Antonin DeHays,French historian, loots US National Archives

| June 14, 2017 | 44 Comments

Chief Tango sends a link from WTOP which reports that Antonin DeHays, a French historian, has been charged with stealing “dog tags and other documents belonging to U.S. servicemen whose planes had crashed during World War II” which he then traded for favors and sold on Ebay.

On at least one occasion, the Justice Department said DeHays traded a dog tag from a Tuskegee Airman for the chance to sit in a Spitfire, the iconic British World War II fighter plane.

The statement read that the thefts occurred between October 2015 and last Friday, and that investigators, following up a search warrant, found six dog tags and other documents at DeHays’ home. He was charged with theft of government records….

Here’s a picture of DeHays returning a dogtag to a World War II veteran, James Kelson, in 2012 from this article in French;

The Washington Post quotes my former boss, the Archivist of the United States;

“The theft of our history should anger any citizen,” the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero said Tuesday in a statement, “but as a veteran I am shocked at allegations that a historian would show such disregard for records and artifacts documenting those captured or killed in World War II.”

This is equivalent to Stolen Valor – stealing our heritage for personal profit.

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    Qu’il est le merde!

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Run this fucker through a gauntlet of WWII vets. If he survives, then run him through a gauntlet of Korean War vets. Repeat gauntlet cycles as needed…

  3. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Fucking asshole…

  4. Graybeard says:

    Antonin DeHays needs to be horsewhipped and staked out nekkid in the snow.

  5. Toasty Coastie says:

    This frigg’n F***Muppet needs to be crucified…something akin to Jeanne d’Arc.

  6. AW1Ed says:

    Hangin’s too good for him!

  7. Devtun says:

    Next stop, teaching French history in the shower stalls w/ Bubba, Jethro, LeRoy.

  8. Fjardeson says:

    Dropped on Jarvis Island with nothing but a Speedo.

  9. The Other Whitey says:

    Fuck this frog cocksucker straight to hell.

  10. BlueCord Dad says:

    Let’s give him a fair trial and then hang him.

  11. Doc Savage says:

    Basically, a fucking grave robber.

  12. Herbert J Messkit says:

    Why are the streets in France lined with trees?
    So the German army can march in the shade.

  13. PrevMed says:

    Step One) Shove a glass rod up his pee hole and then hit him over the junk with a rubber mallet to break the rod. Then, initiate IVs so that he has to pee out those glass shards.

    Step Two) When he starts to scream in horrible pain from peeing out those glass shards, shove a red hot poker up his ass.

  14. Green Thumb says:

    I consider it the same as looting.

    And we are at a time of war…..

    If this steaming pile of Phil Monkress was conducting actual historical research, I can only imagine the museum/archive would have been more than happy to help.

    But no.

    Fuck this maggot.

  15. Bernie Hackett says:

    Is this a federal crime? And he’s living here? There’s a solution, jail or persona non grata. Breaking both his hands might be a more direct response, as I’m sure Monsieur regards us as barbarians who don’t even eat snails in butter. Wouldn’t want to let him down. Perhaps a tastegull “T” branded on his forehead, n’cest pas? Formidable! Voleur! Flanneur!
    P.s. Ask him what his family did during the years 1940-45. Always a thigh slapper.

    • David says:

      speak for yourself on the snails in butter… love me some escargot. But I eat all manner of things like what Pilgrims called aquatic spiders, bait, mollusks, tentacles, semi-charred immature cow shoulder muscle.

  16. HMC Ret says:

    Maybe the French will allow one of our historians to ransack the Louvre and we can call it even-stevens.

  17. OWB says:

    In no way intended to minimize how despicable this clown is, but isn’t the objective of the Archives to protect historical items? Is there no security in place to stop something like this??

    Somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

  18. Just An Old Dog says:

    Not a new thing… Google Theft from National Archives and quite a few things pop up. One thing that I recalled was that a writer by the name of Thomas P Lowery actually went as far as altering documents, putting them back and ” discovering” them later in his research.

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