Julee Johns; WIAT investigates a phony

| November 21, 2014

Julee Johns

It’s nice to see a media outlet go the extra mile to investigate these military phonies. WIAT in Birmingham, AL did just that after they interviewed this Julee Johns character on Memorial Day. They experienced some backlash after the interview that led them to a five month hunt for the truth;

I kept digging and kept checking everything Johns had ever told me.

She told me she was medically discharged and received benefits from Veterans Affairs.

The VA Medical Center in Birmingham told me they were “unable to locate any information on Ms. Johns.”

Which means Johns never received VA benefits in Alabama.

Johns also told me she was a drill instructor on Parris Island. I contacted the deputy director of public affairs on Parris Island. She checked their records and said: “If Julee Johns were a drill instructor we would definitely have a record of he, and we don’t.”

Finally, I contacted the U.S. Marines Manpower division. They pulled Johns’ official file from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

Their records show Julee Johns reported to recruit training on January 6, 1997, and was released on January 21, 1997.

She was in boot camp for 16 days. Normally boot camp is 13 weeks long.

Her story never quite added up, but here’s what did.

I investigated for more than 160 days, made dozens of phone calls and emails, and traveled nearly 500 miles.

Finally, after five months, our WIAT 42 News Investigative Team visited her house one final time on Oct. 28. Johns called me back Nov. 4, finally ready to set the record straight.

She didn’t want to do an interview. She still didn’t want to be recorded. But she did have a message.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I didn’t do it to hurt anybody.”

She finally admitted she didn’t serve 16 years. Rather, she served 16 days. She said she was released from boot camp for minor medical reasons and never went back.

She said she started lying about her service record around 2000 after some difficult moments in her life.

Here’s what she was wearing;

Julee Johns rack

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    16 days, huh? Just another lying shitstick…

    • FatCircles0311 says:

      She wasn’t even at Parris Island long enough to get sand in her vag. She must have had it ther before she arrived.

  2. John "Faker 6" Giduck says:

    16 years or 16 days. What’s the difference? What’s important is look at that rack!


    John “Faker 6” Giduck

    • CPT Mike says:

      I don’t know to which rack you are referring (ribbon or otherwise), and I don’t care. You Sir, made me laugh harder than I’ve laughed in a very long time.


      CPT Mike

  3. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    Check out the comments for the article. Everyone’s favorite dingleberry, the esteemed, er, the big steaming pile, of disgraced lawer from the PACNORWEST, has put his 2 cents in.

    • Guard Bum says:

      That boy is his own worst enemy isn’t he? Good grief.

      I have always wondered with fakers like this gal, how do they explain it to their families? I mean, did no one in her family notice she never gone for 16 years?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Yes, he just is NOT getting enough attention now, is he?

      • Mustang1LT says:

        Come on now, Ex-PH2, Dan Dan the Plane Crashing Man is stepping up his game now that Tournament Time is upon us! You gotta give him his due. He heard that Chevy upped his game so he realized that he needed to do what was necessary to bring it on home! He wants the prestigious Horse’s Ass Medal and isn’t going to let some Queso Come Lately steal his honors!

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          True dat, M1LT.

          But I did expect to see more lawuits and libelous crap online, not something quite so – well, MILD.

          • Mustang1LT says:

            He’s pacing himself and getting ready for that last run down the home stretch. Be patient, they’re just rounding the clubhouse turn. Something tells me that next week is going to be VERY interesting. So far, we have seen the re-emergence of Heavy Chevy, Birdbath, and Psulmer (of the Ballsack). We should see an appearance by the drunken, skydiving clown here shortly. And, for those of you who have been missing him, we may even see some action on the William Derek Church front. It’s about to jump off, yo!

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    Once a Marine always a Marine.
    Or almost is never.
    She can have a job at All Points Logistics.

    • Green Thumb says:

      That’s a good call.

      And their office is in Huntsville.

      Close and local talent, if you will.

      It will cost us taxpayers a lot less dollars due to the geography of her joining APL.

  5. EODJay says:

    Look at that, rocking the EOD badge. Finally, EOD is gaining some traction in the phony ranks.

    Wait a minute…That sucks. Take off my damn badge you dirty nut swinger.

  6. Hondo says:

    Damn good to see the media do its homework for a change. Kudos, WIAT. Kudos.

  7. ByrdMan says:

    She has two silver stars on her Iraq Campaign ribbon. That’s moto.

  8. NR Pax says:

    Johns told me the medals weren’t hers. She said they belonged to friends of hers and she wore them as a tribute.

    Of COURSE! How could we overlook that? I thought every poser was doing it to pay tribute.

    Lady, you’re too stupid to be retarded. You’re just plain ‘tarded. May you enjoy your fame and your place in the next tournament.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Her “friend” gave her the medals & ribbons and she wears them “as a tribute.”

      Bull. Fucking. Shit.

      I have a good friend (longtime coworker, groomsman at my wedding) who’s a former Navy officer. He gave me a set of his LT’s bars (railroad tracks or whatever you want to call them). I keep them on a souvenir shelf in my living room. I absolutely do not EVER pin them on. For one thing, such douchery would be a major breach of his trust, for which he’d rightly kick my ass. For another, I am not a liar, and won’t wear sone thing that’s supposed to be earned if I haven’t earned it. And if, God forbid, something ever happened to him, I would pin those bars to a picture of my friend in a shadowbox with a label clearly stating who they belong to.

      “Tribute” my ass.

      • Argus says:

        If you’re going to pay tribute, why not have the awards mounted and framed in a shadowbox of some kind? Add a small plaque, ‘In memory of (rank & name), (branch)’.

    • Martinjmpr says:

      You know, we should start applying this “tribute” thing to other areas.

      “Yes, I knew the money in the bank wasn’t mine. I took it as a tribute to the hard working men and women who deposited it there.”

  9. MGySgtRet says:

    and on her Drill Instructor ribbon….she spent 33 years on the drill field in addition to all of her other heroics….shitbag…..

    • TankBoy says:

      Master Guns! Just admit it, she’s more tha man than we! I could only handle one tour there and one on amoi duty. Do you realize how hard this fella is? They could use her labia to drop forge cannons for the Abrams tank, by God.

    • Stacy0311 says:

      16 years and only 1 Good Cookie?
      Love the gold jump wings. Why no dive bubble?
      If you’re going to fake it, fake it all the way.

      • TankBoy says:

        She had orders for dive school, but had to back out when she was working as an technical advisor on the Demi Moore G.I. Jane movie. After that, she was too busy doing all the eod missions that became the movie the Hurt Locker. All this while TAD from Parris Island on cycle break!

        • MGySgtRet. says:

          I am sure during her down cycles she was in Iraq and Afghanistan providing technical expertise to all of the EOD dets.

  10. MGySgtRet. says:

    TankBoy, I was only good for one tour too plus AMOI. By my calculations she trained most of the female recruits that went through Parris Island for the past 30 years. Woodpecker lips got nothing on the hardness scale compared to this fella! And I am not sure I want to discuss her labia in polite company…..

    Stacy0311, I am sure her good cookie had a bunch of stars on it but they fell off during combat.

    • Hondo says:

      OK, guys – mind translating “AMOI” for us non-USMC types? Sounds kinda like an island in the Pacific to me. (smile)

      • MGySgtRet. says:

        Assistant Marine Officer Instructor. Former Drill Instructors are assigned to the ROTC programs at colleges to expose the officer candidates to a Senior Enlisted Marine. I worked at the Naval Academy.

        • Hondo says:

          Thanks. Had no idea what that was, and would have been WAY off if I’d guessed.

        • NR Pax says:

          Former Drill Instructors are assigned to the ROTC programs at colleges to expose the officer candidates to a Senior Enlisted Marine.

          “Which ones didn’t burst out in tears, Gunny?”

          “Smith, Johnson and Collins.”

          “OK. We’ll fast track them into Marine OCS starting this summer.”

  11. DefendUSA says:

    I just don’t get it. My service was uneventful, but I would never lie about what I didn’t get done. I had such a generic bar for my uniform, even I find it laughable. What no one can take away from me is the lifelong comradeship/family that I gained. These people all have my back, where and when even if 30 years passes by. I feel sorry and pissed at the same time. Julee Johns, it would suck to be you.

  12. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “Look at me! I’m another freakin’ Heraldo! Ain’t I great! I investigated something!”

    Yeah, I know. I should be grateful that some local news readers are shining a spotlight on these phonies once in a while. But did you hear the opening line? “There are several branches of the United States military…” How many? Name them. Idiots.

  13. Ex-344MP says:

    Glad to see the Media has some integrity. Good follow up as well.

    Bernath, I don’t understand why you poked your ugly head into the discussion of that article.

    If you are that brain dead, I wonder how you ever got a pilots license, and passed the bar to be a lawyer.

  14. Sparks says:

    Lemme see, 16 days, an EOD Badge and 3, count ’em 3 Bronze Stars! Totally legit! What a bitch on greased wheels.

  15. JacktheJarhead says:

    16 years and only one Good Conduct? How many women went to jump school that she/he has Gold Jump Wings? It still amazes me that these morons think no one will check. I did four years active in Mr. Carter’s Marine Corps and I have a Good Conduct, nothing else. Proud of my service, proud of being a REMF.

    2/17 Air Cav, I hear you but at least they went after the douche bag. Better than most of the TV Reporters do.

  16. COB6 says:

    When I see anything military pinned on a leather vest my default starting point is TOTAL BULLSHIT

    • EODJay says:

      This kind of stuff does seem to run rampant through the leather vest, look at me, crowd. I’ve never understood why it seems mandatory to pin your rack (real or imagined) to your vest (I don’t understand the vest either) just to ride a motorcycle. I’ve been able to ride my bike without a problem sans vest or ribbon rack. What’s missing in their lives to make them do all this?

      • Hondo says:

        What’s missing in their lives to make them do all this?

        Basic decency.

        • OC says:

          On the vest thing, boys. I’m a member of MN Patriot Guard (cage, no bike).
          We have a huge logo that folks sew on vests cuz it does get pretty hot here in the summer but folks still like to “show their colors”


    • Blaster says:

      I have always been treated with nothing but respect by “bikers”, real bikers. With that being said. I’ll bet that these POS’s are posing as bikers as well as vets. maybe the vets and bikers should team up for complete poser melee.

    • RunPatRun says:

      IMO, not much different than putting a rack on a coffee cup or other item, there’s some pride involved…just needs to be legit. If I’m not mistaken, items such as this are advertised here, and they turned some posers in to TAH: http://www.myservicepride.com

      As always, YMMV.

  17. The Other Whitey says:

    I don’t know all of the bling she was claiming, but I recognize the Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon.

    My best friend was a real United States Marine. He got a BSM and CAR for real, along with a Purple Heart. He died getting them. Fuck this cunt straight to hell!

  18. Bobo says:

    You’d think that someone so enamored with military service as to dress up and claim vet status would at least have the same drive to do some basic study on awards and decorations. Honestly, there is a reason why there are bronze service stars and OLCs and silver service stars and OLCs attached to ribbons and medals. Silver tends to draw a little more unwanted attention, so just go with 8 or 9 bronze.

  19. CBPH says:

    Wow, a NAM w/”V”? That’s REALLY one you don’t see everyday.

    If I’m not mistaken, each award of the MCDI ribbon requires 3 years in the billet, so it looks like she’s claiming 18 years as a drill instructor.

    • Just an Old Dog says:

      During Desert Storm there were quite a few Navy Commendation Medals and NAMs awarded with V’s by the Corps, as well as Bronze Stars without.

    • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

      Back in 91 one of my old division officers had a NAM with “V”. I was young and dumb at the time. I asked “What’s the V for on your NAM sir?” “Because I was getting shot at at the time I was doing something in Vietnam.” was his reply.

  20. Doc Savage says:

    I’m confused.

    Is it a she or a he?

  21. Green Thumb says:


    All-Points Logistics has an office in Huntsville.

    Just saying….

  22. 3E9 says:

    Tribute my ass.
    All of that and not a single NDSM? What a dipshit!

  23. Pinto Nag says:

    Julee, your “tribute” is like a dead skunk in the road — it stinks to high heaven. What you are, ALL you are, is an attention whore. You want to wear something in tribute to our vets? Go to work for the DAV and let them give you a name tag. THAT you might be able to wear with some kind of pride, instead of your stolen valor bullshit.

  24. AverageNCO says:

    Judging by her attire other than the ribbons, it looks like she’s another poser hanging around slow-pitch softball tournaments. Those softball players really need to start policing their own.

  25. Mustang1LT says:

    It’s funny to see Bernath pop his head up in a comments section and get hammered down like a Whack-a-Mole game! It’s Tournament Time and we will see who will rise to the top (of the toilet bowl)….

    You know, Howard Cossell would have been ideal to be the color commentator for this tourney.

    • NR Pax says:

      I wonder if he’s going to add me to one of his lawsuits since I deigned to acknowledge him in the comments?

    • 3E9 says:

      Down goes Frasier!

    • AW1 Tim says:

      Judging from his comments over there, Bernath, the fake Navy CPO is about to have his head explode. He’s either heading for a stroke or is off his meds, or both.

      It’s just so easy to push his buttons and watch him do the spittle-flecking dance. 🙂

      • Mustang1LT says:

        Careful now, keep pissing him off and he’s going to fire off a series of angry letters to SecDef, the Joint Chiefs, and the Grand Poobah of the Circus complaining about how we’re all mistreating him. Said letters will be promptly circular filed and/or ignored by their intended recipients.

      • NR Pax says:

        It’s been funny watching his online sputterings. And I love how I’m apparently a “domestic terrorist” now. Does it come with a membership kit?

      • Ten Bears says:

        Large, unkempt fat man with rat on face is only peeved that he is not getting the attention given to a femaled of your species.

        He’s jealous. Also, he cannot spell words of more than one syllable, like ‘graduate’.

        Ten Bears speculates that there is much more to come.

    • Charlie Foxtrot says:

      Hey Bernath, SUE ME TOO!!

  26. 3/17 Air Cav says:

    It’s probably going to piss some people off. Whenever I see one of those biker type black leather vests with a bunch of bling on it, it screams phony to me.

    Just sayin.

  27. OWB says:

    Sure wish bernutsy would make up his mind. Does he want us to pity him because he’s impaired or respect him because he’s some sort of virile manly man? He can’t seem to keep the stories straight, among other things.

    Whatever. He became quite boring a long time ago.

    And why is he insisting upon making himself part of this story? What’s he going to do now that the subject of the story admitted her wrong doing? Will he sue her when she refuses to let him represent her? Given his loathing for females, this could become quite interesting very quickly.

  28. nbcguy54 says:

    Splash. Out.

  29. FatCircles0311 says:

    The placement of that CAR is just hilarious.

    What a window licker.

  30. Just an Old Dog says:

    Was she the focus of an entry here earlier? or was she caught because she was hanging out with another poser at an event? I remember her monkey-ass, but I think wasn’t the focus of the entry, it was some other dipshit.

  31. Redacted1775 says:

    Many of those ribbons look like commemorative awards. I’ve seen them before on sites like Medals of America, but I’m not sure who would wear them or why, besides a poser who has no fucking clue what they’re doing, that is. The CAR actually looks like the combat action commemorative medal. Even worse she’s wearing it upside down. Can’t even get that right. Check it out: http://www.medalsofamerica.com/ItemImages/Large/259%20LIST.jpg

    • OWB says:

      They are probably available for use by PD’s and FD’s who may be too small, or just don’t want to, develop unique awards for their departments.

  32. Commissioner Wretched says:

    I don’t know if anybody else noticed this, but in his comments on the WIAT website Bernath said this:

    “and of course I have been a member of the US Supreme Court about 30 years.”

    He’s been a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. Let’s see, 30 years back that would mean he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Reagan.


    He’s not only an “Honorary” CPO (which he isn’t) but he’s also a member of the Supreme Court (which he isn’t).

    Ripley wouldn’t even believe this shit.

  33. OWB says:

    We’ve strayed a bit from the topic here folks. Of course, it comes as no surprise that the lunatic fringe of the poser community would insert themselves into this topic. Not only has this girl refused to join them in their insanity, she has shown them exactly how a poser should act when the gig is up.

    Absolutely, this poser’s bad behavior is not excused by owning it, admitting being wrong, and walking away with a fragment of dignity in tact. They are hopping mad that a girl showed more honor than all of them put together.

  34. Scotty says:

    Fucker banned me from posting on the article 🙁

    • Charlie Foxtrot says:

      Not only that, they removed a message I relayed from Toasty Coastie, and I posted it four times!!

    • Delilah T. says:

      Who the hell is he referring to as window washer?

      “Window þvottavél hefur verið handtekinn nokkra tíma fyrir útlit á gluggum og jacking burt. Hann fer líka heim á kvöldin og setur út DD214 og geedunk hans borði og rúlla um á því fyrr en líkami hans fær allt sveitt og það allt prik til húð hans.”

      Translation: Window washer has been arrested a few hours before the appearance of windows and jacking off. He also goes home at night, and sets out the DD214 and geedunk his table and roll around in it until his body gets all sweaty and everything sticks to his skin.

      Gibberish personified, and no ID on who he’s referring to as window washer.

      Not that it matters all that much. He’s lost so badly, so many times now, and made such an ass of himself in every possible way, that it’s quite likely he’ll find his list of customers dwindling away from short to nonexistent.

  35. NHSparky says:

    Oh, Bernasty, what are you doing posting PII online? Really?

    So not only are you not just a regular loser, you’re a sore loser at that.

    Make sure you mention how those lawsuits went for you next time, mkay dipshit?

  36. OWB says:

    Hope you guys are reporting all those inane posts of his. Or whatever should be done in the format of that comment section.

    Or is he just hoping to sucker a bunch of folks into doing that so he can gain more PII, or something, from your posted comments? He/they are so demented that it’s impossible to guess a motive for anything they do, except that you know it will make no sense to sane people.

    • NHSparky says:

      I’ve notified their legal. Seems they have no POC for their Web monkey.

    • Climb to Glory says:

      Like this gem:

      OK, heeb. I always wondered about a race that let all of their helpless women and children politely line up…not lifting a finger to protect their women and children from being murdered. The chosen cowards opps. people..
      Your little band of terrorists is being torn apart. Where’s the felon/wife beater/drug ingester Frank? Gone.
      Jason exposed as crazy as a crep house bedbug and shunned.
      And of course God takes out the trash with the person the cops in WVA laugh at when whines about how everyone threatens him.He’s under 390 days and then:
      1. yellow liquid,
      2. airplane,
      3. beaker,
      4. honors for him at grave.

      You’re in tatters. We’re enjoying our lives as you try to find some meaning in picking on helpless people.
      If the courts won’t protect people then…no problem. Courts and police and such are really a new concept.
      I am sure that when you go too far then the problem will be solved.

      Daniel A. Bernath
      Chef Petty Officer (Hon)

      What a dipshit.

      • MrBill says:

        If you look at some of his other comments (look at his disqus profile) he complains about “kneegrows” as well as “heebs”.

        What a disgusting piece of semi-human refuse.

  37. USMCE8Ret says:

    Clearly she’s fucked up, but unless my eyes deceive me, I don’t see where she’s wearing a Combat Action Ribbon. The CAR is pretty distinctive, but the others are similar. Aside from the obvious ones, the others look like commemorative ribbons of some sort. (Just an observation).

  38. NHSparky says:

    And their legal has already contacted me, and is forwarding the info to WIAT.

  39. Mustang1LT says:

    Went to go check out the comments on the article, but the comments are closed now. I wonder if this just happens after a certain amount of time or if this is due to the insanity of Birdbath and ShOrTbUsWiNdOwLiCkEr69? If it’s the latter, my only comment is: See, THIS is why we can’t have nice things!

  40. NHSparky says:

    It’s the latter. Trust me.