Charles Rood; phony SEAL in WV

| August 22, 2014

Charles Rood

Don Shipley sends us a link to the Huntington, WV Herald Dispatch which tells the tale of local resident Charles Rood;

He really enjoyed working for Jim Tweel, owner of Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti Restaurant, but decided to join the U.S. Navy in December of 1959 and, this is where his story really begins to get interesting.

What a lot of his neighbors don’t know is, after boot training, he entered the Navy Seal Training Program. His Seal Training was done at the Navy Seal Training Center, in San Francisco. After completing training, he served on the USS Cincinnati SSN-693 until January 1970. As far as any missions he carried out as a Navy Seal, he won’t say.


It is not clear whether a fire at a National Records Archive in 1973 had anything to do with a delay in him getting a deserved medal but he was tracked down last year and presented the Navy Seal’s Trident pin which he now wears on his Honor Guard uniform.

Yeah, the Army tracked me down to award me my jump wings after I retired, too, because I couldn’t afford the 8 bucks to buy it myself.

Well, since Don Shipley sent us the article, you know that the upshot is that Mr Rood wasn’t a SEAL and apparently, he just decided to buy a Trident last year and make up the story that the Navy tracked him down to award it to him so he could wear some bling on his honor guard uniform which explains why he doesn’t want to talk about his “missions”.

Added his FOIA 9/26/2014;

Charles Rood FOIA

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    I have to give you some more credit. Since this fucktard is over in your AO in West-By-Gawd…. It’s a wonder you haven’t gone over and stuck your foot dead up his ass.

    • Enigma4you says:

      Jonn cant get there,

      Interstate has a problem, Only in west by God Virgina Will you ever see the headline

      “Chickens and Ammo cause interstate shutdown”4
      Just before 4 a.m., Seth Grim was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer with Pennsylvania plates and rolled it over on Interstate 79 near Amma, WV. A dog tried to jump out of the window, which might have helped cause the wreck. Unfortunately, the dog later died and Grim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his upper torso.

      Here’s where the story gets wacky. In the back of his explorer were 35 to 40 chickens along with an AK 47 and a large amount of ammunition. Also in the back of his vehicle was a device that police were extremely concerned about. The “improvised explosives” prompted a higher level of response.

      The West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad out of Williamson, WV was sent to the scene and removed the device.

      Initially, all of the chickens were reported to have made it out alive. Our reporter, who was on site during the shutdown of the interstate, tells us that some of the chickens did die and some survived.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      It looks like he’s getting a working over in the comments at the article.

      • MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

        Oh … He is getting worked up.

        Listen up scuttlefucht … You wanted the attention …

        Well you have it now!

        Ta Ta.

  2. Jonathan says:

    After completing training, he served on the USS Cincinnati SSN-693 until January 1970.

    The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 4 February 1971 and her keel was laid down on 6 April 1974. She was launched on 19 February 1977 sponsored by Mrs. William Keating, and commissioned on 10 June 1978, with Commander Gilbert V. Wilkes, III in command.

  3. Islandofmisfittoys says:

    Guy must have a time machine since the USS Cincinnati SSN-693 was not laid down until 1974 and commissioned in 1978.

  4. Slick Goodlin says:

    Hey…I’ve been to the Navy Seal Training Base in San Francisco, it’s right next to Pier 39.

  5. Bobo says:

    Yup, every nuc fast boat has a few SEALs working in their initial rate instead of a SEAL team. By the way, SSN-693 was launched in 1977 and commissioned in 1978, with the contract to build her not awarded until 1971 (per the source of all knowledge, wikipedia). I’m sure that he was assigned to the top secret USS Cincinnati that existed before the 693 was around. Asshat.

    • Combat Historian says:

      May be what he really meant was that he got on that old sealkrit squarrel time machine and served on the USS CINCINNATI (CL-6) during World War II…

    • NHSparky says:

      I remember being on USS Buffalo back in 1968. The SEALs had a fucking shit fit when the COB said they’d have to hot rack like the rest of the crew.

  6. Martinjmpr says:

    ” His Seal Training was done at the Navy Seal Training Center, in San Francisco.”

    You know, there’s an obvious joke here about “blowing a seal” but I’m not going to go there….:D

    • Eggs says:

      A Kip Addotta song from the 80s comes to mind…..

    • ChipNASA says:

      Fine I’ll do it

      The Mechanic:

      A penguin Charles Rood is driving along one day and his car starts making this really strange sound. So, he pulls into the first gas station he sees, jumps out of his car, runs up to the mechanic and says: “I need for someone to look at my car! There’s something wrong with it!” The mechanic looks at him and says “Well I can do that but you’ll have to wait about 20 minutes or so.” A penguinCharles Rood looks across the street and notices an ice cream shop! (PenguinsCharles Rood just LOVES Ice cream.) So he says “OK I’ll be back.” He tosses him his keys runs across the street and has a big ol’ bowl of ice cream. He comes back, looks at the mechanic and says “Did you figure out what’s wrong with my car?” “Well” replies the mechanic “looks like you blew a seal.” The penguinCharles Rood quickly wipes off his face and says “OH NO, that’s just ice cream!”


    • OldSargeUSAR says:

      I just had the fork SEALS on my Goldwing replaced the other day.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    What did he do in San Foo-foo, attend pride parades in his bell bottom jeans?

  8. Delilah T. says:


  9. AW1 Tim says:

    Aside from a serious facepalm, I got nothin’…….

  10. Just an Old Dog says:

    72 year old guy, no family, never married, living in public housing, doesn’t appear to have done much with himself.
    Buys a shirt and hat and bullshits a news “reporter”.

    • Bobo says:

      Actually, it looks like he was married twice, once in WV and once in OH. In the second marriage, he was listed as Senior, so I’m guessing that there is a junior running around somewhere.

      It also doesn’t look like it was a reporter who wrote it, but some kind of public affairs person for his housing community. Despite that, the paper should have done some basic fact checking before printing.

  11. Hondo says:

    (sigh) Did we really just have another USN/USMC faker (or some clueless reporter) dredge up the “1973 records fire” as an excuse? You know, the fire in which no USN/USMC records are believed to have been damaged or destroyed?

    Seems like they’re just not trying any more.

  12. NHSparky says:

    Honor Guard? Another AmLegion post not checking 214’s?

  13. Poetrooper says:

    I actually did discover several decades after I was in Vietnam that I was eligible for some unit awards like the troopers featured in this article:

    In fact I was a battalion staff NCO who, during that battle, ran the battalion tactical net in the forward tactical operations center right smack in the middle of the battle area for the LTC Wasco mentioned in the article and then later in the battle for COL Hal Moore from the 1st Cav, the guy played by Mel Gibson in the movie, “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young,” who took command of the battle area from Wasco.

    A half century later I’m still waiting for the Army to track me down to award me the Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation that I didn’t know I am eligible to wear:

    You think maybe it’s because I wasn’t SSS, a secret submarine SEAL like Rood?

    • Poetrooper, I think I’m gonna wait for the Navy to track me down too. ☺

      Not to make light of your position, but this Rood guy says it happened to HIM?

      • Hack Stone says:

        Fourteen years and change, and I am still waiting for that end of tour award. 3 1/2 years over there, and all I got was three stars on my overseas ribbon and another one on my Good Conduct Medal. Maybe I can get some reporter to write about me. It would be a short article, though.

  14. thebesig says:

    Person A: Said person doesn’t show up in the SEAL data base as ever being a SEAL according to a retired SEAL with access to the Navy SEAL database!

    Person B: That person showed a certificate, medal, and a SEAL challenge coin indicating that he was in the SEALs! That’s totally legit to me, quit saying that he wasn’t a SEAL! How dare you call that person’s integrity to question!

    “Person B” is the reason these phony SEALS could sucker many into thinking that they’re the real deal. Too many people don’t realize that the “tell them this if they say or ask that” ploys are part of the phony’s play book.

    • nbcguy54 says:

      Don’t forget Person B-a: the reporter who takes all of this crap for face value, who doesn’t take the time to fact-check, who is totally clueless about the military, but by-god, they’ve got a helluva story and the public must hear it.
      But what’s new??

  15. Briar_Fan says:

    I guess I will have to keep an eye out for this guy. I am sure with as small as Huntington is, I will run into him at some point.

  16. Thunderstixx says:

    I ran into someone at work the other day that I believe was also not qualified to wear the hat, the military pins on it or the SF tattoo that said he was a badass SF guy…
    I asked him what unit he was in, he got all pissy and he told me he couldn’t tell me the unit because it was super super secret and I had a lot of nerve even asking him about it. After all, he was in SF for 30 years…

  17. Climb to Glory says:

    “…after boot training, he entered the Navy Seal Training Program.”

    What the fuck is boot training. This guy is another turd that won’t flush.

  18. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    He is a SEAL … The seal between the toilet and sewer pipe!

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      He said he’s a SEAL, but maybe he meant to say he’s a Seal, as in the kind that likes to bark, clap, and play with BALLS in order to get affection and attention?

  19. NHSparky says:

    Hey Root!

    How many 4MC’s on that boat there, bro?

  20. Green Thumb says:

    I have been travelling. Sorry I am late.

    Just a Rood Turd.

  21. Big Steve says:

    Rood, you are a piece of work. You could only manage 30 days in the Navy, and you dare to claim SEAL status?
    God! Don’t you guys realize that eventually you WILL run into a real vet who will ask questions you won’t be able to answer? And who will probably see through any lies you try to tell?