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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BFISA, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    He's gonna get it.
     
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    On a side note... These kinds of stories are awful, and shameful. I can't help but think about when it's the other way around however. The have been multiple examples of when the military portrays people as heros when they are not, for PR reasons. Tillman and (I forget her name lol,) are examples. It's dishonorable to have these people portrayed as heros, only months later to have it renounced. Examples like this take away from the meaning, and the real heroes. I wish they'd just be upfront.
     
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    Let me tie him to a fence post and pour cow urine on him ..... then open the gate for Mr. Big Balls ....
     
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    You should read Burkett's Stolen Valor. You'd be surprised somma the "famous" people that have claimed service to our country, only to be found out that was a lie.

    Actor Brian Dennehy comes to mind.
     
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    Man ordered to clean Veterans' Memorial

    I think I like this judge:

    You certainly should be ashamed," Saginaw County District Court Judge A.T. Frank said as he sentenced Kolinski to clean the veterans memorial in front of Governmental Center on Aug. 7.

    "You will have a toothbrush and bucket with a placard saying you stole from veterans," Frank said.
     
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    Perfect punishment in my book.
     
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    This seems like a good place for this-

    snipped......

    It's bomb cleanup time for Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

    By JEFF HAMPTON, The Virginian-Pilot

    FROM 1944 TO 1965, Navy aircraft swooped low over the Currituck Sound
    with a mission to blast targets on the Currituck Outer Banks. Now the
    Army Corps of Engineers plans to clean up leftover unexploded ordnance
    lying where wild horses roam and near beaches where people swim and fish
    in the surf.

    Rockets, bombs and machine-gun ammunition lie within 182 acres in the
    Monkey Island Tract, part of the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge,
    about a mile north of Corolla.
    No injuries have been reported there, but some of the ordnance is
    dangerous, said Bob Keistler, project manager for the Wilmington
    District of the corps. "We don't want to scare people, but we don't want
    them to be over confident that there is no problem, either," he said.

    After public input, the corps plans to hire a contractor to comb the
    site with metal detectors and remove dangerous ordnance, Keistler said.
    The project could take years to finish.
    The Monkey Island Tract is about a mile wide and a mile across,
    stretching from ocean to sound. People often use the beach, but the area
    west of the dunes where most of the bombs and .30- and .50-caliber
    bullets fell is seldom traveled except by Corolla wild horses.

    Lifelong resident Ernie Bowden remembers Navy aircraft firing machine
    guns at targets set up near the dunes. "They used to come two or three
    times a week," he said.
    During target practice, guards blocked use of the beach near the site,
    he said. Over the years, people found spent shells along the Currituck
    Sound shoreline to sell as scrap metal, Bowden said. Travis Morris uses
    lead shell heads about 3 inches in diameter as decoy weights. They were
    found near the Monkey Island bombing range. "Drill a hole through the
    middle of them, and you've got a duck weight," he said. "I still use them."

    It is believed that a Navy plane crashed in the Currituck Sound during
    bombing practice some 50 years ago, he said. Fishing nets often got
    caught on the wreckage, he said.

    Between 1992 and 1998, a 176-acre target site in Duck was cleaned of
    more than 25 tons of ordnance. The corps' Field Research Facility sits
    on the site now. The corps has cleared or plans to clear more than 3,000
    sites nationwide that were used for training and testing by the
    military, according to a corps Web site.The clean up program, started in
    the mid-1980s, has cost $3.9 billion through 2006; it has an annual
    budget of about $250 million.
     
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    i think he should be forced into the marines to show exactly the life he claimed to live

    like the old days - either jail or the marines for you kid
     
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    Subject: A most appropriate and creative sentence
    Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 12:14:27 -0400



    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/325655_fakevet31.html

    Man who posed as Marine hero sentenced to tend military graves
    Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    Last updated 7:19 a.m. PT

    By MIKE BARBER
    P-I REPORTER

    For pretending that he was a decorated U.S. military veteran, 59-year-old
    Reggie L. Buddle of Puyallup must tend to the graves of those who really
    were.



    Reggie L. Buddle of Puyallup, standing in the khaki shirt, during the 2006
    opening ceremony for the Washington State Senate. (Photo provided by U.S.
    Attorney's office)




    U.S. Magistrate Kelly Arnold in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Monday
    sentenced the counterfeit Vietnam vet to two years' probation and 500 hours
    laboring at Tahoma National Cemetery for posing as a decorated U.S. Marine
    captain and military chaplain in 2005 and 2006.

    Buddle, who never was in the Marine Corps, pleaded guilty in April to
    unlawful wearing of U.S. military medals and decorations. That followed an
    investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans
    Affairs.

    After the hearing, Buddle, who served two years as an Army enlisted man but
    never in combat and never earning any of the medals he wore, apologized in
    court Monday and said he was ashamed, according to the U.S. Attorney's
    Office in Seattle.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Friedman said such cases, which have been
    growing nationwide since Congress passed stiffer measures 18 months ago
    against pretending to be a member of the armed forces, were researched to
    recommend an appropriate sentence.

    "In this case, we thought it was a good idea to teach him what true service
    is like," Friedman said.

    When Buddle begins serving those who rest at the national military cemetery
    in Kent, he must avoid any interaction with families of veterans.

    "The court expressed concern that he not be allowed to participate in any
    funerals or counseling sessions or any other type of matters at the
    cemetery. That was part of his underlying crime; it was clear he will be
    there to supply labor," Friedman said.

    Though Buddle was never an ordained chaplain or reverend, nor authorized by
    state law to act in any such capacity, he officiated at servicemen's
    funerals, weddings and baptisms.

    Friedman said state statutes were researched and found to protect the
    legitimacy of marriages in such instances.

    Buddle even hoodwinked the state Senate.

    On Feb. 27, 2006, dressed in a Marine Corps uniform replete with the rank
    and medals he awarded himself, Buddle stood before the Senate and gave the
    prayer at the opening ceremony. Not everyone was so certain that Buddle was
    the real item. Doubters called authorities, who began investigating.

    Among the unearned medals and service decorations with which Buddle
    festooned his uniform were those for valor and service in Vietnam; a Combat
    Action Ribbon authorized for wear by those who have fought enemy forces; a
    Presidential Unit Citation ribbon, issued to members of units that displayed
    extraordinary heroism under fire; and the Defense Distinguished Service
    Medal, a high-ranking medal authorized for "extraordinary" contribution to
    national defense.

    Real Marines and their families seemed satisfied with the sentence.

    Bert Rutan, 84, retired pastor at University Congregational Church in
    Seattle and a Marine who in 1945 received the Silver Star for his actions on
    Iwo Jima, called the sentence "a fair thing. It has to be publicly known
    that (posing as a member of the armed forces) is not something you can do."

    In Snohomish, Brian and Shellie Starr, whose son, Marine Cpl. Jeff Starr,
    was killed in combat in Iraq on Memorial Day 2005, said the sentence is
    appropriate.

    "I'm glad they nailed him," Brian Starr said.

    "I think for someone to impersonate somebody who has done this voluntarily,
    with the potential for risk of life, is terrible."



    P-I reporter Mike Barber can be reached at 206-448-8018 or
    mikebarber@seattlepi.com.

    © 1998-2007 Seattle Post-Intelligencer


    In-FUQ'IN-credible!! :icon_evil:
     
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    While you are at it - do you have a pole for Mr. "Ketchup King" Kerry?

    Naw - it wouldn't work - Mr. Big Balls has "some" standards. ;)
     
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    Awards deleted from record of MOH faker


    By Michelle Tan - Staff writer
    Posted : Monday Aug 20, 2007 16:17:45 EDT
    Human Resources Command has deleted four items from the DD214 of a former soldier who recently pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud and falsely claiming he had received a Medal of Honor.
    Richard David McClanahan, 29, pleaded guilty to the two charges Aug. 9 in U.S. District Court in Amarillo, Texas. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a third charge against him, in which he was accused of falsely claiming he had three Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts and the Legion of Merit.

    After an inquiry from Army Times, officials at HRC found a number of entries on McClanahan’s DD214 that could not be verified.

    Based on the concerns raised from the initial documents, HRC reviewed McClanahan’s entire DD214, spokesman Master Sgt. Keith O’Donnell said at the time.

    “There are enough questions to question the validity of every item on the document,” O’Donnell said.

    A DD215 issued June 28 to correct the DD214 deletes the expert field medical badge, parachutist badge, Special Forces tab and the second award of the National Defense Service Medal from McClanahan’s record. Army Times obtained the DD215 through a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

    In court Aug. 9, McClanahan admitted to knowingly making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution in an effort to get a loan, according to court documents.

    McClanahan, who was an Army medic, also “continually lied about civilian life, military career, education and experiences” and he “displayed poor judgment by falsifying military documents,” according to the court documents.

    “He lied about his participation in Operation Enduring Freedom; he lied to his senior [noncommissioned officers], officers and commanders about his military service, combat injuries, decorations and awards; and he was incompetent and disregarded soldiers’ medical issues by writing and signing unauthorized medical profiles,” the court documents said.

    McClanahan also admitted to falsely claiming he had a Medal of Honor.

    The prosecution said that during the course of his misrepresentation of his military service, McClanahan received $9,500 in scholarship money and $2,000 in donations. He also tried to convince a local car dealership to give him a car because he had been nominated for the Medal of Honor, according to the court documents. When the dealership declined to donate a car to him, that’s when McClanahan “grossly inflated” his income in his loan application to Amarillo National Bank, the documents stated.

    Army records for McClanahan show he never received an award for valor, and his only overseas assignment, Army officials said, was a yearlong tour in South Korea from 2003 to 2004. McClanahan was kicked out of the Army for similar charges, spending time in prison and taking a reduction in rank and an other-than-honorable discharge on his way out, Army officials said. He was in the Army from 2001 to 2005 after a short stint in the Navy.

    McClanahan will be sentenced six to eight weeks from now. He faces a maximum of 31 years in prison, a fine of no more than $1.1 million and up to five years of probation, according to the plea agreement.
     
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    Man lied about Viet Nam Service

    The former chairman of the Constitution Party of Montana faces newly filed federal charges accusing him of falsely claiming to be a decorated Vietnam War veteran while seeking treatment at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane.
    by Bill Morlin

    Michael D. Heit, who now lives in Harrington in Lincoln County, is scheduled to appear today in U.S. District Court to enter a plea to a two-count criminal information filed Monday by Assistant U.S. Attorney George Jacobs.

    The first count alleges Heit unlawfully used and possessed a "forged or falsely altered certificate of discharge from military service," claiming he had served in Vietnam and had been a prisoner of war.

    Heit is accused of using those phony discharge papers on July 20, 2005, when he went to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane seeking medical care, court documents say.

    The second count alleges Heit submitted papers to the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Aug. 18, 2005, claiming he had been awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his service in Vietnam...


    Heit once was the chairman of the Constitution Party of Montana and once ran unsuccessfully for the Montana Legislature, according to Internet records that were confirmed by a law enforcement source in Montana.

    He also was involved with a group called JAIL – Judicial Accountability Initiative Law – which contends the doctrine of judicial immunity has been greatly abused, according to its Web site.

    Earlier this summer, Heit was identified as an "investigator" working with the National UFO Reporting Center, based in Davenport, Wash. The center's director, Peter Davenport, said he was involved in investigating "crop circles" that appeared in a Lincoln County wheat field near Wilbur.

    In 2002, when he lived near Kalispell, Mont., Heit was identified as a member of an anti-government militia group, known as Project 7, which had a hit list of law enforcement officials.

    During that investigation, authorities raided a trailer belonging to Heit and found a fully automatic machine gun, weapons, ammunition and explosives. He was not charged, but the group's leader, David Burgert, was convicted in Montana of federal firearms charges.
     
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    This is an email from a friend of mine that helped to 'out' Michael D. Heit-

    Hi Gang:

    What a great feeling! Just got a call from an investigator in Spokane, WA. I worked with him last year this time to investigate and bring charges against a young man by the name of Michael D Heit, RVN wannabie.

    The investigator is sending me the press release and charges ASAP. Will share them with you when I get them.

    He claimed to be a Army helicopter pilot in RVN, shot down and spent 42 months as POW until he escaped, RIF'd as W-1, reverted to enlisted status and retired as CSM, was SF medic prior to flight school, fixed wing qualified (Army), had forged DD 214 claiming many awards and decorations, plus qualifications that he did not earn. This **** head was kicked out of the Army twice, highest rank held first enlistment was E2, second enlistment E3, and he never left CONUS. Was on orders for Germany and deserted for a
    couple years............................

    Almost forgot, he claimed to be a Ranger also. I did not know about that one.

    Today in Federal Court, Spokane, WA, Michael D Heit plead guilty to a lot of charges. He will be sentenced 13 Dec 2007.

    I discovered Heit in August 2000. He made some wild, ridiculous statement about flying helicopters in RVN on a experimental/homebuilt aircraft message board. The red flag went up as soon as I read the phoney claim. I tried to
    give him a chance to admit his false claims and get on with his life, but he refused to cooperate. One sick, sorry bastard!

    Here's the url for the POW Network Wannabie page for "H". Scroll down to Heit, Michael D. His records are posted at the url on the right. His blurb is highlighted in green.

    john h
     
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    What a friggin' dirt bag ......
     
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    Really pisses me off, but when we hear of these turds, we pursue them vigorously, and we're making headway!!
     
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    I've never understood the "phony war hero" gimmick. Never understood guys who told "whoppers" - that's my G'pas word for stories that really didn't happen ..... I had a Great Uncle who was a WWII Navy pilot, and probably the only WWII Navy pilot who never saw enemy action, but if you listened to his stories, he frickin' put lead up Tojo's *** himself !!!
     
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    :icon_eek: :lol: I never understood it either, Bro, doesn't make any sense :no: :icon_shrug: :icon_huh: :tdown:
     
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    I gotta get'cha that book Stolen Valor by B.K. Burkett, that'll really piss ya off :yes:
     
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    Yeah, I wanna read it.

    I remember bits and pieces of a lot of incidents with my G'pa when I was a kid. Going to the O-club in SD and being on the fringe of conversations, then hearing the "aftermath" on the ride home. G'pa retired after 30 years of service as a WO-4, with about 20 years at that rank. All his old war buddies retired as Captains and Admirals. Then there was his brother in law (my Great Uncle) .... what a fucq'in dork. Anyway ...... he was harmless, just told "whoppers" ....
     
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    http://pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies114.htm

    This is the link to Heit's records from FOIA. Looks like he was a 91B (combat medic), went to jump school, started SF school but quit very quickly, was in the 82nd, then terminated jump status, was ordered to Europe but went AWOL at that point. When he turned himself in he was "duty soldier" at Ft Riley.

    Good work John, and all. This scrote'll probably get a wrist-tap at sentencing, but it's something.

    The wannabees listed on the POW Network site are a sad bunch. What's worst is the nasty emails that Chuck and Mary Schantag get from the wives and girlfriends of these "heroes." There's one guy who's in prison for murder, and some woman is still writing to say his records are classified.... yeah, classified "j for jailbird".
     
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    John's reply-

    Good work John, and all. This scrote'll probably get a wrist-tap at
    sentencing, but it's something.

    Kevin

    **********


    Kevin:

    Thank you, my friend.

    This was the culmination of 7 years work, but it paid off.

    Here is the gentleman that got involved after Heit tried to get into with VA Medical System with a forged DD 214, and the Purple Heart Association, claiming a Purple Heart and a Silver Star:

    M. Davidson Martin
    Special Agent
    Criminal Investigations Division
    Veterans Affairs/Office of Inspector General
    915 Second Ave, Room 990
    Seattle WA 98174
    (O) , x14
    (F)
    e-mail: m.d.martin@va.gov

    It was a pleasure to work with Dave. He is aggressive when it comes to wannabies in the VA system. If you have anyone who is suspect and you need a little help getting the ball rolling, Dave Martin will be glad to help you, no matter who, what, when, or where.

    I still have not received a press release, but Dave told me Heit plead guilty to all charges and will be sentenced 13 Dec 2007, in US District Court, Spokane, WA. I hope they bust his *** good. Not only did he falsely claim being a POW, VN vet, SF, helicopter pilot, many awards and decoration, and qualification badges, he used these false claims to further his career and financial gain. Primarily, he did it to boost his ****ed up ego. After two enlistments, he was discharged with highest rank held as E2 on the first, and E3 on the last. Never left CONUS. Deserted after receiving orders for Germany. ****..........wonder what he would have done if he had gotten orders for VN?

    BTW: I see Espie "Butch" Joyce has changed his bio on his company's web page:

    "US Army Special Forces School, Tour with the US Army Special Forces 1964 until 1970 proudly wearing the "Green Beret", "

    Needless to say, that is much better than claiming the "US Army Special Forces War College." He is still pushing the limits on his claim, as he was actually awarded his "3" or "S" by correspondence course, was in the NG, a radio operator, and attained the rank of SSG E6. Notice he steered away from what he actually was, not a lie, but not exactly best description of who and what he did. Anyhow, it kept him out of VN.
     
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    Shammie, this is what I'm talkin about, from a Brother in NC-

    Gents,

    I had to go out to Wal-Mart awhile ago to get some Coast Lock snaps for rigging some baits.

    Happened across an Ol' Fart wearing an SF T-shirt.

    Sez I, "Don't I remember you from the 4th Special Forces Group?"

    He sez, "I was in the 4th Group in Korea."

    "T'warn't never no 4th Group in Korea," sez I.

    "Well, the Korean War was a long time ago," sez he.

    "Oh, that explains it! Incidentally..... there never has been a 4th SF Group so you need to pick another number to lie about."

    He got sorta red faced but, since I was standing in the sporting goods section by the ball bat rack, he din't say anything else.

    Reg

    There really was NEVER a 4th Special Forces Group :no: :tdown: :tdown: :icon_evil:
     
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    Yeppers ..... fucq'in bastages .....
     
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    Nuther Asssshole

    Man runs up $4,000 bar tab after claiming to be Iraq war vet

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. -- A 23-year-old man who police say ran up $4,000 in bar bills after falsely claiming he was an Iraq war veteran faces arraignment on Cape Cod.

    Management at Pufferbellies in Hyannis says Christopher Lee Proe was allowed to write personal checks over five nights in August after telling staff he wanted to celebrate his safe return from Iraq and honor the memory of fallen comrades.

    The checks turned out to bogus. Proe was tracked down last Friday at a Yarmouth home.

    Pufferbellies general manager Mike Travis says Proe took advantage of the club's policy of giving military personnel special treatment.

    Barnstable Police Sergeant John Murphy says Proe has outstanding warrants from three states, including for impersonating a police officer in Ohio and failing to register as a sex offender in Indiana.

    (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
     
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    What a Prick..these people have no conscience
     
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    This missive from a friend of mine, an old Soggie like me-

    Hi Ya'll,

    Walked into a Dick's Sporting goods store today looking for a diamond sharpener for my pocket knife. In the knife section there had to be 50 different kinds of knives and as I was trying to spot a sharpener this young guy comes by and ask if I could use some help. Among the knives one of the brand names was SOG knives. I ask him what SOG meant and he says: During the VN war this special paramilitary group carried these types of knives in action on recon patrols. I seriously ask him why they carried so many different kinds instead of just one type and he says: Cause they all had different kinds of jobs.

    He sure knew all about them. Before I left I ask if he actually knew any of those men. Nope he says most of them were finally killed and the rest are probably dead by now..

    Probably are I says......bseg

    Frenchy sends

    I carried a Swiss Army knife to open my cans of C-Ration meat, acuppoluv the "yards carried machete's for chopping brush.

    jes sayin
     
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    I still keep one of these on my key ring.
     

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