Raul Medina; phony Vietnam Ranger

| July 28, 2016

Raul Medina

The folks at Military Phony sent us their work on this Raul Medina fellow. He thinks that he was in Vietnam and that he was a Master Sergeant and a Ranger. He loves taking pictures of himself in his finery;

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I’m not sure if that’s an Air Assault badge or a Glider badge that he’s wearing incorrectly with his jump wings, but it really doesn’t matter – he didn’t earn either. He joined the Army in August, 1973, the same month that last combat troops left Vietnam and he did three years, at the rank of Private First Class (E-3). He was a Hawk Air Defense missile crewman in Fort Bliss, Texas the whole time.

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And he needed a haircut;


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  1. Hondo says:

    Hmm. Served for an unusual amount of time on AD (3 years 21 days), and has no GCM. Plus, served during an era when any “bad time” extended the end date of an enlistment.

    Yeah, I’m thinking Raul here might not exactly have been an exemplary soldier. Could be wrong, though.

    • OC says:

      Didn’t one have to be in for four years to earn a GCM?

      • Martinjmpr says:

        3 for the Army. Not sure about other services.

        • Hondo says:

          Wikipedia says 3 years for all services now. Navy and USMC were once 4 years, but since Dec 1945 (USMC) and Jan 1996 (Navy) they’ve also required 3 years service.

          One caveat: Wikipedia isn’t particularly clear on USCG requirements for the Coast Guard GCM, so those might be longer or shorter.

      • Semper Idem says:

        I hear that there was (maybe still is?) a rule that said that if a Servicemember discharged during their first enlistment, they’d qualify for the Good Conduct Medal, provided that their service merited it.

        That rule, as I understand it, applied to the Army during the Viet Nam era.

        But then again…I could be mistaken.

        • 3/17 Air Cav says:

          Semper Idem……I think your right, I served one year, five months and twelve days during Vietnam. I have the Good Conduct Medal.

        • Claw says:

          That rule is still in effect.

          Say a young trooper only has a year or so in, then receives wounds that lead to combat wounded disability medical retirement, he would get a GCM.

          Hell, it could be even a shorter amount of time than the year or so if he got wounded out within his first few days in country on the first deployment. Worst case scenario, it could happen within the first six months of service.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:


    I don’t think that’s the glider badge, but I’d be happy to put him into a sailplane… or just a regular plane and cut the engine and tell him to fly it. 🙂

    • Instinct says:

      Just put him in a plane with a certain non-lawyer. It will accomplish the same thing.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Or just put him in an open cockpit tandem seat biplane, in the front seat, and do a few barrel rolls and loops. That usually shuts them up.

        • J K Ellis says:

          Put him in the da plane, with Albert Adams, the Turd. Fraudulent Brothers stick together. Oh wait, poor Albert lost his medical on his pilot license and word is he now has an attorney.

    • Claw says:

      Yep, it’s an Air Assault Badge, not a Glider Badge.

      Which is pretty cool considering the Air Assault concept/schools had not yet expanded any further yet (during his service time) than being a part of the 101st Airborne/Fort Campbell.

      And the last time I was in the 101st they didn’t have any Hawk Missiles. Hell, I’m pretty sure the 101st never had any need for Hawks.

  3. Hayabusa says:

    Well, being a Hawk crewman at Ft. Bliss is just like being a Ranger in Vietnam, right? Right..?

    • Loren Tomblin Master Sergeant USA Ret says:

      I was reclassified to the 125th Mess Kit Repair and P38 Refurbishing Detachment back in the day after an encounter with the PJ man.

  4. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    What’s the Vegas over/under line on him pulling the “lawer” card, doing a sockpuppet, or claiming libelslander?

  5. Claw says:

    Being placed into the Special Training Company at Fort Polk in order to complete Basic Training tells me everything I need to know about this high speed three year PFC.

    He has Battery Repairs and Utilities Assistant written all over him.

    His next war story starts with “There I was, armed only with a commode plunger, up to my ankles in shit, when….”

  6. nbcguy54ACTUAL says:

    Served with C Btry 3/1 ADA (Hawk) for a while at Ft. Hood. Hands down some of the best looking women in the Army were in that unit.

    Absolutely nothing to do with the story, but when I think of Hawk ADA systems, ahh the memories…

  7. Sandman says:

    I toted this cat on my friend’s list for over a month waiting till we got all the intel to bust his ass. He is so in love with himself, from his post to pictures it’s sickening! He is not the type to defend this, he will just block and continue the lie till death.

    • jarhead says:

      Sandman…would you PLEASE help myself and likely others and give some pointers as to how to slowly solicit necessary info needed to check someone out? Jonn has made the basic necessities fairly clear, but it’s difficult getting a S S number as we start asking without alerting and shutting the POSER down. Two cases I’ve been working on: one, a poser who is a Canadian and claims the M O H. Another, Mrs. Jarhead and I met just a week ago is an ABSOLUTE self-believing war hero who claims captured and tortured for nine days, breaking every toe and finger.
      Does it take a certain level of patience to slowly spend time with POSERS to start accumulating enough info to verify as what we know is an absolute lie?

      Beyond that all-difficult S S #, PLEASE share the secrets to get the PROPER info, ESPECIALLY when you see the poser for what he is?

      Guess what I’m asking would be the planned route to gather enough braggadocio from a POSER to out him.

  8. 26Limabeans says:

    I once worked on the HAWK system for a defense contractor and I’m telling you it was a brutal
    dangerous job. I can’t talk about it because it was secret stuff so what appears to be a load of BS with this guy just might be a legit cover. /sarc

  9. Graybeard says:

    He lives in McAllen now?
    I wonder whether a group of Airborne from the Austin area are up for a practice strike?

    • Alemaster says:

      Some pretty tough hombres down in San Antonio might do the trick. That bunch takes their patriotism seriously. And, they’re a little closer to McAllen to boot. regards, Alemaster

  10. ChipNASA says:

    Scotty was trolling him yesterday and then asked him for his Ranger Class number.
    He said “I’m the black beret Ranger in 10-1974” , so I responded with the photo of the 10-1974 class which was an ROTC class and asked him, which one were you? It didn’t look like there was one Hispanic looking guy in the while platoon.

    I went back when I saw this posted and the thread is gone.

  11. HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

    Another scrotum sniffing, taint tickling, ballsack working, Stolen Valor shitbird.

  12. Combat Historian says:

    I was at Bliss during 2002-04. Yup, it was just like Vietnam; never cross the Mekong Grande into Indian Country to eat there, you could get really sick from the Monte Ho Minh’s Revenge, just sayin’…///

  13. 2/17 Air Cav says:


  14. SKYJUMPER says:

    What a:

    R(at ball sniffing)
    A(sshole licking)
    U(seless dickhead)
    L(ying piece of crap)

    M(asturbating phony)
    E(llusive taint sniffing secret squirrel)
    D(delusional fucker)
    I(nbred bastard
    N(utsack working

    Not having a good day today, otherwise just would have settled for calling him a “dickhead”.

  15. Sparks says:

    Shitbag! They all want that CIB and yet they never want to do that Infantry thing in combat to earn one.

    • Green Thumb says:



      And Word.

    • rgr769 says:

      This ^^^. There seems to be a never ending supply of these asshats. I suppose in 2035 there will still be a supply of 60 to 75 year old douches claiming they fought the Cong in “the Nam.” I like how he promoted himself from E-3 to E-7. I guess he figured officer rank was a bridge too far.

  16. JimV says:

    I see his MOS skill level dropped from a 20 to 10. I guess he got busted.

  17. Kevin k Keller says:

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why anyone would lie about such a thing. But I bet I could sleek up on him.

  18. Green Thumb says:

    Just another old, gnarly shitbag.

  19. Poetrooper says:

    As someone who was in El Paso in 69-71 going to college at UTEP on the GI Bill after pulling a tour in Vietnam, Ol’ Poe is here to tell all you skeptics that the topographical similarities between South Vietnam and the Northern Chihuahuan Desert are so strikingly similar that the young man could have been easily confused as to his whereabouts.

    The old fool needs to stop by the Drop Zone Cafe in San Antonio (if it’s still there twenty years later) and swap war stories with some of the real Hispanic Airborne Rangers and former SF who hang out in that place. Bet they’d love to hear of his exploits.

    • USMCMSgt(Ret) says:

      There’s one on East Carson St. in San Antonio.

      If that’s the same one, it’s still there.

    • Alemaster says:

      The Drop Zone is exactly the place I had in mind when I posted the “tough hombres” reply above, Ol’ Poe. One of my best friends is a former RVN 173rd trooper who is active at the DZ and fits your description above. I had two tours with the Ft. Sam Houston Flt Det at Randolph AFB and didn’t think my “creds” good enough to hang out at the DZ although I knew I would be treated as a “brother.” regards, Alemaster

  20. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I think we all him an apology. I did a little more digging and he truly was badass. Here he is in action:

  21. B Woodman says:

    I wonder if he’s any relation to Code Pink Medina? (shudder. . . ) If so, that’s strike 3 AND 4.

  22. LiRight says:

    The scumbag joins a long list of fellow scumbags.

  23. IDC SARC says:

    Sooper sized tabs….legit

  24. 3/17 Air Cav says:

    He looks like Bustimante’s cousin!

    • Green Thumb says:

      I remember that turd!

      Nice comparison.

      Dude got all “foggy” and shit when the reporter showed up.

      Wasn’t he in the garage or something like that?

      • 3/17 Air Cav says:

        GT………ya, he was in the garage. After the smoke cleared and his story about deploying on the Missouri proved false since it was mothballed in Bremerton wa. He said the reporter got it all wrong. Twisted his words. What he said was he was visiting family in the state of Missouri.

        Once a turd always a turd

  25. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    The next initiate into the Dutch Rudder gang.

    • Hondo says:

      I’m thinking Lemon Party nominee.

      (Fair warning: do NOT Google “Lemon Party” from work.)

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        Or from anywhere else if you know what’s good for you. DO NOT DO IT.

        • Hondo says:

          For those who are wondering: the Wikipedia page for “shock site” has a sanitized description. That description probably won’t make you lose lunch. The site might.

  26. Martinjmpr says:

    He looks like a Ranger Joe’s catalog threw up all over him.

    Am I the only one who does a big eyeroll when someone who got out of the military almost a decade before the BDU was introduced is rocking a BDU jacket, usually with full color patches (and often ribbons and medals) scattered randomly across it?

    I don’t even think this guy is really trying. A civilian who’s lived under a rock his whole life could bust this guy.

    • Green Thumb says:


      He looks like the kind of dude on the street corner with a tun cup in his hand.

      Pick your city and pick your corner.

      They are everywhere.

    • rgr769 says:

      I wonder if he knows he is rocking the Merrill’s Marauder patch of WW2 under his Ranger RGT scroll. Someone should tell him so he can get a star CIB on his BDUs.

  27. Daisy Cutter says:

    I don’t suspect he is going for consistency and adhering to regulations.

    Let’s face it, he’s going for as much bad ass bling as he can and slapping it on based on eye candy appeal.

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      It’s rumored that the owner of the local Army surplus store really likes Raul — Raul single-handedly put his oldest kid through college due to the bank he dropped in his store.

  28. lily says:

    I wanted to be a Ranger when I first joined the Army. I read a few books about Rangers and was inspired. I wasn’t offered a Ranger contract so I took an ADA contract instead. I was an Avenger Crew member. By the time I got done with all the training I was just satisfied that I was in ADA. After a deployment to Kosovo with the 2/327 In regiment,101st airborne, I found out I didn’t want to do any more infantry work. 80% of the time I was basically working as an infantryman enforcing martial law in Vitina, Kosovo. So I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be a Ranger. I do think what Rangers do is cool though. I’m just thankful to do what I did in the military and wouldn’t want to lie about being something I wasn’t.

    Here’s some videos that were taken of my deployment.

  29. OIF '06-'07-'08 says:

    Holy Fuck, a fellow “cable humper” embellishing his service.

    I myself was a 16D during my first active tour from ’84-’88. I went through Basic/AIT and permanent party at Ft. Bliss. Where as numb nuts above was assigned to Charlie Btry of the 1st and 7th ADA, I was assigned to Alpha Btry 1st and 7th ADA which was then renamed 2nd and 1st ADA late ’86 or early ’87. can’t remember exactly. As for our chair born ranger, fuck any way you can with a HAWK missile and call it a day

  30. OIF '06-'07-'08 says:

    After reviewing his assignments, it does look like he made E5(16E20) but stepped on his dick at least twice to get busted down to PFC.

  31. ex-OS2 says:


  32. MCPO NYC USN Ret. ain't goin' no where says:

    Three words:

    1. Geriatric
    2. Mental
    3. Illness

    A few more:

    1. Bad
    2. Cammo
    3. Beret

    Oh, one more:

    1. Miscreant