James Nieder; phony combat veteran

| June 3, 2016

James Nieder

In late April, we talked a bit about James Nieder. He claimed, during the heat of his campaign for Hampton, Virginia city council that he had earned a Purple Heart medal during the operations in Grenada. Later, he admitted that he lied. Nieder claimed that he had served for six years in the 1980s, but we couldn’t find a record of his being on active duty during that period. The reason is that he doesn’t have much service. He enlisted in the Delayed Entry Program in November 1983 (a month after Grenada), went to Basic Training in December, then he went to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as an 05C radio operator in March, 1984, then, suddenly, he was out on the street in June, 1984.

James Andrew Neider FOIA

James Nieder Assignments

James Nieder Training

He didn’t earn a Purple Heart while he was a student at Fort Gordon, Georgia. The good news is that his lyin’ ass was beat in the election.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Maybe he thought watching Heartbreak Ridge made him a veteran of a campaign in which he never actually served.

    That whole climbing on the roof and fixing the telephone wires made him think his two months of radio operator training would have helped him do the same.

  2. Dave Hardin says:

    I am sure it seemed like 6 years. He probably got all patriotic after Grenada and bit off more than he could chew. Then again from the looks of him maybe the Army didn’t give him enough to chew.

    Sorry, but that Hand grenade expert entry always makes me chuckle.

  3. Jordan David says:

    Throwing those hand grenades so accurately will be immensely helpful as he tosses fries into a basket at McDonald’s.

    Wait, let me retract that statement or at least offer an apology to all the hard working honest people that work at McDonald’s and don’t deserve that kind of tarnish.

  4. IDC SARC says:


  5. Hondo says:

    Hmm. In excess of 6 months active duty time, but discharged as a Private/E1.

    Wonder what deal was regarding his exit. I’m thinking there’s a damn good chance it wasn’t entirely his idea.

  6. Marine_7002 says:

    To me, there are three types of Stolen Valor turds who are particularly loathesome: those who claim POW status, those who ingratiate themselves with the families of wounded and fallen warriors, and those who falsely claim the Purple Heart.

    When this flaming asswipe’s birth certificate is finally revoked, he needs to have his worthless carcass kicked by every PH recipient now residing in Valhalla.

    Fuck you, Nieder.

  7. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    It’s hard to finish dead last by a wide margin in a 5-person race for 3 seats but James Nieder managed to do just that. Hell, write-in candidates were his closest competition. Nieder is a consistent fellow, I’ll give him that. He was a loser 30+ years ago and he’s a loser today.

  8. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Lying. Piece. Of. Shit. I wouldn’t even hire him as a Janitor.

  9. ChipNASA says:

    Jesus, I emlisted (DEP) a month before this guy, then went in after all the physical and stuff went through for my “real” swearing in on December 7th (still DEP) and then left April 20th the following Spring.
    How the HELL do you get discharged during AIT and out on your ass a few weeks later? Probably failed AIT.
    Christ Tapdancing on a a cracker.
    My Tech school at Sheppard was only 8 weeks right after as a follow on to Basic and it’s really geared as a Introduction to your AFSC and it’s written for an 8th grade level assuming that most USAF initial enlistees are High School Graduates but they dumb it down a bit.
    I graduated with Honors.
    When I went to the Transportation Proficiency School later on in my career, I was one of the few people that had a perfect 100% for the entire 3 part course. One female airman from Travis was the only person to ace the course.
    I screwed the Pooch and missed 2 questions on the last exam so I graduated with a 98.5%.
    I got a ton of shit for that because the other students as well as the instructors were rooting for me. It’s all good.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I wish I could spell… 😀

      • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

        If you could maybe you’d a hit that 100%!

        I’m kidding you, of course. My spelling issues come up because my fingers like hitting stray keys.

        The best thing that happened to me in terms of texting and typing is SWYPE…now the damn phone basically takes my finger dragging and figures out what the hell I meant to type…that’s a lot easier than trying to get 7/8″ index finger to hit a 1/4″ key with any regular dexterity….

  10. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I get when I misspell a word or two, thanks to my hitting the key beside the one I meant to hit. What I don’t get–and I suspect my keyboard may be having fun at my expense on this–is when the errant letter is nowhere near the correct one.

  11. Just An Old Dog says:

    He looks like the “Diabeetus” ad guy. You know who I’m talking about.

  12. Skippy says:

    Another lying ass Two Week wonder down the drain

  13. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Meee, mee mee meeeee…I’m all warmed up for a hymn, y’all join me if you want to…

    Fuck him…

  14. I’m 61 years old, went into the USAF from 1974-1980,…I look at the pic of this knucklehead who is probably 10 years younger than me, but looks 20 years older…smh….bet he ran as a democrat, has very similar attributes as a Clintoon…..duck and cover were under imaginary sniper fire !

  15. JimV says:

    Fort Gordon. My old hangout as a Signal Instructor.

    Maybe he got a RF burn from a RATT Rig. Surely that is worthy of a Purple Heart.

  16. Martinjmpr says:

    1984 was fairly early into the mandatory urinalysis era, so my guess is he pissed hot in AIT and got the boot. IIRC under 180 days of service they don’t have to go through the same chapter procedures, they can just do minimal paperwork and kick you to the curb under some kind of “not fit for military service” category. S1 types may know more details.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I was AD in the early nineties. Back then pissing hot in Basic or AIT would get one RFT (Released From Training) followed by an ELS and thrown out with yesterday’s trash.

    • Hack Stone says:

      Back in the early to mid 1980’s, you could pop hot on a piss test, lose a stripe and 30 days pay, 30 days restriction, and attempt to recover your career. I have seen some Marines cop an attitude and rack up a few additional charges, and I have seen a few Marines that took their lumps, didn’t cop an attitude, and went on being a Marine. During the 1990’s, it was one and done.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        When I was AD a hot piss test got one a Field Grade Article 15 with max punishment. E4 and below got knocked down to E1 with loss of half a month’s pay for two months with “45 and 45”, NCOs got knoscked down one rank with the same and all of them were booted out afterward.

      • Just An Old Dog says:

        I remember the Date of 1 Jan 1982 being the date being announced that piss tests would be used to prosecute drug usage.
        Prior to then we had urinalysis but I suppose it was only used to find out the % of Marines using,
        It could have been a 2 MarDiv thing, but there were no second chances. They did the same with DUIs. Zero Tolerence. If you popped you went to BN office hours, got maxed out and the put your OTH Package in the same day.

  17. ex-OS2 says:


    Go fuck yourself James Nieder.

  18. HMC Ret says:

    I’ve got a semi-CRS problem, but think my first UA was in Millington, probably 1980-1981. Went to Guam in 1981 and provided a sample upon arrival. By that time we had monthly UA testing, with the ‘winner’ being determined by terminal digit social security number. I would go a year without having to supply a sample, then would get hit 3 times out of the next six months. Not a problem. I do recall those testing positive being given a second chance, but as noted, that option disappeared mid to late 80s. No second changes for any illicit drug. Oh, and everyone PCSing had to submit a UA upon leaving and again at their new duty station upon arrival. Or at least that was the case on Guam when I left. And all were sampled upon return from leave if the leave was in excess of a certain number of days. I don’t recall the period of time, but know everyone on leave for thirty or more days was tested. Leave in excess of 30 days was common overseas, as Sailors would often return stateside for a month or more. Saw some Sailors who I thought were really squared away get kicked to the curb because they thought they would not get caught. Oh, there were persistent rumors that Corpsmen knew how to beat testing, that we knew what to eat, what to do, blah, blah, blah. Well, if so I never heard of a successful means of doing so. Not that I ever sought such information. One guy got caught using an IV bag type device and the urine of another Sailor. Got caught right in the act. He had a history of being a dirtbag so was shown no mercy.

  19. MAJ Arkay says:

    “Myer” should be appended to “Nieder…” Just sayin…

    I’m really starting to feel like I screwed up.

    Back in Germany, when certain Germans were running around blowing up US personnel and stuff, they decided to blow up the Frankfurt PX gas station. Didn’t do it right; all they managed to do was damage the building between the car and the gas pumps, hurt a few people (all survived), and in general ruin people’s shopping day. I was just coming out the PX door when a car way across the parking lot went boom. I ducked back inside for a while, until I was fairly sure a second boom wasn’t forthcoming. Then I went back out to help where I could. Did you know that slapping an hysterical person actually does snap their attention back?

    Anyway, I have a little tinnitus after being “so close” to the boom. Never went to the docs, never even considered applying for a PH due to terrorism.

    Now we have fruit loops coming out of the woodwork claiming medals they are not entitled to…

    Yeah, I screwed up. Oh, well. All the awards I have are for real, sparse though they be.

    You’re a horse’s ass, Nieder (myer)…

  20. Will clyden says:

    Just heard he was fired from his job as a cityworker grass cutter. Of all places to lie about a ph. In a milatary town with all branches within 30 miles of each other. What a dork.