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Medals Of Dishonor !! What should be done with this phony ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/1111091medals1.html

    Medals Of Dishonor
    FBI: Prodigiously decorated California man never served in military......:thumbdown:

    NOVEMBER 11--Just in time for Veteran's Day, a California bank employee is facing federal charges for allegedly masquerading as a decorated Marine and wearing a host of bogus medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Cross. Steven Burton, 39, is scheduled to surrender tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Riverside, California (Burton, who has never served in the armed forces, was named last week in a misdemeanor criminal information charging him with the unauthorized wearing of military medals). According to a search warrant affidavit, Burton's charade was discovered after an actual Navy commander, Colleen Salonga, ran into Burton at their high school reunion. Online records indicate that Salonga and Burton graduated in 1988 from Alhambra High School in Martinez, California (and that their class's 20th reunion was last October). Suspicious that Burton was playing dress up, Salonga asked to take a photo with him. That image, seen below, was later provided to FBI agents. A subsequent investigation turned up another photo of Burton in uniform as well as blog postings in which he recounted his "combat experience" and tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the real world, Burton is employed at Rabobank in Palm Springs, California. (8 pages)

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  2. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    He should be sent through USMC basic training and immediately given a dishonerable discharge upon completion.
     
  3. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    like he could graduate USMC boot camp :laugh:

    Or send him to Walter Reed in his fake uniform and a sign that says Im a liar
     
  4. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No not graduate boot camp, suffer through boot camp. Learn what it takes to become a real soldier, and that he doesn't have it.
     
  5. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I say make him go to Afghanistan and serve as a civilian courier for the troops.
     
  6. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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    I bet there are some minefields somewhere that need clearing...
     
  7. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    HA!

    If there aren't any available, maybe we could make some more special just for him...
     
  8. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    he should be nominated as one of the all time douche bags of 2009.;)
     
  9. GED

    GED North Idaho Active Member

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    This site gives you an idea of how prevalent, widespread the problem of military phonies/wannabees-phony POWs, war Vets, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Special Forces, Marine Recon, MOH and other medal recipients, “CIA assassins”, etc. really is:

    http://www.pownetwork.org/


    According to this site, someone like the clown above can be prosecuted for wearing military awards he/she is not entitled to under the 2005 Stolen Valor Act.
     
  10. easysteve

    easysteve Salem, Oregon Member

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    HAHAHAHAHA, what a dumb POS!!! I get a good laugh everytime I read one of these.. Sad...
     
  11. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'd be willing to let him keep the Purple Heart if he was to cut off his legs...

    Butch
     
  12. MilitaryMan84

    MilitaryMan84 Mcminnvile, Oregon Member

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    hahaha! Like that guy would even make it threw Boot! It is kind of a dead give away that he is fake with all that fruit salad and being a Master Gunny! He would have had to enlisted right out of high school and been one bad ace sob to do that well.
     
  13. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't get how people can do this sort of thing... ARG.
     
  14. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    That was what I was thinking. I was very fast advancing when i was in the military due in part to my MOS and in part to the fact I already had a two year degree at eighteen. I advanced to E-5 pretty quickly before graduating from ROTC and getting my commission. Still, I was nowhere close to the pace this guy would have had to be advancing. If I had stayed in I would only be a major now (if things went well) and that is not nearly as high up the commissioned ladder as this guy is up the non-com ladder.
     
  15. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I used to work for a guy like that. He had all these stories about his experiences in Vietnam, that just didn't ring true. I eventually found out from some guys that grew up in the same town as him that he was never in the military at all. He was a real dirt ball.
     
  16. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Make him eat those medals and the uniform as well. I'll provide the salt!
     
  17. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    Send him to the front lines.

    Don't let him return until he's earned every one of those medals.
     
  18. tinman

    tinman portland Member

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    Also, What kind of favors did this guy get from people. Free meals, resoect from people for the uniform etc. How many peoples hearts went out to this guy for what he supposedly did or the stories he told. He did more than just wear the uniform.
    I would think now more than ever they need to make an example of this guy. How many more people will there be like this with the war going on for years.
    I would give the shirt off my back to someone that has served if they are in need and I am sure most would that support the troops.
     
  19. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Some of my employees give me some flack because I give one of my bartenders special privileges. Like when I did not get mad at him for driving to WA last week with only a couple hours notice to take a physical for a position with the national guard and how I do not make him cover his own shifts when he has reserve duty. I always tell them that if they get off their asses and put on a uniform and serve they will get the same treatment.
     
  20. 503glock

    503glock salem New Member

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    send him to the vfw and let them work it out .. that should do it