David Hack and the accidental uniform discharge

| July 19, 2012

Mary at POW Network sent us a link to her page about David Hack, a genuine Vietnam veteran who went into the uniform business, his business is called US Wings. He used to sell a shirt that was “Set up just like Sgt. Hack wore it in Vietnam”. I know because I saw it a few years back before I thought that any of you dickweeds were interested in Stolen Valor issues. But Mary describes the shirt;

The Shirt has a 1st BN Scroll over a Ft. Benning “Follow Me” patch on the left sleeve and a 1st Infantry Division Patch with a RANGER TAB over it on the right shoulder. He claims that he “was with the 1st Bat. at Fort Benning GA. 1964-1966 was with the Army Ranger Camp Back and forward field five and field seven Eglin AFB FL”.

Yeah, his whole spiel was based on the fact that he was in the 1st Ranger Battalion in 1964, but the Ranger Battalions didn’t exist for another ten years and Ranger companies, per se weren’t formed until 1969. But, here’s where he got that Ranger stuff from;

He drove a landing craft in support of the Ranger Camp at Eglin AFB. That was his MOS. He claims he was just waiting for a slot in Ranger School, but I’m pretty sure the Army didn’t need Ranger-qualified landing craft drivers. He came into the Army from the Coast Guard and skipped Basic and AIT because, guess what…he was already trained to drive landing crafts. And when he left Eglin and PCS’d to Newfoundland, he drove landing craft.

He did go to Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart, but he wasn’t a Ranger, he was a career counselor…I’m pretty sure it was a dangerous job, trying to convince grunts in the 1st Division to reenlist while they were in Vietnam, but not Ranger dangerous.

He had this picture on his website to sell uniforms;

I know it’s a little blurry, but you can make out the CIB and the black beret. Here’s what the Army says he earned. there seems to be more on the uniform than what is in his records;

Well, he explains how that picture happened, and, of course, it’s not his fault. I think it says he was walking along, tripped and fell into the uniform and someone snapped a picture before he could take it off, or something;

You can’t see it, but he also fell into a pair of bloused jump boots and that beret. He sells uniforms and decorations, but he had to borrow one from someone who selfishly left their awards on it?

Ok, this is an old story, but it comes to life like the serial killer who won’t die, because someone sent a .pdf file to Mary to “prove” that Hack isn’t lying, and it really doesn’t prove anything. They have useless medical records written by people who spell Eglin AFB “Eagland” which somehow proves a Purple Heart, but I’m pretty sure that no one has qualified for a Purple Heart near Eglin since Andrew Jackson was a general. And I’m pretty sure that everyone, even doctors, know it’s Eglin.

It includes a reenlistment document for his “present duty assignment” when he was in the 1st Ranger Company, 1st Student Battalion, The School Brigade and that’s supposed to prove he’s a Ranger, but it only proves that he was a support wienie at Ranger School. It also includes his DA 873 record of his Secret security clearance for some reason. I had a Secret clearance when I was an E-2, so i don’t know what that’s supposed to prove. but I’m not posting any of it because it’s shot through with his social security number and I’m not going to be blamed for inadvertently posting his PII.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Sustainer says:

    Green Beret…Special Battalion………Ranger…..Agent Orange unit….

  2. Beretverde says:

    If I drove an Space Shuttle pilot around Cape Canaveral, does that make me an astronaut? Another qualification by association.

  3. teddy996 says:

    Wait a second… This guy is a fake! Dullass said HE was the first guy to wear a black beret, and that was in 1973 or something.

  4. Devtun says:

    Ken Aden got dropped from Special Forces training, but at least he was in the SF pipeline. Sounds like thats close enough to don the green beret and claim SF – an “A” for effort.

  5. Tiger5 says:

    And maybe it’s just me, but the backdrop of that photo sure doesn’t look like it’s from his “family room” and I sure don’t see any kids in it with him. If you’re gonna make up another story, at least make it consistent with your first lie. They oughtta teach that in Poser 101….

  6. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    What self respecting warrior would ever wear the uniform or awards of another? Not me or anyone I know!

  7. UpNorth says:

    Man, the brackets for this year’s SVA are still up and we have two poseurs already in the pipeline for next year’s tourney. Way to go, guys.
    And, this site has an interesting article about Hack. http://www.ohio.com/news/local/hudson-mayoral-candidate-answers-military-status-questions-with-lawsuit-1.240786

  8. Hack Stone says:

    What kind of dipwad has a name like David Hack? And he names his auto the Hackmobile? Who is he, Bruce Fuckin’ Wayne? He must be seriously f’ed up with a name like Hack.

    Hack Stone

  9. Hack Stone says:

    For those that want a story on a real American hero named Hack, check this out.


  10. NHSparky says:

    Yeah, there’s a “discharge” involved here, alright….

  11. Green Thumb says:

    Halloween costume…good one.

    That is the same excuse Albert John used among others.

    This dude is a turd.

  12. Savy says:

    He has a music video too!

    Socnet.com has info on him since 2003

  13. RS says:

    at first I was like this can’t be David Hackworth….

  14. A Proud Infidel says:

    Like Eddy Murphy’s character in the movie “Trading Places”, “YEAH, I was in Special Forces,… Unit Battalion,… very hush-hush, AGENT ORANGE was my code name,……”

  15. Twist says:

    Hey, I once fell into a uniform with 27 MOH on it. Heck, I once walked onto an open range so that makes me a Ranger, right?

  16. Twist says:

    @11, When I was younger and had some sauce in me I went to a private Halloween party wearing my class A jacket with no ribbons, pt shorts, and a light coating of clp. Not my most shining moment. Looking back at some of the things I did, sometimes I think you should not be able to drink alcohol until you are at least 30.

  17. USMCE8Ret says:

    Say… I know a Ranger. Does that mean I’m one, too?

  18. Green Thumb says:


    Hear you.

  19. O-4E says:

    “I borrowed a uniform from a friend for the occasion”

    Heck I do that for all of my DA photos…haven’t owned a dress uniform in years. Much easier to borrow one.


  20. Full Bore says:

    It’s all a misunderstanding of the facts. Honest!