Thomas Gagne – Phony SEAL, Fake Combat Action Ribbon, Fake Purple Heart – Two each

| June 11, 2019

The folks at Military Phony send us their work on Thomas Eugene Gagne who claims to have been a US Navy SEAL.  Thom, as he likes to be called, lives in Pittsburgh PA and is 57 years old as of May 2019.

Tommy had a Facebook page and Google+ account that were adorned with Navy SEAL implications.  Some SEALs got onto him and he removed both profiles.

Oddly enough, Gagne doesn’t mention anything about being a SEAL on his LinkedIn profile.

But in some photographs of Gagne visiting a cemetery, he displays a chestful of medals and a Navy SEAL Trident.

People he knew commented when the photo was posted.  The photo displays a SEAL Trident, two Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts and two Combat Action Ribbons (i.e. a CAR with a STAR).

On a Facebook page where they were talking about the bell at BUD/S training, the bell that a BUD/S trainee rings to designate they would like to drop out of the training, Thom states that he never rang it…  meaning he never dropped out or perhaps that he never went in the first place.

The BUD/S-SEAL database was referenced and Gagne’s name could not be found.  His official records were ordered through a FOIA request.

 

Department of Defense Manpower Data Center / SCRA

 

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

NOTE: The assignments during the period of 1988 – 1996 was not included. We are not sure, but he may have been commissioned and that is why his tour ended early (i.e. JUL1988 vs. NOV90).

In any case, Gagne was finally discharged as a Lieutenant (O-3) in 1996.

NO SEAL Training, NO SEAL Team assignments, NO Combat Action Ribbons listed, NO Bronze Star Medals listed, NO Purple Heart medals listed, NO Navy & Marine Corps Medals listed, NO Navy Comm listed.

Here is what was listed…

Other than the rank of LT, the records seem to not cover his stint as an officer.  However, how can one obtain two CARs from 1988-1996?

It is odd that he has the parachute insignia because he seemed to be in the medical field the entire time, even as an officer.  What billet would require him to get parachute qualified?

He did not qualify as a SEAL from 1988-1996, so it makes some of the other claims suspect as well.

If Thomas Eugene Gagne has two Purple Hearts they are not in his official records.  He may want to get that straightened out or some may feel it is a case of Stolen Valor.  Also, he may want to fix the two Combat Action Ribbons as well as this also may have some feel it a case of Stolen Valor.

Maybe Tommy has a reasonable explanation for everything.  Someone very close to him sums it up by saying Thom was in BUD/S Class 117 and there is a Navy-wide SNAFU with records.

Maybe when the Navy does their systemic housecleaning, people will suddenly remember Tommy as being on their SEAL Team, because right now they can’t.

What we do know for a fact is that Thomas Gagne was never a Navy SEAL,  never attended BUD/s and never served in any SEAL Team.  He did serve when most people wouldn’t and should have been proud enough of what he actually did do.

All I can say for sure is that many of those awards he is wearing are not in the official records we were provided.  It seems he is playing that usual game of “Partly Fact and Partly Fiction”…I am putting my bets on mostly fiction.

That’s the disgrace in what people like Thomas Gagne are pulling, they had enough legit service to be proud of and had no need to embellish with fake medals and sporting around with a Navy Trident he never earned.  As if all that is not bad enough he packs his plump pudgy ass into a uniform that appears to exceed usual pressure testing levels.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it particularly repugnant when someone that should know better plays dress up with a uniform full of awards he never earned while standing over the graves of those who gave all.

 

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A Proud Infidel®™

Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon. Thomas Eugene… Read more »

Eden

API, I copy: Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Overseas… Read more »

Thunderstixx

Thomas Gagne was never a US Army Certified Ski Instructor !!!
Fucker…..

A Proud Infidel®™

GOOD Copy Eden, I read you 5X5: Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy… Read more »

xyzzy

API, I copy: Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Overseas… Read more »

5th/77th FA

What, not a sniping, door gunning, P3 piloting, special ops heliocopter driving, commando reconing, steely eyed, force bereted diver? I’m gonna say it had to be the pts of d that caused the lying, embellishing POS former medical REMF Thomas Eugene Gagne suffered at the Not a Nacho Taco Grande to volunteer to lead Meal Team 6 on multiple assaults at the Golden Corral Buffet Bar. The bloating is strong with this one.

Using the basis of the last paragraph in Dave’s write up “…particularly repugnant…” let us vote to use up more valuable keyboard ribbon ink and ask the Chipster to deploy the Hemisphere of Insults on Thomas Eugene Gagne FIRST thing this morning. Can I get a SECOND and an AYE?

BTW, his name should be spelled Gagme cause that’s what happened here. These bastards make me sick.

The Stranger

SEGUNDO!

ChipNASA

And a 1-ah, and a 2 ah, do we have an “AYE”, and a 3-ah??

Ex-PH2

Aye, aye, sir!!!

Fire one! Fire two! Fire three for effect!

Our fish are running hot, straight and normal!

ChipNASA

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ChipNASA

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ChipNASA

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Haywire Angel

Amen!!!

5th/77th FA

And Sing Praises to ChipNASA and The Hallowed Hemisphere of Insults!

Sarge

Thomas Eugene Gagne’s career was dirtier than a porn star with gonorrhea.

Daisy Cutter

Thomas “Gagne with a Spoon” was NOT a Navy SEAL.

Comm Center Rat

A mustang officer who completed over 17 years of undistinguished service but apparently did not reach 20 years to qualify for retirement? His Stolen Valor violations, medallic fuckery, and run-of-the-mill embellishments piss me off and the fact he was a mustang pisses this mustang off even more.

Hondo

Yeah, I noticed that too. I’d love to know the backstory on his being discharged at 17.5+ years – just short of tenure.

Don’t think his discharge was because he was a 2x nonselect for LCDR, though. If he went to OCS and was commissioned in 1988, he’d have had at best about 8 years of commissioned service when he was discharged (and probably less than 8 years, dependinding on the timing and length of his OCS attendance). I think first consideration for LCDR was typically at either 8 or 9 years commissioned service during the time between Desert Storm and the start of the GWOT.

J.R. Johnson

Hondo, I agree. Navy and Army consideration windows were about the same at that time: 2yrs to O-2, +2yrs for O-3 (PZ), +6yrs for O-4 (PZ), +6yrs for O-5 (PZ), +4yrs for O-6(PZ).
However, that was the time when they were drawing down the force. If he did not have stellar ratings they would have passed him over: O-2 (1990), O-3 (1992 or 1993) depending on promotion number, !996 he would not have been eligible for Promotion to O-4 yet, but he would be for RIF.

Martinjmpr

I don’t know how it works in the Navy but I’ve seen Army mustangs in similar situations who were allowed to finish out their 20 in the enlisted ranks – usually at the rank of E-5 or E-6 – and then retire at 20 at the highest rank successfully held, which was usually Captain or Major.

Does the Navy allow that?

The reason I knew this is because I worked with E-5 and E-6 NCOs who were previous officers. One was an aviator – I did a double-take when I saw the wings on his chest. At first I had assumed they were enlisted aircrew wings but nope – pilot wings. On a buck sergeant. Crazy!

Martinjmpr

Actually, that’s not even the craziest thing I saw. I met one guy who had been in all three of the rank structures the Army had:

He started off enlisted, then went to OCS and got a commission, made it up to Captain (O-3.)

Got RIF’d in the early 1980’s but stayed on as an NCO. Went into the engineering/topographic field and was accepted into the Warrant officer program.

So he had been a junior enlisted guy, then an officer, then an NCO and when I met him he was a CW2 probably no more than a couple of years away from retirement.

ChipNASA

When I got to Andrewes, my first roommate when I went to Dover for a UTA weekend was a SSgt about 50 something. I was like 25.
First time at Christmas when we had to don our Blues for the UTA weekend I looked over at Ray and was all like *HOLY SHIT, he was wearing Korean service medals, Vietnam and then current stuff. He had like 20 or 21 awards and decorations.
Ray was in a few more years until he transferred to the Port at Wright Patt and I supposed he retired at 60.
He went in at 18 and went to Korea in the Army, he got off Active Duty and went Army reserve, He got off Army Reserve duty and then went to the Marine Reserves. After that in the 1970s he transferred to Active Duty Air Force and then in the mid 1980s went into the Air Force reserves and I met him after he’s been at Andrews 4 or 5 years, Fall of 1988.

I’ve seen VIP Generals at Andrews with less fruit salad than Ray had.

I’d assume he went in about half way through Korea and probably stayed until the mid 1990s.

He used to tell me the funny story about having to sleep in foxholes and that the funny thing was that the Officers got BAH/BAQ and that they had to pay to live in a foxhole or tent when they were available.

ChipNASA

Funny, yep, I googled his name and found his obit from 2013. He was 79 then which should put his birth date about 1934 just like my folks and the timeline fits, said he was an NCO in Korea and retired from the Air National Guard in Ohio.

Dennis - not chevy

Puts me in mind of the last WWII vet I served with. When the war ended he joined the ANG, but, every time something happened (e.g. Berlin Air Lift, Korean War, Bay of Pigs, etc) he was back on active duty. The last time it happened he grew tired of it and managed to stay on active duty. It was about 1984 when he got a letter from CBPO (that’s MPF for those scoring at home) saying since he was over 60 he could no longer be on active duty. He protested (and eventually lost) that as a CMSgt he was eligible for 30 years active duty and he hadn’t reached that nor its equivalent. His uniform did look like he was standing in front of the clothing sales store when it blew up and caught the debris above his left pocket.

MustangCPT

I’m actually considering the Warrant route if I don’t feel like being a staff guy. The fun ends after command!

Hondo

See my reply to NHSparky below. Short version: US Code authorizes Army and USAF prior service officers that right; the same right appears to be absent in the part of Title 10 governing the Navy and USMC.

It also raises another question: why didn’t he go into the USNR (or another service’s reserves) and finish the 3 years he’d need to qualify for reserve retirement? With 17 1/2+ years of active duty, even if he just did the bare minimum in the IRR regarding correspondence courses to get 3 qualifying years he’d have ended up with retirement pay close to 45% of his base pay.

Seems kinda strange to me. Unless, of course, the circumstances or nature of his discharge precluded that option.

Comm Center Rat

In the 1990s, I’m pretty sure you had to have at least 10 years of commissioned service to retire in the highest officer pay grade held. I think currently only 8 years of commissioned service is required to draw officer retired pay with 20 YOS. But as you mention, I’m surprised he didn’t go back to his highest enlisted rank to qualify for retirement as an NCO. A very unusual case since he would have reached “sanctuary” at 18 years of active duty to be carried to 20 for retirement qualification.

NHSparky

They didn’t in the 90’s.

Couple questions: What was the source of his commission? He’s too junior for LDO. ECP? Or was he a Medical/Supply Corps officer, if not line?

Second, SIX SSDR’s? Most I see he could qualify for was MAYBE two, which would make it a bronze star on his SSDR, not silver.

Hondo

FWIW: per the US Code, Regular Army and Regular Air Force prior service enlisted officers have the right to revert to enlisted status if RIFed, provided the separation was on “good” terms (i.e., the separation was not for cause, dereliction of duty, in the interest of national security, etc . . . ). However, the Navy and USMC portion of Title 10 doesn’t seem to include that same statutory right for USN/USMC officers who were commissioned from the Regular Navy or USMC.

Go figure.

Mike

He was commissioned after DOPMA became law, which required all officers to be integrated into Regular status upon promotion to O-4. Most OCS grads receive a Reserve commission and a call to active duty for some period (it was 3 years when I graduated OCS in 1980). After that you applied for “obligated volunteer” status. The draw-down crunch limited the available Regular commission slots and there were plenty of RIFs, buy-outs and early retirements.

Daisy Cutter

I was wondering about the possibility of early retirement.

Hondo

If he’d retired, the NPRC FOIA Reply would say “Retired” instead of “Discharged”. It doesn’t.

Daisy Cutter

Good point.

HMCS(FMF) ret

Looks like he was an MSC (Inservice Procurement) type – went back to school to get an Masters degree in Healthcare Management and applied for a commission that way.

Knew a guy that tried that three separate times in the mid 80’s – always wondered why he was never picked up. We talked about it, he said that there was nothing “questionable” about his background… but his sister was the legal council for the Communist Party in Puerto Rico.

Hondo

Once worked with a Marine officer whose bio was pretty interesting. He’d been enlisted (made it up to E6, I think). Went Warrant – and then after a couple of years ended up applying for (and getting) OCS. He eventually retired as an O6 (that was his grade when I worked with him) with somewhere over 33 years of total service.

Mustang Major

Plenty of aviation NCO’s went to flight school during the Vietnam era. Some later took direct commissions to 1LT during the war and later made captain The RIFs hit in the early ‘70 and some of these captains and WOs stayed on active duty as NCOs. In the ‘80s we had an S2 NCO (SFC) in our infantry battalion go back to being a WO2, after being a captain and WO aviator earlier in his career.

Instinct

Those steely eyes and that double chin screams SEAL! Now all he needs is the best and the service dog.

Good job shitting all over your honorable service.

Ex-PH2

You spelled that word incorrectly.

It is SQUEAL, not SEAL.

A Proud Infidel®™

If there’s anything one could say to Thomas Eugene Gagne it would be to chin up and I mean ALL FOUR of them!!!

26Limabeans

Nice bangs Moe.

Veritas Omnia Vincit

This made me laugh out loud in my office….thank you it was a great mid-morning moment!!

ChipNASA

26 Limabeans,
Fucker, as you scroll down the thread and this comment pops up.
I to was caught off guard with the simplicity and brilliance of this and snorted and then had to cover my face with my arm, lest I get snot all over and my eyes are watering.
Gotdamnissomuch…..

Ex-PH2

Looks like SQUEAL, not SEAL, to me.

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

Great start for the Phony Seals this week even if it started Today.

Club Manager, USA ret.

Did I overlook it or did this phony not receive the prestigious NDSM? Maybe that traumatized him to put the other awards/badges on his uniform to compensate.

Keepin' It Real

By gosh, you are right.

His cutting score was probably too low in a highly competitive field of candidates.

Hondo

Certainly isn’t listed on the FOIA Reply from NPRC. But if he served on active duty for the period indicated, he’d certainly rate one for the Gulf War period.

One possibility is that whoever prepared the FOIA only included awards/decorations from his enlisted period and forgot to include those awarded while he was commissioned. That would explain the missing NDSM – he apparently was commissioned sometime in the 2nd half of 1988.

PTBH

You are correct. Although it is confirmed that he was NOT a SEAL during his entire service time, we asked about the officer records.

NPRC is validating that as we speak.

Bottom line – he has embellished, it is just a question of how much.

I am skeptical that he got 2 BSMs, 2 CARs and 2 PHs as well as N&MC, 3 NAVY COMMs in that 8 year period of being commissioned. Then again, he could have been a non-SEAL super sailor.

PTBH

Just got a brand new response from NPRC on the question of missing assignments from 1988-1996, presumably when he served as a commissioned officer. The archive tech stated:

“There isn’t a record of assignments for that last period, however, I do have his final DD 214 dated July 22, 1988 to Aug 9, 1996. and I can assure you there are no other Awards, Decorations or Medals besides those I have already provided you.”

Thank you, Hondo, for putting your eyes on this and helping to address any possible holes in this case.

Hondo

Interesting.

Anyone who servied on active duty or in the Selected Reserve during the Gulf War period rates the NDSM. Since his last DD214 doesn’t list it, either something odd is going on here or his personnel folks didn’t do their job properly.

In fact, the fact that the DD214 covering his officer service apparently contains zero personal awards relating to his service as an officer – including the NDSM, which should be there – is a bit of a red flag. Anyone know if resignation in lieu of court-martial or a dismissal can result in loss of awards and decorations in the Navy?

PTBH

Strong possibility it was the personnel clerk that typed up his DD-214, but usually, the member reviews that so can’t see him overlooking three Navy Comms, two Purple Hearts, two CARs, etc. — if he, theoretically, earned them. COMMISSION Also, a thought on his commission. He claims on LinkedIn he was Health Care Administrator but also claimed he was a medical practitioner. Those are two distinct career fields – one is in the front office working logistics and admin and the other is a patient health care provider. The Navy had programs for PA if I recall, not sure about Health Care Administration though. Because he terminated his enlistment early in July, I wonder if he got into some Navy program such as a PA (Physician’s Assistant) program or some other commissioning track on the Navy’s dime. Terminating in July would allow him to start a school program in the fall. So, there is a possibility that he was in some reserve status while going to school full time. His time as an officer was 8 years, so four in school and four as payback. Makes sense in terms of getting out as an O-3 — meaning 4 years of schooling and 4 regular active duty. Also makes sense because the alternate path is as enlisted he would have had to go to college in his off time to get a Bachelor’s degree. Not unheard of but challenging with being full-time active duty. Stated another way – makes me wonder… Read more »

Hondo

I wasn’t implying that the rest of this guy’s claims were true. Rather, I think most if not all of those “high speed/low drag” claims are BS. Being “show cause” boarded out would explain the departure at 17.5+ total years of service (just short of the 18 year sanctuary). But the NPRC summary doesn’t show any USNR time – only active Navy time. Ditto for the SCRA letter, which indicates his active duty service ending on 9 August 1996 began on 25 Jan 1979. So I think all of his Navy time was on full time active duty. My guess would be full-time school attendance while on active duty (if such a Navy program existed in the late 1980s, and I think they did) for 2-to-4 years to get/finish a degree, followed by commissioning. That would leave 4-6 years officer service time, which should be enough for him to have made LT before being discharged. Another theoretical possibility is that he was commissioned sans degree, and later boarded out when he failed to complete one – perhaps at or sometime not long before “first look” for LCDR. Dunno if that would have been possible under the Navy’s personnel policies at the time, but the timing could work for that scenario also. I still love to know why he didn’t go into the USNR (or another Reserve Component) after his discharge, though. As I noted in a comment elsewhere: with 17.5+ years of active duty, even at minimum-level IRR participation via… Read more »

26Limabeans

The NDSM would put the rack out of square so he let it go.

rgr769

Actually, he is wearing an NDSM in his ribbon rack. It is located on the left side of row 4 of his 9 rows of ribbons he mostly didn’t earn. So, he is claiming the vaunted NDSM. I suspect some personnel clerk fracked-up and didn’t put it in his records.

26Limabeans

Thanks. Did not see that.
A very coveted award to be sure.

Animal

Is it possible to get Navy/Marine Corps jump wings without going to Benning? I was there for IMLC and stuck around permissive TAD to get mine as an 0302. I’ve never heard of it, but that doesn’t mean much.

mr.sharkman

Yes, it is possible.

A buddy of mine (fellow Teamguy) went SDVs for his first unit and went to NAS Brunswick instead of Benning.

Mick

In the photo posted at the top of this page, I see that our hero here is also sporting an Air Medal with Combat ‘V’ on his ribbon rack.

I’d love to hear about the spectacular, breath-taking acts of Naval Aviation* derring-do that he thinks that he performed in order to have been presented with that award for valor in aerial flight.

* Has he made any phony claims that he was also a Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer/Naval Aircrewman?

rgr769

This is just one of our other non-aviation phonies rocking an Air Medal with a V device.

SFC D

API, D’s Cantina copies 5x; Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine… Read more »

A Proud Infidel®™

Roger SFC D, I copy: Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine… Read more »

xyzzy

SFC D, I copy: Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER a USN SEAL. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like a highly experienced MEAL Team Six Buffet Assault Commando. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded The Purple Heart according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded the BSM according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne wears a golf shirt like some creeper in a windowless van prowling highway rest areas in search of a date. Thomas Eugene Gagne had a Military Career to take pride in until he shit all over himself, his name and reputation by LYING about his service. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS NEVER awarded a Combat Action Ribbon according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like someone you’d see reading something like “Soldier of Fortune” in a bookstore with a scowl on his face thinking it makes him look like a badass. Thomas Eugene Gagne never “Rang the Bell” because he NEVER even attended USN BUD/S to begin with according to records found. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he has done many a “trick” behind the dumpster at a truck stop. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks like he NEVER came across a jelly doughnut he didn’t like. Thomas Eugene Gagne looks less badass than a rookie shopping mall Security Guard. Thomas Eugene Gagne WAS awarded the Navy & Marine Corps… Read more »

Charles

Note the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)orange and white ribbon at the lower center of his rack (“Pumpkin Ribbon”). That’s for service with the MFO in the Sinai, and that duty is typically a six month rotation at a minimum. Strange, performance of that duty is missing from his record of assignments as well.
As a former Screaming Eagle, it is a considerable insult to wear it unearned, as 248 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who had earned that medal died in the Gander Newfoundland crash December 12, 1985 returning from their tour of duty.

Claw

My best running buddy from our last tour in Germany (we were in 1/15 IN together), SSG Steve Andreoff was on that Gander flight.

I toast his memory every 12 Dec.

HT '83-'87

Normally, I have zero f*cks to give about these kind of losers. I lost a high school classmate, Spec 4 John Kuehn, on that flight, so my level of FTG level hit a 10. This rancid POS is trying to stand of the shoulders of heroes. Men, real men, that lost their lives in a tragic accident trying to bring peace to the world really, really disgusts me. RIP Arrow 1285 and The 101st.

https://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=4362

Jay

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I post this as my FOLLOWING DOT. I am sure there will be MORE to this story. I HOPE there will be a sock puppet or two that pops up in defense. Either way, this has the makings of being more that your average "SO THERE I WAS" ass-hat Stolen Valor dork.

Jay

Wait…this guy was a Navy Doc? Something tells me MANY a Marines felt TWO hands on their shoulders when they got their prostate exams…..

AW1Ed

Way back when, there were a couple HMs where I worked who were jump qualified- they were Water Survival and Flight Physio instructors, so the Jump Wings gave them some street cred with us flying types. So there is a precedent.

HMCS(FMF) ret

Bet you that THOMAS GAGNE is currently employed at Brucies Bath House (Entrance in the Rear) as a Junior Assistant Towel Fluffer.

Fucking Ass Hamster…

Roh-Dog

Tommy “Looks like the Michelin Man in Whites” Gagne would fall out of a dick tree, gagging at every branch.

The Stranger

What’s the expression? “This dude could dive into a pool full of 🐱 and come out with a 🐓 in his mouth”

Blake Morgan

One look at him and you know he’s legit.

The skin on his face has spent half of its adult life in camo.

The edges of his mouth have stretch marks from clenching a fixed-blade SOG.

Many an adversary most likely got a neck-tie of piano wire.

Oh yeah, no denying on this one.

A Proud Infidel®™

I bet he’d also brag about being at Macho Grande as well.

3/10/MED/b

Macho Grande…
Those wounds run pretty deep.

Ex-PH2

I will never get over Nacho Grande. $5, cheap at the price!

https://www.chewboom.com/2019/05/09/taco-bell-introduces-new-5-nachos-grande-box/

Mustang Major

I got a root canal today and have an angry molar talking to me at the moment. I hope Thomas “Moe” Gagne feels even more pain reading over the comments on this page by the esteemed TAH commentators.

streetsweeper

Has anybody ever wondered why, no one ever runs into a phony Navy SEAL at a swimming pool? Axin’ fo’ a frien’.

Skippy

Jack-Ass
Enjoy your fame