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What a dingbat.
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:43:22 am »
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Man faces four charges of impersonating decorated soldier on Remembrance Day

Tu Thanh Ha

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Nov. 15 2014, 10:23 PM EST

Last updated Saturday, Nov. 15 2014, 10:56 PM EST


Ottawa police have laid four criminal charges against a Quebec man who triggered a nationwide uproar after he appeared on national television, dressed as a Canadian Forces soldier, during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial.

The man wore a paratrooper’s maroon beret and the DEU uniform of the land forces, with the ranks of sergeant and several decorations, including the Medal of Bravery. The Department of National Defence later confirmed that the man who has been charged, Franck Gervais, is not a member of the military.
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The department added earlier that “such activities are a disservice to the proud men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, who earn the right to wear their uniforms through their hard work and the sacrifices they make for our country.”

After a brief investigation, Ottawa police said Saturday the 32-year-old Mr. Gervais would face four criminal counts:

    - One count of falsely representing himself to be a public officer;
    - One count of misleading use of a badge or uniform;
    - One count of unlawful use of a military uniform;
    - One count of unlawful use of military decorations.

The four charges were announced Saturday after Mr. Gervais was questioned at an Ottawa police station. He was arrested and charged, then released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 9.

Within minutes after he appeared in a CBC television interview Tuesday morning during Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Canadian Forces personnel were questioning whether Mr. Gervais was a genuine soldier, noting many mistakes with the way he wore his uniform.

The resident of Cantley, Que., near Ottawa, is a carpenter, assembling hardwood stairs for a Rockland, Ont., construction supplies company.

During the ceremony, Mr. Gervais stood in the crowd and spoke briefly to reporters from the CBC and The Ottawa Citizen.

“For me, first it’s to remember what people have done for us in the past and the future,” he told the CBC’s Diana Swain.

“We fought together. It’s brothers,” he told The Citizen.

But his appearance raised alarms bells among viewers with military background. His beret appeared too small. He didn’t have the red sash that infantry senior non-commissioned officers normally wear on formal occasions. He sported fancy sunglasses and had a Vandyke beard with a soul patch.

He wore a Royal Canadian Regiment cap badge and had insignias suggesting elite soldier status, such as paratroopers’ wings and the “torch” badge of the patrol pathfinders, specialists who are deployed in enemy territory ahead of the main fighting forces.

Michael Womack, a Royal Canadian Regiment warrant officer who spearheaded a campaign to unmask Mr. Gervais, found Facebook photos of Mr. Gervais’s wedding in which he wore a uniform next to his bride.

Unlawfully wearing a military unform is not a common offence, but a Winnipeg resident pleaded guilty to the charge two years ago.

Josh Tuckett had claimed he was a corporal who had served in Afghanistan and Haiti. While he faced a maximum sentence of six months, the judge noted that such penalty would be applied only if the deception had a more sinister aim. Since his masquerade gained him no concrete benefits, Mr. Tuckett received a discharge.

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You know, I saw this guy, a head pic only, on TV and said to my wife, "WTF?"

The beret is too small and too far up his head.  It's a maroon beret.  He has a fluffING BEARD.

I'm only surprised that a vet didn't slap the s___ out of his head on the spot.
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    Re: What a dingbat.
    « Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 06:31:13 am »
    We get our share of chuckleheads like that down here, too.  :facepalm

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    « Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 07:18:46 am »
    If most of these posers knew how ate up they looked and corrected themselves busting them out wouldn't be half as fun

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    « Reply #3 on: November 17, 2014, 06:50:06 pm »
    My one lonely Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ain't much - but I earned it. I would not insult the memories of those I served with by trying to make people think I was something i wasn't...

    A "Marine" with a SEAL Budweiser? Yikes...and that "Air Farce" guy must have fought in every war that took place before his birth for all of those ribbons...not to mention getting the Army's Combat Infantryman's Badge. You'd think they might do a LITTLE research...

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    « Reply #4 on: November 17, 2014, 07:19:35 pm »
    yeah. I mean, I was never military, and I have no idea what half that crap is, but even I can look at each one of those pictures and go "waaaaaaaaaaait a minute ..."

    I'm still trying to ID the space shuttle door gunner pin/patch/device.
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    « Reply #5 on: November 17, 2014, 07:32:34 pm »
    What's exceptionally sad, if memory serves, that Master Gunnery Sergeant is actually a real Jarhead (GySgt, I think).  I'll have to go look that up now.
    I have a great disdain for posers.

    ETA:  Memory almost served.  He was a Sergeant. 
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    An "embellisher".

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    « Reply #6 on: November 17, 2014, 07:46:27 pm »
    Is it really that hard to look up the relevant uniform regulations?  Not only are they fraudulent jackasses,  they are also lazy and incompetent.
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    « Reply #7 on: November 18, 2014, 09:24:31 am »
    My one lonely Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ain't much - but I earned it. I would not insult the memories of those I served with by trying to make people think I was something i wasn't...

    A "Marine" with a SEAL Budweiser? Yikes...and that "Air Farce" guy must have fought in every war that took place before his birth for all of those ribbons...not to mention getting the Army's Combat Infantryman's Badge. You'd think they might do a LITTLE research...

    Best party about the blue suiter's pic....he showed up at his step sons graduation at Fort Benning (Army Infantry, Airborne and Ranger school) like that and thought nobody would notice...also was wearing tan combat boots with the dress uniform

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    « Reply #8 on: November 18, 2014, 05:22:06 pm »
    I've just never understood the mentality of trying to claim to be something you're not or to achieve something you didn't really achieve.  You're not fooling yourself.  You know you're a fraud and sooner or later someone is gonna call you on your BS and you'll be found out.  That just doesn't compute in my mind.  Just don't get it.
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    « Reply #9 on: November 18, 2014, 05:50:32 pm »
    These people aren't normal, they want something enough eventually they start to believe their own bs stories. They truly don't understand why the rest of us aren't drinking the koolaid. Some of them, others are just stupid.
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    « Reply #10 on: November 18, 2014, 09:31:24 pm »
    Best party about the blue suiter's pic....he showed up at his step sons graduation at Fort Benning (Army Infantry, Airborne and Ranger school) like that and thought nobody would notice...also was wearing tan combat boots with the dress uniform

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    And his tie was totally crooked as well.  Slacker!
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    « Reply #11 on: November 18, 2014, 09:49:02 pm »
    still trying to ID the space shuttle door gunner pin/patch/device.

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    « Reply #12 on: November 18, 2014, 10:05:08 pm »
    Nice!
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