Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Continuing on our quest to bust out those who would steal honor not rightly theirs, this came across the email machine the other day - S.L.


I’m looking for some answers. My daughter was involved with a guy who claims Marine Corps service. She now believes he’s a phony. We have found his picture included on a website titled ‘heros or villains’. This site is affiliated with I’ve done some searching to determine the validity of both of these sites but haven’t concluded much.

Can you verify to me that these sites are ‘genuine’ and that I can trust their determinations?

The man’s name is Cody M. Hall. He has evidently claimed service in Iraq and Afghanistan but has never served.

Thanks for any light you can shed.

My Reply

If the attached photo set is your Cody Hall, then I have to say that yes it appears he is a phony.

As far as I know the is legit - in as much as it is cross-referenced with other sites dedicated to busting out phonies, such as
Professional Soldiers , VeriSEAL | The Original SEAL Verification Project etc.

I'd call this guy on being a phony based on the photos alone:

- upper left photo of him in USMC dress blues (reverse image possibly taken in a mirror) - ONLY photo in Marines uniform

- upper right snapshot in JROTC (high school level ROTC) uniform with girlfriend cut out

- lower right US Army uniform (rank = Private First Class) cami'd face - looks like he just spent a day in the woods playing soldier, sitting in the driver's seat of a non-military sedan

- lower left photo (again reverse image looks like self-portrait taken in a mirror with a cellphone camera) US Army uniform with weird rank insignia - possibly cadet rank

What really kills this guy is the pdf clip they included from their inquiry to the US Marine Corps:

"Please note that personnel actions regarding Marines are maintained in their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Accordingly, in an effort to assist you, we intiated a search for M. Hall's OMPF. However, despite a diligent search, knowledgeable personnel with the Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA) Department of this Headquarters were unable to verify that Mr. Hall is currently or had formerly served in teh U.S. Marine Corps or the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve."

Your daughter's suspicions appear spot-on, and I recommend she distance herself from this guy sooner than later.

Sean Linnane

Today's Bird


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