Don Shipley sends us a link to the Huntington, WV Herald Dispatch which tells the tale of local resident Charles Rood;
He really enjoyed working for Jim Tweel, owner of Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti Restaurant, but decided to join the U.S. Navy in December of 1959 and, this is where his story really begins to get interesting.
What a lot of his neighbors don’t know is, after boot training, he entered the Navy Seal Training Program. His Seal Training was done at the Navy Seal Training Center, in San Francisco. After completing training, he served on the USS Cincinnati SSN-693 until January 1970. As far as any missions he carried out as a Navy Seal, he won’t say.
It is not clear whether a fire at a National Records Archive in 1973 had anything to do with a delay in him getting a deserved medal but he was tracked down last year and presented the Navy Seal’s Trident pin which he now wears on his Honor Guard uniform.
Yeah, the Army tracked me down to award me my jump wings after I retired, too, because I couldn’t afford the 8 bucks to buy it myself.
Well, since Don Shipley sent us the article, you know that the upshot is that Mr Rood wasn’t a SEAL and apparently, he just decided to buy a Trident last year and make up the story that the Navy tracked him down to award it to him so he could wear some bling on his honor guard uniform which explains why he doesn’t want to talk about his “missions”.
Category: Phony soldiers