First appearing in the fall of 2009 on Marines Together We Served, (a website for active duty and Marine Vets with a membership in excess of 350,000), Mr. Visconi prepared his profile with a quite impressive “ribbon rack” which included the Bronze Star Medal w/V, Purple Heart,
Presidential Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, and the other awards that most Vietnam Vets received for their service. He also posted the same ribbon rack on Military.com . However, the official records of his service do not contain any evidence that he was ever recommended much less awarded any of those honors. His medical record is devoid of any reference to his ever being wounded. His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was 3041 Supply Admin Man which ordinarily would not place him on combat operations.
The elaborate “Fairy Tale” begins after he was released from active duty in 1968. His enlistment was for 4 years which meant that he would serve 48 months on active duty and the balance of his obligation (six years) would be served as a class lll inactive reservist. According to Visconi he received a letter in the spring of 1969 (some 10 months after his release from active duty) from the Commandant of the Marine Corps advising him of his promotion to Staff Sergeant E-6 and directing him to call and make arrangements with the “Detroit Office” to physically receive the promotion. He went to the office as scheduled and a Lt. Colonel presented the promotion warrant to him along with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, the certificates, and the “Citations”. He returned to his home and placed the items in his sea bag and did not relate the event to his future wife until 2006.
After moving several times he ended up in Westland, MI where he stored his seabag in the basement. While out of town the house was flooded and all of the items in his seabag were destroyed and were subsequently thrown away. While visiting his brother in Maryland he found a file containing the citations for the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star which he accredited to his mom which he declared was a “hoarder”. If he threw the seabag and its contents away how did the “citations” end up at his brother’s home?
Now, this despicable individual is the Sr. Vice Commandant of Marine Corps League Chapter #603 – James McCutchen Detachment in Clarksville, TN. He first appeared on Marines Together We Served in the latter part of 2009 representing himself as an Honorably Discharged S/Sgt after serving four years on active duty. As a part of his profile he listed the following awards: the Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Commendation. He also posted phony citations for the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
A number of members questioned his awards and as a result Mr. Visconi elected to terminate his membership to Together We Served. By this time his publicly releasable DD214 was obtained reflecting that he was discharged as a Sgt and none of the awards (listed above were part of his record). The record showed he was an honorably discharged USMC Vietnam Vet but did not reflect any combat experience as his MOS was a Supply man.
The original DD 214 shows 5 awards not including the Bronze Star w/V, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Commendation, or the Combat Action Ribbon.
The first DD215 corrects only the Social Security Number.
In a decision issued this morning by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Visconi v US, the court re-affirmed the Federal District Courts dismissal with Prejudice. What that means is that barring Mr. Visconi appealing to the United States Supreme Court the issue of Mr. Visconi’s self- awarded medals has been judicially resolved against him therefore denying him the Bronze Star w/V, 2 Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Commendation
Mr. Visconi has spent 8 years attempting to have his self-awarded medals included in his Official Military Personnel File and this decision puts an end to his argument. The court found his documents to be phony and his story very illogical and lacking.
This man, Visconi is the Sr. Vice Commandant of the James McCutchen #603 detachment in Clarksville, TN. A copy of this email is being sent to all of the officers in his detachment. This man is a member of their “Honor Guard” and is present representing the USMC at military funerals in the area. I consider that to be a travesty that a known embellisher has any part in a funeral service for a Marine. I request that the MCL strip this man of his office and remove him from the “Honor Guard”. There is no place at a funeral for an embellisher; it is a disgrace to the deceased.
I have also included a photo of Visconi; he is the SSgt in the middle. As you can see he is wearing a ribbon rack that includes awards he did not earn or receive.