Shane Ladner goes to court for Stolen Valor

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Shane Ladner goes to court for Stolen Valor

A while back the story of Shane Ladner came to our attention.  It’s a tragic story, but it’s also one full of lies.

Ladner claimed over the years that he had served as an MP in Operation Just Cause in Panama, where he received a Purple Heart.  Later he would be hired as a police officer in Georgia.  In November of 2012 Lander signed up for a free hunt in west Texas, and he and his wife headed out there for the event.  The town of Midland, Texas held a parade to honor the wounded troops, and somehow one of the floats was struck by a train.   Ladner’s wife, Meg, tragically lost her leg in this accident.

It was at this point people started questioning Shane’s military record, noting that while he was claiming to be fighting (and being wounded) in Panama he was actually still in High School.  Ladner next claimed that his actual injury occurred in a battle while doing secret drug interdiction missions.  A local Fox affiliate in Atlanta picked up the story and started going after Ladner.  But Ladner just changed his story and stuck to the overall theme.  In fact, his lawyer started even rocking the new story:

The discrepancy about when and where Shane’s injuries occurred has led to questions about the validity of Shane’s Purple Heart. This has been complicated by the fact that the Army records in St. Louis are apparently incomplete, and did not contain the DD 214 issued by Ft. Benning which does reflect the Purple Heart. We have requested Shane Ladner’s service records from Ft. Benning, Georgia where the Purple Heart award should be found in their base records. We have also requested Shane’s medical records from the hospital in Panama where he was treated following the grenade attack.

Eventually Ladner would sue Fox 5 and their reporter, Randy Travis for Defamation.  The case was thrown out.  You can READ THAT BY CLICKING HERE.

In the meantime, the police department fired Ladner, and he was charged with various felonies for receiving plates for a reduced rate.  Well, now we are getting closer to the case, and the prosecution has brought in the General who was in charge of all operations in the area, and according to him, it never happened.  Not to Shane Ladner or anyone else under his command:

I had hoped to travel down for the case, because we've been following Ladner since the minute the qyestions surfaced.  I'm VERY eager to hear what evidence the lawyer has.  One thing we do know is that Ladner has been using the following DD214, and there is no record ANYWHERE of its existence, except this one, leading most people to believe it is a complete fake:

I don't see how this works out well for him, but I also don't see why anyone would push this to the point it is at when they have what they know is a fake DD214. Jonn Lilyea matched it against the NGB22 (the National Guard's version of a DD214) and unsurprisingly, there is no record of the purple heart.

Every now and again when I publish these stories someone comes on and argues that none of it matters and no one is injured by these lies.  But this guy got his law enforcement job SPECIFICALLY because of his purported experience in the military.

But I don't buy the "no damage" theory anyway.  I know I've shared it before, but I'm sharing it again, a video by my friend Ed Caffrey tgat discusses why it is we do what we do, despite the lawsuits, the death threats and just the general difficulty we have dealing with these people who clearly have mental problems.   

Remember too what The American Legion stands for, directly from our Preamble:


...To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars

Part of preserving the memories and instances is pointing out what fake memories and instances are being inserted into the record.

Just an FYI, but there is some Not Safe For Work language in here.  It's minimal, but did want to warn you.

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Im not a vet, my father and brother are, the whole no one gets hurt, I had to spend many of my young childhood years only being able to write to my big brother and hope to get a letter back soon. So yes there is damage done let along getting a job based on military preference, reduced prices for some
things, is there damage if you print out a fake college transcript and start teaching without the proper training? Just because someone doesn't see the hurt or damage does it mean that it didn't happen? That setence about commenters stating that really hit a nerve with me. Sorry lol

Fakes also implicate their families as they share false stories with them unwittingly committing them to believe in them. These false claims denigrate the men and women who have served our country. Very shameful and wrong!

I've encountered two fakers. One told me he'd served in the marines and had received a battlefield promotion to colonel (he appeared to be about 25 years old) followed by a medical discharge. (Maybe due to a psych eval?) I told him that he'd better not tell that story to REAL marines or they'd clean his clock.

The other was a (legitimate) Air Force retiree who claimed to have been a pilot. Turned out he'd been a flight instructor at an aero club, but was using this line on the women at the company we worked for.

Yes, it's rude to accuse someone of lying. But you CAN keep asking them question after question that only a real military member would know the answer to, so that they can reveal their ignorance. Those overhearing the conversation can then draw their own conclusions.

Hell, give these people over to a group of vets, we'll make sure they don't ever think about impersonating one of us ever again. They are low life scum who deserve to serve hard time at a military prison. That should be the closest they come to being in the military. People who impersonate the military have no concept of what honor or integrity is and should pay the harshest of concequences.

I'm mixed on the question of does it do harm to lie and commit stolen Honor, in and of itself. Any fraudulent attempt at gaining benefit of monetary value of course is a different story. My problem is I have ambiguities about the Purple Heart Medal and how it's earned. I'm a vet, honest, and I have the utmost respect for those that served and earned a Purple Heart. However , I have seen with my own eye's , one awarded to a , less than exemplary lets say, birdbrain, who while under an attack warning on a base camp, ran into the barbed Constantine wire at our perimeter, and I helped him back to a medics Tent, where the medic dressed a few scratches on his leg, and filled out paperwork for his Purple Heart. He saw the look in my eye when he announced it, and said to me, The only requirement is that you bleed under fire.
Now, at the time, I sort of shrugged it off and forgot about it. But over time and with news about stolen Honor, I think about those who earned it . Really earned it , with sacrifice, and yes , with blood. Then I think about those who Like the guy I mentioned, panicked and ran the wrong way and basically scratched their way to the same Honor. I can't help but feel, that is also Stolen Honor. Restore the Medal to it's rightful place, don't give it away so easily with but one requirement , bleed under fire. So we know if we're talking about real Honor, Or a shaving cut when a siren blared.

I was in just before Viet Nam. When I see those in "camo" that just does not look right or Is trying to sell or collect money, I always ask to see their DD214. You would be surprised how many do not know what a DD214 is.

As a 30 yr retired Navy HMCM (FMF), I always question the "gimmee pigs" at the corners who pose as Vets. I ask about the DD214, rank, rate, duty stations, etc. I know you would believe how many of them back down on the veteran claim or try to BS you into believing them. I'll help a vet, but damned if I'll pass any change to an imposter and will attempt to run them off or expose them to others.

Today the Cherokee County Trial of Shane Ladner was completed, he was found guilty of 6 out of the 7 charges against him, and each charge found guilty is a Felony. He was taken into custody in the Cherokee County Jail and released on a $40,000 Bond and has to wear a Ankle Bracelet until Sentencing which is supposed to take place this Summer. Each charge can have up to a maximum of 5 years.

It's funny I worked with Shane at the Hall County Sheriff Department back in 2004-2005 I knew he served but never asked him what medals he was awarded, and during that time he did not claim or boast to have had a Purple Heart, just goes to show you never know the BS someone will pull.

I fell sorry for his wife but at the same time how long has he been lying to her about what he got...

Just do a search for Shane Ladner's name and you will see the stories from Fox 5, and 11 Alive in Atlanta, since I cannot post a link to their story and video they posted today.

Georgia's 11th district sitting congressman, Rep. Barry Loudermilk has never been called to task for embellishing his military service record. Loudermilk served as an enlisted man for eight years in the Air Force and never served outside U.S. territory. Yet, he claims he served as an Air Force pilot and participated in foreign combat operations, both of which are outright lies. The truth is that Loudermilk is a private pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, and he never served in direct combat operations.

This sounds like former Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa who claimed he spent a year in Vietnam as a Navy pilot when it turned out that he was ferrying aircraft and not engaged in operations in country.

As a veteran (5 yrs 5 mos 2 days active and 17 more in the reserves) who at times feels that his service wasn't enough considering the others who have served and suffered wounds and other injuries in serving our great country, I have no time for those who steal the valor of those who served and who did so paying a far greater price than others. My father was US Army who was at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/1941 and survived the attack, was never fully recognized for his service, as well as countless others who served in WWII. Those folks came back at the end of the war and lived lives, raised families and worked hard to make this country great. If what is said about the congressman from GA is true, then he needs to be held responsible. We are letting far too many of these claimed war heroes get away with their claims. Stand up America. Out these imposters.

Sadly, Loudermilk was called out when he first ran for Congress AND the local media did run the story. Here is the problem. With the end of the draft in 1973, there are fewer and fewer veterans. A home town boy is no longer required to serve a couple of years in the military. The short and long of it? The American public does not know squat about military service and does not care. It is a total disconnect between the public and the U.S. military. Thus, when people like "Bomber Barry" are called to account for their Stolen Valor, the general public just shrugs their shoulders. They just want to know what goodies this guy will bring home for me, if I vote for him. Loudermilk ran a skillful campaign, in that he pretended to be the classic conservative which people from his district want representing them in Washington. The general public in his district could care less about his military service, and that is why "Bomber Barry" and others like him get away pretending to be "combat" veterans. Poor Barry spent eight years in the active duty Air Force and never could get past E-5. His gift of gab could not get E-6 for him, but it sure played well with the voters and got him elected to Congress. Bomber Barry can never be a member of the VFW, but who needs that with his life time pension he will get by serving in Congress. Barry Loudermilk = loser, fraud, make believe "combat" vet.

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