Nations stole his father’s valor

| September 13, 2012

We first discussed Grady Wayne Nations back in June, and today the Navy Times updates the story in a link sent to us by Kevin. Unfortunately, it’s behind a pay wall.

The younger Nations, now 43 and a first class aviation ordnanceman in the Navy Reserve, was convicted Aug. 28 by a court-martial of seven officers for unlawfully wearing his father’s medal. He also was found guilty of making false official statements — he somehow managed to work his father’s medal citation into his personnel record.

So I guess that’s how the citation had signatures on it from officers who served in the 60s.

Nations will receive no jail time for his fakery, which included donning the medal during funerals and wearing the ribbon daily. He will be reduced in rank to E-1 and dishonorably discharged, at which point he will forfeit all pay and allowances.

“We have a responsibility to ensure our sailors uphold the highest standards, and to hold them accountable when they fail to do so,” said Cmdr. Alvin “Flex” Plexico, spokesman for Navy Recruiting Command.

Yeah, and they also uncovered some other criminals at that particular recruiting unit;

The fallout from his conviction has left the future of Cmdr. Sheryl Tannahill, commanding officer of Navy Operational Support Center Nashville, Tenn., in doubt.

Her testimony under oath revealed her relationship with Nations may have been unduly familiar and violated the Navy’s fraternization standards. Nations was working under Tannahill’s command while serving as a recruiter assigned to Navy Recruiting District Nashville.

Tannahill is under investigation for her relationship with Nations, confirmed Cmdr. Tom Cotton, spokesman for Navy Reserve Forces Command. Capt. George Whitbred, head of Navy Region Midwest Reserve Component Command, initiated the investigation after the Nations trial.

An O-6 has been assigned to lead the investigation, Cotton said.

And, apparently, even people who know better fall for the “it’s classified” lie;

It was in 2011 that [Lt. Cmdr. Johnny Kelly] first noticed Nations wearing a DFC ribbon.

“He said he got it on active duty while serving with the Air Force, but that it was classified, and he couldn’t talk about it,” Kelly told Navy Times. “Seems the classified excuse is used a lot by people faking awards. But at the time I let it go — but it never sat well with me.”

Nations also discussed the award with Cmdr. Matthew Grahl, the former NOSC Nashville CO, according to the investigation.

“I asked [Nations] how he earned the award,” Grahl reportedly said. “He replied with a cryptic answer of something he did during [Operation] Desert Storm as part of VRC-40 with some SEALs. Seemed odd to me, as I was in VRC-40 from 1996 to 1999, and any work we did with the SEALs was purely training para-drops and we weren’t trained in any of the operational aspects of a SEAL insertion.”

Despite his reservations, Grahl testified at the trial that he had no reason to doubt Nations because of his stellar performance record.

So those of you who tried to defend Nations in the first discussion, I don’t think this is the outcome you were telling us to wait for.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. USMCE8Ret says:

    @50 – I think you’re right. Reductions in rank, forfeitures, etc. are usually automatic unless there is a pre-trial agreement to stave off punitive monetary reductions in pay (so the member can take care of family, if married, that is). The D/D usually comes later, once it goes through the final appeal process. Chances are, this person was assigned to appellate leave awaiting final decision on his D/D. Then he’s done altogether.


  2. NHSparky says:

    While I’m not a JAG, I can’t think of a single case where a court-martial sentence has been altered a whole lot, especially dropping a D/D.

    There might be some time involved getting the paperwork processed, but for all intents and purposes, this clown was done the day he was found guilty.

  3. USMCE8Ret says:

    If my mind serves me correctly, D/D’s are almost always upheld. I’ve never heard of a case where it wasn’t. Just pointing out that from my experience, there was usually a length of time after the post-trial process for final decision, but maybe things have changed since I was around.

  4. Anonymous says:


  5. NHSparky says:

    Not yet, but if he’s like the rest of the dregs of the phonies/poseurs, we’ll be sure to let you know when he or she does.

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    @46. Jep. Sorry that I did not see your scrawl earlier. What entitlement you have to address someone is not always a matter of legalisms or rights, though neither applies here, by the way. There are other qualifications, such as whether in addressing someone, the writer is worthy of doing so. This is something that is usually learned through a proper upbringing and is most glaringly illustrated by the Westboro gang. They may be legally entitled to protest a military funeral but most of us believe fervently that should not. Similarly, you may be entitled, technically, to address a Gold Star Mother but you are unworthy to do so and, if you had any sense of decency at all, you would not. Is that clear or should I restate it for you in other words?

  7. OWB says:

    Good explanation, AC, but jep is apparently part of a generation which has a fractured concept of earned vs unearned claims.

    This soap opera is simply boring. What is jep anyway – girlfriend # 3, 12, 186? Not interested in trying to keep up with it.

    Meanwhile, good for this clown getting what he earned. A DD is exactly what he worked to achieve. It was a choice he made, with appropriate consequences.

  8. Hondo says:

    jep: what in the hell is a “few country”?

    Let me try to explain this in terms you’ll understand, since you just don’t seem to “get it”. For your benefit, I’ll try to keep it simple and use short words when possible.

    1. Nations may have been good C-A-C-O. That not matter.
    2. Nations liar. He thief.
    3. Nations steal from own family. He steal own dad’s D-F-C.
    4. Nations lie. He claim D-F-C his. It not his.
    5. Nations get caught.
    6. Navy (and rest of military) think this one of worst things Nations could do.
    7. Navy try him.
    8. Navy find him guilty.
    9. Navy throw his ass out with D-D. Him lucky not to get time.

    In short: it doesn’t matter how good a sailor Nations’ allegedly was. He did something that is considered a cardinal sin in the military. And he stole from his own family to do that.

    He got caught, tried, and convicted. He got thrown out on his ass.

    He fully deserved it.

    Take off the rose-colored glasses, lass. Your “baby daddy” is a lying fraud. No amount of spin will change that fact.

  9. Jep says:

    @47. Green Thumb. I never said that I new anything about Gold Stars family.
    I simply said that what she posted was incorrect. Not sure why you are
    so pissed. Calling me a bitch!!! LOL!!!

    @54 Anonymous. Yes this is Grady’s girlfriend. Not sure what your trying to
    imply, I have not sent any nasty or threatening messages. Simply responded
    to bs that was posted!

  10. OWB says:

    But do you old anything about them?

    (All of us make the stray mistake with a word here and there, but to consistently misuse/abuse the language makes us guess what you are saying. When the spelling, syntax, et al are nonsensical, the result is a good probability that we will interpret incorrectly.)

    We communicate mostly in English around here. So, either you just don’t want us to understand what you are saying because you are a troll or you are too lazy to learn how to properly use the language.


  11. Green Thumb says:


    You are so far off base that you are in danger of being tagged out.

    Also, what about the affair?

    Unprofessional, at best.

    Guess it is the Officer’s fault?

  12. Anonymous says:


  13. Anonymous says:


  14. Anonymous says:


  15. Jep says:

    @ Green Thumb,
    First there was no affair, believe what you want.
    Second, in danger of being tagged out…Really!
    Amazes me how some people think they can say what ever
    they want but lord forbid if someone responds. Like I said to
    anonymous… I simply responded to a post that was incorrect and its
    amazes me how my response has pissed you and others off. Oh well
    this is a free country and just like you, I can post and say
    what I think.

    Oh and to Anonymous, I can make comments just like you.
    Say what ever you want. Your right
    things can come back and bite you in the ass, maybe you
    should remember that too!

  16. Green Thumb says:


    Your a turd.

    Or are you the other woman?

  17. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Yes, GT, she’s a member of the Grady Munch Bunch.

  18. Crystal Clear says:

    I happen to know a bit about Nations and this GF is she is who I believe she is. It’s crystal clear to me that she and Nations like to spend their private time on the davenport. She is a scrawny, mouthy, buck toothed wench who runs her mouth and has no respect for marriage yet she wonders why she can’t keep a man. She just destroys relationships and if she happens to have a kid so be it. BTW, she was on the “Honor” guard which I find rather ironic.

  19. Crysyal Clear says:

    In my previous post I meant to say I know a bit about Grady Nations and if the GF is who I think she is she was called the “duty booty.” I have first hand knowledge of this. My husband joined the Navy Reserves in Nashville and that was the beginning of the mysterious phone calls, special ring tones, phone on vibrate and secret text messages. This went on for well over a year. I happened to listen to his voice mail thinking it was a work message only to discover it was a female crying on the other end about losing their baby and she was at the ER. I recognized the voice. This woman would call me and act as if she had the wrong number. I finally got her name. Of course my now ex said he didn’t recognize the voice and then he did. Said she was crazy. I called her and she said she got tje wrong number…yeah right! Games, games, games…I have seen this person. I was stunned! Unbelievable what low standards some men have when they have a good thing at home. She did me a favor. My marraige ended with violence over this whole deal and for several years she would text me, call me, harass me. She took pleasure in telling me all the BS he said about me. None of it true. My ex is Grady Nation’s mini me. I can’t say for sure who is making the threats but I have gotten the and I have recorded them and downloaded the text messages. This female is part of Team Grady and she is evil. There is more to all of this but we all know these people will get what they deserve. BTW, i did reveal her identity in my previous post if you read between the lines…

  20. Anonymous2 says:

    Hey, does anyone know what happened to Nation’s partner in crime, LCDR Tannahill? I know she was fired, but never learned if they put her out of the Navy or whitewashed the scandal and let her put on 0-6. If they did, that would be criminal.

  21. Sail77 says:

    @69…you must be talking about the LS2 who was making her rounds among several sailors
    at Command. Then she set her sights on Nations, following him around like a dog in heat. Several people at command were talking about how she says Nations and her will end up together. Thats a joke, I know Nations and his GF Jennifer have been together for a long time and are still together. They were together when we were at other command. Some say she’s a bitch and crazy, if all the rumors are
    true then I can understand why she is the way people say. It’s all a soap opera, lets turn the

  22. GHOST says:


  23. Hondo says:

    Ghost: I think we got your message after the first time you posted it. I removed the other 3.

  24. WhoKnows says:

    @ Ghost
    You speak the truth! What a loser…

  25. Blaze24 says:

    @ Crystal Clear, his GF is a girl named Jennifer not who you
    are talking or thinking it is. @ Ghost and Who Knows, both of
    you new he had a GF and was living with her and their child.
    That’s what you get for being a bunch of dumb butts, thinking he
    would ever leave his family for one of you. If you both are who
    I think you are, you both were told so you can’t blame Nations. You
    only have yourself to blame.

  26. WhoKnows says:

    @75 – Nope, not who you think. I am not speaking from personal experience, only a witness to.

  27. Fly64 says:

    Seems to me that these postings went from what
    Nations was charged/convicted of to whom he is
    or isn’t screwing. Come on people who really cares
    if he is screwing several at a time. The last i knew Nations
    was not married.

  28. IMHO says:


    I believe you’re sadly mistaken…………several of US witnessed the completely inappropriate behavior that your “baby daddy” exhibited with the good CDR at the NOSC. He may have told you he was attending a funeral………but……..

  29. FC2 Dewclaw says:

    Jebus H Christmas on a cracker….

    Whisky Tango Foxtrot, over….

    Is Nation’s entire (former) naval reserve unit mental?!? It sounds like “As the Screw Turns” over there!!

    SMDH in utter amazement….

  30. TheCloser says:

    Hindsight is 20/20, but I think this guy was a good bet for the top eight in the Ballduster Tourney.

  31. KeyPINitReal says:

    Things sure have been quiet on here lately. Any new news about E-1 Nations? Oh, I know!, he’s married!!! September 28, 2013 What a loser. From what I’ve heard from a very reputable source, he was sackin his mistress one week before his “fake” wedding. He married because he thinks if his charge is lessened to a CDD he might be able to collect his money for life from the Navy! What?? “As the Screw Turns”

  32. KeyPINitReal says:

    Oh and to add to 81, what a POS to marry a man who screwed another woman a week before his wedding. She clearly is desperate! Yes, you Jennifer! How do you feel to be one of maaaaany women in the munch bunch? Fool!!

  33. JustSaying says:

    @81/82…Yes the so called rumor is true….Nations and his long time girlfriend (Jennifer) got married. Wasn’t a fake Wedding at all. I am a friend of them both and seen the pictures of the Wedding and there was nothing fake going on in those pictures. Nothing but love and happiness on their faces. I am glad to hear they finally got married. I must ask, honestly, why does it matter to you or anyone else, unless you were the fool chasing him or a friend of the fool who chased after him for years. If you are a friend, you need to blame yourself just as much as the one who longed after him. A good friend keeps it real. Jennifer isn’t the fool, it’s the girl that thought she was going to end up with Nations and spent years chasing after him even after she was told constantly by Jennifer and others that she was wasting her time. He also didn’t marry because of the BS regarding the Navy. Since you seem to know it all, I guess Nations sat down with you and gave you an interview as to why he married. Why don’t you and all your spineless friends grow up and move on with your life. Don’t you have better things to do than worry about Nations and Jennifer. If you got something to say to Jennifer, why not go to her face to face…hmmm…that’s because you and your friends are full of shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. NHSparky says:

    Here’s a crazy thought–how about he STAYS busted, his former CO STAYS relieved, and BOTH of their careers STAY in the shitter.

    I don’t care what happens now, cause this kind of shit don’t play in the civilian workplace, and it sure as shit don’t play in a military one.

  35. PintoNag says:

    @83 You’re not a big fan of reality, are you?

  36. JustSaying says:

    @85…Yes, I am all about reality and I know the reality. I have been around them both for years so I am fully aware of their reality better than you. The reality is Nations got married, as he the love of his life. I mean come on now…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that he and Jennifer were together. They lived together, they have a child together, etc. If Nations wanted to be with any one else, why didn’t he ever leave for them. The reason that didn’t happen was because he simply wasn’t with anyone other than his wife. I wish them both a long life of love and happiness. They both deserve it!!!!!!!!!!

  37. OWB says:

    And your little soap opera relates to stolen valor how exactly, JS???

  38. PintoNag says:

    @86 TAH hunts posers. It’s our experience, and the blog backs it up, that the dishonor found in posers bleeds over into every facet of their lives. We have dozens if not hundreds of “I knew him when I was married to him/dating him/living with him” stories. Only very rarely are they pleasant stories. Most of them relate a history of lies and in many cases, criminal activities. Now if you say these two are happy, and it’s real, that’s great. But we are cynical because we see far more of the other kind.

  39. JustSaying says:

    @87…I didn’t start this little soap opera. I would say that @81 did that. I simply was putting the facts out about the Nations Wedding.

    @88…Yes he and Jennifer are happy and moving on from the drama. It’s too bad that other’s can not do the same. Like I said, why does it matter to anyone that they got married.

  40. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @89 I don’t give a rat’s 4ss who gets married, I’m just not a big fan of liars…when you are a convicted liar (making false official statements) you are not exactly an honorable or reputable individual.

    I would caution the woman who married him that liars very seldom stop lying and suddenly become stone cold truth tellers for the rest of their lives….being dishonorably discharged means you are a person without honor, without character and without truth.

    Over the long term that seldom adds up to being a great father and a good husband….


  41. rb325th says:

    Someone give me back the last 10 minutes of my life I wasted on the drama fest…. I am with 90 on this. I could care less who was f’ing whom, who got married, and who got left in the dust, take your drama mama asses elsewhere.
    Anyone even defending this Honor Thief to begin with though, the man has no honor to defend. They do not give Dishonorable Discharges out all that often, and when they do it is for a damned good reason.

  42. JustSaying says:

    @90…you are entitle to your opinion, just as I am. I don’t care what the verdict was, I know he didn’t do it. I know this man and have for a very long time.

    Nations is a good man and an awesome father to his kids and I have always seen him treat his wife with respect and love. As for cautioning his wife, there is no reason to do that. She is a strong woman, she has loved this man for a long time and has always been by his side, as he has her. No matter what stones were thrown at her or them. After all they have been through and too still look at each other the way they do, stay together and get married is a testimony in itself.

    You will disagree and so will others but that is okay because you are entitle to your opinion. The bottom line is, you, me and others were not put on this earth to judge. The only judging that matters is from God.

    It amazes me that if someone gets on here and writes anything nice about Nations, boy they get hammered but if you are on the let’s slam Nations band wagon then that is okay. Why don’t everyone let it go, move on with your life and not worry about what they are doing.

  43. breeze77 says:

    @81…bet the so called mistress feels stupid!!! Serves her right!!! Wonder how she feels when she looks at herself in the mirror. Word of advice, stop being stupid.

    I would say that Jennifer probably feels wonderful, considering she said yes to marrying him!!! Way to go Grady and Jennifer!!! If you by chance read this nonsense, the two of you keep doing your thing and don’t pay any attention to the negativity of those that don’t have anything better to do. You keep your eyes on each other, that beautiful family of yours and God. That is all that matters. God Bless!!

    • Hondo says:

      Well, we seem to have a bit of sock puppetry going on today. Either that, or some individuals are sharing screen names and e-mail addresses while commenting from the same IP address.

      C’mon, folks – grow up. Use a consistent screen name. Sock puppetry is juvenile, and is usually kinda obvious as well.

  44. NHSparky says:

    I know he didn’t do it.

    Didn’t do what–forge an official document (DFC citation) and pass it off as his?

    Seems you’re going to fight a losing battle on that one, considering he was already found guilty of that offense and given the boot. And no, appeals for those kinds of separations and offenses don’t get overturned very often.

    Guys who would do that can pretty much automatically turn in their “good guy” card. Ditto guys that bang senior officers who aren’t their wives, etc.

    Shit like this poisons a command and destroys morale. I saw more than enough of it during my time in. No matter who bangs who for what reason, it’s fucked up. No matter who wears what they didn’t earn, it’s fucked up. He got hammered, HARD. So did his CO. Both rightly so.

    I challenge you to tell me otherwise.

  45. breeze77 says:

    @94 & 95… believe what you want, say what you want. It simply doesn’t change the fact that all this is old news and while all of you want to stay on this chapter…Nations has moved on to another chapter of life.

  46. Hondo says:

    breeze77 – or should I call you “JusySaying” instead? – that’s a bit hypocritical of you. Had you not reopened this thread today, no one else would have bothered to comment. In fact, it had received precisely 2 comments since mid-June before you opened your yap today. That’s not exactly “high visibility”.

    However, by commenting here repeatedly you’ve raised its profile significantly today. Good job – now even more people can learn about Nations’ falsehoods, deceit, and his Dishonorable Discharge from the Navy.

    Well done.

  47. breeze77 says:

    @97…I didn’t reopen…think you need to look again before you open your mouth..@ 81/82 opened it back up. As for commenting, we have a right if we want and if you don’t like it, get the hell off the page. You are just like all the other haters. You don’t like if someone comments on a positive note regarding Nations. Get the fuck over it. As for calling me JustSaying…you are wrong again. We are sitting here together and amused by the nonsense from you and others. Have a nice day.

  48. OIF '06-'07-'08 says:

    Well breeze77, Hondo is an admin for this site, and something tells me he ran an IP check on your post. Is it the same IP address as JustSaying? Hondo can delete your post and block you from posting here.

    As for us being “haters”, well Nations was wearing awards and decorations that he did NOT EARN ASSHOLE. So you get over it.

  49. OWB says:

    @ #98: Actually, idiot, you have no rights here other than what the owner of this site grants you. Which translates to YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS HERE!

    Meanwhile, whatever wet dream you are having is of your own doing, but for some reason you want it to be shared publicly. Disgusting.

    Now, will you at least answer the question I asked you this afternoon – what does any of your blathering have to do with stolen valor? Since soap operas are what you seem to want, you are on the wrong channel. No one here gives a flip about your tiny, little ego.

  50. Hondo says:

    breeze77/JustSaying/whateverthehellnameyou’reusing: suggest you check the dates on comments 81 and 82 above. Those two comments were made well over a week ago. Nobody had responded to them, and the thread had been quiet since – until you commented here today. Prior to your first comment today, they were also the only comments since mid-June. I believe I noted that fact above also.

    Yes, you indeed reopened this thread. It had been substantially silent since mid-June before you repeatedly opened your yap earlier today.

    Regardless I’d like to thank you again for helping give Nations’ dishonest and dishonorable behavior, his court-martial, and his Dishonorable Discharge from the Navy some additional visibility. Perhaps some who missed it the first time around will now see this, and learn what a dishonorable, lying ass Nations truly is. It’s not everyday you see someone try to steal valor from his own family.

    And you should sleep well – secure in knowing you helped make those facts known to a wider audience.