posted on 04/08/2010 6:21:36 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

My guess is he did it for the attention. IMO justice was served.

I still remember going home on leave as an E2. Wore my dress blues to church and could not figure out what the old guy was doing holding the door for me.


6 posted on 04/08/2010 6:26:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: csvset

The US public didn’t appreciate his service? Well I guess selfless sacrifice wasn’t part of it.


7 posted on 04/08/2010 6:28:17 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: csvset

“five Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and a Vietnamese medal of honor”

Well heck if you’re gonna lie you might as well go for it. I wonder if any of them are for rice in the butt.


8 posted on 04/08/2010 6:29:57 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I frequently fly as part of my job. As often as I possibly can, when I see someone in uniform, I go up to them, shake their hand and thank them for their service. It is the least that I can do.

Once I was fortunate enough to see a senior NCO return from a long tour. You could tell by the family greeting that he had been gone for some time. I took only 2 min to shake his hand but you could see in all three kids faces that dad must be someone extra special for a stranger just to walk up and say thank you.


9 posted on 04/08/2010 6:33:33 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: csvset

Go to any bar at 2300. Guarantee ya that every guy there that claims to have served in Nam was either Special Ops(Kerry) or was a Navy Seal.

From my experience, apparently there were no cooks in Nam.

While it might be just typical bar talk on the one hand when you take it to the next level and start taking it seriously, it is akin to treason in my mind.

Then I don’t care what you did, you’re just a POS to me.


10 posted on 04/08/2010 6:34:55 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he would'nt and not doing what he said he would)
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To: driftdiver

He might get something in the butt during his tour of duty in the hoosegow.


11 posted on 04/08/2010 6:43:56 PM PDT by csvset
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To: taxcontrol

They also serve who only stand and wait, not inflate.


12 posted on 04/08/2010 6:45:16 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: csvset

Well, he’s no Admiral Boorda.


13 posted on 04/08/2010 6:46:35 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You don't have to be ignorant to be a Democrat...but if you are...so what?)
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To: Da Coyote
The only difference between this mutt and Kerry is that Kerry has the MSM covering up his mendacity, cowardice and treason.
14 posted on 04/08/2010 6:48:43 PM PDT by wmileo
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To: Past Your Eyes

Yeah. I met Admiral Boorda when he was the head of Bupers.


15 posted on 04/08/2010 6:58:21 PM PDT by csvset
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To: 240B
Go to any bar at 2300. Guarantee ya that every guy there that claims to have served in Nam was either Special Ops(Kerry) or was a Navy Seal.

My experience is that guys who have seen $hit don't talk about it.

16 posted on 04/08/2010 6:59:49 PM PDT by TankerKC (I think P. T. Barnum had his time off by about 59 seconds.)
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To: csvset
he received elite low-altitude parachute training

Elite indeed. Very few survive low altitude parachute training.

17 posted on 04/08/2010 7:02:22 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: TankerKC

I believe you’re right. Those who were there don’t need to talk about it too much, and those who weren’t there wouldn’t understand it anyway.


18 posted on 04/08/2010 7:22:07 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: csvset

You never know who you might meet. I once gave a soon to be newly minted 2nd Lieutenant, in the last days of his ROTC cadet life, the shock of his life.

He had been intensively drilling underclassmen in the dirt and the mud, and was quite a mess himself, filthy, sweaty and exhausted. And he hadn’t had anything to eat for over a day, so was pretty starved. I offered to stake him for some lunch, sitting outside of course. He at least washed some of the muck off his hands in the restroom before sitting down.

I got him a somewhat sloppy giant burrito, and he was lashing into it, when an elderly gentleman in a suit walked by. I knew him, and wanted to do the cadet a favor by introducing him.

He told me later than he didn’t hear his name, but he stood up, apologized for being such a mess, and shook the gentleman’s hand, who grinned and said “Pleased to meet you. Carry on.”

After exchanging a few pleasantries, I asked the cadet what he thought. About what?, he replied.

“About meeting a Lieutenant General who used to be on MacArthur’s staff”, I replied.

The expression on his face was priceless.


19 posted on 04/08/2010 7:22:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Da Coyote

and Tom Harkin


20 posted on 04/08/2010 7:52:50 PM PDT by stylin19a (Never buy a putter until you first get a chance to throw it)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
“About meeting a Lieutenant General who used to be on MacArthur’s staff”, I replied.

When I was stationed in Monterey in 1985 I got to sit down talk with General Doolittle at his home in Carmel. We talked about the raid (of course)WWII and his degrees. He showed us a picture he had hanging on his wall of President Reagan awarding him his fourth star earlier in 1985.

A pretty huge moment in the life of a young buck sergeant.

21 posted on 04/08/2010 7:58:01 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: VeniVidiVici

It’s pretty surprising about some of the people you get to meet. While LTG Frank Sackton didn’t have a very illustrious career, he did attend the first H-bomb detonation at Eniwetok. A wild and wacky experience. He just passed away this past February, at 97.

A lot of people were enraged here when TSA staff at Sky Harbor prevented MoH recipient and WWII US Marine Fighter Ace Joe Foss from boarding a plane to give a speech to cadets at West Point, because he had his Medal of Honor with him, and it was made of metal and had pointy edges, that the TSA thought he might use it to hijack the plane. They had never seen a MoH, and had no idea what it was.


22 posted on 04/08/2010 8:21:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
They had never seen a MoH, and had no idea what it was.

That's sad, but in a funny way. What an embarrassment for those TSA guys.

And that's pretty incredible about LTG Sackton. I wouldn't have thought anyone from the H-Bomb tests would still be around!

23 posted on 04/08/2010 8:40:12 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m sorry to hear about Frank Sackton. I had him as a professor at ASU 18 years ago, he was 79 then and sharp as a tack. He taught a public budgeting class (he had been comptroller of the Army) and the first thing he taught was entitlements will bankrupt this country. An amazing individual.


24 posted on 04/08/2010 9:39:48 PM PDT by lp boonie (Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment)
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To: lp boonie

Here is his obit:

http://asunews.asu.edu/20100216_franksackton


25 posted on 04/09/2010 6:45:34 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: csvset

Some are aghast at his false boasts; I’m wondering how the dickens he managed to buffalo the VA system which had access to his genuine records.


26 posted on 04/09/2010 6:48:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: stylin19a

F*** Tom Harkin.

27 posted on 04/09/2010 6:54:58 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: driftdiver

“Wore my dress blues to church and could not figure out what the old guy was doing holding the door for me.”

That would still happen in SOME parts of the country today.


28 posted on 04/09/2010 8:08:22 AM PDT by EEDUDE
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’m wondering how the dickens he managed to buffalo the VA system which had access to his genuine records.

That is a good question.

29 posted on 04/09/2010 5:19:50 PM PDT by csvset
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