I’ve been off having a life (shocking, I know!), and so there are bloviations – some large, some small – that I’m going to get around to talking about.
This one that I’m going to hammer upon is one that isn’t really all that important to me in the great scheme of life. In the end, it’s just someone wanting to make themselves feel good about something they’ve done. I get that. It’s cool.
But since this person seems to always harp on how everyone is LYING about him, well, I guess I gotta speak truth to power about how HE lies.
So yeah. It’s HERE. Mostly, my main reaction to this is simply *YAWN*. Frankly, I could give a rat’s ass over how many medals someone says they earned/deserved/stole. Whatever. But to some people, it’s very important. So, to honor them and those who really have done their all for us, I’m gonna give this one a shot.
First things first. And this is going to essentially destroy anything Bill has to say on the subject.
IF IT ISN’T ON YOUR DD214, then you DIDN’T EARN IT UNTIL IT APPEARS THERE.
It’s kind of an iron-clad rule in the armed services. The DD214 is what you live and die on after you are separated. One fuck-up on that DD214, and you can be denied lots and lots of things that you earned by virtue of your service in our Armed Forces. That’s why if there is an error, and you know about it, you get it corrected. ASAP.
So the sailor in question here can spout off on how he did the time to earn it, but the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t appear on his DD214. Ergo, to the government of the United States of America, HE DIDN’T GET IT. Somebody then saying that Bill is claiming things he has not been granted is then telling the truth. It’s not a lie.
Now, if in the 30-some-odd years since this DD214 was issued Bill hasn’t bothered to get it corrected, he likely no longer has the paperwork to be able to do so. And if there is no paperwork supporting it, an awarding authority would likely not go back and correct the DD214. And then there is the problem that there are actually TWO DD214s that are incorrect. Because the first DD214 that was used to create the second DD214 obviously left off things that Bill says he earned.
Gosh. This gets really complicated really fast, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately Bill does the only thing he knows how to do when he is caught in a trap of his own making – he doubles down.
Dude. In 1985 there was a little folder. He has to remember it. It was the brown one he carried with him from ship to ship and duty station to duty station. Called his “Enlisted Service Record.” Surely he remembers that one.
That little record would have been the one the Personnelman opened up and looked in two different spots for proof of your various awards that someone has received. One spot would be the left hand side of the folder under NAVPERS 1070/617 “Career Performance Data” which is where copies of citations and certificates would go. The second spot would be the right side of the folder typed on a NAVPERS 1070/604 in block 11. “Awards” which states the award name, date of award, and award authority. If they weren’t in those spots the personnelman would simply ask the person if they had copies of the award documents (citation, certificate, orders, etc.) on hand and if they did they would be entered on the spot.
See there was this little thing the Personnelman had sitting on his desk. It was called a typewriter. And it was no big thing to swoosh your DD214 back in that typewriter and type in things that were listed in your file. Right then and there. I’ve seen it done before, actually.
Fail. Big, big fail.
And of course, since he is failing so hard (much like he did back then) Bill has to ramp it up to eleventy against PK who Bill has, once again, come around to deciding is Patrick Grady – this after claiming HE was PK as well as harassing some other lady saying that SHE was PK. I know, I know. I couldn’t make this up if I tried, people.
Here’s a hint for Bill Schmalfeldt. When your very public DD214 neglects to mention on there that you earned awards that you wear, it is, by definition, not per se defamation to say that you DID NOT EARN THEM nor to give you the “stolen valor” appellation. Because United States Government Document. Truth is an absolute defense.
Now, if Bill wants to go and sue the gubmint for not putting all his awards on paper? Well, this is April Fools Day after all.