Cornelius Davis: In the category of fake Sergeant Majors, he's a lifetime achievement winner
This guys story is so ubiquitous that even my National Adjutant was sending emails about him to me last week. But if there is anyone that missed the story, it is a doozy.
I can't even begin to point out everything wrong with this guy. I'm pretty sure my 9 year old niece could poke holes in his story. A SGM who doesn't know the AR-670-1? Oh please. Every SGM I ever met could quote from it as if it were a holy text. I still remember sections of it dealing with sun glasses, and I was only a SGT.
WPTV spoke with the man in the video, who refused to go on camera and said he was angry at the social media postings. He identified himself as 44-year-old Cornelius Davis, showing dog tags and scars.
A spokesperson for the United States Army says the items on the uniform do not make sense and are not correct.
The Army says it has no record of a Cornelius Davis with the date of birth he provided having served in the Army since 1999.
Well, dog tags and scars don't lie, do they? Of course you can order dog tags online from US Cav, and scars come from all manner of idiotic or dangerous behavior, not exclusively from combat. I have an ear to ear scar on my head, and I got it when I was 10.
Here's what I don't get.....there are literally thousands of us out here tracking these guys. How difficult would it be for this guy to simply pull up the AR 670-1 online and try not to look like a soup sandwich on a stick in the rain? He's wearing officer crossed rifles with SGM rank. I hesitate to call that thing on his head a beret, but assuming that is what it is, it's shaped like something the Stay Puft Marshmallow man would wear, not a special forces/MP Officer/SGM.
I get dozens of stolen valor referrals each week, and Jonn Lilyea gets 10 times what I get. We're going to find you, no doubt about it. You at least owe it to the rest of the phony veteran community to put some effort into it. We'll still catch you, but at least it won't look like fishing with dynamite or hunting at the Santa's village petting zoo.
Stolen valor is a pandemic. Phony SGM Davis is a symptom of a much larger problem.