Edward “Bud” Hadley; phony Green Beret

| February 14, 2017

From our friends at Green Beret Poser Patrol and Guardian of Valor comes their work on Edward Hadley, who pretended to be a special forces medic that earned a Bronze Star Medal for Valor in Iraq. He used that persona to sell beard oil, whatever that is;

He promised a portion of his profits to the Green Beret Foundation;

It turns out that “Bud” did go to Iraq with a National Guard unit, he was a leg medic;

He did come clean, too little, too late;

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. SSG Kane says:

    Oh, no I got caught, please don’t rat me out! If you don’t, I promise I’ll do the right thing…

  2. Doc Savage says:

    Nothing wrong with being a leg medic…..he shit all over an otherwise honorable service record.

    Damn shame.

    • Graybeard says:

      Yep. Honorable service flushed down the drain.

      It is a cryin’ shame.

    • Tom Huxton says:

      The Medic had to embellish???? Does not compute.
      Everybody got a nickname, but the Medic was always “Doc”.
      Doc was there every day to check you out. That is why we call your hydroxychlroquine your “daily”. It was his chance to check your fitness and attitude.
      When the rats got bad, Doc made sure everyone got their plague shot. Not everyone gets that on their shot-record.

      I would guess he copped the CMB first, and all else added as the war stories unfolded.

  3. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Shit… EDWARD “BUD” HADLEY decided to go balls deep with his SV lies, and in the process fucked his business partner in the ass with his bullshit. Hopefully, the partner can get this steaming pile of whale shit out of the business and try to mitigate any damage done to it.

    AS TO EDWARD “BUD” HADLEY, he’s earned the title of gerbil felching ass hamster, because he just couldn’t be happy with being a 91-B and former HM – he had to go BALLS DEEP and ROCK THE LIE that is known as STOLEN VALOR!

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    I’m sure this ass will stop for awhile and then pop back up again! He will lay low for awhile and think we aren’t watching anymore, then he will come flying out from under the septic tank in all his poser glory! Fuck You Cocksucker! Enjoy your internet fame! I’m sure they will love your beard oil in the poundemintheass prison! Beard oil, is that lubrication for a high speed cocksucker?

  5. AZtoVA says:

    And his apology is 1,000 years old.

    I guess it’s OK if we go public now since the agreed upon time frame has passed….

  6. Mick says:

    ‘All I ask is your forgiveness and to be spared on making this public. I’m throwing myself and my business at your mercy not to make this public.’

    Well, it’s a bit late for that now, isn’t it? You didn’t seem to have any problem with your poser Stolen Valor claims being out in ‘public’.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    What is with that photo? Is he trying to tell us he lost his middle fingers in a cooking accident? Beard oil? Just tryin’ to understand here.

    • OldManchu says:

      Ex-PH2 I don’t want to be too crude, but I think beard oil, as far as this douchebag is concerned, can be translated as ball sack grease. From his private beard tickler activities.

      Suck it balls deep Bud! You insulted all who have served with your lies. Good service is good enough. Too late for you though.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      You’re the only one who slapped something in there, Old Manchu. I figured every smackdown answer would show up and it didn’t happen.
      Oil is crude. Language is – well, just language.

  8. HMC Ret says:

    Looks to be a good 214 with several awards. Why shit on it? Also, an HM3? WTF is wrong with this guy? I hate to see a Corpsman embellish. At least he didn’t claim to be a SEAL. Well, he earned his Google Star of Shame for eternity. Dumbass …

  9. MSGT_RET says:

    I don’t know…he looks like an operator to me.

  10. David says:

    Kinda reminds me of the car I saw Sunday in Houston at a tattoo parlor – late-model Mustang painted or wrapped OD green with the AA Airborne on the door, and “82nd Air Bourne” (no, that is not a typo, that is how it is printed in 6″ block letters) on the rear fenders. Can’t decide if he wants to be a movie hero or can’t spell.

    • Graybeard says:

      A wannabe that cannot spell.

      And he was probably getting a tattoo that read “82rd Airy Bourne” over a “Screaming Eagle” while he was there.

      Keep and eye out for that one, David. He may be a future TAH star!

  11. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    OH, so he did the “*WAAAAAAAHHHH!* I’m sorry I got caught, PLEASE don’t tell on me!” game?
    NOPE, I’m all out of giveafucks, so the only sympathy I can find for him is in a dictionary somewhere between “shit” and “syphilis”.

  12. OldManchu says:

    Finally! Somebody besides a Navy Seal poser. Green Beret posers are my favorite.

  13. OldManchu says:

    I wonder if he will still donate $6,000 per year (and more as his “business” grows) to the GBF? If not, then that was just a bribe to try to silence the truth.

  14. Green Thumb says:

    What a tool.

    Maybe he supplies Lebron James that stuff he puts on his beard.

  15. Sparks says:

    Bag of Dicks.

  16. Martinjmpr says:

    I guess all he thought he needed was a righteous beard to be a real “OPER8R!”

    I’m guessing he’s rocking a few SF tats as well.

    You know what’s sad is that 2003 – 2004 would have been a rough time to be a medic in Iraq. That was when things started going to hell and as a medic in an MP unit, I would think he would have seen some action (unless he managed to get a cushy job somewhere.)

    I know that right after the Sadr uprising in March or April of ’04 there were several weeks when MSR Tampa (the main road that runs North out of Kuwait all the way to Baghdad) was only open intermittently and convoys were getting ambushed every day, sometimes multiple times a day.

    He should have been legitimately proud of his service. As Jonn and others have said, he served his country at a time when most of his peers didn’t. And then he had to shit all over that by telling a lie about what he did.

    • OldManchu says:

      Exactly! He had nothing to answer to anyone regarding his real service. Instead he insulted every man and woman who set foot in Iraq regardless of their duty assignments.

    • Bobo says:

      Except no CMB on the FOIA request, so no action.

      I was at FOB Kalsu, just off of MSR Tampa, in early ’05. Rolling out the gate and not getting shot at was abnormal.

      • Martinjmpr says:

        Good point, I wonder how much overseas time he had?

        I wasn’t in Iraq at that point, I was down the road in Kuwait so those who were there can tell me: What would it have taken to get a CMB on such a deployment? I’m wondering if even one trip outside the wire would have done it?

        Or maybe he was just such a clusterfuck of a medic that they put him in the training room and had him cleaning protective masks or inventorying paper clips?

        Wouldn’t an IDF attack at least have entitled him to a CAB?

        As active as Iraq was in 2003 – 2004 what are the chances his medic skills would not have been needed?

      • CWORet says:

        Wow, I was there during that time frame for about a week rolling blue force tracker databases. Don’t think a day went by without at least one barrage of mortars. Helo’d in and out, so don’t know about convoys there. Nice place tho…

  17. IDC SARC says:


  18. Carlton G. Long says:

    Great beard, I’ll give him that.

  19. Combat Historian says:

    Learn the big lesson: Don’t pose, so you don’t have to write abject letters to beg forgiveness and embarrass yourself and everyone you’ve ever known and loved…

  20. lily says:

    He has disgraced beards. He needs to shave it to make it up to every veteran.

  21. 26Limabeans says:

    “earned, not issued”
    WTF does that mean?
    He earned medals that were not issued?
    You can be issued medals without earning them?
    Might as well say “shaken, not stirred”

    • GoldenDragon says:

      I saw some guys get GCMs that certainly didn’t earn them.

    • rgr769 says:

      “Earned but not issued” is the phrase Rangers and SF use to denote that they had to earn their right to wear berets as opposed to the black ones everyone in the Army is now issued, thanks to that worthless military bureaucrat Gen. Shinseki (also failed former head of the VA). So our poser is also implying he earned a green beret that he now admits he never earned.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        TNX rgr769. I figured it had some valid meaning to some group. As one who is not a member of that group I apologize for any smarmy sarcastic intent.
        Concur on Shinseki.

  22. Used to be stillserving says:

    What is the “army lapel” button listed on the DD214?

    • T1B says:

      The Army Lapel Pin is issued to Soldiers that ETS with an honorable discharge. It is noted on the DD 214 in the same way that retirement certificates are noted on the DD 214. Its sort of like an Army-specific “Ruptured Duck.”

      • Just An Old Dog says:

        USMC issues a lapel pin with retirement /transfer to FMFR certificate, Its not put on DD214 though.

      • Green Thumb says:

        Seems that an Honorable Discharge is a tough thing to get these days.

        Sub-standard Discharge = Loser.

  23. jarhead says:

    His last paragraph begins with, “I’m not sorry I was outed”. If he was TRULY sorry, why would he care if the public exposure to his character be revealed? This guy really pisses me off. He stole the idea for the beard oil from my mind somehow. I was about six months away from beginning my advertising campaign on “Jarhead’s Arm Pit And Pubic Hair Oil”.

  24. EODJay says:

    I’m originally from Mobile and have a lot friends and family there. I’ll make sure they all get the skinny on this dickhead and make him as famous as he wanted to be.

  25. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    This bearded clown lied, got caught, and then tried to beg and bribe away the spotlight. $1500 donation but please don’t make this public. Asshole.

    • jarhead says:

      His offer of a donation is an insult to intelligence. Might just have well offered to suck the d___ of every TAH poster. Real morons like this have no earthly idea how serious we take one’s service to country. You can bet your last dollar this ol’ hillbilly will be in touch with EVERY damned media in Mobile and will NOT give up until he is more famous than Bellingrath Gardens and Home. A simple four hour drive I’ll make if that is what it takes to expose this FRAUD! GUARANFCKINTEE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • radar says:

        Off topic – my wife misses going to Bellingrath more than anything else we left behind when we moved.

        • jarhead says:

          My wife lived there several years ago and always misses the Gardens. Next time we return, you can bet I’ll be looking hard for Shit Bird of Paradise.

          • HMC Ret says:

            Been there several times. Always take bread and stand on bridge throwing to carp. I’ve never toured the old home there, though, and would probably enjoy doing that. Haven’t been for two years. Once had an annual pass. Time for a return visit. They have a very nice growth of bamboo. Very beautiful place, especially in spring and fall when flowers are in bloom. Summer is just too hot for my old fat ass. The hothouse has some very unusual varieties and when I was last there, IIRC, they had two ‘trees’ that were growing through the top of the hothouse.

    • rgr769 says:

      I’ll believe the alleged/promised yearly donations when I see some canceled checks. Or as OS2 might say, “if promises were dicks sucked, Madonna would have had some chapped lips the day after the election.”

  26. HMC Ret says:

    His last paragraph begins with, “I’m not sorry I was outed.”

    Well, ‘Doc’, here’s your Google Star of Shame. You do know that Google is forever, right. It doesn’t, like, disappear. Your 214 suggests you did well, very well, but that wasn’t good enough. Your fragile ego needed something more. I’m ashamed you were a fellow Corpsman.

  27. HMC Ret says:

    When I feel a tinge of sympathy for some of these people, I think of those KIA/WIA. I think of the heroics of men and women such as Desmond Doss, who did something so superhuman it very nearly defies reason. I think of those who go days with little sleep, in a shitty environment, often in harm’s way. I gotta tell you this. You had an honorable, even very decent career. A member doesn’t need heroics to have served honorably. Not everyone can be a grunt. I have equal respect for all who serve.

  28. HMC Ret says:

    Speaking of Desmond Doss, Medal of Honor recipient: If you haven’t seen the movie Hacksaw Ridge, it is still playing. What he did in saving the lives of over 50 men (estimates are 50-100) is beyond belief. I’ve mentioned I enjoy reading citations for heroism. I read his several years ago and was convinced his actions were perhaps the most physically challenging of any I had read. In seeing the movie, I’m now convinced it is so. I recommend this movie of a humble man who didn’t need a weapon to perform heroically. I am humbled by men and women such as this. You, not so much. As mentioned above, you have no idea how seriously we take honesty of one’s service. You had no need to embellish but you shit over a good career to satisfy what? A fractured psyche? Well, enjoy your newfound fame.

  29. jarhead says:

    I believe EVERYONE should have some form of redemption available. Here’s my suggestion for Big Bad Bud…Pay to have this printed on the FRONT PAGEof the Register Press:
    I Bud Hadley am a lying piece of shit who can not tell the truth about anything. Don’t believe a word I say, but most important….keep your children away from me. As a professional liar, I don’t know what I might do if I found myself in a room occupied by myself and a ten year old girl or boy, for that matter. Guilty of Stolen Valor; yes that is the awful truth. Using lies to make a business grow is one thing; but after being caught, trying to buy my way out of more bad publicity just aggravates the issue. Look, I’m a piece of shit…that, I’ve already admitted. But for Kennedy’s assassination, nope, I’ll pass on that. Same for all those who had dealing with the Clintoons…not a party to any of it. You’ll just have to take my word for it. For you old timers…What Ever Happened To Baby Jane, same story,,,I don’t know nuthin’ about nuthiun’. For “How Do You Like Me Now” (Toby Keith)….I’m gonna go out on a limb a guess y’all are pissed at me.
    Now about my so-called Beard Oil. Me, being the liar I am, would not find this garbage overpriced, not worth a crap. Actually, I use it on my pet chihuahua when we are engaged in sexual activities.
    Her name, BTW is Fancy Pants. Back to business. I also feel obligated to tell you no one forced me to print this story on the front page. It is done out of pure fear of other people finding out about my possible other shady dealings. I have been told when one lies about his military service, usually there’s a ton of other garbage buried slightly deeper…..which is usually found and exposed. With that in mind, anyone can call me and discuss the matter on the phone. Best number to reach me at is (251) 433-2262. It’s known as B-Bobs Downtown Mobile…open late at night where I occasionally work. Try me TONIGHT and ask for Hairy Bud. This is a REAL number, by the way.
    Hope this makes all of you feel better now that I have coughed up the awful truth. Call me what you want, but don’t EVER call me an honest gentleman! DO call me though!
    IF Big Bad Bearded Bud can have this printed on the front page of the Mobile Press Register, I might consider giving him some slack.
    Just the same…..DO call that number tonight. They’re open VERY late.