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Atlantic City Mayor Levy admits he was never Green Beret
PressofAtlanticCity.com ^ | Friday Nov. 10, 2006 | DEREK HARPER

Posted on 11/11/2006 6:09:04 AM PST by mware

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ATLANTIC CITY — Mayor Bob Levy has knowingly misrepresented his military record to family, friends, reporters and the public for decades.

As an Atlantic City lifeguard and as a candidate for mayor last year, Levy claimed he had served during the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army’s elite Special Forces, more familiarly known as the Green Berets. In campaign literature distributed last year, he claimed he had won medals as a Green Beret.

None of that was true.

Levy — who has an otherwise distinguished military service record — was never a member of the Army’s Green Berets, he told The Press this week

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KEYWORDS: atlanticcity; boblevy; stolenvalor
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SOB, have at it.
1 posted on 11/11/2006 6:09:06 AM PST by mware
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To: mware
Another lying Democrat. I'm shocked, shocked and shocked!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

2 posted on 11/11/2006 6:10:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: mware

Pink Beret?


3 posted on 11/11/2006 6:10:06 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: mware

Didn't he serve with Kerry?


4 posted on 11/11/2006 6:10:35 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: mware

How embarrassing. Toss 'em out.


5 posted on 11/11/2006 6:11:12 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: mware

I'm sure he is being recruited as a running mate by multiple potential Demoncrat presidential candidates as we speak.


6 posted on 11/11/2006 6:11:28 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (It looks like one of those days when one nuke is just not enough-- Lt. Col. Mitchell, SG-1)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Didn't he serve with Kerry?

Perhaps, this from later in the article

Levy said this week and earlier that he lived in Vietnamese villages, learning the language and going on different missions with Special Forces personnel and other who needed Levy’s communications expertise.

7 posted on 11/11/2006 6:13:03 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: rjp2005
From another article on the story.

ATLANTIC CITY — It may have been unethical for Atlantic City Mayor Bob Levy to pass himself off as a member of U.S. Army Special Forces for years, but it does not appear to be illegal.

Even under a proposed federal law, Levy likely would not appear to be subject to criminal penalties. Generally, it is only a crime for a person to use military records to get direct benefits they would otherwise not be entitled to.

Time for the Stolen Honor Act to be implimented, before the Dem's get the power.

9 posted on 11/11/2006 6:16:39 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware
....who needed Levy’s communications expertise.

...the democrat ability to lie like a rug

10 posted on 11/11/2006 6:17:00 AM PST by Doogle (USAF 68-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: mware

We had our own problem like this earlier this year. Remember Speedy?


11 posted on 11/11/2006 6:18:21 AM PST by PJ-Comix ( Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: mware
Generally, it is only a crime for a person to use military records to get direct benefits they would otherwise not be entitled to.

This guy won the election as Mayor of AC partly on his stolen honor claims. To me that is a direct benefit, especially since it is AC we are talking about.

12 posted on 11/11/2006 6:18:43 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware

Yet another liar in a long line of liars that the citizens of NJ continue to elect to high office.


13 posted on 11/11/2006 6:19:22 AM PST by zerosix
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To: mware

What is it about politicians or those that aspire to be one? Such a bunch of low life,say anything, pieces of human waste. When I meet one its like I'm shaking hands with a reptile, male or female.

Not all of them but very few exceptions to this in my experience.


14 posted on 11/11/2006 6:19:42 AM PST by liberty or death
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeap I remember. In any case the media in AC is all over this story.


15 posted on 11/11/2006 6:20:09 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware

Tony Soprano will take care of this..........


In Brooklyn we know, The Statue of Liberty turned her back on Jersey.


16 posted on 11/11/2006 6:21:16 AM PST by Nitro (to thought </A>)
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To: mware

Levy told The Press, “I actually wore a green beret, a Vietnamese green beret. I served with one of the Vietnamese provincial reconnaissance units. Yes, it was green, with a parachute badge in front and wings on the side. ... But do I have a S identifier on my MOS? No. That’s not going to be there.”

Aside from service, conduct, training and recruiting awards, the Army twice awarded Levy the Bronze Star, its fourth highest decoration given for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. He also won the similarly awarded Combat Infantryman’s Badge, given after at least 30 days in a combat zone, and twice received the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding non-combat service.


Seems he has a legit claim to be a hero, and a stretchable claim to be a beret. He's not a run of the mill imposter.


17 posted on 11/11/2006 6:21:21 AM PST by tlb
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To: mware

"Generally, it is only a crime for a person to use military records to get direct benefits they would otherwise not be entitled to."

So getting elected 'mayor' is not a "direct benefit"?

I fail to see the difference.


18 posted on 11/11/2006 6:21:47 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: mware

Another Democrat "War Hero". Yuck


19 posted on 11/11/2006 6:22:23 AM PST by dforest (be careful you don't become what you hate the most)
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To: PJ-Comix

Hey PJ who is that group of FReepers who specialize in outing fake military honors? I would like them to get a look at this one.


20 posted on 11/11/2006 6:22:34 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware; Clintonfatigued; JohnnyZ; AuH2ORepublican

It's New Jersey. He's just trying to make his bones.


21 posted on 11/11/2006 6:24:12 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: mware

I'm actually shocked that someone would do this an election campaign. Boasting falsely in conversation is one thing (no less honorable), but printing it up as credentials? Amazing.


22 posted on 11/11/2006 6:24:23 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: tlb
Not a run of the mill, but still stolen honor. I think members of the Green Beret would think he laid claim to something he was not entitled to.
23 posted on 11/11/2006 6:24:54 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware
,,,I have a dream...

Dreams and feelings are the reality of Democrats. It's all self sorting. If you are reality based, do not like taking the fruits of another man's labor, do not like being robbed of your labor then you are a Republican. If you are into 'feelings' and 'dreams' and like controlling and taxing things you know nothing about, then you are a Democrat.

24 posted on 11/11/2006 6:26:36 AM PST by Leisler
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To: Dog

ping


25 posted on 11/11/2006 6:28:40 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware

Another NJ Democrat, But then if you are a Democrat in NJ it makes no difference what you have done or what you will do. The illegals and the other left-wing anti-Americans on the Eastern Sea Shore elect Ted Killer Kennedy and John Traitor Kerry and so what would one expect. I do not believe for a minute that he was used as a communicator and that he lived in a Vietnamese Village if so what was his unit?


26 posted on 11/11/2006 6:30:17 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: mware
How soon before he screams he's being "swift-boated"?

Leni

27 posted on 11/11/2006 6:31:26 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: mware
What a prick.

In the 'old days' guys would do that to pick up women in bars and lounges, but to run for public office?!?

I mean there's big difference between telling some tipsy babe you were a Snake Eater™ SF in order to impress her and 'get lucky' and never see her again, but to gin your resume to be Mayor?!? The guy needs to be .... uh ... terminated from office.

(I myself preferred CIA Agent or Mafia Hit-man. Mostly the latter - as in Chicago that worked) /s

28 posted on 11/11/2006 6:31:55 AM PST by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: mware

Really unbelievable.

He had plenty of service for which he can take great pride, but to sell himself as a member of elite special forces is unscionable. Especially during a war.

And then to have municipal lawyers threatening inquisitors is downright Clintonian.

I'll give the local paper a lot of credit. It can't be easy to take on City Hall in New Jersey, especially when its run by Democrats.


29 posted on 11/11/2006 6:33:37 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: goldstategop

Democrat = free pass...


30 posted on 11/11/2006 6:34:26 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: mware

If he was a Communicator MOS how did he get the CIB?


31 posted on 11/11/2006 6:34:29 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: mware

I dunno but I remember when Speed Addiction was exposed earlier this year. BTW, I had my suspicions about him from the get go what his his constant and annoying bragging about what a hero he was and all the hot chicks he bedded. BTW, the pic of his "girlfriend" even turned out to be a fake. He even admitted that.


32 posted on 11/11/2006 6:35:06 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: mware

Not true. It's against the law to wear certain medals, but i don't know the details of that.


33 posted on 11/11/2006 6:37:17 AM PST by Sherri-D (The appeaser hopes the crocodile will eat him last. Winston Churchill)
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To: tlb
Seems he has a legit claim to be a hero, and a stretchable claim to be a beret. He's not a run of the mill imposter.

You mean like ADM Boorda? Levy lied, which makes it a "run of the mill" case of stolen honor.

34 posted on 11/11/2006 6:41:06 AM PST by kabar
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To: mware

Wonder if the press will pound this story for weeks until this guy resigns?


35 posted on 11/11/2006 6:42:22 AM PST by steelwheels
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To: backhoe; CholeraJoe; Criminal Number 18F; DJ Taylor; Future Snake Eater; GarySpFc; ...

SOCOM Ping


36 posted on 11/11/2006 6:46:03 AM PST by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: mware
After reviewing Levy’s records, he (someone that found the truth) said, “He owes all of us an apology. For someone to use phony military credentials to get votes is just dead wrong.”

Now where have we heard this crap before?

Jon n. Carry...sign the 180, you POS!

37 posted on 11/11/2006 6:46:54 AM PST by OldSmaj (I am a sworn enemy of islam and all things muslim. And that's the end of the discussion.)
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To: mware

Levy's just another wanna-be POS leg. He most likely purchased that "green beret" at the PX.


38 posted on 11/11/2006 7:03:23 AM PST by Sarajevo (Sink the Trash Texas Con-Job)
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To: OldSmaj
He did sign the form 180. Then he shredded it.
You didn't really expect him to submit it too?
39 posted on 11/11/2006 7:03:49 AM PST by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: mware

Levy's just another wanna-be POS leg. He most likely purchased that "green beret" at the PX.


40 posted on 11/11/2006 7:05:39 AM PST by Sarajevo
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To: kabar

Unlike Adm Borda I'm not seeing where Hizzoner was claiming awards he didn't earn. The mayor was a 20 year man. His service records show two tours in Vietnam with the second tour working with the actual Special Forces and the Vietnamese who gave him one of their green berets.

It appears the Green Beret claims began when he was working as a lifeguard, as someone above mentioned about probably trying to impress the chicks. My guess is by the time the politicians became interested in him the lie was too well known for him to back down. He had to know it would eventually catch up with him.

Remember the Star Trek movie "Wrath of Khan" when another Vulcan is shocked that Spock seemed to lie. Spock's defense was "I exaggerated". Seems to me that applies here.

He's in the wrong, if you think I argue differently you misunderstand me. But unlike the usual fake who never legitimately wore a uniform, if his record is as good as the story indicates then I'm not prepared to reach for the tar and feathers.


41 posted on 11/11/2006 7:05:49 AM PST by tlb
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To: mtbopfuyn

Kerry had his cap!


42 posted on 11/11/2006 7:19:43 AM PST by RDTF (Quote of the year: "Halp us Jon Carry - We R stuck hear n Irak.")
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To: tlb
Unlike Adm Borda I'm not seeing where Hizzoner was claiming awards he didn't earn. The mayor was a 20 year man. His service records show two tours in Vietnam with the second tour working with the actual Special Forces and the Vietnamese who gave him one of their green berets.

He claims he was a Green Beret. He wasn't. The story does not mention how his Bronze stars were earned, but tying them to his Green Beret service makes it sound like they were associated with combat. More than likely they were not given his record of where he served and what he did. Boorda wore a combat distinguishing device "V" on a medal. He never claimed anything.

It appears the Green Beret claims began when he was working as a lifeguard, as someone above mentioned about probably trying to impress the chicks. My guess is by the time the politicians became interested in him the lie was too well known for him to back down. He had to know it would eventually catch up with him.

You can rationalize it anyway you want with psycho-babble. Who knows why people falsify their resumes.

He's in the wrong, if you think I argue differently you misunderstand me. But unlike the usual fake who never legitimately wore a uniform, if his record is as good as the story indicates then I'm not prepared to reach for the tar and feathers.

I don't view this in shades of black and white. Levy knowingly lied about his service and perpetuated a fraud to burnish his resume to gain political office.

Stolen Valor How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History

43 posted on 11/11/2006 7:24:49 AM PST by kabar
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To: Condor51
"I mean there's big difference between telling some tipsy babe you were a Snake Eater™ SF in order to impress her and 'get lucky' and never see her again"

Really? I don't see much difference.

44 posted on 11/11/2006 7:26:33 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: indylindy
At least in this case he was caught before being buried in Arlington with full military honors.... http://cbn2.tripod.com/d202.html
45 posted on 11/11/2006 7:29:43 AM PST by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: mware

I just read the entire article.

This POS should be fired immediately!


46 posted on 11/11/2006 7:30:22 AM PST by airborne (No human embryos were harmed in the development of this treatment!")
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To: mware
He also said, “I’ve had problems with post-traumatic stress and have been to counseling. This (Green Berets issue) has not helped.”

Levy told The Press, “I actually wore a green beret, a Vietnamese green beret.

Happy Veterans Day!

47 posted on 11/11/2006 7:34:27 AM PST by airborne (No human embryos were harmed in the development of this treatment!")
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To: mware
He was a switchboard operator. "Levy said he heard the mother’s cries and reacted. He said “’I felt great knowing I was part of keeping another life alive. I was a Green Beret in Vietnam and I guess I’ve taken a few lives. It feels good to be on the other side this time.’”"

Liberal guilt.

48 posted on 11/11/2006 7:37:24 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: VRWCTexan

Its just another democrat to to lie about being a military vet, but he went all out and elevated himself all the way to Green Beret. For people who hate the military, why do they keep proclaiming their service?


49 posted on 11/11/2006 7:41:37 AM PST by dforest (be careful you don't become what you hate the most)
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To: ASA Vet

Caught one last year my damn self. Check this one out:

http://www.hendersonvillenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040628/EXTRAS02/406280327/1034


50 posted on 11/11/2006 7:43:16 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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