Basic washout takes Stolen valor to the next level.

| May 15, 2011

First I would like you to met Melanie Evalena Gutermuth.

She claims of being in the Army for four years before moving on to College. Except that was a lie. She never even made it out of basic. But that has not stopped her from wearing the Uniform to events.

But it does not stop there. She has made people believe that she was a military widow. Has lied to combat injured Veterans about being a Veteran.

She has been a speaker on student veteran issues on colleges. She says again that she was in the military for four years. What she means is that she was in four Companies at Basic before they discharged her.

Oh and she tired to get into ROTC and was removed from the program after not passing a PT test after a year. Oh and in the video were she talks about having some challenges, being banned from TSU is the main one.

Summer 2007, Gutermuth began making complaints to the cadre stating that she thought she was unfairly removed. She had nearly every excuse in the book as to why her performance during the last year was so bad. It included everything from her broken finger, to her classmates all conspiring against her to have her removed, an apparent pregnancy which ended in a supposed miscarriage, and trouble at home with a spouse whom none of us had ever heard of before this point. Her correspondence with the cadre showed increasing signs of delusional thoughts and rational. Eventually, she was permanently banned from the ROTC building due to the cadre’s fear of an incident if she be allowed to return. Not long after this in the fall of 2007, word was received that she was also banned from the Texas State University campus for posing a danger to herself or others.

Oh did I forget that she is disabled?

But some of the discrimination is overt. Melanie Gutermuth, a disabled veteran and graduate student from Hanover, Md., travels with a service dog. “Most of the time, this is not a problem,” she said. “However, in recent months, that’s changed. People will say, ‘You look normal to me,’ because I’m not in a wheelchair or blind. Consequently, I have been excluded from some services, and charged pet fees for others.”

It seems that people suspected but not to the level that it has gone.

A real classy one this is.

UPDATE Sporkmaster: Guess who got arrested recently. Looks like she was arrested for trespassing after being warned.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Old Trooper says:

    I wonder if her background would qualify under “stolen valor” since she has obviously gained from her fake stories?

  2. PO Squidward says:

    Yeah, but she is kind of cute though…….

  3. Ben says:

    Disabled vet…that’s rich.

    I guess I’d be disabled too if I spent the better part of a decade doing basic training over and over and over. That can be rough on the body.

    I knew losers like this chick.

    And you really thinks she’s cute? Huh? She doesn’t do anything for me.

  4. DaveO says:

    Eh, PO Squidward’s right. She’s cute. She’s no Sponge Bob though.

  5. Cedo Alteram says:

    Nice research Spork.

    With that hair line and huge forhead, I thought she looked like the Brain, from “Pinky and the Brain”. Though definitely no genius, she’s certainly not hideous. I’d give her a four or five. She’s the crazy chick you might lay but never marry.

    Sporkmaster: This was not mine this time, just a re-posted stuff already turned in None of it from me though.

  6. Adirondack Patriot says:

    Here she lies to the Military Officers’ Association about getting shabby treatment at the VA.

  7. Jonn Lilyea says:

    WTF is “military sexual trauma”?

  8. Sporkmaster says:

    Here is all the info that POWNETWORK has on her.

  9. P says:

    Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is a term used in the VA system.

    From the VA website:

    The definition of MST used by the VA is given by U.S. Code (1720D of Title 38). It is “psychological trauma, which in the judgment of a VA mental health professional, resulted from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment which occurred while the Veteran was serving on active duty or active duty for training.” Sexual harassment is further defined as “repeated, unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.”

    More info here.

    Although there is a higher prevalence rate of MST in female veterans, there are pretty similar numbers of male and female veterans who have experienced MST.

  10. streetsweeper says:

    All that means is; she wasn’t worth a crap…In bed or out.

  11. B Woodman says:

    I see Corporal or Sergeant stripes on the uniform. At least she’s not pretending to be an officer.
    (faint praise /snark off)

  12. Claymore says:

    WTF is “military sexual trauma”?

    The realization that you aren’t worth a fuck as a soldier?

  13. Michael says:

    I was in ROTC with her at Texas State University. Her story was falling apart after one semester there and the ROTC BN Commander worked pretty hard to gather evidence that resulted in her getting banned from the Texas VFW.

    Our ROTC class members keep each other updated on her most recent craziness. It’s amusing when it’s not infuriating.

  14. . . says:

    I was the one that compiled the list of stuff on Gutermuth from everything that we all knew and had my fair share of having to deal with her. If you have any questions about her or want to know just how far her BS goes, just let me know.

  15. taken says:

    She lived with me for a few months claiming she was a disabled vet, left in the middle of the night, I fell for it all, What a horrible person to take take take from people who just wanted to help..

  16. Advocate says:

    Melanie Marshall is who she pretended to be when she came to our organization looking for help. Anyone who knows her know that everything she says “The thing is…,” it’s another lie. She told us she had a child and the baby daddy was a supervisor in the jail in Athens, Texas, but that she gave the baby to a “nice couple” to raise. The story grew and grew and the lies were outrageous. It took months and months to get rid of her. She was put in jail again and began calling us – of course collect – to tell more lies. It was costing us a small fortune.

    Never in all my years of working with victims, have I ever seen anyone as pathological as Melanie Gutermuth Marshall, etc… It is shocking to see just how ill she still is. She can suck the life right out of you from all the drama and trauma she invents.

    The comment above by “Taken” says it all.

  17. taken says:

    Avocate, and all others that have been taken by Melaine, I understand that she has been arrested in Florida but I am sure that she has since been released. If you ever want to talk or share stories about her please give me a call at 202-550-2421, I really would like to find a truth in the lies she told or if there is a truth at all. just who is she and how can a person be so low, she has even been to the white house representing herself as Melanie Gutermuth a disabled vet, I have a picture of her with the First Lady, how did that slip by security, ?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I know of her, and that she has been officially diagnosed with mental illness.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps that might explain some of the outrageous claims and behavior.

  20. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    Ok, this gal is mentally ill. She needs help and hopefully she’ll get it.

    I can get my little Jarhead brain around the concept of the others having low self esteem, ego issues, etc. What I can’t get my atrophied Marine mind around is how can they think they can fool the ‘real deal’? Don’t they have sense enough to do a little homework? Then, why do they continue to argue once they’ve been busted? Unforkin’ believable!

  21. taken says:

    I spent alot of time with her and I really do not believe that she is mentally ill, I think that she uses that as an excuse when she gets caught in her lies and then claims mental problems. She is just a taker, and all around bad person.

  22. While Mugshots are not the easiest on one’s looks, this shot shows her as she really is- mousey wench.

  23. Doc Bailey says:

    Well you know she’s angling for a job in Hollywood.

  24. taken says:

    She just comes across as frail and in real need but she in not as she appears,,, she is dishonest and just a horrible person all around

  25. tracking says:

    Well, it has been 3 months since she last appeared on the radar. I’d say within the next 3 months or less, we should be expecting another appearance from her in some form or fashion.

  26. taken says:

    I think she was in jail for the last three months, I think, anyway..

  27. D says:

    Go to this website…you will find pics of her from 2010 when I had the “pleasure” of meeting her. Click “who we are” then “photo gallery”. She is under the photos named “The 2nd annual Kangaroo golf tournament and skydive 2010…this is where she was pretending to be the fiance of a soldier KIA. Un-freaking-believable!

    From Sporkmaster: POW.networkis tracking the photos on the website as well.

  28. taken says:

    she still has a warrant out for her arrest in Texas,

    in San Marcos texas

  29. tracking says:

    I’d have to see the warrant to know for sure, but more than likely, unless she is stopped in Hays County or the nearby counties, they will not extradite her for it. That is of course assuming it is for the same things as before, which I believe were Class B misdemeanors.

  30. Marine_7002 says:

    She’s in some fine-looking company.

    Her mug shot makes her look like she has pointed ears. Scotty needs to beam her up…

  31. Liam B. says:

    Thanks Mr. Lilyea,

    I so love reading about these clowns

  32. taken says:

    Joshua, what is her new facebook name, I could not open the link you provided.. thanks

  33. she's a fake says:

    She’s such a phony. I see she just locked up in the Tampa area for obstruction and fighting with police.

  34. gobobcats says:

    I knew Melanie at college. Man I could tell you all kinds of whoppers she would tell people about her service and other contrived hardships. I’m glad to see she was recently arrested again. The POWNETWORK website someone linked to earlier does does a great job keeping up with her treachery. I’ve even contributed information to them myself.

    Anyhow, here are a few other sites to check out to see what ol’ Melanie is up to:

    Her blog –

    Her twitter page –!/destinydeferred

    Or if its easier her twitter handle is @destinydeffered

    I’m glad there are sites like this that expose frauds and those who crap on the sacrifice made by real veterans.

    Oh by the way, for those of you who say you find her attractive, you really need to see how big the forehead is in person.

  35. tracking says:

    I’m glad other people are helping to keep tabs on her now. Being away from home and with less than steller Internet service, I am not able to do it as much anymore.

    I read through some of her blog, and even back in 2008, she was making entries referencing her phony marriage, her phony service, her phony pregnancy, and well, you get the idea. I particularly love this excerpt from 2008:

    “All my life, I’ve been an overachiever – reading at the age of two, school honor rolls, a multi-sport competitive athlete – what so many people thought of to be a whiz kid. Nearing the end of high school, as we all do, I sat down and looked at myself and the direction I wanted to go. Leaving my rural hometown bound for the big city, I soon joined the military and traveled around before landing back home, facing the same decision. Where am I going with my life?”

    Oh, also for some sad news. One of the founders and president of the POWnetwork, Chuck Shantag, recently past away, leaving behind his wife, Mary. She has vowed to continue the website, though updates may come a little more slowly until she is fully up and running on her own. If anyone would like to send a donation to the family, you can go to:

    The things she and her husband have done to combat phonies over many years has been nothing short of remarkable and they have helped me expose many more phonies other than Gutermuth. Chuck Shantag will be missed by many and his loss is felt by those that never even knew him.

  36. tracking says:


    I haven’t been able to check in a bit, but last I knew, she was using the name Melanie Dances on Facebook. It used to be Melanie Gutermuth, then Melanie Moves, then Melanie Shakes, then Melanie Dances. Anyone else noticing a trend here?

  37. And the story goes on... says:

    (other person on FB) Tricare’s cool. Though they have some crap rules.
    2 hours ago · Like
    Melanie Goes You gotta be active, retired, or dependent. I’m not any of those anymore.

  38. gwen says:

    Thank you very much for bringing this all to light. She has been handled for agg aslt/ps in Tx., trust me i know. She also is not above a little bit of stalking your kids if she can’t get your attention. so thank you very much.

  39. Chevy says:

    Wow she is a sociopath that is in need of serious treatment and committment

  40. ScalpelShepherd says:

    holy bringing back threads from the past, batman!

  41. groundpounder65 says:

    ehh she would be a deployment 7 at best, stateside 1

  42. Mrs TSO says:

    I can’t believe I’ve met her, she used to frequent the DFW USO

  43. Anonymous says:

    Yet another glamour shot, this one from quite a while back. Looks like she spent several days in the slammer…

  44. JP76er says:

    Ha! I missed this one. My little brother lives in that area, I’ll have to get him to date her. That will teach her lying ass.

  45. JNez says:

    This just annoys the living hell out of me, I am sorry if I am venting but I can’t help it, how do people get away with this?? And sorry for not being up on the news I can currently deployed but what is this I hear that they are doing away with the Stolen Valor Act?? Is this for real or is this a rumor?? This girl was a BCT washout and she has been going around talking to wounded combat vets about stuff she hasn’t a clue …recommendation can just package all of the POGs up and send them to RC-S in Afghanistan and have them be roadside bomb detectors? Sorry but this really chaps my hide