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Ready For Wider Role in Iraq
Tempo 'Very High' Already in Northern Gulf
By Peter Baker
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, February 21, 2003; Page A19
IN THE NORTHERN PERSIAN GULF -- It looks like something out of a James
Bond movie, a jet-powered boat racing through placid Persian Gulf waters at a
breakneck pace. But the 50-caliber machine-gun rounds fired off the front
or back into the open sea are real enough. Amid the aircraft carriers and other military vessels in the northern gulf, it would be easy to miss the 36-foot composite fiberglass boats, and that is how the SEALs prefer it. Painted dark gray to blend into the nighttime sea, each of these boats is designed to deliver eight commandos ashore and extract them after a mission.
The last time the United States and its allies confronted Iraq, Navy SEALs
and other Special Operations forces were largely left out of the main
attack. This time, after a decade of reinventing themselves and receiving
generally good reviews on the testing ground of Afghanistan, the SEALs and
their Army and Air Force counterparts hope to play a more vital part.
"We didn't have a major role," in the Persian Gulf War of 1991, said Capt.
Walter S. Pullar III, a SEAL and commander of Naval Special Warfare Group
Three operating in the region. "We weren't part of the strategic picture.
We were part of the tactical picture -- a small one. We've looked for the
reason why we didn't get deployed as much as we thought we should. You
learn and adjust."
Among other things, the SEALs have tried to forge a better command system
that would integrate with top generals running any new war. While Gen. H.
Norman Schwarzkopf favored conventional Army power 12 years ago, the
current leadership of the U.S. Central Command, under Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks, saw what commandos, including SEALs, could do when they helped in the fight against Taliban and al Qaeda guerrillas in Afghanistan. SEALs were involved in the biggest U.S. ground battle of the Afghan war, Operation Anaconda, during which U.S. forces pursued Taliban and al Qaeda remnants in the Shahikot Valley in March. Attempts to rescue a SEAL team that came under attack during the operation led to a gun battle in which seven U.S. soldiers were killed. "Coming out of Afghanistan, whatever the next conflict is, people will remember that SEALs and Special Forces played an important role," said Pullar. "All these things have changed. Who knows what we'll do or when we'll do it? But we've learned from all that, and whatever comes, it will
not be the kinds of things we did in Desert Storm."
In that war, SEAL commandos searched for mines and potential landing sites
on Kuwaiti beaches. As the ground war approached, SEAL teams swam to the
Kuwaiti shore and simulated an amphibious attack by detonating bombs and
blasting coastal bunkers with machine-gun fire. Other Special Operations
forces established contact with the Kuwaiti resistance while Green Berets
searched for mobile Scud launchers in Iraq's western desert.
Most proposals for "direct action" by Special Operations forces behind
enemy lines, however, were turned down. Pullar said this time SEALs and other special units hope that changes: They could, for instance, carry out
reconnaissance missions to find chemical or biological weapons, seize oil
wells and dams or even be inserted into Baghdad before conventional forces
to take out key installations or military figures in a bid to avert urban
combat. Already, according to military sources quoted in reports from Washington, two Special Operations Task Forces are inside Iraq recruiting defectors
and hunting for arms caches.
In the meantime, SEALs have been assigned to chase smugglers trying to get
around U.N. sanctions against Iraq, particularly those shipping out oil
illegally. About once a week or so, Naval Special Warfare operators stop a
ship in the Persian Gulf. Vessels that resist can be boarded forcibly,
with the help of helicopter raids or small jet-powered boats like those racing
around the gulf this week. Sometimes Naval operators pursue a vessel identified by intelligence as acting suspiciously -- lowering one nation's flag and raising that of another, for instance. They also lie in wait along particular routes after determining transit patterns.
The "tempo is very high," said Jake, a lieutenant junior grade who
commands his own small boat and, like other Naval Special Warfare operators, can be identified only by rank and first name. "We're busy."
"The one pattern that has changed is that the amount of oil that has been
smuggled out has dropped," said Johnny, a petty officer first class.
Beyond maritime interdiction, the SEALs and their boat crews spend time
here training for beach landings, extractions from hot zones and
search-and-rescue missions for downed pilots. They refuse to discuss
pending or future operations and remain especially mum when it comes to their clandestine side.
The Navy's elite warriors trace their history to World War II, when combat
swimmers went ahead of amphibious invasion forces to clear beaches of
obstacles. By Korea, Navy underwater demolition teams blew up bridges,
tunnels and other targets. By 1962, as Vietnam was beginning to heat up,
the Pentagon commissioned the modern Sea Air Land teams, or SEALs, which
defined themselves as a counterinsurgency force in the Mekong Delta.
Among the SEALs' chief assets are small, highly maneuverable boats. In the
Persian Gulf, Jake commands his 82-foot-long Mark V boat three to five
times a week for training or missions. On a particularly clear, calm day this week, Jake's vessel cruised several
miles out into the gulf flanked by two of the smaller, 36-foot speedboats
known as rigid inflatable boats, or RIBs, for a live-fire training
A reporter went along under condition that certain information such as
locations and full names be withheld.
Neither the Mark V nor the RIBs were in service during the Gulf War. Like
the RIBs, the Mark V powers through the water using a jet-propulsion
system, rather than propellers, and can reach 47 knots. A 30-year-old petty
officer first class named Gary maneuvered the boat using a joystick that could
have come from a video game console. The RIBs, made of resin covered by sheets of synthetic fabric and surrounded by inflatable rubber tubes, top out at 53 mph and, like their larger cousin, come equipped with satellite
communications, high-resolution radar and global positioning system.
Jake, a 26-year-old Harvard graduate who serves as deck commander or
officer in charge, ran this week's exercise with practiced precision after five
months in the gulf. To test their weapons, he and his crew first had to
find a patch of water three miles away from any other vessels. The gulf is a
small and relatively crowded waterway, filled with commercial vessels, oil
tankers and wooden dhows.
Once they found a clear area, Jake checked his binoculars and grabbed the
radio to warn any nearby ships to stay away, then sought permission from
shore to begin the exercise. "Okay guys," he said, "we're clear to go
hot." With that, one after the other, the crewmen began firing the two
twin-barrel 50-caliber machine guns on the Mark V and the single-barrel versions on each of the two RIBs, aiming into the water not as target practice but to keep
the weapons in proper working order. Scores of spent shells spilled out
onto the deck in just minutes. The barrels were steaming hot as the crewmen
released the triggers.
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LAWS GOVERNING IMPOSTERS:
TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 33 Sec. 701.
Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card,
or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or
agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any
colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner
makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the
likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any
colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made
pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
six months, or both.
Whoever, in any place within the jurisdiction of the United States or in
the Canal Zone, without authority, wears the uniform or a distinctive part
thereof or anything similar to a distinctive part of the uniform of any of the
armed forces of the United States, Public Health Service or any auxiliary of
such, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months,
(a) In General. -
Whoever knowingly wears, manufactures, or sells any decoration or medal
authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of
the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the
ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any
colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized under regulations made
pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than
six months, or both.
(b) Congressional Medal of Honor. -
(1) In general. -
If a decoration or medal involved in an offense under subsection (a) is a
Congressional Medal of Honor, in lieu of the punishment provided in that
subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more
than 1 year, or both.
Sec. 701. - Official badges, identification cards, other insignia
TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 33 Sec. 702.
Sec. 702. - Uniform of armed forces and Public Health Service
TITLE 18 PART I CHAPTER 33 Sec. 704.
Sec. 704. - Military medals or decorations
Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card, or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
Whoever, in any place within the jurisdiction of the United States or in the Canal Zone, without authority, wears the uniform or a distinctive part thereof or anything similar to a distinctive part of the uniform of any of the armed forces of the United States, Public Health Service or any auxiliary of such, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(a) In General. -
Whoever knowingly wears, manufactures, or sells any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, or the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof, except when authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
(b) Congressional Medal of Honor. -
(1) In general. -
If a decoration or medal involved in an offense under subsection (a) is a Congressional Medal of Honor, in lieu of the punishment provided in that subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
EXPOSING NAVY SEAL FAKES. PRETENDERS TO GLORY
Source: BILL BURKE THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
Robert Anthony Nolan used charm and a distinguished military resume to woo a succession of wives and girlfriends, recruit investors for his Virginia Beach import-export business and impress Republican officials and the former skipper of the carrier America.
He regaled some with tales of missions he conducted as a Navy SEAL, of clandestine operations in Central America. Nolan even persuaded one investor to pony up $30,000 when he told her about his covert activities, then presented her with papers that showed he had been honorably discharged. But it was all a lie, according to federal authorities and military personnel records. Nolan, 38, never served as a SEAL. There were no covert missions in Central America. And to avoid a court-martial, Nolan received a less-than-honorable discharge from the Navy in June 1992 after going AWOL for 53 days.
Nolan's charade unraveled on Nov. 8 when he pleaded guilty in Norfolk federal court to making false statements to federal agents. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The masquerade surfaced in February when an organization that exposes SEAL imposters posted his name on its Internet ``Wall of Shame.''
Hampton Roads is rich in the romance of frogmen and the famed SEAL Team 2 and owns bragging rights to TV ``Survivor'' Rudy Boesch, probably the most celebrated SEAL of all.
And it swarms with SEAL wannabes like Nolan.
Suspicious girlfriends, employers, ex-wives and real SEALs in Hampton Roads have reported 47 men to CyberSEALs, the group that maintains the Internet site. None of the names shows up in the Navy's official database of every man who ever completed training in the elite commando unit.
The database is maintained by the Colorado-based Naval Special Warfare Archives, a group of former SEALs who expose men who falsely claim to be current or former members of the commando unit.
The Navy gathers the information and provides it to the Warfare Archives. The database contains the names of the more than 9,700 men who have served as SEALs and is updated with each graduating Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs class.
In addition to Nolan, would-be SEALs with local ties include a schoolteacher, a former Secret Service agent, a car dealer, a merchant seaman, an NROTC officer candidate, a real estate agent, a limousine driver, active-duty military members, men who have never served in any branch of the armed forces, and barroom and chat-room poseurs.
The 47 range in age from 22 to 62. Some hope to impress women with tales of derring-do, others to boost their self-image or even use the SEAL cachet to get a job or a promotion, according to those who would like to see them ``outed.''
CyberSEALs has verified that Nolan and six others are imposters and have added their names to the ``Wall of Shame.'' The 40 other local men are being investigated to determine if their names should be there too, a CyberSEALs spokeswoman said.
Nearly 700 names have been posted on the ``Wall of Shame'' by CyberSEALs, whose members include ex-SEALs and a former Navy wife who once lived in Hampton Roads.
As word of the Web site and its mission spreads, the list grows.
A former girlfriend of one of the Hampton Roads men wrote on the CyberSEALs' Internet complaint form: ``I want to know if he is telling the truth. He seems to be making up quite a bit of stuff.''
``I had heard about the phonies and it dawned on me that I may have worked with one,'' wrote another.
A woman said bluntly that she ``will not marry a liar.''
``He uses this claim for gain at our place of employment,'' wrote a co-worker.
Blurring fact and fiction
Organizations that expose imposters say claims by bogus Rambos with enhanced military resumes have reached epidemic levels.
Nationwide, pretenders to military glory have included a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, private investigators, judges, a school superintendent, politicians and political aspirants, actor Brian Dennehy, police officers, the operators of a Vietnam veterans museum, a Veterans of Foreign Wars post commander, preachers, janitors, murderers, even a transvestite.
Some claim to have been with special operations forces, such as SEALs, Rangers and Green Berets. Others pose as former prisoners of war. And there are those who claim to be recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military citation.
Randy Lee Everette, 44, of Virginia Beach, a former Navy man, operates a Web site dedicated to honoring Medal of Honor recipients and exposing fakes. Chuck Schantag of Skidmore, Mo., and his wife run a site that exposes POW imposters. Schantag said complaints mushroomed from two in 1997 to 7,000 last year. The site received one complaint about a man who spins his yarns at an Oceanfront nightspot in Virginia Beach.
Psychologists who have studied the phenomenon describe a condition called pseudologia fantastica: the blurring of fact and fantasy so thoroughly that the imposter almost convinces himself that he is a war hero.
But Schantag, a former Marine, cares little about the psychological makeup of fake military heroes. A couple years ago he met a retired Air Force colonel and Medal of Honor winner, George E. ``Bud'' Day, who endured years of torture in North Vietnam.
``I asked him how he got through the hellhole in Hanoi,'' Schantag said. ``He told me, `Surviving that was the easy part. . . . I would never do anything to disgrace my family, my country or my God.'
``That was the most profound thing I've ever heard,'' Schantag said. ``Ever since then, I've had a burning hatred for the people who would steal their honor.''
A smooth operator
The future couldn't have looked brighter for boyishly handsome Robert Nolan, once named sailor of the year on the carrier America.
Kent W. Ewing was skipper of the America when Nolan served there a decade ago. Ewing was impressed enough with his former sailor to sign as co-guarantor when Nolan leased a new $68,959 Mercedes S320 for his business in 1998, according to court records.
The Virginia Beach company Nolan founded, OmniTrade International Inc., signed contracts to sell millions of dollars worth of goods such as food and construction materials in Egypt, said Stephen Steinhilber, a former Nolan business associate and Virginia Beach restaurateur.
The business seemed to have the earmarks of success. Last year, Nolan was named runner-up for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Virginia. His resume featured letters from Gov. Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley, Sen. George Allen and U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, lauding his business accomplishments.
But all was not as it seemed.
Employees at the Virginia Beach office building that housed OmniTrade International said that one day early this year, a small green car with the license plate REPO 1 pulled up behind the late-model Lexus Nolan then drove. A tow truck soon appeared and removed the Lexus.
In July, after OmniTrade had fallen behind on its rent and was preparing to leave the office building, two men showed up at Nolan's office and repossessed the exotic fish he kept, leaving behind the empty tank, employees said.
In August, FBI agents arrested Nolan in Virginia Beach. He had made false statements to federal agents regarding bank loans and fraudulent insurance invoices, according to papers filed in Norfolk federal court. He had also forged his landlord's signature on a lease and falsified his military discharge papers and documents needed to export fish to Egypt, the papers claim.
He had told several people he was a former Navy SEAL, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Seidel, who prosecuted Nolan. He lured investors by posing as a former secret operative with the Navy, according to court papers. He told a girlfriend ``he had been involved in covert operations and knew how to make bombs.''
When a Scandinavian businessman demanded that Nolan pay a $63,000 debt, Nolan told the businessman he had been a member of the special forces with the U.S. military, according to testimony by an FBI agent who investigated Nolan.
Nolan, referring to the businessman and his colleagues, said, ``They better stay out of the United States because they didn't know who they were messing with,'' the agent testified.
On its ``Wall of Shame,'' CyberSEALs says Nolan claimed to be a member of Seal teams 2 and 6. The group gave him a five-star rating, its most ignoble designation. The rating means the ``claimant is `incorrigible' and continues to make claims despite proof that his claims are not supported by government records.''
Nolan is being held in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail pending a February sentencing. He declined requests for an interview.
Setting an example
Dean C. Ashman said it all began innocently around 1995, and his motives were purely altruistic.
Several of his technical education students at Chesapeake's Western Branch High School asked Ashman, 54, a former Navy chief, about the prospects of a military career.
``I had some students that were very, very marginal,'' Ashman said. ``They started asking questions. I don't know how it came about, but they asked me if I had been a SEAL, and I for some reason said yes to give credence to what I was saying to them.''
When Mike Arrowood joined the Western Branch faculty in 1999, Ashman said he was still telling students that he was an ex-SEAL, ``but only to set up an example for kids to look at.''
Arrowood had been a SEAL. Ashman had not.
``When I heard (Arrowood) was coming to the building, I thought, `Oh, geez, maybe I shouldn't have been doing that,' '' Ashman said.
Arrowood's classroom was two doors from Ashman's.
``As kids filtered into class, they'd say, `You used to be a SEAL? Do you know Mr. Ashman? He was a SEAL too,' '' Arrowood recalled in an interview.
When Arrowood, a veteran of SEAL teams 1 and 2, posed questions about Ashman's SEAL background, he gave the wrong answers, Arrowood said. He knew his colleague was an imposter.
Arrowood, 43, demanded that Ashman apologize and set the record straight with his students.
``But he didn't come clean,'' said Arrowood, who now teaches at Hickory High in Chesapeake. ``If he had, we could have settled this just between us.''
Arrowood reported Ashman to CyberSEALs. Retired Navy Capt. Larry Bailey, a former SEAL then active in the Internet site, called Ashman on a Sunday night in February 2000 and told him to apologize to Arrowood within 48 hours or his name would appear on the site's ``Wall of Shame.''
Arrowood said Ashman did not apologize and on Feb. 15, 2000, Ashman's name was added to the ``Wall of Shame,'' where it remains today.
Ashman insists that he did apologize to Arrowood and said he does not recall Arrowood asking him to set the record straight with his students.
Ashman said he has stopped claiming to be an ex-SEAL and regrets that he ever did so.
``This has been tearing me apart,'' he said. ``I feel lower than whale scum.''
But he said he never told his students war stories, ``all that Rambo garbage.''
``I made no boasts, no claims that I did anything heroic, that I fought anywhere, that I won any medals.
``Was it dishonorable? I don't know. But I know it kept some kids in school.''
No record of service
The Ohio license plate read ``SKIP M.'' Smaller letters at the bottom spelled ``NAVY SEAL.''
Randy Everette, Medal of Honor sleuth, was on the case.
As Everette checked out the car parked in the Woodberry Forest apartment complex in Virginia Beach on an autumn afternoon, two men approached.
``I think I know why you're here,'' said one of the men, a Navy vet. ``And I'm glad you are.''
Charles A. ``Skip'' Moeller, 54, who drove the Chevrolet Cavalier with the Ohio plates, had been telling his war stories long enough, the old vet said. It was time for the truth to come out.
And just what was the truth? The stories Moeller told several people were impressive. Retired Navy captain. Former SEAL. Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Recipient of meritorious decorations, which he displayed on a wall in his apartment. One-time CIA operative.
Several people told The Virginian-Pilot that Moeller had told such stories, including the Navy vet and others who live or work at Woodberry Forest, where Moeller rents an apartment. When Moeller spoke of his SEAL duties, he was always vague about dates and tours of duty, they said.
The car he drives bears the Navy SEAL license plate. His personal checks identify him as ``Capt. Charles A. Moeller, USN-Ret.'' The message on his answering machine identifies him as ``Captain Charles Moeller.'' In divorce papers in Circuit Court, Moeller lists his occupation as ``Ret. Navy.''
Moeller's claims prompted complaints to Everette, who maintains the Medal of Honor Web site, and to CyberSEALs.
Records show that Moeller did not graduate from the Naval Academy. He is not listed in the Navy SEAL database. And Freedom of Information requests filed with the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis and the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. turned up the same result: Charles A. Moeller never served in the Navy.
Contacted by phone recently, Moeller refused to discuss claims he may have made about being a SEAL or a decorated veteran. He said he draws a pension from the State Department. Asked about his claims to be a retired Navy captain, he said, ``That was a long time ago.''
In a follow-up interview, Moeller said he legally changed his name a few years ago and served in the Navy under the other name. But he did not provide the name.
There is no record of anyone with Moeller's Social Security number in the military service records database.
``Even if he legally changed his name, his Social Security number wouldn't change,'' said Michael McLellan, deputy public affairs officer for the Navy Personnel Command.
Last weekend, Everette posted Moeller's name on his Internet site's ``Hall of Shame'' for allegedly making false claims that he was a Medal of Honor recipient.
Telling tall tales
Some pretenders to glory spin wondrous yarns.
A Hampton Roads limousine driver who has told people he was a SEAL ``claims to have been on three separate assaults to capture a Vietnamese general known as `The Butcher of Hanoi,' '' a co-worker wrote on a CyberSEALs complaint form.
He ``claims his body is a registered lethal weapon. Many of the tales he has told bespeak . . . great heroism.''
Schantag, the Missourian who uncovers POW frauds, tells of the ``dog-bone man,'' an imposter from Arkansas who tried to impress women with a fanciful story of escape from a Vietnam prison.
The man claimed his North Vietnamese captors nailed him to a tree, then tossed him into a ditch and left him for dead. While a guard stood sentry, the camp dog accidentally fell into the pit. Weak and starving, the POW choked the dog with his bare hands, then ate the animal's flesh raw. Thus fortified, he removed the largest and sharpest of the dog's ribs, climbed stealthily from the pit and used the bone to stab the guard to death. Then he made his way to freedom.
Sometimes imposters pay a price for their deceptions.
Everette has posted the bios of nearly five dozen would-be Medal of Honor winners on his Internet ``Hall of Shame.'' One, Floridian Jackie Albert Stern, bought his medal at a flea market. An enterprising detective persuaded Stern to pose for a photo while wearing the medal.
Impersonating a Medal of Honor winner is a crime that can result in jail time and a fine. When a judge sentenced Stern to one year of probation in December 1996, he ordered Stern to write a letter of apology to every living recipient of the Medal of Honor.
If Stern sent a copy of that letter to Lt. Col. Howard V. Lee in Virginia Beach, it apparently did not arrive. Lee, one of 149 surviving Medal of Honor recipients and the only one who lives in Hampton Roads, said he does not recall receiving a letter from Stern.
But at 68, Lee still remembers clearly what happened in a steamy jungle in Vietnam in 1966.
One true hero
Lee, then a Marine captain, led several members of his company on a bloody and daring mission that began Aug. 8 and did not end until the next day. Though temporarily blinded in his right eye by a North Vietnamese hand grenade that landed about two feet away, Lee helped rescue a Marine reconnaissance unit under withering enemy fire.
On Oct. 25, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson awarded him the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.
The gold medallion rests in its original case, tucked in a dresser drawer in his bedroom. The star-shaped medal, which hangs from a blue sash adorned with 13 white stars, has lost its original sheen and is tarnished with age.
Lee has never polished his Medal of Honor.
He said he has read about men who make false claims of wartime heroism, some even posing as Medal of Honor recipients. But he has never met one. He is more bewildered than enraged by those who would steal his glory.
And what would he say to an imposter if he came face to face with one?
``I'd just say, `Excuse me, but to the best of my knowledge, you're not a Medal of Honor winner.' ''
Reach Bill Burke at 446-2589. Description of illustration(s):
DEAN C. ASHMAN, A TEACHER AT CHESAPEAKE'S WESTERN BRANCH HIGH
SCHOOL, SAYS HE HAS STOPPED CLAIMING TO BE A SEAL.
CHARLES A. ``SKIP'' MOELLER WON'T DISCUSS ANY CLAIMS HE MAY HAVE
MADE ABOUT BEING A SEAL. THE NAVY SAYS HE NEVER WAS IN THE SERVICE.
ROBERT ANTHONY NOLAN NEVER SERVED AS A SEAL, DESPITE TELLING
INVESTORS AND GIRLFRIENDS ABOUT COVERT OPERATIONS IN CENTRAL
Randy Everette, who operates a Web site exposing false Medal of Honor winners, recently posted Charles Moeller's name on the site. Photo
CHARLIE MEADS/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
Retired Marine Lt. Col. Howard V. Lee is one of 149 surviving recipients of the Medal of Honor. He says he is more bewildered than angered at the idea that someone would pose as a medal winner Photo
MARK P. MITCHELL/THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
Mike Arrowood, a former SEAL who taught with Dean Ashman at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, asked Ashman to apologize to students for portraying himself as a SEAL. When Ashman didn't, Arrowood reported him to CyberSEALs. ``If he had, we could have settled this just between us,'' said Arrowood, who now teaches at Hickory High School.
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The latest word on our fake SEAL David L. Silbergeld (click on link to read the entire article) is that he was suspended from drawing V.A. benefits until it was investigated whether or not he was in Vietnam. The V.A. was not able to 'prove' he was not a Vietnam Veteran, so rather than look further, they elected to give him back full benefits. Being that he has 'two purple hearts' there is some rule that they are not allowed to go too far in checking this stuff out. I would LOVE to hear from any person who knows about Silbergeld. Please email me at mailto:email@example.com and include a phone number and time when I may call you. Please put SILBERGELD as subject line. We veterans (the real ones) thank you for your support. SLW
International Con Artist and Fake SEAL Arrested
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This disclosure will be easily removed by an apology from Chief Raul "Toughie" Martinez. If he will write me an apology, I will forward it to the SEAL archieves and the apology will be posted there.
Even LAREDO TX has a SEAL Wannabe!
Subject: Raul (toughie) Martinez
entry: Friday, September 27, 2002 at 15:40:31 (CDT)
By: Writer did not give his name; Nor his email address. I would have preferred to write him personally and not to the REM room.
He Wrote this entry in the L.M.T. REM ROOM:
�I would like to congratulate Raul (toughie) Martinez for his recent promotion in the Navy to Naval Chief and also his parents, my Compadre Joe Martinez(Joe's Plumbing) and comadre Molly Martinez, whom just returned from Virgina, where Joe pinned the ANCHORS on Raul at a special ceremony.
Raul has been in the Navy for fifteen years and was selected for the promotion because of his record of excellence with the Navy .
Raul was a Seal in Little Creek Virgina and at present time is an Admiral's Aide for Atlantic Nato Forces. He served in Desert Storm, Somalia and with Yugoslavia Nato Forces. Raul is one of the most, IF NOT THE MOST DECORATED serviceman in virginia.
He is well thought of and very much respected by his peers and officers included.� I want to congratulate CHief Martinez for his promotion, and for being the most decorated sailor in Little Creek VA.
I am very grateful to our Lord that he went to war and returned home safely.
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My NOTE: I wrote the R. D. Russell of the UDT-SEAL Archieves to find the BUD/S class for Chief Raul Martinez. He wrote me back the following: "Doc Riojas; We Can't find a Raul Martinez in the BUD/S gratuates; but found a Joel Martinez who went through training in 89, he is the only Martinez in that time frame.
Thank you, R.D. Russell (SEAL) Keeper of USNavy UDT-SEAL Archieves
My note:" I would like to have some proof that CHief Raul Martinez is a SEAL. Just email me his BUD/S class number. We are encountering thousands of men who claim that they are USNavy SEALs. That disgraces the names of our SEAL teamates that were KIA.
Thank you very much, Erasmo "Doc" Riojas firstname.lastname@example.org
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas <email@example.com>
Pearland, TX USA - Friday, November 01, 2002 at 20:54:47 (CST)
FROM THE REM ROOM:
Back off on the Doc. I know it's just your opinion and you
stated what you thought was important in your mind, pero suave con una persona a
quien no conoces, especialmente alguien que sirvi� a su pa�s con hon�r. Con
respeto...El Chale, C/S
Carlos Valle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New Orleans, LA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 08:38:14 (CST)
Veterano, Keep your future remarks off the REM. Please email me directly, that way i do not have to post anymore notes on the REM. That goes for anyone else who who wants to take side with USNavy SEAL wannabes! seems you are taking the side of a potential U.S. Navy SEAL Wannabe. I would like you to post your EMAIL as most of us do. no seas gallina. none of us are chicken pluckers. I want some of my SEAL teamates to explain some interesting facts to you about who we are.
Pain is temporary, Pride is for life!
Mi Vida Tan Loca!
Erasmo "Doc" Riojas <email@example.com>
Pearland, TX USA - Monday, November 04, 2002 at 17:45:21 (CST)
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