John Risteau; Phony Marine

| July 17, 2017

Someone sent us their work on this fellow, John Barton Risteau, from Bozeman, Montana. He’s a member of the local Marine Corps League (Post 1050), and the way I understand the Marine Corps League, you have to be a veteran of the Marine Corps to join;

Mr Risteau, is not a veteran of the Marine Corps, according to the National Personnel Records Center;

He does have a record that the NPRC doesn’t have, but they are criminal records;

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Jon The Mechanic says:

    No vest, no dog, no do rag, no baseball cap claiming a Bronze or Silver Star?

    Good Lord these people are slacking. Wait until the rest of the posers find out. They are going to be offended at this doucenozzle’s lack of commitment to the lie.

    • USMCMSgt(Ret) says:

      Another dead giveaway is that stupid boot red jacket he’s wearing in the photo.

      Everyone knows you’re supposed to sew on patches that identify all your previous duty stations.


      • Marine 0331 says:

        Snappy salute maybe, but I bet his thumb is not at the trouser seam. Fucking bag of shit. Can’t stand these fucktards.

      • CB Senior says:

        He did sewn on all of his patches.
        No Service, No Patches. Easy DAY, Miller time.

    • JimV says:

      Today I go over to Lackland AFB to get my retired military ID renewed. I turn 65 next month and become eligible for Medicare. Will Tricare for Life issue me a pooch as well as a vest, do rag and baseball cap stating that I am a veteran? 😮

  2. IDC SARC says:

    “Proud Catholic” and a lying fuckgnard. Great combo.

  3. Combat Historian says:

    John Risteau, phony sack of shit, is soon gonna be in a world of hurt from his former buddies at the MCL; it’s not gonna be pretty…

  4. Claw says:

    But wait, there’s more. He has pictures of a Space Shuttle Door Gunner patch posted on his FB page.

    Is he implying that he’s one of those, too?

    Phony Marine or not, cause if indeed he is a SSDG, you know he’s got to be legit./sarc


    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Okay, if he don’t got the school certificate, he don’t qualify nohow.

    • Eden says:

      OMG, he really DOES have a SSDG patch on his FB! We joke about that all the time, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen one. Still rockin’ the USMC lie, though.

    • Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

      Gee, wouldn’t a bullet float in space if it was shot out of the shuttle while in space unless it is a genuine Flash Gordan ray gun which you can send away for with 2 box top labels from a box of cheerios and twenty five cents to Honor house, Lynbrook LI NY. Saw the gun on the back of a comic book.

      • IDC SARC says:

        In space, an object (like a bullet) would continue to travel on its trajectory until met by an equal and opposing force.

        • Chief says:

          it wouldn’t fire at all. without oxygen, the primer would never ignite the powder inside the case. but yes, if the bullet were to somehow fire, it would keep going until something stops it. similarly, the weapon used to shoot the bullet would also have the inertial energy in the opposite direction of travel from the bullet.

  5. Wilted Willy says:

    This sack of shit isn’t even trying, he doesn’t even make a good poser, no Force Recon, no Purple Heart, my God man, he doesn’t even have the mandatory 1000 yard stare! Go back to poser school you lying sack of shit! You are a disgrace to posers everywhere!!!

    • 1610desig says:

      He has the five yard “I like the way your boy looks in those little school boy shorts” stare

  6. Club Manager says:

    I suspect what gave him away was been seen without two road guards and someone to count Cadence.

  7. FatCircles0311 says:

    Lazy Marines not doing their job of vetting members. If some Army puke on a blog can do it then there is no excuse for Marines in a Marine organization not to do it. This is embarrassing.

    Semper Pie.

    • Mick says:

      Embarrassing indeed.

      This kind of poser infiltrator bullshit is much more prevalent in the MCL than we as Marines would like to admit.

      And there are also way too many ’embellishers’ that infest the MCL.

      • AZtoVA says:

        When ‘we’ stood up the detachment in Kingman, AZ (1990’s), we tried to require 214’s be turned over and copies kept on file with each membership application, and met with a lot of resistance. We did end up requiring officers of the detachment to provide theirs.

      • 1610desig says:

        Poser chapter?

    • Poetrooper says:

      “Some Army PUKE on a blog?”

      You speak thusly of our beloved Jonn?

      And, “Semper PIE?”

      Oh my, whatever has happened to the inter-service camaraderie so usually on display here?

      Caution Fats, lest some Army pukes and Jarheads have you circling the drain…

      • 1610desig says:

        I’m thinking nothing makes us band together more than posers and liberal bullshit…psychology 101

    • radar says:

      For shame. My detachment requires a 214 to join. No 214, hit the bricks.

  8. QM1 says:

    …and his Facebook page is gone.

  9. Mick says:

    Oh. Hell. No.

    — sigh —

    It’s the inevitable/perpetual presence of poser assclown infiltrators like this that heavily influenced my decision to bail out of the MCL several years ago.

    TINS (that’s the Marine Air Wing acronym for ‘This Is No Shit’):

    A few years back I encountered a poser turd at one of the local MCL detachments who was ‘holding court’ and describing how he went through Marine Corps recruit training at ‘Paradise Island’. After being momentarily stunned into speechlessness, several of us called him on it right then and there in front of the other MCL detachment Marines, but none of the MCL detachment leadership would ultimately ever do anything about him, and I believe that that lying poser shithead is still a MCL member to this day. I guess that they must need the membership dues. Or something.

    So, no more MCL for me. And I won’t go back.

    • Forest Green says:

      Was that the Chesapeake Chapter? I’m surprised they didn’t “blackball” him like they did with real Marine members. I suppose this guy does everything they tell him to do and never question the “elite” members.

      • Mick says:


        They wouldn’t ‘blackball’ the guy because, just as you described, he’s a useful idiot for them.

        By the way, the Gunny and several of our other Marine buds were also there when this happened; I thought that their heads were going to explode.

        • Forest Green says:

          Perhaps the National Level needs to be involved. If crap like that is going on they need to shut it down.

          • Mick says:

            No need; that place is imploding/collapsing on its own.

            The last that I heard, there may be only 3-4 active members left down there.

            In fact, I don’t know if they are even still in operation anymore.

            Good riddance.

  10. Ex-PH2 says:

    Waiting for Dave Hardin to check in….

  11. Dave Hardin says:

    Insofar as Mr Risteau goes; Why do they always seem to drag poor Jesus into their bullshit? Hasn’t that poor guy suffered enough?

    Being Atheist, I hardly ever comment about it when they pull Christ into their lies, it just makes me feel really bad for those who actually do take their faith seriously and try to walk through life as Christ would want them to.

    Do they think Jesus does not have access to their DD214? God is unfamiliar with a FOIA? I realize the big guy is busy with World Peace and all but I doubt the Omnipotent One (not Jonn…the other one) probably knows they are full of shit.

  12. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I hope Ex-OS2 is alive and well somewhere, but in his absence I’ll say:


  13. lily says:

    I wonder why the MCL didn’t notice anything strange? Don’t they ask questions about his time in the Marine Corps? It seems the guy must have been convincing enough to fool them.

    For some reason many people are surprised if they ask about my past and I mention I’m a veteran. I guess I changed so much and look a certain way as to not fulfill their expectations? I’m tall, skinny and nice so that must be it?

  14. Guard Bum says:

    I do not understand how the MCL lets these turds slip by either. It has always been obvious to me when someone claims to be a Marine and wasnt.

    It makes me wonder if anyone in these organizations is legit or if they all have embellished so much over the years no one wants anyone to dig too deep.

  15. Just An Old Dog says:

    A few years back I had a friend I served with ask me about a dude he worked with.
    He had hardly mentioned his “service” until after 9-11.
    Then he started wearing USMC gear joined the MCL and did a lot of GOOD things for them. My friend remembered that he heard the guy had washed out of Boot Camp.
    I was put in contact with the President of the MCL chapter and the individual.
    He did have a DD214 … as an Entry Level Separation….
    The President looked into the regs and just as I would have thought they stated to be a Marine you had to have earned the title.
    They fucked up by letting him in as a member.
    However there was a happy ending to it. He was able to join as an auxiliary and continue to work with the chapter.
    He just couldn’t wear the emblem, vote, or hold office.
    When I talked to him he actually said he felt relieved that it had been straightened out.
    He had joined with good intentions and not tried to lie about his discharge. When he talked to Marines in the chapter he just felt awkward. When it came out he hadn’t graduated he was at odds on what to do.

  16. Green Thumb says:

    Word has it that that this turd was trying to hang around ROTC, etc. Word also has it that the MCL is following up on this.

    As I said, that’s the word.

    This maggot is getting the gravy no more.

    People know……

  17. DPF says:

    Funny.. I was just doing some web creeping and Lo and Behold!
    When I was 16 yrs old in Northern MN I got into a brush with the law. (Vandalism or some dumb thing..) While in an outward bound program I met none other than John Risteau himself! Charming lad. Very persuasive. (I am literally cackling inside to now know 30 years later he grew up to be a con man!).
    Being a bit itchy for adventure and feeling brave, we decided to make a break for it and see how far we’d get. No one had ever successfully gotten more than about 5 miles. It’s the very northwoods of MN, surrounded by a swamp.
    Long story short, with the aide of John, by the next morning we were in my hometown 90 miles away sitting in my parents living room hanging out. My folks were in Seattle for a business trip at the time.
    A nosy neighbor called the cops and I got hauled into Juvie. John decided to stay and steal everything from my parents home, including a car, money, jewelry, booze, electronics.. Everything. I had alerted the cops that he was there but they didn’t care and didn’t do anything about it.
    a few days later, after he was apprehended, they brought him to the same juvenile center I was in and stuck him in the next room over. He had zero remorse. He only stared at me dead eyed like ‘So what?’ and sneered. He attempted to break out of there and was SO desperate that he worked so hard that he was literally scraping through concrete with his bare fingertips, bloodying them to the bone. He was further relocated where he ran off and (as far as I know) never heard from again.
    My point here, aside from compromising myself for making some really dumb choices as a teenager, is that this guy is a scary. He’s a true sociopath. Has been since he was a kid. Zero empathy for anyone and will do whatever it takes to serve his own needs with no regards for anyone else. This guy is dangerous, and I’d love to get my hands on him for taking advantage of a northern MN yokel like myself and making off with more than just my family’s possessions, but shattering their trust in me for years to come.
    While on that spree he stole 2 ea ATV’s, 2 cars, countless objects from my family home, and god only knows what else. This was all at the age of 16.
    What made me think to google him is beyond me, but I’m glad I found this and hope this cat gets everything he deserves.