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    Questions over Purple Heart claim derail OTS commissioning

    A staff sergeant attending Officer Training School at Maxwell Air
    Force Base is being investigated for allegedly claiming he received the
    Purple Heart. His commissioning is now on hold, according to the Air
    Force.
    Staff Sgt. Justin Druskis was selected to attend OTS last
    October, as part of the 14OT03 selection board, and he is a combat
    systems officer trainee at Maxwell. But on Oct. 2, the Stolen Valor
    Facebook page posted a picture of Druskis and images of an apparent
    Facebook conversation between Druskis and Army National Guardsman and
    former Marine John Irwin Jr.
    In the series of messages, sent
    between Sept. 27 and 29, Druskis told Irwin he hasn't worn his Purple
    Heart ribbon because he wanted to "keep anything with my injuries on the
    extreme down low bro." Irwin offered several times to reach out to the
    command at Maxwell to get them to allow Druskis to wear his Purple Heart
    ribbon at OTS graduation. Druskis pleaded with Irwin several times not
    to make that request.
    On Sept. 29, Druskis wrote to Irwin and
    another former airman and said, "So I understand there are something's
    [sic] I need to talk to both of you about. I also have some explaining
    to do and some apologies to make. I have made mistakes in my life and I
    love you guys dearly."
    Irwin responded, "I knew you were lying from the get go. I just wanted to see how far you would take it."
    Phil
    Berube, a spokesman for the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell, confirmed
    that OTS officials were aware of allegations regarding Druskis' Purple
    Heart claims, and said his "commissioning is on hold pending further
    investigation." Berube said he could not offer any further comment.

    http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/m...ning/73459538/

    So, apparently this guy was talking some BS about having a Purple Heart to gain some street cred...dude tracked him on FB and well, seems like he might've just lost his OTS commission...doh!

    No evidence that he ever actually wore the award or claimed in in any official capacity or for any personal gain...sounds like he was just pumping himself at whatever HPU is...Hawaiia Pacific University online classes maybe??.

    Post from the guy that dropped a dime on him on the Stolen Valor FB page:

    "Attention all my fellow Marines, HPU students, and the people I know in
    the Air Force. There are few things in the world that make me angrier
    than Stolen Valor. I served with six people in Iraq and Afghanistan who
    received the Purple Heart and two of them were KIA. I listened to the
    war stories of the individual below
    while at HPU who claimed to have received one in Iraq. As you can tell
    from his uniform, he clearly doesn't have one. When asked about it he
    deleted my comment and then wrote these sorry excuses . He lied up until
    the last minute when I confronted him and then he blocked me. He will
    be commissioned this Saturday at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. No
    integrity! This mother fucker wants to be famous I say we make him
    famous. My Marines know what to do. Share and spread the word. Maybe
    someone in Alabama will see this. I want his ass trending more than
    Caitlyn Jenner by Friday afternoon. Reap the Whirlwind."
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    The guy had the world by the tail, and he had to be falsely wounded in action, too? What an attention grabbing freak.

    I recall from my first regular duty station in the USMC. There was this SSgt that wore a Purple Heart. When I questioned him about it, he said that he had cut himself with his P-38, while under fire.

    Likely story from either fellow, but I tend to think that the SSgt was stretching the truth because he didn't want to talk about what he actually received the Purple Heart for. At least I never saw anyone using a can opener while obviously having more pressing concerns, at the time.

    Maybe he was opening some ham and mother******* to throw at the enemy. I know that that kind of c rat was considered to be something included in the cases of c rats by the enemy, to sap the morale of the fighting guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncaRastus View Post
    The guy had the world by the tail, and he had to be falsely wounded in action, too? What an attention grabbing freak.

    I recall from my first regular duty station in the USMC. There was this SSgt that wore a Purple Heart. When I questioned him about it, he said that he had cut himself with his P-38, while under fire.

    Likely story from either fellow, but I tend to think that the SSgt was stretching the truth because he didn't want to talk about what he actually received the Purple Heart for. At least I never saw anyone using a can opener while obviously having more pressing concerns, at the time.

    Maybe he was opening some ham and mother******* to throw at the enemy. I know that that kind of c rat was considered to be something included in the cases of c rats by the enemy, to sap the morale of the fighting guys.
    Opening a can of whoop-ass, fer sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncaRastus View Post



    Maybe he was opening some ham and mother******* to throw at the enemy. I know that that kind of c rat was considered to be something included in the cases of c rats by the enemy, to sap the morale of the fighting guys.
    The ham and lima beans C-ration was a culinary delight. I bet you are one of those tasteless bastards that also scoffed at ham and eggs.
    All behold that fancy strutting peacock, the bake sale diva...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absinthe Anecdote View Post
    The ham and lima beans C-ration was a culinary delight. I bet you are one of those tasteless bastards that also scoffed at ham and eggs.
    I just threw up a little in my mouth..............................
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    Green eggs and ham should have stayed in the world of Dr. Seuss. Just sayin'.

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    Pretty dumb thing of the SSgt to do; it shows a lack of judgement and character -- probably does call into question if he should be commissioned or not.

    BT BT

    I never really found any of the MRE's bad (except the one time I got a piece of 'shelf stable bread' that had a slight pinhole in the package ... moldy and bad.)
    The most important six inches on the battlefield ... is between your ears.

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    MRE's are the Cadillacs of fine eating, when compared to c rations. Canned? Yes. Tasty? No. Except for a few, that I can remember.

    Chocolate discs and peanut butter were pretty tasty. One had to be done one with the other, to ensure 'normal bowel movements', or so it was said.

    Pound cake. Good.

    Beans and weenies? Pretty tasty.

    Spaghetti? OK.

    The rest? I can't recall all of what I did eat, but there some pretty bad items tossed into the mix.

    Which has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Back to the subject, men!

    Yeah, my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncaRastus View Post
    MRE's are the Cadillacs of fine eating, when compared to c rations. Canned? Yes. Tasty? No. Except for a few, that I can remember.

    Chocolate discs and peanut butter were pretty tasty. One had to be done one with the other, to ensure 'normal bowel movements', or so it was said.

    Pound cake. Good.

    Beans and weenies? Pretty tasty.

    Spaghetti? OK.

    The rest? I can't recall all of what I did eat, but there some pretty bad items tossed into the mix.

    Which has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Back to the subject, men!

    Yeah, my bad.
    I never ate a lot of MREs, but I seem to recall the Chili Mac as being the best...and maybe a beef stew that wasn't half bad.
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    Dehydrated pork patty.... The other white meat!

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