Sheldon Shepherd; still not a Navy SEAL

| February 13, 2018 | 57 Comments

Last month, I told you that Sheldon Shepherd was not a Navy SEAL despite what his obituary said;

Our Partners at Military Phonies beat us in the race to get his FOIA. Folks tell us that there is a DD214 out there that support the claims in the obits that Sheldon was a SEAL, that he earned Bronze Stars for Valor and that he’d been wounded and awarded a Purple Heart. The FOIA doesn’t support that nonsense;

Not only was he not a SEAL, it looks like he never set foot in Vietnam. He was on the USS RB Anderson which was off the coast of Vietnam in 1970-1971 while he was aboard as a Radioman. It looks like he returned to Vietnam on the USS Horne in 1971-1972. No Bronze Star Medals (only 2 bronze service stars on his Vietnam Service Medal). No Purple Hearts. There is nothing that indicates that he “spent many months in the hospital recuperating from a headshot” as it has been claimed.

It looks like he was busted from E-2 to E-1 and then promoted to E-2 again just before he was ultimately discharged. But he wasn’t a SEAL.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. IDC SARC says:

    Posthumous Cocksucker, ad eternum

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Well that seals it, so to speak. In fact, the bullshit is heavier and thicker than first thought. Way, to go swabbie. You left the world a little worse off upon exiting it.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      “You left the world a little worse off upon exiting it.” Better ‘splain that. I meant that he took his exit leaving lies for others to suffer, not that the world is poorer for his passing. Of that, I have no opinion.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Slight correction- he rocketed up to Radioman Seaman (RMSN), E-3, before being awarded Radioman Seaman Apprentice (RMSA), E-2, and shown the door.

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    Can’t wait to see what my lying cocksucker brother put’s in his obit? I’m sure he will go down in flames, just like his military career! If bullshit gets you to heaven, he will beat them all! And I can’t wait to see it? At least that will stop the payments to my pos cocksucking lying ass brother! Too bad we can’t evict lying posers from the cemetery and put them in the garbage where they belong!

  5. Mason says:

    Looks like he rocketed up to E3 so hard he bounced off the ceiling and landed an E2.

    Dick steppers seem to love stealing valor after they ETS.

  6. Claw says:

    I called it on his ribbon rack, so here’s my call on the demotion from E-3 to E-2.

    UA time during movement between the two ships.

  7. PTBH says:

    His records do say he was retired. It could only have been a medical retirement for the little time in grade he had.

    They usually don’t bust war heroes down in rank right before they get out.

    Also, to get SEAL, Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals on his gravemarker, his family would have to go through the DoD and they would verify with the DoD Graves Registration Database. He would be denied all three so that should tell them something.

    Of course they all like to believe it was the DoD that screwed up his paperwork. People find comfort in telling themselves things like that – it gets them through.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Gee, four whole years and he couldn’t get past Seaman Apprentice, except for a brief spurt to Seaman, and then a return to SA.

    Oh, well, another one down the drain.

  9. Atkron says:

    Well damn, I figured he’d have become one in the meantime.

    The disappointment is REAL.

  10. Combat Historian says:

    Sounds like he ginned up and floated around a fake DD214, probably for years if not decades. This phony rocked the big lie literally to his grave…

  11. OWB says:

    To all who still claim he was a SEAL: Wouldn’t the US Navy know about it if he was a SEAL??? You just gotta think that they would. Or not, if you prefer to think it’s some sort of giant conspiracy.

  12. rgr769 says:

    Just another boat floater in the South China Sea who never set foot in the Viet of the Nam. His Westpac tours were about as dangerous as a Princess Lines cruise. If they so desire, I guess his friends and relatives can believe he received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in a North Vietnamese Kamikaze attack on his ship. Shrapnel, my ass! This dude’s stories of daring do are about as true as our favorite recently departed favorite fake CPO/failed pilot/failed “lawer.” At least he wasn’t exposed in life and he didn’t “self-murder” himself like our DRG hero, Lawn Dart Dannyboi.

    • AW1Ed says:

      rgr769, since I’ve never been on a “Princess Lines cruise” I really have no comparison to make. I do have some small experience as helo crew on Navy Frigates, so I am familiar with life on-board a Naval warship. Please educate us with your experiences on Princess Lines and Navy vessels, and how they are so similar.

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        Let’s not be beating up on cruise lines. My ex-wife and I took our daughters on a cruise one time when the girls were little. The ship had au pairs you could park your kid with for about 16 hours a day. I always thought that was some hazardous duty, and a wonder the au pairs survived…

      • rgr769 says:

        I have no personal experience on any Navy ship, but one of my friends did four years on Navy ships. He had two tours through the South China sea (1965-1968) and made it to the RVN beach once. He admits his primary Viet of the Nam hazard was getting so drunk he had to crawl the last 20 yards back to the ship. He was also a Radarman, but made it to First Class in less than three years. Unless I am mistaken, if one was not on a CVA or not aircrew, the principal crew hazard was falling overboard. Although, I readily admit their are hazards on any Naval ship. In any event, our deceased veteran here was never exposed to any enemy threat in the Vietnam War, period.

        • OldManchu says:

          My Father In Law has a Navy CAR from service on a navy destroyer off the coast of Vietnam. They got lit up and had their radar damaged in a fight with some heavy shore gun anti-aircraft or something.

          He doesn’t claim anything special and will simply divert his attention to “those guys that had to be on the ground in Vietnam” when discussing Vietnam. But I don’t think 4 tours on the blue water is anything to take lightly. Just being gone from home at that age in that era and serving 8 years says a lot. We can’t all fit on the tip of the spear.

          But as for posers? Yeah – fuck them!

          • rgr769 says:

            Our fake SEAL did not do four tours in the waters off the coast of the RVN. He served on the USS R.B. Anderson according to his assignments history in the FOIA. The USS Anderson did one West Pac tour during Shepard’s service on its crew, from August 1970 to January, 1971 in support of Naval forces deployed against North Viet Nam. When he was on the USS Horne that ship was not deployed in support of the Vietnam War.

            • rgr769 says:

              Correction: Shepard served on the USS Horne during the period of 9/71 to 3/72 when the ship did a tour off Yankee Station. Crew of this ship would have been awarded a combat action ribbon; but that was for its first RVN cruise in 1968, long before Shepard served on her.

        • Yef says:

          Rgr 769,

          One of my friend’s friend’s friends was a member of Leeroy Jenkins’ squad. He said it was the real thing. Leeroy Jenkins really really charged that boss in World of Warcraft leaving his mates behind and abandoning the plan. It was epic.

      • rgr769 says:

        I should also add, I am quite familiar with the hazards of being on a helo crew, as the two times I was almost wounded or killed in the RVN I was riding in combat aircraft (UH-1H and OV-10). I addition, as a civilian instrument rated pilot I am quite familiar with the hazards in aviation generally; at sea, I am sure they are greatly compounded. But this dude was a radarman; he spent his time on duty drinking coffee and staring at a radar scope in the CIC.

        • AW1Ed says:

          So you can’t compare your experiences on Princess Lines and Naval warships?
          Lighten up, dude. You made a comment, I called you on it. I was trying for a bit of humor, so I apologize for any offense.

          But your pal made E-6 in under 3 years? Riiiight.

          • RM3(SS) says:

            Agreed Ed. Something about time in grade and those pesky fleet wide promotion exams. 🙂
            OTOH, rest in pieces to this scumbag for besmirching the RM rate.
            BTW rgr769, I was on a Submarine and have been on Princess cruises. The food was better on the sub.

          • rgr769 says:

            Well maybe it was three and a half. Isn’t three chevrons and a crow E-6? Anyway, that was what he was wearing in early ’68 about six months before his four year enlistment was up. I served with shake and bake E-6’s in my companies who had less than 3 years service.
            I see your humor. But I resent fakers, alive or dead.

        • Daisy Cutter says:

          I believe he was a Radioman (RM) vs. a Radarman (RD). See my post on this subject.

          • rgr769 says:

            According to the FOIA he was a radioman, not a radarman. Basicly same type of duty, just different piece of electronic equipment bolted to a console with a chair in front of it. And for the benefit of Yef, I just remembered I was briefly on my buddy’s ship in 1967 in port, when he took me on a brief tour of it, including the Combat Information Center (CIC) where he sat at a radar console.

  13. Cpl/Major Mike says:

    It’s. Easier to be bigger than life when your life is made up bullshit.

  14. Mustang1LT says:


  15. Mustang1LT says:

    And Lent has begun
    For those of the one true Faith….
    Your life sucks for the next six weeks.
    Sounds like Air Force basic.

  16. SFC D says:

    He’ll be reincarnated as a seal. Kharmic Justice.

  17. Daisy Cutter says:

    I’m confused a bit by the discussion here. Sheldon Thomas Shepherd was an RM, which is the Navy rate of Radioman. People are suggesting he was a Radarman, which is a RD rating in the Navy.

    His school clearly shows he attended RM school, which I read to be a Radioman.

    Then a statement was made that a Radarman would not set foot on the shores of Vietnam, but what about a Radioman?

    Or am I splitting hairs and Sheldon Shepherd is not being truthful no matter how you slice it?

  18. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:


  19. Green Thumb says:

    And his legacy will continue of shaming his family from beyond the grave.

    A true, everlasting “hero”.

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