Ty Hampe – The Rest of the Story

| December 19, 2019

The folks at MilitaryPhony published additional military records on Ty Hampe – the individual claiming to have two CIBs and a Purple Heart.

You may recall that TAH published an article about Hampe here.

Hampe’s Facebook page has a post of him in uniform and then a closeup of the uniform.

Hampe also had a photo posted to his Facebook page that displayed two (2) Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and Special Forces designation.

Then there is a claim on his Facebook page that the Purple Heart medal is his…

There is also a photo of Hampe’s truck posted to his Facebook page.  Within the emblem for Operation Iraqi Freedom, it appears to display a Silver Star.

It was apparent from the last blog that more information was needed to determine if Hampe had indeed earned two CIBs and a Purple Heart.  An additional FOIA request went to the NPRC as well as the Indiana National Guard.

Here are the results:

Oddly, they say “SEE ATTACHED” for assignments, but all they sent was the Summary Sheet.  Here are his assignments from the first FOIA request, although it does not break out Hampe’s earlier active duty time from 1981-1986.

Then, we have the results obtained from the Indiana National Guard…

To save you the trouble, MilitaryPhony made an effort to determine what the abbreviations meant for the awards/medals/ribbons/badges.  This is what they came up with…

The point of this exercise was to conclusively identify a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantryman Badge (x2) and/or a Silver Star.  We could not.

There is no Purple Heart, no Master Parachutist’s Badge, no Master Rigger school, or no jungle school listed in Ty Hampe’s official military record.

The Bronze Star Medal and the National Defense Service Medal were absent from the first NPRC FOIA result, but they both showed up on the refile results.  In the photo, he displays two Bronze Star Medals.

Of concern and of violation of the Stolen Valor Act is the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), especially with the star designating a second award.  This was not found in Hampe’s official military records.

In addition, there was no trace of a Purple Heart or a Silver Star.

Category: Army, Army Poser, National Guard, Phony soldiers, Purple Heart, Silver Star, Stolen Valor

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  1. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Just not seeing why this record of service needed embellishment.

    • Some Guy says:

      Exactly, there’s plenty to be proud of. Air Assault, Airborne, various State emergency service medals, and they don’t just hand out BSMs to lower enlisted like they do to officers. He might not have made it very far up the ranks, but it seems like he reenlisted during war time, at “advanced” age and as an infantryman no less, so that counts for something in my book. Unfortunately he then went on to shit on all that with his lies. SMH

    • SSG Kane says:

      Speaking as someone who’s of a similar age and had a similar break in service, I get it. You serve your time in the ’90’s, and outside of the Gulf War, there’s not any action. Sure you served, but you wonder…could I have fought and survived combat? You think you could/would…but you don’t know.

      Then the 2000’s roll around and suddenly you have another chance to find out. So if you are like me you spend a year re-enlisting because your first enlistment ended…badly.

      And here’s where Ty and I are different apparently. I got to find out. He didn’t.

      He’s made this a measure of his manhood, so to be a man, he has embellish, not because of what others think about him, but because of what he thinks about himself.

      Or at least that’s my AA in Psychology from UoP is telling me.

      I am finding it weird as fuck though, that he came back in 2005 and he never deployed. I know the 38th ID deployed in early 2008 to Afghanistan and I believe they were in Iraq in 2006. So it is odd that with all his highspeed schools there isn’t deployment in there.

      • ninja says:

        SSG Kane,

        Hampe was with Company A, 38th ID.

        I don’t believe they were deployed in both Sandboxes. In fact, research only indicates a few units from the 38th made it to the Stan and Iraq and I believe they were Combat Service Support Units.

        Hampe should have stayed with the US Army Signal Corps.

        • SSG Kane says:

          Thanks. I served with a guy from Indiana who lamented his decision to go USAR v Indiana NG because they were deploying so often and he really wanted to deploy. I don’t know why I assumed that was the 38th.

          Hampe should have just stayed out.

        • SSG Kane says:

          I wonder if this is the same guy: https://www.rallypoint.com/profiles/347153-ssg-ty-hampe

          Looks like he started a Rally Point account and was claiming to be a SFC and a commo guy for the SF.

          But its incomplete.

          • ninja says:

            That’s him.

            Look at his award pictures. He claims to have worn Special Forces, probably while at Fort Lewis or Fort Bragg.

            Say, didn’t Ole Les Brown and Ole Bob Glaves make the same claim? Both of them were stationed at Fort Lewis.

            Either Hampe created this profile or someone else did either on his behalf or to create problems for him.

            Only Hampe can verify this.

        • rgr769 says:

          I suspect that what happened with Kev is that since Co. A is an infantry company, he noticed that many of the men he drilled with had CIB’s. Kev felt left out, so he started sporting one. I wonder if he had the guts to wear one with a star, cuz that would be an invitation for people to start asking questions of the unit admin tech to look at his personnel records. I bet he doesn’t have any fatigues with that starred CIB. I also note that in his wedding pic in his blues he is only wearing his single BSM as his top award.

      • ArmyATC says:

        If this clown was serving as an infantryman with the 38th ID he would have been in the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. But he wears the 38th unit crest on his uniform, not the 76th. Even though his PMOS was 11B20, I doubt he actually served in that capacity. His records show a 2 week infantry course. 2 weeks? I get the feeling it was a short course given at Camp Atterbury. And what infantry unit would want to take an E-5 into combat who hadn’t any previous infantry experience? I get the feeling he was left at home in a support role.

        I was with Co G 2-227 AVN 38 CAB. My son is currently an infantryman in the 1-151 76 IBCT.

  2. FuzeVT says:

    Curious: Why is this FOIA request different from the other one?

    Other thoughts: So he did (according to these results) rate a great deal more of the medals he had claimed. This means he was lying less, I suppose. It’s stranger to me, then, as to why he did it. If he actually rates everything shown here, he’s the most stacked E5 I think I’ve ever seen! Holy shit! An MSM? Bronze Star? ARCOM? The coveted Indian Military volunteer Emblem? Kind of joking about that last one, but that’s actually pretty cool and odd, too. Why the f*** would you have to lie? It’s just insane! Be proud of all that shit you got already. . . instead of taking a huge dump all over them.

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      And don’t forget his highly coveted though rarely awarded NDSM w/ 1 BSS!

      [Apologies in advance to Jeff LPH. LOL]

      • FuzeVT says:

        So the National Defense with a star. I actually was quite proud of that. Reason why is because it was an indicator that you had been in since (at least) November 30, 1995. And believe me, as of my last November retirement, there were not too many of those folks around. As for me, I earned my Fire Watch Medal (as the DIs called it) in Feb of 1995. Why the “Persian Gulf War” NDSM was extended out that long, but that’s the way it goes. It seems that it has now just become a permanent thing since the War on Terrorism – sorry, the Interaction With Peoples of Equally Important Cultures Medal (forgot it was renamed in the Obama years) – has been going on for 18 years at this point.

        NSDM Dates
        War. . . . . .From. . . . . . . To
        ►Korean War
        June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954
        ►Vietnam War
        January 1, 1961 to August 14, 1974
        ►Persian Gulf War
        August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995
        ►Global War on Terrorism
        September 11, 2001 to Present

        • OldManchu says:

          Interesting. We were awarded the NDSM for Operation Just Cause. I didn’t go past Wikipedia to see what periods are listed but Panama wasn’t listed there.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yup, NDSM for Gulf War I was up through 15 AUG 95 in the ’90s… now out to 30 NOV 95.

      • Apologies accepted Comm Center Rat, ditto on the LOL. With all the above paperwork shown it looks like Mil Phony’s didn’t get Ty ed up and Hampe rd on getting the FOIA/Grin.

    • PTBH says:

      FuzeVT asked: “Why is this FOIA request different from the other one?”

      The first FOIA request/results from the NPRC was missing the breakdown for the active duty periods from 1981-1986. It was also absent the National Guard service, which had a far-reaching chance that he earned two CIBs and a Purple Heart. When he claimed “National Guard” he did not say it was the Indiana National Guard so there was an assumption that the NG would have held his records at NPRC and the single request to NPRC would have revealed all service information. Later, the clarity emerged that he was Indiana National Guard which would have been a separate FOIA request to the state level.

      Also, the first NPRC FOIA did not list the BSM (which he displayed a citation for on his page once called out) and did not list a NDSM which was strange.

      So, a FOIA refile request was made to the NPRC specifically requesting info from the earlier active duty period and clarity on the missing BSM and NDSM.

      Additionally, the Indiana National Guard was sent a FOIA to determine his assignments and if it was possible for him to switch over to infantry and earn two CIBs and a Purple Heart. It was a far stretch, but the records were obtained nonetheless to be thorough. Some astute readers here on TAH said they were unwilling to make a call on Hampe’s case without further records to aid in that judgment.

      Hope this helps.

      • OWB says:

        Thanks for the diligence. It is much appreciated.

        Yes, we could all fill in the gaps with good guesses, but without absolute surety. Striving for accuracy is what distinguishes this community of stolen valor busters from the casual observers and various wannabes.

        Even with this case, there were a couple of surprises. A BSM? Really?? And he still felt the need to embellish. Disappointing. Very disappointing.

      • FuzeVT says:

        Yes, thank you for the due diligence. I would much rather take the time to figure out if someone was lying or not than rush to “STOLEN VALOR!!!” So it seems he wasn’t lying AS MUCH, but that doesn’t make him any less duchey, it just makes it make less sense.

    • ArmyATC says:

      I gotta wonder about that MSM. It’s not an award the Army usually gives to enlisted and junior NCOs. I wonder if some FOIA clerk mistook the MESM (emergency service ribbon) for the MSM. The only thing that could convince me is seeing the orders awarding him the medal.

      • ninja says:

        Hampe did not receive a MSM.

        Just as you and I commented, the NPRC Clerk mistook the Mississippi Emergency Service Medal for a MSM.

        • FuzeVT says:

          Ah yes, I see that now. He doesn’t even claim one on his screwed up order ribbon rack with his upside down Kuwait Liberation Ribbon.
          Wonder how often that sort of thing happens (NPRC clerk inadvertently awarding things).

          • ninja says:

            Unfortunately, some NPRC Clerks DO post incorrect information on FOIAs to include spelling errors, getting rank wrong, getting dates wrong, etc.

            Sometimes they state that records don’t exist, but upon rsubmitting FOIA for the same individual with the same information, the records are mysteriosly discovered.


            Requesting FOIAs are a challenge.

  3. GDContractor says:

    Dave Hardin, one more thing these docs confirm: no record of E6 rank.

    • SSG Kane says:

      Awww, come on, don’t you know that you automatically get promoted one rank when you get out? Its in the rules somewhere, AR 13-something…something paragraph 147 subsection canyoutelli’mjustmakingshiup?

  4. Comm Center Rat says:

    All that Ty legitimately earned entitles him to full membership in the Free Shit Army. No need to embellish in an effort to portray himself as a trigger puller with valor awards.

    Speaking as a undecorated Army Reserve retiree I can assure Ty that plentiful military discounts and occasional free shit can be had for the taking, even if you’re not a war hero. Just ask nice and be sure to say thank you!

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Ty Kevin Hampe is still a lying embellishing POS who shat upon what appears to be an honorable record of service. Notice I said appears to be? Wonder how much of it was “pencil whipped/gundecked?” Been known to happen. He can still ESAD for all I care. One has to wonder, if he lied about this service, what else has the lying sack-o-sh^t lied about?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Say what? WTF, over? Why lie?

  7. HMCS(FMF) ret says:


  8. Daisy Cutter says:

    According to his National Guard records he had two weeks of Infantryman School in 2005 – one CIB for each week according to the new Common Core math.

    • Combat Historian says:

      Al Qaeda invaded his INARNG training school the first week and the Taliban invaded the second week…there was a lot of hand-to-hand combat with bayonets and grenades and stuff…

  9. Keepin' It Real says:

    An eery all-too-familiar silence swept over the Brotherhood of the NDSM. Another member within their ranks has chosen to dishonor himself and by proxy, the entire community.

    This time, it was a double recipient.

  10. 26Limabeans says:

    Nothing wrong with being a 31C.
    Unless you shit all up and down it and wipe your honorable record with it like this guy did.

    Must have thought it would get him lots of strange. I mean what woman would not jump at the chance to sleep with an embellishing poser?

  11. Keepin' It Real says:

    He got out of the National Guard because he had trouble with his eyesight – he had trouble seeing himself making the PFT cutting score.

    Ty Hampe – a man who applied his own interpretation to the meaning of “Be all you can be.”

  12. Skippy says:

    He served honorably
    Why shit all over this ??

  13. Daisy Cutter says:

    AAAAAaaand… his Facebook page is gone as of this morning. It was up last night. I wonder if there is a direct correlation?

    I guess ol’ Ty didn’t want to keep posting photos of his Bronze Star citation to float the suggestion that folks got it all wrong.

    • ninja says:

      Daisy Cutter:

      Hampe’s FACEBOOK is still up.

      He is now featuring the Trailor for the 2nd Version of the Tom Cruise Movie that Shall Not Be Named on TAH.


      Additionall, he still has photos and bogus claims on his Facebook for others to read.

  14. Roh-Dog says:

    All fake wearers of the Combat Infantry Badge are human toilets. Those filthy liars should bow, beg and plead at the feet of True Bearers of the prestigious CIB.
    Ty here works sacks like Santa on Christmas. World sack stuffing champ. LOVES the sack.

  15. AW1Ed says:

    Been over this ground before- a perfectly respectable, even remarkable, service flushed down the shitter.
    Nicely done, dumbass.

  16. SSG Kane says:

    I knew it was going to happen eventually. I mean, its a small world, and a relatively small Army, so the odds that I would actually know someone who appeared here was likely. And now it’s happened. My money was actually on SPC (P-retender to E-6 and Ranger Batt) Aaron Magill, but the Army caught up to his fraud while he was still in service and tossed his ass in the kllink…

    But I digress.

    I met Ty at a VFW event several years ago while visiting family. I don’t remember him sporting a silver star or talking about a purple heart, but given we hung out for less than four hours and a good portion of that was spent drinking…you know that goes.

    Our conversation mostly revolved around what it was like being an older guy playing in a young man’s game. I remember talking with him about the two NDSM’s (I have two, 1991 and 2007), and we talked about CAB (I have one) v CIB (he had two), which stands out because he said I should have two CAB’s (one for Iraq 2008 and one for Afghanistan 2012). We argued a bit about that, before agreeing to disagree.

    Overall he seemed like a good dude, he wasn’t loud or obnoxious, held his drink well, called both of us an Uber, and so its disappointing that it turns out he wasn’t as good of a guy as I thought it he was.

  17. Terry Sheehan says:

    Both the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal are UPSIDE down on his rack.

    Maybe it is a form of protest, as when some fly the US flag upside down.

    Or, maybe Ty Hampe is an idiot. Yeah, let’s go with that.

  18. Blake Morgan says:

    Hampe-The Battle of Mog

    Ty Hampe was not in “The Mog” dodging bullets during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993 as he has suggested.

    He was in Somalia, but contracted malaria and was sent home in the spring of 1993.

  19. ninja says:

    Some ninja observations:

    * Hampe did not receive a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) even though that is annotated on his 2nd FOIA. The NRPC Clerk most likely made an error by not paying attention that Hampe received the Mississippi Emergency Service Medal (MESM) and not the MSM.

    * Hampe has made claims of making 151 Airborne Jumps during his Military Service. His first Active Duty assignment was at Fort Bragg. He may have been on Jump Status. It is unknown which unit he served with although he claims 82nd ABN. He served LESS than 3 years on his first Active Duty tour.

    * Anyone here that has been assigned to Airborne Units and on Jump Status knows THERE IS NO WAY Hampe made 151 Jumps.

    * Hampe Self-Promoted himself to SSG/E6 even though he left as a SGT/E5.

    * Hampe Self-Awarded himself two Combat Infantryman Badges (CIB) even though he was a Signal Corps Soldier during Desert Storm. He may have thought that being in Somalia qualified him for the CIB; however, even if he was an Infantry Soldier in Somalia, the time period for the CIB for Somalia is June 5, 1993-March 31, 1994. Hampe left the Army on 1 May 1993. CIBs are not retroactive just because a Soldier changes their MOS from one MOS to the Infantry MOS.

    * Hampe also has implied that he was in Battle of Mogadishu which took place 3-4 October 1993, yet his Indiana National Guard records shows he left Active Duty US Army on 1 May 1993.

    * Hampe DOES claim that he owns a Purple Heart despite previous denial (unless that was a Troll on TAH pretending to be Hampe).

    * Hampe has implied that he was in Panama during OPERATION JUST CAUSE.

    * Hampe has implied that he is an OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran, yet his Indiana National Guard records do not reflect any awards for being deployed in the Sandbox for that Conflict. What is sadder is that he also implies he is a Recipient of the Silver Star.

    It makes one wonder as to why Folks who have had an honorable Military career feel the need to embellish what they did during their time in the Service. It could be that after Hampe left, he told his children, his current wife, his friends, his families stories that were EXAGGERATED (good example is Battle of Mogadishu, probably saw the Black Hawk Movie that came out in 2001 and said “I was there!”).

    IMHO, most of the time, Folks embellish their Service because THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING and are trying to cover their tracks with their bogus stories.

    So sad that Hampe felt compelled to do this. The truth is now out there for others to see to include himself.

    Thank You to Military Phonies for updating Hampe’s Military Records and Service.

    • ninja says:

      Additionally, do the math on his claims of 151 Jumps.

      Subtract the 5 Jumps he made at Airborne School.

      146 Jumps. If he made 146 jumps while at Fort Bragg, then when one does the math, i.e.divide 146 jumps into 52 weeks a year, which implies he made weekly jumps at Pope Air Force Base, that still comes out to 2 years and 8 months.

      Yet, his first Active Duty tour was only 2 years and 4 months.

      It is unknown if he was on Jump Status at Fort Campbell.

      There are no claims of Combat Jump status for Desert Storm.

      Again, NO WAY Hampe made 151 Jumps. Another exaggeration/embellishment on his part to build up his Self-Esteem, just as the CIBs, two BSMs, Battle of Mogadishu, Self-Promotion to SSG/E6, Purple Heart, Silver Star, OIF Veteran.

      Most likely, Hampe is covering up something in his past while serving in the US Army.

      So sad that he has misled his Family and Friends.

      • Sandman says:

        I was on jump status for 8 years, and only accumulated 48 jumps. I jumped when I was manifested, I didn’t ‘fun jump’ ‘piggyback’ or ‘jump ahead’. Is it possible to get 151 jumps in 2 yrs. 4 mth.,,,yes,,,,but I’m pretty sure you’d have to be a Rigger to do it. Even then it’s questionable.

      • rgr769 says:

        As someone who served in jump slots for all of my active duty except for about 10 months in the Viet of the Nam, I can say that the only way he would have 151 jumps were if a large number of them were non-military. Every major US Army base I was stationed at had a sport jump club. We even had one at Ft. Devens. So if he joined one a Ft. Campbell or Ft. Bragg, theoretically he could have jumped multiple times on each weekend, doing sport free fall jumps. But I think that is highly unlikely given all his other lies. If he is claiming they were all military jumps, then his claim is BS.

        • rgr769 says:

          I might add I was deterred from joining the sport parachute club at Devens because I would have had to spend about a thousand dollars to buy a sport parachute and related equipment. Moreover, I was more interested in becoming reacquainted with the opposite sex, rather than sitting around at our little airfield waiting for the weather to improve. Now if we had a nice, big parachute club, with a full bar, like the one at Bragg, I might have considered it (if I hadn’t found a girlfriend with whom to spend most of my free time).

          • ninja says:


            It was meant to be about Devans.

            Ask your wonderful Bride.


            BTW, the other claims Hampe made was that he went to the Infantry School in 1982 (he shows a picture of the RANGER emblem), that he went to Jump Master School (not on his FOIA and how did he get a slot to do that if he was Signal Corps), Special Forces School, HALO training.

            Hampe went to Basic at Fort Jackson, followed by AIT at Fort Gordan, then Jump School at Benning.

            His first assignment was Fort Bragg, but he only served less than 3 years on Active Duty.

            Something must have happened. Perhaps an injury? He re-enlisted 5 years later, spent about 5-6 months at Fort Lewis, then PCSed to Germany, where during DS, he was part of VII Corps.

            He then PCSed to Campbell, went to Air Assault School, went to Somalia and once again, got out only and after year, joined the Indiana National Guard.

            I am not convinced he did 151 jumps, 5 which were at the Airborne School. I do not believe he went to Jump Master School unless he tried to go and failed.

            IMHO, I think he is ashamed of being a Former Combat Service Support Soldier and wants to paint himself as an 11B with Special Forces Secondary because he probably thinks it is cooler to be “Rambo” than Commo.

            Or as you stated, he may have been surrounded by 11Bs that wore CIBs and wanted to be just as they are.

            BTW, he is wearing the Blue Rope of Doom in his Wedding Photo and I thought he got married AFTER he left the Indiana National Guard. You know the Regulation about wearing the Infantry Cord.


            • Sandman says:

              He is sporting basic jump wings on his uniform, if he had gone to jump master or had enough jumps for master blaster the wings would have a star, or star with wreath over the wings.

              • ninja says:

                Sandman, Yep.

                Noticed the same thing.

                He might have done 10 jumps during his short tour at Bragg, for a total of 15 Jumps, but 151?

                Nope. Not buying it.

                Unless Hampe can prove it.

            • SFC D says:

              I had an ANCOC classmate in 2004, 31C, Ranger, HALO instructor. Certified badass. It can be done, but Hampe didn’t do it.

  20. ninja says:

    Criteria for the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB)


    Obviously, Hampe chooses to ignore Army Regulations.

    As stated before, Hampe Self-Awarded the CIB, thinking that since he changed his MOS from Signal Corps to Infantry, that he is entitled to wear the CIB.

    Sadly, he is NOT the first Soldier to Self-Award Badges based on their own personal perceptions of entitlement.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Perhaps he felt Signal Corps was hampering
      his plans for a long remarkable career.

      • ninja says:

        Unfortunately, Hampe is not the first Signal Corps Soldier to embellish their Military Service on TAH.

        Thank Goodness TAH DOES have Signal Corps Soldiers who are proud they served in that Branch and not exagerrate what they did while serving or claim Medals and Badges they never were entitled to receive by Army Regulation.

        A Big Thank You to our HONEST Signal Corps Soldiers. You know who you are.

        • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

          You’re welcome.
          31E (Field Radio Repairer)
          35M (Multi Channel Microwave)

          “You can talk about us but you can’t talk without us”
          “Without us, all you got is a 60 ton rolling paperweight” (from my time with the 2ACR, Neurnberg, Germany)

          • SFC D says:

            Pretty sure our paths have crossed somewhere.



            • Ret_25X says:

              Some Signaleers do indeed proudly wear the CIB…but we earned it as 11B/C/M before we were in the Signal Corps.

              11B 86-88
              11M 88-92
              29V 92-95
              31P 95-2002
              31T 02-05
              25Z 05-15

              I always felt “at home” as a Signaleer and had some of the best Soldiers and NCOs serve with me.

              I won’t comment on the bulk of the officers and warrants.

              • Ret_25X says:

                For the record:

                SFC D was one of the finest.

                Bet he doesn’t know I know him.

                • SFC D says:

                  Always had a hunch you did, knew our paths had to cross somewhere. I’ll figure my end of this puzzle out eventually. And thank you, all I ever did was what was expected of me.

                  • Ret_25X says:

                    which puts you in a rare breed, indeed!

                    I was in a position to know far more people than had the opportunity to know me….senior positions weirdly work that way…

        • Wilted Willy says:

          MOS 31S30
          Signal Corps Motto,
          We won’t fight and you can’t make us!
          If we can’t fix it, fuck it!!

      • SFC D says:

        If your career in Signal is remarkable, it’s generally not long. If we’re doing shit right, you don’t even know we’re there.

        • ninja says:

          The TAH Signal Corps Rocks.

          Integrity and Unsung Heroes at its Finest.

          Thank You again for being proud for what you did without embellishing your Service.

          We have others Soldiers on TAH who served as the KoB, as the Queen of Battle, as MI, as RANGERS, as SF, as Supply Daddies who are also quiet on their accomplishments during their Military Service. Same with TAH Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard as well as our First Responders and Teachers.

          Thank You for your Humbleness. You Know Who You Are.

          • rgr769 says:

            What the Army needs is a Combat Wire-dog Badge. The CWB. This new Army of One can never have enough badges. They could be awarded retroactively to everyone who served in a combat zone with a Signal Corps MOS. Think of all the Fobbits who could get one. Someone here needs to start working on designs for the badge. It should have a roll of commo wire and maybe a 292 antenna depicted in it.

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              How about one of those TL-29 knives?

              • rgr769 says:

                How about this: Two crossed antennae with a lightning bolt between the tips over a background of a commo wire roll & reel, with the TL-29 with the screwdriver blade deployed up through the middle of the whole montage. Too much? Too bad we can’t work in a laptop for the millennials.

                • SFC D says:

                  Too bad today’s Soldiers have phone and internet quickly on deployment. You’re welcome.

                  • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                    Have I mocked Commo? My TL-29 was a childhood treasure. Sadly, it did not survive some poor roommate choices.

                    Our Commo guys rocked. Our radios worked. Our RATT rig was dependable.

                    • SFC D says:

                      My apologies to 11B and rgr769, I misread your posts as snark. You are cordially invited to D’s Cantina, tonight’s special is Irish Coffee. Heavy on the Irish.

                    • rgr769 says:

                      I loved my radio humpers in the bush in the Viet of the Nam. I lived with them 24-7 in the field for weeks at a time. They also kept the radios working and communicating, even that miserable KY-38 worked most of the time. But I still hate that hand crank generator we had to haul around as part of the AN/GRC-109, in Special Forces.

  21. Mick says:

    I’d still like to know what he thinks that he did to rate that Air Medal that he has in the photos posted above.

    • ninja says:

      Mick: Most likely, Hampe Self-Awarded the Air Medal for either Desert Storm or Somalia without researching Army Regulations.

      One has to have Orders to be awarded the Air Medal. So obvious that no orders exist since it does not show up on his FOIAs or even on his DD215.

      Hampe is simply another Person who feels entitlement to Badges and Awards they never received based on their own personal perceptions. Possible causes of this could be a Mental Illness Brain Hiccup, Low-Self Esteem or hiding something from their past.

      So sad. Sadder for Hampe’s Family and Friends who believe him either thru ignorance of the Military Award System or because of their loyalty to him.

  22. Graybeard says:

    If I had done half of what Ty Hampe has actually done, I’d be proud of that.

    But noooo, he has to use his service for TP while suffering Montezuma’s Revenge.

    • ninja says:


      Have come to the conclusion that some Folks re-invent themselves because of lack of Self-Esteem/Self-Worth or they are hiding something.

      We have seen numerous cases on TAH where there are Soldiers who are Vietnam Veterans who claim being Prisoner of War as well as claims to having Purple Hearts, Valor Awards, Qualification Badges, etc. only to discover they were lying.

      Majority of the time, turns out they were problem Soldiers who had a sustance abuse and received Article 15s, demoted in Rank or denied Re-Enlistment.

      Others has a form of a Mental Illness Hiccup that they covered up by making Bogus claims on their Service.

      Majority of the time, when confronted with their lies, they will either deny it or use others to back up their claims. They also refuse to see themselves as liars and continue with their charade.

      The majority of them go to their grave with their lies. In the end, it is their Family and Friends that emotionally pay the price for their deceit.

  23. sbalm says:

    In case there is any doubt…


    • ninja says:

      I never realized that the Purple Heart was a “metal”.

      Which goes back to what I initially wrote, i.e. some Folks are ignorant about the Military Award System.

      Another Ty Hampe Self-Award . Just as the Air Medal, the Silver Star, the other BSM, the CIBs, the E6 Rank.

      His new nickname should be Ty “The Deerhunter” Hampe, as in the Movie.

      IMHO, I don’t think he or his better half have a clue that he has been exposed for who he really is.

      Time to send him some “Love” via Facebook!


    • SFC D says:

      Well, technically, he’s not lying completely… he bought it, therefore it is “his”.

    • Mason says:

      “It’s beautiful”? Who says that about a purple heart?

  24. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Ty Kevin Hampe fucketh himself greatly.

    • ninja says:


      If you think about it, he has also screwed his Wife and Friends with his Embellishments.

      So sad.

      • Daisy Cutter says:

        Not only that, but with his businesses he promotes himself as a “combat veteran” and I’m not entirely sure this is true. He doesn’t have the CIB so one could split hairs on his deployments and if they could categorize him as being a combat veteran.

        • ninja says:

          Daisy Cutter:

          Am thinking this topic has been addressed before on TAH, i.e. what is a “Combat Veteran”?

          There are others who were in a “Combat” environment, that may have been exposed to incoming RPGs, SCUDs, but never were on the “Front Lines” or had to fire their weapon in either offesive or defensive situations.

          There are others who never heard a shot fired, had 3 hots and a cot, yet self-proclaim to be a “Combat” Veteran.

          Does collecting Combat Pay qualify one to be a “Combat” Veteran? Does one who travels via military vehicle and gets injured by an IED, even though they are Combat Service Support, qualify them as a “Combat” Veteran?

          Can a “REMF” be considered a “Combat” Veteran? I know of one individual who was KIA in the Green Zone in Iraq, because a RPG hit his building. I have given out Purple Hearts to Combat Service Support Soldiers because the hard buildings they worked in were hit by RPGs, but they were not on the front lines.

          So what IS the definition of a “Combat” Veteran? I guess it is up to each individual Service Member how they depict their Service while deployed in a Combat Theater of Operations and collecting Combat Pay as well as being receiving Awards that are only awarded in a Combat Environment (Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart,etc).

          “What Did You Do In The War, Daddy”? Some will tell the Truth. Others will embellish because they are Attention Seekers or possibly fudging to collect VA Disability….or justify using a pet as a “Service Animal” in public.

          True Story. Ran into a guy at a Doctors Office who brought in a German Shepard whom he claimed was his Service Dog. I strucked up a conversation with him and asked him what Branch of Service he was with, which Conflict he served in and why he needed the dog with him. He said he was former Navy, had PTSD from serving in Afghanistan. I asked him “Where in Afghanistan”? He said “On the water”. I asked him “What water”? He could not answer me. I then told him I was an OEF Vet, physically in Afghanistan and that was why I was showing interest.

          The guy clammed up, walked out of the Doctors Office with his Dog and did not return.


          • Daisy Cutter says:

            Lake Helmand

            • ninja says:

              The US Navy was in the Helmand River during OEF?

              Were they fired upon?

              *Things I Never Knew*

              • Daisy Cutter says:

                Not only that, but Lake Jalalabad saw a lot of activity.

                He walked out because he couldn’t talk about it… literally.

                • ninja says:

                  He said he was on a Ship. In Afghanistan.

                  I should have asked him for the name of the Ship.

                  *ninja learns something new everyday*

                  He never returned to that Doctors Office.


          • Comm Center Rat says:

            I heard shots fired in anger quite often while living in the Bushwick and East NY neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

            As a REMF in Iraq and AFG I never heard hostile small arms fire. I did experience rocket and mortar fire a few times, but nothing hit closer than about 75 meters.

            I do not consider nor describe myself as a “combat veteran.” As I’ve proudly stated many times before you can’t spell REMF without ME! As a Army Reserve retiree however, I do loudly proclaim my membership in the Free Shit Army. But I always ask nice and always say thank you.

            • Daisy Cutter says:

              Seriously, you all should do a Ten Minute guide to Stolen Valor terms, complete with cartoon illustrations.

              I bet it would sell. Self-publish on Amazon

            • ninja says:

              Thank You for your honest and assessment, CCR!

              Yes, sometimes we do experience more bullets and “war zones” in our own backyard than we do deployed in another Country.

              Am sure folks in Inner Cities, i.e. Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta and NYC can truthfully say they have been in “War Zones”…between Gangs?

              I don’t self identify as a “Combat” Veteran. When asked, my answer is that I served in two Combat Theater of Operations.

              I guess everyone has their own interpretation. Don’t know how much “combat” exposure Hampe received while in the Sandbox.

          • SSG Kane says:

            I’ve got a pretty clear definition for “combat veteran”. Any veteran who received a valor award, CIB/CAB/CAR, or PH.

            i didn’t use to care, but then I ended up interviewing a Disabled Combat Veteran…

            He was disabled (lost his leg) from a motorcycle accident two years after he got out of the service. He was a combat Veteran because he had an SSI from his time in Kuwait, and he was a Veteran (2002 to 2008). He was completely shameless about it too.

            So I think words matter and came up with my definition. That said unless someone is pissing me off, I’m not going to argue with them about it.

            And the guy with the Dog? He was really a Navy SEAL, and just couldn’t talk to you about it.

            Otherwise, I’ll have to feel bad for the Dog.

            • ninja says:

              SSG Kane:

              You’ve heard those stories as well?


              Sometimes I can be too forthright with Folks who tell me their “War” Stories. I have to admit that upon hearing a couple of them “stretch the truth”, I make the rhectorical comment “Oh, you saw that Movie too”?


              • SSG Kane says:

                The guy reminded me of Joe Teti in that everything he said was “technically” correct. He was a veteran. He had a “combat” patch. He was disabled.

                He really pissed me off and his defense was he never claimed his disability was related to his service.

            • Ret_25X says:

              I was a “combat veteran” after DS/DS.

              As a Signaleer, I was a “combat veteran” in AFG.

              All those other years, I was deployed on a FOB.

              Combat veterans have been in combat. War veterans went to the war. Veterans volunteered but never got the orders.

              No shame in that at all. I note 99% of our fellow citizens make no effort to serve at all.

              “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask rather what you can do for your country”. Some guy born with a silver butt plug up is ass and did not have to serve, but with an MOH said that…I think he might have been president as well…just saying.

          • OWB says:

            Well. I would be one of those oddballs who was close enough to combat to be qualified for the VFW, but I will never consider myself a combat veteran. We had weapons close at hand but I was not issued one for the duration. Coulda been but wasn’t. Some with me were. We did have to keep our MOP gear within easy reach off and on.

            What I say to civilians is that I was close enough to have been exposed to hostile fire but lucked out and took none, a situation for which I will be eternally grateful. So, I got some fruit salad for where I was but like most sane folks, I didn’t want a purple heart, for instance. And I may or may not have done anything deserving a hero award, but those of us from the Guard were told we didn’t need them even though earlier we had been told to write ourselves up for some pretty awards.

            All to say that I joined a bunch of other folks who put ourselves in harms way but never had to prove our willingness to be harmed. That works just fine for me.

  25. Civilwarrior says:

    Why would you shit all over what looks like a pretty decent set of actual awards by faking some bullshit you didn’t earn?

    • ninja says:

      Because of Low Self-Esteem (“Look At Me!”)or covering up something that one does not want others to know?

      Or collecting VA Disability or Social Security Disability when in reality, one is not entitle to it?

      Or lying to a future Spouse or other Family Members to impress them and have to continue with the Charade?

      Or having Pinocheo as your Long Lost Relative?

      *Pick One of the Above*


      • Ret_25X says:

        I’m sticking with the ‘rancid cherry’ theory.

        There is more to his story we just have not found yet.

  26. Keepin' It Real says:

    Q: Is it just me or does “Ty Hampe” sound like the name of an adult diaper?

    A: Depends

  27. thebesig says:

    Originally posted by Jeff LPH 3, 63-66:

    In addition, there was no trace of a Purple Heart or a Silver Star.

    But, he left a skidmark on what was a decent run in the military.

  28. Mike B USAF Retired says:

    I’m retired USAF and disabled. Yes I’m a Disability Retired Veteran, but I have to tell people it’s not a combat related disability, just a medical issue that arose while in the service.

    That said, I tell people I was deployed in SUPPORT of Combat Operations, but not a Combat Vet. I did 22 years 8 months between AD and Reserve time (With 16 1/2 years of total AD time), and spent 17 of those years in AFSOC. I find I need to explain to non-military, just because I was in AFSOC it doesn’t make me a Special Forces and I’m not claiming Special Forces.

    In AFSOC I deployed for Desert Storm, Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Joint Forge (SFOR), and twice for Enduring Freedom. Did Southern Watch with Rescue.

    I, by definition, am not a Combat Veteran. That is by USAF and VA standards. Hence why I state I was deployed in Support of Combat Operations but not a Combat Veteran. Also I was medically retired (That was a hard one, as I wasn’t ready to retire) as an E-6 TSgt and was awarded a MSM upon retirement.

    These people you claim all these awards and badges they didn’t earn piss me off, they make us Support people look bad. My AFSC in the USAF Aircrew Life Support/Aircrew Flight Equipment (122X0, 1T1XO, 1P0X1). and damn proud of it. I’ve had 4 pilots eject with equipment I inspected, using 4 seats that I installed the chutes and kits on. They all survived and the equipmemt worked as it should. Wouldn’t trade that honor or my job for anything.

    Damn proud of my service and the job I did……

    • Sarge says:

      Thanks for your service!

      (24 years AF – Security Forces)

    • Mike B USAF Retired says:

      Fat fingered my AFSC information, it should have read Aircrew Life Support/Aircrew Flight Equipment (122X0, 1T1X1, 1P0X1).

      • Ret_25X says:

        Every one of us plays their role, without which the green machine cannot function.

        No role is more or less important.

        Except Signal…Signal Rules, others drool…LOL

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Mike B USAF Retired, you’re still 100% of a Real Man in my book. You’ve not only BTDT, you’re completely and totally honest about what you did! I myself did 3 years of AD in the early 1990’s and fed up with the Clinton Curse, I ETS’ed. After 9/11, I came back in after a nine year break in service and did two tours in the Middle East, one in A-stan, the other in Kuwait. in A-stan I was an 11B doing Convoy Protection but in Kuwait I was deployed IN SUPPORT OF Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and I will never claim anything else, I’d be a lying POS if I ever even tried to say i even set foot in Iraq, but I take pride in what I did. To Me, YOU are a Fellow Vet who is honest about what he did and I proudly refer to you as a Brother Vet!

    • ChipNASA says:

      “HI MIKE!!”
      23 years, 4 Active TMO (Mode Toad/Box Kicker Label Licker) and *waves again* most likely next door to you at the Aerial Port (19 years)!! PORT DAWG!

      Like you said, you job *was* important because when done right, people lived to fight another day.


      • Mike B USAF Retired says:

        My dad did 26 years in the AF as Aircraft Maintenance, told me to stay out of Maintenance. Said it was heated in the summer and air conditioned in the winter. Asked why do you do it then? He said he loved it. My brother did 20 years in the AF as Combat Comm. My oldest son did 10 years in the USMC, in a MOS his recruiter talked him into (Which was his MOS), Legal Administration. My son hated it and punched from the Marines after 10 years. My FIL did 20 years in the AF as a Weapons Troop (BB stacker). From Jun 1962 (When dad joined) until my son left in Nov 2017 my family had been in non-stop military service.

        These ass hats, piss me off to no end, and tarnish the honorable service of many……

        • ChipNASA says:

          Been here many years. I’ve been threatened with castration and murder and then fuckers less balls than a moth.

          I’ll never stop hating these dickheads. That’s why I put together (with trillions of people’s help) The Hemisphere of Insults®™

          FUCK. THEM.

  29. Mustang Major says:

    I thought Two Star Ty was cleared by the FBI a few weeks ago? Shocking!

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      The “FBI”? YGBSM…

      • Mustang Major says:

        In the original article, Ty Hampe, or someone using his name, made a post claiming that the FBI had had just cleared him of stolen valor by verifying his claims as accurate. As you can imagine, the comment was pretty much destroyed by many of the readers of this site. I suspect he made the claim to get some of the heat off of him at home and work.

        Two Star Ty must assume his BS works on all he spreads it on. What an idiot.

        • sbalm says:

          I’ve found that when the individual makes a post in their own defense, the reasoning is directed for family and friends to consume.

          Some use the metaphorical expression that it’s a matter of shooting the alligators closest to the boat.

          • Mustang Major says:

            I bet some of these exposed phonies have caused their spouses and friends to blow their top and give them hell in return.

            Just think how Ty Hampe’s wife feels every time she looks at the wedding day photo of herself standing next to her husband in a uniform adorned with stolen valor.

            How about how Ty’s co-workers thinking that they worked alongside of a combat proven vet, only to find out the only fighting he did was fighting to stay awake as he sat in the commo shack during the night shift.

            I am sure Ty Hampe’s wife didn’t chose to marry him because of his combat action tales. His employer didn’t hire him because of a BS “there I was” story. Now, all of his relationships are strained and he will never be believed by those that know him.

            As we all know from the phonies brought to our attention on TAH, they aren’t very strong in the critical thinks skills department and do not have a future time orientation that considers the possibility of being exposed.

            • sbalm says:

              Well put.

              It also seems like a display of mistrust.

              If a male tells a woman he is wealthy and she later finds out that is a lie it seems like it is saying they would not accept him for what he is and/or he believes that other individual is shallow and places importance on such things.

              Either way – lying breeds a bad level of mistrust.

  30. Green Thumb says:

    Infantryman’s course: 2 weeks.


    Leave that to the rest up us.

    • Daisy Cutter says:

      New quals —
      Infantryman’s course: 2 weeks
      Sniper: 4 days
      Long Range Recon Patrol: 1 week

      You can of course test out if you’ve achieved all command missions and unlocked all trophies in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  31. Claw says:

    Ty Hampe = Reincarnation of SlUrPeR41 (both Commo guys with a CIB)

    Wanna know where Hampe’s pea brain came up with the number of 151 for his supposed airborne jumps?

    Just check out the unit history of our (I’m a Hoosier) legend in the Indiana National Guard: D Co, 151st Inf/D Co, 75th Rangers, and you’ll see why, in a posers mind, the number 151 sticks out. Oh, and BTW, D, 151/D,75th was who SlUrPeR41 Wittgenfeldt served with when he “got” his CIB.

    Last note and then I’m done:

    The FSN/NSN for the TL-29 Knife is 5110-00-240-5943, but back in 1944 the FSN was 41-K-370 and the cost to the government (if you lost it) was 50 cents./s

    • rgr769 says:

      Wish I still had the G.I. Army issue pocket knife I bought at Ranger Joe’s surplus store in 1968. I lost mine somewhere, after Ranger School. I looked on Ebay several years ago and found they bring some serious money now if they are original issue and made by Camillus. I would also like to have the Gerber Mark I combat knife someone stole out of my wall locker at Harmony Church. I definitely can’t afford one of those originals which only cost about $ 30.00 at the Infantry School Bookstore back then. I saw one of those on Ebay that went for about $800.00.

      • rgr769 says:

        For the benefit of 11B-Mailclerk, there are several TL-29’s presently for sale on Ebay for between $25 to $50.