Michael Joseph Gerold; Phony & Grifter

| January 31, 2013 | 107 Comments

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Anthony has done all of the hard work on this case of Michael Joseph Gerold, a former California Reserve Army Civil Affairs Captain who, by all accounts should have been awarded some of the medals he wore, but he never went through the process to rectify that – he just pinned them on;

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The Army conducted a 15-6 investigation on Gerold in regards to his violation of article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice – conduct unbecoming an officer. The investigating officer wrote;

Gerold 15-6 awards

The reviewing authority agreed;

Gerold 15-6 legal review

In the meantime, before the 15-6 investigation began, Gerold started American Legion Post 911 in San Francisco which lasted over a year until the American Legion discovered that he was looting their treasury mostly to his own benefit in the Legion organization, so they shut down his post and ran him off.

The City of San Francisco even investigated Gerold for ripping the funds which they donated to the Legion post – and Gerold wouldn’t give up his financial records to anyone, neither the City’s veterans office or the Legion, so you know that stuff wasn’t right.

Among the charges that stuck to him with the American Legion was the fact that he wore a Bronze Star, a Combat Action Badge and a Purple Heart that he wasn’t authorized. Here is his DD214;

Gerold DD214

Tony has started a petition to get Gerold recalled to active duty so the Army can court martial him. I don’t know how he slipped away between the 15-6 and his court martial – maybe some some of you JAG officers know.

Despite the preponderance of evidence against Gerold, he still has some tenacious supporters, and as we’ve witnessed here countless times, that’s pretty common among true sociopaths who are so slick they can convince you that your eyes are lying to you. Luckily, I’m impervious to that stuff – it’s my super power.

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  1. Random Encounters says:

    The man is a pathological liar and a thief, though he plays the victim well. Steer clear of him and any business or person he is associated with! He preys on kind people who don’t know the truth about his past and tries to muddy the water when people do confront him – blaming others for making up stories about him and “attacking him.”

  2. Here’s a link to the Rotary Club of San Jose club bulletin for November 6, 2009. Copy the URL into your browser window if the link doesn’t work.


    Michael Gerold’s falsified background is clearly described on the front page. He claims to have completed Air Assault school, the JFK Special Warfare Center’s Anti Terrorism Course, and nine other JFK Special Warfare Center courses. Read his DD214 above. These courses are not listed anywhere on that form. The investigating officer specifically mentioned there was no evidence Michael completed Air Assault school.

    I have downloaded and saved a copy of this bulletin for my archives. It will come in handy at Michael’s eventual court appointment. Produce your course completion certificates, Michael, or shut up about Special Operations.

  3. Hi Michael says:

    not sure why this review of Intelluce is flagged….seems like a valid review to me


  4. An investor says:

    Here’s a link to a real estate transaction for “Michael J Gerold (Family Trust)” . . .


    Michael, please tell us all why Charles and Adriana (your parents) moved the same properties between multiple family-controlled entities . . .



    If you were really involved in the family real estate business, then you would know the details, wouldn’t you? It sure must be nice to have a family trust with your name on it.

  5. No gifts for Legion Post 911 says:

    Oh great, Michael Gerold’s Legion Post 911 has a Giftly account: http://www.giftly.com/gift-card/american-legion-post-911-san-francisco

    This makes it easy for Post 911 to claim people are giving it “gifts” while they get NOTHING in return. Mick Gerold thus gets more money to spend. This post’s donors need to take a serious look at Mickey Gerold and tell us all what they saw him do with money.

  6. Sounds about right says:

    I’m doing research for a presentation about Stolen Valor and did not expect to come across this page. This dude was my OIC when I was in Afghanistan… that is until he got booted out of the country.
    While I can’t confirm a lot of what has been said here, none of it surprises me.

    Be careful with this one. As several have said he’s smart and manipulative. He’s also a vindictive asshole and holds grudges a long time. This wouldn’t be a problem except for his network of “yes-men” who don’t question him at all.

  7. Hello, “Sounds about right” commenter. I would like to hear more about your experiences in Afghanistan with Michael Gerold. Please contact me at tonyalfidi@msn.com at your convenience. You may have information that will be helpful in Michael’s eventual prosecution.

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