What’s funny about the Blumenthal conference

| May 18, 2010 | 14 Comments

1stCavRVN11B sent me a message from one of his friends who recognized one of the veterans on the stage with Richard Blumenthal from POW Net’s Wall of Shame. His name is William Joseph Trumpower and here’s the picture of him at Blumenthal’s press conference taken from a screenshot of a Fox News video;

And here’s a screen shot of an interview Trumpower did on local TV under his AKA name Elliot Storm;

Trumpower or Storm actually did serve in Vietnam, but he embellished his career to sell a book.

CLAIMING BRONZE STAR w/VALOR device. Claims 2nd Lt, Claims Wears 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars w/V. The jacket in EARLIER pictures boasted 8 ribbons. This NEW pic has more and includes V device on Bronze Star and 2nd Lt bars. Claims he worked with Ollie North.

ACTUAL – National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart w/1*. Served 11 Oct 1968 to 30 Jan 1970 as a USMC rifleman (MOS 0311). Has enlisted service number (not officer’s)

There’s more at the POW Net link including an email Trumpower sent to our friends admitting his chicanery.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. anon says:

    That’s just pathetic. What sort of 0311, having served in actual combat and been wounded, no less, would feel the need to embellish his service record? I actually feel sorry for the bastard, because it’s clear that he has some sort of mental deficiency.

  2. Operator Dan says:

    Hmmmm…. vetting anyone?

  3. UnicornDick says:

    wow… amazing… great work.

  4. AW1 Tim says:

    Birds of a feather.

    Someone should alert the NYT…. :)

  5. Greta says:

    Bravo again!!!

  6. Old Tanker says:

    One douche standing up for another…..great, hey, does this mean he’s not a blue falcon?

    Dude added some hardware to sell a book, wouldn’t that fall under stolen valor?

  7. Jim Bancroft says:

    Hat tip to ViperAsh, who showed me the poser’s name and POW NETWORK web article.

    Share this with your e-mail llist. Not only did Blumenthal lie about his service, but the people who came to deend him are posers themselves!

    and SHAME ON THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DETACHMENT FROM NEW BRITAIN for having that guy lead that show!

  8. JD says:

    Kind of like Woody Allen propping up Roman Polanski. Bags of a feather douche together…

  9. Hank says:

    Sounds like a candidate (or two) for Douche of the Week for the RhinoDen at RangerUp. Thanks for posting. My only thought is this guy’s an asshat and I’m sad to see any Marines wanting to give him company.
    Semper Fi, Hank
    Major Henry R. Salmans, III
    USMC (Retired)

  10. Laconservative says:

    The NYT has been notified as of 0619 this morning. Let’s see if they follow up on this.

  11. Doug Sterner says:

    Check the BOTTOM of Chuck and Mary’s page on Trumpower at http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies293.htm where there is a link to a pdf containing Trumpower’s CRIMINAL HISTORY…DUI, Forgery, Fraud, Aggravated Theft. There’s ALWAYS something more than just Stolen Valor, and this is the guy standing with the CT “Top Cop” and wannabe Viet Vet.

  12. USMC Steve says:

    I just am not getting it. I gave 20 years to the Corps and feel no need to embellish what I did over that time frame. I always thought that making it that far without a trip to the brig was accomplishment enough, given some of the stuff I got away with. Why would someone feel the need after having done it for real, to further ramp up their qualifications. If you didn’t do it, don’t claim it, dammit.

  13. NHSparky says:

    One thing that strikes me about the “phonies” or those who embellish–there’s enough people out there who either WERE there or WERE THERE WITH YOU who can verify your claims. So why is it these guys still in the age of the Internet make such claims? Either they think we’re too stupid to notice, or too lazy to check–and while they may be right a good percentage of the time, there’s always going to be that one time they get called on their bullshit that the whole house of cards comes down around them. Basically, I still can’t fathom why someone would do this, short of perpetrating additional fraud–something Mr. Sterner has pointed out goes hand-in-hand all too often.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well, I for one would like to thank Blumenthal for his service. Thanks, you lying schmuck! BTW, I’d also like to wish you luck in your campaign,…..All Bad! To quote Jaron “I’m gonna take the high road and do what the preacher told me to do. You keep messin’ up, and I’ll keep prayin’ for you…..”

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