Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran

| January 6, 2017 | 124 Comments

Phil Rosenthal Band

Here’s another one who thinks that he can reoffend as a valor thief because the POW Network took down their archives. Phil Rosenthal has this posted on his LinkedIn profile;

Rosenthal LinkedIn

At different times in my career, I have been an athlete; a certified USA Hockey coach; a U.S. Army veteran with 9 years total experience as a helicopter/air cavalry flight leader, tank commander, small arms specialist, pathfinder and military intelligence operative….

Folks tell us that he also claims to have been a Vietnam veteran;

Rosenthal POW Net

If he did all of that, he sure packed the training into a short span of time. The National Personnel Records Center says that he had four months and 21 days of active duty service;

Rosenthal DD214 FOIA

A bio;

Phil bio

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    “….air cav flight leader, tank commander…..”

  2. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    Stolen Valor, the Rancid Cherry topping the Shit Sundae.

    One just has to wonder, what lies beneath?

  3. Claw says:

    Love his LinkedIn profile. It would be shorter to list all the things he has never accomplished during his lifetime.

    The only thing he left out was he graduated high school in a class that had four boys, all four boys went to Viet of the Nam and the other three were all KIA.


    • Perry Gaskill says:

      Aside from being a secret combat flying-tank cavalry pathfinder and rock ‘n’ roll hockey coach, it’s interesting that ol’ Phil’s actual day job was apparently as a financial adviser. It must be a real confidence builder for those needing somebody to keep an eye on their money.

    • Richard says:

      LOL, he missed claiming he was a fighter pilot on Battlestar Gallactica.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Four months and a few days, huh? Yeah, that is quite a career he had there. Wow. I am so not impressed.

    But I do have an idea: if he was a tanker, let’s find a tank squadron and take him along so that he can spend some quality time showing them how to drive one of those big ol’ iron maidens.

    • nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

      I want to see him bust track…

      • OlafTheTanker says:

        With no power tools. “Like they did back in Nam”

        I musta been on sick call in Knox the day we did air cav flight leader training.

      • Dinotanker says:

        Busting track! Screw me, that’s one hell of a thankless task, unless you’re allergic to walking…

        One of my great stories about my personal awesome tankerness is having thrown a track to the INSIDE at Yakima one time. JEEZ great way to impress the PSG with ability to read the terrain huh?

        Took TWO count em TWO M88’s to get that M60A1 to a point where we could get at the track…grrrr. I rock. LOL

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          And here I was just trying to figure out how much dental floss it takes to build a net out of dental floss that will stop an Abrams tank. I know, I know. You have to take into account the tensile strength of dental floss per fiber and also calculate the strength of bundled fibers, but there’s also that foot-pounds problem with the tank itself, moving at 30 MPHs.
          I figure what would actually happen is the tank would rip out whatever was holding the dental floss net in place and get the treads tangled with it, and that would bring the whole thing to a grinding halt, after about 400 yards of forward movement.

  5. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “helicopter/air cavalry flight leader” As a job description, that is so f’ed up it flashes like Vegas-grade neon signage. Clearly, he is a Jack (off) of all trades.

  6. Claw says:

    New Joisey National Guardsman – Need I say more?

    Only time on active duty was for Basic and Advanced training, then released into the wilds as a NG.

    I would have thought he might have been awarded the NDSM, but maybe not. Just a Rifle BOLO Badge to his credit.

    • Claw says:

      And I can see why he hid out in the Joisey National Guard – his Viet of the Nam Draft Lottery Number was 096 based on his DOB.

      And now 45 years later he wants to be known as a Viet of the Nam Vet to pad his resume for rock band gigs.

      Thanks a lot, Dipshit.

  7. nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

    Looks like Phil is coming to Slammintonio in March to play music. This could be fun…

  8. OC says:

    With apologies to ex-OS2:


  9. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Holy Shit? The Air Cav has flying tanks? I know the attack choppers are awesome, but flying tanks really?

    What a fucking clown…

  10. Commissar Poodle says:

    Looks about ten years too young for Vietnam. I had a parking attendant pull the Vietnam vet claim when he was also clearly too young.

    Makes you wonder how these guys get away with their bull for so long.

  11. OldManchu says:

    What the fuck Phil!?!

  12. A Proud Infidel says:

    I wonder what other chickenshit stunts he’s been pulling? Stolen Valor is usually the fly turd garnish atop a shit sundae!

  13. Ret_25X says:

    When did the Army start letting tank crewmen fly helicopters and commander aviation units?

    I missed that whole program somehow…

  14. Skippy says:

    Low and slow, talk about another 30 day wash out hitting the shiter
    Welcome back you POS you google score is on its way up again

  15. Graybeard says:

    Prepare to receive:

    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran.
    Phil Rosenthal is a serial liar.
    Phil Rosenthal is is a wuss.
    Phil Rosenthal is is a wannna be rock-star.
    Phil Rosenthal is a coward.
    Phil Rosenthal is dishonest.
    Phil Rosenthal is a cheat.
    Phil Rosenthal is full of BS.

    End of transmission.

    • kc7jds 31Echo Deplorable B Woodman says:

      Roger. Out. (click)

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Graybeard… did you states the following:

      Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran.
      Phil Rosenthal is a serial liar.
      Phil Rosenthal is is a wuss.
      Phil Rosenthal is is a wannna be rock-star.
      Phil Rosenthal is a coward.
      Phil Rosenthal is dishonest.
      Phil Rosenthal is a cheat.
      Phil Rosenthal is full of BS.

      Did not have sooper sekrit transponder set to appropriate encryption channel “SREYWAL”

  16. Mick says:

    Team TAH:

    Check out the Facebook comments that are coming in up at the top of this page.

    This is gonna get good…

  17. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Phil says he feels terrible but that he did, in fact, serve in the Guard in all of the capacities he listed. I wonder when he fit some flight training into his busy schedule. Or maybe he spent a night at the Holiday Inn near Fort Rucker once. That would explain it.

  18. akpual says:

    I don’t know about flying tanks, but a flying monkey battalion seems doable.

  19. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Hey Phil: Looks like you are VVA eligible. They need fellas like you. The place is teeming with Vietnam ERA Veterans who wear Vietnam Veteran ballcaps. Just pay the fee and buy a cap. The circle jerk mayo substitute is free, but you have to bring your own bread. Bon appetit.

  20. ex-OS2 says:

    Phil, look up James Walls, you guys could hook up and work each others balls.


  21. Snotcrow says:

    Phil, you say “I served in all those capacities in my Guard units” – as I have no intention in adding to your shame, but I have to ask. You were a Tank Commander? As a PFC? Now, I am not a tanker by any means… but just because you control the Tank a time or two, probably doesn’t mean that you are a Tank Commander.

    Any tanker care to elaborate?

    • Mick says:

      While I can’t speak for the tankers, I do know a bit about military aviation:

      PFCs do not serve as pilots, nor do they serve in flight leadership positions.

    • Dinotanker says:

      Not sure what the TOE calls for today, if its even still called a TOE…

      Tank Commanders were theoretically supposed to be Staff Sergeants (E-6’s). Since we didn’t have a whole bunch of 19E SSG’s laying around, Sergeants (E-5) also were assigned to be TC’s, this usually meant that the E-5 was pretty studly, or as in case; not quite as much of phuque up as the other guys.

      I cant imagine its changed much in transitioning from good ol’ M60 series tanks to the M1’s.

      Just my two cents worth.

      • jarhead says:

        During RVN, at least in the USMC, it was not uncommon to see a Cpl (E-4) as a T C. If you were not up to it, it was back to being a gunner in no time. If you proved you could handle it, not too long before you’d be an E-5. In spite of the ballistics computer being primitive in the old M48 A 3’s we used, sitting on top of a hill and firing for effect to establish some sort of potential target reference, the computers were very reliable when you needed to fire over friendlies to a spot across a small river without fear of a round being out of place. Simple enough to keep the data on earlier FFE rounds. Still scary as hell when you knew you were trusting mechanical equipment, and the likely consequences had something fallen short.

        I’d love to have a written record of this clown and any other T C who was on a M 48 A 3
        in an extended conversation.

        • Snotcrow says:

          Cool, and thanks for the clarification. I realized that TC was just for that Tank.. but a PFC that is lying about all his other jobs in the Army – most probably wasn’t a TC either.

    • nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

      He pulled the water buffalo behind a deuce and a half. ..

  22. Martinjmpr says:

    LOVE the mealy-mouthed “apology” he posted on FB. For those that can’t see it I’ll quote:

    Phil Rosenthal · New Jersey City University:

    I was absolutely wrong to let people infer anything about my service

    Don’t you love that? Even in his “apology” he is blaming other people for what he did.

    In essence, he’s saying that when he lied and said he was a tank-driving air-cav intelligence operative, it was at least partially YOUR fault for believing him! 😀

  23. Carlton G. Long says:

    And that shirt… “Phil-Harmonics” oh, brother

  24. Wilted Willy says:

    I think this guy might be as full of shit as my dear brother, David “Doc” Shrum, Sorry, but I have to keep his google score up there! I always wondered how my dental tech brother could get thru Jungle Warfare school and jump school as well just to go in the bush and clean some very hostile teeth??

  25. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    I pity the fool that doesn’t know that you can fly a tank. The A-Team did it!

  26. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    BTW, that Columbia University & Business School is about as accurate as his military service. He might have taken a certificate level course there, but no way that guy is a grad of an Ivy League business school.

    Stolen Valor/Poser-check
    Ivy League Poser-check
    Full-on douche bag-check-amundo

  27. Graybeard says:

    HT3 – this is my surprised face. /s

  28. MrBill says:

    “Phil spent nine years as a U.S. Army paratrooper, pathfinder, air cavalryman and tank commander is a published author on military history. He spent many years as a financial planner and is currently a financial services trainer for State Farm.”

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Like a good neighbor, State Farm should check his background claims a little more thoroughly.

    • R. McCorley says:

      Mr. Rosenthal did not just claim he did all of this in the New jersey National Guard. In the past he has claimed that he was also in the Regular Army, and the Reserves. Not to mention being veteran of hand-to-hand combat in Vietnam as a member of Special Forces. He has also claimed he was a HALO paratrooper, holder of a Silver Star, two bronze stars, other decorations, and was wounded five time. He claims he was called back to active duty in Grenada, the Middle East and Afghanistan, and earned jump wings training with Israeli Defense Forces.

  29. 20thEB67 says:

    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam veteran

    You are now Google Famous. Enjoy the spotlight, asshole!

  30. jarhead says:

    For the pure sake of Internet Fame, let me see if I understand all this:

    Phil Rosenthal is not a Vietnam Veteran
    Phil Rosenthal is a cocksucker
    Phil Rosenthal is a former douche and a half driver
    Phil Rosenthal is in for a surprise come Monday when State Farm Corporate reads its emails
    Phil Rosenthal is entirely responsible for the creation of the old term, “When pigs fly”. In a recent remake of The Wizard of Oz, he starred in the role of the Transvestite Tank Commander (aka TTC) who was swept up in a tornado. When they landed, he made the now famous quote to his pet pig, “I don’t think we are in Port St Joe anymore Jimmy”. Little Piggy says, “Fine fu__ing TTC you are Phil. You always promised me that trip to Hawaii…When Pigs Fly. Now look at us, now that we have landed. Of all places, outside a gay bar in Atlanta. Phil, something tells me you are a bit of a bullshit artist!”

  31. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Florida AGAIN? Maybe he’ll soon be hooking up with a certain disbarred lawer.

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