Thomas Prasenski; phony Purple Heart

| December 12, 2017 | 24 Comments

Thomas Prasenski was featured in an Albany Times-Union article a few months ago in which they discuss the circumstances of his discharge from the Army. According to the article, he either maliciously or carelessly shot another soldier, Army Reservist Staff Sergeant Dwayne Cole, who is now permanently disabled as a result.

The bullet, lodged in his spine, just missed his jugular vein. Cole has been confined to a wheelchair ever since, paralyzed from the chest down, with use of only his left arm.

Prasenski, on the other hand, has gone on to lead a celebrated life. Despite a bad conduct discharge, as Army records show, he is the commander of the regional Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 446, in Albany and an honored guest at many area Purple Heart ceremonies. In July, he was the first to drive into a newly designated parking spot for Purple Heart recipients in Schenectady. In August he and other veterans were honored at Purple Heart Day in Malta.

On both occasions, he stood with elected officials including Congressman Paul Tonko, state Sen. Jim Tedisco, Assembly members Angelo Santabarbara and Carrie Woerner.

Since the article published, Prasenski has been ejected from MOPH, and questions about his Purple Heart arose.

So we filed for a FOIA;

Apparently, he showed MOPH a set of orders for his Purple Heart in order to get into the organization;

It may be that because I’m so cynical, but these orders don’t look right to me. They’re for a wound which occurred in June, 2006. Looking at the discharge forms, he left Iraq the first time in 2005 and returned in 2007, so I don’t know how he could be wounded in 2006. Secondly, the orders number just doesn’t look right. Dates always catch these guys up.

The article says that Prasenski was evacuated for the time he was injured in an IED incident, and that may be true, but his injuries didn’t merit a Purple Heart, looking at his records. So I guess he decided to award one to himself.

It’s good to see MOPH get proactive on this one.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Bobo says:

    Shit birds gotta shit.

  2. MrBill says:

    Dirtbag paralyzed one of his comrades, is a convicted felon, and tries to play the hero. Screw him.

  3. HT3 '83-'87 says:

    Jesus H. Christ! Another phony infiltrating a VSO…I’m almost shocked. As we discussed yesterday these guys are popping up everywhere nowadays.

    Of course he’s front & center to suck up the accolades to stand on the shoulders of other men and reap the rewards of their sacrifice.
    Somebody knock that fucking cap of his dome and stick it up his ass for me, please. Thanks!

  4. chooee lee says:

    The end result of a bum fuck.

  5. Ret_25X says:

    My heart pumps purple piss for this craptastic blue falcon.

    if there were any justice in this world he would be the one in a wheelchair sniffing a piss bag all day….

    • ChipNASA says:

      Well, the universe if funny like that and so is the Internet.
      Karma may not pay attention to our mundane laws and text while driving, and if we’re so lucky, run this fucker over, look up and say, “What the hell was that?!?!?” and then back up to see what that noise was.
      From my post to God’s ears.

  6. Graybeard says:

    This Blue Falcon needs to be the guest of honor at a skeet shoot.

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    Another shitbag just like my pos brother! I hope he gets shot in a drive by and spends the rest of his life in a wheel chair!

  8. O-4E says:

    So how is this dude not still in prison?

    • Hondo says:

      His 2011 DD214 shows substantial lost time, and a DOR to E1 over 3 years prior to his discharge. I’d guess that means he got a BCD plus substantial (e.g., multiple years) confinement.

      Why not longer? Dunno; you’d have to ask the judge at his court-panel that question.

      • NHSparky says:

        I know Navy courts martial results are online dating from about 2007 or so.

        Would something similar exist for Army?

        • Jonn Lilyea says:

          I have his unredacted DD214 and he got the Big Chicken Dinner as a result of his court martial. 3 years and 10 months of bad time in prison.

          • Hondo says:

            Hmm. Sounds like he got a sentence of 4 1/2 years and kept his nose clean while incarcerated. I think military inmates who behave get the same 54 days/year “good time” that Federal inmates get (I could be wrong; any mil lawyers out there, please correct me if I am). Since he was apparently confined at Sill’s PCF, I don’t think he got 5 years or more – as I recall, those getting 5+ years sentences are sent to Leavenworth.

            Either way, I’d love to know why he didn’t get more time, particularly if he was found to have shot maliciously.

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            3 years and 10 months? fuckin’ pity he didn’t get at least 20 years!

  9. Sparks says:

    What a piece of shit.

  10. OWB says:

    This guy obviously ain’t quite all there. That is not an excuse for behaving this badly. Nothing excuses stolen valor, especially when it involves an award no one aspires to have.

  11. Danny says:

    Keep up the good work on finding turds like this one!!!!

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