George Klein; phony D-Day veteran

| August 23, 2017 | 44 Comments

MCPO Ret. In TN sends us a link to the story of George Klein who was the subject of a fête at Normandy this year. He claimed that he had been one of the Rangers who scaled the cliffs at Point du Hoc;

For decades George Klein has been hailed for his part in a fierce battle on June 6, 1944 at the Pointe du Hoc, on the French coast between Omaha and Utah beaches, as a member of the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion.

He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals by the Americans and the Legion of Honour by the French.

This year, the D-Day Overlord association raised almost US$4,000 in crowdfunding to bring him over from his home in Glenview, Illinois, where he said: “I’m not a hero. The real heroes are those who have lost life here.”

Describing him as “one of the great celebrities” of this year’s anniversary, the association said he had signed “hundreds of autographs” and attended commemorations, “marking all those he met by his incredible kindness.”

Well, after he got back from that little celebration, he finally admitted that he hadn’t been at Normandy on D-Day, nor was he a Ranger. He was in Ireland with his artillery unit and didn’t get to Normandy until July.

Despite his fake account, the Overlord D-Day association said George Klein should “not be ashamed of his real contribution to the liberation of Europe,” as he was wounded in combat in Germany on Nov 17, 1944.

“Trapped into a lie that shaped him in the eyes of his entourage, and from which he could no longer escape, he finally resolved to tell the truth.”

Klein had been wounded during World War II and earned a Purple Heart, but I guess that wasn’t sexy enough.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    No faker like an old faker, right?

    No mercy for this guy after taking in all the accolades of fallen men.

    “I’m not a hero. The real heroes are those who have lost life here.”

    At least he got that part right.

    • Poetrooper says:

      No, he’s not a hero, he’s a frickin’ thief to the tune of at least $4,000, is what he is. Who knows how much he’s benefited financially over the years rockin’ this damnable lie.

      • Mayhem says:

        He only made up that story to coverup the fact that while working as a WildCat oilrigger he was approached by NASA to lead a team to alter the course of a rogue asteroid the size of Texas before it struck earth and end life as we know it. It was later made into a movie. But thats the only reason he told those lies about D-Day. Its true cuz he told me so!

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He fucketh himself.

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    I don’t care how old you are, you are still a shitbag ass hamster phony poser! I hope they make your lying ass pay back all the money that was raised to send your phony ass over there! At least you got one part right, the dead are the real heros and you have dishonored them terribly, Fuck you old phony poser, enjoy your Google fame now asshat!

  4. My father landed on the beach at Normandy – – – several days after D-Day.

    He’s still a hero to me, even though the highest decoration he received (many years later in Japan, after serving in Korea) was the Army Commendation Medal.

    When I visited his grave, I put a 101st Airborne patch and an 8th Army patch on it, along with an American flag.

    He never spoke about the war.

    • Roger in Republic says:

      My Pop came ashore on D plus 6 and the germans were still only five miles away. There was still a hell of a fight raging in Normandy that month. His Transportation company was shelled in their bivouac that first night. Shell splinters wrecked his CP tent and shredded some clothes hanging there. His first taste of being under fire was 88 MM and he said that he didn’t like it.

  5. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Shitbags gotta shitbag.

  6. I wonder – – – ,

    Do we have any Second World War veterans posting in this forum?

    • ChipNASA says:

      John,
      I can’t imagine there are too many WWII vets left, God Bless every one.
      (Correction: Google says….)
      How many ww2 veterans are still alive?
      According to statistics released by the Veteran’s Administration, our World War II vets are dying at a rate of approximately 492 a day. This means there are approximately only 855,070 veterans remaining of the 16 million who served our nation in World War II.

      *Updated per Wikipedia
      * According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, around 558,000 American veterans from the war are estimated to still be alive as of 2017.[1]

      • lily says:

        Why won’t the VA tell us how much money they’er having to cancel giving out upon the death of veterans? They keep claiming that they need more and more money.

        • Silentium Est Aureum says:

          To be fair, a lot of Vietnam veterans are hitting retirement age, meaning a significant increase in care provided to them.

        • Sgt K says:

          I’ve read your comment several times and it still doesn’t make sense. “Cancel giving out” money?? If you eligible under the LAWS passed by THE CONGRESS of the US and signed by THE PRESIDENT, then you are eligible for benefits. There is no wizard sitting hidden upon a stool praying that more vets die.

      • Woody Willaims, the sole surviving Medal of Honor Recipient of Iwo Jima, will be 94 in October and has a travel schedule that would put me in the hospital.

        He crisscrosses the country raising money for Gold Star Families Memorial Monument; his goal is to have at least one such monument in every state. http://hwwmohf.org/monument-overview.html

      • Poetrooper says:

        Chip, I sometimes joke about being the oldtimer around her at 76 but I think there are a few older Vietnam vets. I’ve never seen any commenter make reference to being a Korean War vet or even a Korean era vet and there are still plenty of them around. The problem is that many of them are not active on computers. I run into older vets all the time and tell them about TAH, suggesting they may find it entertaining and get blown off with, “Nah, I don’t do that computer stuff.”

        Strange isn’t it how so many Vietnam vets are highly active on computers yet the Korean vets not so much. And I enlisted just six years after the Korean Truce was signed.

        • Hondo says:

          PT, the late Sam Naomi was a Korean War vet. He posted here on an irregular basis until a year or two ago.

          I think we had one or two other Korean War vets posting here in the past, but I’m not positive. I could easily be wrong, and Sam may have been the only one.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      We had Sam Naomi (from the tall corn) a Korean War veteran, but he passed last February. He was our oldest regular contributor.

    • Woody Willaims, the sole surviving Medal of Honor Recipient of Iwo Jima, will be 94 in October and has a travel schedule that would put me in the hospital.

      He crisscrosses the country raising money for Gold Star Families Memorial Monument; his goal is to have at least one such monument in every state. http://hwwmohf.org/monument-overview.html

    • Patrick408 says:

      John, I just told my WWII Marine Scout/Sniper buddy the website name and showed him what it looks like and showed him the story about the Marine who gave his captured Jap flag back to his enemies family. He turns 92 next month and he’s still in incredible shape both physically and mentally for his age. Hopefully he will chime in every now and then. He was very lucky to survive the entire war and even came back to train Marines out of Camp Pendleton for the Korean War from 1950-52 before being discharged. I have a lot of hand written memories he has shared with me over the years and would love to get them into the Marine Corp museum.

    • MORT SHEFFLOE says:

      I’M A READER, NOT A POSTER.

      LANDED UTAH ON JULY 11, 1944.

  7. AnotherPat says:

    In 2015, Klein fooled Robert J. Dold of Illinois who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’s 10th district:

    https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2015/5/5/extensions-of-remarks-section/article/e657-1

    And sadly, his deceased wife, Barbara, is listed under the Descendents of WWII RANGERS Roll-Call:

    http://www.wwiirangers.com/honorroll1.htm

    Guess we will have to wait until Mike Sleeper turns 96 to confess…(smile)

  8. Wilted Willy says:

    My Dad served in the Burma theater in WWII and he will always be a hero to me, he was indeed a great man and it hurt him to his death the crap my pos brother has tried to pull off. Someday soon, we can hope he will be put in jail!

  9. Mick says:

    This is both sad and disturbing.

    From the article linked above:

    ‘[…]

    “I’m in contact with his family with whom I have become friends. They are devastated,” he said. “So are we, as we believed his story. We put in a lot of effort to get him to Normandy.”

    […].’

    So now Klein’s family and friends are undeservedly paying an emotional and financial* price for Klein’s deception/betrayal and many years of lying about his combat service.

    And those lies were all completely unnecessary; his actual WW2 combat record was more than enviable by any measure. Why couldn’t it have been good enough as it was without the needless embellishment?

    *(According to the linked story, the D-Day Overlord Association raised almost $4,000 in crowdfunding to bring him over to Normandy this year.)

  10. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    My Dad was Coast Arty. stationed in NY and NJ. My Uncle was an Army Doctor and went ashore in Normandy as well as my Uncle John who was an Army Arty Lt. My Uncle Harry Relieved Black Jack during the Pancho Villa deal in Mexico where he was a member of the Brooklyn NY guard (Cavalry) and went over to France during ww 1.

  11. FuzeVT says:

    “I’m not a hero”

    Well, you could have been. . .

  12. Frankie Cee says:

    My father was in WW-II, wounded twice, once in the thigh with rifle fire, and once in the upper arm with grenade shrapnel. He was a lowly grunt in a Company L, 180th, 45th Infantry Division. His Purple Heart w/OLC and his CIB were his most proud accomplishments. He didn’t need to make any phony claims like these assholes. No matter what your service accomplishments, when you stand in the blood of those better than you, I have lost all respect for whatever it was that you actually did.

    • AnotherPat says:

      Am guessing your Dad also had a BSM w/ V?

      IMHO, those who perhaps felt they did not “do enough” during a major conflict are the ones who
      seek the most attention by embellishing or lying about their military service. Look at Wilted Willie’s brother or others exposed here.

      Know you are very proud of your Dad.

      • just some feller says:

        Right, at least BSM — not certain about the V-device. I’ve a photo of my grandfather getting his BSM stateside in 1947 because he received the CIB during the Bulge. His military records only record it as a BSM.

        JSF

  13. Skippy says:

    So this would make him “OLD SCHOOL”
    😂😂😂😂😂😂

  14. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    When asked to comment, Kirjath Toney snorted and muttered, “Fucking amateurs.”

  15. USAF (Ret) says:

    This should be a slam dunk SV case. There was monetary value give, he has already confessed to the crime; so where is the AG with balls to charge him? Rather everyone is making excuses.

    Even if he gets no punishment; just charging him would make a big statement to other POS out there.

    But it will never happen.

  16. Green Thumb says:

    Just another old shitbag.

  17. Dean Hoffman says:

    As George Smiley might have put it to Mr. Klein:

    By your actions, you have disowned the system that made you.

  18. Morgan Klein says:

    How is it that the French are able to see the whole person and recognize his contributions to their liberation, his true record — wounded (Purple Heart) and (Bronze Star) for valor while Americans are focused on money and blame without any consideration for what the man is going through? He made a serious mistake. He’s paying for it.

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