Joseph Harwell; phony wounded Army officer

| June 1, 2015

Joseph Harwell (5)a

The folks at Military Phonies send us their work on this Joseph Harwell who claims that he was wounded in Desert Storm when he was either a 2nd Lieutenant or a Captain (he can’t make up his mind) but what he is sure about is that he was in a truck that “struck a minefield”. For that he gets a service dog and Purple Heart license plates;

Joseph Harwell (2)

Joseph Harwell Purple Heart Plates

Well, the truth is that he was in the Reserves and it looks like he deployed to Operations Desert Shield & Storm as 76V storage supply man. In 1993, he enlisted into the active force and became a 92A Automated Logistical Specialist and an Material Handling Equipment operator (he drove a forklift in a warehouse) in Fort Worth, TX, then in 1996, he went to the Nevada National Guard to serve as a 88M truck driver in an armor unit and he was finally discharged in 1998.

Joseph Harwell FOIA

Joseph Harwell Assignments

No Purple Heart, no hospital stay (during Desert Storm, it would have been 96th General Hospital in Frankfurt and not Landstuhl, anyway). He was discharged as an E-3 Private first Class, never an officer, Lieutenant or Captain. I’ll tell you what, I’m starting to feel sorry for all of these freakin’ dogs that are getting pawned off on these lying bastards. Can’t they afford the 20 bucks to adopt one at a shelter, or what?

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  1. dana1371 says:

    These turds get a “service dog” because “they can” and it makes people in the general population feel empathy for them. Totally undeserved of course. Narcissist jerks. You can buy a “service dog or working dog” vest online if you want to pick up a rescue dog and have people feel sorry for you. Just another way to steal real valor from real veterans.

    • Smitty says:

      I need to get one of those vests for my pitbulls. My disability is I can’t tolerate stupid people, and my dogs are very protective. I doubt they would actually bite any e, but they will growl and bark enough to convince ya they will. I need service dogs to keep away stupid people

  2. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Being wounded by a mine is a serious life changing event.

    This guy was “struck by a minefield”.

    Cut him some slack!

  3. Green Thumb says:

    Joseph Harwell= Fake man.

    I wonder if he was driving the forklift when he hit the minefield?


  4. Combat Historian says:

    Hey harwell, nobody stopped you from applying for OCS or ROTC to become an officer. Don’t claim the rank unless you make the grade, but since you’re a lying POS, you wouldn’t know about that anyway…

  5. sj says:

    E3…O3. Same same GI. Or just a typo?

  6. Old Nam Doc says:

    In Texas, with those plates, he can get free parking at most of the major airports and no charge on a lot of the toll roads. That would qualify as benefits received for Stolen Valor. Also, that plate shows the DV in the number so he is also getting to use disabled parking at the malls. You have to show VA paperwork to prove you have at least 60% disability to get those plates. You can request to have the PH emblem added to the plate. He obviously has a forged DD214.

    • GDContractor says:

      Yeah but 10 bucks says the prosecutors won’t do shit…. not unless he is a felon in possession of firearms or something else that has sex appeal for the masses.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I’d like to disagree with you GDC, this happened in Texas where “Do the crime, do the time” is the motto in most jurisdictions, time will tell.

        • GDContractor says:

          I hope you’re right API. If they prosecute this individual for fraud, forgery, or theft by deceit I will mail you a Hamilton (which should be enough to purchase Qty 2 ea SEAL Laminated ID cards!).

          I got another 10 bucks that says if Army CID took a look at this guy they might find some missing NVGs and etc. Tip of the iceberg and all that…

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            A Hamilton? As in a Hamilton watch? Those are a highly sought after collector’s item! 😀

    • Old Nam Vet says:

      After looking at plate again, it is a “Specialty plate”, with the DV and CPT, I assume Disabled Veteran and Captain. in other words he had this special ordered from TxDOT.

    • MrBill says:

      You can park free at city garages and parking meters as well. The benefits can definitely add up.

      One minor correction. In Texas the minimum VA rating for DV plates is 50%. There’s even one exception to that: they’ll give you a DV plate with a 40% rating if the 40% is due to a lower extremity amputation. Now, the likelihood of someone with an amputated leg having no other ratable conditions is pretty small, but the possibility is there.

    • My, My, My says:

      You are correct with regard to DFW Airport. I had to borrow my fathers truck while mine was in the shop. He was a disabled Vietnam Veteran with Disabled Vet Plates. I parked at the airport while I went on a business trip. When I returned and exited the arpt., they said I got free parking with disabled plates ($80). I said “no, this is not my truck; charge me”, and they did.

      Bottom line: I did not earn that Honor/Privilege/Sacrafice. I personally think this guy is a class A douchebucket.

    • Fred Stuckey Sr says:

      He also gets these license plates at about $3 per year rather than the full price . Texas DPS needs to be notified about the fraud . They will also deal with him for Theft by Fraud .
      He probably also has a forged letter stating that his disability rate id 60% or higher to get the DV on the plates . Probably took advantage of a clerk who didn’t require all the proper proof . Does anyone know what city this asshole is from ? Bet we could get the media interested in him !!

  7. GDContractor says:

    Hmmmm… a guy from the Philippines, worked in supply and logistics, now out and driving a Benz.

    Too bad he never got to go to Balad, he’d probably be driving a Ferrari.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He LOOKS like yet another blubbernecked underachieving snotnosed booger-eating bedwetting thumbsucking piece of moldy cockroach shit who always tried to take the easy way to “sham status” and now wants to talk shit like he was John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Chuck Norris all rolled into one. WELL, o little shit-for-brained Smurf-lusting unicorn gonad-ogling little twinkle-toed candyass of a Sparkle Pony, YOU FAIL AND YOU LOSE! A forklift operator? OOH, HOW BADASSED, – not! In one of my past civilian jobs, I operated one, and when a coworker asked the boss about a raise, the Bossman said “A TRAINED ORANGUTAN CAN RUN A FORKLIFT, WE JUST CAN’T FIND ONE THAT WILL WORK AS CHEAP AS YOU DO!”
    OH, all that time and you ETS’ed as an E3? That says things like “SLUG”, “SLACKER”, “FUCKUP”, DICK-STEPPER”, and “LOSER”! Have fun patrolling the shopping mall while the teenagers snicker and laugh at you or when you’re cleaning out the Slushie machine during your night shift at the “E-Z Quick-Mart”, and don’t forget to mop the floors, slacker!

    • Eden says:

      Now, now, Proud, no need to hold back. Tell us how you really feel! (You been taking lessons from Toasty? LOL!)

  9. Skippy says:

    Holy Cow I know people in the Nevada Guard that know this shit bag ! ! ! ! !
    there is a back story here and it ain’t Good ! ! !
    What a SHIT BAG ! !
    BHwhahahahahaha …… 🙂

    • ChipNASA says:

      After you are able to stop laughing and catch your breath, and contact your friends, do share.

      • Skippy says:

        Already have I’m trying to get them to jump on he old computer

      • GDContractor says:

        His wife Amber left a comment on Scotty’s site. She’s a believer.

        • ChipNASA says:

          Here you go Amber…..

          Anyone want to take bets on how long it takes for her to show up here with per little girl panties all in a wad??

      • kristy says:

        I was married to this pos and im the one that figured out all his lies and reported him. I served with him and he was the lousiest, laziest excuse for a soldier! I have an investigation open at the dmv about the plates right now.

        • sj says:

          Welcome to TAH Kristy. Hopefully current wife Amber will see the light too.

        • Andy11M says:

          WOO-HOO! Pissed off ex-wife! YES! That’s the cherry on top of this story. Please Kristy, keep us updated on that investigation. I would love to see the video of him crying in court.

        • ChipNASA says:

          Someone’s got to do it for Kristy…

        • Skippy says:

          Thank you Kristy, I was in India company and FSC a few years ago I know many people still there this morning I was on the phone with a former SGM and I’m waiting for another CSM to to look at this. so far one solider that may know him said he is Low speed and high drag. I find it neat how small the world is LMAO !!!!
          Bahahahahaha !!!!!

    • Skippy says:

      The amour unit they are talking about is probably FSC 1/221 Cav they are apart of 11ACR Thier nickname is baby Cav they wear the 11ACR Patch they went to Afghanistan about 5 years ago

  10. Thunderstixx says:

    The first in the Monday Morning Parade of Pukes…
    And HEY! I was in for 3 years and got out as an E-3.
    I wasn’t a slacker either, they just sent me up to the mountains and forgot all about me!!!
    I swear. By the time I got back to my unit I only had a month left to ETS so they just let it slide.
    All I wanted to do was get out and be a civilian. So I did.

  11. ArmyATC says:

    There’s a correction to the story. The news got it wrong. Harwell got stuck in a field of mimes. After being trapped all day with waving hands and invisible walls he cracked. The service dog is for the PTSD he contracted from that scary encounter.

  12. kristy says:

    Oh all your comments bring me great laughter!

  13. SFC D says:

    Watching shitstains like this guy get their asses handed to them really helps make Mondays bearable!

  14. streetsweeper says:

    HINT: Notify Texas DPS & TexDOT…Watch how fast he bites the dust.

  15. Piglet says:

    RE the 96th General Hospital in Frankfurt, I believe that was actually the 97th.

  16. Kristy says:

    Im still trying to get thedmv to release the report about his phoney plates. Im also working with jeff from rebuilding warriors. He is still waiting on paperwork from joe. Not sure why he would trust joe to submit paperwork at this point.

  17. Just an Old Dog says:

    Apparently this shitball has ingratiated himself with some lash up called “Heroes Baseball”
    Espiridon Zuniga is one of the honchos there ,, when emailed about this asshole his response was “they didnt care” about what members of the organization did in the service,, the just wanted to “help veterans in need”. he also whined about his organization being put on social media.
    Translation: They are in it to raise money, no matter what kind of shitbags are helping them.
    His Email is