In addition to the other indicators of phoniness, consider these:
* He has a profile page at military.com. On it he claims to have three combat parachute jumps (stars on his jump wings. Sorry, Jessie, but no one in 3d Bn made three combat jumps in 2001-05.
* He claims to be Special Forces qualified. (Claiming to be a “Special Forces Ranger” is almost a sure way to spot a phony. But, if he was SF and Ranger qualified, he would not be an E-4, unless he was busted. Although he claims to have an SF scroll, he does not list SF as his unit.
* He claims to have two CIBs. He would not have been awarded two CIBs for service between 2001 and 2005.
* He claims to have been w/ the Rangers in Fallaujah. To my knowledge, 3d Ranger Bn. was not in Fallaujah.
* He claims to have been shot, wounded w/ shrapnel and stabbed (multiple times), but only claims one Purple Heart.
* He claims to have been w/ the Rangers in Iraq for 16 months. Some reporter should ask him which company he was with and how long their tours were. The Rangers don’t go for one year tours like other Army units. And, public reports show that some of 3d Bn’s time has been in Afghanistan, not Iraq.
Didn’t take long for the blogosphere to unmask a fake.
I’ve only known one man who was a retired Ranger, and his bearing was the same as that of a former Marine, or a former policeman. It showed. This pseudoRanger has never been.
As The Opinionator put it, Ever Notice How Frauds and Reincarnation Are Alike?
I started with a quote, and am ending with a quote: That Macbeth’s story Stands not within the prospect of belief.
Update: The Daily Brief has a Memo