Phony SEAL in your schools

| June 2, 2011

Stingerwooten and Tman sent us a link about a phony SEAL named Salhem Dreasden who was a friend of a parent and showed up at a school in Thousand Oaks, CA on a “Thank You, Soldiers” event that the students sponsored according to the Ventura County Star;

The name Salhem Dreasden, however, does not appear anywhere in databases of Navy service members that go back to at least the Vietnam War, said Katie Suich, a spokeswoman for the Navy Personnel Command in Tennessee. There aren’t any S. Dreasdens in the database, either, she said.

Federal law prohibits the unauthorized wearing of a U.S. military uniform.

Dreasden could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Why is it always the portly ones? He doesn’t look like he could carry a sack of groceries to his car let alone run across a beach with a sand bag on his shoulders. I hope someone punches his flabby face for raining on these kids’ sunny day and their important tribute to the troops.

Update: Thanks to some searching by MD we have more info about him. He seems to be active in the muscle car community. He has been claiming to be SEAL since 2005. He is also posing as a Officer in the photo as well.

This guy is white with freckles and glasses…but I know his name is Nate so I don’t think I saw the other guy.. Oh well, Here’s the rest of the story and pretty much the end of this deal cause I just talked to Salhems fiance on the phone during lunch. I got pulled over in his mustang and it was registered to this girl so I asked him about it and he of course told me it was one of his “investors”. Anyways, I talked to her.. the car is hers it is in her name she bought it and he TOOK it to run from the cops cause he stole a bunch of money from his g/f before her and is on the move. So he stole money from his gf and took his fiance’s car… kick ass dude. So, the deal is he is NOT a SEAL. He stole that car. He does NOT own a business. His real name is not Salhem Dreasden it is Dan. That car is stock because he doesn’t know SHIT about cars and its his woman’s. He’s been on the run but is headed back to Cali right now figuring things have died down

We have his myspace ,Facebook page and Youtube Page” with the username of NeoDuckie. Claims to have won two first place trophies at HIN Austin.

Oh and he is claiming service in Afghanistan.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Tman says:

    lol, what kind of “salute” is that.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m kind of hoping he runs into a REAL SEAL wearing that and attempts that salute… I want video of that!!

  3. Robert Chiroux says:

    I noticed that too, immediately. He would be on his face doing 50, on my count, for that until he got it right and like every veteran salute properly, without thinking, for the rest of his life.

  4. Rodger Young says:

    Even the USAF guy at the right rear looks suspicious of him.

  5. Old Tanker says:

    Good lord, if you’re gonna fake it at least learn how to salute….someone needs to snap that thumb off….

  6. Rick Givens says:

    Yes, every SEAL I have had the pleasure of knowing (but not serving with) has spiky hair and wears what looks to be an approximation of a uniform turned Soup Sandwich.

  7. ROS says:

    The Village People salute was pretty much the only thing I noticed. I was attempting to return my eyes to the forward position and couldn’t see anything else after that.

  8. StrikeFO says:

    he must’ve watched the movie Navy Seals and took a few pointers from Charlie Sheen.

  9. Adirondack Patriot says:


  10. Any of you out there got a “Steamy Valley” phone directory? Let’s see if we can find him. Get a phone number and we can sell him a lesson in life.

  11. NHSparky says:

    Hey, Jonn–can you blow up those collar insignia? Maybe I’m not looking at those quite right, but those look like COAST GUARD PO insignia.

    And BLACK coveralls? AYFKM?

  12. NHSparky says:

    ETA: Nevamind, he’s posing as a Lieutenant, despite the fact he looks just old enough to drive.

    And I’d love to know on what planet that’s considered a SAT haircut, nevermind in a SEAL unit.

  13. NHSparky says:

    Saw that. But IIRC, Thousand Oaks still has a NRS there. Be interesting to see if the recruiters out of there (last I recall it was a 2-man station) have had any run-ins with this clown. The number to the NRS if anyone is interested is (805) 495-4112.

  14. Doc Bailey says:

    Black overalls, undersized and looks like SILVER Trident (which there hasn’t been since Vietnam), and a limp wristed over eyebrow salute? Nevermind that he’s too much of a fatbody to b e a SEAL.

    Why do these idiots think that its so easy to get away with this shyte?

  15. Adirondack Patriot says:

    You Army guys are overlooking one glaring Navy faux pas: He’s saluting when uncovered. The Navy and Coast Guard NEVER salute when uncovered.

    Then again, we’re never supposed to be uncovered when in uniform outdoors, unless assigned to a work detail. Doesn’t look like Soap McTavish there is doin’ any work.

    You. He’s about as authentic as French Victory Medal.

  16. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Oops. “You” is supposed to be “Yeah”.

  17. Andy FMF says:

    Hey, he was in Black Ops. Black sunglasses, black undershirt, and black blouse. You can’t find him in the records because his stuff is classified and burned in The Fire. You can tell just how Black Ops he is by the envious looks on everyone else’s faces.

  18. The Sniper says:

    The dude can’t even muster the muscle tone to render a proper salute like everybody else in the picture. What is this, the fucking Uzbek Coast Guard?!?

  19. PintoNag says:

    Is there a protocol for military personnel who are at a function, when / if they see something like this? Can they confront him / her, or is that discouraged?

  20. Doc Bailey says:

    someone remind me again why stolen valor is unconstitutional again?

  21. NHSparky says:

    Oh, I dunno…a few hours with a BUD/S class might straighten their asses out.

    Anyone wanna practice surf entry?

  22. md says:

    Google search “Salhem Dreasden” and be amazed at what you find.

    Dude’s real name appears to be David Topps.

    He’s a muscle car tweeker, & a computer gamer who variously claims to be named “Chris” “David Topps” and “Salhem Dreasden” from Nebraska and Irvine.

    Plenty easy enough for some military authorities to track down and talk to, yes?

  23. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Looks more like he flashing gang signs than rendering a salute.

  24. streetsweeper says:

    Do believe some “SEALS” might be dropping in on the boy…..

  25. ROS says:

    @md- Figured that out earlier when putting in his name on FB. It pulls up “David Topps”, a “musician”. Also, so chick who can’t keep her kids claims he’s her friend.

    Weird stuff.

  26. ROS says:


  27. Old Trooper says:

    Someone needs to whoop his ass; quick, fast, and in a hurry.

    I’ve had enough of these assholes that aren’t even trying to be passable fakes, now days.

    IMO there needs to be public floggings of these fakes. Put it on youtube or even network tv and tell everyone that there will ber no jail time, but there will be a public flogging administered by Veterans.

  28. Mike D. says:

    John – Thanks for the props. Glad to be of service. Stolen Valor is a real problem sadly and needs to be called out wherever it appears.


  29. Anonymous says:

    Hilarious picture. The Army SGT is rolling his eyes and the Airman seems to be giving this guy the evil eye. I was a Navy Corpsman with the FMF, I don’t remember being issued black BDUs with yellow name tapes.

  30. kngsfn80 says:

    @ROS who is the “chick that cant keep her kids that claims he is her friend”? And for the record…his name is not David…its Dan Lee Mcgrew. He lives in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA. He is 31. He lies out his rear every chance he gets. I dont think that even he knows what the truth is. He has also ripped of many females over the years.

  31. Sporkmaster says:

    Yep we are tracking that and I just posted about that here.

  32. MissTurner88 says:

    What I am about to say is the absolute truth.

    I dated this guy for almost 3 months. I don’t even know why it took me that long to get rid of him. He was a sore loser, pathological liar, and was the worst criminal mastermind/con-artist that I have ever met. Found out that he was dating two other girls at the same time and telling all three of us the same lies to please us so we couldn’t possibly question his activities with the other girl “friends”.

    But as it turns out, I kicked him out of my place before he could pack up all of his crap and all of my stuff and make a run for it. In fact, I made out with more than what I started with and he ended up with the clothes on his back….and one of “his” cars. I put that in quotes because he claimed to own a dodge challenger, 05 gt mustang, and a piece of crap bmw 8 series…all of which were registered in different girls names. Now my sister’s friend has a garage in which the 05 mustang is being stored in and if the real owner ever reads this…get in touch with me because I believe he stole it from her!

    What else can I say about him? Oh! His oh-so-official document from the government that he decided was proof that he served had spelling errors and looked as cheap as can be.
    It said that he personally killed 13 terrorists and received 2 purple hearts which are only given to people who were seriously wounded or killed in battle. Really?!

    His alias name is Salhem Dreasden…claims that is his Australian name since that’s where he was born but his American name is Daniel Lee McGrew Jr and claims that his mom is some old porn star and is a personal friend to Hugh Hefner.

    He is 32 years old…born on September 1…I know that because my grandmother died of cancer that day when I was with him and when I came back from the funeral…he said he had a confession to make…he has cancer and has had it for a few years but hasn’t done anything about it. Stupid!!!

    Anything else? Well if you have any questions…just let me know! fashion_gal_156 @

  33. Old Trooper says:

    Thanks for your candor, MissTurner88, and on behalf of my gender, I apologize for this waste of oxygen. If you ever cross paths with him, again, let us know his whereabouts.

  34. Hater of guys who scam girsl says:

    Watch out ladies……he is a very good scammer. He will play the sick and dieing card on you. He will claim to work at Activation and show up at your house in a business suit. He will claim to be a Physicians Assistant and show up in scrubs. Whatever poor girl he has conned out of using there vehicle is the vehicle he will be driving. He will claim to vehicle to be his……..that’s just the way he roles. He will claim to have a big inheritance coming…….there is so much more if anyone cares to listen……..Now he’s back to writing back checks again.

  35. Seekthetruth says:

    Look what he is up to now:!/Salem_D_XXX

    And this poor girl although is his new sugar mommy:!/Salem_D_XXX

  36. Seekthetruth says:

    This poor girl:

  37. Seekthetruth says:

    Guess Mr. Salem_D_XXX caught got tipped off and is ashamed of his claim to fame. This is what it dis say on his twitter profile: Sign up for Twitter to follow Salem D (@Salem_D_XXX). Porn star, romantic, and musician. Friends, music and good times is what makes a good life. And throw in an Xbox and a Hookah to make it perfect

  38. Daniel says:

    Was researching the Stolen Valor act and came across this. While it was
    a piece of news, it’s turned into a bunch of bitching disgruntled ex girlfriends. Stupid.

  39. Jonn Lilyea says:


    Hell hath no fury….

  40. mike_devildog says:

    Nice salute!..Guess he broke his wrist masturbating to donkey porn!

  41. Duke Bastard says:

    This asshole is scum, but damn he must be one good Romeo. Where the hell do I sign up to get a cute little porn slut to pay my bills??

    Hey young rich 18 year old whore…you ever need a replacement…I’m a CIA agent and race in NASCAR!

  42. Bill says:

    His name is an anagram or shamed SEAL nerd.

  43. Richard Mander says:

    When you google Dan Lee McGrew a mugshot of someone named Danny Lee McGrew that looks like it could be (alias)Salem Dresden real name Daniel Lee McGrew’s father.

  44. Duke Bastard says:

    It was probably junior who was molested. What an unfortunate life.

  45. Tiffany says:

    Where the fuck is his cover, Navy is always covered out doors, and never salutes without it.

  46. Ladiesbeware says:

    This man is a career con artist. He has not held down a regular job in over six years. His full time job is scamming and lying to people/women. Here is list of the lies he has told to me and to others and some of his best cons:
    – I’m dieing of cancer
    – I’m a bounty hunter (fake badge and all) that is why I am out at all hours of the night and sometimes don’t come
    – I am a Physicians Assistant and work 24 hour shifts(fake scrubs and all)
    – I am a Navy Seal and have traveled the world (Fake Uniform and School Appearances)
    -My job in the Navy was so top secret that they now have to deny that I was ever in the Navy in order to protect me. Don’t you think if these allegations were true true that I was never in the Navy I would have been arrested and put in Federal Prison!
    – I have a huge inheritance coming to me and gold bars stored in a private vault in LA
    – I am a race care driver and people pay me 10,000 to drive in car rally’s
    -I am a Professional Video game player and I can make $500 to $800 a week playing video games
    – I am well known in the car industry and if you help me finance a car I can fix it up take it to car shows and make you $1000 of dollars in magazine appearances and for winning car shows (Will even show you emails of offers to appear in magazines).
    -I am in the middle of opening a Internet Cafe and have several partners who have given me money already
    -I am part owner in the internet cafe Cybercafe on Topanga
    -My name is Sahlem Draesden/Salem Draesden his real name is Danny McGrew Jr.
    -I work for Activision
    -I am a Porn Star
    -I’ll change for you
    – I love you
    – I’ll be faithful to you all these other girls are just my friends.
    -I owned a house in Porter Ranch but had to sell it because my x-girlfriend ran up my credit cards while I was on deployment
    -I had 40k in the bank but had to bail out my roommate Anthony for a drug charge I am waiting for him to pay me back.
    -I have a storage unit of very expensive furniture and paintings.

    If this man has lied to you post below.

  47. me says:

    If you are a dancer please be careful if you meet this guy. I met him at one of the clubs I dance at and he flashed around wads of money and told me everything a girl wants to hear. He bought me gifts and took me out to very nice places. We have never even slept together yet he professed his love to me. My car is on it’s last legs and he said he wanted to help me and buy me a new car. He even took me to car dealerships to test drive vehicles. Weeks have gone by and still no car, then he starts asking me questions about my personal finances and my credit. He has also been spending time with several other dancers. Don’t know what he is telling them but this guy is trouble.

  48. Lacey says:

    He’s been hanging around Rouge Van Nuys lately. Be smart and avoid him. He loves to profess his undying love in the first 2 weeks, which should just be an obvious sign something’s not right.

  49. JWB-Swimmer says:

    I love the silver ‘Budweiser”…and the limp wristed salute…but I have to say, I knew a “portly” SEAL…we called him Jelly Roll LOL! But that guy was definitely an anomaly.

  50. Youre Wrong says:

    Ladiesbeware is a liar… she is making all this stuff up because she is jealous that they are not together any more. she used to be a porn star gone home to mommy and daddy and has nothing better to do but ruin this guys life. I have known him for years… everything she says is a lie…. if you want to know the truth, you are listening to the wrong CRAZY PHSYCO person!