Alabama man arrested for stolen valor after fake POW claims

| December 2, 2020

William Travis Tucker (Photo WAAY)

ninja sends in the good news of the stolen valor arrest of this fella.

A Shoals [Alabama] man faces charges after police say he lied about being a prisoner of war so he could get things for free.

William Travis Tucker is charged with stolen valor and forgery. He was indicted by a Colbert County grand jury and arrested on Friday, Nov. 27.

Sheffield police told WAAY 31 that Tucker did serve in the Army but never during a time of war. They say he wasn’t a Purple Heart or Silver Star recipient.

Police say he also was never a prisoner of war like he claimed to be and he benefited off those claims.

“Theft of valor devalues what men and women have fought for and it devalues what they’ve done,” said Sheffield Police Lt. Ray Terry.

Terry said he got a tip that led him to look into Tucker. He said he got free prisoner of war tags from the Colbert County Probate Office.

“He presented a false document to the probate office that was forged to obtain those POW tags,” said Terry. “I was shocked that someone would go to that great length to create a false document to continue a false persona.”

Terry said even though Tucker has been charged and arrested, this case remains an active investigation. Officials also said Tucker claimed to be a Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient, and allegedly bought a Purple Heart off the internet to go along with his story.

“We are still building intel to support our case and we’ve discovered other cases as well,” said Terry.

Navy Veteran Michael Russum served 16 years in the Navy and numerous wars. To find out that Tucker is accused of lying about his military career is disappointing to him to say the least.

“It’s a terrible thing because there are so many people that have trouble getting what he’s been getting that were actually in the service,” said Russum.

At the VFW in Sheffield, service flags proudly hang and veterans’ pictures are all over the walls honoring those who served. Russum said he can’t understand why anyone would lie about his military accomplishments and hopes Tucker faces the full force of the law if he’s found guilty.

“It’s hard to imagine somebody doing that,” said Russum.

Tucker was arrested and bonded out on $8,000 after his arrest.

Our gratitude goes out to the Sheffield Police Department and Colbert County prosecutors for their pursuit of this case. If you’re going to get your map out to see where this is, Sheffield, Alabama is right next door to Muscle Shoals. “Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers. Ooooo Ooooo Oooo.” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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  1. Weigh him down with concrete in the shoals and let the tide come in. I’m pretty shoal that he most likely wouldn’t make it.

    • chooee lee says:

      Where is it they bury them up to their neck and let the crabs finish them?

      • Milo Mindbender says:

        Charleston, that was used as a punishment for piracy. They would bury you in the muck at low tide, and let the ocean drown you and the critters cleanup what’s left

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    “It’s hard to imagine somebody doing that (referring to lying about Military accomplishments and awards),” said Russum.

    Um, have you ever been on the interwebs, my guy? There’s this site known as TAH/SV/GotGB, etc…

    Is it me or does William Travis Tucker look like a member of the Rohypnol fan club?

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      I think William Travis Tucker looks like the Valor Thieving, embellishing POS that he is. The big question is going to be if Bubba, Thor, Julio, and Mr. Tiny is gonna think that it looks like William Travis Tucker has a purty mouf. Lot’s of nice folk in/from Sheffield AL and now we know of a highly suspect dirtbag. William Travis Tucker has put a stain on Sheffield AL not too much unlike the Brown (stain) of burnt chilli in Elko NV. Does he have a vest? Moto sickle? Dog?(Lawd I hope not)

      Welcome to you inherwebz fame POS William Travis Tucker. Soon as we get a conviction of your sh^tbaggery and/or a FOIA on you true service, maybe then we can make a motion for the deployment of the Hemisphere if Insults on the lying, embellishing Valor Thief William Travis Tucker. Can I have a Second and an AYE?

      • ChipNASA says:

        Standing by….
        I have to go and look at the other thread with Bob whateverhisname was from the other week.

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    He likes license plates sooooooooooo….

  4. E4 Mafia '83-'87 says:

    So not only was he NOT a POW & Silver Star winner, he never served? Am I readingthat right?

    • Mason says:

      According to the article he did serve in the Army. We don’t have his records so cannot confirm or dispute those claims.

  5. 5JC says:

    Alabama has some very solid SV laws. Pretending to have a MoH and profiting from it is a felony. The charges go down from there but basically using any kind of unearned military rank, award, insignia or whatever to profit thereby is at least six months in jail.

    The municipal judge in our city was SF before going JAG and served in Vietnam, eventually retiring through the Army Reserves. He isn’t really interested in explanations of tall tales.

  6. Hack Stone says:

    72 miles from Sheffield Alabama to Huntsville, where an All Points Logistics office is located. Will Phil Monkress give him a relocation fee?

  7. Wilted Willy says:

    Hell, Please have this sheriff call the one in New Mexico where my pos brother lives and maybe he can clue him in on how to arrest some asshole like my brother!!!!
    Why can’t anyone take an interest in this piece of shit and get him back in prison where he belongs!!!
    I pray everyday for him to get arrested and put back in prison!!!
    Do any of you guys have any pull with the VA or any other law enforcement agency???
    Please contact me if you need any details of his ass bagery!!
    End of Rant
    Willy

    • ChipNASA says:

      Shit Willy,
      PLEASE keep bringing the pain and the story of your POS brother here.
      One day we may have some success, but you keep on keeping on for us…
      We do have new folks here that need to be educated about his shenanigans.
      You never know, you may tweak someone’s action button any day now….

  8. Max says:

    Recently read “Defiant” by Townley about VN POWs; no words can express my admiration for those heroes so my tolerance for the fakes has gone down to minus zero.

  9. Green Thumb says:

    Claiming fake POW status is the low of the low.

  10. Only Army Mom says:

    So, he bought a Purple Heart off the internet…
    Here’s my shocked face.

    Go on those internet sales sites and do a search for Purple Heart medals, Gold Star Lapel Pins, or any number of other items not legally able to be sold and you’ll have your pick.

    Back when we used to do things in person, there were many flea markets, etc., with vendors selling military paraphernalia. I was that person that would create a scene every time I caught one of those dirt bags selling Purple Hearts. My favorites were the sellers who claimed to be veterans themselves. Good times.

    • Green Thumb says:

      Been to many a flea market through the deep South. Its in my blood.

      But those dudes you reference are all over the place. And I mean everywhere.

  11. Wilted Willy says:

    Funny thing, I was at the hospital yesterday and I had my Army vet hat on and the old guy pushing my wheel chair thanked me for my service and of course I thanked him in return. Then we started talking and the subject of VN came up and I told him I never served in the Viet of the Nam. Then he really got fired up when I told him I was not a Viet Nam vet? He practically forced me to say I was a Viet Nam vet! He used the logic that in WWII nobody asked where you where assigned, you where automatically a WWII vet?? I have never heard that line of logic before, so tell me what you guys think???

    • SFC D says:

      Willy, I think you’re an honest man and you did exactly the right thing. I served during Panama, doesn’t exactly make a Just Cause vet. I seem to have made it pretty much everything else between 1987 and 2012 though.

    • 3/10/MED/b says:

      Willy,
      How you doing health wise?

      Take care, Sir.
      3/10/MED/b out;

    • Messkit says:

      Literally everyone in uniform, or otherwise during WWII, was part of WWII.

      Lance Corporal Shmucky, stationed at Guantanamo in 1968, had less than zero of anything to do with combat operations or support in Vietnam, and can not call himself a Vietnam veteran by any stretch.

      This obvious logic also applies to any other American shooting conflict since the Civil War, that is NOT WWII.

      Before you say it, WW-one was NOT a maximum effort by the USA, and we had other conflicts being worked over at the same time.

      • Leanne W says:

        If you served in any capacity during wartime you are a vet. Either that or my mother should not be buried where she is.

        [Edited to remove your PII – Mason]

    • NHSparky says:

      Same thing when people find out I was in during late 80s/early 90s and try to tell me I was a DS/DS vet.

      Nope. I watched a good chunk of that (when I wasn’t at sea) from Pearl Harbor.

  12. Roh-Dog says:

    Found him!
    https://alabama.arrests.org/Arrests/William_Tucker_46369259/

    You have no idea how fun finding that record was. I had to wade through Bama’s best to find’im.

  13. Claw says:

    Whiz Wheel­®™ score:

    William Travis Tucker (DAM*) 33 x 4 = 132

    * Dumb Ass Move

    Deserving of a Tick Mark in the Army category on the Valor Vultures Tote Board?

  14. Berliner says:

    That beard will apply some cushion when Bubba is pushin’.

  15. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    William Travis Tucker LIED about his Military Service.
    William Travis Tucker profited from lying about his Military Service.
    William Travis Tucker looks like he’s only sorry that he got caught.
    William Travis Tucker looks like he’s already picked up the soap for Bubba & Thor.
    William Travis Tucker has only begun to reap what he has sown.
    William Travis Tucker is more full of shit than fifty thousand seagulls, fifty thousand geese and a horde of Used Car Salesmen.
    William Travis Tucker DID have honorable service in the US Army.
    William Travis Tucker shit all over himself, his name and reputation by lying about his Military Service.
    William Travis Tucker has shit all over his family as well.
    William Travis Tucker will likely face more charges.
    William Travis Tucker was NEVER a POW but got free POW license plates from lying about his Military Service.
    William Travis Tucker will now wallow in Google®™️ hits as William Travis Tucker realizes that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER.

    How copy,
    ((((OVER))))

    • Green Thumb says:

      William Travis Tucker does work for The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress at All-Points Logistics.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      Copy you five by five … repeating for clarity:

      William Travis Tucker LIED about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker profited from lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker looks like he’s only sorry that he got caught.
      William Travis Tucker looks like he’s already picked up the soap for Bubba & Thor.
      William Travis Tucker has only begun to reap what he has sown.
      William Travis Tucker is more full of shit than fifty thousand seagulls, fifty thousand geese and a horde of Used Car Salesmen.
      William Travis Tucker DID have honorable service in the US Army.
      William Travis Tucker shit all over himself, his name and reputation by lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker has shit all over his family as well.
      William Travis Tucker will likely face more charges.
      William Travis Tucker was NEVER a POW but got free POW license plates from lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker will now wallow in Google®™️ hits as William Travis Tucker realizes that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER.

      How copy? Over.

      • Green Thumb says:

        I like it.

        But damn, man, you have to add this: William Travis Tucker does work for The False Commander “Phony” Phil Monkress (CEO of All-Points Logistics).

    • xyzzy says:

      API,

      xyzzy copies:

      William Travis Tucker LIED about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker profited from lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker looks like he’s only sorry that he got caught.
      William Travis Tucker looks like he’s already picked up the soap for Bubba & Thor.
      William Travis Tucker has only begun to reap what he has sown.
      William Travis Tucker is more full of shit than fifty thousand seagulls, fifty thousand geese and a horde of Used Car Salesmen.
      William Travis Tucker DID have honorable service in the US Army.
      William Travis Tucker shit all over himself, his name and reputation by lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker has shit all over his family as well.
      William Travis Tucker will likely face more charges.
      William Travis Tucker was NEVER a POW but got free POW license plates from lying about his Military Service.
      William Travis Tucker will now wallow in Google®™️ hits as William Travis Tucker realizes that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER.

      How copy,
      ((((OVER))))

  16. USMC REMF says:

    William Travis Tucker is a POW, a Pecker Ogling Weirdo…..I could go on but he’s not worth my time.

  17. Rose Blossom says:

    I have missed you guys!!!
    I am so thankful that north Alabama is beginning to address these pieces of shit human beings.
    Semper fi,
    Rose

  18. Havoc says:

    Continue your search on william travis tucker other cases have been developed even charity fraud for mission 22 and wounded warriors. He held a jeep ride and kept all the money. Waay 31 Breken Terry aired a report about him. Along with a information of second arrest.

  19. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He’s also gonna be a Pissed off Wacko when he finds out how quickly he’s becoming Google famous!

  20. Ed C says:

    Who investigates these POS? I know one in Baldwin county.

    [Edited to remove PII -Mason]