Troy Ridimann; phony Navy vet begging in LA

| February 10, 2015

Troy Ridimann

Carolyn sends us a link to CBS Los Angeles which reports on this Troy Ridimann fellow who apparently pretends to be a disabled Navy veteran. The reporter says that the Navy has no record of Ridimann.

He told our undercover producer his name was Troy Ridimann. The same name and photo match to this Facebook page.

And he has stories to tell of his service, which he says took place on Coronado Island from 1983 to 1993.

“I was a petty officer, first class, Navy diver and master diver,” he said.

Ridimann says he was injured diving for a missile that misfired into the Pacific Ocean.

“I went down 433 feet below the ocean surface and recovered it; 1,500 pounds-per-square-inch pressure compressed my cartilage in my ankles, my knees and my hips to the point where I don’t have any,” he said.

“I can still move. It just hurts. Mine’s bone on bone.”

And he ends his story with these words: “The only thing I can do is tell the truth. I don’t lie about anything.”

They also catch him on video jumping up and walking with no problem when he thinks he’s out of sight of the public.

When we caught up with Ridimann, he was wearing a Navy sweatshirt and walking just fine.

When asked about the discrepancy, he began limping as he walked away, insisting he served in the Navy and was in fact “hurting.”

He also insisted he was not scamming people for money.

He had nothing else to say and walked away briskly with no more war stories to tell.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Talk about advertising one’s liarhood (yeah, I just made that word up.) He didn’t have to be caught walk normally. He didn’t have to be confronted. The advertising was alone sufficient, at least for most people over the age of 5 or so: “The only thing I can do is tell the truth. I don’t lie about anything.”

  2. GDContractor says:

    It’s so nice watching reporters growing up and learning how to do their jobs.

  3. Atkron says:

    I wonder if the jumping in and out of cars has anything to do with a drug deal after scamming enough cash to buy some…..turd.

  4. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    Master Diver as a PO1 at 10 years? Uh, no.

  5. GDContractor says:

    Kill Devil Hills, NC – Say “hello” to your newest citizen…Troy Ridimann, COME ON DOWN!! (Better get a room ready at the Travelodge for him.)

    • 3E9 says:

      They would probably foot the air fare or bus ticket to get him there. Then they would have two dipshits amongst all of the special people who already reside there.

    • CLAW131 says:

      Sounds like a pretty good match-up to me.

      “Butch” and “Troy”

      Wonder who’s pitching and who’s catching?

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:


      I’m sending them a penny for the Kill Devil Hills monument that’s in the works. The plaque will read, “Give me your liars, cheats, and phony baloney valor thieves.” The monument will be of a disheveled man who will hold a cardboard sign reading “Homeless disabbled Vetran nedds help. thank You!” The other hand will be outstretched, palm up.

      • Friend S. Wilkins says:

        Hey, I think you got something there, 2/17 Air Cav! Actually, I think it should be a “living” monument. How about this. Hire real homeless people to stand 6 hour watches around the clock. Bus them in from out of state if necessary. Pay them a “living” wage, of course. House them at the Hilton Garden Inn. And provide full benefits, too. I’m talking comprehensive Obamacare Platinum coverage. Spare no expense for our distinguished long haired hippie friends! 😀

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          Ah. A living monument. I likes it. I likes it.

          • Hondo says:

            I’d like it even better if we could find a judge with balls that would impose 240 hrs of community service (8 hrs for 30 days consecutive) of duty as the “guest of honor” for that living monument as a sentence for the first 3 persons convicted under the latest Stolen Valor Act.

            Hey, a a guy can dream.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Don’t they usually have ” Thnk you, God Bless” scribbled on their signs?

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          Yes. That’s pretty much stock. Is there a cardboard begging sign supplier somewhere? The signs all seem to bear the same words and misspellings.

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            You people are so mean! Have you no compassion, no decency?

            (There. I took care of it for the Kill Devil Hills liars and cheats supporters.)

          • Friend S. Wilkins says:

            I saw one yesterday wielding a bright fluorescent green sign. Whatever happened to good old fashioned brown cardboard? But I’m telling you, that sign was a real tear jerker. You know, I think the Obama Administration ought to establish a new agency to collect taxes from these phoney baloney sonsabitches collecting up to 60K tax free annually. I mean there’s something seriously wrong there. smdh

        • Pinto Nag says:

          What is an absolute riot is that the homeless here trade signs. You’ll see the sign ‘HOMELESS / NEED WORK / GOD BLESS’ at Walmart one day, and then over by the Post Office the next (which for us is across town.) Same sign, different hobo holding it.

          • Friend S. Wilkins says:

            That’s just what they do right here in Battle Creek, up and down Beckley Road from the Walmart to the Rodeway Inn. I don’t know exactly how many there are, but they all pack themselves in nut to butts in a single motel room at Rodeway ($34.99 a night plus tax). What they do inside that little motel room only God knows….

      • GDContractor says:

        “Give me your liars, cheats, and phony baloney valor thieves.”

        And “Television News Anchor People”. Too redundant?

  6. Top WKone says:

    most “homeless vets” on the street begging are not.

    In my city of the 30 or so beggars I deal with regularly who have told me they are vets, only one is. (My civilian job is Paramedic on night watch shift)

    And he does not tell stories about his service in Germany from 73 to 75 driving trucks for an armor unit. (It’s where I learned to drink he told me)

    The rest can’t even get their branch right, claiming to be Army and saying “Sempr Fi” or they were in the Navy with an 11B MOS.

    I don’t tolerate it and that has encouraged the younger vets who work here to also call BS on them. In the two years here the number of “homeless vets” we transport has gone down a lot, at least when they are with us they stop being vets.

    Now if I can get the ER nurses to start Doing this to.

    Our service collects demographic info on patients and we had a high number of vets who did not go to the VA which made us look bad, now we don’t have that much a problem. (Higher does not care either way as there is no money attached to those numbers)

  7. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    BULLSHIT FLAG better know in the Navy as the BRAVO SIERRA FLAG!

    1. Master Diver … NO
    2. 10 Years on Coronado Island … No one calls it that … it is a pennisula!
    3. Deep dive to retrieve missle … NO … my Brother Carl did that!

    Other than those few details … LEGIT!

  8. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    And a little Physics lesson for our fake “diver” here:

    Pressure of seawater is 44 psig for every 100 feet of depth, therefore 433 feet would be just under 200 psi, not 1500.

    You’d think a Master Diver would know this.

  9. C. Long says:

    Wasn’t the recovery of a missile by Navy divers the plot of the movie Men of Honor? Maybe he confused watching HBO with having actually served.

  10. Bobo says:

    It was a little to tough to fake the missing leg, so he went with “compressed cartilage” instead. Asshat.

    I’m glad to see that the reporters are now starting to get interested it this kind of thing, though.

  11. Green Thumb says:

    This turd is a cross between Commander Phil Monkress of All-Points Logistics and Randy Abbot.

  12. Combat Historian says:

    No SEAL stories to go with his Master Diver sea tales? This douchewad needs to up his game…

    • Andy11M says:

      I dunno Historian, it’s kinda nice to see one of these homeless “vets” be something other than a SEAL, lest people start thinking every SEAL becomes homeless after they get out.

    • Old Trooper says:

      No, he needs to be taken to the woodshed for a little wall to wall counseling on the way to prison.

    • Sapper3307 says:

      But he had the dog tags. Perhaps a trident tat will help his deep cover out next time.

  13. Friend S. Wilkins says:

    Kind of slick to claim only Master Diver. Probably wanted to stay under Senior’s radar. But I’m pretty sure Don Shipley might take a special interest in this dirt bag. I can only imagine what Senior would do that goddamn earring. 😀

  14. Atkron says:

    He got the PSTD’s from watching Men of Honor…Like a certain ‘reporter’ got them from looking at a shot up helo….and then misremembered that he was on it at the time.

  15. OWB says:

    Does he have a brother in FL? Sure does look like him.

  16. MustangCryppie says:

    “And he ends his story with these words: “The only thing I can do is tell the truth. I don’t lie about anything.””

    Hell, he’s lying right there! There is no one on God’s green earth who NEVER lies, even just a teensy weensy bit.

    I defy husbands who want to stay married to answer the question, “Does this dress make my butt look big?”

    I’ll wait.

    • Sparks says:

      “Does this dress make my butt look big?”

      “Uh…well…No, absolutely not honey! You look better and slimmer than the day we married! That’s a very slimming dress on you!”

      “Why did you hesitate?”

      “I was thinking of asking you to turn around again but then I caught a good view of your outfit sweetheart. That’s all.”

      There, I’ve said it, I’ll own it.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:


        “Does this dress make my butt look big?”

        “No honey, but that butt of yours sure makes that dress look huge.”

        “Does this dress make my butt look big?”

        “That’s a dress? Cripes. I was looking for the ringmaster.”

        “Does this dress make my butt look big?”

        “No. Have you seen my glasses?”

    • 3E9 says:

      No honey, your butt makes your butt look big, don’t blame the dress.

    • LostOnThemInterwebs says:

      What is this marriage magic you keep talking about? …

      I personally just go for the butt slap or grab, that way I don’t have to answer 😛 works half the time the other half duck and cover incomiiiiiing!!

      “My butt looks fat?”
      *grab* Mmmmm

      No more conversation 😛 (there IS a reason I’m a bachelor LoL!)

  17. Mayhem says:

    What no tales of how he Halo’d into the divesite from 30,000 feet while strapped to an explosive-laden great white shark? The dudes not even trying.

  18. Nicki says:

    Cue Birdbath to defend this faking turd in 3…2…1…

  19. Green Thumb says:

    Homeless folks and their Facebook pages.


    • JimW says:

      Homeless and facebook don’t go together. This guy is a crook/con-artist as slimy as they come. Scavenging on people wanting to help there fellow man. Scum suckers like this need to be made homeless, and live the life they try so hard to emulate. Hey, break his legs so he can get some real use out of that wheelchair. Better yet, take it away and give it to someone who really needs it. I think God has a special place for the vultures in life.

  20. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Guys … This guy has attempted to go there with respect to the SEAL and NSW community.

    He said he was staioned on Coronado Island (not an island).

    Coronado is the home of NSW, SEAL, SWCC, BUD/S, PAC Amphib, PAC EOD and of course North Island NAS (still not an island).

    Fleet divers are stationed across the bay at Naval Station San Diego (aka 32nd Street)!

    But what the frig do I know, I was stationed at both!

    • tm says:

      Looking down from Point Loma, it’s incredible how much North Island NAS dwarfs Lindbergh Field.

      According to wiki, North Island used to be an island, but the pesky water in between it and Coronado was filled in in 1945.

  21. BinhTuy66 says:

    I bet Bernasty is already in Kill Devil Hills setting up shop.

  22. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m simply going to call bullshit on his claim of a dive to 433 feet. Not just the pressure per square inch, but the length of time. A diver who descends to 130 feet can only stay 10 minutes at that depth. Not much time to work on a missile, is there?

    The current depth record for open circuit scuba diving is held by Ahmed Gabr, who descended to 332.35 meters (1,028 feet) on September 18, 2014.

    • Green Thumb says:

      I disagree.

      Phildo can take the pressure per square inch.

      The man (turd) has a lot of experience, from what I hear…..

      • Hack Stone says:

        So, need I ask if this guy is All Points Logistics material?


        • Green Thumb says:

          In a localized, fundraising capacity only.

          Never know if you will run across him in the South Florida area in the near future….

          • kevin says:

            Nah, his brother Kevin was a waste of skin, too. Died of overdose. Claimed to have cancer and scammed, scammed, scammed tens of thousands of dollars. POS family. The family that tweaks together…

            • kevin says:

              Oh, and he also claimed to have been in the Navy. Said he was honorably discharged after injury from falling from the upper deck of an aircraft carrier. NEVER in the armed forces of any kind.

  23. Clyde Porter Jr. says:

    A real true Superman! Poor guy’s body has been subjected to 1500 psi pressure! At .433 psi per foot of water that would mean that he dove to a depth of 3,464 feet which is much greater than the crush depth of any U.S. submarine. I don’t think that even NR-1 could go that deep when she was in service. He must be one hell-uv-a-man!