Jeffrey Michels, deserter caught after 40 years

| October 18, 2017 | 55 Comments

The Miami Herald tells the story of Jeffrey Michels who deserted from the Air Force on July 6, 1977 to avoid his impending assignment to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. He changed his name and became a Floridaman until he was arrested by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office last week and turned over to the Air Force to face the consequences of his transgressions;

How was he found? The Air Force hasn’t responded to a request for comment. But WTFV reports that a picture of Michels was posted in a Facebook group called “Veteran Doe” in July, along with details about when he disappeared.

The Veteran Doe post on Michels was taken down after he was found, according to Amelia Brandt-Pearn, the site’s administrator.

It looks like “Veteran Doe” is a Facebook page for finding missing veterans and troops. When they ran the story of the missing airman, someone must have recognized Michels.

Because there’s no statute of limitations on military crimes, Michels can be charged and face trial in military court, according to the International Business Times.

Michels, 64, was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, according to police records. He’s the owner of a construction business in Central Florida called Atlantic Development. Police were able to identify him based on a scar on his left leg near his ankle, according to his arrest report.

Thanks to Andy11M for the link.

Category: "Teh Stoopid"

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  1. Bill Cook says:

    I completely understand not wanting to spend four years at beautiful, sunny Minot AFB. The phrase “Why not Minot” held a special place in the hearts of SAC members throughout the years. But to desert?

  2. UpNorth says:

    Well, he really didn’t want to go to Minot, did he?

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Okay, this really is a giggle-snort event.

    First of all, the war in Viet of the Nam was over, so he was in no danger of getting his stuff all shot up.

    Second, he was being transferred to Minot and he didn’t want to go there? Why would you not want to go to Minot? It’s near the Badlands. Great adventures if you’re willing to take the time to find them.

    And besides, there are those MTO scramble exercises to watch.

  4. Graybeard says:

    Another case of “you can run, but you can’t hide” or, as the Great Sage Yogi Barra said “Wherever you go, there you are.”

  5. OldManchu says:

    I saw the picture and thought it was a story on John Kerry at first.

  6. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Amazing to read some of the comments about this assclown…”leave him alone”.

    “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes”.

    Fuck him…

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Not even worth a squirt of piss to me.

  8. OWB says:

    His information managed to hang around in spite of algore not yet inventing the internet? Good to know.

    Minot AFB may not have been the best assignment in the world, but others managed to survive it. Some even flourished. And they all got paid to be there, so it’s not as if they were being detained with no reward. Which this clown will now experience.

  9. Martinjmpr says:

    Am I the only one hoping they’ll send him to Minot for his court martial?

  10. Bobo says:

    Any chance that there’s a DB at Minot AFB?

  11. NHSparky says:

    Send him to Guam. There, he’ll have to chew the air.

  12. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Florida again?????

  13. Atkron says:

    Kind of like the guys that join the Navy, and then get all upset when they get Sea Duty orders…at least you were in CONUS…deep in CONUS.

  14. Andy11M says:

    North Dakota is…different. That’s for sure. I spent two weeks out there in the mid 90’s at Camp Grafton in Devils Lake going through MOSQ. The local Nasty Girls and their lovable accent were very proud of the fact that if NoDak left the Union, they would become the third largest nuclear power in the world. You betcha!

  15. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone was on Recruiting Duty in North Dakota. Going to Saudi Arabia and like bing in a tent during Desert Shield was 100 times better.

  16. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    The late great Danny Kaye would turn over in his grave if he could see how this guy slightly resembles him.

  17. Mick says:

    Still parting his hair in the middle.

    Very ’70s-like.

    He’ll look cool in a bright orange leisure suit.


  18. Bill W. says:

    Volunteered twice for Minot to get out of crappy assignments. Spent 15 years total there, met the love of my life (35 years still together), and both my kids grew up there. I liked Minot!

  19. Rosalee says:

    and to think we used to joke about orders to Olathe. Apparently Minot beats that, at least in Jeffrey’s mind it did.

  20. MSG Eric says:

    “Because there’s no statute of limitations on military crimes, Michels can be charged and face trial in military court, according to the International Business Times.”

    That statement is a bit misleading. There IS a statute of limitations on some military crimes, just like in the civilian world. But, Desertion stays with you forever, or until you turn yourself in and take the ass whooping for it. Generally, most NJP or administrative type stuff is max 2 years for punishment.

  21. Green Thumb says:

    Lets give him a free discharge upgrade and some free benefits.

  22. Just An Old Dog says:

    Send him to nearest AFB. Put him in Casual company expedite Admin Sep under than honorable.
    No use wasting time.
    He gets bad paper.
    End of saga.
    Sub Unit One in Cap Pendelton did this in Mid 80s.
    Shit bags who got snagged up got processed out without wasting time. Didn’t even get haircuts or uniforms or waste units time having to send chasers.

  23. jerry says:

    Lived in NDak. was there when they started building the AFB. Graduated high school in a little piss ant town. Enlisted in the AF right out of school. l961 Never had any desire to go back.

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