Gene Paul Carroll; Marine special forces embellisher

| September 17, 2014

Gene Paul Carroll
So, we got some information on this Gene P. Carroll, fellow who was indeed a Marine and he did indeed serve in Vietnam, but he wasn’t this guy;

News-Journal 1

News-Journal 2

News-Journal 3

Yeah, he wasn’t Marine Special Forces, he didn’t have the specialized training that he claimed, he said that he was deployed to Cyprus on a secret mission in 1964. He was a recruit in training from June until November 1964 – I doubt that they had any secret missions that required a boot.

He wasn’t in the Dominican Republic in 1965, either. The Marines deployed to the DomRep in April 1965. In May of 1965, Carroll was AWOL for 30 days, got himself a Special Court Martial, and wasn’t released from confinement until August 1965. The Marines left DomRep in September 1965 and the 82d remained there for another year.

Gene Paul Carroll Assignments

Gene Paul Carroll Assignments 2

You can see in this picture how he claims that he has two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star. I see a Combat Action Ribbon in there, too;

Gene Paul Carroll VFW

But, oddly enough, I don’t see any of that on his FOIA;

Gene Paul Carroll FOIA

Oh, and he claims that he was a 2LT in Vietnam;

Gene Paul Carroll claims

Another Big Nope.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Delilah T. says:

    Weak egos require substantial psychological bolstering.

    That plain old sofa looks SO much better with braid and tassels attached to it, doesn’t it? Yes, now it looks like a throne.

  2. John "Faker 6" Giduck says:

    I like this guy and his use of (to most Americans these days) obscure military actions.

    Has Degrata Tactical vetted him as the real deal yet? How about Walter Chi?

    I’d hold off on judgment until either Degrata tactical or Walther Chi weighs in.


    John “Faker 6” Giduck

  3. Hondo says:

    Above, this a$$shole bastard LSoS fine individual says that a buddy – specifically, a hospital Corpsman named “George Whittaker Carpenter – “died in his arms” due to enemy fire in Vietnam. That means the unfortunate man should be listed among the Vietnam War dead.

    Maybe my eyes are going. I’m only finding one “George Carpenter” on the Virtual Wall. And that guy wasn’t a corpsman – he was a USMC Corporal and a rifleman.

    Can someone help me out here? What am I missing?

    • GDContractor says:

      Might be this CPL. The unit matches up I think but I am not sure if the dates do.

      I am looking for a beach landing during this time period…. no joy yet.

      • GDContractor says:

        Re-read the article. I do not think he was identifying his friend as a Corpsman. If he does, I do not see it.

      • GDContractor says:

        Try this link, then click on “full profile”:

      • MrBill says:

        I took his comments to mean that he called for a corpsman for Carpenter – not that Capenter himself was a corpsman. I could be misreading it, but that’s how I took it.

        Dunno. He could be telling the truth about that one point. Regardless, it has no bearing on his other embellishments.

        • Hondo says:

          You could be correct. I reread the article and that could be the meaning vice what I originally thought.

          The name he’s tossing out there is similar enough to a documented USMC Vietnam War KIA (Cpl George Whitney Carpenter) that he could indeed be telling the truth about knowing someone who died there. However, given the other apparently false claims, I’m not sure I want to buy it without a whole lot more proof.

          • GDContractor says:

            “A misstep could be fatal. George Carpenter ’68 was suspended from the College in his freshman year for disciplinary reasons. He was soon faced with the draft, and was later killed near Danang.”


            Carpenter’s father was USMC CPT. fought at Iwo Jima. His brother is the founder of Burton Snowboards.

            • Hondo says:

              I have no doubt now that Cpl. George Carpenter is the man this guy was talking about, GDContractor. That much seems clear.

              However, that doesn’t establish whether he’s telling the truth about (1) knowing Carpenter, or (2) being present when Carpenter died.

              Absent the other apparent embellishment, I’d likely buy the guy’s story. But he’s making a whole lotta claims not substantiated by his his official military records – and wearing a whole lot of decorations (including the SS and PH) that he apparently doesn’t rate. That makes me think he’s lying about his military record. It also leads me to regard as suspect pretty much anything else he says.

              • GDContractor says:

                I agree 100% Hondo. I think it’s a shame that Carroll invokes the name of a real hero (deceased) in order to establish street cred. As far as to whether they knew each other, I think it is likely given they were in the same Company F and perhaps both on Operation Stone.

                In regards to the other story about his best friend being found mutilated, the BN records do not support that…at all. Nether to they support an Amphip assault…at all.

                In regards to the SSM and etc. Fuck him. BTW, the BN records appear to be very fastidious in regards to how many PHM medals were awarded each month (do you hear me Visconi?).

                2nd BN, 26th Marines were in some very hard core shit in ’66/67. Every other sentence seems to be either punji pit, booby trap, or sniper fire. If Carroll was there, he had no need to embellish. And yet it seems clear that embellish he did.

      • Bob Davis says:

        Here is my take4 on it. And may I add, many fakers have an imaginary ‘friend’ who died in their arms?

        George was 20 years old when he died. His middle name was “Whitney”,
        not “Whittaker’.

        Cpl. Carpenter was killed on Feb. 17, 1967. He was serving in Fox Company, 2nd Bn., 26th Marines, THIRD Marine Division.

        On that day, Gene P. Carroll was serving with Golf Company 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division and had been for 4.5 months.

        They would have been 50 or more miles apart.

        So once again the faker does not cover the lie with facts.

        • GDContractor says:

          Good catch, duh. Sorry I am so bad at reading the FOIA documents. And BTW, Scott Camil claims to have also been on Operation Stone.

          Going now to read up on what G Company, 2nd BN, 5th Marines, 1st MarDiv was doing on Feb 17 1967.

          • Jonn Lilyea says:

            That’s Scott “The Assassin” Camil who wanted to ambush congressmen back during the Vietnam War. You know, those peaceful hippy-types of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

        • Hondo says:

          Bob Davis: agreed. Pretty sure we’ve seen that crap here before – along with the “only man left alive from my Black Ops unit” tall tale, the “my records burned” lie, and the “classified/sealed records” BS. Most more than once, actually.

          I did initially misread the article as saying Carpenter was a Corpsman. But that got sorted out fairly quickly. At that point, normally I’d have cut the guy slack on the middle name – after approaching 50 years, remembering Firstname MI Lastname correctly would be pretty decent, and the middle name was also quite close. But there was so much other obvious BS that I had my suspicions even so.

          Thanks for providing the final confirming detail here. Should have seen that as well, but missed the fact that their units were different.

      • Bon Davis says:

        Directly from the Historical branch, HQMC.

        NO chance of a beach assault, period.

    • GDContractor says:

      I’m reading the unit history at this site:

      What a great archive of original documents.

      “1 FEB 1967 Company F continues to be under the operational control of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines For Operation Independence.”

      “11 FEB 1967 At 2400H Company F chopped OPCON to the 1st Marines for Operation Stone. ref. S-3 journal #1016 Annex A.”

      “[17 or 18(?)] FEB 1967 Company F returned from Operation Stone. The company sustained 7 WIA and 1 KIA during the operation. Ref. S-3 journal #1204 Annex A.

      The above leads me to believe that CPL Carpenter was KIA during Operation Stone. Here is the opfile for Operation Stone. There is no mention of it being an amphibious assault:

      • Bob Davis says:

        George Whittaker Carpenter did die on that day but not in Carrolls arms. Carpenter was not in the same division as Carroll. He was in the 3rd and Carroll was in the 1st. It was just a convenient name he picked off the wall.

        Also, there were zero beach assaults under fire in VN. This straight from the Historical Branch, HQMC

    • Smitty says:

      I think he meant he was calling for a medic, not that his buddy was a corpsman. Not that it would make any difference to the fact that this guy is a flame pile of dog shit soaked used tampons

    • Bob Davis says:

      Maybe this will help. I can assure you this is accurate.

      Here is my take on it. And may I add, many fakers have an imaginary ‘friend’ who died in their arms?

      George was 20 years old when he died. His middle name was “Whitney”,not “Whittaker’.

      Cpl. Carpenter was killed on Feb. 17, 1967. He was serving in Fox Company, 2nd Bn., 26th Marines, THIRD Marine Division.

      On that day, Gene P. Carroll was serving with Golf Company 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division and had been for 4.5 months.

      They would have been 50 or more miles apart.

      So once again the faker does not cover the lie with facts.

    • Ben Drake says:

      George Whittaker Carpenter did die on that day but not in Carrolls arms. Carpenter was not in the same division as Carroll. It was just a convenient name he picked off the wall.

  4. MGySgtRet says:

    How is fake George Carpenter dead and this asshole is still walking around stealing valor??

    This fool definitely went with the theory of go big or go home. Marine Special Forces. Silver Stars. Purple Hearts. Outstanding!!!

    • Bob Davis says:

      What really chaffs my hide is I have a real Silver Star and Purple Heart and earned mine the hard way. I have been told what a great guy he is. BS.

  5. Guard Bum says:

    Who the f??k lies about being a butter bar? What a douch

  6. Hondo says:

    Oh, and he seems to be another deluded alumni of St Albans Naval Hospital – just like TAH’s favorite fireman.

    Anyone out there know if USNH St Albans was the USN’s “headspace and timing readjustment facility” during the Vietnam War?

    • streetsweeper says:

      If St Alban’s was anything like Letterman at Presidio of SF was then it’s likely there was a holding wing there. lol.

    • GDContractor says:

      The fav fireman LOL….Friedrich VonDeitsch, the E3 LT. Last seen asking the congressman for help in finding his marbles.

    • Bobo says:

      I forgot about him. I wonder if that senator ever got the records fixed to show his time with SPECOPS/EOM-NSA IV CORPS Vietnam Support unit-Thailand so he can get his VA benefits.

  7. rb325th says:

    The PTSD made him do it…

  8. LanceCooley says:

    I DON’T F*****G GET IT!!! Honorable service, in a theater of war, with a Grunt unit, as a Grunt?! WHY WOULD YOU PISS ALL OVER THAT WITH LIES?!?! HONOR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT, SOME SHIT?!?!?! WHY?!?! FUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!


    • Hondo says:

      Lance: look at his record of assignments. He was AWOL damn near long enough to be DFRed as a deserter before he ever deployed to Vietnam, got court-martialed, and did time. Not sure exactly how “honorable” I’d call his service after that.

      • OIF '06-'07-'08 says:

        Which tells me that he was kept in the rear because he was a major screw up that would have gotten his fellow Marines killed if he was allowed to leave the wire.

      • Bob Davis says:

        Hondo, while I agree, sometimes you can really mess up and later redeem yourself. But this guy just kept screwing up all the way to the end of his enlistment and never stopped.To call him a Marine is to give him honor he does not deserve.

      • LanceCooley says:

        You’re right, I didn’t see that. He was a Team Leader in country, however, you can’t be that big of a f*** up and be in that position. I’m not defending the guy by any means, I just don’t understand why these guys do this.

    • Bob Davis says:

      Lance, if you look close you will see he served only 68 days in the field in VN. The rest was sick call. Of all the wannabes I have ever ran into he has to be the biggest liar out there.

      Anyone who e-mails me at will receive his records and my notes on him.

  9. Scotty says:

    Looks like he spent more time on Sick Call than with his unit while he was deployed down range.

    He was ten transferred to a Naval Hosp. stateside before his 13 month deployment was completed.

    • Hondo says:

      Yep. See my comments above.

      Anyone know the answer to the question I asked about St Albans being a “headspace and timing maintenance” facility?

      • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

        There are some indications it had a psychiatric section, whether or not was a main facility for that is not clear but there was definitely a psych ward.

  10. Bobo says:

    How can a guy who spent almost a year as a 0311 in a rifle company in Vietnam not get a CAR?

    Also, my Marine history might be a little fuzzy, but I don’t remember reading about any opposed beach landings in Vietnam.

    • NHSparky says:

      That’s because, IIRC, there weren’t any.

      • streetsweeper says:

        Wait…there was a party hut at China Beach. Maybe he landed there and got in trouble right away. lol.

      • Poetrooper says:

        Hey Sparky, it may come as a surprise to most here, but ol’ Poe actually participated in a Vietnam beach landing from an LST in early 1966.

        My battalion, 2d/327th Airborne, had just come back from extensive patrols and sweeps in the area around Camp Grey Eagle at Phan Rang and had been cut loose to hit our clubs after all our gear was cleaned up and we were once again mission ready. That done, I was in the NCO club tent as drunk as all the other NCO’s when a CQ runner stuck his head through the flap after midnight and yelled out that we’d been given an immediate move order.

        In the next couple of hours we managed to get our troops, most as drunk as their NCO’s loaded on deuce and a half’s and moved down to the beach where we boarded a no-shit, real-life LST. Talk about chaos. Imagine loading a mostly drunk battalion of paratroopers on a totally unfamiliar craft. Once I got my team situated in a bunking area below decks, I passed out behind a pile of rucksacks.

        I woke up early and ran topside to find about half the battalion lining the rails and puking just like I was. There was a line of chum miles long trailing that LST so the fish ate well that day.

        That afternoon we were briefed that our landing at a place we’d never heard of, Tuy Hoa, which was about to become our new base camp, would most likely be unopposed but that we should be prepared for whatever.

        As we approached the beach, locked and cocked, the “enemy” was there yelling and waving at us, with baskets of Bami Bah, Tiger Piss, Bier LaRue and all other sorts of enticements, some of whom were smiling seductively in their Ao Dais.

        When we pushed up on the beach, the squids formed up on the forward bow armed with .45’s, no doubt intent on providing crucial cover as we walked down the ramp to fight off the vendors and the bar girls. As I recall we sustained no casualties although we did obtain some critical intel about where we could best spend our future leisure time.

        So I guess it depends on what your definition of “unopposed” is, hmm?

    • Bob Davis says:

      According to the history branch, HQMC there were no opposed beach assaults in the entire war.

  11. Old Trooper says:

    An 0311 Marine Rifleman sent to Vietnam and no CAR? How the hell does that happen?

    • Old Trooper says:

      Bobo beat me to it. Great minds and all that.

    • Scotty says:

      Do 0311’s burning shit pots behind the wire get CAR’s ?

    • Hondo says:

      I thought the same, Old Trooper. Then I remembered that the CAR wasn’t created until 1969. Although it’s retroactive back to World War II, it won’t be on his records if he was discharged before it was created.

      NPRC only reports what’s there in the records. If he never applied for the CAR retroactively, given when he was discharged from active duty it won’t be in his records.

      He may or may not rate it, depending on circumstances. But it being absent isn’t definitive.

  12. Dave Hardin says:

    Another VFW post who’s leadership should be ashamed of themselves. This stuff is not hard to check. Another group of gullible fucks that cant seem to muster the energy to look up a valor award online. 5 min max. I wonder how long he has been doing this. How many members of his VFW don’t give a shit enough about stolen valor to take 5 min and check?

  13. Green Thumb says:




  14. Green Thumb says:

    Frank Visconi’s long, lost brother.

    • SJ says:

      Speaking of…what ever came of Frank? And Round Ranger? And Chevy? Etc. Maybe they are in hull defilade awaiting the tournament?

      • OIF '06-'07-'08 says:

        The Blobfish caused the North Richland Hills PD to investigate him for mental issues due to him filing complaints about all the butt hurt he brought himself here.

    • Scotty says:

      Frankie boy made an appearance on his Blog of Shame yesterday. Making idle threats that are like him. Worthless.

    • Green Thumb says:

      And possibly a little of Bob “The Maggot” Hay tossed in on the side.

  15. Martinjmpr says:

    Re: VSOs and fakers:

    It’s probably worthy of a separate topic (and I know Hondo and Jonn have written about it before) but this is problem that is never going to end and it’s never going end because there is a symbiotic relationship between VSOs and fakers.

    Think about it: What do VSO’s need? They need (a) Members, (b) Money and (c) exposure. Those things are like oxygen to a living organism, and if they lose it, they die.

    What do military fakers and embellishers need? They need (a) validation (i.e. a place to tell their BS stories and to have others believe them.) and (b) The “legitimacy” that comes from being a part of a respected and nationally-known organization.

    I’ll bet the fakers are some of the hardest working people at their local VFW/AL. I’ll bet they volunteer for every flag detail, every spaghetti dinner, every “bring a vet to a classroom” day that they can. I’ll bet they fund raise and stump for every cause that the local post supports.

    After all, these fakers are invested in telling their BS story. Without an audience, they have nothing.

    OTOH, a real vet KNOWS what he’s done and where’ he’s been. He doesn’t have a compulsion to tell his story to others. Sure, he might like telling his stories, but he doesn’t feel the same deep-seated NEED to do so. He knows he is the same person whether someone else hears his stories or not.

    Fake vets are like tinkerbell – if people stop “believing” in them, they might cease to exist. So they put in a lot of work for these posts because the posts provide both an audience, and the legitimacy that belonging to a respected organization brings.

    Unfortunately for the VSOs, these guys are like harmful parasites, because the more their fakery is exposed, the more it chips away at the legitimacy of the VSOs. And as soon as it becomes widely known that the local VSO is infested with fakers and embellishers, their credibility and reputation go right out the window.

    • Hondo says:

      Only quibble I have is with the 1st sentence of your last para, Martinjmpr. I believe you need to omit the word “like” for that to be accurate.

      IMO they aren’t “like” harmful parasites. They ARE harmful parasites – for precisely the reason you note.

    • ArmyATC says:

      One would think that the VSOs would see that having the liars and posers in their midst makes them less respected.

      • Hondo says:

        Sadly, ArmyATC – it looks like most VSOs choose to listen to Randy Newman instead:

        And yeah – Newman’s being satirical as hell in that one.

      • Martinjmpr says:

        ATC: That’s easy to explain: It’s the case of a short term localized problem vs. long term generalized problem.

        Lack of money and people is an immediate problem, and the effect (potential closure of the post) is also an immediate and local one.

        It’s true that allowing posers and embellishers in might squander the reserve of respect and credibility that has taken years for the organization to build up. But that’s a problem that is years down the road.

        Leadership of the post is more concerned about the here-and-now problem than they are about the one that lies years in the future.

        • ArmyATC says:

          That makes no sense to me. Sure, the organization gets the immediate funds. But those posers are eventually found out, sometimes sooner rather than later. Locally it becomes no secret who the phonies are and that they are allowed into the VSO. That turns off real veterans who would otherwise take a look at the VSO.

          • Hondo says:

            That’s precisely what’s going on, ArmyATC. Short term gains at the expense of the long term.

            Unfortunately, that’s a big part of American culture. We value style and show over substance and ability. And we want it all now – future be damned. That mindset is necessary when bullets are flying and people are dying. It’s ultimately counterproductive in most other scenarios.

            VSOs – particularly local VSO Posts/Chapters – want members and dues now. So some are willing to “not check too closely” – and thus effectively turn a blind eye to the problem. Between that and the “World War II/Korea/Vietnam vets social club” mentality of many, IMO that’s soured the majority of later-era (Gulf War, GWOT) vets on VSO membership.

            Hell, from what I’ve been able to determine some VSOs can’t even tell you what lifetime at-large membership will cost until you declare for a particular Post or Chapter – and thus ensure that local entity presumably gets a slice of $$$ from your joining. Sorry, but I don’t plan to stay where I am now permanently, so for me that’s a non-starter.

            I know I probably won’t join a VSO any time soon. Why? I’d likely only get thrown out for being a “a$$hole” because of calling out obvious fakes – and thus costing the Post/Chapter dues. Hell, from what we’ve seen here some of the fakes just might be part of the Post/Chapter leadership.

            Take another look at the Randy Newman clip I posted. What I’m saying here is his whole point. He’s just talking about American society vice about VSOs.

  16. nbcguy54 says:

    And this guy is a former VFW post commander. So much for the credibility of that post and the vetting process.

  17. Steadfast&Loyal says:

    So. he is faking being a 2LT?



    I bet he’s the “Cherry” LT that DeMulle ran into just before being made a combat camera man.

    • Mustang1LT says:

      Hey, maybe that’s some of that extra special strategerizing. Think about it, who would fake being a 2LT? Ergo, he MUST be legit. I seem to remember a guy on this site a few months back who was a phony personnel clerk. It worked for YEARS! I mean seriously, who would fake being a clerk? Where this guy fucked up was he had to start with the secret squirrel crap. If he had just come up with a good 2LT story and stuck to it, he would have been OK.

      • Steadfast&Loyal says:


        I now await the day that someone pretends to be an Army Mechanic.

        • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

          Funny you should say that.

          My new book is entitled, “The Mechanic, Tales From the Motor Pool”

          Chapter 4 is entitled “Oil Change M35 Cargo Truck”….here’s an excerpt:

          Step 3:

          Once the casing is removed you will see a a rubber gasket where the base of the filter housing sat snuggly. remove this ( it sits in a metal grove recessed into the side wall so you may take a little time to get it free.)

          Now open the new oil filter box and in one of the packets at the bottom there are replacement gaskets for the ones you just removed. Clear the slot where the original gasket sat of any debris and slowly work the new one into place ( It may seem as if it is too big due to excess “waves” in the gasket, this only means that it hasn’t seated itself in the groove. If you work it around a bit it will fit nicely)

          Next grab your new filter, place in the original housing, flip over and engage the metal rod in the center back into the treaded hole of the oil filter housing.

          keep in mind the there is a spring mechanism atop the shaft so you will need to apply slight pressure when tightening (begin by hand and then finish off with your wrench. remember, you want it monkey tight, NOT gorilla tight)

          repeat this process with the second filter ( yes there are two)

          The Mechanic

          • Martinjmpr says:

            And the sequel: Secrets of a Mess Sergeant, or “Death From Within.” 😀

          • CLAW131 says:

            And here from the old motor pool/PLL parts man is the NSN for the M35 Deuce and a half oil filter. 2940-00-884-4801. Yes, I still have those kinds of part numbers running around in my head after 40 years. If you want the NSN’s for either the 60 amp alternator or the starter, just let me know.

        • ArmyATC says:

          I pretended to be a mechanic in the Reserves for a year before I went AD and got into the aviation field.

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            There were times when I was an AD Combat Engineer that I was tasked out to assist our Unit’s Maintenance Platoon. Does that mean I can call myself a Mechanic?

        • Bob Davis says:

          Smile when you say that. While my son has been in combat twice, he as been an Army mechanic for 17 years.

  18. Sparks says:

    Well, my time in Vietnam was after his but he says, “we hit the beach under fire…like the guys at Guadalcanal in 1943”. Unless my memory is as bad as my wife says it is, I remember the films of the beach landings in Vietnam. I think this guy saw “Saving Private Ryan” too many times because I don’t remember troops being under fire as they hit the beaches in landing craft. Someone from those years there please correct me of I am wrong.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Its his story! Let him tell how HE wants too!

      Damn, Sparks!

    • nbcguy54 says:

      Considering that the Marines hit the beach at Guadalcanal in August 1942, his arrival in Vietnam probably was like 1943 – get off the boat and march to your hooch.
      Really – a Marine that doesn’t know USMC history?
      Here’s my “shocked” face.

    • Combat Historian says:

      As nbcguy54 noted below, 1st MarDiv landed on Guadacanal in Aug 1942; more interestingly (and ironically), the 1st MarDiv landing on Guadacanal was basically unopposed, and pretty much NOT under fire. The Japanese on Guadalcanal were basically construction and labor troops based there to build an aistrip, and were not combat troops. It was the Marine Raiders who landed nearby on Florida island and Gavutu/Tanambogo that day who came under heavy fire. The Marines on Guadalcanal did not come under heavy fire/pressure until after the Japanese started counterlanding heavy-duty reinforcements, and then things really heated up on the island. As others have mentioned, this doofus Carroll does not even know or understand his service branch’s most revered and cherished World War II battle…

    • Bob Davis says:

      According to HQMC history branch, there was zero under fire beach landings in VN. But the local kids were there to sell you a tiger piss.

  19. FatCircles0311 says:

    VFW needs to put this shitbag out in the stocks in town square so people can throw tomatoes at him.

  20. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    “Behind every bush was an ambush”.

    Sorry, I didn’t go any further, as the laugh attack to me back to Portland and now my sides ache so hard I can’t read!

    What is THIS bushman about?

    • Martinjmpr says:

      It’s all about being bushwhacked in the bush by a bushman who was probably eating Bush’s baked beans by the bushel while listening to Kate Bush records. 😀

    • The Bush says:

      Here we go again, some faker casting aspersions on a noble shrubbery! This Gene Paul Carroll character can suck my stick!

      *Rustle Rustle*

  21. Bill Milewski says:

    I live in Volusia County and I really have to laugh because no matter where I go almost every vet I meet claims to be special operations, at least in the Viet Nam era group. I am beginning to think I am the only regular leg grunt in the county.

  22. OLDAV8R says:

    One other question, “wounded four times” and only two PHs? Marines only get one every OTHER time they’re wounded? Tough crowd!

    • Green Thumb says:

      The other two wounds were probably tearing on the sphincter muscle.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      “One other question, “wounded four times” and only two PHs? Marines only get one every OTHER time they’re wounded? Tough crowd!”

      Easy explanation, Frankie Visconi’s printer ran out of ink.

      • Hondo says:

        Perhaps. Or perhaps the pawn shop/surplus store/whatever where he bought his PH ribbon only had one star that day.

  23. Tinman says:

    I once jumped out of a helicopter in Okinawa that had a USMC Recon guy as the Jump Master. But if I read all of your replies correctly, I have to stop claiming to have direct ties with Guadalcanal? This is so unfair, my Biker vest isn’t going to have anything left on it.

  24. Joe Williams says:

    I was in-country during his time. The Chu Lai landing was unopposed. The reporters were sitting on the breach drinking cokes and watching the assult landing. The closest I can sterch is the Marines crossing the Prfume river in LSTs to land on the other of Hue during Tet. Joe

  25. jonp says:

    He was not “awol for 30 days in 1965”. He was on a secret squirrel mission and his court martial was just a cover to hide it. DUH!

  26. JohnE says:

    On a whim, did a few interweb searches for the guy who alledgedly died in this jamoches arms…only hit was, you guessed it, this page. Go figure…

  27. JohnE says:

    (Missed the earlier comments ref Geo Whitney Carpenter…sorry boys…need more coffee.)

  28. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I hear he was the only Spartan to survive Thermopylae.