How do I bust a fake Nam vet? I’ve put up with this guy for a year now, and I’m not really interested in whether he was in the reserves or active duty or what. I don’t need the finer points, just a confirmation, and something tells me he is flatout lying. He’s even got the whole “my records were lost in a fire” crap going on. I just want a fast yes or no answer to the quesion of whether he was ever in the US armed services, anywhere.
Does anyone know of a website that lets me search by name, or do I have to actually submit a full SF180 to the government? Someone please tell me how to bust this phony.
Well, unless he was in the Army and in Vietnam during or before 1960, or in the Air Force during or before 1964 and his name is alphabetically after “Hubbard, James E.”, it’s unlikely that his records were burned in a fire.
I looked into doing something like this for my dad (some guy at work was going on way too much about his experiences, and everyone had their doubts) and we got about this far before deciding it wasn’t worthwhile for us to pursue.
Take a look at that page - you might find otherwise.
Here’s another thought; find out what platoon, unit or what have you, who his comanding officer was (sorry to you military folk if I get the terminology incorrect) and then start Googling away. Perhaps you can find someone online that can verify his service or lack thereof without having to go through channels that require a SS#.
I can’t ask him directly for proof, not least of all because doing that is tantamount to just calling him a liar, which obviously I don’t want to do unless I’m sure. So ribbons and unit numbers and all that are kind of out: he gets very vague when asked, for obvious reasons.
I guess I’ll need to get a d.o.b. and ssn to make this work.
Ribbons and medals are easily purchased on ebay and other sites and provide no proof of military/combat service. No vet with half a brain doesn’t know where his DD-214 is, though, and would immediately request a replacement copy if it were lost.
It wouldn’t be hard to ask for more details without calling him a liar. “I served in 'Nam” “Hey, really? So did I” (or “So did my dad”, or “So did my brother”, or whatever) “What unit were you in?”. I suppose that there are probably a fair few vets out there who would prefer to forget the whole thing, but those guys wouldn’t be telling you that they’re vets in the first place. Someone who says that he served, but gets evasive when asked something as simple as what unit he was in, is lying.
If he can’t even give you a valid unit number, that’s your answer right there- I know zero about any aspect of any unit of the armed forces, but at least have heard of 82nd airborne, 103rd airborne, etc. throught movies and whatnot.