John R. Spodofora Navy SEAL Vietnam Vet. POSER Blog of Shame


10/05/2012 by militaryphonies



STAFFORD TWP., N.J. (WPVI) — A New Jersey politician is accused of lying about his military service, and then retaliating against a resident who exposed the allegations.


STAFFORD TWP., N.J. (WPVI) — A New Jersey politician is accused of lying about his military service, and then retaliating against a resident who exposed the allegations.

It’s all happening in Stafford Township, Ocean County, where John Spodofora has been mayor since 2010.

Critics tell us Mayor Spodofora spoke of his survivor’s guilt, and told tales of his time serving in Vietnam. But his military service records tell a different story, of a naval technician who was thousands of miles away, in Puerto Rico, Panama, and the Mediterranean with no documentation Spodofora ever served in the war zone.

When we confronted Mayor Spodofora about his military record, he said, “You don’t have to put your boots on the ground to be a Vietnam vet.”

And when we asked if he was anywhere near Vietnam during the war, his response was, “I can’t say.”

Spodofora has not always been so secretive about his military service. His 2011 election fliers and his township bio touted he was a Vietnam veteran and Vietnam War Medal of Valor recipient.

Earl Galloway tells us, “I knew the truth that he wasn’t in Vietnam.”

But it’s that “truth” that Earl Galloway, a retired Navy Command Master Chief, said ultimately made him the target of a local, county, and federal criminal investigation.

Galloway says, “It’s all been a vendetta against me. I exposed him for what he really is.”


Public records show Spodafora enlisted in the Navy in 1966, and served as a technician performing maintenance on cryptologic machinery, or “CTM,” across the Mediterranean and Atlantic, until he was honorably discharged in 1973.

His two medals included, “Good Conduct” and a “National Defense Service Medal.” There was no record of a Navy “Medal of Valor” or any medals from serving in a combat zone.

In a 2012 city council meeting, Galloway asked the mayor to tell the public the truth, and Spodofora made a shocking admission.

“I was not in Vietnam and the “Medal of Valor” was a medal of valor as I explained, from a non-military medal. It was from Safari Club International,” the mayor said.

But even after apologizing, according to Galloway the misrepresentations continued.

Galloway says, “There’s nothing wrong with telling the truth. So I created a spoof Facebook page called ‘John Spodo-phony.'”

The Facebook page, which has since been shut down, used a mock picture of the mayor, and according to Galloway, exposed the lies about his service.

Shortly after, Galloway says he was notified by his government employer that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS, was contacted by local authorities. Galloway was being investigated both locally, and now federally, for identity theft.

So we asked Spodofora about the investigation, and the belief by some that he used his position as mayor to have somebody investigated who was questioning him.

The mayor replied by saying, “I had a crime investigated. If somebody violates my rights I have just as much of a right to report it to the police as anybody in this town.”

A police report obtained by Actions News reads: “A detective and the police chief met with John Spodofora in the mayor’s office.” The mayor, it says, claimed he was the victim of “wrongful impersonation” and he “named Earl Galloway” as a possible suspect.

However, Spodafora told us he did not ask the police chief to investigate Galloway.

With the prosecutor’s approval, a four month long investigation ensued.

Joshua Bauchner represents Galloway, and tells us, “There are hundreds of hours, tens of thousands of dollars at least, that the mayor and the chief of police used in pursuing this investigation that was again, predicated on a total fiction, and wasting the tax payers dollars.”

And Councilman Paul Krier also says he doesn’t believe this was a legitimate use of township resources.

Krier says, “I was aware of Mr. Galloway’s Facebook page and at no point in time did I think it was nothing other than a parody. And as such I don’t know that it rose to the level where it should’ve been investigated.”

The mayor’s updated township biography now states he is a Vietnam era veteran, and not a Vietnam vet.

Prosecutors ultimately found there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges of wrongful impersonation.

Galloway has now filed a lawsuit saying his rights to privacy and free speech were violated, which the mayor, chief of police, and township have denied.

More updates on Spodofora on APP.COM

Judge: ‘Secret police’ lawsuit can proceed

Earl Galloway, a retired Navy command master chief petty officer who lives in Stafford Township, was investigated by police for creating a parody Facebook page of Mayor John Spodofora. (Photo: Courtesy Earl Galloway)


TOMS RIVER – A state Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit against Stafford Township, its mayor and chief of police can move forward as a civil rights and defamation case. The suit was filed in April by Earl Galloway, 51, of Stafford, after the Asbury Park Press reported in March that Galloway had been the target of a criminal probe by the Stafford Township Police Department. Galloway was investigated for creating a parody Facebook page poking fun at Stafford Mayor John Spodofora. Because the Facebook page had used the mayor’s name and a doctored photo of him, Spodofora asked Police Chief Joseph Giberson III to investigate the matter as a harassment and identity theft complaint.

“Previous lies and embellishments that the mayor has told about his military service during the Vietnam War have resurfaced as a campaign issue in recent weeks. Last year, Spodofora used the Stafford Township Police Department to investigate a political enemy who had created a parody Facebook page mocking his tall war tales.”

THIS AIN’T HELL: Galloway’s civil case against Spodofora proceeds

Back in March, we wrote about our buddy, Earl Galloway who made a parody Facebook page about valor thief, John Spodofora who pretended to be a Vietnam secret squirrel. Spodofora, now the mayor of Stafford Township, NJ, used the force of his police department to investigate the Facebook page and Mr. Galloway. So Galloway is suing because the police chief and mayor tried to intimidate him according to the Ashbury Park Press.


We, the staff of the Military Phonies blog, agree with this assessment. – QM3

TAH Spodofora

Spodofora uses his position to investigate his critics.


Stafford mayor uses police to launch inquiry of nemesis. Contains timeline of events.

Council Investigate Facebook probe

Stafford Council questions Spodofora’s Facebook probe

Mayor denies he broke the law

Stafford Strong Facebook Page Posted 2/16/15

Admits Stolen Valor

Navy Times Article

         Spodofora sticks to his phony guns 

Link to original bio listed on Internet Wayback Machine


Resident 46 years, elected Twp. Council 1988; Chairman Environmental Commission; former Zoning Board member, Liaison to Fire Department, Building Department, Community Development Department Former Little League Coach; Boy Scouts Vietnam Veteran, Honorable Discharge U.S. Navy, Navy Intelligence 7 years Supervisory Engineer Naval Engineering Stations; ’91 “Outstanding Federal Employee,” ’93 Outstanding Manager Award, “Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award,” National Arbor “Lawrence Enmerson Award,” 1996 “SRHS Wall of Fame.” Married to Helen; father of two children, Derek and Kari Liaison for Environmental Commission, Stafford & Warren Grove Fire Companies, Fire Sub-Code and the Police Commissioner.

Vietnam Veterans of America 
May/June 2012, Page 4

Life Membership Listed

“This is about principles and holding elected officials accountable for their actions. Forget about the change in the form of government. The paper needs to address the self-serving actions by the majority of this administration, their lack of concern for the citizens, a total disregard for factual data and being so arrogant as to continue to ignore facts and openly release misinformation.” – John R. SpodoforaJuly 26, 2010 Editorial for APP.COM

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6 thoughts on “John R. Spodofora Navy SEAL Vietnam Vet. POSER Blog of Shame

  1. Anonymous says:
  2. Joe Con says:

    I love how Anthony poole is commenting on this…. what a psychopath

  3. Guiliani8767 says:

    This TURD needs to go away !!! Why he needed to embellish his record is beyond me. Saying you were in the shit when your behind a cozy desk state side will always bite you in the ass. Good luck with that Johnny Boy !!!

  4. […] Spodofora’s “stolen valor” scandal started when concerned residents began to point out inconsistencies in the claims the mayor made about his Vietnam service record for political […]

  5. […] Retired Navy Master Chief Earl Galloway receives $34,000 in a case that was prompted because of false and embellished military claims.  We have published the case of Stafford Township mayor John Spodofora several times here and here. […]

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