Donald Kimball; phony Silver Star, Purple Heart hero

| March 22, 2018 | 237 Comments

The folks at Military Phonies send us their work on this fellow, Donnie Kimball, from Pensacola, Florida, who claims to be a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran with a Silver Star and a Purple Heart, and there are license plates and a motorcycle vest involved;

Well, he was a Marine and he did serve in Vietnam, as a clerk in the local Marine Corps exchange (BX) and as a supply clerk in a Headquarters and Service Company;

No Silver Star, no Purple Heart, not even a Combat Action Ribbon to indicate that Donnie heard any shots fired in anger.

But, he does get an award for most creative excuse for missing records;

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “I see your wearing a Silver Star baseball cap.”

    “Yes, I was awarded the Silver Star.”

    “For what, may I ask? Is the citation available?”

    “No, it’s not. It was lost or destroyed.”

    “Oh. That’s a shame. Would you mind telling me what was in the citation?

    “I have a letter here that’s signed by a…”

    “Fahget it, bub.”

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Imagine that you are a combat Veteran with a Silver Star and a Purple Heart. Imagine next that someone acquires your records which neither a Silver Star nor a Purple Heart. Then imagine that your claims and the acquired records become the subject of a mil blog that specializes in spotlighting valor thieves. What do you do? Why, you refer to a letter, of course, and lash out at those who find your account either lacking a basis in fact or outright incredible. What you do not do is recount any details that would tend to bolster your claims, such as the gitation content, the names of a few others with whom you served and could attest to your valor, or any other info that could be verified or refuted by some cursory investigation. No, you do not do that. Instead, point to a copy of a letter that is devoid of substance.

  3. Dustoff says:

    ” Over run by the NBA”…Two battalions of Charlotte Hornets and a Company of Houston Rockets no doubt.

  4. Jorge says:

    Lot of nerve pulling this crap down here in P-Cola. I’ll have to keep my eyes open.

  5. Bobo says:

    I saw the letter signed by the office manager posted to the Facebook site. Good enough for me!

  6. Just An Old Dog says:

    A Marine ( actually sockpuppet) says:

    “The results of the investigation along with other information is now at HQMC”.

    I’m betting its in the hands of the same mythical Master Sergeant that has Jared Gimbls honorable discharge.

    I gave you the option of telling us about YOUR service to show a little about who YOU are.
    You chose to ignore that, so fuck you.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    It’s awfully quiet on this page. I wonder what happened to “A Marine.” Did he disappear like Kimball’s FB page? Tomorrow is Monday. I wonder whether Michael McGreevy will be taking calls. If he is, I wonder whether he has first-hand knowledge of Kimball’s claims and can identify the letter purportedly issued by McGreevy.

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    BTW, the actual records indicate that Kimball was in two different provinces during the Battle of Khe Sahn and Khe Sahn is located in neither one. So, the lost or destroyed records must have been replicated, eliminating a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, and placing Kimball where he wasn’t. Sure, that’s all credible.

  9. Graybeard says:

    The Sockpuppet “A Marine” has faded into oblivion.

    And Donald Kimball is still a liar and a Stolen Valor Thief, never a Silver Star or Purple Heart recipient.

  10. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Proof that Kimball was awarded a Silver Star is his license tag. Now, someone might say that the DMV must have had proof that he was, in fact, awarded the Silver Star if he was issued that tag. No, that’s not true. I can think of many ways in which a tag reserved for Silver Star recipients would be wrongly issued. There’s fraud, of course, as we saw with Shane Ladner and others. There’s incompetence, certainly, in which a DMV employee mistakenly assumes that a letter from any gov’t agency is sufficient proof. And there’s the buddy system, for those who have friends in low places. And let me not overlook the Purple Heart. Proof of that is right there on Kimball’s leather jacket. He not only has the medal replicated but in case someone doesn’t recognize the medal, he has “PURPLE HEART” embroidered above the medal in bold, yellow caps. No question about this. You don’t get better proof of legitimacy than that!

  11. Willy Pete says:

    His records were destroyed in 1968, and he has yet to receive a new DD 214? I mean, I knew the military was inefficient, but 50 years? Holy carp!

  12. bombstopr says:

    His FB is back up

  13. bombstopr says:

    He blocked me. 🙂

  14. Interesting article on the phony Silver Star Recipient and Wounded Combat Veteran Purple Heart Recipient Donald “Donnie” Kimball revered as a hero in his own mind

    https://www.pnj.com/story/news/military/2015/10/21/battle-khe-sanh-revealed-heroes-among-us/74344268/

  15. Paul says:

    This guy is a class act. Maybe he never told anyone in Florida about his stint for a couple of years as a Georgia State Trooper in the early 80’s that was cut short after a couple of years and the reason it was cut short. His nickname was “Killer” because of his war tales of all the Viet Cong he had killed single handed. He had a Purple Heart he would show but never went into detail how he earned it. He is from Breman Georgia. Not one time during the few years he was a Trooper did he ever mention a Silver Star. Everyone at the time figured he was full of shit about the Purple Heart and now it appears everyone was right.

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