26 November 2013

Stolen Valor: The Army 'Colonel' Who Thought He Was An O-3 | RallyPoint.com

Hat tip to the team over at Stolen Valor (here is their FB page) for this head scratcher of a story on an allegedly fake Army Colonel in the Houston area.

These words below are borrowed from the Stolen Valor FB page with attribution, and are not those of RallyPoint.com.

Cheers and enjoy!

-- The RallyPoint.com team

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Poser in the Houston area:

I'm a police officer in Houston, while I was working an extra job for Walmart security, this knucklehead made a beeline for me trying to impress me with war stories that had holes bigger than the Fulda Gap. Said he was coming from Ft Carson and enroute to Ft Hood.

Unfortunately Houston is nowhere near that route. Then changed his story to say he was in town to teach unarmed combat to police and deputies. Stated he had returned from Iraq two weeks ago where he had been shot in the chest with a .50 desert eagle but had survived with a broken sternum.

When I said "so, a Colonel, that's like an, 0-3, right, dude?" He said, "yeah, man, that's exactly right."

I let him keep going right up to the point he was going to leave and then I showed him my CAC card which identifies me as a Army Captain, and told him I knew he was faking and told him about the Stolen Valor act.

He got all sulky and said he was wearing the uniform in honor of his brother who was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago, and then tried to say he wears the uniform for deer hunting.

He skittered off like a scared deer after I told him to beat it. I'd appreciate it if you could repost for a heads up to the Houston area.


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11 comments:

  1. Let's look at the Uniform discrepancies...
    - He has the wrong 'Bird' as the sea-based Services (not Army), the head looks to the Left
    - His beret is riding too high
    - The glasses look stupid, and unsure if they're considered 'faddish'
    - U.S. Army is on the wrong side
    - His last name is on the wrong side, and added Rank which is improper

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    1. Not to mention his ACU top looks like it's way too big on him.

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  2. This guy is definitely an idiot- I had a really nice young kid help me load my car a few weeks ago at IKea, I noticed he was wearing Gov issued military boots and a Navy ball cap. I could tell he was really young and at most maybe had been in a year or two. I asked him if he was serving and he said yes in the Navy. I didn't tell him I've got 14 years of Naval service but rather asked him his "rate" MOS for other branches.. There came a blank look and confusion on his face, followed by a "what's that"??? I said oh I'm asking what is your job in the Navy. (you'd think he'd figure out I was on to him) NOPE!! the response I received. I'm a Navy SEAL, I just shacked my head as I got in my car without conversing with his dumb ass any more and drove off. EARN IT & THEN WEAR IT WITH PRIDE. DON'T BE A LOW LIFE & DISRESPECT THE ONES WHO HAVE PUT IN THE WORK... simple..

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  3. As disrespectful as this man was in doing what he did, he is protected by the first amendment, freedom of speech. Our supreme court has said the Stolen Valor act is unconstitutional.

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    1. no its not. its fraud. fraud is a crime when you pass yourself off. hey example: try dressing up as a police officer.. get it now???

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    2. Actually, it is only fraud if one profits, or attempts to profit, from their claims of military service. Otherwise, playing dress-up and making up fake war stories are very much protected speech. Get it now???

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    3. He is not guilty of a crime under the Stolen Valor Act for sure. However, is is under Title 10 of the U.S. Code. President Obama did sign into law a new Stolen Valor Act in June 2013, not deemed unconstitutional.
      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/06/obama-signs-stolen-valor-act-into-law/
      http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title10-section771&num=0&edition=prelim

      Proud 27 Year retired veteran!

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  4. He's won't be protected by anything if I run him into him somewhere wearing that uniform...

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  5. Impersonating a Military Officer
    Impersonating a military officer is a crime under /18 U.S.C. § 912, which states that is illegal for a person to falsely assumes or pretend to be an officer of any department of the United States and while doing so, either act as an officer or obtain any money because of it.

    Violating section 912 can be punished with a fine, imprisonment for up to three years, or both.
    Source(s):
    http://www.federalcrimesblog.com/2005/09...

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  6. You cited a blog as your reference?

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