Richard Rahn arrested

| September 11, 2014

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You may remember Richard Rahn who we featured the other day when he dressed up in the uniform of a sergeant major at a gathering in Minnesota. Well, apparently, the local LEOs have arrested him for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a link sent to us by John from CBS Minnesota;

Authorities say they had received a tip that Rahn had a felony conviction in another state, thus making it illegal for him to have certain firearms.

Another warrant was served Wednesday at a storage unit in Willmar, where officers seized two more firearms, as well as a U.S. Army dress uniform adorned with medals and insignias.

Police had received complaints that Rahn was posing as a highly decorated officer.

Investigators are determining whether Rahn’s use of the uniform violates a federal statute.

Let me help; He’s wearing a Purple Heart and a Soldiers Medal, so yeah, smoke him.

Chip sends us another link to the arrest from the West Central Tribune;

According to the news release, a number of complaints had been received recently of a Willmar resident posing as a highly decorated officer in the United States Army. According to the complaints, the individual appeared in uniform at various events and claimed to have served in the Army Rangers. A Facebook user reported spotting the alleged impersonator at the Olivia VFW Aug. 9.

The individual was identified as Rahn and some people also reported to police that the individual had a criminal record in another state.

I feel somewhat gratified that Stolen Valor is now recognized by the general public, whereas a few years ago, the dude might have got away with it. But as I’ve said, stolen valor is just a symptom in these people. There’s always something else that they’ve done which is illegal.

ADDED: Guardians of Valor say that he never served a day in the military. I know, I’m shocked, too.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. rb325th says:

    Felon in posession of guns… guess he missed Bubba. Hope they have a grand reunion.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I hope the things that get smoked are Thor and Bubba’s poles and Ole Dickey Do is the one that is the peter puffer.

  2. nbcguy54 says:


  3. Instinct says:

    Gee, it’s almost like everyone who does this stolen valor shit is an all around turd with criminal issues too.

    Naw, can’t be, it’s a victim-less crime right?

    /sarc off

  4. NHSparky says:

    People keep asking why I give a shit about dirtbags like this guy and others.

    There’s your reason. It’s almost never just Stolen Valor. Usually there’s much more, and much worse.

    • Hondo says:

      Yep. Their Stolen Valor is usually only the putrid, rotten cherry on top of the figurative sh!t-sundae that is their life.

  5. Andy says:

    Guess he will finally get to wear a uniform again, a bright orange one.

  6. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Sing it Freddie … “And another one bites the dust” …

  7. Combat Historian says:

    Hey scumbag, enjoy your quality ass-raping time !

  8. Lance says:

    Good Job, Brothers!!!

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He’s the “Property” of Bubba & Thor just like he should be! Damn, that was quick, I love happy endings!!

  10. Green Thumb says:


  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    Happiness is a SV fake in orange, the new black.

  12. MrBill says:

    He wore the uniform to draw attention to himself. He was successful. He got people’s attention – people who did some research, found that he was a convicted felon, and tipped off the authorities. Now, he’s in jail. How’d the costume party work out for you, “Sergeant Major”?

  13. FatCircles0311 says:

    Libtard media translation: Veteran commits gun crime. News @ 11.

  14. Just An Old Dog says:

    Sweet, It might be a bit “TMI”, but reading this gave me boner I could cut diamonds with.
    Seriuosly, though I think its great that the Stolen Valor community is becoming connected with each other and able to get attention focused on shit stains like this.

  15. Jilly says:

    “Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 for each case and conditional bail at $25,000 for each case. Bail is consecutive, which means the total amount for both cases must be posted for release.

    Rahn makes his next court appearance September 22.”

  16. Ronald H. Mandell says:

    Every time one of these guys is uncovered, I see such deep hatred and rage directed toward the accused individual that you can cut it with a knife.

    I served in ‘Nam as a Marine enlisted guy, and retired from then retired from the Army after over thirty years of service. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but somehow, try as hard as I might, I can’t work up any anger towards these guys.

    We came home from ‘Nam, and were made to feel so low, that we were ashamed of our short hair, and to be seen in our uniforms in public. We were beneath contempt. Nobody in their right mind wanted to be like us.

    Now all of a sudden there’s a temporary fad on to “support the troops”, and we are so popular that people want to be just like us. Hey that’s great!

    Sure, a lot of folks go around saying, “Thank you for your service” these days, but those are just faddish words – words that can’t hold a candle to imitation. After all, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery.

    In short, I’m tickled pink that we are now so popular that seemingly hordes of people want to be just like us. . . Of course, it won’t last long before the fad changes, and we are back to being viewed as scum again, but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts. . .

    “Stolen valor”? Oh come on, give me a break. On the off chance that I have any valor to my credit, how can anyone steal it?

    Let’s be real for a moment: Let’s say that a hundred impostors line up in front of my house in fake uniforms on Monday, all wearing Medals of Honor. . . Now, let us suppose they leave the following Friday. Am I really going to somehow possess less valor (assuming I’ve earned any to begin with) on Friday, than I did on Monday? I somehow doubt it. . .

    Of course, don’t let me rain on your crusade. . . I just have this feeling that life is far too short to waste it on hatred towards folks who have done me no harm, whose only crime is to possess an irresistible urge to be just like us. . . (-: Ron

    • rb325th says:

      Read the stories on these guys, the overwhelming majority of them are using their “pretend service” to do far me than just play dress up. The majority of them are involved in criminal activity or otherwise seeking tangible gain from their dress up game.
      So, it is not a “victimless crime”, and the Crusade will go on until they all finnally get the message that they are not going to get away with it!

    • Hondo says:

      All of what you say may be true. It is also irrelevant.

      You make much of your poor treatment on returning from Vietnam, as if that somehow should excuse people being sh!tbags. That is a false argument. Sh!tbaggery is sh!tbaggery, regardless of how the individual was treated previously.

      Rahn is nothing but a con man, a thief, and a felon. He’s apparently been using his fake “military service” as a part of his con, to get stuff he doesn’t deserve. That reflects badly on every vet who ever served, then got on with an honest civilian career. THAT I have a problem with. Every honest vet should.

      FWIW: Rahn isn’t a Vietnam vet, so playing the “Vietnam vet” card on his behalf isn’t remotely apropos. Rahn is about 54. He was about 11 when the last US combat troop left Vietnam, and about 13 when the last POW came home.

    • GDContractor says:

      I’m sure you have no problem with fake physicians, fake dentists, fake undertakers. Need help with your taxes? Take them to a fake CPA. When you get in trouble with the IRS, I have a fake lawyer I can recommend. You’ll love him. And remember, vote for Dickey!

    • GDContractor says:

      And another thing. I HATE buying cheap made in China shit. It is all to often a cheap imitation of American engineering that used to be something of high quality, but when copied and made in China, it becomes a worthless non-functioning POS. I have never met anyone before that enjoys spending their hard earned money on crap. By extension, you are the first. Congratulations.

    • OWB says:

      While I understand, and in some part agree, with much that you are saying, Ron, Stolen Valor today is not what you and I experienced back in the day. Sure, there is some level of flattery in having people pretend to be us, but the folks who are doing it now are well beyond the goofy kid every town used to have who paraded around in pieces of Uncle Joe’s WWII uniform.

      Valor thieves today are defrauding the VA with false claims and forged documents thus depriving real vets of benefits. Every charitable organization which serves vets has been taken in by a valor thief, again depriving a real vet in need of some service. Courts and law enforcement officials are also being victimized by valor thieves.

      An important function that we veterans are doing, beyond shaming individual valor thieves, is educating the judicial system of this problem. Feedback from cops and courts is that they also observe (when they look for it) that claiming unearned military honors and service is always just the tip of the iceberg. They are learning to look deeper when they encounter folks claiming vet status and throwing out the PTSD excuse for bad behavior.

      Has every jurisdiction learned this lesson yet? Hardly, but many more today are looking behind the fake uniform than were doing so 10 years ago thanks to the vets within their departments and we outside the system asking them to look at the reality.

      Can’t speak for others, but what you hear from me is righteous indignation, not hatred. Will admit to occasional fits of rage directed toward those who justify the commission of murder, rape, and depriving deserving vets of services based upon lies of military service. Actual vets who served honorably enough to be honorably discharged who now falsely claim POW status or having earned a Purple Heart get my goat as well.

      But hatred and rage? Naw, don’t see much of that.

      • Fjardeson says:

        Well stated, OWB. It’s like the difference betweeen silly computer viruses in 1983 that make your computer flip you the bird or demand you type “cookie”, vs. modern malware that steals your identity, money, and even your reputation. It’s not funny anymore.

      • Fjardeson says:

        Also note what we do with hackers today (prison) vs. what we did with them in 1983 (hire them). Same with SV dirtbags. It might have been a harmless prank in the ’60s but not anymore.

        • OWB says:

          Very good comparison. Hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s a great way to explain it to people, especially those with limited exposure to the military.

  17. john fehil says:

    god i can only hope i can get my Christmas tree to look this bright & shinny this year.

  18. Bobo says:

    It looks like he spent his birthday in jail.

  19. What’s all the fuss about, if he wants to be a Sergeant Major let him, The solution is very simple, first make him earn it, prison is to good for him, real combat will change his attitude, sentence him to 1 year of combat duty fighting ISIS, this kind of guy doesn’t need basic or any other king of training his medals tell that, monitor his action on his return and if he seems the same send him back for another tour. One of two things will probably happen either the scum will get killed or he’ll kill himself from the PTSD he’ll bring back with in him. God Bless the Veterans of America and take care