01/07/2018 by militaryphonies
Michael Craig Stokes from New Braunfels Texas has people believing that he did two deployments to Vietnam as a Marine. One in 1973 and another in 1975
On Mr Stokes Facebook account, He has shown this photo countless number of times claiming that this is himself in the “Lan Son Valley” in 1973.
Lam Son was a Military Operation and not a geographical location. It took place from Feb.8,1971 till March 25,1971 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Lam_Son_719
The photo that he claims is actually an exhausted Marine from the 3rd Marine Division who was taking a break after fighting along the DMZ (05/20/1967)
Purple Heart in his display case amongst his military and Marine memorabilia?
The photo above and comments under it, Mr Stokes claims that it is him taken in 1973 just before his departure from Vietnam. He then claims that he deployed to Vietnam in 1975 as part of Operation Frequent Wind https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Frequent_Wind
The complete conservation;
Long ago before he ” Mustanged.”
This photo he claims that it is him on the radio while he was back in country in 1975 to recapture the USS Mayaguez. The Mayaguez incident took place between Democratic Kampuchea and the United States from May 12–15, 1975, less than a month after the Khmer Rouge took control of the capital Phnom Penh ousting the U.S. backed Khmer Republic. It was the last official battle of the Vietnam War. The photo actually belongs to a 5th Marine radio operator during Operation Swift 04-15 September 1967 http://www.combatwife.net/swift.htm
This photo he claims is him again on one of his “Throw Back Thursdays”(TBT) somewhere along the eastern front.
The photo is actually a Soldier instead of a Marine. Mid to late eighties.
Actions preformed by military Phonies;
By using reverse imaging search, we discovered that he has been using some photos from the Vietnam war that were from different time periods and from different military operations than what Mr Stokes is claiming to have been involved in.
We conducted a trace on Mr. Stokes in order to acquire the information needed for his military service record. We soon discovered that Mr. Stokes was using a different birth year on his Facebook account than what was showing up on our trace. We confirmed this by matching Mr. Stoke’s wife to the same address as his. He is claiming 1952 instead of 1956.
Using the proper date of birth found on Mr. Stokes, we filed for his military service record using the privileges provided under the Freedom Of Information Act. (FOIA)
Active duty in the Marines from September 9, 1975 till August 7, 1978 (two years, eleven months). Discharged as a L/Cpl (E-3)
Assigned to C Co. 7th Engineers Battalion 1st FSSG Camp Pendleton CA after Boot Camp and MOS school. His Primary MOS was 1371 Combat Engineer.
Having all of this information and evidence in hand, Mr. Stokes was approached by one of our investigator’s asking him about his DOB discrepancy
Summary and conclusion;
Comparing the information provided from Mr Michael Sokes to the evidenced provided from reverse imaging and Mr Stokes FOIA, We can confirm that Michael Stokes from New Braunfels Texas is not a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Nor was he ever commissioned to Officer from Enlisted rank while he served.