Melvin Lloyd Speed; another phony Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

| June 27, 2015

Melvin Lloyd Speed

Melvin Speed passed four years ago and his family planted him at the Houston National Cemetery. His gravestone reads that he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. Someone who knew the dearly departed, says nope, he was a Lieutenant Colonel but he’d been commissioned in the Texas State Guard (not to be confused with the Texas National Guard). Sound familiar?

Well, at least Melvin had some military service in the Air Force. He worked in the traffic control tower, but he was an airman third class, not a Lieutenant Colonel.

Melvin Speed FOIA

His Air Force career appears to have been cut short of the regular three year enlistment by about six months. It looks like he had some problems in his later years after a career as a deputy sheriff, fire marshal and county emergency management coordinator, as some of these links indicate. He died during a six-year prison sentence for a possession of child pR0n beef;


The interesting part is that the VA says he’s buried in the Houston Cemetery;

Melvin L Speed grave locator

But the Cemetery doesn’t have a record of him buried there on their website;

Melvin Speed Houston Cemetery

The VA says that he’s still eligible for burial in a veterans’ cemetery, because he wasn’t convicted of a Tier III sexual offense (which would have involved actual contact with a victim);

Under 38 U.S.C. § 2411, interment or memorialization in a VA national cemetery or in Arlington National Cemetery is prohibited if a person is convicted of a Tier III sex offense, who was sentenced to a minimum of life imprisonment and whose conviction is final.

But, he’s not a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. According to the National Personnel Records Center some of his records were lost in the 1973 fire, but the Air Force records that were involved in the fire were for people who left the service before 1963, he wouldn’t have made LTC between 1958 when he was an Airman and 1963 when he would have had to leave the service for his records to be in the fire.

So, this case has been a learning experience for me, and now you.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. sj says:

    Chevy’s mentor?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Naw. Seriously, quite bernutskian, if you get my meaning.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

        He gave bernutistan lessons via correspondence course. Final exam involved a No. 2 pencil and a Scan-Tron form…

    • Cheese Eater McBlobFish says:

      Originally posted by sj:

      Chevy’s mentor?

      No, he’s a distant relative.

      Originally posted by Ex-PH2:

      Naw. Seriously, quite bernutskian, if you get my meaning.

      No, he’s also a distant relative. We have a proud family tradition of “inventing” ourselves, if you get my meaning.

      In other news, my bed slates broke. No, it wasn’t because of sexual interaction, because I haven’t had any since last year. They broke for another reason, if you get my meaning. That extra 7 pound block cheese put me over what they could handle.

      Dennis (Denny) Howard Chevalier

  2. Just an Old Dog says:

    I think its at the University of Tennessee. There’s a fenced in secured area call “The Hill”
    People volunteer to have their bodies donated. They are left out in the open, in cars, half buried, in building or in water to allow Forensic Pathologists to study how bodies decay.
    A perfect idea for pedos and posers when they pass away.

    • D says:

      I kick myself for not touring this place as part of a college offering. Commonly known as “The Body Farm,” here is the link:

    • Reb says:

      Old That’s where my body is going. Saves the kids from funeral expenses. I decided when I read the book Body Far. Use me abuse me..when finished my bones go to a company that makes four small diamonds by abusing the bones. Great gifts for my kids

  3. Green Thumb says:

    It looks like some folks in the VA are NPRC are passing the buck on this one.

    I think he should be dug up, cremated and flushed down a toilet at All-Points Logistic’s Houston office.

    How fitting.

    • Green Thumb says:

      And hopefully they will “Speed” this process up.

      All-Points Logistics (CEO: The False Commander Phil Monkress) is wasting time to honor and rightfully dispose of one of their mentors.

  4. Hayabusa says:

    I’m always a little wary when these cases of embellishment come up posthumously; it is always possible that it was the veteran’s surviving family members who embellished the record for whatever reason, rather than the veteran himself.

    In this case however, given that the decedent was apparently a scumbag pedophile, he gets no benefit of the doubt.

    • Eggs says:

      There’s a gravesite of a relative (I use the term loosely) back east with “Korea” on the headstone. One would assume that the deceased served in Korea, but to my knowledge the closest they came was Guam.

      • CLAW131 says:

        Eggs, I’ve seen lots of those VA markers and headstones like that for my people back home. From what I understand the markers only identify a conflict period/era they served in and doesn’t actually mean they were in country.

        I know several whose markers say Vietnam, but I know for sure they never left the states.

        • Eggs says:

          Thanks gor the clarification Claw. I would have never mentioned it if the individual wasn’t such a lying POS in life.

      • I’ve always wondered about why we make such a fuss over deciding who’s really a “Viet Nam veteran” and who is merely a “Viet Nam Era veteran”?

        They made no such distinction during previous conflicts.

        A veteran of the Second World War, such as my stepmother who never left the States (but was one of the first women to enlist), was still considered just as much a veteran of the Second World War as was my father, who landed on the beach at Normandy.

        So, why the sudden differentiation over this issue now?

        I’m glad I was honored to be able to serve in the old Republic of Viet Nam, but I harbor no resentment against those who served, but didn’t go.

        When someone crosses that line, swears that oath, dons that uniform, and picks up that weapon, they no longer have a choice, for they become true equals, with their life on the line, available to be deployed anywhere, at anytime, to do any deed.

        Note the numerous troops listed here at the THIS AIN’T HELL web site, killed in training accidents far removed from hostile shores.

        • Jarhead says:

          What you consider a fuss is the suggestion of the term Stolen Valor and what the “era” vets would like to make the gullible public perceive. As Jonn mentioned recently, membership in the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. organization is open to anyone who served in the military at ANY location in the world during the Viet Nam War. In other words, one could have been stationed at Petticoat Junction to watch for flashers, from the first day of enlistment until the day of final separation from active duty, at any time during the RVN conflict. Had that been you, in all honesty, would your conscience have allowed you to let’s just say, ride in floats at a home town parade, and tell people you were with the above organization? Nor do I harbor any ill will against those who did not serve in country, but if they persist in telling people they actually served in the Viet Nam war, shame on them. More often than not, those posers are often found at a local American Legion. Well-intentioned organization, but not all posts are as stringent as they used to be years ago when it comes to membership. Bottom line is this: no matter WHERE you served during RVN, don’t try to pass yourself off as a combat veteran. It is a dishonor to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and are not here today. These days, it is called personal respect, accountability, and self respect when posers speak of their delusional war history.

  5. HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

    Wow – LTC in the Texas STATE Guard! Nabbed for Kiddie pron!

    Stolen Valor is the tip of the proverbial iceberg… especially in this case.

  6. Club Manager says:

    Governor George Wallace commissioned my wife and I as lieutenant colonels in the Alabama militia when I worked at Redstone Arsenal. He gave her a date of rank one day earlier than me, like that was really necessary to begin with. I’m thinking of getting some business cards printed to suitably impress. What is the abbreviation for a militia lieutenant colonel? is it DS for dumb shit?

  7. It’s possible that even the bureaucracy could have misunderstood, and you certainly can’t fault the family or the funeral home for getting it wrong, as most folks have never even heard of the State Guard.

    I was in the Utah State Guard, also known as the Utah Defense Force, and although we used National Guard facilities and were trained by the United States Army, we were not a component of the United States Army, and service in the Utah State Guard was not supposed to be counted or considered as service in the regular United States Army.

    My diploma in the Military Police Advanced NCO Course (95B/D) from the United States Army Institute for Professional Development identifies me as a First Sergeant, without stating that I was in the Utah State Guard.

    My diploma in Basic Emergency Management from the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not identify my rank or the Utah State Guard.

    When I received my certificate awarding me the honorary Air Assault Qualification Badge (in recognition for my service in the Republic of Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division), it did not identify my rank or the Utah State Guard.

    When I was admitted to the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home in Washington, D.C., they apparently did include my time in the Utah State Guard along with my service in the regular United States Army, although now, I understand the folks who run the Ol’ Soldiers’ Home no longer use that system of Category I, Category II, and Category III.

    Your State Guard, or State Defense Force, is your true “Minuteman” militia, NOT the National Guard, which is merely a component of the United States Army.

    At the time I was in the Utah State Guard, we were unpaid volunteers, required to furnish our own uniforms, field gear, weapons, ammunition, rations, and transportation.

    We carried identification signed by the Governor of Utah, citing Peace Officer authority.

    As true state militia “minutemen”, we were required to keep our equipment and weapons in our personal vehicles, ready for immediate response.

    • O-4E says:

      Actually the National Guard is one of the three “organized” militias under federal and state law. Those being the National Guard, Naval Militia and State Defense Forces.

      The “unorganized militia” consists of “every able bodied man between 17 and 45 who is not a member of the National Guard or Naval Militia”

      • There’s a major difference between the National Guard and the State Guard (which not every state has).

        As part of the United States Army, the National Guard is under control of the Commander-in-Chief, and can be ordered into foreign wars, and can also be nationalized and used against a state’s own population.

        State Guards are under command of only the Governor, and cannot be sent outside of state lines, except in cases of hot pursuit, as would any other law enforcement agency.

        Further, in the unit I was in, we were required to keep our equipment and weapons in our personal vehicles, available for immediate response.

        The National Guard is unarmed and unable to respond until formally activated and deployed.

        The State Guard is the cadre for the unorganized militia.

        • O-4E says:

          John. I retired from the Army Guard AGR program after 26 years of active duty. 13 in the Regular Army and 13 in the Guard AGR program. I’m just telling you what Federal Law says about militias.

          Every state has a State Guard/State Defense Force. Which like the National Guard of the State falls under the State’s TAG. Along with the few States that have Naval Militias these forces constitute the Organized Militia.

          • Hondo says:

            Bingo. The National Guard is a state force until called into Federal service. It can be – and sometimes is – called into state service by the owning state’s Governor. In such scenarios, it is under state control and the state picks up the cost.

            When Federalized, it comes under Federal federal control. Uncle Sam then picks up the bill.

            What the National Guard can and cannot do varies depending on whether they’re serving under Federal or state authority. Early in the LA riots, the CA ANG responded to a state callout. Under state authority, they had broad powers and could directly assist LE – to include apprehending rioters and looters. When they were Federalized, those authorities went away due to the Posse Commitatus Act’s restrictions on Federal armed forces providing direct assistance to LE.

            • O-4E says:

              Which is the reason the Guard wasn’t federalized during Katrina. A lesson learned from the LA Riots. As soon as we are federalized we lose our LE authority.

              • SSG E says:

                Also interesting is EO 12333, and restrictions on intel collection on Americans. I’m not Guard, so I’ve never been in this position, but do you have experience handling that sort of thing? Like, if you’re working a fusion cell during a riot, and get federalized, would you have to pack up your stuff and leave the TOC? Turn in your work product to local LE? I’m definitely curious how that works…

        • O-4E says:

          But you did bring up a point. The Governor has a lot more leniency in how they choose to use their State Defense Force assuming state law supports it. In my state the Defense Force has zero law enforcement authority.

        • thebesig says:

          The National Guard of the United States consists of federalized National Guard Soldiers. When these Soldiers are not on federal orders, they are part of the National Guard of their state.

          For example, the Virginia National Guard, while they are in a drilling status not on federal duty, are a part of Virginia’s organized militia.

          When they are federalized, they become one of the components of the United States Army. When they are activated, on federal orders, they are part of the National Guard of the United States. When they are no longer on federal orders, and back to their state, they fall under Governor as one of their state’s organized militia. As such, they are the Virginia National Guard.

          These Soldiers switch from one type of status to another. As their state’s National Guard, not on federal orders, they are part of their state’s organized militia independent of the National Guard of the United States. These guys would be similar in concept to the “provincial regulars” of the colonial period

          Now, federal law identifies all able-bodied males, 17 to 45, not in the organized militia, as being members of the unorganized militia. Different laws refine exactly who, within this population, belong to the unorganized militia.

          Today for example, members of the Federal Reserve force, like the reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, are prohibited from becoming members of an organized state militia. They are part of the military population control group.

          This falls in line with a system of defense that we had in place during the colonial period. Back then, the British Regulars formed the regular component. The British Colonials fielded the militias. This is why Paul Revere screamed that the Regulars are coming. He didn’t say that the British Were Coming.

          Many people mistake the reserve components of the regular military, and the National Guard, as the “citizen soldier.” The real meaning of a citizen soldier is what’s currently defined in federal and state law as the “unorganized militia.”

          These are regular John Does who would transition from being civilian to being a militia, then return to civilian status after the emergency need for them.

          Some people will say, “Well, isn’t that what the National Guard does? Isn’t that what the reserves do?” You have to go through enlistment process to get into the National Guard or into a reserve component. You sign a contract to serve a certain amount of time in the National Guard or reserve. So, after an active-duty mobilization, you are still on a specific contract obligation until the end of the contract.

          By contrast, the unorganized militia is automatic with regards to entry and “dis-enrollment”. In the colonial period, all able-bodied males within a certain age group were automatically members of the militia. They got together on a repeat basis throughout the year to drill. They were organized and put an active service during the emergency, then returned to the regular lives after the emergency.

          For them, it was like a “collateral duty” that they had in addition to what their communities and families expected of them. A reserve or guard contract ends, but for the unorganized militia, the obligation continues until a maximum age limit.

    • 13B/92S/02M says:

      How do you get an honorary air assault badge if you don’t do the course? No offense to any one who has done the state militia but out here they are kinda on the same level as to those jokers who play air soft.

      • At the time, I had just read an article in “SOLDIERS” magazine describing the newly created Air Assault Qualification Badge.

        So, I wrote to the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division requesting a blanket order be issued awarding the Air Assault Qualification Badge retroactively to every veteran who served in the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Viet Nam, because our in-Country training, i.e., the Screaming Eagle Replacement Training School (i.e., “S.E.R.T.S.”) was identical to the current course at the Air Assault School, PLUS, our graduation exercise was an actual helicopter assault on an enemy position.

        Army regulations do not authorize retroactive award of the Air Assault Qualification Badge, hence, the honorary award presented to me.

  8. streetsweeper says:

    This is where you find them.

    The eal deal State of Texas military forces, operates under control of the Governor’s Office. BTDT, hauled gear for them when I was driving truck.

  9. Sam Naomi says:

    I think before you start knocking Mr. Speed you might want to look up his pass work record which might prove alot you to be very wrong, and how do I know this???? well I flew with Mr.Speed when he was a CROP DUSTER here in Iowa, or maybe I should have said ” CRAP DUSTER” LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sam ( Where the tall corn grows)

  10. As far as kiddie porn goes, it’s very easy for some of us old folks to accidentally get in trouble on the Internet.

    I just now got a phone call from an old friend, who served in Viet Nam, and he’s bringing over his newly purchased used I-Pad computer.

    He was trying to get information on firing pottery, and his son downloaded what he thought was that information, but which has turned out to be a lot of unwanted pornography.

    His son had to leave to return to his duty station in California.

    So, he wants me to look at it and try to clean it up.

    I’ve never used an Apple product, so I’m hoping I can do it.

    I suspect his computer is infected with some sort of Trojan or virus, but so far, his kids (who are adults) haven’t found the solution.

    • Kat says:

      That is a different type, he was most likely in a sting by cops and got caught. If you innocently get porn it is not that same as being in a group that swaps kiddie porn with members.

      • C2Show says:

        No doubt about it, the dude was on AOL swapping with his buddy. Which was stupid in the first place. AOL has a right to alert centers and police regarding that stuff now as part of their TOS.

        Completely different situations as you said, Kat.

  11. Hondo says:

    Speedy here may not be showing up on’s records for the Houston National Cemetery because those records are maintained by a private entity vice the VA. Their records may be incomplete, or they may screen their records and omit some of them for whatever reasons they see fit.

    If one of our readers lives in the Houston area and has the time to go by Houston National Cemetery and check, that would let us know with certainty whether this “fine individual” is buried there. It would also let us know precisely what info is on his tombstone. Jonn’s screen capture from the National Cemetery Administration website above gives the purported location.

    I can’t commit Jonn, but if anyone does that and sends a photo to Jonn I’m reasonably certain either he or I can do a follow-up. Personally, I’m guessing a bogus rank might not be the only false military info on his tombstone.

    • Justice Needed says:

      Please help!!! I know of a case of stolen valor (his deceased USMC brother), forged USAF documents, false claims of service history, falsely claiming a Purple Heart and Commendation Medal with V, and many, many other things. I have documents to support everything. He deserves to be prosecuted!!!
      Can someone help me???

  12. Kat says:

    Old “POPS” had a few females( different names) that seem to feel that he was a great dad figure.

  13. JarHead Pat says:

    My spider sense says good ol boy dennis chevalier will end up like this.

  14. beretverde says:

    Another grave to piss on.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      I wouldn’t waste my piss on him. Child porn? Well, I suppose that at some point the consent laws will be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. And why not? The age lines drawn by the states are varied and arbitrary. In many states, the only difference between rape and legal sexual relations involving a minor is a marriage license. Tally ho.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    I wonder how he got onto the Texas State Guard being a known tickle monster. Not to mention other departments he was involved in.

    I assume he did his prison time first before joining?

    Looks like the TSG needs to work on their screening procedures. First Heavy Chevy and now this turd. I wonder who else is hiding out in that organization?

    • Hondo says:

      He may have completed his TSG “career” before he was arrested for kiddie pr0n, GT. He was born in 1938, and I don’t think he was arrested until 2009.

      • Green Thumb says:

        That would make sense.

        I would hate to know what else this turd got away with over the years.

        If he was looking at little kids that late in his life, chances are it was going on a LONG time.

    • Eden says:

      I don’t know how long they’ve been doing it, but background checks (including fingerprints) are required, and if prior service, your past military records.

      The Texas State Guard is one of three branches of the Texas Military Forces (the other two being the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard). They are getting serious about making it a true state military force (PT tests, enforcing height/weight standards, small arms qualifications, etc.)