Last August, this creepy looking turd was at a Reenactment Day in Conneaut, Ohio when someone took this picture;
When our buddy Dave found the picture, the beret flash over the wrong eye and the camouflage ascot jumped out at him. The fellow in the picture, Devon Lauffer was claiming service in Army Special Forces and the Air Force. You can tell he’s a killer because he’s wearing those Vietnam jungle boots, the footwear of deadly men. And then there’s the old OD jungle fatigues which certainly identify the silent stalker. And I love the CIB, no one would wear that unless they earned it, right? Well, except everyone. And he ran out of room on the left side and had to put his Air Assault wings over his right pocket.
Well, when I went searching for him on the internet, I found out he’s only 53 years old – four years younger than me and I’m a year too young for Vietnam service (I was 17 the year the last combat troops were withdrawn). So Hondo did the application for a FOIA for us and they actually sent us too much information on him. Here’s the summary from the National Personnel Records Center;
He served from 1976 until 1999, entirely in the Air Force Reserve and he zoomed up through the ranks to E-5. I think I know why. He apparently served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. But I don’t see a Bronze Star like he’s wearing in the photo above, or this one from his LinkedIn profile;
Here’s his DD214;
A perfectly honorable career spoiled by an ego bigger than his accomplishments. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’d let him around any of my farm animals, he just has that look about him.