Thomas Decare; phony stops in for a beer before he fights ISIS

| November 5, 2014

So we have this friend, Mac, in our old stomping grounds in Oswego County, New York where I finished college after I retired from the Army. Mac helped us bust Jim Ferris, the Korean War Veterans Association president last year.

Mac was at his local sports bar near Fulton, NY to watch Monday night football when this fellow, Thomas Decare, came in dressed like this;

Thomas DeCare (1)

Thomas DeCare (2)

Thomas DeCare (3)

I know, this is the thing that we all wish would happen to us, right? Well, Mike says that he bought Thomas a few beers to get the bullshit flowing, and he wasn’t disappointed;

You can imagine my surprise when I was sitting in my favorite watering hole in Phoenix, NY, when this train wreck came in and sat down. He ordered a beer and a moment later answered a cell phone call when, very loudly, he proclaimed he was on his way to Fort Drum and then enroute to fight ISIS.

I could not help myself and had the bartender send him down a beer, started a conversation and had a friend of mine pose for a few pics with him. In addition to the fact that his boots were unlaced and unbloused, his uniform looked like shit and he had a baseball cap on that said “Special Forces”. He was more than willing to tell us he was keeping us all safe and free.
His name is Thomas Decare (same name on his name tapes) and I believe he is from the Fulton area. I finally followed him outside and called him on his bullshit, he flashed an ID card that looked like something from the 80’s (I got out in 89) and I told him how many vets were in the bar and everyone knew he was full of shit. Additionally he told me he was in the 175th Ranger Regiment and had HALO experience he was yelling this on the way to his car, and he proceeded to leave the area at a high rate of speed.

Mac says that he’s going try out that New York State stolen valor law on him. We’ll see how that works out.

Needless to say that there is no Thomas Decare in AKO. Especially one wearing a ten-year-old uniform pattern with a flag below the combat patch, HALO wings on the wrong side – and that Tower of Power on his left sleeve is epic. Also he succumbs to the siren song of phonies – 2d award of the CIB. ISIS will kick his pudgy ass.

We filed for his FOIA last night, by the way.

Added 12/3/2014; his records, or rather the lack thereof;

Thomas DeCare FOIA

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. E-6 type, 1 ea says:

    It happened to me about a year ago. I just happened to get a video clip. šŸ˜‰

    • MSGRetired says:

      How in the fuck did you keep from Throat Punching that sad sack of shit ..

    • Geetwillickers says:

      “I don’t like talking about it… but I wear my uniform so people will ask me about it, so I can tell them I don’t like talking about it…”

      Urge to throat punch… rising…

    • MSgt USAF (RET) says:

      How in the world did you keep so calm. I would have been up and down his ass like a shit storm!!!! You’re a better man than me!

  2. CLAW131 says:

    Another FM 22-102 candidate for your viewing pleasure.

    • Sparks says:

      CLAW131…Oh…for the days!

      • CLAW131 says:

        Maybe,just maybe on a limited basis,the good old days will return when the new SMA takes over in January. We can only hope. Hopefully at least we will be able to have huge bonfires when all those file paper copies of Hurt Feelings Reports are taken out of the system and on the spot corrections are once again authorized.

  3. MSGRetired says:

    The Pre Veterans Day Parade is starting early for all the shit sacks !

  4. John "Faker 6" Giduck says:

    I like this guy.

    Thomas Decare reminds me of my younger days when my voicemail would say that I wasn’t available as I was on secret missions in Horn of Africa, the Sudan, or New Mexico. Usually, 1) i was just in the bathroom or 2) at 7-11 braving a chili hotdog that had a lengthier career on those heat rollers than I had in the US Army (if you are not in timeline mode, skip back to #1 at this point). He’ll soon be on the payroll at Archangel Group, I’m sure.

    You should believe anyone that has a Special Forces baseball cap on….or something that says POLICE in the mountains of Afghanistan. Ignore the photoshopping in the link.


    John “Faker 6” Giduck

  5. teddy996 says:

    Hey Jonn, my folks live out in Hannibal and two of my siblings live in Fulton. Feel free to share my email addy with this Mac fellow if he wishes to drink a few on me the next time I’m in the area.

  6. 3/17 Air Cav says:

    I especially like the “Truck driver fold” on the bill of his hat!

    No offense to truck drivers. Smile

    • GDContractor says:

      Speaking of truck driving… any MULE updates? I haven’t seen you post about it since you took delivery. Maybe I missed it.

      • 317 Air Cav says:

        GD……….The mule runs like a top. I’ve been using it to transport firewood around my property.

        I’ve got the Vietnam era paint. I’ve also got the correct stencils for 3/17 Air Cav.

        I’ve got it scheduled to go to the body shop to get it painted sometime after Thanksgiving.

        I don’t want it to be perfect cosmetically. I want it to look like the ones I remember back in the day.

        Thanks for asking

        • GDContractor says:

          Cool. I know Claw131 was asking about it as well but we didn’t see you for awhile. Did you get the seat frame assembly you needed? I bought a 1972 Cushman Truckster 3 wheeler from my neighbor for $200… trying to get it running but moving slowly.

          • 3/17 Air Cav says:

            Have not replaced the seat yet. However, mules of America sells the seat and frame complete for about 300.00 bucks. I’ll prob. Order it about the time I take it to the body shop.

            Back in 1971 they were all over our base camp. We used them to get our gear down to the flight line. As I recall they were as common as seeing a ford Taurus.

            Those crazy Marines mounted recoilless rifles or m-60’s on them. Zero protection.

        • rgr1480 says:

          I had a couple in my platoon when the 2/503rd was Air Assault at Campbell. They never left the motorpool — but they ran. The AT platoon used Mules all the time.

          Say …. do you still tell youngsters to make sure the radiator is filled with water?

          • 3/17 Air Cav says:

            They are a bit crude. The AMP gauge sits next to the driver. It’s mounted on the top of a ammo can! The only other gauge is a hours gauge mounted on the rear. They make a old jeep seem like a Porsche.

            As for telling kids about adding water to the radiator. Have not had the opportunity yet. That’s a good one. I’ll have remember it for future use.

          • Slick Goodlin says:

            I had the misfortune to have to drive the Mule when I was a young Private in B/1/503 in 1973. The foot brake was either full off or full on. One cold wet morning my Squad Leader was sitting beside me on top of a wooden foot locker. I had to hit the brakes and he launched off that locker like an F-14 off a carrier.

            • 3/17 Air Cav says:

              The mule was a crude, rugged loading platform. The brakes are either full on or off. The turning radius sucks. It’s loud. Top speed is about 20mph.

              In saying that, it’s a good memory. That’s why I bought it and brought it home!

  7. Michael says:

    I just don’t know what I’d do in that situation. I’d probably end up in jail for assault.

  8. da kine says:

    He has a linked-in profile. Not much there.

  9. Steadfast&Loyal says:

    He’s not only a fake he’s a phony fake.

    Hell he didn’t even have the decency to shell out for ACUs. He chose the DCU route.

    Saddam called.

    He want’s his war’s uniform back.

    • Smitty says:

      What’s wrong with DCUs? Work fine when I was in Iraq in 04. Maybe this guy is so top seekrit that has hasn’t been exposed to the outside world since then. Did yall ever consider that? I bet this guy is totally legit, how else could he know about the 175th Rangers? I didn’t even know about them, and im sure none of yall did either.

    • Eric says:

      I’d take DCUs over ACUs any day, even out in the woods. I’d probably be more camouflaged in the jungle in DCUs than in ACUs come to think of it.

      I was lucky enough to get DCUs to wear in Iraq in 05 while others were wearing ACUs already. mwahahahahaha.

  10. Green Thumb says:

    “and he proceeded to leave the area at a high rate of speed.”

    Headed to Merritt Island and All-Points Logistics, no less.

  11. Mustang1LT says:

    OK, so I’m sure he has the “Special Forces” tab, the “Airborne” tab, and the “Ranger” tab. What’s the fourth tab? The “Sniper” tab or the “Sapper” tab? It would be funny if it was the ever-popular, but nonexistent “Sniper” tab. As an Engineer, that “Sapper” tab would cause him to get clocked with an E-tool.

    • Mustang1LT says:

      My bad, that fourth “Tab” is the “Mountain” part of the 10th Mountain’s patch. Never mind. I would still hit him with an E-tool though.

    • 10thMountainMan says:

      Hard to tell. He might have skipped Airborne for Sapper, or Mountain for Sniper.

      Kudos to Mac for this glorious bust.

      • Smitty says:

        An airborne tab over a 10th Mt patch? Never seen that before, this guy must be hard core

        • T1B says:

          Actually Smitty, it was authorized for a period, but only for the LRS detachment. After the Army went through “transformation” a few years ago, division LRS detachments went away.

          Interestingly, when I was there from ’01-’04 (in 1-32IN and 1st BDE HQ, not the LRS Det)the Det XO was a prior-service SF guy. He had legitimately wore the Mountain, Airborne, Ranger, and SF Tabs.

          • 19D2OR4 - Smitty says:

            Airborne is not an earned tab and is only authorized to be worn as part of a unit patch. Same as the mountain tab. If your XO was wearing an Airborne tab in the 10th MTN in ’01, then he was wrong.

            • rb325th says:

              If I am not mistaken, he was talking about the LRS Detachment XO, not his XO… who did wear the Airborne Tab over the Mountain tab as a part of the unit patch.

    • 3/17 Air Cav says:

      Are you guys sure about all those tabs? I’m kind of thinking they say Hotpoint, maytag, frigidare, and magic chef. Smile

  12. David says:

    Maybe it should be mandatory to send posers like this to actually fight ISIS? See how long the peshmerga put up with him… bet they use him as a mine detector.

  13. Sparks says:

    Wow, all that high speed, low drag and no place to go except a bar. We’ll he likes attention so now, “it’s your time to shine son”.

  14. Martinjmpr says:

    Damn, he’s gonna need an extra sleeve for all those tabs.

    Another candidate for the Human Mine Detector Platoon.

  15. Sapper3307 says:

    Beware of the Watertown Buffalo. They can eat you out of house and home.

  16. Randy says:

    The flag does go under the combat patch in the BDU/DCU era. Not defending this prick, just putting it out there..

  17. GDContractor says:

    Since this guy is fake HALO qualified, would you guys mind too much if I assume the role of fake parachute rigger? I will read up on some of the jargon. Services available for special parties upon request.

  18. Combat Historian says:

    Fucker didn’t even bother to lace his boots and blouse his pants? Oh my…

  19. 3E9 says:

    Ok, everyone just calm the fuck down. He’s obviously a Delta Navy SEAL Ranger. This guy is so Top Secret he was in the 175th!


  20. Eric says:

    Well he has a Ball Cap that says Special Forces on it, so he must be real.

  21. Sapper3307 says:

    Those pine tree car air freshners are made in Watertown.

  22. Open Channel D says:

    This time last year he was advertising for snow removal and wood delivery (1 pickup load minimum, stacking extra).

    Yeah, he’s legit as fuck.

  23. Mustang1LT says:

    Well, here’s his creed:
    I am an American Shitbag.
    I am Lazy and I like to sleep.
    I serve other shitbags and teach them my ways. I will never place to mission first.
    I always accept defeat.
    I never begin so I can’t quit.
    I usually leave my comrades.
    I am disciplined in my Shitbaggery.
    Physically and Mentally Lazy.
    Trained and proficient in hiding from my NCO’s.
    I never maintain my arms, my equpiment and I only focus on needs.
    I am an Expert Shitbag and I am professional at that too.
    I love sleeping, eating and not doing what I’m told.
    I am an American Shitbag.

    And here is the ONE tab that this shitlord truly rates:

    • nbcguy54 says:

      Gotta have a theme song too (sung to the tune “Green Berets”, remember that song from waaaay back?):

      “Unearned awards, upon my chest;
      Stolen valor, I am the best;
      100 men, will kick my ass;
      Just because, I faked my past”.

      Feel free to add more…

      • Gravel says:

        hahahaha this is good.

      • That Guy says:

        ‘Trained to give a good handjob
        Sure to look just like a slob
        a free beer I got today
        All because I had on a beret

        At Call of Duty I passed the test
        On Battlefield 3, I’m one of the best
        My K/D spread makes it okay
        For me to say I’m a Green Beret’

  24. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Mustang1LT. Nice work. Loved the Shitbag tab. I wonder if we can’t get one with TAH Dickweed.

    • Mustang1LT says:

      I can’t take credit for the creed. I found that on the interwebz. Obviously, shitbaggery is everywhere so these types of resources are literally at your fingertips.

  25. mark allen says:

    first of all doesn’t he know SF is not assigned to tenth mountain. second why in the hell is the Halo Jumpmaster on the wrong side. third, what’s wrong with his name tag. fourth , we haven’t worn the old style DCU’s since OIF 2. every thing is the new ACU’s or multi cam’s. you know the same pattern as that’s the wall paper of this website. I bet he can’t name one ODA team member. nut I can. CW2 Aaron Valevich. 3 Bat 5th SFG Fort Campbell

  26. Big Steve says:

    Maybe at some point I’ll become immune to all this extreme fakery. But right now, I am still totally amazed at the uniforms and awards they will wear, and stories some of these guys will tell.
    It’s not even plausible exaggerations. It’s extreme claims from guys who not only are delusional, but don’t do their homework concerning what they are trying to impersonate.

  27. Big Steve says:

    Decare… I hope you keep up with this site, and see this.
    You are one of the more ridiculous phonies I’ve seen here. You look like a ranger or SF guy about as much as my little niece.
    I really think you need to stay OUT of bars. Alcohol will only compound your problems and delusions.

  28. blackflag79 says:

    Nice hat! But it really should just read “SPECIAL” FORCES.

  29. Bryant says:

    I was 2/87 at the mountain. The 10th deserves quite a bit of respect even if it is the arm pit of hell during the winter. Someone please throat punch this guy.

  30. Ex-PH2 says:

    Some of you guys get wound up enough to punch a hole in the wall over these guys.

    I just want you to remember this: they lie their asses off to get attention, just like some 5-year-old who pokes his big sister to get attention. It’s all about attention, nothing else.

    They get the bling and flair so completely smack-my-forehead wrong that they frequently stick out like sore thumbs.

    I think it behooves us to NOT let them know how things are supposed to look. That way they can make themselves look like even bigger idiots than they are. It’s the reason for the Blue Falcon Stolen Valor tourney every year – to see who gets the boot furthest up his backside, isn’t it?

    I think my favorite was that guy who had everything ‘right’, wore an Army uniform, had a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, and made ‘secret’ phone calls to non-existent secret squirrels, loud enough for anyone to hear him. Man, I can talk into my sleeve, too, but he had that whole act down pat. I think he appeared about 18 months ago. He was at least as bad as Teti, but he couldn’t beat the real winner that year. I guess he just didn’t try hard enough.