Matthew DeWayne Edler – US Army Signal Corps, Combat Medic, Desert Storm, Purple Heart, Blog of Shame


11/10/2016 by

“That’s all I have to say and yes I have a purple heart!” – Matthew Edler



Matthew DeWayne Edler joined a US Army Signal Corps veteran’s group on Facebook.  He presented his military career to the group.


Some people questioned various aspects of his story.  He said he was in Operation Desert Storm and corrected the date as 1991 vs. 1996; then said he got out in 1996 then corrected it to getting out with a medical discharge in 1995.


He offered up a few ID cards.

edler-idsSomeone suggested that Edler was a POSer…


Things got even more heated…


The argument extended to uniforms…


… and the argument ended with Edler confirming that he had a Purple Heart…



He underscores a combat medic claim on his Facebook profile, first claiming he attended Combat Medic School in 1984, then claiming he was a 91B Field Medic.

Matthew Edler’s official military records were requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

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Time in Service

Both the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and DoD Manpower Data Center (DoDMDC) results do not show a second enlistment in 1984-1985. Even giving this the benefit of the doubt, why would he have a one year enlistment? He said that he got out on a medical in 1995 (said 1996 on one occasion) from an IED in Iraq. This would have been 1991.

Besides the NPRC not showing anything from 1991 – 1995, DoD Manpower was searched for these dates as well with results showing no service.

He was in the US Army less than 3 months. Not enough time to complete boot camp, advanced infantry training and a military service school. All of his time was at Fort Gordon, GA.


Edler made no claims as to rank, but he got out as a private (E-1). This is consistent with having less than 3 months in.


Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

Edler may be considered a veteran so may be able to eat free at Applebee’s on Veteran’s Day as well as get a discount at Home Depot, but if his discharge was dishonorable he may not be able to use the ID cards that he offered to the Facebook group to prove his veteran status.

Purple Heart

There was no Purple Heart award in Edler’s official military records.

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Matthew DeWayne Edler’s military claims are not supported by his official records.

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8 thoughts on “Matthew DeWayne Edler – US Army Signal Corps, Combat Medic, Desert Storm, Purple Heart, Blog of Shame

  1. M. Bacon says:

    This was in entry level discharge. It is used for anyone who doesn’t make it through IET, there are no benefits associated with this type of discharge.

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  3. arhauptiii says:

    He’s deleted both his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts claiming “hackers” made up all this stuff. I’m sure the “hackers” just happened to post everything from his personal comupter

  4. Shebardigan says:

    Interesting. I went to Thirty-one Mike school at Ft Gordon back in ’69. I’d love to ask him some questions…

  5. Tetyana Steffen says:

    May I add, the VA card he showed is for patients not employees. Our employee cards look like CAC cards.

    • Tetyana Steffen says:

      I was looking at the wrong card.
      I re looked at his VA employment card. It is still wrong, it should also have what his job description on it, and the up and down cards weren’t issued until 2007. We had ID that were sideways like a retiree ID card.

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