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Posted on 12/05/2011 4:19:54 PM PST by smokingfrog
WALTHAM, Mass. -- A Lowell man is under arrest and accused of lying to police about being a high-ranking official in the Marines.
The man told an officer that pulled him over that he was trying to collect toys for the organization Toys for Tots. He was even wearing a uniform and medals he did not earn.
The officer that pulled the man over was a former Marine himself and he was not fooled by the mans disguise.
The man was arrested on his way to Shoppers Café in Waltham. The restaurant was holding a Toys for Tots event and the supposed Staff Sergeant was supposed to pick up the toys.
Half way through the night someone got a phone call and said that theyre not coming. Apparently he was a fraud and got arrested on the way here, said Lauren Rutledge of Shoppers Café.
Detectives said they got suspicious of the man and all the medals of valor he wore on his uniform.
Detectives said the 41-year-old man was dishonorably discharged from the Marines but when he was arrested he was wearing a high ranking Marines uniform. He allegedly wore that uniform at toy stores to collect donations for Toys for Tots.
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Make him go through Marine boot camp 7 or 8 times.
A Sergent is not a High rank.
My Son is a Master Sergent and he is not “High Ranking”.
A friend is a Chief Master Sergeant/E-9, but she’s Air Force, so she barely qualifies as high ranking.
Is to a a private "dishonorably discharged from the Marines"
PS, an E-7 or E-8 Master Sergent is pretty high ranking in this former O-3's eyes. Give him my best and God's blessings on him and his men.
To me, a Sergeant is a high rank. More specifically, any Marine is a high rank! God bless your son and all the other brave men and women who serve to keep us safe and free!
This fake needs his butt whupped in a big way.
AMEN to that. Had Chesty as a CO back when, he was some Marine.
That's because the Senior NCOs don't release the REAL story until you get on the Major's list. ;)
If you have to call him 'Sir', he's got rank. Nobody in their right mind calls an NCO 'sir'. Ergo, no NCO can have 'high rank'. They can however, be older than dirt and persistant as hell. (and make more money than a butter-bar)
See? Even old E-6's can't help but explain to earnest young officers. ;)
I hope they burn this guy for fraud. Apparently, according to the Supremes, stolen valor is ok. Fraud is still a no-no.
Your friend is too modest. She probably has the ear of the unit commander, and most of the commanders on base. I retired recently as a Senior Master Sergeant/E-8, and the unit commander either stopped by my office or called me to his office at least twice a week. I was on a first name basis with the base Command Chief, he called me 'Mike' and I called him 'Sir'.
A daisy air rifle is not an assault weapon either.
But if you are a Girbilist, both are true.
My Son is a Master Sergent and he is not High Ranking.
It's a whole lot higher ranking than scum and that's what was trying to steal the rank of Master Sargeant
Beer, beer, beer said the privates...
Once saw a Major call a Chief Master Sergeant “Sarge.” That Major learned very quickly how high up a Chief really is.
“The army’s fair, but they can’t compare to Marine Corps Infantry!”
Which leads to this weeks matchup: Go Navy Beat Army!
Hands down, Navy victory, Sir!
Johnny, I have called more than one NCO sir, not just in training either. The way I was raised, calling a man sir, does not mean the man is senior to you it simply means you respect that man.
There are old men in the timber business, men who do not own 10% of the land I do, yet every time we talk I call them sir, they have forgotten more than I will ever know concerning some things, I respect them and God willing, I learn from them.
An officer that spends 4 years on active duty can learn a lot form a man who has spent 18 and has three up and three down, if recalled.
Yeah - that was an issue for me to Jake. My dad taught me to call everyone sir or ma’am if they were older than me. There were a number of enlisted who took offense (+ some younger than they looked) and it took me a while to break the habit but eventually I just called them by their rank or just their last name and they were fine with that.
Now the real question is do you all know the response to “Why didn’t you say sir?” For us Plebes at USNA it was as follows:
“Sir, sir is a subservient word surviving from the surly days in old Serbia when certain serfs, too ignorant to remember their lord’s names, yet too serville to blaspheme them, circumvented the situation by surrogating the subservient word, sir, by which I now belatedly address a certain senior cirriped, who correctly surmised that I was syrupy enough to say sir after every word I said, sir.”
Try that one without stumbling or laughing while someone’s screaming in your face - ah memories ;)
And all these years I had wished I had gone to Annapolis, but, I could have never done that with a straight face.
No, sir. That's what officers are for. ;)
Part of it may be the natural separation of officers from enlisted, and face it. An NCO screws up, he may lose a stripe or 6, but he's not going to be personally responsible for loss of men or millions.
All I know is that it's a custom that has gone on for hundreds of years, including quips like "I'm no SIR! I work for a living" and "Don't call me sir, my parents were married" that literally, go back hundreds of years. :)
Since we have the most sucessful military in the modern world, I'm loath to mess with a system that works.
Senior NCOs may be the memory and the boot in the ass of the military, but young officers are the drive and heart and conscience of any military.
More O-2s burn out than E-5s.
More O-2s burn out than E-5s.
I agree. God bless you. And a merry CHRISTmas to you and yours.