Lester Tee Black; phony Vietnam veteran

| January 25, 2016

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The folks at Military Phonies send us their work on this Lester Black fellow in Dublin, Georgia. He claims to have been a “Green Beret” in the war in Vietnam. He did two tours, he claims. The experience left him scarred and he turned to drugs and alcohol. Here’s a local newspaper article where he tells his tragic story;

Lester Black claims

Les Black quote

Poor guy. Well, since he’s being introduced to you here, you probably already know that Les is being less than truthful with us. He wasn’t special forces, he was an artilleryman, a mechanic and a radio operator at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then an artilleryman in the Netherlands. 9 million American served during the Vietnam War, only 2 and a half million served within the borders of Vietnam. Lester Tee Black did serve during the war like many of his generation wouldn’t, but he never went anywhere near Vietnam – through no fault of his own. If he had substance abuse problems, he probably didn’t get them as a result of his service or the horrors of war.

Lester Black FOIA

Lester Black Assignments

He pays penance for his sins by volunteering as an escort for veterans who die at the Carl Vinson VA Hospital in Dublin, according to the Macon Telegraph, but he should take off that vest;

Lester Black vest>

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  1. 91A1P says:

    OK … 9 million served and 2.5 million in country. Of the 2.5 million how many were Fobits or even further back? What percent were real-steel 11Bs / 91As?

    • Floyd Shatto says:

      Just because you were not infantry does not mean you did not see your share of shit……..

      • Steve says:

        Agreed. 100% Irrelevant.

      • Old 1SG, US Army (Retired) says:

        Second the “Irrelevant.”

        I’m sure Lester’s “little gun” saw plenty of action at De Wallen (Amsterdam’s Red-light district)!

        Real tough duty in the Netherlands for a cannon cocker… Probably went TDY to Graf to qualify his big gun…

    • Green Thumb says:

      Those that are not whining about not having a CIB.

  2. AskaMarine says:

    Lester Tee Black, Michael Killam and Alan Merklein:

    TRIPLETS separated at birth (anyone else see the resemblance?).



    • Bob Hastings says:

      I’m pissed…. This goof could be my long lost twin!

    • Hondo says:

      I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed the resemblance to Killam. Guess I got my answer. (smile)

      • Green Thumb says:

        Killam looks more felonious than this clown.

        He also has that “I want to be around your kids” look.

        This turd just looks weak.

  3. AskaMarine says:

    Also, has anyone else noticed that the Macon Telegraph ALSO did a story on Steve Valcke this past December, the phony Vietnam POW who did not even complete Air Force Basic Training?


    That’s two in a row, back to back (December and January) that the Macon Telegraph did not do their homework.

    So now we have QUADRUPELTS separated at birth:

    Lester Tee Black, Michael Killam, Alan Merklein and Steve Valcke.

    Gonna be a long winter….

    • clamsgotlegs says:

      For the record, this Macon Telegraph story was from June of last year. I assume we are hearing about it now that the FOIA is in.

  4. Twist says:

    My uncle served during Vietnam yet never set foot in country. He has never claimed otherwise. Why can’t these turds be more like him?

    • Hondo says:

      Because they’re lying a-holes, Twist. That’s the simplest explanation I can offer, and over time I’ve found the simplest explanation is generally the correct one.

    • jason says:

      My uncle did several tours incountry in Vietnam, and he never says a word about it to anyone. And he was an infantry officer.

  5. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Yet another phony is outed, has word gotten out among them about this thing called the Internet?

  6. Claw says:

    And his gravestone will probably read:

    Here lies Les

    Took two slugs from a .44

    No Les, No More

  7. The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    When I die, I can gurantee that if anyone shows up at my hospital room door dressed in long hair, leather vest, holding a coffee (or can of sardines) in one hand and saluting with the other … Security will be called, ID’s will be pulled and FOIA’s will obtained.

    These goons above look like special operators from the “ASSAULT SQUAD RETARDO”.

    PS: Most highly unlikely that I will die in a VA hospital.

    • Green Thumb says:


    • rgr1480 says:

      Hey MCPO,

      That there thing Dude #2 is holding is a small meditation bell on a cushion, its ringer sticking out of the opening:


      If they do come to YOUR room, ensure Father Vetus Ordo bodily throws them out on their ear, followed by a gallon of Holy Water and Latin oaths:

      Exorcizo te, omnis spiritus immunde, in nomine Dei Patris omnipotentis, et in noimine Jesu Christi Filii ejus, Domini et Judicis nostri, et in virtute Spiritus Sancti,…

      Ohmmmmmm Ohmmmmmmmm Ohmmmmmmmmm……

      In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, etc.

      • The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

        There no doubt would be a Irish priest with a serious choke hold on anyone doing a Fung Schway near me!

    • mr. sharkman says:

      No worries Master Chief. I consulted a psychic, and your very distant future was not a surprise to me.

      After prying the 5 20-something French-Vietnamese ‘ladies’ off your still warm 150 year old body (heart attacks sometimes can’t be avoided), you’ll be burned to ash in a demo pit and swum out past the breakers by a Teamguy.

      I’ll probably already be gone by then. If I’m not, remind Davey Jones that the Motherfucker owes me $10. 😉

  8. Combat Historian says:

    “…the experience left him scarred and he turned to drugs and alcohol…”

    Too much Amsterdam hash and whores will do that to you…///

  9. The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Yeah, so I just read the procedure for “ASSAULT SQUAD RETARDO”.

    It is all made up, I find no connection to military tradition and it invites any goon to hop onboard to attrack attention to themselves at the expense of a dead Vet.

    I would just prefer something very traditional and simple, for example the head nurse announcing (using her big girl voice):

    “Attention on deck! Make a hole and gang way. Veteran departing”.

  10. LIRight says:

    For some reason, this guy bothers me more than most. Maybe it’s how the author personalized this POS….the quotes and how Frank Jordan bought this fictional tale hook, line and sinker.

    Yeah, this crap bothers the hell out of me.

  11. Claw says:

    Yep, real tough tour at one of the garden spots in Europe.

    23rd Arty Det, based at ‘t Harde, NL was a Special Ammunition Storage Custodial Unit of warheads supporting the M55 and (later) M110 8″ Self Propelled Howitzers of the Dutch Army.

    It was one of those NATO/Cold War deals that involved a lot of sitting around on your hands drinking coffee while waiting for the Rooskies to appear on the ridgeline of the Fulda Gap.

    He did his time honorably, but there is no need at all to lie about where that time was spent.

    • Hondo says:

      I guess you guys in USAREUR at the time called that “real ‘t Harde-ship duty”? (smile)

      • Claw says:

        Yep, ‘t Harde to Amsterdam is only 95 kilometers, roughly about an hour and a half drive.

        Ah, window shopping in A-Dam.

        Good times.

  12. Old Trooper says:

    Standard long hair in a pony tail; check

    horror stories; check

    fraud; check

    Be proud of your service, dumbass. The only people who care if you were some Rambo wannabe are the media and hollyweird.

  13. Ex-PH2 says:

    I’m just shaking my head over this. These critters are getting more and more BORING.

  14. JimV says:

    I was serving in the same time frame. 1972-1979, USA. 1979-1989 USAR. I was never in Vietnam but could have been.

    What is with so many veterans wearing pony tails. It looks weird. Maybe I tend to be rather conservative.

    As a VA Volunteer I am glad to see any veteran volunteering at the VA. I help out at our CLC, SCIC, and from time to time the MICU. As a DAV member, my chapter provides toiletries for the patients that need them.

    • JimV says:

      Oops, got the USAR dates wrong. It was 1979-1998, not 1989. I got my 20-year letter and now am fully retired.

      No pony tail or long hair however. I did put on some weight. ?

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      RE: ” I was never in Vietnam but could have been.”

      That’s the key phrase “could have been”. The mere thought of the possibility of going to Vietnam can cause PTSD with some. No lie.

      “… And there I was… with a mere stroke of the pen I could have been in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, but instead I was in a steamy jacuzzi in some backdoor entrance massage parlor in Amsterdam.”

      • Daisy Cutter says:

        Where do you think the inspiration for the movie came from?

        BLACK (V.O.)
        Amsterdam…shit. I’m only in Amsterdam.
        Every time, I think I’m gonna wake up
        back in the jungle.

        Room’s a mess. Black’s unshaven, exhausted, probably drunk.

        BLACK (V.O.)
        When I was home after my first tour, it was
        worse. I’d wake up and there’d be nothing.
        When I was here, I wanted to be there. When
        I was there…all I could think of was
        getting back into the jungle. I’m here
        a week now. Waiting for an imaginary mission.
        Getting softer. Every minute I stay in this
        room, I get weaker. And every minute Charlie
        squats in the bush… he gets stronger. Each
        time I looked around…the walls moved in a
        little tighter.

        BLACK (V.O.)
        Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted
        an imaginary mission. And for my sins, I gave
        myself one. Had it brought it up to me like
        room service.

        BLACK (V.O.)
        It was a real choice imaginary mission. And
        when it was over, I’d never want another.

    • The Commentor' Formerly Known as MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

      I have said it once, so I will say it again:

      Long hair hippie freaks are too cheap to spend the cash and get a proper squared away military regulation haircut!

      Nothing more today on haircuts for today!

  15. Hondo says:

    Yeah, kinda hard to blame all of your failings in life on “the horrible things I saw in ‘Nam” when you were never there.

    Perfectly honorable service, and he has to go and p!ss all over it. Sad. Damn sad.

    I see he has an ARCOM, though. I wonder if he dropped a dime on someone for black-marketing cigarettes in Europe to get it? I mean, that’s what they’re sometimes awarded for – for being a Blue Falcon. Right, 1SG?

    • rb325th says:

      They are coming out with a new Medal that will be just higher in precedence than an ARCOM for valorous blue falconry.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      It’s kind of sad, isn’t it, to get to the end of your life and figure out that you aren’t famous for being anything more than a self-serving jackass and/or a drunk?

      • Sad is the word that best fits my feelings about many/most of these folks.

        Not to be confused with pity though. Their stories lack imagination too.

        I MAY have parachuted from a B-52 into Hanoi under cover of a bombing mission. My assignment was to whack Ho Chi Minh, but the wind caused me to land in HaiPhong so I swam around the harbor checking on the mines and drilling holes in fishing boats before swimming back to Da Nang.

        That was just one of the missions that are not in my official record. The many others are still classified.

      • Hack Stone says:

        This thread is about an Army poser. Leave the Daniel Bernath comments for the Daniel Bernath threads.

  16. Green Thumb says:

    He face in the picture at the top has an expression of just being called out.

  17. Brown Neck Gaitor says:

    Nice motorcycle vest, you left “era” off the patch…

  18. David Wilkins says:

    Les black is not just a volunteer at the Dublin VA; he is also an employee. He is the program director of their K9 detection dog program. Training puppies to sniff explosives. Google his name and Dublin VA and dog program.

    • Keepin' It Real says:

      Great, the dogs have to sniff explosives while he sniffs a line of drugs to escape from the fictitious horrors he experienced in Vietnam.

      Where’s the fairness in that?

    • Green Thumb says:

      The only thing this dude sniffs are balls.

    • rb325th says:

      That was 4 years ago. According to outlook, he is a Medical Support Assistant now. Shuffles papers, schedules appointments, etc…Kind of a big drop from Program Manager to an MSA.

    • JimV says:

      The VA is training Dogs to sniff out explosives?

  19. Open Channel D says:

    The ponytail, always with the fucking ponytail.

  20. streetsweeper says:

    Okay dokay then! Me, myself and I (there are three of me here, ya know) been itching for a local road trip. Ummmmm hm!

  21. James Mac Cochran says:

    I worked with this cum stain for years….he’s much worse than this lets on….he pushed a real OIF Army Combat Vet out of the Dog program, so that he could take the position….The Combat Vet was a good kid and came up with concept for the program….that poor guy has now lost his family and walks the streets…..I am sure he used these lies to gain position, which as we know is a crime…..If anyone can help with getting IG,Congress, etc…involved, I would be eternally grateful.I would also appreciate help getting Stolen Valor involved….I wanna thank everyone involved for helping to expose this turd….the damage he has done to certain people I know is unrepairable….But, quite a few of us danced a jig this morning!!!!

    I am a psuedo expert in C&P and my help is of course free….if I may be of service let me know….I am retired so all I do know is love on my kids and help Vets get Benefits….

    James Mac Cochran
    Formerly HM2/FMF/PJ
    Served 1994-2005

    Contact me if I can help:
    (806) 790-1918

    Semper Fi

    P.S. Fuck you Les….wish I could see the look on your face right now……the rest of what I have to say can be left to the imagination!

    • Climb to Glory says:

      I’m guessing ol Lester here isn’t too happy right now.

    • Claw says:

      Sounds like old Les needs one of those Tactical Nuke rounds he guarded in Holland dropped on his noggin.

      Tell us more, this is the forum where old stank assed, pony tail wearing, posers/embellishers really get beat on.

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      Who is the person or organization (or both) that hired him? It would be interesting to see if they are upset or want to sweep it under the rug.

      • James Mac Cochran says:

        Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, GA….He was moved to the DOM after the Dog program was shut down….Heresay around that facility is that he cannot be on a VA computer, so I doubt he is doing much admin….

    • mr. sharkman says:

      ‘James Mac Cochran
      Formerly HM2/FMF/PJ’

      I’ll say it again.

      If the world turned upside down and an ad hoc/scratch battalion was formed from qualified TAH readers, the enemy would be in for a nasty surprise. 🙂

      • James Mac Cochran says:

        That made me giggle a bit….It doesn’t heal what he did to a real warrior, or what he did to my friend and his family….but it sure is cathartic to see the support and…. fuck it, theres no words….just Thank You….

    • Eden says:

      FYI, might want to redact the personal contact info. (Jonn, that’s why I hit the report button.)

  22. Climb to Glory says:

    More like Lester Tee Bag. Perfectly honorable service. Shitbag.

  23. OldManchu says:

    Ugh. And they always want to be in some volunteer group. Is it to really help others? Or just a excuse to get their unearned latches and badges in people’s faces?

  24. OldManchu says:

    Urine balloons? Who the fuck can piss in, and them actually tie up, a urine balloon? I’d rather get hit with one than attempt to fill and tie one. Good grief!

  25. OC says:

    Phuker gives all us cannon cockers a bad name.

    • 13B/92S/02M says:

      I was thinking the same thing … I even said ti myself I hope today’s TAH poser is not Artillery .

  26. mr. sharkman says:

    I can see one potential silver lining in all this.

    If you caught some phony Veteran POS doing this in a hospital, you’d have a lot of leeway when it came to the application and management of violence in the name of justice. With so many MDs nearby, you could really apply some forceful tuning and still not be worried about manslaughter charges.


  27. CA_SGT says:

    I have a phone conference with the Volunteer Service Cheif, Dean Swan, of the Dublin VA Medical Center tomorrow to discuss Les Black’s continued participation in the Honor’s Escort program. I have a nice talk with his secretary today, she’s a sweet lady, about Les fabrications, the truth, and Stolen Valor in general. She seemed very receptive and visited phonywarriors to see for herself. I explained to her that what disgusted me almost as much as hom inthat vest near a casket was his PTSD claims from nonexistent combat. She agreed that with the mental health concerns of today’s veterans that such behavior was abhorent. So she penciled me in aeetkng with Mr. Swan tomorrow.

    Also, I posted Lee’s claims and the truth as well as a link to his records on the Dublin VA hospital facebook page. I currently have only one like, so please if you would hop over there and ensure it remains front and center by keeping its ratings up.

    As always I will inform you all of my outcome with Mr. Swan.

    • CA_SGT says:

      The force is not strong with my spelling today.

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      Nice work! Hope it goes well. Please give us an update.


      I’m down the road and am going to go to the Legion/VFW they are combined here and put it out there just like I did for Steve Valcke last month.

      This is a problem here there are so many vet’s here it is easy for a phony to try and blend in. Two weeks ago caught a young guy former Navy Team Support guy wearing an actual team PT shirt. He took one look at me and could tell I was either in or retired plus the Seabee Chief shirt I had on gave it away. I put him in check and he told me he was a support guy and got the shirt from team guy’s. I told him take the shit off and never do it again. Also went to VFW,Legion and posted his shit there.

  28. 20thEB67 says:

    What..no apologist explaining that poor Les had his official records go up in flames?

    I particularly disdain this asshat`s involvement in ANYTHING that involves HONOR, but especially for that “Escort Squad”, or whatever he calls it.
    Vietnam Vet, my Irish ass,

  29. Midnightguy says:

    Honor Escort for passed Veterans may be well and good, but can these clowns (pictured) at least be squared away and wear some clean shoes? The first two guys, including the wonderful Les, look as though they just tromped through a farm field full of cow shit. That’s really showing some respect to the fallen Veteran. Maybe Les thinks it represents all the mud from his days in Vietnam?? Third guy looks more squared away and being he isn’t saluting is probably a good (real) civilian volunteer. Can’t see the last guy well but his footwear looks like clod hoppers as well. On a side note, skip the vests.

  30. Keepin' It Real says:

    “Two Middle Georgia men accused of lying about their military service”


    Article features Lester Black and Steve Valcke.

    • AskaMarine says:


    • Dave Hardin says:

      I swear it wasn’t me. That HOBO guy has been using my name again.

      Sorry, it will take a moment to post this because now I have to scroll down through this posting thingy and fill out my name and top secret email.

      Just when you get used to the sleeves up policy they go sleeves down. It took me a year to get used to the “report comment” button being in the way.

      • AskaMarine says:

        Thanks, Super Dave, for doing this. Hopefully, a Texas newspaper will expose Michael Killam, the other Vietnam POW phony. It seems a certain Retired SGM can’t accept the fact that Killam was never a POW nor wounded in combat. Last, if Bill Schawtz, defender of “Bling-Bling” Edward William Richards does not admit that Richards is a fraud, then it is time to contact the Colorado newspaper. Give yourself a well deserved at on the back, Super Dave. 🙂 How DO you do the upside down writing.

        • ˙ǝɯɐu ʎɯ ƃuısn sdǝǝʞ ǝɥ opuoɥ oʇ oƃ llɐ sʞuɐɥʇ ǝɥʇ

          ˙ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ llɐ punoɹɐ sƃuıɥʇ ƃuıddılɟ sdǝǝʞ ǝɥ ˙ǝuop sʇı ʍoɥ uuoɾ ʞsɐ oʇ ǝʌɐɥ noʎ

  31. Sandman says:

    I’ll be going to Dublin in the morning. I’ll be sure to tell Mr. Black ya’ll say hello.

    • Sandman says:

      Update! I was at the Dublin VA hospital on Friday, and after extensive asking around, Mr. Black has not been back to the hospital since being exposed. Of course no one would tell me if he was contacted after the fact, but he has gone ‘poof’.

  32. Green Thumb says:

    They should make this maggot scrub toilets at the VA.

    Right after someone dumps a huge, steaming pile of Phil Monkress into them.


  33. Blackbriar says:

    Reports are that Lester Black resigned from the Carl Vinson VA in Dublin, GA last Friday, 2/5/2016. Someone walked his paperwork through as he had not been in to work since his “outing”.

  34. George Humphries says:

    He is a piece of crap. When I worked there he would not talk any shit to me. Because he knew I was a combat Veteran. 11B. 20 years and retired from the Army. Did the VA make him service connected?