Shane M Boda; End of the Trail phony

| February 24, 2015


Scotty sends us his work on this Shane Michael Boda fellow. He runs End of the Trail, which he claims is a 501(c)(3) that does something that is indecipherable at the Facebook page. He claims that he was an Army 1st Lieutenant for ten years;


He was awarded all of this for his service in Desert Storm;


Yep, two Distinguished Service Crosses, five Purple Hearts and ten awards of the Army Overseas Ribbon. I’m embarrassed because we never heard of him until now, you know because he’s so decorated. Of course, the reason we can’t get his records is because…Secret Squirrel!!!


Even though he can post it all over Facebook;


That’s why the National Personnel Records Center can’t find his records

Shane M Boda FOIA

He’s qualified to be the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, though.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. James says:

    Way to mix services shitbag

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      I can’t find that red, white, and blue one he’s sporting (second row from bottom, center) anywhere. The last time I saw a ribbon like that it was being given to an ROTC cadet for being the best at his school or something.

      • Steadfast&Loyal says:

        Holy crap I think you’re right.

        I am not good at ribbons (I had to read the book), but I remember that one.

        Isn’t it the 82 Association ribbon?

      • Dennis - not chevy says:

        Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, and Wisconsin National Guards have ribbons that look like that red, white, and blue ribbon.
        I am in awe of how many awards of the NDSM he has.
        Remember the Colour Sergeant in the movie Zulu, the one who asked for a promotion instead of a Victoria Cross? Well, maybe this guy is his opposite; he asked for any NDSM instead of a promotion.

      • 13B/92S/O2M says:

        It’s the South Dakota Army National Guard Service Medal as well , I have one on my rack

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Ten years as an officer and never making it past O2? In real life, that screams SHITBAG all by itself! I wonder what else this snot-headed booger-eating bedwetter of a Care Bear-hugging cream puff Sparkle Pony candyass has a history of as well? Maybe he’ll become the newest member of The Dutch Rudder Gang?

    • Green Thumb says:


      Fucking loser.

      He earned his “strips”, though.

      Definitely a “Phildoesque” dude.

    • Bobo says:

      He would have gotten the boot after he wasn’t promoted on his first look, and everyone gets promoted to 1LT unless they really screwed up.

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    WTF only two ARCOMS. Maybe they hade to earn them back in the day.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      He isn’t trolling the Internet looking for people being naughty … that would get him another for sure!

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        WHAT?! I’m feeling VERY offended by that! *pacing furiously* I feel an ARCOM in the wind!

  4. Hondo says:

    You just gotta LOVE that NDSM with 3 stars – you know, signifying service during ALL FOUR defined qualifying NDSM periods (Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, and GWOT).

    Hell: if he enlisted at 17 in 1953, that would make him a minimum of 78 today. If that guy’s 78, I’m the freaking rightful heir to the Romanov family.

    What a dumbcluck.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      I’m guessing the surplus store had a sale on ribbons and devices recently.

    • Steadfast&Loyal says:

      I don’t think the NDSM means what you think it means amy more, Hondo.

      It’s in recognition of the wars others fought. It’s a brotherhood thing.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      I keep telling you guys, the gedunk medal is far more important than anything else on your ribbon rack.

      It’s the same as the participation ribbons my cat got at CFA shows, just for showing up as a Household Pet candidate. Everything else paled by comparison.

      Man, how does this guy move around with all that junk on his trunk? No wonder he slouches on the ATV like that… or is that a lawnmower?

    • Countrygirl says:

      He was born in 1974… so to have been in service in 1990 he would have been 16 yrs old. To enlist prior to 18 requires parental signage. His mother had ‘no idea’ where he was during those years.

  5. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Wondering how one gets to be an Army 1LT with AF ribbons on his alleged rack.

    I’ve heard of Secret Squirrel stuff but this guy …

    Wow. Just … wow.

    And Jonn … I cracked up at the “Qualified to be Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs” line. Hilarious!

    • Isnala says:

      Not sure exactly which ones, but some Service Awards can be worn if you change Services. Also some unit awards are authorized if you served with the unit during the time of the award (regardless of Service), again not sure which ones can awarded cross Service and which ones can be worn after crossing over but it can happen.

      Same thing for how can someone be a 10 year 0-2, he was prior enlisted and crossed over to the Army to become an officer, (in this case with the AF ribbon could have been AF enlisted then went Officer in the Army). So it can happen.

      HOWEVER since NPRC says: “WHO?” this isn’t the case with this individual. Especially in light of all the other things wrong with that rack.

      • Guard Bum says:

        Dude is full of shit but those of us who served in two different service branches (or more) can have some interesting racks. I did almost 16 years in the Marine Corps as enl, CWO and then as an LDO 1stLt, unrestricted Officer to Cpt, resigned my commission and got out for 9 years, went into the Active Army Guard after 9/11 as a SGT (only commissioned slot they had was as a C&E Officer), had to go through BNCOC and ANCOC so I have the NCODP with Numeral 3, retired as an SFC 11B with 24 years active duty and will revert to O3E in a few months (highest grade held and I hit my 30 year mark in retired reserves).

        I dont have any valor medals but everything I earned in the USMC transfered to the Army including unit awards (NUC, MUC, 2 JMUAs and 3 Battle Es)and I look like some african war lord with all the medals and ribbons they gave out for OIF and just being in the Army.

        What throws people though is that I only have 2 Marine Corps GCMs and 2 Army GCMs but I had 8 service stripes and all of my time was active duty except for about 4 months. My son did 6 years in the Army Guard including a tour in OIF then transferred to the Air Guard where he is an AGR and his ribbon rack is similarly bizarre looking.

  6. Steadfast&Loyal says:

    That comment he made? earned his Rank?


    Unless you stepped in your crank (and in many cases that diddn’t even matter) 1LT was given to you as long as you were still a warm body…

    and I personally know a couple cases where even that didn’t matter.

    • Blaster says:

      True, 1LT Does come automatically after 18-24 months depending on the what the Army requires at the time.

      Also true, some real POS’s make O-2. That does tend to change when it is time to make O-3. I know a 1LT that should have made CPT about 8 months ago but can’t seem to pass the APFT. What a great example for the young enlisted troops he is. I have been the S-6 in the same BN for a little while, but am soon to leave to take command of another company in another BN. I will ensure that any LTs in this company will set the proper example and therefore “earn their stripes” when it comes time to make 0-2/0-3.

    • Silentium Est Aureum says:

      Speaking of useless POS barely could make 1LT, anyone hear from Dan Choi lately?

  7. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    When you are that good as a junior officer, there is no reason to promote to a higher grade!

    • CBPH says:

      Right on, Master Chief. Apparently the Peter Principle doesn’t apply to Secret Squirrels like him…

      Am I worthy to wear the same silver bar on my collar since I only have one measly NDSM and not 4, or should I just go ahead and demote myself to ENS?

  8. Bruce Tibbetts says:

    This one is just so freaking pathetic I laugh…

  9. Kevin says:

    Looks like 5 Combat Action ribbons..gee…shouldn’t that be be a a CIB with 4 stars?

  10. Kinda old ET1 says:

    Dude has to be all sorts of high speed low drag, he is sporting a sea service deployment ribbon And Six Combat Action Ribbons!

  11. ChipNASA says:


  12. MGySgtRet. says:

    Looks like he served in the super secret MarineArmy Corps. He is sporting the Marine Combat Action ribbon and Sea Service Deployment ribbon along with all of the Army bling. Also claims his service ended in 2000 but sports the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals. Oh, it looks like a Kosovo medal too, plus some HS junior ROTC ribbons thrown in to round out the stack. Overall, very impressive and legit…..

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    End of the Trail Ranch is registered in Indiana as a non-profit entity. That is merely a tax status and has nothing whatsoever to do what a non-profit’s officers receive in pay.

    • Hondo says:

      I’d love to know the percentage of that non-profit’s intake that goes to salaries and/or “rent” for the land on which they’re based.

  14. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Did you say Boda? Boda with a B? I’m Yoda with a Y!

  15. CLAW131 says:

    Hmmm, let’s see now.

    No Army Achievement Medals at all.

    The Army Overseas Ribbon has a number 9 numeral attached. Did he ever stay in CONUS for more than 30 days at a time?

    Last of all, (and this is the zinger), What? No “V” device on the Army Service Ribbon?


    • warrior2id says:

      It’s because he did not need to jump on a live grenade to save somebody that day at the range in basic…

  16. AdamsSamoa says:

    That “9” device is in his Overseas Service Ribbon… not NCODP.

  17. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m impressed.

    I think he’s almost as well-embellished as McSoulpatch. He just didn’t include the Victori Cross or the Legion of Merit. I guess he was being conservative… or something.

    Does NCOOP stand for ‘nincompoop’?

  18. 3E9 says:

    People like this make me want to drink scotch first thing in the morning.

  19. 3E9 says:

    It looks like he has the Kuwait Liberation Medal from Kuwait, but not the one from Saudi Arabia. How the hell did he manage that?

    • Hondo says:

      I want to know how he managed either without also qualifying for the SWASM.

      • 3E9 says:

        Good catch, I missed that one.

        • Hondo says:

          So did I at first. (smile)

          Based on his dates of service, that bogus ribbon rack has 4 items that are absolutely impossible for someone who left the military in 2000. One of them is the 3rd star on his NDSM (the 4th qualifying period started 11 Sep 2001 and requires active-duty service or active reserve status after that date). Additionally, he’s sporting 3 other decorations that had yet to be created in 2000 and which were not retroactive for service before 11 September 2001.

    • Guard Bum says:

      He would have had the SWASM if he got a KLM but the KLM (Kuwait) could have been issued alone if he was in a certain geographic area or served in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq.

  20. HMCS(FMF) ret. says:


    The Red/White/Blue ribbon could be a Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (of course, BodaClown doesn’t have the gold frame for it).

  21. JBS says:

    Guys, I’m looking closer and I could be wrong, but some of those look like silver oak leaf clusters to me.

  22. Green Thumb says:

    I* feel sorry for the one claiming to be his wife.

    I hate to tell you lady, but you married a sack of shit.

    • Countrygirl says:

      she will defend him til her last breath. I mean…you know they built their entire life based on his its either keep lying to save face,or..keep lying. He will never admit when he’s wrong. NEVER. Is why I divorced the lying POS

  23. Sapper3307 says:

    He is missing one of the two Kuwaiti liberation medals.

  24. Scotty says:

    He has been directed to this Blog. And to the other blogs. Plus an invite has been given for him to present a defense. Nothing yet, I guess he is still looking for his ” classified ” records.

  25. Pinto Nag says:


  26. rb325th says:

    He was “honored” at a Wounded veterans Ride last year in Indianna. That is him in the center of their cover photo of their facebook page. No idea who runs it, but they are now aware of this.!/IWVCR?fref=nf

    • Green Thumb says:

      He probably rides in the “Big Turd” Keith Riley Keeton’s sidecar.

    • Scotty says:

      rb325th, I’m in contact with the Marine that runs that event. And he is not happy at all.
      It appears that they gave Boda and his one horse End of Trails non licensed non profit a big donation last year.

      • rb325th says:

        He did not sound so happy in his response to me. Said he was one of their honorees last year.

      • CLAW131 says:

        Sounds like a little roadtrip over to Liberty Township in Delaware County may be warranted.

      • clamsgotlegs says:

        The nonprofit registered with the Sec of State’s office in Indiana sometime in 2014.

        It takes a minimum of a year to get the nonprofit designation letter from the IRS.

        Any money donated would not be tax deductible at this time. They state as such on the facebook post. But did they tell the marine that it was tax deductible and did he get an EIN number from them?

  27. thebesig says:

    He took the Facebook profiles, listed on Scotty’s page, down. However; here’s another link to what could be his Facebook page:

    He’s also displaying the War on Terror Service Medal.

  28. Grimmy says:

    10 years as a Looty?

    Wow. That’s gotta be a record.

  29. Sparks says:

    His wife, another naive innocent who’s gonna get their bubble burst. But looking at her posts she will defend his sorry ass till the end. After all, it’s all classified anyway. I’ll bet the next bullshit cover story will be the NPRC has no records because they are so sealed they are “Eyes Only” for the Joint Chiefs and the President. Love a phoney Army, no prior service coward, sporting the Navy/Marine Combat Action Ribbon. It’s not just your regular Army grunt who can earn 5 of those. But upon closer inspection the ass hat put silver stars on it (that would be 21 awards if my calculation is correct) and on other things. Why? Because they’re purdy and being a non serving EVER ass hole and coward, he doesn’t know the difference between bronze and silver oak clusters. I also noticed his Facebook pages are gone. Good thing for screen captures and the internet being FOREVER. You listening closely as you read this Shane? Guess what Shane? You wanted fame, well ask and you shall receive! Your name is number 1 and 2 on the Google search for your name, hit parade and they BOTH lead to here! Isn’t that great! Isn’t that what you wanted was to have your name in lights? No they are and forever will be.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’m sure he was going through his local Military Slurpus Store (Misspelling intended)picking out whatever ribbons he liked thinking something like “Hey yeah, that ‘un looks purdy, but it’ll look even purdier with some of these shiny ‘lil boogers and stars, YEAH!!”…

  30. Bobo says:

    He threw in the Army Sea Service Ribbon (no joke) just for S&G. So, I guess that he was that special kind of SF, the Transportation Corps SF. I also notice no jump wings or CIB. Kind of tough to be an SF guy with 5 PHs and not get a CIB. Hell even a TC guy would have a CAB after that.

  31. rb325th says:

    Little more digging, the man he claims is the Co-owner and an Colonel in the USMC. is his wifes cousin. John O’Neill.

  32. 3E9 says:

    Shane? We know you can hear us. We are all waiting for you or the sockpuppets to show up and tell us how we are all wrong. What’s that is the bushes? Where’s my tinfoil hat? Oh hell there’s a grassy knoll right outside my house!

  33. USMCE8Ret says:

    His FB discussion says contact Col John O’Neill, USMC. THIS Col O’Neill, the one who retired in 1967 and died in 2010?

  34. Friend S. Wilkins says:

    I think Shane Boda ought to hook up with that Jordan Taylor, you know, Homeless Vet Hire Me Please God Bless. Jordan’s GoFundMe account — — is not doing so well. Only $445 after nearly 6 months?? Jeez, he can probably make almost as much money standing for 6 hours at a freeway off ramp holding his little cardboard sign, all decked out in his DCUs. Want to hear the latest and greatest? In Update #31 posted just 14 days ago, Jordy now claims, “I am highly motivated and have strong integrity and honor. I am diligent and forthright in my work ethic. Plus I am extremely capable of handling high stress tasks, without breaking or cracking.” Yeah, Jordan. Sure you’re right!

    Just think of it, Shane could take one off ramp and Jordan could take the other. Then, after 4 or 5 hours of hard, back breaking work, they could pool their money together, get a motel room and well….you get the picture. 😀

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      THAT or blowing winos behind a bus stop in some urban slum, then pooling their money for some T-Bird, MD 20/20 or Cisco and “LIVING IN A VAN… DOWN BY THE RIVER!!”

      • Friend S. Wilkins says:

        Hmmm. Cisco is the same company that makes Wild Irish Rose. Nasty. Can’t believe I used to drink that stuff. 😀

        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          I drank MD20/20 a couple of times during my younger and stupider years myself. I’ve heard that T-Bird also works nicely as a paint and floor polish remover!! 😀

          • Friend S. Wilkins says:

            Never did get around to drinking T-Bird. Or Cisco. Just Night Train and Wild Irish Rose. And Christian Brothers Tawny Port. Now there’s some fine wine! 😀 Man, I could tell old wino stories all night but my time’s almost up. Have a good one.

  35. Bobo says:

    Is anyone else having trouble finding It looks like he never bothered setting up the URL.

    I’d love to see how much he’s paid in taxes on this little scam. Has anyone contacted the state AG yet?

    • clamsgotlegs says:

      When I checked, the website was not active but the Facebook page is.

      They are legally registered with the Sec of State in Indiana — formed in 2014. They claim to have filed with the IRS and that would make their IRS status pending.

      On their Facebook page, that have rightfully said that donations are not tax deductible at this time pending nonprofit designation by the IRS.

      So far their paperwork appears to be in order. However, the premise of the nonprofit appears to be based on a lie about military service. Which calls all subsequent claims about hippotherapy type services in question.

      It appears this nonprofit is in the planning stages and does not even have the land needed for such an operation based on their Facebook posts. This makes me wonder if someone wants to buy a farm — perhaps for personal use with the nonprofit as a cover? (IMHO)

      • GDContractor says:

        That land that they were making an offer on last May (per their FB page) was in Texas. Not sure if you noticed that… All their efforts to auction off a set of earrings, a T-Shirt, and a Dream Catcher didn’t seem to generate any interest, much less revenue. I wonder how their offer was worded… if it include the words “disabled”, “veteran”, “PTSD”, “IED”, “TBI”, etc.?

  36. Powell Crider says:

    I noticed a few of those ribbons looked familiar, so Since I’m sitting at my desk at work I just reached over and grabbed my AFPAM 36-2241 and compared a few of them to make sure.
    The bottom right is an airforce small arms expert ribbon, the one on the left opposite is the USAF BMT honor grad ribbon (the color is bad on the image but that’s it).

    • Dennis - not chevy says:

      He made BMT honor grad without earning the training ribbon; the recruiter must have recognized his glory and sent him straight to tech school without the mandatory stop at Lackland. The USAF had no choice but to recognize him some how.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      HUH? The Air Farce gives a RIBBON for being a basic Training Honor grad? Meh, The Army even awards a ribbon for having been an Eagle Scout, I went through OSUT in ’91 with a few who had sadistic Recruiters that encouraged them to have their ES badges documented on their MEPS paperwork and our DS’s had a ball dogging on them!

  37. Bobo says:

    I just noticed in one of the pictures that he can’t even lay out the SF patch correctly. Yup, he’s the real deal alright.

    • smoke-check says:

      Yep “REAL DEAL!” alright. Who do we know that also likes to throw that moronic statement around? Wonder someone invited him to come jumping if he would “cometh”?

      This guy is so garbage he can’t even keep the medals he awarded him self straight. PH hat pin, but no PH on his rack? Dummy.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Or as we said in in Basic & AIT, “STUPID DICK!” which was a step below “BROKE-DICK!”.

  38. Combat Historian says:

    Ahh…an honest-to-goodness no-holds-barred non-prior service totally utterly complete POSER, equipped with “TS/SCI super seekrit squarrel” personnel records and an awards rack showing double DSCs and five PHs and ribbons from every corner of NG land down to JROTC…Words actually do fail me…

  39. 19D2OR4 - Smitty says:

    Are those Gold Oak Leaf Clusters on the PH? If so he must look like swiss cheese. Unless my math is off, that would be 101 Purple Heart Awards in total.

  40. Guard Bum says:

    In other news, the Army has a SSDR?

    That must be a select list of awardees for that one.

  41. JimW says:

    He’s prior service from all the branches… Lower bottom right is an Air Force Small Arms Expert Ribbion. In for ten years and a 1st Lt. Shit head must have really sucked a lot of dick to do that. I think he meant he was with the Army Surplus, they got lots & lots of ribbons and shiny stuff for pricks to buy and wear and tell big fat lies. But he learned that from old man MacDonald how to tell big fat lies.

  42. AverageNCO says:

    Wow, two DSC’s in Desert Storm….and we thought Jeff “Rock” Harris was pushing it when he claimed one DSC in Desert Storm….well, he actually was since there were NO DSC’s presented for Desert Storm.

  43. Ex-PH2 says:

    When is Our Boy Boda coming here?

    I cain’t hardly wait for him to show his bubble butt around here. Bryanna (on the ‘DHS sees evil everywhere’ thread) wimped out and limped out. Such a shame. Thought we had a new chewtoy.

    You know how it is: no guts, no glory.

    So I’ll be over here waiting, breathless with anticipation.

    I also cook.

  44. Scotty says:

    His wife is just as guilty as him. she told me that an Active duty Marine Col. would be calling me. She gave me his name. And it turns out to be her cousin . Which served one enlistment. as an enlisted. Hell he’s as old as me and has less hair. She then had her 18 year old son call the creator of the Indiana Wounded Warrior’s Charity ride and pretend to be that Col. The problem is, The creator is a Marine Vet also. And her son didn’t pass the sniff test. When I hit her with all of this evidence last evening. I haven’t heard a word out of her since.

    • CLAW131 says:

      Well, I just knew there had to be somebody smarter than him in the mix.

      When I first saw the picture of the two of them, I said to myself “Betcha she’s cooking the books at the non-profit”.

  45. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I bet if anyone “asted” him about his “service” he’d go on and on about how he was some “Parry-shooter Snipin’ Scouter” or some shit like that!

  46. Jordan Rott says:

    Your guys comments are hilarious and awesome, this website is keeping me up way to late. I just wanted to add that I am 90% positive he put his Airborne tab above his Ranger tab from hearing about Airborne Rangers or from hearing some sort of “Guns, sex and danger that is the life of an Airborne Ranger” cadence at some point in his life and assumed that is precedence for wearing them.