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Man in uniform at school event was not in Navy, officials say
Ventura County Star ^ | 6/1/11 | Adam Foxman

Posted on 06/02/2011 10:18:09 AM PDT by SmithL

A man who appeared in a Navy SEAL uniform at a Thousand Oaks school event this week apparently never served in the Navy, military officials said Wednesday.

Salhem Dreasden was among those in uniform Tuesday at a tribute to soldiers at Ladera School. The school was honored at the event for outstanding patriotism and support of the armed forces.

Dreasden was wearing a Navy uniform that bore his last name, the words "SEAL TEAM," the trident pin insignia of the elite unit and twin bars indicating the rank of Navy lieutenant.

The name Salhem Dreasden, however, does not appear anywhere in databases of Navy service members that go back to at least the Vietnam War, said Katie Suich, a spokeswoman for the Navy Personnel Command in Tennessee. There aren't any S. Dreasdens in the database, either, she said.

Federal law prohibits the unauthorized wearing of a U.S. military uniform

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: seal; stolenvalor; wannabe
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Salhem Dreasden, center, salutes with Army Staff Sgt. Kelly Sawlsville and Air Force 1st Sgt. Scott McPherson during a flag salute at the Ladera School "Thank You Soldiers" tribute Tuesday in Thousand Oaks.
1 posted on 06/02/2011 10:18:15 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Nice “salute”, you POS.


2 posted on 06/02/2011 10:21:27 AM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: SmithL

Clue #1 - Sloppy assed salute.

Clue #2 - Too fat to be a SEAL.

Clue #3 - Too young to be a Lieutenant.


3 posted on 06/02/2011 10:21:36 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: SmithL

That crappy attempt at a salute should have outed this POS, right away.


4 posted on 06/02/2011 10:22:08 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: SmithL

Bastard.


5 posted on 06/02/2011 10:22:34 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: SmithL

Just look at the picture. Saluting without a cover is not permitted in the Navy or Marine Corps. That right there ought to tip people off that this guy wasn’t in the Navy. Also, does anyone think a Navy Seal as young as this guy looks to be would be lumpy and fat?


6 posted on 06/02/2011 10:22:40 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: SmithL

Note the salute angle compared with the real servicemen’s. Maybe that gave him away? I never served but am under the impression that that there’s a right way to salute.


7 posted on 06/02/2011 10:22:44 AM PDT by mikethevike
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To: SmithL

The salute looks wrong, and check out the guy behind and to his left - looks like he’s eyeballing Dreasden.


8 posted on 06/02/2011 10:23:05 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: SmithL

The first thing he needs to learn is how to execute a proper salute. When I was the lowliest of low midshipmen, I learned that on about day 2. You can spot this guy as a fraud just from that.


9 posted on 06/02/2011 10:23:19 AM PDT by stormer
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To: SmithL

>>Last month, attorneys for a Colorado man who falsely claimed to be a decorated Marine Corps veteran argued the law was an unconstitutional violation of free speech, the Denver Post reported.<<

I suggest that REAL veterans beating this poseur to a bloody pulp would be THEIR expression of free speech...


10 posted on 06/02/2011 10:23:24 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: mikethevike

I see EVERYBODY caught that! :)


11 posted on 06/02/2011 10:23:47 AM PDT by mikethevike
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To: SmithL

String him up. The reason more than just being a jerk is because for everyone one of these turds it really puts a cloud of suspicion on all Navy Seals and other military folks. That salute gives the fraud away pretty clearly. Now some schools will use this story as an excuse not to have military visiting the schools.


12 posted on 06/02/2011 10:24:08 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SmithL

Didn’t know that the seals had fat officers that don’t know how to salute.


13 posted on 06/02/2011 10:24:25 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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Questions about Dreasden's service were first raised in an online special operations community forum called SOCNET.com.
I haven't been able to find a Stolen Valor Ping List. Is there one, already? If not, is there any interest in starting one?
14 posted on 06/02/2011 10:24:29 AM PDT by SmithL (Bacon, the ultimate condiment!)
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To: SmithL

Fatboy needs a good A$$-whipping.


15 posted on 06/02/2011 10:24:57 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: SmithL
Wanna be can't even salute...

Mike

16 posted on 06/02/2011 10:25:38 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: SmithL

What’s the big deal.

Dick Blumenthal, draft dodger, lied about serving in Vietnam.

And he’s a Senator now.


17 posted on 06/02/2011 10:25:48 AM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: SmithL

Maybe he’s a talent scout for Disney.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 10:26:38 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: Travis McGee; SmithL

Kerping ... stolen valor ping list requested


19 posted on 06/02/2011 10:27:33 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: SmithL

On Memorial Day I saw a U.S. Navy commander in dress blue uniform wearing the trident at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery on Point Loma (San Diego). He was visiting the graves of Iraqi War dead, including dead sailors. I specifically noticed that he was not wearing a name tag.


20 posted on 06/02/2011 10:28:09 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: stormer

He went to the OBAMAO School of Military Saluting.

FUBO and F military poser scum.

VAW-116 aboard USS Coral Sea 1968-69


21 posted on 06/02/2011 10:28:19 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: SmithL

I hate to say this but perhaps only folks with an ID card should be able to wear the uniform. Maybe ensure that they show the ID card before any event where the public will be there. The school did a very poor job keeping those kids safe. That guy could have been some psychotic idiot and bombed the place or something. I am retired and not even sure if retirees should wear the uniform after they are done (perhaps to be buried in of course)....I need to hear other people’s opinion of that last sentence.


22 posted on 06/02/2011 10:28:35 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SmithL

That sorry ass salute would have been a dead giveaway for me. The member on each side of him are rendering proper salutes. Not to mention that I have never, EVER, seen a FAT ASS SEAL.

And by the way, the soldier to his right is NOT an SSG, he’s a SGT. In fact, his rank patch is blurry enough he could even be a CPL.

Impersonating a military member, especially an officer, is a criminal offense and this scumbag needs to be prosecuted.


23 posted on 06/02/2011 10:28:48 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Saracuda.........game on in 2012!)
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To: SmithL

He wasn’t a Seal, he was a Whale.


24 posted on 06/02/2011 10:30:06 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SmithL

He doesn’t even know how to salute? How many people were sold on this fraud?

One wonders if this “patriotic school” couldn’t find a Navy representative, so “found one”....


25 posted on 06/02/2011 10:31:34 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: dead

We need a Mk 48 ADCAP and Sono-buoy ping!


26 posted on 06/02/2011 10:35:22 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: freedumb2003
attorneys for a Colorado man who falsely claimed to be a decorated Marine Corps veteran argued the law was an unconstitutional violation of free speech

Under that line of thought, we all can go out and buy police uniforms matching our local LEOs and wear them... hey maybe get some blue lights mounted up on our cars...

Along that same line - I guess I could put on a suit, read someone else's writings, systematically try to destroy the economy of this nation, demonstrate a hatred for Israel and Jewish people in general, bow down to foreign muslim leaders, and generally act like a total Jacka$$.... but someone might accuse me of trying to steal Obama's glory....

27 posted on 06/02/2011 10:35:30 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: napscoordinator

ID card’s not a bad idea, but I don’t even know if retirees should be wearing uniforms. A good friend of mine is a retired USA colonel and last year he gave a speech/dedication thing at the local vet’s cemetery - I asked him if he was going to wear his uniform and he said, “Nope - I got rid of all of them.”


28 posted on 06/02/2011 10:36:19 AM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

True. I actually did get rid of all my uniforms too except for my Service Dress Blue which will be worn at the funeral viewing (if I even have that).


29 posted on 06/02/2011 10:37:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: SmithL

My favorite so far is the gay, GOATEED ~30 yo white guy from the east coast whose class A saying he was everything from a Ranger to a SEAL to a CIA officer to a Legionnaire. AND he attended every jump school in the world, from the looks of it.

He even attended a formal military dinner with all that crap slapped on there —puzzling in the extreme.

He’d been going around like that for several years, and even posted “war stories” online.

We also had one like that here at FR about 7 years ago; “Deep in the Hurtgeren Forest”. He said he went to sniper school and about every other hi-speed school under the sun —posted his entire military “record” as “inspiration for others”.


30 posted on 06/02/2011 10:39:22 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: SmithL

I just realized something else about that caption. The USAF has no FIRST SERGEANT enlisted rank. First Sergeant, both in the USA and USMC is an E8 rank, E8 in the USAF is Senior Master Sergeant.

Do these “journalists” do no research or ask any questions??????


31 posted on 06/02/2011 10:40:17 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Saracuda.........game on in 2012!)
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To: SmithL
"The name Salhem Dreasden, however, does not appear anywhere in databases of Navy service members that go back to at least the Vietnam War..."

The uncommon name turns up in Salt Lake City, though.

32 posted on 06/02/2011 10:41:29 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Saluting uncovered is not permitted in the Army either.


33 posted on 06/02/2011 10:41:47 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Saracuda.........game on in 2012!)
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To: SmithL
This fatass punk wouldn't even be accepted by the Village People.
34 posted on 06/02/2011 10:42:43 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: SmithL
Did he go to that John Kerry salute school?

It looks like that USAF 1st Sgt is eyeballing him....

35 posted on 06/02/2011 10:42:51 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: stormer
This fatass poseur needs to be sentenced to 10 years in prison, but pardoned IF HE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES BUDS School and his enlistment with an honorable discharge.
36 posted on 06/02/2011 10:42:52 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: SmithL

It’s Benny Hill!


37 posted on 06/02/2011 10:43:34 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: SmithL

Thats a British salute

Americans slant the hand the other way


38 posted on 06/02/2011 10:45:08 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Clue #3 - Too young to be a Lieutenant.

Clue #4 - No cover.

39 posted on 06/02/2011 10:46:04 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: mikethevike
am under the impression that that there’s a right way to salute

Yes. To begin with, the thumb and fingers must be joined. This guy couldn't get out of boot camp, much less SEAL training.

40 posted on 06/02/2011 10:46:20 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SmithL

Salhem, soon to be “jail him.”


41 posted on 06/02/2011 10:46:39 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: SmithL

42 posted on 06/02/2011 10:47:01 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: NWFLConservative
Impersonating a military member, especially an officer, is a criminal offense and this scumbag needs to be prosecuted.

But that the 9th Circuit Court recently found this to be a violation of a faker´s 1st Amendment rights.

43 posted on 06/02/2011 10:47:04 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: Mr.Unique
Reminds me of a BOLO I saw at an Arkansas gun show for the "Fake Army Captain Clark". Apparently he spent some time in the pookie and is a convicted felon that dresses up as an Army Captain and shows up at gun shows spouting about how many Al-Queda he has killed in hand to hand combat.

Fake Army Captain Clark (felon) shows up at gun shows

You can see that he is obviously obese, in addtion to completing his SF school, having his "Q" tab, fought with SF, A ranger tab, sapper tab, a master paratrooper (with gold star) , a sniper (officers don't wear it, enlisted don't show it), air assault, CIB, and some sort of badge (It doesnt look anything like my B&Cs I got after 35E school),

44 posted on 06/02/2011 10:51:06 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists". (Die Ritter der Kokosnuss))
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To: Mr.Unique

I should have caught that...


45 posted on 06/02/2011 10:51:24 AM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: Mr.Unique

I don’t know, I made CPT in 1984 and I looked pretty damn young then, even at 26! I have pictures to prove it, I looked like a kid! LOL


46 posted on 06/02/2011 10:51:32 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Saracuda.........game on in 2012!)
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To: onedoug

Right. They had the Stolen Valor Act for maybe 4 years, but just 6 months ago I think it was overturned by the Supreme Court and LEGALLY speaking now any insane POS can drag his sorry a$$ around in whatever GI Joe/Sgt. Rock/He Man outfit that pleases him, I think.


47 posted on 06/02/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: SmithL

Stupid, fat poser made himself an Al Qaeda target with this stunt.


48 posted on 06/02/2011 10:56:15 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: NWFLConservative
First Sgt in the USAF is a position, not a rank. Anyone above the grade of E-7 can be a unit First Sergeant. The diamond shaped device in the chevrons designates a First Sergeant.

/johnny

49 posted on 06/02/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ItsForTheChildren

I bet tubby took his lumps in middle school...


50 posted on 06/02/2011 10:58:32 AM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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