AverageNCO sends us a slew of links to this smoldering turd by the name of David Groves of Utah who although POW Network outed him in 2005, he’s still playing the part of a POW who escaped from the Vietnamese after six months of imprisonment. The problem is that he didn’t enlist until November 1973, according to his records. Since by November 1973, the combat troops had left Vietnam, that’s hardly possible. Here’s an article from the Salt Lake Tribune;
One of the three Vietnam POWs honored Friday, Dave Groves, of West Jordan, was a Green Beret in the Army’s 5th Special Forces when his unit was ambushed while on patrol. He was the only survivor, shot in his upper leg and captured by the North Vietnamese.
He spent six months in a prison camp before he and other American servicemen escaped. “We lived in the jungle for two weeks. We ate off the land,” Groves recalled Friday.
Eventually, they came across a Marine patrol and were rescued. Groves, who had grown up in Santa Fe, N.M., served four more years in the Army before returning to civilian life. He later moved to Utah and worked many years for the West Jordan street department.
His idiot story will live on after he’s gone (which can’t come soon enough) as a local “Veterans Day Honoree” by the University of Utah;
David Groves enlisted in the Army in 1962 and joined the paratroopers. He volunteered to serve with the Army’s 5th Special Forces Group, one of first Green Beret units in Vietnam. Groves fought the Viet Cong in frequent close-quarter engagements. During his second tour in Vietnam, he was wounded in a VC ambush and captured . He was starved and tortured for six months until eluding his guards and hiding in the jungle for two weeks. He was finally able to contact U.S. Marines and reunited with U.S. forces. Groves is the recipient of three Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars and two Crosses of Gallantry.
And the local TV station uses this photo of Groves in the introduction to their report on a gathering of POWs;
Yeah, they could have used the clean-cut actual POWs who were there, but they’d rather have a scruffy-looking stereotypical Vietnam Veteran. Except that he never served in Vietnam, let alone got captured and escaped. Here’s the list of people that DoD says were captured by the Vietnamese and subsequently escaped;
Not even close.
Here’s the goofball in his phony finery;
Grungy POS at a ceremony honoring POWs and he can’t wear better clothes than this?
This one needs a pitchfork brigade. Light your torches, folks. The Trib story was written by Kristen Moulton (firstname.lastname@example.org). The KSL5 story was written by Jed Boal (email@example.com) and he also crossposted it at Deseret News.