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Mitch over at The Sandgram posted this little nugget about a guy trying to buy some stuff from Matt Massie's with phony awards on it. Matt is really good at sniffing out out posers, although his spidey sense didn't need to be turned up to 11 for this joker.

Here's the rack he claimed:

I think he just likes silver star devices. He clearly doesn't know what they mean.

Here's Matt's reply:
Mr. Angel,

I have cancelled your order and refunded the full amount back to you. After 2 independent verifications from within the Navy Special Warfare Community, there is no record of you ever having graduated BUD/S and no record of you having been awarded 6 Purple Hearts, to name only two of many discrepancies with the awards shown in your order. Your account on my website has been deleted and any future accounts you may try to make will also be deleted.


I served proudly with SEAL TEAM 3, At the same time with RIVER PATROL BOATS, And an ENGINEER ON UDT TEAM 12. These were the best of the times in my in service of my country. REMEMBER–ALL OF US GAVE SOME, BUT SOME OF US GAVE ALL!! B.G. Angel MRC RET. "

Posted by Bob Angel

You leave a trail, Mr. Angel and this fraudulent behavior is criminal.

I refer you to U.S. Title Code TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 33 > § 704. Military medals or decorations—-000-.html

(b) False Claims About Receipt of Military Decorations or Medals.- Whoever falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States, any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces, the ribbon, button, or rosette of any such badge, decoration, or medal, or any colorable imitation of such item shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than six months, or both.


(d) Enhanced Penalty for Offenses Involving Certain Other Medals.- If a decoration or medal involved in an offense described in subsection (a) or (b) is a distinguished-service cross awarded under section 3742 of title 10, a Navy cross awarded under section 6242 of title 10, an Air Force cross awarded under section 8742 of section 10, a silver star awarded under section 3746, 6244, or 8746 of title 10, a Purple Heart awarded under section 1129 of title 10, or any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law, in lieu of the punishment provided in the applicable subsection, the offender shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

Stay away from my website. You are not welcome here. If Bob Angel the Navy SEAL pops up again in another forum, website or other military community, your information will be forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Matt Massie

Bob Angel has claimed on various Military social networks (specifically and to have served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1976 as a member of SEAL Team 3 (which was, by the way, founded in 1983). The people Matt spoke with were able to confirm that this individual never graduated (or likely entered) BUD/S and was never a SEAL.

I've personally checked the national Purple Heart registry and no Bob Angel ever received a Purple Heart, much less six of them. The fact is, none of his awards make sense. After Matt validated all these things with people on the inside, it appears that Bob Angel is fraudulently claiming awards and service history that he has no right to.

Sure, the Stolen Valor Act was ruled unconstitutional, but that doesn't mean it is cool to claim to be a decorated SEAL when you don't have the service to back it up. Shame on you Bob Angel. Good on MyServicePride for turning down your money.

(From Bob Angel's public profile on in which he claimed to be associated with SEAL Team 3)
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