Kerkorian; Act of Stolen Valor

| July 1, 2013

Kevin sends us a link to the Chicago Tribune which says that they found someone who wrote a graduate paper based solely on the tall tales of Robert Kerkorian, the disgraced police chief of Waukegan, IL. It seems he told the grad student about harrowing SEAL reconnaissance into some unnamed country in the mid-1980s. From Stars & Stripes;

The paper’s subject said he was a SEAL in the mid-1980s when he, three other SEALs and an intelligence agent were dropped by helicopter onto foreign ground on a mission that nearly ended in disaster.

After leaving the helicopter, the group walked for two days toward their target, despite one of the SEALs having broken a bone in his foot, according to the paper. The group’s aerial and satellite reconnaissance had been dismal and the group learned upon reaching the target that it was heavily guarded, according to the paper.

Two team members were shot and wounded and had to be helped as the group retreated, the paper says. The squad escaped by stealing a truck and then a boat, according to the paper.

The paper concludes with a quote from its subject about whether he would again take the risks that come with being a Navy SEAL.

His answer, according to the paper, was, “Without a doubt.”

If the paper hadn’t been written in 1999, I would have accused Kerkorian of stealing the story line from the movie “Act of Valor”, you know, stealing a truck and then a boat. But, now this dude knows that his graduate work was based on complete lie – but there are victims of stolen valor and we should just move along.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. LebbenB says:

    I guess he got his Ph.D – Piled high, deeper in this case – in posing. What a loser.

  2. OldSargeUSAR says:

    Jerkorian needs to resign, or have his ass fired.

  3. beretverde says:

    I’m sure Paula Dean would love to trade places with this phony.

  4. Enigma4you says:

    Now he says he was discharged because he refused to discuss a non military family member on principle.

    Yet his principles failed him when it came time to tell the truth.

    Idle banter was in interview where he made up shit and of course was the hero.

    I think its time to tar and feather his ass then let the good people of Waukegan ride his Principled ass out on a rail. Sounds to me like is he ever was in the pipeline he was dropped due to Psych Eval.

  5. MrBill says:

    Certainly far from the worst case of SV, but harmless? Not really. He still doesn’t sound like a habitual liar about his service, but even if these are the only two occasions that’s still twice too many.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Geezo-pete, I knew sailors who could make up better stories than that.

    I’m beginning to think Kerkorian watched Ahnold in the movie “Commando” too many times.

  7. FatCircles0311 says:

    This guy’s stolen valor gets better and better each day.

  8. ItAllFades says:

    Crooked doesn’t begin to describe this phony.

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Both the mayor and the “Chief” should resign… but they are hoping it will go away, like most things that happen in the Chicago area…

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    I think Mark Pleasant said he wasn’t going to let it go away.

  11. Cacti35 says:

    I feel bad for the cops that work for this asshole! I once worked for a police chief that was both crooked and stupid. It was a miserable two years.

  12. Cacti35 says:

    This fool would get gutted-out if he was a witness or defendant in a civil suit. I have done many depositions and believe me, the lawyers go after any sign of weakness.

  13. Hondo says:

    Got thrown out due to a “principled refusal to discuss matters involving non-military family members that (he) deemed unrelated”, eh? Hmmmmm.

    Mid-1980s, Cold War, being considered for a position requiring a high-level security clearance, and he refused to answer questions he “deemed unrelated” regarding members of his family? Sounds to me like maybe the investigators doing his background investigation found a dirty relative or two and he tried to cover for them. Or maybe Enigma4you is right and the psychiatrists said “Um, no way in hell” after interviewing him.

    If so, IMO either would be a huge red flag regarding his suitability for LE employment as well. YMMV.

  14. Roger in Republic says:

    If I were a judge in Waukegan this lying jerkoff would never be allowed to testify in my court. The nitwit that got a masters degree from this piece of “Research” should be dragged back and stripped of his degree. A masters thesis is supposed to be original research. It must be fact checked and even a first hand witness report should be verified as much as possible with secondary sources. As my academic adviser said “An eyewitness account without corroboration is a SEA STORY. Why do you think the German bomber were surprised when they flew over England and found that the RAF still plenty of Spits and Hurricanes. German claims of having shot down the entire force.

  15. OWB says:

    Being allowed to simply resign is far too good for this clown. He has earned a whole lot more hurt than just walking out of his office with whatever he chooses to take with him to wherever he escapes with what is left of his dignity.

  16. B Woodman says:

    Leave that rotting corpse of his lies out and above ground for all to see and smell. DON’T let it be buried. Let Kerkorian suffer four ways for his falsehoods: long, deep, hard & often.

  17. A Proud Infidel & Patriot says:

    They both sound like typical Chicago-area politicians. Every time I read about human trash like that, it makes me happy to live here in the Southeast. I know that nowhere is immune to pukes like that in government, but it seems to happen less around my neck of the woods.

  18. NHSparky says:

    Pretty fucking sad that most of the boots at NTC have more time than he does. And more honor.

  19. Green Thumb says:


  20. USMCE8Ret says:

    What the fuck?!

    With any luck, this country will start to turn back in the direction when accountability for one’s actions and integrity were important – then these two may eventually just go away.

  21. ChipNASA says:

    @ Cool Hand….
    MF-ing WIN!!!!!!!!

    M-F-ING WIN!!!

    /Mayor Child Molester Mustache needs to resign too.

  22. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The Tribune article cntains this gem: “We have more important things to focus our energy on today, like doing everything we can to fight crime and keep our community safe,” the [Kerkorian] statement reads. Wanna bet he’s praying for a serial killer to appear in Waukegan about now? Or that he had a cruise missile and an aspirin factory to level with it?

  23. LebbenB says:

    Happy for the officers in the PD where he worked. Hopefully they’ll get a real LE professional to lead their force.

  24. NHSparky says:

    Air Cav–unless things have DRASTICALLY improved, Waukegan is nowhere near “safe.” I felt better walking through downtown LA at night.

  25. Where2Turn says:

    I love it when these frauds are exposed and these liars have to own up to their lies.

  26. Ex-PH2 says:

    Sparky – If anything, Waukegan’s decrepit downtown got more decrepit between now and when you were at Great Lakes.