Arnold LePotvin; Vietnam stolen valour

| January 20, 2018 | 45 Comments

Our partners at Stolen Valour – Canada share their work on this Arnold LePotvin (with two FB pages) fellow who claims that he served in Vietnam 1963 – 1965 with the Special Forces – Recon Division and the 82d Airborne Division where he made eighteen combat parachute jumps on “search and kill” missions. The 82d was in Vietnam 1967 – 1968 and they made no parachute jumps while they were there. The only combat parachute jump in Vietnam was made by the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Operation Junction City in 1967.

When he came back from Vietnam, LePotvin says that he was sent to Fort Bragg, Virginia and after that he was sent to Cyprus while he was assigned to the United Nations special forces.

In keeping with American traditions, there is a motorcycle and a vest involved;

The National Personnel Records Center says “Who?”

From Stolen Valour – Canada;

SV-C is pleased to report, that with encouragement of the local veterans community, Mr LePOTVIN has surrendered the bogus medals and they will be disposed of in an appropriate manner.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Ret_25X says:

    “united nations special forces”….what in the actual hell?

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Oh, dearie, dearie me. MUST he do this? (Rhetorical, don’t answer.)

    Just once, I’d like to run across someone who claims he was a supply clerk pog over in the Viet of the Nam and got shot while he was defending the fort under his desk.

    Wait – didn’t we have someone like that?

  3. sj says:

    I was in the 82nd in the Viet of the Nam during that era. Never saw a parachute. Did get jump pay though!

    • bman says:

      sj, I too was with the 82nd. in Viet nam.
      Are you going to attend the 50th. anniversary being held this year at West Point?

      • sj says:

        Not sure bman because I have some schedule conflicts. I was in the 1/101(ABN)(SEP) for Tet and was transferred to the 3rd BDE when they arrived in country as the BDE Signal Officer. I rotated out in Dec from Red Ball.

        Pleasure “meeting” you.

      • timactual says:

        “…the 50th. anniversary…”

        *Sigh* I just got over turning 70 and now you do this to me. You’re mean!

        • sj says:

          I’m 76. I can’t believe it either. Folks are surprised when I say that the memories of being a trooper in the 82nd in the Viet of the Nam are the highlight of my professional life. In the 1/101, my boss was BG Salve Matheson, a “Band of Brother”. I the moved to the 3/82nd under amazing BG Alexander “Bud” Bolling. I have been blessed.

          • 3/17 Air Cav says:

            SJ….I can’t believe it either, I turn 70 in July! Back in the day 1970, when I was drafted I was so pissed off about it. All I wanted to do was get back to college and continue my baseball career!

            Now, almost 50 years later as I reflect back on my life, I tell my teammates, I’m real happy about my hall of fame induction for baseball. It’s great, but serving in the Army in Vietnam, is my proudest moment!

      • John l McCue/USN (SS) Ret. Non Combat vet Viet Nam says:

        Welcome home and don’t forget the 50th Anniversary TET Party on 24 February 2018, 3-9 PM. At the All Saints Brewery, Greensburg Pa 15601.
        Remember it is the year of the Dog. VVI Westmoreland County – Pres-USAF/VP- Navy SEAL/Sec-CIB Army/Tres-CIB Army. You are all welcome.

  4. 1610desig says:

    I would be more pleased if he surrendered that hair cut and those two metrosexual dogs…and have a bike mechanic check the integrity of his shocks

  5. Chip says:

    Maybe he has eaten 18 hotdogs in one setting.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      One look at that belly of his makes me want to yell “HEY KOOL-AID!” at him just to see if he’ll suddenly crash through a wall saying “OH YEAAAAHHHH!”.

  6. sj says:

    “…dispatched to Fort Bragg, Virginia.”

    Well he is Canadian so US geography might be confusing, eh? But he was there so would think he’d know what state he was in?

  7. Dano291 says:

    And he has a RCL patch. Great representation. Way to go clown!

  8. Stacy0311 says:

    Agent Orange is that you?
    And he does have the vest, motorcycle and dogs. Just missing the do rag

  9. 26Limabeans says:

    About 30,000 Canadians enlisted in the US miltary to serve in Vietnam. That’s a lot.
    I am not surprised their valor is stolen.
    Same for the Aussies. About 61,000 served.
    And we have seen them here as well.

  10. Skyjumper says:

    I thought he was legit Airborne when I saw the “high & tight” haircut he sported, but came to my senses when I noticed he was wearing his reserve ‘chute under his orange POW/MIA t-shirt. 😉

    We might be caught with our fly open or a strip of toilet paper hanging from our ass, but no self-respecting “All American” would EVER tuck his shirt over his reserve! (grin)

    (Co.A, 2/325 – White Falcons 1970-71)

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Reserve chute?

      Oh, for Pete’s sake! I thought he was hiding a watermelon under there!

      • Cranky1 says:

        Reserve chute, nope!! That’s a T-10 Main under his shirt and the new faux leather camo designed G-11 Cargo chute sporting patches that he’s modeling. New chute is designed to allow other jumpers 30+ min to get off the DZ before the shitbags hit and blow apart in every direction

  11. HMCS(FMF) ret says:


  12. Connie K says:

    I’d seriously like to know how he got his Veteran licence plate as you have to provide your record of service. I had to go through an obstacle course to get mine.

    Someone should look into the person who authorized it. Maybe there are more thieves that person authorized or maybe took bribes. If it can happen once, it can happen more.

  13. Martinjmpr says:

    Bet he’s not a real member of the Beer Police either. FAKER!!!!!!

  14. rgr769 says:

    For anyone with any knowledge of the US military, the “82nd Airborne Special Forces” is a dead give-away.

  15. Bernie Hackett says:

    Pathetic! The lies just get piled higher and deeper! Maybe on some of them jumps he landed on his head.

  16. OAE CPO USN Ret says:

    Check out Stolen Valour – Canada’s latest bust.

    A Navy Commander SEAL/Sniper/Pilot. Naturally, Don was consulted.

  17. Combat Historian says:

    The 82d Airborne Special Forces Group based at the uber-classified secret Fort Bragg annex in Virginia was the super-secret squirrel outfit of time-traveling SOF operators who served as the shock troops backing up Casca as he took on the Mongols, Jannissaries, barbarians and other baddies during his time travel ops for the CIA. I’m telling you, this guy is the real deal and absolutely LEGIT !!!

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