William Dishman; phony Grenada Marine

| May 21, 2017

Someone sent us their research on this fellow, William Thomas Dishman in Goshen, Indiana, who is fond of telling stories of his derring-do as a US Marine from 1978 – 1990. He claims to anyone who will listen that he was wounded in Grenada and in Panama. Here’s a picture that he claims was snapped in Grenada.

When asked for Dishman’s records, the National Personnel Records Center responded “Who?”

Apparently, his friends and neighbors are tired of hearing his BS stories.

Category: Phony soldiers

Comments (27)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. 26Limabeans says:

    Dishman been dishing it out.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    The photo is captionedt “Granada”; was this doofus vacationing in Spain…///???

  3. IDC SARC says:


    • Mick says:


      As you and I have discussed here before, we both know Marines and Sailors who served in Grenada, and we also know some who were KIA/WIA down there. I was not in Grenada, but if I remember correctly, I believe that you were there.

      This guy’s bullshit stories and Stolen Valor nonsense is infuriating.

      Semper Fi.

  4. The Old Maj says:

    It was so secret hush-hush they made him wear a sterile army uniform and took pictures of him in rural Indiana so that the Marines could claim they didn’t know him if he were mission compromised. They could then blame it all on the Indiana National Guard.

  5. IDC SARC says:

    No insignia or even a pocket iron on EGA, no helmet or other deuce gear/combat load or weapon. No cammo paint, no dirt, not even breaking a sweat on a tropical island off the coast of South America that is Tarzan hot 365 days a year…man this guy is Superman.

  6. Claw says:

    Looking at the picket fence in the background and what’s piled in front of it, isn’t there some old saying about something being in the woodpile?


  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    What’s next, top seekrit sooperskwirrel missions in the jungles of Paprika?


    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Next thing you know, he’ll claim he accompanied Lurch sKerry to Kyrzakistan. And I have it on good authority that he was never there. A squirrel told me. Very hush-hush.

  8. Dapandico says:

    He served with Gunny Hiway & almost saved Profile in the final scene.

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    William Thomas Dishman = Sooper seekrit skwirrl wolverine felching Stolen Valor ballsack warrior!

    Probably works the #2 dumpster behind the Quickie Mart….

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    He was sent to Granola, not Granada. They always get the spalleing rwong, don’t they?

    Is it time to bring in the Seekrit Squirrel Forward Observer? Yes! Yes, it is!

  11. Club Manager says:

    When has anyone ever seen hard tree firewood split and stacked on a tropical island? Didn’t even see it in Panama City, Rep de P, around back of the pizza place with the wood oven.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Yes, and aren’t those trees in the background some maples and a couple of pines or something?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        And those are NOT exactly the species of hardwood and softwood trees one would expect to see in abundance in a Tropical Rain Forest climate.

    • rgr769 says:

      Doncha know, they use a lot of firewood in Grenada, cuz it gets really cold in the winter months, unlike Indiana where it is usually in the balmy 70’s and 80’s in the winter.

  12. Hondo says:

    I have a feeling one of John Wesley’s descendants isn’t gonna be pleased when he reads this article.

  13. Just An Old Dog says:

    Those don’t look like the regular poplin utilities either. There was a lot of cammies that had a cammie pattern with a lot more lighter green in them. They had straight pockets like poplins, but were closer to the old slant pocket jungle fatigues that were very light in pattern.
    Other than that ,, well no USMC and EGA on left pocket. No EGA on cover, No US flag on left sleeve and they wore white undershirts. Not to mention unbuttoned right breast pocket. Just shit that dont fly.

    • Combat Historian says:

      I used to know this, but has since forgotten. As of Oct 1983, were the U.S. Marines still wearing the earlier ERDL-pattern cammies (issued during the late Vietnam War period and during the late 1970s), or had they by then switched over to the BDU pattern, which the Army had adopted in 1981. The Marines did eventually switch to the BDUs, but it may have been later than 1983…

      • DevilChief says:

        Switched over to BDU’s. Even wore the dreaded Kevlar Helmet by that time. My series was among the first to be issued the M16A2 in 1985 but the woodland patterns had been in service a couple of years by that point. If I am not mistaken, the Beirut Marines had the Steel pots and old flaks while the Grenada group had the newer flakc jackets and Kevlars. Point being that the Grenada force was heading to Beirut after the bombing and were rerouted to Grenada.

        • DevilChief says:

          Finish my though–Point being that the Grenada force was on the way to Beirut but the newer stuff was being phased in so it was possible to see both types in service around that time.