Bogus wings and splattered with urine? Dude!

Mr Gerry Conway is another dude who likes to enthral gullible audiences into believing his military fairytales. Conway has spent the past few years telling Guelph, Ontario school kids of his exploits and then being splattered with piss outside of a US Marine Base in San Diego, California.

 

The Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with the V for Valor and the Purple Heart, which Conway has absolutely no entitlement to, are clearly visible.

His obvious and frankly ridiculous uniform embellishments prompted us to contact our US counterparts in order to initiate a Freedom Of Information Act request to secure Conway’s military career file including the DD Form 214. The DD 214 is the capstone military service document, as it represents the complete, verified record of a service member’s time in the military (Active and Reserve), awards and medals, and other pertinent service information, such as highest rank/rate and pay grade held on active duty, total military combat service and/or overseas service.

The results will determine if, in fact, he was a member of the US Army, served in Vietnam with the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valour and the Purple Heart which recognizes an individual wounded in action.

Additionally, the documents will prove his entitlement to lawfully wear the RANGER tab, US parachute wings, Air Assault wings (established in 1974 without retroactivity), Canadian Parachutist Wings and, what he likely believes to be British Parachutists Wings (however, he’s wearing the hat badge of the UK Parachute Regiment, as he likely doesn’t know the difference)

Mr Conway and his claim of being a US Army soldier leaving a US Marine Base to face 1000 protesters is nothing but a fabrication meant to deceive his gullible audience in a sick sympathy play!

Veterans take mental health issues seriously and many fight the stigma of PTSD on a daily basis yet, Mr Conway perpetuates lies and mistruths that lead to the view that all returning service members are damaged goods…

No need to run his particulars with the National Personnel Records Center, as he has admitted to never being an American Soldier, a paratrooper or a Vietnam War veteran.

Lest We Forget


“So where do these stories come from?”

The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester – The New York Times

JERRY LEMBCKE OCT. 13, 2017

“The reporter was asking about accounts that soldiers returning from Vietnam had been spat on by antiwar activists. I had told her the stories were not true. I told her that, on the contrary, opponents of the war had actually tried to recruit returning veterans. I told her about a 1971 Harris Poll survey that found that 99 percent of veterans said their reception from friends and family had been friendly, and 94 percent said their reception from age-group peers, the population most likely to have included the spitters, was friendly.

A follow-up poll, conducted in 1979 for the Veterans Administration (now the Department of Veterans Affairs), reported that former antiwar activists had warmer feelings toward Vietnam veterans than toward congressional leaders or even their erstwhile fellow travelers in the movement.

I was glad the reporter was interested in the origin of these stories, because beginning even before the war ended, news organizations had too often simply repeated them — even though some stories had the hallmarks of tall tales all over them. Even The Times once quoted, matter-of-factly, a veteran telling of how he arrived stateside from Vietnam on a stretcher with a bullet in his leg, only to be splattered with rotten vegetables and spat on by antiwar college kids.

Whoppers like these go unchallenged by reporters and scholars perhaps because of their memoirist first-person quality, stories told by the men who say it happened to them. I collect the stories, I told the reporter, and have a spreadsheet with about 220 first-person “I was spat on” accounts.

But you don’t believe the stories, right? she asked. Acknowledging that I could not prove the negative — that they were not true — I went on to say there is no corroboration or documentary evidence, such as newspaper reports from the time, that they are true. Many of the stories have implausible details, like returning soldiers deplaning at San Francisco Airport, where they were met by groups of spitting hippies. In fact, return flights landed at military air bases like Travis, from which protesters would have been barred. Others include claims that military authorities told them on returning flights to change into civilian clothes upon arrival lest they be attacked by protesters. Trash cans at the Los Angeles airport were piled high with abandoned uniforms, according to one eyewitness, a sight that would surely have been documented by news photographers — if it had existed.

Listeners, I speculated, are loath to question the truth of the stories lest aspersion be seemingly cast on the authenticity of the teller. The war in Vietnam was America’s longest war at the time, and its first defeat. The loss to such a small, underdeveloped and outgunned nation was a tough pill for Americans to swallow, many still basking in post-World War II triumphalism. The image of protesters spitting on troops enlivened notions that the military mission had been compromised, even betrayed, by weak-kneed liberalism in Congress and seditious radicalism on college campuses. The spitting stories provided reassuring confirmation that had it not been for those duplicitous fifth-columnists, the Vietnamese would have never beaten us.

The “war at home” phrase captured the idea that the war had been lost on the home front. It was a story line promulgated by Hollywood within which veteran disparagement became a kind of “war story,” a way of credentialing the warrior bona fides of veterans who may have felt insecure about their service in Vietnam. In “First Blood,” the inaugural Rambo film, the protagonist, John Rambo, flashes back to “those maggots at the airport, spittin’, callin’ us baby killers and all kinds of vile crap.” The series supported the idea that decisions in Washington had hamstrung military operations. “Apocalypse Now” fed outright conspiracy theories that the C.I.A.’s secret war run from Washington had undercut the military mission. “Coming Home” and “Hamburger Hill” played on male fears of unfaithful wives and girlfriends, a story line hinting that female perfidy and the feminist subversion of warrior morale had cost us victory.

Women had been prominent in the opposition to the war. Two organizations, Women Strike for Peace and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, led early protests; Cora Weiss, Jane Fonda and Joan Baez lent their social and celebrity standing to the efforts to end the fighting. New Left organizations such as the campus-based Students for a Democratic Society intersected with the burgeoning women’s movement to boost young women into leadership roles in the antiwar movement. Placards reading “Girls Say Yes to Boys Who Say No” — no to the draft, that is — lent credence to the fears of conservatives who were pro-war and distraught over loosening strictures on premarital sex and believed that the rising of the women meant societal collapse.

The adoption of long hair, embroidered shirts and bell-bottom pants, and general rejection of military bearing by men in the movement evinced a softening of conventional sex-gender boundaries. By the late 1960s, troops in Vietnam were battling authorities over hair length, and the right to wear love-bead necklaces and draw peace symbols on their helmets.

Finger pointing for the loss of the war began even before it was over. The pacifists and radicals who stoked the antiwar movement were easy targets for the patriotic right wing looking for scapegoats, but the visibility of women in the resistance to the war made them suspects as well. After Ms. Fonda went to North Vietnam on a peace mission in 1972, she was denounced as a traitor in profanely sexist language and tarred as “Hanoi Jane.” Years later, the feminist author Susan Faludi wrote that fears of emasculation having cost America its victory in Vietnam were the basis of a backlash against women in the 1980s.

But, the reporter pressed, why spitting? Resisting the urge to plunge into the Freudian exegesis I wanted to take, I pointed to the long history of spitting imagery in legends of betrayal. In the New Testament, Christ’s followers spit on him in renunciation of their loyalty. Following Germany’s defeat in World War I, soldiers returning from the front claimed to have been spat on by women and girls. The German stories were studied by historians and found to be part of the “Dolchstosslegende,” or stab-in-the-back legend, that the military had been betrayed behind the lines, sold out at home.

Anticipating the question, I agreed that the presence of such stories in religious teachings and myths only pressed more questions to the fore about where the biblical Apostles and German folklorists got them, questions that will keep professors and students of cultural studies occupied for years.

But, I ventured, where the stories go — how they play out in the political culture — is more important than where they come from. The reporter seemed interested. In Germany, I recalled, the imagery of shellshocked World War I veterans became a stand-in for the nation’s lost pride and damaged sense of racial superiority. The riffs of betrayal in the photographs, films and news reports of veterans made victims by war kept alive the certainty that enemies outside the gates could never defeat a rearmed and unified Germany; the stories incited a dangerous witch hunt that led to the Holocaust.

Is the abiding American discomfort with the war it lost in Vietnam and the enduring allure of the spat-upon veteran stories indicative of betrayal preoccupations at work in our own culture? Is it the post-Vietnam lost-war narrative that feeds the back-to-the-future sentiments in campaign promises to restore and rebuild America? And are the recent public and political spectacles of nativism and gun-toting masculinity symptoms of a wounded people more than deviant personalities?

The reporter was interested.”

A Vietnam Prisoner of War? You decide…

Mark S. BERES

Beachville, Ontario

We were asked to have a look at this individual who wears a substantial group of medals detailing his service in South East Asia as a combat infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division.

In the group, there are two medals which are readily researchable. The first, the Silver Star, the United States’ 3rd highest award for heroism in combat and, the Prisoner of War Medal.


Our team could find no open source record of these two medals ever being awarded to Beres so, we contacted our US counterparts for their advice and assistance. They initiated a FOIA request for his military records on our behalf.

The documents received from the National Personnel Records Center are quite interesting as there’s absolutely no mention of the Silver Star nor the POW Medal



We’ll draw your attention to the Decorations and Awards block.

The accounting for US Army Vietnam Prisoners of War (returnees / escapees) is 100% accurate, Beres isn’t listed!

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_acc_p_usa_20191227.pdf

Interestingly, the three other Vietnam POW claimants we are currently tracking are not listed as returnees / escapees either!

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_returnee.pdf

https://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/pmsea_escapee.pdf

You decide…

Beres can contact us if he has independently verifiable evidence of the awards. We aren’t hard to find…

In fact, we encourage him to do so.

James M Dobson-another fake Jumper/Pathfinder from Windsor, On

We are asked to have a look at Dobson’s high speed, low drag claims by some brothers from another mother.

Dobson is wearing the MiD oak leaf on his NATO Former Yugoslavia ribbon and he’s not listed an the GG’s website detailing the recipients. Now, there could be 3 reasons for that, (1) an administrative error, (2) he’s a former SF operator and his award was never named publicly or, (3) he’s wearing it without lawful authority…

Secondly, he’s wearing the undress ribbon of a medal that only 31 Canadians have ever been awarded, we can find no record of him serving on either the UNOSOM 1 or 2 missions.

This medal is separate and distinct from the Canadian Somalia Medal that members of the CAR Battle Group were awarded.

SVC has reviewed the nominal roll for the CAR BG and he’s not listed as a member on that either.

We are also well connected with the Airborne Forces groups, and not one soldier can recall serving with him as a jumper. Additionally, the Pathfinders are one of the tightest fraternities in the Canadian Army, and again no one knows of him, attended the patrol pathfinder course with him, nor served with him in the regiment!

We can find absolutely no evidence of Mr. Dobson being an Infantryman in The Royal Canadian Regiment, a paratrooper, member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment and/or a Pathfinder,

He’s not Mentioned in Dispatches,

https://www.gg.ca/honours.aspx?lan=eng

Dobson didn’t receive the MiD from the Brits either as some have suggested… http://forces.gc.ca/assets/FORCES_Internet/docs/en/honours-history-medals-chart/commonwealth-and-foreign-honours.pdf

He didn’t serve in Canadian Forces Europe, the Former Yugoslavia or Somalia,

Not a single day in the Canadian Army, however, he’s wearing a lotta bling for a fella that was in Army Cadets!

SVC reached out to Dobson with the goal of assisting him sort out the situation, although he has read our emails, there’s been no response.

With a 0 and 3 record, we can safely assume he wasn’t on the regimental unarmed combat team. Two KOs and a turtle, yep, that’s the fighting spirit the CAR was known for!

Making amends.

Mr Brent Tremblay who was featured on our website in 2019 sent us this follow-up note on 19 February 2021.

http://stolenvalour.ca/index.php/2019/12/01/brent-errol-tremblay-master-sergeant-purple-heart-cib-nope/

We wish him luck in his future endeavours. 

SVC

Arnold LePOTVIN – Sarnia’s Rice Paddy Daddy.

Mr LePotvin liked to tell his stories of searchin’ and killin’ missions in the jungles of Vietnam as an eighteen year old Staff Sergeant paratrooper.

A friend of SVC, thought that perhaps, LePotvin was being less than truthful as his Army timeline didn’t marry up with recorded history. So, we were asked to look at a couple of photographic images…

As per our SOP, we contacted LePotvin and asked him to help us sort out the situation and, we received this in return.

He then quickly dumped all of his social media accounts however, it ain’t our first time at the rodeo and we scooped up anything of interest before connecting with him…

So, we asked our American Partners at “This Ain’t Hell”, the pre-eminent Stolen Valour (or “Valor”) web site in the United States for their assistance in determining fact from fiction.

Those fine folks easily punched holes in LePotvin’s story and they contacted the US National Personnel Records Center (not Centre) as permitted by US law, to obtain his military records.

The Bottom Line

Mr LePotvin was encouraged, by members of the Sarnia Veterans Community, to surrender the bogus medals and apologize for his reprehensible actions.

He’s done the former, and we are still waiting for him to do the latter.

Is that RCAF ink on his right forearm? Weird, as he was never a member of the CAF either….

For additional information on this file, visit http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=77434

or,  http://www.theobserver.ca/2018/01/29/claims-of-service-in-vietnam-war-questioned

Albert BRUM – it’s never too late…

Mr Albert Brum, a serial embellisher of long standing was exposed by our friends at “This Ain’t Hell” in 2017 and he has recently resurfaced. Although, SVC was not involved in the original expose, we have been advised that Mr Brum has articulated a desire to leave the trinkets that support his military themed fairy tale as a lasting legacy of his service to a Canadian military museum located near his hometown.

This has prompted us to ask a couple of questions.

Will his donation include the three World War 2 Campaign Stars that he wore without lawful authority and the Legion of Honour that he was awarded by the French government for his supposed service in the liberation of France? 

Can we expect that the US medals and insignia including the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge (second award) will be included in the package? 

Brum would have believe he was a member of First Special Service Force (The Devil’s Brigade) with service in Italy and participated in the liberation of Rome.  He then claims to have transferred to 1 Can Para and made a jump into France on D +1 (7 June 1944) as a reinforcement. However, Brum is not listed on the nominal roll of the FSSF nor has any documented overseas service in Continental Europe! His story changes to suit the circumstances, the event and the audience and of course, he claims to have been a sniper

http://www.firstspecialserviceforce.net/fssf-roster-of-men.html

In fact, he has actual WW2 service in the RCAF (April-Nov 1944) and transferred to the CA (Jan 45-Apr 1946) where he eventually became a jump qualified RCE Sapper who volunteered to serve in the Pacific theatre. But, he has absolutely no service in an operational theatre. 

Brum is not a graduate of Royal Military College of Canada. RMC didn’t reopen until Sept 1948 making it somewhat difficult for him to complete his studies, graduate, train as a gunner officer and deploy to Korea in 1949 and again in 1951. In 1949, he joined the Militia where he eventually became a Major in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry serving until 1969.

Once again simple arithmetic and recorded history proves that his claims of post war operational service in Korea and South East Asia are a complete fabrication! 

He never achieved the rank of Colonel in the CA, he was never a “CANLOAN” officer with the US Army in Vietnam or Cambodia in 1963 and 1965 nor, does he have any service with the US military as a Green Beret.

Major AE Brum CD should have been proud of his military service, there was no need for him to embellish his accomplishments over the course of several decades yet, he did. 

That will be his legacy…

https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=71382

Hall of Shame / Gallery of Space Shuttle Door Gunners.

Kai Corey DUPS
Kent County Michigan
Bradley BELL
Calgary Alberta

Mario GRENIER,
Quebec.
Mario GRENIER,
Quebec
Mark OSBORNE,
Moncton, NB
William GREUSHCOW
Ottawa, Ontario
Albert BRUM
Honolulu, Hawaii / Hamilton Ontario
Andy “Kruzer” KRUZYNSKI
Kincardine, Ontario
Patrick VANDAL
Drummondville, Quebec
Patrick VANDAL
Drummondville, Quebec
William (Bill) MacKenzie
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Captain Robert HASTINGS
Kingston, On

Hendrik Van der pol
Summerside, PEI
Mark S Beres
Beachville, Ontario
Johann JEPPE
Calgary, Alberta.
Kenneth LAROCHE
Sudbury, Copper Cliff, Orillia Ontario
Andy WRIGHT
Edmonton Area, Alberta.
Dwayne Curtis EISEN
Okanagan Falls, BC
Stephen EVANS
Wallaceburg, Ontario
James FRENCH
Cloverdale, BC
“SIR” Brent HABETLER
Lloydminster, Sk

Terry “captain landmine” BIRCH
Cornwall, Ontario

Thomas QUIGLEY
GTA, Ontario
Ken POITRAS
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Matthew CONNOLLY
Kentville, NS
Robert DESABRAIS
Warren, Ontario
Hubert MEYERS
Fort Frances, Ontario
Herne STEELGRAVE
was Gary Reginald ROWE aka Herne GALLOWSGLASS
Jean Charles PERREAULT
Levis/Bagotville, Quebec
Jean Charles PERREAULT
Levis/Bagotville Quebec
Jacques “Ti-Co” HAMEL
Trois Riviere, Quebec
Mark S HALDEN
St Catherines, Ontario
Daniel WHITSELL
Windsor, Ontario
Gerry CONWAY
Guelph, Ontario
Andrew Robert FARROW
KW Ontario / Nanaimo BC
Stephen Dennis McDONALD
Calgary, Alberta
David MacKENZIE
Dugald, Manitoba
Jean Pierre ISORE
St Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec
Jean-Pierre Isore
St Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec

Matthew TREMBLAY
Thornloe, Ontario
John Edward JOHNSTON
Nipawin, Sk
Ryan FOSTER
Calgary, Alberta
Richard IVIE
Calgary, Alberta
Daniel “Fon-Fon” LAFONTAINE
Quebec City, Quebec

William Edward LANG
Pembroke, Ontario
Oskar KONTORSKY
GTA, Ontario
Wayne JOHNSTON
Toronto, Ontario
Joe FRAGA
Surrey, BC
Helmut KRES
Edmonton, Alberta
Eric JANSSENS
Orono/Bowmanville, Ontario
James M DOBSON
Windsor, Ontario
Robert COOPER
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Dennis C SURRENDI
Nanton, Alberta
Ian DEWAR aka DEWAR-ADAIR
Hamilton, Ontario
James WELLHEISER
Ayr, Ontario
Elwyn/Elwin EVANS
Teulon, Manitoba
David Jeffrey DODD
Peterborough, Ontario
Curtis ROUSH
Smithville, Ontario
David C TOWNSEND
PEI
Donald LEMMOND aka TYRELL
Hamilton, Ontario
Byron S RODRIGUEZ
North Battleford, Sk
Arnold LePOTVIN
Sarnia, Ontario
Richard FANCY
Halifax, NS
Lawrence PATTERSON
Amherst, NS
Robert Wayne KELSO
Antigonish, NS
Earl Clarence WOOLERY III
Markdale, Ontario
Peter Miklos TOTH
Red Deer, Alberta
Bob KELLY
Leamington, Ontario
Franck GERVAIS
Cantley, Quebec
Art MURRAY
Cornwall, Ontario
Gerry MORGAN
Chatham, Ontario
Michael McNaught
Kingston, On
Sean BALDACCIN aka MARTIN aka HILTS
Northbrook, Ontario
Dale GRAY
Oshawa, Ontario
David Christie
Whycocomagh, NS
Steven A MARTENS
Scotch Creek, BC
Carl DALE
Kingston, Ontario
Ian NEWBY
Aldergrove, BC
Art LEONARD
GTA, Ontario
Pascal MIRON
Repentigny, Quebec
Ashley ZEDNER
GTA, Ontario
Michel- Eric CASTONGUAY
Levis, Quebec
Alexandre / Andre ASTLE
Pembroke, Ontario
Peter PASANEN
Burnaby, BC
Robert N White
Petroli, Ontario
Clayton DONOGHUE
Orillia, Ontario
Robert “Bobby” COLLINS
Saanich, BC

Never pass a fault – A bogus RCR Sergeant Major!

So, back in December 2020, Mike Blais wrote this piece.
We have now ID’d the individual who claimed to be a CSM in the Royal Canadian Regiment and a former member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.It now appears that Mr MacKenzie has a long history of impersonating an infantryman that dates back several decades and in fact, continues to so based on images pulled from multiple social media platforms.

There is likely much more to his story as stolen valour is often just the tip of the iceberg…

It never ends – by a SVC friend & guest commentator.

Jesus Christ…. it never ends.

What I just don’t get is why all these morons continue to pull the same shit, i.e – They are ALWAYS either JTF2, ex-airborne or snipers with the RCR or PPCLI. (Or ex-SEAL’s, Delta or SAS) Next up, they almost ALWAYS have a ridiculous rack of medals and almost always have at least ONE medal for Valour.

Do they not realise that real soldiers in an Army as small as ours can easily find out if they actually served anywhere quite quickly? Do they not realise that real soldiers can ask a few questions to them and be able to smell bullshit from their answers?

One of my favorite responses from these dicks is “My file is sealed.” Oh really asshole? Guess what? ALL our “files” are “sealed” and cannot be accessed until a specific number of years have elapsed after our deaths unless we specifically make the request to obtain a copy. You want to try pulling off being a poser successfully,(although a real soldier will still be able to suss you out easily with a few questions) then stop trying to be a super soldier. Be a grey man.

Don’t be a sniper/airborne jumper/special forces guy. Be a regular infantryman in a line Company and make certain you do not claim a rank higher than Corporal.

Next, if you want to try and make yourself look like a soldier who actually did something, make your rack common – A GCS, CPSM, SFOR and CD. No one would look twice at that rack and raise alarm bells but you still get to have some medals to impress the “civvies” at the Remembrance Day parades. Study the uniform of the unit you intend to pose as to make sure your buttons and bows are of the right type and placement is correct. Avoid the temptation to score a sand or maroon coloured beret and skip over the jump wings / pathfinder pins on eBay.

I know the urge to look like a real war hero is strong, but these accoutrements almost always send real soldier’s fake soldier radar up. Avoid Legion’s and service clubs at all costs – real soldiers and Veterans will be there and your odds of getting caught increase by a factor of 10.

Avoid the online military forums completely. There, you will only find real soldiers and Veterans going back 50-60 years and your fuckery will be sussed out rapidly with such a large collection of troops who have served in virtually every time period. branch and trade from WWII to present. Alas, the egos of these shit stains is simply to gargantuan to allow themselves to fabricate themselves as a regular, run of the mill soldier who served in relative ignominy in a line Company. Their need to be viewed as a real war hero is simply to strong for them to create their Veteran persona in a common light.

Those of us who served honourably, but not as “war heroes” are extremely proud of our service and feel no need to embellish.

I did my part and am proud of that.

I have friends who earned MMV’s and SMV’s whom I respect greatly, but to steal those distinctions you have never earned, in this Veteran’s opinion, is the ultimate in scumbag.

Sadly, SVC will be doing this work as long as we have a military, as pathetic individuals will continually be popping out of the woodwork as long as there is glory and honour there for the stealing.

Keep up the solid work SVC.