Hugh Clarence Johnson; holistic phony

| April 5, 2015

Hugh Clarence Johnson

There’s this fellow in Washington State, who goes by a number of names, but his real name is Hugh Clarence Johnson. Some of his “also known as” monikers are; Hubert Clarence Johnson aka Hugh Clearence Johnson aka Hugh Clarence Johnson aka Hugh Johnson aka Hugh Jonson aka Clarence H. Jonson aka C H Johnson aka Hugo C. Johnson. He was arrested a few months ago for practicing holistic medicine without a license, according to the Whidbey Island, Washington News-Times;

Former Navy physician C. Hugh Jonson was arrested Wednesday by Oak Harbor police. Another provider at the holistic medicine clinic, Arely Jimenez-Beckius, was also arrested for practicing medicine without a license Feb. 16.


Jonson also said he was a prisoner of war during Vietnam, a Green Beret, and had received both the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star.

Well, he’s been known in the stolen valor community for quite some time. The old POW Network had this to say about him;

Claims POW, Claims Army SF, Claims Navy Capt, Claims 2 DFC*, Claims MD, Claims psychologist, Claims law degree, Claims law enforcement officer Kimberling County NC. He also has claimed to have been in Baghdad during the first gulf war and through the auspices of the CIA was personally tracking the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein. He claimed to know exactly where he was at all times (with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays).
He also claims that sometime in the 60’s he was on a secret mission to extract a German scientist from China. He said this scientist had been kidnapped by the Chinese for his nuclear technology and his job was to get him out and whisk him to an undisclosed island somewhere in the Pacific, which he did without any problem…. of course.

The Whidbey News-Times did their own research on him;

Under a slightly different spelling, Hugh Clarence Johnson was convicted of multiple felonies in 1995 in Sonoma County Superior Court, Calif. Those crimes were associated with practicing medicine without a license, according to court documents and news reports.

Oak Harbor Police Detective Mike Bailey confirmed that the Hugh Clarence Johnson convicted in California is the same man who was arrested in Oak Harbor.

Johnson was charged with 47 felonies in Sonoma County, “including fraud, forgery and possession firearms,” according to 1995 reports published in the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, Calif.

The News-Times also notes that there is a C. Hugh Johnson who is listed as a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Vietnam in 1968, but it’s not this guy;

Hugh Clarence Johnson FOIA

Hugh Clarence Johnson Assignments

Hugh Clarence Johnson Quals

I’ll bet that Good Conduct Medal was the focus of his entire career. He couldn’t have earned the DFC because he wasn’t even in the Navy at the time that the other Mr. Johnson earned the medal.

He has a criminal record that goes back to 1975 – mostly for pretending to be something that he’s not. Notice in the picture, that he decided he deserved the Navy Cross, too.

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Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. FatCircles0311 says:

    What a shitbag. The key should have been thrown away long ago.

  2. Hack Stone says:

    But the question remains, is he All Points Logistics material?

    • Green Thumb says:

      I am thinking so.

      I could see him in APL’s infirmary or personally attending to Phildo’s “needs”.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

        I am assuming, Green Thumb, the hourly prostate massage therapy sessions that Phildo requires to maintain his ‘effectiveness” as a “leader” of such a high powered, industry leading juggernaut?

        • Green Thumb says:


          Administered by yours truly here from Quack Center of Medicine. (soon to be partnered with ALL-Points Logistics on a VA contract).

          Actually, the more I think about it, this dude could work in the VA’s C&P evaluation process. He appears to have what it takes.

  3. AW1 Tim says:

    I wonder how all his tales of erring do will go over in prison? Somehow, I think, that orange jumpsuit will be a LOT more believable than a green flight suit.

    Frikkin’ jackwagon.

  4. Old Trooper says:

    It’s Easter Sunday, so I won’t use my usual epithets on this dude. I will only say that he is a sad little man that has led such a pathetic life that he needs to create an alternate reality in order to get validation.

  5. OWB says:

    At least he’s not claiming to be a lawer.

  6. Mike says:

    U.S. Merchant Marine officer’s emblem on his cover… last time I ever wore that was my graduation photo and I have only seen instructors at the Maritime Colleges!!

    • kelly chuba says:

      yep…..also only merchant officer with a seal pin is Capt. Robert Buckley, retired Mass Maritime prof.

      Think MSC officers dust the covers off for Navy functions. and wear ‘sip chickens’

      • Mike says:

        When I first found this site some years back I wondered if it’d be a matter of time before someone slapped merchant marine uniform items on and claim to be a big navy hero… got my answer today, hah! Many of the guys on my last ship were awarded the MMEM for OIF and they never wear it or pretended it was something more important. Hopefully no one feels “left out” and attempts to add anything to it in the future and make wild claims…

        • Skippy says:

          And I do believe on the bottom pic he may be sporting Air Assault or Air Born wings not not bad for a merchant Marine / Navy and a sprinkle of Army Lol…

  7. Mike says:

    And I have only seen it worn by instructors at the academies and maritime colleges wear it, who fall under the U.S. Maritime Service*

  8. AW2 to CPT says:

    He’s wearing Naval Aviator wings and Flag rank in the photo in khakis. Pretty ballsy for someone who probably has no balls.

    • MustangCryppie says:

      And what are the wings over his right pocket? AF wings? EAWS?

      • CLAW131 says:

        MC, that is an Army Master Aviator’s Badge.

        Requires beaucoup years/flight hours to be qualified to wear one of those.

    • AW1 Tim says:


      You and I both know what it took to get our Navy Aircrew wings. To see a jackwagon like this parading around with those nasal radiator ones just torques me off to no end.

      Man needs a blanket party and some wall-to-wall counseling to set his ass straight.

    • NavyCWORet says:

      Flag rank and a single row of scrambled eggs with a Merchant Marine hat device. Just, wow.

  9. nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

    I’m thinking “Asshole-Istic”…

  10. Dave Hardin says:

    I wonder if he is friends with Tom Cruise. He could pass for the second coming of the Valor Thief that started his religion.

  11. Big Steve says:

    Holistic? More like homo-istic.

    Career criminal, pathological liar, military phony… man… this guy could keep a psych doctor occupied for quite some time.

  12. Blaster says:

    Did he ever wright a book called ” covert warrior “?

  13. Sparks says:

    That is one MESSED UP rack of fruit salad. I don’t know what all he’s claiming but he’s wearing, unless the small photo deceives me, a Navy Cross and the PUC is of course, last in precedence even below the foreign awards. Yep, I just looked at the bigger Facebook photo of him and sure as shit and two is four, it’s a Navy Cross. TURD!

    • Skippy says:

      In one of his pics. The one above. I do believe he has a Air Assault Tab, I’ve never seen anybody wear that tab at a black tie event Lol… I wonder if he knows he is, a half a deck, short of a full deck. LMFAO

      • Big Steve says:

        Can’t see it clearly, but this bozo had better not be claiming AA on top of everything else.

        Hugh Clarence “Big Johnson.” What a lamer.

        • Skippy says:

          Crap my eyes Suck Lol…. Maybe parachute Airborn Tab ????? Or Air Assault damn it’s one or the other either way its a BIG FAIL Bahahahahahaha ! ! ! !

          • SFC Raikkonen says:

            We don’t call those tabs. They are badges. Big difference in the Army world. Ranger, Sapper, SF… those are tabs. What he is wearing are badges. Looks like he has the Basic Parachutist badge on and he is definitely wearing an Army Master Aircrew badge in the top pic.

            • Skippy says:

              SFC Raikkonen. I know it’s a badge and not a Tab, My fingers at times don’t type what my head thinks. Thank You for the Corrrection. 8 years army and guard just a minor head issue, I have. 🙁

              • rgr1480 says:


                Ahhh … here’s what you need:

                “Headspace and timing gauge”

                I use mine periodically … especially after making an embarassing faux pas.

                • Skippy says:

                  rjr1480. I got it 🙂 and thank you for the timing gauge. It will get used quite often 🙂 but on a positive note I’m better now then a year and a half ago. And our warrior conference last weekend at the VA here in Tucson, I got more tools to use and my wife also. She hopes signed up another hearts of valor lady so they can have meetings down here, and not up in Mesa. or Phoenix.

                • CLAW131 says:

                  I have a real one of those in the console of my pickup truck.

                  I’ve had to use it on occasion on civilians since my retirement.

  14. Green Thumb says:

    Dude also looks like that LTC in “A Few Good Men”.

    • Andy11M says:

      The one that put on his full Blues and suck started a chrome .45? Not that I would like to see this or any other phoney do that. /sarc

  15. Skippy says:

    Who turned on the Lights LMAO ! ! ! ! It’s out of control. The Roaches are all over the place now ! ! !

  16. XBradTC says:

    Oak Harbor (where I grew up) is a Navy town, home to NAS Whidbey Island. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an active or retired sailor. How this dipshit thought he could get away with this, when half the city knows the uniform regulations, is beyond me.

    Kudos to OHPD and the Whidbey News-Times (which I used to deliver).

    • Steve says:

      Regarding Oak Harbor being a Navy town …… here is an interesting tidbit involving this POS, when approached on NAS Whidbey, this pathetic little man identified himself to MA’s (military police) as a Rear Admiral, even produced a phony ID. Rather than being criminally charged, this maggot was simply banned from the base for life. The current medical fraud issues going back to the 90’s is a much worse crime against the public. He must go to prison (again).

  17. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Reading through all those aliases, all I could hear in my head was this …


  18. Ex-PH2 says:

    He actually had 2 years of active duty and he can’t even remember what goes with what and how much.

    I’m amazed he can even walk upright.

    Perhaps he’d walk even better if someone’s size 18 boot went up his overboard discharge pipe.

    • Mike says:

      My uncle was an MT3 1967-1971 (honorably discharged) and his records boast no more than three or four of the basic ribbons/decorations. When I asked him once as a child about his time in the U.S. Navy all he would reply with was, “I hated it.” Seeing all the embellishers and flat-out liars who get caught and posted here I actually respect him even more.

  19. Just an Old Dog says:

    Besides being a Navy town, Oak Harbor has quite a collection of meth-heads and hose beasts. He probably passes himself off easily with the later.

  20. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    And no NDSM? Or did NPRC pull another aw shit?

    • Hondo says:

      No. He legitimately rates it, but it’s not in his records for good reason.

      This LSoS left active duty prior to the NDSM being reinstated for Vietnam. That reinstatement did not occur until the issuance of DoD Directive 1348.7 on 1 April 1966. That DoDD in turn backdated eligibility for the NDSM to 1 January 1961.

      NPRC only lists what’s documented in the records they have in their possession. Since this LSoS was discharged in early 1962 his records on file at NPRC almost certainly don’t reflect an NDSM. The only way they’d show one would would be if he’d requested a DD215 to add the NDSM post-discharge. I’m guessing he never did that.

  21. Mike says:

    I’d love to run his name through the USCG database for Merchant Mariners and see if he even rates the officer’s device, if he has a license. Not as serious or offensive as impersonating a combat/military veteran but something I still take personally.