Terry O’Neill; phony SEAL

| April 24, 2018 | 92 Comments

Someone sent us their work on this Terrance O’Neill fellow. Folks tell us how he can’t go two minutes without bragging about his time in Vietnam when he was a Navy SEAL. For example, there’s this article from a few years ago when Francis “Frank” Lamantia Spivey, a friend of Terry’s was shot by Las Vegas police when he carelessly discharged a weapon a number of times during a standoff with police.

Terry O’Neil, a U.S Navy veteran, said he wasn’t afraid because he had three combat tours of duty during his 22 years of service.

Terry did an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and they took pictures of him wearing an Army Combat Action Badge cap and a SEAL T-shirt;

He tried to get Clint Eastwood to make a movie about his book (that I couldn’t find on the internet)

It looks like O’Neill was aboard the USS Kirk, a frigate, FF-1087, in April, 1975 when it participated in Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam.

He was an SH3 an E-4 Ship’s serviceman. Ship’s servicemen manage barber shops, tailor shops, ships’ uniform stores, laundries, dry cleaning plants and cobbler shops. They serve as clerks in exchanges, gas stations, warehouses, and commissary stores. Some ship’s servicemen function as Navy club managers. You know, just like a Navy SEAL. Somehow, a Combat Action Ribbon appeared in his records. Certainly not an Army Combat Action Badge.

No SEAL training, no SEAL assignments. I hear he now sports a dyed black mustache and a soul patch these days.

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  1. Ex-PH2 - photolab tech and proud of it says:

    Oh, not another Faker Navy Seal!!!!

    I’ll fix some sandwiches, and the chips are in the cupboard. Anyone who wants anything stronger than tea or coffee, bring it yourself, because I am NOT paying for your bad habits.

    And make sure you wear that special pair of boots. It is going to get deep in here.

  2. IDC SARC says:

    Navy SEALs, when skivvies need to be their whitest.

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    You don’t see that many CAB’s from Nam, salute(one finger).

  4. OldManchu says:

    A seal with a CAB instead of a CAR. Happens all the time.

  5. USAF RET says:

    Man, I’d love to have the hat/shirt/patch/car sticker concession for these assholes. I’d be NFL-rich.

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Dear Terrance,

    Thank you for your submission but I regret that I will not be able to produce your story. However, I will soon begin production of a film that includes certain US Navy scenes, requiring your considerable expertise. If you are interested, please let my wardrobe assistant know so that he can provide you with the 136 pairs of dress shoes that need to be spit polished by July 15th.

    Yours truly.


  7. Roh-Dog says:

    “Plugman”…more like plugee.

  8. Non Cedo Ferio says:

    Clints first crack at the big screen was playing a Sailor. Uncredited in. Francis in the Navy. Alongside Donald O Connor.

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    Giant letters over the award on the hat.
    Because nobody would know what it is unless you make it perfectly clear.

  10. AW1Ed says:

    Terrance O’Neill is a phony SEAL.
    Terrance O’Neill is a liar.
    Terrance O’Neill is a disgrace.

    Welcome to your new Google fame, Terry. The inerwebs are forever.

    • USAF RET says:

      You know, AW1Ed, you are right,
      Terrance O’Neill is a phony SEAL.
      Terrance O’Neill is a liar.
      Terrance O’Neill is a disgrace.

      • Roh-Dog says:

        Are you referring to Terrance George O’Neill, who may have gone by the name Terrance O’Neill and/or Terry O’Neill?
        I heard that Terrance O’Neill may have lived in Albany New York and enlisted into the U.S. Navy from that location. While in the Navy Terrance O’Neill was not a member of the prestigious SeALs even though Terrance O’Neill has claimed to be a SEAL. Did you know that while in Las Vegas Terrance O’Neill who served in the Navy wore a hat with a Combat Action Badge, which is an Army badge?

        • NECCSEBEECPO says:

          I wear a hat OD green with a CAB on it. I never served in Army but have the CAB listed on my DD214 and NDAWS, plus page 4. There have been many Sailors that have a CAB, just had it converted, or not. So they can claim they have one. Now this jack ass NO. Note they can not wear on uniform unless assigned with Army and or Army JTF and wearing Army uniform.

          This is not and was not meant to be a Army only badge.
          Award of the CAB is not limited by one’s branch or military occupational specialty; however, to receive the CAB, a Soldier must not be assigned or attached to a unit that would qualify the Soldier for the CIB or CMB.

  11. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Today is Tuesday and it looks like the seals are getting a late start this week. i wonder if I should shit can my O’Neill body surfing shirt.

  12. Combat Historian says:

    This POS is so full of shit that he needs a size XXL pooper-scooper for basic self-cleaning…

  13. MK75Gunner says:

    What a sad sack of shit. You served on the USS Kirk and took part in some operations that were memorialized in film and are part of Navy lore. Instead of being rightfully proud of being part of that crew you took a giant shit on them. Fuck you, shitbag. NPR, whom I generally loathe, did an excellent documentary on this Ship, “Forgotten Ship: A Daring Rescue as Saigon Fell”.


    • AW1Ed says:

      From the article:

      In the documentary, Donald Cox, who was an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator 3rd Class aboard USS Kirk during the evacuation, spoke about the operation.

      “Combat wasn’t what was needed,” said Cox. “It was a heart and hand that was needed. We didn’t recognize that at first, we just did our jobs.”

      First generation of my rating- big flight boots to fill.

  14. MK75Gunner says:

    USS Kirk, a Chinook, and a leap of faith.

  15. Berliner says:

    Saw 1988 training as a plugman. Then there is the picture of him with his index finger extended. I believe in the photo he was demonstrating what he did at lights out, starting out with just one finger.

  16. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:


  17. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    If he was a Navy Club Manager, which I seriously doubt because he was on a ship, he may have qualified for a combat action badge and maybe a Purple Heart for having his balls busted over small shit by Commander’s wives, Master Chiefs and the like. Just sayin.

  18. Ret_25X says:

    He kind of reminds me of Code Name “Dumb Ass”.

    That said, he could also be Code Name “Half Ass”, “Ass Hole”, or even “Ass Hat”.

    What ever code name he uses, he was never a SEAL, never a Soldier, but always an ass.

  19. Atkron says:

    Fuck you Terry O’Neil

  20. JimV says:

    No service dog? 😲

  21. Thunderstixx says:

    I ran out of insults and stupid monikers for these clowns…

  22. rgr769 says:

    Just wow! Even before he joined the Navy in 1967, he was captured in 1964 in Cambodia and spent 2 years as a POW. He musta done those two years in captivity instead of junior and senior year in high school. Three combat tours in the Viet of the Nam, and the SEALs recruited him from the ranks of the elite Navy stores clerks. Where do we get such men?

  23. Green Thumb says:

    Not the real deal, Terry O’Niell….

  24. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Wino scrotum sniffing gerbil turd.

  25. E4 Mafia For Life. says:

    The Army Combat Action Badge is awarded to service members who engaged in combat after 2001.
    It was meant to acknowledge non-infantry persons.
    Armor and Artillery were left out.
    The CIB was created in 1943 to increase the prestige for ground pounders. SOmething to recognize that they were not bottom of the barrel.
    Any soldier that had been in combat prior to 2001 but not 11 series gets nothing.
    I was a 19D and fought in Iraq and Kuwait. I don’t get that award.
    Efforts have been made over the years to award this retroactively – including the stipulation that those eligible would pay for their own badge – but DOD and Congress said tough shit. We don’t have the resources to go back thru 60 years of spotty records to update service members records, issue DD-215’s blah blah blah.
    No, I don’t need it.
    I’m proud of my service, don’t have an ego to feed.
    And, I have my Stetson, gold spurs and Order Of The Combat Spur. That’s the real heritage for Cavalry.

  26. E4 Mafia For Life. says:

    Correction. I meant to say Armor and Artillery were not elligible for the CIB.

  27. USAFRetired says:

    How does a guy with 15+ years Navy enlisted only have Good Conduct Medals?

  28. Ex-PH2 says:

    It seems to me that this guy had a good career, retired as an SH1/E-6, went places I never got to see and had plenty to tell in the way of sea stories. But he just had to go and ruin it by making stuff up.

    For shame!

    If you’re going to tell sea stories, stick to that. It can be quite interesting, even if you’re just the mess cook on a diesel submarine.

    “There I was, cleaning up the last bits of this and that in the galley. We were dead in the water at 450 feet. Someone started making whale noises. It was so real, it even had me fooled….”

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