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Old 12 December 2017, 02:55
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Can someone shed some light on this?

I encountered an individual in another forum who claimed to be an Army veteran, then linked photo's on himself covered in medals. I am wondering if some of the folks here maybe recognize his campaign ribbons and could enlighten me. I'll link the photo's. Something just didn't seem right.

https://scontent.fsan1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...64&oe=5AC1DB7E

https://scontent.fsan1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...c5&oe=5A92B617

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

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Old 12 December 2017, 07:34
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I encountered an individual in another forum who claimed to be an Army veteran, then linked photo's on himself covered in medals. I am wondering if some of the folks here maybe recognize his campaign ribbons and could enlighten me. I'll link the photo's. Something just didn't seem right.

https://scontent.fsan1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...64&oe=5AC1DB7E

https://scontent.fsan1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...c5&oe=5A92B617

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater
His CV looks suspect too when it comes to military experience. Not to mention he states he has a BS and MSC from Evergreen State College. That alone would make me go "hmmmm." Poser.
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Old 12 December 2017, 07:55
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I find it suspicious that anyone would be so desperate to show off old bling that they would poke that many holes into a leather jacket. If he isn't a poser, he's a truly sad example of what Nick Palmisciano calls a Basic Vet.

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Old 12 December 2017, 09:23
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And that looks like a decent cut of leather too.
Now its holy.

That first pic with the mini, AND full size bronze star is a bit comical.
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Old 12 December 2017, 09:40
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Not sure of all of the medals due to not being able to see them. Looks like he has a HSM (humanitary service award), Kuwait liberation. SWA Service and the rest of the “thanks for showing up” awards (NAtional defense, etc)

ETA, not sure if you are asking but he also has a Bronze Star, Arcoms, AAMs, Good Conduct and ARmed Forces Expeditionary. All awards point to service In Iraq
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Old 12 December 2017, 11:20
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His CV looks suspect too when it comes to military experience. Not to mention he states he has a BS and MSC from Evergreen State College. That alone would make me go "hmmmm." Poser.
His dates of service were from '78-'92 according to another profile. He also lists rank as Sgt. in the Combat Engineers, he has "retired" on the profile as well.

The only medals I could find for him were two awards posted on that website we don't link to. It was an Arcom and a Bronze Star.
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Old 12 December 2017, 11:33
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lol, the 2nd pic looks like Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince
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Old 12 December 2017, 12:12
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Where it seemed to go off the rails to me was he said he went to Basic Training at Ft Benning in 1979, but in his CV it states he was a Team Leader between 1978-1985 "Dispatched soldiers and equipment to emergency areas, formulated, planned, organized and coodinated repairs" (but almost every word is capitalized).
In his Bronze Star bio on Hall of Valor, it states he was born 02/21/61 (http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=126995) which means he would have been 17 years old at that time. If he went to Basic in 1979 that just doesn't jibe.
I checked the site Hall of Valor and you submit your information for listing and they are supposed to vette it then post it.

The image that I didn't post that is most suspect is on here https://www.facebook.com/rudy.sookbi...54985858194236

I see in one photo on the above site, it appears he has a picture of himself with a 1st Armored Div insignia on his shoulder.

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Old 12 December 2017, 14:42
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I checked the site Hall of Valor and you submit your information for listing and they are supposed to vette it then post it.
The site 'verifies' your award through the award citation or narrative that the individual submits. It's not much of a verification process. That Bronze Star write-up was pretty pathetic and closely resembled the ARCOM write-up. I don't believe that for a second. He was an SGT / E-5 at roughly 12 years in service, and managed to earn a BSM? I believe the E-5 part and maybe the ARCOM. That's about it.

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Old 12 December 2017, 15:03
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.......He was an SGT / E-5 at roughly 12 years in service, and managed to earn a BSM? I believe the E-5 part and maybe the ARCOM. That's about it.
I was awarded the MSM as an E-5. Not very common but not unheard of either.
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The BSM may have indeed been a theater medal and not an individual award....but that being said, something just doesn't sit right with this guy....

Basic vet indeed.
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Old 12 December 2017, 16:55
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I thought he was Korean with all the bling on his chest.
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Old 12 December 2017, 17:48
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Fraud or not he is wearing them incorrectly, full size medals should not be placed on civilian attire unless it is formal wear and then only miniatures can be worn or at east in the USMC and besides that, who in the hell puts medals on a leather jacket? All kinds of shenanigans going on with this.

IMO most people who broad cast themselves like this are phonies looking for the attention as most people who have actually earned these awards really don't give a shit about them.
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Old 12 December 2017, 18:06
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His CV looks suspect too when it comes to military experience. Not to mention he states he has a BS and MSC from Evergreen State College. That alone would make me go "hmmmm." Poser.
His CV is the only thing more tacky than his leather jacket.
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Old 12 December 2017, 19:08
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I have a funny story about awards and dates....I had joined in 1990 and received the ND ribbon, like everyone else, right out of boot. After that, I earned enough crap in numerous deployments with the Navy that it was getting ridiculous to try and wear the ribbons with the dress uniform until they changed the females to the jumper tops. Fast forward several years and I am in the AF reserve and just getting ready to graduate from Security Forces school at Lackland and I was in dress uniform. I had to go over to the BX for something and I think that every kid in there must of thought I was some sort of war hero. It was kind of weird and I said I would never do that shit again.
I have seen people in the military with more time than I had with almost no ribbons. I wondered if they were just too lazy and cheap to do their ribbons or if they really didn't have any.
In any case, I would never wear any of my military decorations in civilian clothes. It was something I did in the past, but I have moved on. To me it's like retiring from an airline and still walking around in a pilot uniform.
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Old 12 December 2017, 19:19
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I've got 30 years and have half the ribbons of a National Guard SFC I know. I feel...inadequate in comparison.
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Old 12 December 2017, 19:25
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I never received my good conduct medal.

I thought those were pretty much gimmes.
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I never received my good conduct medal.

I thought those were pretty much gimmes.
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In any case, I would never wear any of my military decorations in civilian clothes.
My kid's weddings, future Marine Corps balls, and my coffin. Otherwise, I agree. And I'm wearing my miniature medals, not the full size ones...
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