Tim Poe: America’s Got Stolen Valor?

| June 5, 2012

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UPDATE x4: The audio interview with Tim Poe is up, it starts around 110 or so. Also more media coverage about this at Fox.

“I had volunteered for a team to go out and clear buildings and help out with the wounded,” Poe said during a taped interview on the show. “There was a guy who come up with a rocket-propelled grenade. I saw it coming down, and by the time I turned and went to jump on top of my guys, I yelled `grenade’ and the blast had hit me.”

It seems that Yahoo is reporting it as well.

NBC had no comment on the story, but if proven true, these accusations could turn a feel-good story into a serious scandal for the network. At the very least, it sounds as if someone at NBC didn’t do their homework before broadcasting Poe’s story into millions of homes. Poe got three “yes” votes from the judges and will presumably continue on in the competition; we’ll have to see how “Talent” addresses these very serious allegations in the weeks to come.

UPDATE x3: It seems that America Got Talent has finally responded about his military background. Thanks Chris for the link.

Got a second link to the America Got Talent about a ex-wife that talks about his past. Thank you to Parachute Cutie for the link.

UPDATE x2: I just spoke with a Major at the MN National Guard PAO who confirmed this press release. If he did all this heroic type crap, it wasn’t with this unit anyway, and he was assigned to the National Guard during the time he is claiming. So, unless he served in 2 units AT THE SAME TIME, this guy is full of crap. (cue Doggy Dog and his apology to me now.)

UPDATE: Insert Ace of Spades glowing skull here….

From a commenter, I have not verified yet, but this matches the other info leaked to me:


~~ Attributable to Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard ~~

Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from Dec. 3, 2002 until May 26, 2011, and performed as a supply specialist.

His military records indicate that he served with the Minnesota National Guard in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007 until July 15, 2008, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 28, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2009.

Sgt. Poe’s official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat.

Have emailed the LTC, will update when confirmed. (The LTC emailed me back and gave me a second confirmation on this press release.)

Original post:

According to this cat, he got hit by an RPG which led to TBI and a stuttering issue….

That same thing happened to me, or just about the same. I got hit with an RPG, but I was quick enough to catch it in my teeth, and though it exploded, all it gave me was an aching priapism. But, I spit out the remains of that RPG thing and yelled at the dude that shot me, “Oh man, you done screwed a Royal goat now!” And I called on teh power of Greyskull and Odin to help me. They were both busy, but Odin sent the Valykries who picked me up, one under wach arm, and a third carrying my prodigous member, and they flew me around the battlefield to smite mine enemies with major smitage. Then I cut off all their earlobes and made a really cool lampshade.

And, according to a host of folks showing up all over the ‘net today, my story is apparently just as factually based as this numbnuts…

Ole Poe here has one defender..

Benjamin A Beers
Really people don’t you think the show would do there research before televising his addition as well as the network. The net work dose full on back grounds on the contestant and there stories before the show even comes out let alone be put on air and I’m sure if your story was true about Tim Poe the US Military would of already came out to say he lying after all these addition were over a month ago. I do respect and support are troops but this just seems like bullying to me.

Um, no. I doubt they do any research at all. How many times has there been a contestant that appeared on some dopey reality TV show and then weeks later they have to boot them for porn or a criminal record? This publicity will only make more people tune in.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare this one busted. I have a friend who met this guy and said s/he suspected Poe was full of shite from minute 1. Either that gut instinct was right, or someone went through a lot of effort to invent people in the 114th transportation company and their Facebook pages.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’m heading out with my Valykrie friends for some BBQ and Mead in Valhalla.

UPDATE: ok, so now we have like 15 gazillion people coming from Facebook, so since the vast bulk are new to TAH, better explain some back story….

1) I have a source on this I trust implictely.
2) there are 15 names of folks from his unit that are on the Facebook page. I suppose it is possible they are all plants, but that would be one hell of an effort, since I went to each individual Facebook page, and they were all started WELL before yesterday.
3) I have documentation showing his claims of having a Bronze Star and a purple heart. Other folks are emailing and PMing me that these are not accurate.

Is this guy’s story real? I wasn’t with him, but gun to the head and Occum’s Razor suggest no. In order for his story to be real, there is a serious effort afoot to malign him. Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely, no.

This stuff happens to us all the time. See for example Sergeant Major Mailahn who was the “youngest Marine Corps sergeant major in history.” We outted him, he threatened legal action, and months later admitted he was full of crap.

Would I like more info on this guy? Absolutely. For some reason all the principals have gone silent on this. I am told it is because the command of that unit told them to shut up for now as they work on a press release. I’d feel better with that press release, but go to the link I put in above. Come to your own conclusion, I’m just some dopey dude blogging. You have access to the folks saying he was lying, and his video. Assess for yourselves what you think.

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  1. theguy11 says:

    This is what Tim Poe’s Mom posted on Defenders of Freedom – Is she telling the truth about her service?

    Jean Krause – I feel all of you need to grow up. I probably have see more incoming than any of you, because I spent almost 3 years over there between Iraq and Afghanistan. I was there before the surge ever took place, so why are all of you wining over what all of you wished you could tell? . I firmly believe the purpose of him going on the air was to bring light to the “Wounded Warriors” that there is life after war even if you are missing limbs,etc… Yes, his girl pushed him into going, but “War Story isn’t what got him on, it was his voice. Instead of all of you looking at it being a bad thing, you should have turn the volume up for the other Vets coming home and used it to your advantage.

  2. OEF_Veteran says:


    Jean Krause is full of sheeit. He made his claims to get the sympathy vote from both the judges and the people who watched the show. I see now that he is going to be blaming his fiance’ for “pushing” him into doing this. Gee golly Wally that sure shows who wears the pants in that relationship. He did this with the intent to KNOWINGLY lie to both AGT and the people who were in the audience and those watching. Jean Krause is smoking some seriously whacked out peyote if she thinks she can convince ANYONE that he did this to show the other wounded warriors that you can have a life after your injury. How can he make that claim when he is lying to people who could be helping the truly wounded warriors instead of this lying douchenozzle?

  3. Hondo says:

    theguy11, OEF_Veteran: the lady apparently made a few posts above as “KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE YOU SPEAK”. In those comments, IMO she came a cross as a deluded ditz too close to the situation to be objective. At least.

    And I’m not sure I buy her story above about her time in Central/SW Asia, either. Afghanistan, Camp Liberty, and Mosul – back-to-back-to-back? Really?

    Not saying she’s lying – but I’ll have to see more to buy that.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    News flash! Listen up!

    Timmy “Pinhead” Poe will NOT, repeat NOT, be appearing on any further AGT episodes. Couldn’t pass muster on his second audition. I recognized him by his hat. He got about two seconds of TV coverage.

    That should put an end to his claptrap nonsense.

  5. ScalpelShepherd says:

    Thanks Ex-PH2 for the update. I saw him and started watching AGT. I’m done watching if it was only 2 seconds. I was really hoping that he would confess on live tv, but whatever…Shitbrick’s done.

  6. Joe Williams says:

    Damn, I hoping to see him BOOED off stage on national TV.

  7. E6 type,1ea says:

    If this guy got wounded from a grenade, I would say there is a 1% chance it was an RPG and a 99% chance it was an M-67.

  8. Do Dah...Do Dah says:

    This ass clown was even alligatoring the tears for the reporter on his come out day. He’s lying like a politician. When you leave Landstuhl (LRMC) you have more paperwork than baggage and an undeniable and escorted mission to a stateside medical facility. Then when you reach the Airforce CASEVAC final processing center in Ramstein- they treat you like you are asking to use their personal vehicle for a trip to the Embassy in Kabul. So, I know he’d fucking remember that. Then he’d remember the ride on the C17 MEDEVAC with the real wounded warriors blown all to hell with faces the size of basketballs and black pepper flakes setting in for life- and the weeping bandages from burns being tended to by people who really cared. And he’d fucking remember the Mothers and Fathers riding on those planes with their son or daughter lying on a stretcher stacked two and three high lengthwise in rows. This lying Porta john licker would also remember the soulless look in the eyes of the medical staff stationed at each stretcher wondering if they’d ever see the end of the madness. This motherfucker needs to have every VA benefit that was gained outside the ones that can be documented 100% taken away and all monies repaid….then he needs to walk bare-footed to a wounded Warrior center in another state….anywhere.. and throw himself at the foot of a 19 year-old real life Warrior’s feet and beg forgiveness for taking away a piece of his honor. Fucking mother fucker.

  9. Green Thumb says:


    Roger that.