Matthew Karl Connolly
December xx, 19xx
Stolen-Valour Canada was advised by a number of parties that there was a potential issue with the medals that Mr Matthew Connolly had been photographed wearing.
SVC does not act upon unsubstantiated intelligence or malicious tips that are often initiated as a result of petty jealousy, marital misadventure or, sheer vindictiveness. We will not waste any staff effort on someone’s “gut feel” nor do we do participate in witch hunts. Tipsters must provide evidence (pictures, news articles, social media links) of their concerns before we can move forward.
Prior to investing any research effort into what often becomes an unfounded wild goose chase; we contact named individuals in order to provide them with an opportunity to sort out the reported situation.
Our hope, they would take advantage of our offer to protect his reputation and silence this issue once and for all.
To that end, we asked that Connolly on 14 Feb 2019 to provide us with the documentation that would prove his entitlement to wear the Special Service Medal (NATO) and the NATO Non-article 5 Medal.
The result – Connolly read our communication and told us that the medals he wore were replica medals ordered to replace the originals lost in a house fire. He had advised the medal mounting company of his dates of service / units and, a four medal group consisting of the SSM, CPSM, UNIFICYP and NATO Non Art 5 medals was created.
Unfortunately, the ships (FRASER / HURON) that he claimed to have served in between 1977-1980 did not meet the 180 day threshold for the SSM during the time he said he was a member of the ship’s company.
The NATO Non Art 5 Medal presented a challenge as there is no clasp detailing a particular mission however, that particular medal was created to recognize specific operations that did not occur until many many years after he left the CF…
Lest We Forget
We have Senior Chief Don Shipley’s confirmation that Mr Mark Halden, who has been known to wander around St Catharines, Ontario wearing choker whites trading war stories for free drinks, was never a SEAL. (RECORDED HISTORY)
Halden was born in 1955 so, it’s most unlikely that he was a 18 – 20 year old USN Naval Flight Officer / F4 Phantom back-seater flying in the Vietnam War. The USN stopped flying combat missions in 1973 although, an aircraft carrier remained on station until 1975. (SIMPLE ARITHMETIC)
His claim of being blowed up in Beirut in 1983 doesn’t really matter either as he was never there. But, he has no problem insulting the service and sacrifice of those who were there.
Mr Halden was encouraged by SVC to stop his military masquerading, apologize for his reprehensible actions, surrender the bogus uniform / insignia for appropriate disposal action and just fade away…
On the morning of 3 Dec 2018, Halden emailed us a series of images, confirmed that uniform / insignia would be sent to the US Consulate in Toronto, and committed to never wearing any uniform again.
SVC will follow the words of US President Ronald Reagan from 1986 “Trust, but verify” / “Doveryai no proveryai”
We were asked to have a look at Mr. Roush’s military service claims after a photograph of him was published in a local newspaper in November 2016.
So, after some solid research, we have confirmed that Roush was never Awarded the Navy Cross as he claimed when he joined the RCL nor, is he the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart.
It’s somewhat difficult to be wounded in action and rescue shipmates after a Viet-Cong combat swimmer attack on a Riverine Navy support ship when you are a reservist in the US and 9000 miles from the incident!
“They’re probably right,” Roush said when asked about allegations he wore the Navy’s Purple Heart and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Medals, despite not earning them.
“It’s something I deeply regret,” he said. “There are a lot of people there (at the Legion) that I respect.”
Lest We Forget Indeed!
Mr Robert N. White of Petrolia, Ontario, an actual USN Vietnam Veteran, was brought to our attention by a number of parties after his group of medals was expanded to include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and topped off with a set of USN Enlisted Aircrew Wings.
Prior to investing any research effort into what has the potential to become a wild goose chase, we contact named individuals in order to provide them with an opportunity to sort out the reported situation. SVC does not act upon unsubstantiated intelligence or malicious tips, and we hoped that Mr White would take advantage of this offer to assist in protecting his reputation. When we contacted White via social media regarding the medals (9 Aug 2017), he responded that he was wearing the medals to honour his friends!
Of course when we cross referenced Mr White with previously identified posers, fakes and embellishers; we confirmed the old adage “birds of a feather, flock together”.
James “Faux-Hawk” Wellheiser, a fake Vietnam Viet / fake native warrior, elder and shaman shares his Vietnam experiences with White. https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=69338
Mr White removed the bogus medals and wings from his group and through his community service organization forwarded them to the US Consulate in Toronto for appropriate disposal action.
Note: This post was rebuilt built with records held in our underground HQ located deep under the Canadian Shield and with the invaluable assistance of our US partners at http://www.militaryphony.com