It appears that Dallas Wittgenfeld and Bernath are using this effort to capture the IP address and personal information of people who visit the widowmarypschantag.is site.
Speculation on our part, but we are guessing that people who give them enough information to have their pictures and personal postings exposed will probably find their personal posting on one of their other sites and or pages.
Using the effort to find the remains of an honorable lost veteran as a means to a discovery process for their personal reasons is despicable. Wittgenfeld did serve in
Vietnam, he was wounded, it saddens us that he would allow the personal dysfunction of someone else to influence him to dishonor an effort to find a lost legit veteran.
As of this writing we have no reason to believe the overall effort to find James Michael Ray is anything but an honorable effort. However Wittenfeld’s effort to raise money regarding this matter is surrounded by conflict and controversy. We do not endorse or support his particular effort.
The following link can be used to report your individual concerns.
That LRRP unit was reclassified to be a Ranger Unit
He was awarded two Purple Hearts
Repeatedly proclaims he is a Vietnam Veteran and twice wounded (Which he is)
Never was infantry
Never was Special Forces trained or assigned
Never attended Ranger School
Never shown that he charges to conduct demo jumps
Never authorized to wear the Blue Infantry Cord or disks
Never shown he profits from his claims
Wears unauthorized items on a Army green uniform (Costume)
Claims he is a Airborne Ranger, he is Airborne and was assigned to a Ranger unit but he is not a school trained Airborne Ranger. Misleading statement
Claims he was in the Special Forces, he never was
Claims he sky dived in Vietnam to amuse the orphans in 1969 dressed as a clown
Was notified by the his Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter Commander that the uniform he was wearing was improper. The Commander has no authority to enforce any dress code. He can advise the uniform is improper but can’t make Dallas comply
”Ode to an aging lawn dart” by ECPetterson
I’m a Shit talking bank book, of ass kicking checks!!
I’m Dallas the Ranger (?), and simply the BEST!
What I loose in the translation, I make up with heckling,
I’m a super troop fibber, when no one is checking,
If I can’t see the play, I make up my own,
I’m Hot with the ladies, try to slip them a bone.
I’m Dilly Dallas Wittgenfeld, that Ariel, Acrobat, Clown.
I’m sure you must know me, I’ve jumped in your town,
About Dallas the patriot parachuting clown.
Sit down a while, and let me expound, on all of my exploits,
and how I’m renown. How I secretly won the War in South Asia,
and sired some kids, we call “Amer-asian”.
In that ramshackle land called Vietnam ,
I Dallas “W” kicked ass on the CONG.
Sure my records are weak, don’t properly show,
all the damage and carnage, and Hell I bestowed.
OLD ” LRRP 41″ , a legend and Hero,
all the rest of you fuckers are nothing but ZEROS.
Prior to my comments on our other page about backing away from DW but keeping him on the radar I began investigating this RTAVF-SLS and came across a gentleman who had posted on a page that he had served in this very unit. The page was a Vietnam Veterans page where they come to find old buddies and reminisce about the old days and those lost. Anyway I sent this gentleman an E-Mail to find out what this RTAVF-SLS was and what follows is his reply…
“I was with the RTAVF-SLS from about March of 68 to November 68. I was on the original 18 man team that was put together in Viet Nam. We were sent to Northern Thailand for 2 months to train with the Black Panther Division of the Royal Thai Army. The official name of our team was the Royal Thai Army Volunteer Force – Special Liaison Section. Our job was to coordinate support actions with the Thai Army, things like artillery support, aerial support, medical evac., etc. When we were first pulled together as a team at Long Binh Post, I don’t think any of us knew really what we were in for. If I remember correctly, the team consisted of a Lt Col. as the team leader, 7 other officers and 10 enlisted personnel. I was an E-4 at the time and had radio qualifications so I think that is why I was picked along with 3 other E-4′s who also were radio qualified. After the training period in Thailand, we brought the Division to Viet Nam via troop ships. We ended up at a 9th Infantry Division’s Basecamp, Bearcat. The 9th was being relocated further north if I recall correctly. The area was supposed to be relatively quiet as far as enemy activity was concerned and that was the reason the Thai’s were deployed there. It gave II Field Force Command the ability to move the 9th into areas where they could be more effective. My routine consisted of spending several days at one of two Firebases (artillery outposts) that the Thai’s were in charge of and then back to Basecamp for a few days and then out again. The Firebases were positioned in such a way as to provide fire support for the main Basecamp should it come under attack. They also provided artillery support for actions that were in their range. You have to remember that for the most part, our team was comprised of young guys (19 – 25) with the exception of the senior officers (who basically stayed in Basecamp). Which is to say, we didn’t have a clue. The basic role we played was to be the go-between with other Allied troops who were in our area so as to help the Thai’s coordinate actions with or to directly handle communications with US troops for support of the Thai’s.
As for the person you mentioned in your email, Dallas Wittgenfeld, he was not on our original team but may have been after I left in Nov of 68. The Black Panther Division did not stay in Viet Nam for an extended period of time as there were some problems with overall support of their actions by the US Gov’t. The Thais were getting all of their equipment from us and it was costing much more than I think was planned for. I think the Thai Army pulled out in 1969 but am not sure. As to the claims that Wittgenfeld lead Thai troops, I can safely say that is not correct. The Liaison Team was not there to provide any leadership roles of any kind. I can tell you that I (and other team members) did participate in patrol activities that were sent out from the Firebases, I was involved in actions when we assaulted known VC locations in villages, (twice), at the Firebases we received mortar fire many (lots) times that resulted in casualties that I had to evac out as well as handling other communications with other support activities resulting from these actions. I will tell you that on one patrol, we buried approximately 30 VC bodies in a large hole after a long engagement on a sweep action. But did we lead any of the Thai troops, absolutely not.”
The following is a shortened version of his final comments to me…
“I get ticked when someone like the guy you mentioned tries to “embellish” the service he provided (and should be proud of) for the sake of making his role something other than what it was. I’ll get off my soap box now.
Claiming to have hacked into a computer @ the VA
The dd-214 that Dallas provided
Purple Heart award letter that Dallas provided
Costume number 1
Costume number 2
2-1 service record release
Claiming 100% Combat Disability
Claiming life member of the SFA & charter life member of the MOPH
We did have him as an Associate member A-2119. He joined in 1997 and has been long inactive. Another member with questionable credentials. There is nothing attached to his application (we now require documentation) and all he lists is:
75th Abn Rangers Co D RVN Sep 69 to Feb 70
11th SF Reserves Lima, Ohio (compasionate leave) Feb 70 to Apr 70
Royal Thailand Army Rangers RVN (Advisor) Apr 70 to Sep 70
Those are his descriptions verbatim. He would not have been admitted today.
Special Forces Association
Claiming of leading Thai Soldiers into battle
Claiming 11B – 2P as a secondary MOS
Dallas Wittgenfelds shadow box
Claims retirement on a four year enlistment
Claiming Special Forces Paratrooper
Arrested for operating an aircraft while intoxicated
Sun. July 21,1973. Claims of jumping dressed as a clown for the Vietnamese orphans while stationed in RVN.
Bronze Star Claim
Wed., April 26,1976. Claims skydiving for Vietnamese orphans,Claims Bronze Star. Claims of being wounded before the RTAVF .