Craig Carroll; phony Vietnam Marine veteran

| May 25, 2016

Craig Carroll

Someone sent us their work on this fellow, Craig Lee Carroll lately from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Folks in the Appomattox, Virginia area were curious about him ten years ago when he tried to join the VFW in the Virginia area, but he couldn’t produce a DD214 discharge certificate. Apparently, he’d been telling folks that, aside from being a Vietnam veteran and a former Marine, he was also a CIA agent, who, at the age of 68 was still involved in the Global War Against Terror.

Just last Veterans’ Day, he was still balancing balls on his nose for the local media;

Craig Carroll Headline

Craig Carroll article

Retired Lance Corporal in the Marines Craig Carroll served on the front lines in the Vietnam War. “You’re scared to death, you’re dealing with an unknown and once the shooting starts and all the chaos begins, all of a sudden I don’t hear anything. There’s no sound, everything is slow motion,” recalls Carroll of being in battle.

He operates the Gettysburg Militaria and Antiques to soothe the injuries of the Vietnam War.

Yeah, no. POW Network busted him ten years ago for lying. When that website came down, he thought it was safe to start telling his lies again, i suppose. But, nope, no military service anywhere;

Carroll POW Network

Craig Caroll FOIA

Maybe he’ll stay busted this time.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Hack Stone says:

    He will never get over Mucho Grande.

  2. Hack Stone says:

    He can always open a gift shop in the lobby of All Points Logistics.

    • Sarge says:

      can’t find the like button lol

      • Hack Stone says:

        It is witty comments like that which have placed me on top of the list of people that will die a slow painful death at the hands of crackheads with blowtorches and pliers. That death squad is not very reliable, even by crackhead standards, since my imminent demise was announced about two years ago. The guy that hired them must have stiffed them on the payment, like he did to Confluence Corporation.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    It’s the pain of being a draft dodger and not realizing at the time that he could have profited from the Vietnam War. (snrrk)

  4. Hack Stone says:

    With all of this unwanted attention, he make seek refuge in his workshop at the North Pole.

  5. Airdale (AW) USN ret. says:

    Retired Lance Corporal in the Marines Craig Carroll, really!! a Lance Corporal, funny, I wonder do he even knows what rank a Lance is. High speed Low drag!!

  6. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    I guess he wasn’t happy just making toys at the North Pole….now he’s just another Santa gone bad.

  7. AW1 Tim says:

    I posted this to my facebook page, along with a link to his business.

    I’ve been to his shop, and met this guy, and heard some stories. He seemed like an odd duck then, striking me “not quite right”. Now it’s time for all of my friends in the Reenactment and Living History programs to hear the REAL story.

    If it impacts his business, then good. Fuck him.

  8. Claw says:

    The inventory part of the online store web site shows the uniform of a (Vice Admiral?) complete with nine rows of ribbons available for purchase.

    I’m sure it’s ready to go for anybody who wants to play dress up on the next Veteran’s Day buffet raid at Golden Corral.

    The ribbon rack on the uniform even looks like it sports the Navy Cross.

    • Claw says:

      I could be wrong on that Navy Cross.

      By order of precedence, it very well could be the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

      But the rack does seem to show a Purple Heart thrown in there just for good measure.

    • Green Thumb says:

      All-Points Logistic should cross-link their site and promote their business.

      I hear APL is in need of new uniforms anyway.

    • Allen says:

      Actually that belonged to his father who was a Admiral in the Navy, his name is Kent J. Carroll. Look him up if you dont believe me, craig has his fathers uniform hanging in his shop in memory of his fathers service

  9. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    He “served on the front lines in the Vietnam War.” Where the hell were those front lines? I don’t need map coordinates, just identify the general geographical area above which the enemy was and below which he was not.

    • Combat Historian says:

      This requires some Clintonian parsing; it stated he “served on the front lines in the Vietnam War”. It did not state he served “in” Vietnam on the front lines. Thus, his “front lines” could have been the anti-war barricades in Berkeley or the free-love teach-ins at Cornell. The Vietnam “front lines” all depends on what and where you perceive the “front lines” to be. Now it all makes sense, don’t it ?

    • Retired Grunt says:

      He also says, once the shooting starts, everything goes into slow motion. .. WTF…does he have super powers? It never went slow motion for me.

    • ReconD1 says:

      He claimed he was in marines 3/26 at khe sahn

  10. NR Pax says:

    Normally, someone wouldn’t want to brag about being a “Retired Lance Corporal” but maybe he thought that would throw folks off the scent.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Retired? Boy did I read that wrong.

      Damn it made more sense when I read it as “Retarded Lance Corporal”….

    • Hondo says:

      Bingo.

      Knew one Army guy who retired as a PFC. He ended up getting a court-martial and reduced from E7 to E3 shortly before retirement.

      • Claw says:

        Not to mention the time traveling Gary Briggs.

        He pulled down a full 20 year retirement as an E-1.

  11. Perry Gaskill says:

    If Carroll is a liar about his military service, he’s probably also a liar about the provenance of the goods he’s trying to sell.

    • AW1 Tim says:

      If he’s the same Craig Carrol who used to run a militaria shop just outside of Fredericksburg in the 70’s & 80’s, then yeah. I’d question his provenance. Wouldn’t put it past him to gin it up himself.

      Back then, if it’s the same fellow, he was trying to pass off WWI period French Algerian Zouave jackets as original Civil War period 5th New York Zouave jackets, at a very steep price.

      When I enquired about the French markings on the inside of the jacket, he tried to BS me about how those 5th NY jackets were imported from France. I knew, however, that the original issues to them were contracted through Brooks Brothers (yeah, they’ve been around that long) and the replacements were contracted through the US Quartermaster at Schuykill Arsenal.

      I never went back there, because there were all sorts of reports about faked civil war buttons repros with the rear pulled out, the face slightly flattened, and a patina/grime induced chemically, etc. and being sold as originals.

      Like I said, I may be wrong about him, but the odds have to be pretty long about having 2 fellows with the same name both being involved in selling militaria and uniforms, within about 100nm of each other.

      • Bobo says:

        Is that the Regimental Headquarters, the little store on Route 1 just north of the Rappahannock and Union Church? If so, I’ve never actually seen that place open.

      • guess who says:

        YES same man Craig Lee Carroll from STARS AND BARS

  12. Dapandico says:

    He was in the 222d Mess Kit Repair Battalion.

  13. Fjardeson says:

    To quote a fellow poster on TAH:

    “Splash. Out.”

  14. Mick says:

    I don’t even know what to say about this blatant Stolen Valor crap anymore. It just never stops, does it?

    Hopefully some real Marines who actually “saw the elephant” in Vietnam will seek this guy out and provide him with a period of instruction on the consequences of Stolen Valor and impersonating a United States Marine.

    • Jarhead says:

      Deaf mother fckr can’t hear well to begin with. So any calls to him personally today will be met with a “hearing problem”. But DO ask for Rusty when you call. See my post below.

  15. Jarhead says:

    Now his claim to be a CIA member might have some truth to it. That is, if you are talking about the Cocksuckers In Appomattox.
    A click on his web site shows his store # to be (434) 665-5565. If it’s busy when you try to call, you know I’m burning his ass over the phone.
    While you’re at it, the store info claims the shop has been in the military antiques trade for over 50 years. If he is 68 years old, then he must have opened the shop when he was 18. Stands to reason if he retired from the Marine Corps, then he enlisted two years prior to being born. Hellofaman he is. Hellofabullshitartist he DEFINITELY IS. Hope others will call him and echo my message to him.

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!!! I just could not wait, and just called the store. This phony mfkr Craig answered. I began by telling him he was Internet famous, to which he had no idea. He told me he had bad hearing and he was going to have me talk to an employee named Rusty. When this Rusty answered, I asked him if he had been in the service; he told me he had. He also told me his MOS (without hesitation, indicating to me HE was for real) was 3500, and I asked if he had in fact been a grunt. He said yes, and I went off at that point telling him what a worthless M. Fukr he was working for, being a fkcng liar and a no good S.O.B. Rusty was pretty surprised by my conversation, but did not get bent out of shape and argue with me. I told him to get on the T A H web site and find out he was working for a lying stack of shit, among other things. Told him to go directly to the site before he showed his boss. Also told him he would have an entirely different day once he read the story and realized Craig was a lying bastard. Before I hung up I gave Rusty my home phone number. Will get back later to post any response from him or his phony cocksucker employer.
    Jonn, another home run for you! From the interaction on this phone call, the retarded lying POS had no idea until my phone call.

    • Jarhead says:

      Left out one important matter….Rusty had served five years in the United States Marine corps.

      • Jarhead says:

        I’m so pissed off I spelled Corps with lower case “C”. Father forgive me.

        • GDContractor says:

          You’re my hero Jarhead. Curious, did you ever make contact with that James Bales cockmole? That dude has a date with destiny…

          • Jarhead says:

            GDC…Have to stretch my memory on this one. If I am not mistaken I went through several Dallas area media types, including television and newspapers. Seems like I found one reporter in particular that was interested in the story. If my memory is still conscious, it seems like I emailed Jonn and gave him the reporter’s name and told him to expect a call from the reporter. I DO remember fairly certain contacting his church by email and vaguely asking someone to contact me. It may possibly rather been a phone message I left the church, but I DO remember contacting the church; and was a bit surprised not hearing from them in return. Jonn may be better to recall the reporter conversation.
            Since he did proudly wear his USMC uniform and proudly tell his bullshit lies, and since you brought it up again, give me a couple of days and I will resurrect the search again. May have to wait until the Monday holiday is over, but will put it on the calendar for Tuesday.
            Yep, you ARE right GD, he DOES have that date with destiny that will smack
            him in the face when he is least expecting it. Thanks for waking me up on this clown again. S/F
            That fake ass Santa today really got me. Yeh, I know my thought don’t always follow the most logical path. With that in mind, try what I did with that bald Santa. Could not turn the screen upside down, but try this just for shits and giggles. Stand in front of your computer with his picture on the screen. Do your best to turn your head upside down and look at his picture wrong side up. Funny as hell; try it!

            • Jarhead says:

              GDC..my friend, my brother, you got the juices flowing again. A bit of research proved promising in two different cases looking for this elusive fool. Will let you know what I find either tomorrow or by Tuesday at the latest. They can run but they can not hide. Sooner or later the most unsuspecting response pops up and wham!….you got ’em!

    • Hack Stone says:

      3500 is Motor Transport, not combat arms. Did you mistype, or did Rusty slip one by you?

      • Mick says:

        Good catch, Hack; I missed that 3500 MOS quoted in the post above.

        Yup, Ol’ Rusty there needs to be an 03XX if he’s claiming to be an infantry grunt.

        • chris says:

          hey man I did in fact serve with ol’ Rusty for three years, one of the best Marines I’ve seen and I have met the carroll guy. I can’t speak on his behalf but Rusty is a f’in great dude and is a real 0311

          • Jarhead says:

            Chris…do us all a favor and get in contact with Rusty to see how his day played out. He was good to talk to and vent while I directed him to T A H for him to read the story. Never said anything to question my call, just listened and answered politely…that is, when I took a breath from going off.
            If you don’t have his home number, you know the number of the store is shown above and you can call and ask for him. We’d all like to hear more direct from the scene. Rusty is the man who can spill the beans.

          • Allen says:

            I know rusty personally, he is a buddy of mine, decent guy and jm facr served his country in the marines

      • Jarhead says:

        Hack and Mick…..that was my mistake there misquoting Rusty. He DID say _ _ _ _ followed by Motor T. In the excitement of being so pissed off, I said (I think), “03, wasn’t that a grunt?” Whatever I said he replied to the affirmative and I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and blame that error on my bad hearing and somewhat volatile temper. Getting out after four, back in’69, I remembered 03 as being a grunt. The two digits after 03 fail my memory. I’m gonna have to take the blame for that misquote by my own hand. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

        • Hack Stone says:

          We will just go with “in the interest of protecting the identity of Jolly Saint Nick and his CIA activities, Rusty’s MOS was encrypted”. By the way, if he did his preventative maintenance, he would not be so Rusty.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Fucking A!!!

      Rock it, Jarhead!

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Dadburnit, Jarhead, could you capture these phone cons for us once in a while?

      I need a little light entertainment.

      • Jarhead says:

        Ex….a while back I mentioned that to Bro. Jonn about making a call to Florida. He sent me a list of states which some do and some do not allow taping under different circumstances. Some allow taping by neither. In this case especially, the idea of taping a call with Santa Shit the rag man would be next to impossible. He’s so damned deaf that he HAD to pass the phone to Rusty just to learn what I was wanting to say.
        Just got home a few minutes ago and had hoped to have a call from the Santa With the Deer In the Headlights Look. No luck tonight. Let him sleep on it, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

        • Marine0331 says:

          He heard me just fine when I talked to him this past weekend in the store. I do not speak that loud and he did not seem to have a problem hearing me. What struck me as odd was that the guys working for him either do not know he is a fake or do not care. They proudly (at least one of them) told me that he was a sniper in Khe San, so he is apparently not the least bit deterred by his mug on this site to the point of coming clean with his employees.

    • HMC Ret says:

      ” Stands to reason if he retired from the Marine Corps, then he enlisted two years prior to being born.”

      Must have been in the Delayed Entry Program. Mom signed him up in utero. Or dad could have enrolled one of his sperm in the program. Seems legit …

      • Ncat says:

        Legit? Hell, that’s dammed hard core! But wouldn’t dad have had to sign up ALL his sperm? I mean how would you know beforehand which one would make it all the way thru?
        Or maybe pops just inducted his entire nutsack.

    • Green Thumb says:

      This loser heard the reporters questions OK around last Veteran’s Day.

      The old hearing issue….

      I bet he could hear if I called up and told him he won the lottery.

      Clown.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Try it, GT. Let us know what he says and how long he stays on the phone.

        Hearing loss can also be termed selective deafness.

    • Marine0331 says:

      I went to his shop this past weekend and one of his younger store clerks told me that Carroll was a Marine Sniper in Khe San. Later, while in the store I saw Carroll himself and talked to him thinking that he was a Marine and said, “Semper Fi Marine”, but he just said “Hi” and looked at me. I asked him if he was a Marine and he said, “I used to be”, to which I replied, “No man, once a Marine, always a Marine, and he still just sort of glanced at me. I asked him his MOS, and he replied, “grunt…I was an 0311.” At that point the red BS flags went up because the store clerk proudly informed me that the guy was a sniper when I first walked in. My wife realized what was going on I think, and asked me to come over and look at a set of WWII Marine camo utilities that she knew I had been looking over when we first went in. I have confronted fakers before, but was unsure how to react with this cat, since I was in his store with customers in there. I did not want to make a scene so we left.

  16. Jordan David says:

    I’d buy a brick for 100 if it involves being given carte Blanche to toss it at his fucking head. Hell, if they’re 50 instead of 100 I’ll splurge and go with 3!!!!

    AATW

    • akpual says:

      I got a whole pile o’ bricks you can have and I’m only 25 minutes from Gettysburg.

  17. RM3(SS) says:

    If you click on the local media link, there’s a hyperlink to “send a correction” to the reporter. I told them how they should research before printing and linked TAH.

  18. Green Thumb says:

    A turd-sucky dirtbag.

  19. HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

    I wonder if this assclown did any work for the world famous “Stunning Agency”? I hear that they are always looking for “retired Lance Corporals” to work for them.

    Craig needs to stop playing “Call of Booty – Anal Buttsekks Warrior”, slurping down those bowls full of Cream of Sum Yung Guy soup and stop telling those stories about “sekrit butt ops missions” against Charlie while he was “in the shit”.

    Dude is a real deal ballsack warrior… and a manhole inspector, first class!

    • Hack Stone says:

      Ah, The Stunning Agency. The fine organization that introduced us to the phrase “flaming squirrel”.

  20. MCPO NYC USN Ret. aka Son of Ó hEochaidh says:

    He had me at “Retired Lance Corporal” …

    LEGIT!

    • Hack Stone says:

      I did meet a retired Lance Corporal, he operated a certain type of business in Angeles City. He would have the girls stand in formation while he talked to them, and if they pissed him off, he would make them do push-ups.

    • Hondo says:

      Retiring as an E3 is possible, albeit rare – in two different ways. One is honorable (medical); the other not so much (reduction by court-martial sentence w/o punatitive discharge after having achieved 20+ years of service).

  21. Bill M says:

    Somehow, I think old Craig is gonna have a bad day.

  22. USAFRetired says:

    HackStone,

    I believe you are referring to the DMZ Bar and Tick as he was known. I met him a couple times in the 90s. The walls in his establishment had some interesting military memorabilia. He passed away a few years back but I’d love to have some of the things hanging on the walls from that place.

    I believe he was medically retired in the grade of LCpl.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Yep, his real name was Bostic. Medically retired due to a combat injury causing blindness in one eye. I do know that about some time in the last ten years, he was busted for promoting prostitution. A retired USAF friend sent me a news article from PI where cops sent an undercover cop into his establishment, and was able to procure the services of a girl for an agreed amount of money. I was shocked! Shocked to hear that there was an instance of prostitution in Angeles City.

  23. ex-OS2 says:

    Cocksucker.

  24. samuel carter says:

    What an asshole.

  25. Marine0331 says:

    Can you please revise one thing on my last post? Carroll told me that he was an 0311, not an 0331

  26. Guess Who says:

    Hack Stone sends us a link to the Washington Post which reports that Wayne Simmons, the Fox News commentator, was sentenced to 33 months in prison while he was in Federal Court yesterday; FOR FALSE VALOR

    “There is not a day that goes by that I am not haunted by these mistakes,” Simmons said. “I stand before you a shameful and broken man.”

    But Simmons, who wore a blue suit and an American flag lapel pin, did not back down from his claims that he spent 27 years as an agency operative doing work so dangerous and secretive that it went entirely unrecorded. He said Friday that he lied his way into military contractor work to make use of a “special skill set” he implied was acquired undercover.

    Judge T.S. Ellis III was unconvinced.

    “I read spy novels,” the judge said before issuing his sentence. “Every spy novel has black-ops, off-the-books operations. Maybe these things exist.”

    He said that, like the many people Simmons fooled, he was initially impressed by the defendant’s charisma and “fascinated” to see what proof Simmons would offer — only to get none.

  27. Guess Who says:

    His wife Cindy left him in April 2015 (they got married in December) because he wanted to suck dick on the side and he likes it up the ass once in a while, and she was afraid of getting AIDS..that’s what she told me ..true story…she and her autistic son were on disability and he conned them out of their social security checks.. they were 2 very nice people.

  28. Guess Who says:

    He says he was at WOODSTOCK (new york)….dates for the concert were August 15 to 18, 1969…how did he join MARINES in November 1967 and get out by WOODSTOCK? there were NO 1 year/8months stints man.

  29. Guess Who says:

    **this is all public records**
    Name: Craig Lee Carroll
    Gender: male Race:White
    Birth Date: 26 May 1948
    Marriage Date: 30 Aug 1969
    Spouse: Ann Jasimine Brown
    Spouse Gender: Female
    Spouse Race: White
    Spouse Birth Date: 25 Sep 1951
    Birth Date: 26 May 1948
    Marriage Date: 27 Dec 1969
    Marriage Place: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
    Registration Place: Norfolk, Virginia,
    LISTS 2 years/college for Craig Carroll
    Father: Kent Jean Carroll
    Mother: Betty Marie Herrington
    Spouse: Andrea Jasmine Styler Brown
    Spouse Gender: Female
    Spouse Father: Franklyn Merritt Brown
    Spouse Mother: Eidth Kathryn PooleLess
    ***how did he do the MARINES and 2 years of college also?** here is your proof

  30. Guess Who says:

    No, we cant go into his store .. he kicked us out a long time ago….. but we live “near” Gettysburg. We try to go every weekend.

    • Marine0331 says:

      I stopped in his store yesterday looking for a KA-BAR and he came out from the back. When he saw my USMC ball cap cover he quickly said ask if I needed help and then he turned around went back to the rear of his store. I think he recognized me from a month or so ago when I was in the store and bought a WW II Marine utility cover and was asking him some Marine Corps questions that made him nervous. I can’t believe that the guys working for him have need seen the postings on the internet of him being a phony.

  31. Marine 0331 says:

    Has anyone contacted Melissa Nardo who interviewed this dickhead and told her that he is a fake?

  32. MSB OUTSIDER says:

    He has been a liar sense I can remember. I met him when I was 10 years old. Every woman he has met he has conned… His business dealings were what’s best for him and what he could conn out of everyone.
    He’s a typical sociopath with illusions of grandeur. As far as selling fakes…. I knew of two separate issues while he was with my mom.
    Anyone that knows the story knows he tried to screw me and her over. I took over the business while he went out and cheated on my mother. Came back and tried to clear out my inventory and run my mother out of the house. Thank God, he is not my blood father. But my younger brother has to deal with him and his lies all the time. For that I’m sorry.
    The truth, he has no service history. He is a BS artist and will con a poor widow out of her last nickel all while saying he cares.
    Vice admiral Carroll is his father, and holds a distinguished service history, his brother was an officer in the army and his sisters both married naval officers.
    His only son is married and active duty. He has served three tours so far. He’s a good man but has fought demons because his dad wasn’t there for him. His daughter, my sister, is married to a great guy with two great kids. Thank God she saw him for what he was and hasn’t talked to him in years.
    Service history = 0
    Marriages = 5+?
    Do I have a right to say these things… Fuck yes I do. I don’t believe in stealing anything, especially Valor. I never served, my real dad was Navy.
    I know history and everything having to do with the spoils of war from 1750 to present. While I owned Stars and Bars I saw many fakes come in, stolen valor and fake relics, and always called them out. I had a great business until HE cheated and tried to fuck us over. That was 20+ years ago. I’ve moved on and have a successful business. KARMA is a bitch..and when she slaps you…..she means it to fucking hurt.

    • Marine 0331 says:

      Do those young kids in his shop know he is s fake? They seem to idolize him. When I first went in his shop about 4 months ago one of the guys working for him was dressed up in a WW II German uniform and when he saw my Marine cover he told me that Carroll was a sniper in Viet Nam. So at least that guy believes his bullshit.

  33. BOYCOTT THIS STORE says:

    THIS MAN IS A MUSLIM.CRAIG CARROLL .OWNER OF ANOTHER STORE

    MASON DIXON MILITARIA
    Pennsylvania Fictitious Name · Updated 4/30/2016

    Mason Dixon Militaria is a Pennsylvania Fictitious Name filed on April 18, 2016 . The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 6395383. The company’s principal address is 13 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
    The company has 1 principal on record. The principal is Gettysburg Antiques And Militaria, LLC from Gettysburg PA.
    Company Information
    Company Name: MASON DIXON MILITARIA
    File Number: 6395383
    Filing State: Pennsylvania (PA)
    Filing Status: Active
    Filing Date: April 18, 2016
    Company Age: 11 Months
    Principal Address:
    13 Baltimore Street
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

    Company Contacts
    GETTYSBURG ANTIQUES AND MILITARIA, LLC
    Owner
    13 Baltimore St
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

    • Corpsmansdaughter says:

      Mason Dixon Militaria is not a fake store. It was originally a shop that he knew the owner of and Craig tried to con the owner into business with him of which jeff backed out of doing. They are two seperate entities with two seperate owners unrelated. Craig Carroll has no part of Mason Dixon. Call the borough and look up the Mason Dixon Militaria LLC this post is inaccurate. They also know is a fraud and was stolen valor as well.