James Gough; phony Korean and Vietnam Wars veteran

| April 28, 2017 | 20 Comments

A few weeks ago, we talked a bit about James Gough who was arrested in Worcester, Massachusetts for panhandling while he posed as combat medic of the Korean and Vietnam wars. From the Worcester, Massachusetts Telegram;

Mr. Gough allegedly said he was a combat medic in Korea and Vietnam, despite being a little more than 2 months old when the Korean War started and only 3 years old when it ended.

Furthermore, Mr. Gough fraudulently represented himself as a combat medic badge recipient in an effort to obtain money from the officer, the court documents state.

Mr. Gough could not provide any paperwork from the Wounded Warrior Project. A criminal check showed Mr. Gough was the subject of an active arrest warrant on a charge of breaking and entering, according to court documents.

Mr. Gough did produce a U.S. Department of Defense 214 discharge form. However, nowhere on the form did it show any service in Vietnam, nor him being awarded the combat medal badge.

The military discharge form did show that Mr. Gough received training as a medical corpsman and also indicated, written in pen, the word “combat.”

Yeah, well the National Personnel Records Center doesn’t remember it his way either;


He served during the Vietnam War for 1 1/2 years. He took basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington and AIT at Fort Sam Houston and trained as a medic. Then he was in Korea for a year during the Vietnam War, so it is easy to see how he misremembered his career. Then he went back to Fort Lewis, Washington to outprocess from the Army and then he was out on the street – I’m guessing that he earned his sergeant stripes in the Reserves. He did get the National Defense Service Medal – they don’t just hand those out to everyone, ya know.

His false claim that he had earned the Combat Medic Badge makes his actions a violation of the Stolen Valor Act.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    The coveted NDSM is JUST EXACTLY LIKE the Combat Medic Badge…or something…

    As for this poor old loser, I almost feel sorry for his old pathetic ass…almost…

    • Hayabusa says:

      Ah, yes, the prestigious NDSM. I earned mine for, umm, having a pulse and being able to fog a mirror when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. There I was, there I was…

      • 26Limabeans says:

        Mine is the first ribbon on the first row. Right next to my heart. It looks way cool but can’t beat that ARCOM on the second tier. And the ARCOM was for “exceptionaly” meritorious service.
        Not just plain old meritorious service.

        And I got papers to back it up unlike Mr Gough. cough, cough.

  2. Bobo says:

    That is some dumb luck right there. Medic sent to USARPAC during the Vietnam War and lands in Korea.

    In a strange twist, it appears that he is eligible for the Korea Defense Service Medal.

  3. Ret_25X says:

    The CIA made him do it.

    What a jerk off.

  4. IDC SARC says:

    An American Hero. He put the infant in infantry.

  5. sj says:

    Hey, goofing on the NDSM was my shtick until some of you folks rightly pointed out that a very small % of the US population qualifies for the award. But I still like goofing on it here on TAH.

  6. Green Thumb says:

    Just another old, gnarly turd.

  7. gitarcarver says:

    Am I the only one wondering if this liar was “inspired” by films such as Hacksaw Ridge?

    Maybe he picked “combat medic” because he knows that if he ever met real medics, they wouldn’t pound on him because he would then have to treated by them.

    Other specialties within the services are under no such obligation and can harm as need be.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    AD at a time when Combat Medics were needed in Vietnam and he didn’t get there?

    He drove an ambulance. Must be something in there to cling to.

  9. AW1Ed says:

    Look- it’s Vincent Van Gough Fuck Yourself!

  10. lily says:

    He probably doesn’t know it but he now can get the “Korea Defense Service Medal” thanks to George W. Bush.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_Defense_Service_Medal

  11. The Old Maj says:

    The Korean War isn’t ended.

    Just saying.

  12. Jeffery D Monroe says:

    Sounds like a guy who got out and got into drugs and alcohol and never used the gi bill for school and spent his life being angry.

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