Greg and TSO send us links to an article about Robert Anthony Nolan who was arrested and sentenced back in 2002 for lying to federal investigators about being a SEAL. He promised that he was going to behave himself, but apparently he can’t. The siren’s song of the phony SEAL is just too hard to resist, I suppose;
Nolan, 49, told bewitching tales of his SEAL exploits, [Curt] Ruggles said. “It was a real elaborate story – very, very believable. I’m not a gullible guy, but he nailed me good.
“He wove a very intricate web, with a lot of character development. It was like a novel.”
Nolan often spoke of friends in high places, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whom he referred to as a surrogate father, Ruggles said.
Another name he dropped repeatedly, Ruggles said, was that of retired Rear Adm. Tom Steffens, a former SEAL in Virginia Beach who spent decades in leadership positions in naval special operations.
I guess it’s a whole lot easier to make shit up than to actually go through all of the bullshit to actually be a SEAL.
After learning of Ruggles’ accusation, Nolan took a polygraph exam that indicated he was telling the truth when he denied posing as a SEAL. The polygraph examiner, David Goldberg, said he is convinced of Nolan’s veracity.
Nolan, once named Sailor of the Year on the carrier America, received a less-than-honorable discharge from the Navy in June 1992 after going AWOL for 53 days, court records said.
But, he was never a SEAL.