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.

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
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.

Brent A HABETLER – Sir Lies-a-lot.

Stolen Valour Canada was advised by a number of parties that there was a potential issue with the medal that HABETLER was photographed wearing at the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Lloydminster, Sk.

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 Sir Brent would take advantage of this offer to assist in protecting his reputation.

SVC asked him via his email using his verified email account on 17 October 2019 to contact us over a sensitive situation.

His one word response – NO!

 

Sir Knight appears to have some sort of royal access to CLAWR that accompanied his “knighthood”

Our brave knight produced the following documents as proof of service, not exactly convincing….

 

Mr HABETLER, do everyone a favour, put your military themed trinkets back into your tickle trunk and stop telling fairy tales of make believe army career! Your foolishness is nothing but an insult to our wounded and fallen.

Milan KRES – an update

Way back in 2017, SVC was asked to look at the claims being made by Milan Helmut KRES of Edmonton Alberta. He claimed to have been an airborne soldier and special forces operator who had deployed on operations world wide and lost men in battle.

His claims resulted in considerable discussion in veterans forums and we took every effort to contact him in order to sort out the situation…

His response?

Kres deleted the images of the medals, insignia and certificates and went silent.

Perhaps, he heard foot steps after SVC initiated the “Shameless Sunday” showcase of unrepentant posers, fakes and embellishers who had yet to responsibility for their actions.

After 3 years of silence Mr Kres contacted us last week and stated that he wanted to make amends and asked what steps he had to take in order to do so.

As the window to pursue criminal charges against him had long since closed, Kres was advised that a public apology for his reprehensible actions would be a starting point.

He was further advised that surrendering the bogus medals, badges, insignia and certificates for appropriate disposal action would confirm his commitment to never use them as props in a game of military make believe.

A SVC representative met with Kres on 4 August 2020 and took control of assorted bogus items. These items will be properly disposed of / placed on display in military facilities as appropriate or applicable.

SVC has now closed the file on this matter.

Now y’all know, we’re a patient bunch…