Thomas Roger Johnson; the “Super Marine”

| August 3, 2014


You might remember a few months ago the story of our buddy Bob Massie at MyServicePride who occasionally advertises with us for his items that you can buy with your military awards on them. This Thomas Robert Johnson fellow tried to order a coffee mug or something with the above “rack” and Bob sent the dude to our other buddy, Taco Bell, a retired Marine Corps pilot. Taco contacted Johnson by phone and you can hear the phone calls at this link. Johnson claimed that he was a full bird Marine Colonel with 31 years of service, and that he’d been a POW in Vietnam. Well, it turns out that his records contain a lot of admirable stuff and this may be the worst case of needless embellishment known to man;

Thomas R Johnson FOIA

Thomas R Johnson Combat duty

Thomas R Johnson Assignments1

Thomas R Johnson Assignments2

Thomas R Johnson Assignments3

He had participated in the evacuations of Americans from Saigon and Phnom Penh, Cambodia at the end of our involvement in Southeast Asia and he earned his Combat Action Ribbon, but he didn’t spend 31 years in the Corps. He had 8 years in and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. His “rack” contains a lot admirable stuff, but no where near the amount of stuff he wanted to decorate his car dealer office;

Thomas R Johnson Awards

Oh, yeah, he sells cars, but not according to his LinkedIn Profile, so he hasn’t learned his lesson about lying yet.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Doc Savage says:

    “I’m not digging just giving you some of your own medicine”

    “You couldn’t make make me shut up even if you were standing in front of me.”

    This is less and less the verbage of a rational adult attempting to make a ( fallacious ) point, and more the school yard screams of a petulant child.

    You can troll, you can deny the logical arguments, and you can ignore the point and continually redirect the main issue and try to lead the conversation down a hundred unrelated rabbit holes, but it does nothing to change the reality that Thomas Roger Johnson Lied.

    You can be his cheerleader and apologist, but you will not change the minds of the individuals in this forum.

    And that it what you want; for everyone to kneel in agreement with you as the sole arbiter of what should and should not be considered stolen valor.

    Clearly you have a much lower standard than those present…and that’s fine, whatever you can live with I suppose.

    But don’t assume the rest here will lower their standards to meet the standard you have set for yourself in your life.

  2. Tom says:

    Good morning All! Now that I’m having my first cup of coffee, I will respond to your allusion that I’m without any principles or ethics. Here’s a thought “If we make judgments without showing mercy, then no mercy will be shown when we are judged!” I made no apologies for homeboy; I got it he lied. I would have given him the opportunity to come clean. I just don’t judge his actions or let it wreck my life like some of you. Some of you need to get rid of this Freikorps temperament out of your head; you are not saving the country by bashing someone over the internet over a coffee cup. You’re not active duty anymore; the same rules do not apply out here in the civilian world. I suppose a certain amount of you get some gratification by verbally lashing out at people on the web just like you were back in uniform. I feel that we’ve beaten a dead horse on this topic, so this is my last post. The posse can continue criticizing without further comebacks. I’m going to write about another debate and not even take up this issue.

    • Hondo says:

      They originally did, Tom. They called the guy and asked.

      He lied to their faces, until they showed him they had the goods on him in a follow-up call. He promised to send documentation, but never did. Then in yet another follow-up call, he denied making those claims – and then came up with another even more ridiculous lie as a cover story.

      Despite your protests to the contrary, it’s obvious you’re OK with him being a liar and never facing any consequences for same. It’s a free country, so you’re entitled to that opinion.

      Just remember: you’re the one who has to look at yourself in the mirror every morning. Hope you enjoy what you see.

    • GDContractor says:

      Tom – First, you’re an idiot.

      This was never about a coffee cup. Your continued assertion that it is about a coffee cup does not make it so.

      This asshole did have an opportunity to come clean and you would know that if you had listened to the phone conversations that were taped. It is obvious to me that you did not bother listening to or reviewing any existing evidence, after all, by your own admission you are too lazy to look up The Stolen Valor Act of 2013. You must have been one hell of a cop.

      Here is what Super Marine had posted on his LinkedIn profile (of course, you would have known this if you weren’t so fucking lazy):

      January 1973 – June 2004 (31 years 6 months)

      active duty/active reserve status 1-73 thru 6-04
      Began as an enlisted Reconnaissance Marine; and, then transitioned from SSgt (E6) to 2Lt (O1) through the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP).
      Assignments included: DAO-Saigon (South Vietnam, Cambodia, and US SAG, Thailand) serving under:
      Col. Nicholas M. Trapnell Jr, USMC – NOV 1973 to APR 1974
      LtCol. Charles A. Barscow, USMC – NOV 1973 to JUL 1974
      Col. Paul L. Siegmund, USMC – APR 1974 to FEB 1975
      Col. Eugene R. Howard Jr, USMC – JAN 1975 to APR 1975
      LtCol. William E. McKinstry, USMC – JUL 1974 to APR 1975

      16 Dec 1973 – 23 Feb 1974 Battle of Phnom Penh
      27 Apr 1974 – 2 May 1974 Battle of Svay Rieng
      12 Dec 1974 – 6 Jan 1975 Battle of Phuoc Long
      3 Mar 1975 – 11 Mar 1975 Battle of Ban Me Thuot
      28 Mar 1975 – 30 Mar 1975 Da Nang, RVN evacuation
      9 Apr 1975 – 22 Apr 1975 Xuan Loc, RVN
      30 Apr 1975 OPERATION FREQUENT WIND-Saigon evacuation
      15 May 1975 OPERATION MAYAGUEZ-Koh Tang Island, Cambodia
      24 – 25 April 1980 OPERATION EAGLE CLAW-near Tabas, Iran
      25 Oct – 15 Dec 1983 OPERATION URGENT FURY-Grenada
      20 Dec 1989 – 12 Jan 1990 OPERATION JUST CAUSE-Panama
      2 Aug 1990 – 28 Feb 1991 OPERATION DESERT STORM-Saudi Arabia & Iraq
      9 Dec 1992 – 4 May 1993 OPERATION RESTORE HOPE-Somalia
      19 Sept 1994 31 Mar 1995 OPERATION RESTORE DEMOCRACY-Haiti
      24 Mar 1999 – 10 June 1999 OPERATION NOBLE ANVIL-Yugoslavia (deployed as a Forward Air Controller directing US-led NATO bombing missions, which led to the withdrawal of Yugoslav forces from Kosovo)
      1 May 2003 – 31 Oct 2003 OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM-Afghanistan (deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism)
      1 Nov 2003 – 30 Apr 2004 OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (deployed as a Senior Intelligence/Policy Advisor at Iraqi Ministry of Interior/ Intelligence and Counterterrorism Directorate – Baghdad, Iraq)
      1 July 2004 – transitioned to a civilian administrative role within DoD.

      In closing I would just like borrow some of your illogic and say that there are lots of PHM recipients who never got to win a shiny certificate for being in the best Infantry Squad.

      Good luck with the Masters Degree. I hope you get to the part soon where they reveal to you that there is a functional difference between the word “then” and “than”.

      The internet is forever Tom…. you really should have stopped digging.

      • nbcguy54 says:

        Masters degree? Hey Tom, do you want me to put you in touch with somebody who can help you write your papers? He’s in Montana but I bet you two would get along just peachy.

    • clamsgotlegs says:

      Typical ENTP behavior.

    • ArmyATC says:

      Well, Tommy-boy. It seems you really haven’t learned anything. Off to write about another debate? Hopefully you pay more attention than you did in this one. And hopefully you aren’t nearly as lazy in that debate as you claim here, and you are a lazy bastard. It’s still hard to believe you are in a master’s program.

      No one said you lacked ethics. But it has been said that you lack character and your ethics are stunted at best.

  3. MrBill says:

    “…this is my last post.”

    Thank you.

  4. Doc Savage says:

    ” Here’s a thought “If we make judgments without showing mercy, then no mercy will be shown when we are judged!”

    Stellar…you can recite quotes; so can I.

    “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”

    — Potter Stewart

    You see Tom….I already completed a Double Masters….Public Health/Military Science….and the common theme that was carried through the Military, School, and life….is ethics.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oh, are we doing quotes this morning, too? Oh, this is so much fun.

      Here’s one for you:

      The true lie is hated not only by the gods, but also by men. – Plato, The Republic, a conversation between Socrates and Adeimantus

      N.B.: I acknowledged my source and references.

      • Doc Savage says:

        *stands to applaud*

        Nicely done.

      • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

        “Do your homework so that you don’t look stupid” -Mom

        “Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.” -John Wayne

        “If you’re going to be stupid, you’re going to be strong.” -Day 1 of any boot camp, anywhere on the planet.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        I was thinking, which I sometimes do for the fun of it.

        If ol’ Tom is doing his master’s in whatever, with his lack of basic skills in English grammar, punctuation and possibly spelling, he’ll need an editor for his 14-page thesis. Unless he intends to plagiarize a major portion of it, he’ll have to note his references in the bibliography. And he’ll also have to sit for his orals, if they still do that at the graduate level.

        Both of those may pose a problem for Tommy Boy.

        Geez, I had to sit for orals for my undergrad degree. Try having a conversation in three languages all at once. Ficken das Scheisse!

      • nbcguy54 says:

        “Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump.

        That’s all I’m going to say about that.

  5. enigma4you says:


    Stolen valor is a huge problem. While at first glans it may not seem to be a big deal the reality is that this problem ripples and creates much larger issues.

    Examples are people who claim false awards or tell tales of grand acts of heroism very often have told these same tales to the va and are relieving benifits that they don’t deserve. They are stealing not just honor but money from the public. They are stealing the time of the staff from vets that baby need the services.

    They seek attention, they get their false cliams published as fact. They are stealing the true history.

    Yet you advocate sitting by and doing nothing. Fine don’t complain when we have elected officials who are frauds, when history is taught wrong or about excess spending . You give up that right bay saying this isn’t that big of a deal

  6. CLAW131 says:

    I got no more use for this guy–Vincent LaGuardia Gambini.

  7. Just an Old Dog says:

    Tom, you have now helped lay the groundwork for an entirely new category of asshattery. It’s already been explored by several sock puppets and other idiots like Psul ( of the ballsack.
    Instead of “Stolen Valor” it is “Stolen Stupidity” It’s where some blathering tool gets on a thread, defending some still-born chode’s actions and hijacks the thread to be about them.

  8. PeteOldABH says:

    My employer, who I respect dearly, said this:

    Tell the truth first and the problem will be solved and put in the past. Lying about it makes it a thing of the future and doesn’t go away.

    I don’t know if that’s a quote from someone else or not, but I never forgot it.