Stafford Merckle; phony Vietnam Veteran

| October 27, 2017 | 137 Comments

Someone sent us their work on this fellow, Stafford Merckle who tells the story of his enlistment when he robbed a convenience store and shot the owner five times with his Saturday Night Special and somehow that made him attractive as a recruit for a Special Forces recruiter who happened to be in the courtroom at his trial.

That launched him on his career as a Special Forces Sergeant First Class and off to Vietnam where his team excelled at doing the hokey-pokey, apparently;

He did serve in the Army for 14 years, but he didn’t enlist until four years after the fall of Saigon. There’s no Special Forces or jump school in his records. He did earn the Bullwinkle Badge, though, but that’s not Special Forces. And oh, after 14 years, he left as a Private (E-1), so I’m guessing that he wasn’t a stellar soldier;

Well, he is a fabricating engineer according to his Twitter account, he fabricated the shit out of his career;

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    He enlisted and went to boot camp the same year I did; I sure don’t remember any levee calls to go to the Viet of the Nam in 1979. It’s almost like…HE MADE THAT UP…

  2. Combat Historian says:

    Funny how posers and shitbags think that SF is mostly made up of dregs and ex-cons, like in the “Devil’s Brigade” and “Dirty Dozen” movies, when in fact SF personnel are made up of some of the brightest and most intelligent and quick-thinking folks in the Army…

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    Just another fat lying sack of shit! Don’t even make a 1 on the poser meter!

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    “I want Tommy and his Mom and Dad to know that I did everything in my power to bring him back alive. I carried him on my shoulder for 25 miles even after being shot in leg so he could go home.”

    So you shot Tommy in the leg so he could go home. What did you do, drop him at mile 26?

  5. Combat Historian says:

    Douchebag has a MACV-SOG CCC (Command and Control-Central) insignia posted on his facebook page. This turd is really going all the way with his Viet of the Nam SF lies…

  6. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    He got in after me and somehow made it to Southeast Asia…son of a bitch must have met Dr. Emmett Brown to get to Vietnam…

    I served with a shit ton of Vietnam vets and none of the stories they told involved the hokey pokey, but maybe they held that back to share with each other at the VFW…

    Another sad sack whose best days never arrived, and sadly now feels he and his life were without meaning so he has to tell some lies to make up for wasting most of his time here on the blue marble.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Well, since one of those presidents (Nixon?) made it illegal to go to Vietnam after 1975, I want to know why this bozo wasn’t in jail?

    Someone please tell me how in the blue-eyed world you can stay in the Army for 14 years and not get past E-1?

    Gee whiz, even Beetle Bailey made it past that level. And so did Sad Sack – almost – remember him?

  8. Mick says:

    Could you Army types please help out a Marine here: Bullwinkle Badge?

    Also, it looks like he’s wearing some sort of Army Aviation insignia on that snazzy Viet of the Nam Veteran ball cap in the photo posted above. Is he also claiming pilot/aircrew?

    • Combat Historian says:

      Army Air Assault Badge; it kind of looks like the cartoon character Bullwinkle when seen from a distance…

    • AnotherPat says:

      Yes, some of us who are Army call it the “Bullwinkle Badge”, but not out of disrepect. It is an honor to wear that Badge since the Air Assault Course is very demanding and challenging, both physically and mentally.

      One has to earn wearing the Air Assault Badge by attending and successfully completing the grueling course.

      One is not entitled to wear the Badge even if they received an “Honorary” Air Assault Certificate (that is, if such a certificate exists) and never attended the course.

      • Yef says:

        Grueling? Air assault?
        Just must be joking.
        If you can’t do an obstacle course, a 2 and a 4 mile run at 9, yeah you read that right, 9 minute miles, and a 6 and a 12 miles footmarchs at the standard infantry pace of 15 minute mile with a little 35 lbs load, then you have no business being in the military.

        Aerosol school is just a basic course. There is nothing special about it.

        • Ret_25X says:

          as is also true of most Army “schools”. Very few of them are really that hard if you can handle running and push ups.

          Never understood how folks thought stuff was so hard…although since many soldiers never went to such schools, maybe I do understand….

          • AnotherPat says:

            Ret_25X: Try going to RANGER School.

            As stated, what may be easy for one Soldier may be difficult for another.

            And that one Soldier who excels physically in the course? They may do well in that area, but fail academically and get washed out. Or have a difficult time because they refuse to operate as a team and think they can win the war all by themselves. Ever met any of those type in the Army Schools you have attended? 😉

            • Yef says:

              Are you seriously going to compare Air assault to ranger?

              • AnotherPat says:

                What are you talking about, Yef? Show me where I compared Ranger School to Air Assault School.

                Read Ret_25X response about Army Schools. And read my response carefully. I was indirectly making a comment that not all Army Schools are “easy”..and the Ranger Course is definitely more challenging and demanding than the Air Assault Course, just as it is more demanding than Airborne School.

        • AnotherPat says:

          A Soldier does not rappel out of a hovering helicopter in basic training.

          Grueling? No, I am not joking. What may be easy for one Soldier may be difficult for another.

          Air Assault School, as other Army Schools, have washout rates. If it was that “easy”, then everyone who attended would graduate and have the Bullwinkle Badge to wear.

          The point I was trying to make using “demanding”, “challenging” and “grueling” is that one has to PHYSICALLY earn the honor of wearing that badge. Those individuals who never attended the course, but received a certificate in the mail in 1984 stating they were “Honorary Air Assault” has no right wearing that Badge, especially to Non-Military events in either civilian clothes, Scottish Kilts or Santa Claus Suits.

          • Yef says:

            A soldier does not rappel out of an helicopter in Air Assault either.

            You fast rope out of a UH60 in day 9, while rappelling happens out of the tower on day 6 or so.

            The point is, you only fail Air Assault in day zero, when you do the 2 mile at 9 minute mile, the obstacle curse which is what get most people, and that’s pretty much it.

            Oh well, some people do fail the 12 miler footmarch.

            • AnotherPat says:

              When did you attend Air Assault School?

              In 2003 – when I attended – successful graduation required passing testing on both tower rapel…with and without ruck…and out of a helo. Fast roping was not instructed….and it would be surprising to learn if it is instructed now, given how dangerous it is…with a fairly high rate of serious injuried and deaths.
              Passing the hands-on rigging test was by far the event that had the highest rate of failure. Ability to pass the Army PFT is a pre-requsite to attend. I do not recall any students failing it. The obstacle course is/was a challenge for some. Likewise the 12 mile road march…but these events did not see many failures.

    • johca says:

      He is wearing some sort of aircrew badge on his cap. It is not the Air Assault Badge being worn on his baseball cap.

      • AnotherPat says:

        A 2 minute fast winding video of the Air Assault School for those who are not aware what the course entails:

        A Soldier earns the honor of wearing the Bullwinkle Badge thru blood, sweat and tears and not from getting a certificate in the mail, since there is no such thing as an Honorary Air Assault Soldier (Yes, I admit, I am beating a dead horse, but the individual in question has yet to admit he is wrong in wearing the Badge…similiar to DB,FV,DW,JG not admitting they are wrong in claiming/wearing awards/medals/badges they did not earn).

        • Claw says:

          I don’t think the individual in question WILL EVER admit he is/was wrong in the wearing the Badge. He will take it to his grave that he was not wrong in believing that a certificate (issued to him in 1984, eight years after he was discharged) that was intended for school aged children authorized him to wear it wherever/whenever he saw fit.

          With him, it’s all about bright, shiny badges. That’s why he is such a strong advocate of having the Combat Action Badge made retroactive to Vietnam and even further back to cover WWII and Korea.

          That way he would be able to get another badge(s) for all of his family’s Love Me Wall displays.

          • AnotherPat says:

            Claw, Jonn and others:

            I’m sorry I am hijacking this thread since it is about Merckle, but something has been bugging me and I don’t know where else to ask this.

            In the individual’s shadow box, he has the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (AFRM). I thought that Medal was only for those who served 10 or more years in the Army Reserves or the National Guard.

            I thought that individual was Regular Army…and if he got out in 1976, that means he only served 9 years. I don’t think he was AUS or AGR. I never “hear” him talk about joining a Reserve Unit or a National Guard unit after he was discharged…and if he was transferred to the USAR Control Group after discharge as an IRR, that does not qualify him to have the AFRM.

            Neither does one qualify for the AFRM for being in a State Militia since the Militias have their own medals and ribbons.

            Am I missing something..or is he claiming another medal that he did not earn? I guess he is the only one who can answer that question…but again, all I “hear” him talk about is Vietnam, the 101st and not much more.

            I am still confused about him wearing/displaying the Blue Cord of Doom, because I thought that was only given to Infantry Soldiers and not Signal Corps.

            I’m also confused about him claiming 4 GCM. I thought each one represents 3 years? If he only served 9 years, why does he have 4?

            He’s an advocate of the CAB being retroactive to Vietnam, Korea and WWII? What about the other conflicts the US Army has been involved before WWII? (Rhetorical question).

            I hope he reads this and answers my questions about the AFRM, the GCMs, the AAB and the Blue Cord of Doom and why he wears them if he is not entitled to them. He’s open about other things and shares on TAH his life, his time in the Army (in Vietnam), his faith, his health issues, his music, so hopefully he will provide some insight on my inquiries on his awards.

            • Ret_25X says:

              does his AFRM have an “M” on it? If you get mobilized you get the AFRM and M device no matter how many good years you have….

            • Claw says:

              Here’s another question that someone we know needs to answer:

              Why is he wearing the ribbons/medals for both the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal for the one and only tour he did in Korea the last year before he was discharged? I thought it was one or the other, but not both.

              BTW, he did self admit that he was demoted from SP5 to SP4 for insubordination just prior to his discharge in 1976. I wonder if a bar to re-enlistment had anything to do with him not continuing to serve in the Army?

              • Ret_25X says:

                if no “M”, then no AFRM…as for AFEM vs KDSM, yes.

                The AFEM was authorized from 1 Oct 66 to 30 Jun 74 and the KDSM for any service of 30 consecutive days at any time after the armistice.

                So, yes on the AFEM and KDSM, but on the AFRM the individual would have to have 10 good years of reserve or guard duty to qualify…state militias are not part of the guard and reserve.

                • Claw says:

                  Well, the individual in question wasn’t in Korea yet when the eligibility period ended on 30 Jun 74.

                  He was still at Fort Hood in the First Cav and didn’t PCS to Korea until some time in 1975.

          • rgr769 says:

            I prolly shouldn’t bring it up but I don’t think being a radio wrencher in the rear with the gear qualifies one for a combat action badge, retroactive or not.

            • AnotherPat says:

              You are right, rgr769. He would not qualify and I doubt his father or stepmother would as well if the CAB would become retroactive to Korea & WWII.

              I suspect he is reading all of this, but does not want to admit in pubic he made mistakes for fear of humiliation. I have more respect for folks who admit they goofed, because none of us are perfect…we ALL make mistakes.

              To be honest with you, I tried to have compassion for him because I thought he is lonely or has mental hiccups of the brain, but after reading his blog, I’m more scared and disturbed of his thought process. Was taken back when I read he believes in bombings of abortion clinics, his personal beliefs on returning to segregation and his posting on the internet pictures of his Ex-Wife house with her address and the name of her husband. Isn’t that cyberstalking?

              Since he is being supported by our tax dollars with his VA benefits, motorized wheel chair, modification of his truck so he can get in and out, SSN and has lots of time on his hands, it would br wonderful to hear him share with us him doing volunteer work in his community to help those less fortunate than himself. God gave him a gift of being articulate-he could volunteer to read to those who cannot see..heck, he could volunteer to do anything if he chooses to do so.

              Or he can stay in his hooch, stuck in a Vietnam would be nice to hear other things he did in the Army in other locations. Just wishful thinking.

  9. Sapper3307 says:

    I have jury duty next month (again), I cant wait to see the Special forces recruiters near the jury box.

  10. AnotherPat says:

    Fort Knox, North Carolina?

    Looks as if the Clerk at St Louis picked the wrong day to give up coffee…*Sigh*

    Merkle: Making up the story to cover up as to why he was discharged from the Army as an E1 after 14 years or did the clerk type in the wrong year (1993).

    Or was he at Knox in the PCF ( Personnel Control Facility)?

    • Claw says:

      As dicked up as the entries seem to be on the FOIA, I’m betting the discharge year was 1983, not 1993.

      Note the missing awards that should have occurred over that 14 year period from 79-93.

      There should be at least a Army Service Ribbon and a Gulf War NDSM on the FOIA, but there’s not.

      Yeah, I’m going with 1983 as a discharge year.

      • Cris says:

        Hell, even if it was ’83 ( which I’m also inclined to believe) E1 after 4 years? I’m impressed….

      • NHSparky says:

        That’s the think that jumped out at me as well.

        Is it possible he was in confinement sometime before Aug 1990 and therefore ineligible for NDSM? Or does the clock stop once you get tossed in the slam?

        Looking at his 201 file or whatever might give a clue.

    • just some feller says:

      Looks as if the Clerk at St Louis picked the wrong day to give up coffee…*Sigh*

      Spew alert missed!!!

  11. sj says:

    I was Signal Corps but don’t recall it ever being called Commutations. I was in the 101st but it wasn’t 101st Air Borne Div then. And Paris was an option for Viet of the Nam R&R? Wow.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Commutations is the same part of the Army that allowed Manning to be released back into the wild. So you can draw your own conclusions as to this guy’s story about being a Commutations guy….he might have heard that word at the Fort Knox PCF as he was being escorted out the fucking door….

      The more I read the more I think this guy took a hard blow to his unprotected brain pan at some point in his life. He definitely puts the I in Idiot…

    • Joseph Williams says:

      The closest to Paris the Honalau R&R. Generally given to married senior NCOs and O types. Extend for 6 months get 30 days and tranport to anywhere in the Free World . Joe

  12. Claw says:

    Whoever it was at the manufacturing company he works for that was asking questions and publishing the newsletter need to work on their math skills.

    This turd is only 61 years old, born in June,1956.

    Army service starting in 1972 with a tour in Nam prior to March 1973?

    Nope, don’t think so.

    He’s gonna have to work on his story in order to rate a Chip’s Wall Of Insults.

    • Pineywoods NCO says:

      I nominate him for the Wall of Insults….can we get a second?

      • OAE CPO USN Ret says:


        • OAE CPO USN Ret says:

          Wow, talk about a hang fire with my second.

          I throw in the Aye! instead.

          • ChipNASA says:

            OK Everyone,
            Good Morning,
            You guys certainly are on your game today.
            We have a request for the Wall of Insults®™ .
            We have multiple Seconds and an “AYE” vote, That more than meets the TAH Robert’s Rules, so we have more than enough to shove the Wall of Insults®™ dead up old “Stiffy” Stafford’s asshole, diagonally.

            Stafford you lying sack of shit worthless E-1 penile discharge,

            Wall of Insults®™
            (aka, “This Ain’t Hell” Thesaurus)

            FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!!
            DANGER CLOSE!!!!
            MOPP LEVEL 4!!!
            TAKE COVER!!!!!

            Stafford “Merkin” Merckle, NOT Special Forces, ALLEGEDLY, but not confirmed or proven, but in some people’s opinion, works balls, tickles taint and tongue punches hobo’s crusty fart boxes all, I Guess, while being a syphilitic, turd-sucking feces factory, Bitch-ass Fuckstick guzzler, pile infested, onion-eyed flapmouthed butt-bailiff, “Fowl” mouthed Chicken Fucking Chickenfucker, moral equivalent of pond scum, THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS A WALKING TURD, inflamed, “Towel boy” in a gay bath house, Ambulatory verbal dissembling anus, gaping ass fungus nugget, Cambodian cunt sauce, Poopy Headed ball working asshole, Soup Sandwich, Poster-child for abortion, Swallowing Spooge Sampler, Klootviool, should be ass raped and tea-bagged, at the same time, by a Rabid Rhinoceros, shit tonguing, munching wanktoaster, cock gobbling Pigfucker, lientery steatorrhea, sperm burping, Sloshing bucket of Hippo Diarrhea, tit, Sharmouta, sniveling, codpiece licking toilet seat sniffer, lying bucket of Chihuahua shit, taintpimple, Pillow bitin pickle smoocher, Bowl of ass soup, Festering fuckwart on a sewer rat’s ass, needle dick bug fucker, Drongo, Satan even said about you, “Boy is this guy a DICK!, Sparklepony, Toilet weasel, worthless, Vice Admiral of the Narrow Seas, Blows winos behind bus stops for a nickel and gives change, jejeongsin-iya?, whore-hopping, Soppspiste Pitbulkukkforhud, stench-ridden, shiftless, monkey-buggerer, More worthless than rubber lips on a woodpecker or tits on a boar hog, moldy bowl of ratshit, would wear Richard Simmons’ used jockstrap as a facemask, useless bag of monkey fuck, dickbutt, rectum circling colon goblin, Asshole casserole, Vafanculo, People like you are the reason God doesn’t talk to us anymore, salad tosser, gonorrheatic urethral cliff diver, smeerlap, fud, rancid floor buffer wax spreader, both of your Grandmothers should have had an abortion, just in case, I’ve seen bigger wieners on a cocktail plate!, Mayor Grundle of Scrotumburg and Anusville, waste of oxygen, Grandstanding cunt, prickwrinkler, clitwart, cuntscab, anal sphincter canyon yodeling phallic squeezer, numbnuts, snowball, Coprophagous fop, swizzle tits, giggling beerflecked canker blossom , ball-tickling & ball gargling bullshiat artist, R2-Dildo, Hand in your badge, Adolf, you fart repeatedly just to make yourself smell better, spunk-trumpet, Bakrauf, face down ass up weak kneed pillow biter, maybe a “buggerer of little boys”, rottencrotched, rump wrangling, colostomy bag curator, culo de chongo, booger eating fuckbucket, Lemon Party-lusting, Pissflap, overzealous polyp burglar, poser quim squirt, bed wetting, follows in Victorious Felder’s bovine excrement -filled boots, I wanna get a running start and drop kick him right in the ‘ol yogurt gun, Fustilarian, less popular than a Cheese and Veggie Omelet MRE, I hope your wife brings a date to your funeral, butt-pirate, toadstool slime-inhaling dick-drizzling sludge, prodigious jenkem huffer, Asparagus-dick, as fucked up as an opossum eating shit out of a hairbrush, Champion Jailhouse Baloney Pony Rider, You’re dumber than snake mittens, Wooden dildo, assplow, Piss Whistle, moron, Poodle Raper, cunt fart, Prevaricating orally diarrhetic sphincter mouth, Wino sphincter/ballsack coinesseur, Cock Bagel and Dick Doughnut, Stronzo, Pie-Faced Crotch Pheasant, Road apple, Mule muffins, Buffalo bagels, Beaver biscuits, pony pucks & Pigeon pellets (Shout out to M*A*S*H Col. Potter) , Straight Up Stupid Motherfucker, this buttmunch needs to eat out the rotten asshole of a road-killed skunk, baby unit, one eyed snake charmer, Fair suck of the sav, is so unimaginably and extraordinarily vapid and mindlessly stupid that he could get lost in an elevator, Meretricious, you’ll never be the man your mother is, Odious Twonk, likes to suck the turds out of rabid dogs bungholes, baby cave, tittilating scrotalator pole smoker, Vaginal Sand Fairy, Drollenpijper, wide open mouth pivot man in a circle jerk, feral abacus, leg humper, meadow muffin, ax wound drippings, you’re such a loser, when you spank your little wee-wee, your hand falls asleep, horse squeeze Ball Cheese, when I saw this sperm receptacle, soggy biscuit eater, my eyes rolled so hard I saw my own brain stem, Schlumpadinka, wazzock, Tampon Tunnel, used toilet paper-sniffing meat gazer, terminal crotch infection, asshat, roach turd-munching shit-for-brains, dick pickle, gòrach pìos de cac, It looks like he smeared super glue on his lip and chin and went down on Whoopi Goldberg’s cootchie, wanker, herpes-ridden dung beetle target, feejackapeesack, first volunteer for being part of a jailhouse human centipede, bunghole warrior, cockwomble, bread loaf end slice, should eat a nice steaming pile of monkey shit you ass clown, looks like hammered dog shit, Your mother may have told you that you could be anything you wanted, but a douchebag wasn’t what she meant, If Mr. Rogers were alive, he’s piss on your grave, helmet wearing short bus riding window licker, Head paddler in the douche canoe, Uncle Fucker, more ate up than a chocolate dildo in a crowded gay bar, shitbag, dipstickus giganticus, Humpty Dumpty cleanup man after the fleet visits Naples, Herp-Burger, poofter, knob gobbling, fimicolous galactic Jackoff, Assistant Jizz mopper in training, chronic hemorrhoid, inbred, toe-jam from an infected Filipino hooker that specializes in foot jobs, tortured turnip turd, Sea Donkey, festering pool of anal leakage, your penis lives in eternal darkness, I’d hate to see your toilet, retardus maximus, Microcephalic Toad Licker, can go suck a fat baby’s dick, steaming rat-felching bucket of moldy monkey fuck, Pecker-puffing pickle licker, catcher not pitcher, bawbag, about as useful as a white crayon, Arschloch, impotent koekeloeren, slaptard, couldn’t even be trained in my AFSC in the USAF to suck farts out of C-5 seat cushions, mumpsimus, reverse dirty sanchez lover, scunner, kutomba wewe, Cryptosporidium-ridden tire tosser, douche & enema nozzle, likes to molest small farm animals, dead and alive, is a hemorrhoid, schlong juice, cum-guzzling gutter butt-slut sphincter goblin, If you stuck your brain up a gnat’s ass, it would look like a BB in a boxcar, Fuck Tart, Sitzpinkler, lispian, pussytits, Milksop, You vacuous, toffee-nosed malodorous pervert, puss soaked jackwagon, waste of trace elements and water, Jizztissue, knob breath dick biscuit, Pettifogger, Bunghole Baby, donkey raping shit-eater, twatface, pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo it, may he lay a lip lock on the snotty end of a moose cock,butt munch, man of the night in a large animal bordello, I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck your own mother in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give her a reach-around (Thanks R. Lee) NOT Specila Forces, more like Special FECES, NOT a Vietnam Vet, NOT Long Range Patrol, NOT a Sergeant, NOT a Silver Star recipient, WAS an E-1 Shitbag Discharge, Rumpleforeskin, fuckstain skidmark on the underwear of life, anal bum cover (LOL SNL Jeopardy), taint cookie, Fartleberry, Some NCO Should have beat you within an inch of your life, insult to humanity, I hope his ego hits the floor like a turd from a tall cows ass, shit-filled meatsack, masturbates to videos of Jar-Jar Binks, walking shart shooter, minge, moldy dingleberry on a roadkill swamp rat’s ass, test subject for Preparations A thru G, Remedy critch, Gnard gargling queefsquirt, stupid enough to try to sandpaper to a wildcat’s ass in a phone booth, Handgallop, twatscicle, Obamawad, tool, bint, sleezebag, weaksauce, Gobshite, fuck hole, Pillsbury Dough Bitch, Should NOT be around WOMEN OR CHILDREN, touches himself inappropriately, Turd-Burglar, rimjobber, turd lizard of a roadkill opossum-humper, cum-dumpster, Inbred buck-toothed Swamp Donkey, Useless mangy crotch-dropping, Putz, rectal inspector, ferger, Sheep tits, gonad, queefer, chicken shit, choad, Puppy fucker, dopus, Blue Falcon and Blue Waffle, Fuck Apple with mold, twizzletits, tallywacker, Bozack, Gerbal Felcher, dingleberry circling ass buzzard, bitch, Saprophyte, ATM, pap smear, bukakke glazed shitmitten, Dandy prat, Tazmanian Dorkwad rat fucking, shit-sucking warthog’s asshole, gimp, bescumber, coccydynia, sack of Siberian and stack of cum-stained hadji sheep shit”, mangina micropeen, Fuckrag, Syphilitic Turd Burglar, possibly likes to pick his teeth with his OWN used catheters, Hircismus, cheat, pope-fondling, turbo apeshit crazy, Cacafuego, Cock-juggling *Pussy* thundercunt.

            FUCK YOU, ASS HAMSTER!!!
            Here endith the lesson.

    • Claw says:

      And it looks like he went the full potato route with Bob Neener certificates for unearned medals.

      But at least, according to the FOIA, he did earn, for real, something that someone we know can only dream about actually being officially awarded. So he does have that going for him.

    • Cris says:

      SF was taking 16 years old back in ’72? Totally believable ’cause the Marine Raiders took me when I was 11 years old after a recruiter saw me shoot up a couple of Al Capone’s boys and then carrying Teddy Roosevelt up San Juan hill under one arm while firing my M-60 with the other… hmmm, I’m getting the hang of this now. Where’s the nearest Legion?

  13. Old Trooper says:

    14 years and E-1??? Yeah, someone was naughty.

  14. Taurus 0302 says:

    I’m speechless. He deserves a medal for that story. Carried Tommy 25 miles after shot in leg. Accompanied body home. R&R in Paris. And made it to E1 in only 14 years. I’d love to chat with him. Where’s he live?

  15. AnotherPat says:

    Merckle even has SF on his Twitter Account:

  16. 1610desig says:

    Who the fuck names their kid “Stafford” Merckle? That’s not a name destined for greatness…maybe Travis Bickle though…

  17. Club Manager says:

    Jonn, any idea which company the Employee News item is from. I have this dirt bag living in a small Ohio town but want to share the info appropriately.

    • Claw says:

      CM, just Google up his name. He’s got a LinkedIn Profile posted on the Interwebz. It lists his current place of employment.

      Of course, that profile also says he went to MIT for two years while the FOIA says he was in the Army at the same time, so which document you want to believe is up to you./s

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Might be best to just tell him to shut up and stop lying. There are too many Vietnam in-country vets and VN-era vets here to put up with his crap without taking him out to the woodpile about it.

    • SonOfAVet says:

      He works for a group of companies.

      ‒ Peoples Cartage
      ‒ Total Distribution ‒ Crown Warehousing & Logistics
      ‒ TWI-Terminal Warehouse Inc.
      ‒ Quick Delivery Services
      ‒ Central Warehouse Operations
      Newsletter went out to 500-700 employees

  18. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    He should have stuck to manufacturing ink pads and ink pad inks for ink stamps.

  19. Bighead Tom says:

    He shot a dude with “a hammerless revolver.”

  20. Martinjmpr says:

    I’m sorry, but the Hokey Pokey? He MUST have been fucking with the interviewer when he said that.

    He’s got a sense of humor at least. That’s more than most of these clowns.

  21. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Turbo knob vacuum of a meat gazer.

    • ChipNASA says:

      That’s going on the wall.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I prefer you used “Atomic knob vacuum of a meat gazer”, last time I looked at The official TAH Wall of Insults®™, about 30+ of the insults you used were ones I contributed, PLEASE FEEL FREE to keep on using them and I WILL continue to offer contributions! IMHO The Official TAH Wall of Insults®™ has gracefully grown to the point where maybe we could call it “The Official TAH Nine Pillars of Insults®™” and insult that sixth century satanic death cult whenever a call for it is issued? Just a friendly suggestion and I genuinely welcome further polling from The Community of TAH Regulars®™.

  22. AnotherPat says:

    I may be wrong, but I believed Merckle wrote and published in April 2012 a children’s book titled: “Big Joe the Indian”:

    “This story is based on some true facts and some fiction. It’s about a young man facing abuse by his step-father and bullies at school; he is a loner and he is befriended by a native American man who himself is a social outcast and feared by the whole town.”

    Gee…he and Janis Spann need to get together and compare notes since both of their books are on Amazon.

    Or better yet, David Meier, Janis Spann, Stafford Merckle and Mike Sleeper should all get together and swap war stories about their experiences in Viet of the Nam or their writing talents or their public offices they held (or wanted to hold) as well as their SF and RANGER adventures…(sarc).😎

    • SonOfAVet says:

      You are correct about “Big Joe the Indian”.

      • AnotherPat says:


        Do you personally know him?

        If so, is he originally from Ohio or did he start his life in North Carolina?

        Has anyone called him out on his tall tale…or does he have some kind of mental hiccup in his brain that he created his own alternate reality world? (Personality Disorder).

        Or is he just a pathological liar, which is another Personality Disorder/Mental Illness Disease?

        Does his wife believe him his story? Or better yet, does anyone believe him?

        • SonOfAVet says:

          Yes I have heard his war stories 1st hand.
          He is a pathological liar.
          He has his wife and the owners of company that he works for convinced his bullshit is real,most of his coworkers don’t buy it but he is very aggressive so they don’t call him out on it.
          As fantastic as the above story is he also has many others that are just as good.
          He has told people he was saving an American POW and a VC soldier ran up and stabbed him in the back,since he had the POW over his shoulders all he could do was turn around and growl at the guy and it was enough to make him run away.
          He has a Silver Star and multiple Purple Hearts
          He has many other great stories he is fond of telling people. Worst part of it is the company has many veterans working in the organization and they all had to read the lies in the newsletter

          • AnotherPat says:


            Is he that intimidating that folks are afraid to confront him? He sounds as if he is a Bully.

            He physically has a Silver Star and Purple Hearts? Does he wear them? If he uses his story to gain any monetary value, he can be in trouble under the Stolen Valor Act.

            What is more troubling is that there has to be ignorance with the owners of the company he works as well as his wife considering he was born in 1956 (unless he is lying about his age). We started pulling out troops from Vietnam around 1972/1973..and for folks to believe a 16 year old was there as Special Forces just blows my mind away.

            Do you personally know what happened to him that he got out in either 1983 or 1994 as a Private, E1…and if so, do you feel comfortable sharing it?

            His other story about robbing & shooting the owner of a store 5 times: I think that is BS as well. Especially if it took place in North Carolina. NC would had locked him in Juvie Jail/Prison in a heartbeat.

            Nothing against your town, but I do question as to why some folks can’t do the math…or don’t have a clue about Vietnam. Please don’t tell me he marches in parades on Veterans Day or is a member of the local VFW or American Legion.

            The other irony about the article is that he said he learned from the Army about telling the truth. So sad that most people knows he is a liar, yet his false story was published for all to read.

            Wish someone would drop him or his employer or his wife a hint that his FOIA is on TAH for the world to see. Or even drop a hint to a local newspaper or TV Station.

            Thank you for answering. I suspect the Indian Joe story may be about him…that he did come from an abusive family and possibly affected his mental capacities.

  23. GDContractor says:

    I have read a lot of books and articles about the Viet of The Nam, but I have never before seen anyone use the term FOB. Also, I’m going to start a GoFundMe account so this loser can buy an additional “R”. LRP just seems a bit inadequate.

  24. Frankie Cee says:

    Merckle replied to my facebook message to him. Had his dancing shoes shined up, and did his dance, not clearing anything up. I have screen capped all that he said, am forwarding to Jonn.

  25. Frankie Cee says:

    As expected from a pussy, he has now blocked me. That confirms, for me, that he is just another piece of shit poser.

  26. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Butt-lusting sphincter monkey.

  27. Ex-PH2 says:

    Oh, Mr. Merkle!! Oy! Hello! You out there???

    Okay. I’d like to know just how you managed to avoid being arrested by the Immigration after you got back from your alleged trip to Vietnam in 1979, because at the time you say you were there, you were violating a federal law barring US citizens from entering Vietnam.

    So how were you not arrested when you came back here?

    Oh, and I-D-I-O-T.

  28. 11 Bravo says:

    Ass Hamster 1st class.

  29. Mark Lauer says:

    I went in in 1976. I member them days in The Nam. Huntin’ Charlie. Sleepin’ in hootches, and steppin on punji sticks for mom and apple pie. Settin up night ambushes, and gettin’ trapped out alone ten klicks from my unit and havin’ t’crawl through swamp filled VC to get back in our perimeter in time for chow. I was a POW in a VNA camp for one hour once but killed the VC officer with a cross bow and managed to take fifty guys with me all the way from Saigon all the way to I Corps to excape.

  30. 26Limabeans says:

    “managed to take fifty guys with me all the way from Saigon all the way to I Corps to excape”

    I know the route well.
    You can overnight at LBJ if you bribe the guard.
    Plenty of ships at Danang waiting for the excapees.

  31. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “FUCKIN’ time travel SF Sooperdooperseekiritskwirrel Mondo-mega Recon-Ranger-PJ-SEAL-SF-Scout-Sniper missions, ESPECIALLY WHEN we had to do them in the past via Time Travel, FUCKIN’-A, we went through D-Day Invasion and returned four days later, after a few hours sleep, GAW-DAMMIT, then it’s time travel to The Battle of San Juan Hill to make damn sure that Teddy Roosevelt made it da-fuck through alive so WE could keep the GawdamnrightwingBushChimpyHalliburtonCheney Conspiracy alive and well because ‘Murica, FUCK YEAH!!! Don’t even try to ask any more b’cuz I’ll a’hafta use my mem’ry r’aser doohickey thingymajiggy…”

  32. Green Thumb says:

    Another substandard discharge shitbag.

  33. john says:

    I don’t see where he earned 67N 67Y Huey or Cobra wings anywhere on his paperwork either. Or where he went to helicopter mechanic school. If he did not go to the school, it does not count.

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