John Garofalo; phony SEAL

| October 19, 2017 | 46 Comments

(I guess Fox yanked the video – their retraction here)

A few weeks ago, Fox News ran the above story about John Garofalo who crafts glass and metal into beautiful works of art. For some reason, he felt that he needed to add phony claims to his military career – that he was one of the first Navy SEALs, that he was wounded twice in Vietnam and that he’d had to escape from our nation’s enemies twice. We told our Facebook fans about it when Don Shipley told us about Garofalo, but I was waiting for a FOIA to post it on the blog.

Well, Military Times beat us to the punch;

But when Navy Times contacted Garofalo Thursday, Garofalo admitted he had lied and never served in Vietnam, never received a Purple Heart and was never a SEAL.

Garofalo said he had falsely portrayed himself as a Vietnam vet and a SEAL for years.

“It got bigger and bigger,” Garofalo told Navy Times in a telephone interview. “What I did I‘m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”

Records show Garofalo did serve in the Navy from Sept. 6, 1963, to Sept. 6, 1967, as an aviation boatswain’s mate – aircraft handling, or ABH, a job that involves overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft.

The closest he ever got to Vietnam was a tour in Rota, Spain.

He really didn’t need to make up the claims about combat and about being a SEAL, his works of art speak for themselves.

It probably wouldn’t have been such a big deal at the Military Times, a Gannet publication, except that it involved President Trump and Fox News both.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. jedipsycho (Certified Space Shuttle Door Gunner) says:

    I give the guy a bit of credit for finally fessing up, but seriously, why crap all over your own legitimate career?

  2. Loach says:

    Honorable service to our country. Artistic talent most of us can only dream of having. Why the hell did he think he needed to lie?

  3. RM3(SS) says:

    For some people, no matter how good they are it’s never enough.
    Wonder what else will be revealed about this shit sandwich.

  4. Aysel says:

    at least he fessed up to it and didn’t double down on it….

  5. Animal says:

    I think we need to cut this guy some slack. Rota is probably the worst libo port in Europe.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Makes no sense to me, either. Throwing hands in the air. What a marone.

  7. Frankie Cee says:

    What a turd. I just cannot understand why these assholes feel a need to stand in the blood of better men than they to make false claims. He was in the military, he knew what it means to have acted in a valorous way. He knew better.

  8. Terrorologist says:

    “What I did I‘m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”

    Ummm….No ASHOLE, you didn’t disgrace the SEAL’s, you disgraced yourself!!

    • NHSparky says:

      Nah, he pretty much laid a steaming pile on their reputation as well.

      Phonies in general do an incredible disservice to our honorable (and honest) vets. Because let’s face it–who is a public who is increasingly isolated from military service, going to believe, especially when the lies are perpetuated my an all-too-gullible and compliant media?

  9. Instinct says:

    Shit, I’d love to be able to do my art for a living instead of what I do now. I was an AQ. What you did in the military doesn’t have shit to do with how people accept your artwork. What the hell is wrong with this guy?

  10. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    WOW, I wonder if he was on one of the carriers that shared pier 12 with the OKIE 3 in the Norfolk NOB. We were in at the same time. I even checked my boot camp KEEL yearbook class 475 and he must have been in a diferent class or another boot camp other than the Great Lakes 1963.

    • Mick says:

      Apparently he went to Great Lakes for boot camp, but it doesn’t look like he has any carrier service/time at sea.

      From the Military Times article linked above:


      National Personnel Records Center documents show Garofalo coming aboard at U.S. Navy Recruiting Station in New York and heading to basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.

      After that he reported to Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, in December 1963, according to personnel records.

      He headed overseas and reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 in Rota, Spain, in January 1966, according to records, and separated from the Navy in September 1967.


      Perfectly honorable/respectable service. Absolutely no need to embellish anything or make up lies about what he did.


    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Bainbridge had an RTC unit back then, as did Orlando and San Diego. There may have been a couple of others, but I don’t remember where they were.

  11. Combat Historian says:

    You did it to yourself, buddy; no one will ever trust you or believe your word again. Trust and Credibility is a tough thing to lose and incredibly hard to ever regain again…

  12. Just An Old Dog says:

    This shitbag was not going to come clean at all. He was riding it into the ground until a certain individual with a perfect coiffure got involved.
    Like always, he gave the phony a way out, but he refused, and the story ran.
    Then the nuclear option was played.

  13. Aussiepusser says:

    He clearly has been doing this for a long time. He’s got all the fake gongs, and a dumbass story to back up the bullshit.
    I’m only fairly new to this blog (bloody awesome btw) but I think this turdburglar needs to be inducted into the WOI
    WANKER of the highest order

  14. Bill (a NIMBY/Banana) says:

    I don’t get it when people here seem to think it’s OK when these lying “persons” apologize After they are caught. Apparently he served honorably, then bullshat about it. Those so inclined can go fuck him.

  15. 11 Bravo says:

    Ass hamster 1st class. Just be proud of what you did do. I was 11 Bravo, light weapons infantry. US Army.
    Vietnam service 13 months 9 days. No hero. Just did what had 2 be done, and made it back 2 the world. Proud to be an American combat veteran.

  16. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    Way to go assplow!

    I wonder how big of a hit your glass carving business will take now that your name is associated in this manner?

  17. Jim R says:

    I have a feeling that he added being a Seal, serving in Vietnam, and the purple hearts to get the attention of the President: making a Presidential seal by a military hero, Trump would lap that up.

    • David says:

      got nothing to do with Trump, I suspect anyone would think they would have something very special.

      Note that the media today is blaming this on the administration, as if they were the ones perpetrating the lies.

  18. propsguy says:

    Fake SEAL again. How come nobody ever wants to fake First Infantry or 4th Infantry, or 26th Yankee Division? 😀

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