05/13/2018 by militaryphonies
Anthony Conrad Gradi, who goes by the nickname “Andi,” comes to us from Epping, New Hampshire. Gradi, who is 55 y/o as of May 2018, is originally from California.
Gradi likes to wear a lot of U.S. Marine Corps clothing and bling, and rumor has it that he greets many folks with “Semper Fi,” the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps.
More U.S. Marine Corps insignia caps and clothing…
Apart from the bling, Anthony Gradi claims he was in the USMC on his Facebook profile.
Then, of course, there is the crossed-rifles tattoo which signifies infantry…
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
Anthony Conrad Gradi’s military records were requested.
The National Personnel Records Center, which would hold Gradi’s records based on the time frame he would have served on active duty, could find no records indicating that Gradi served in the Armed Forces. It is possible that he could have served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, but active duty would have shown up if he went to boot camp and certainly any specialized MOS training.
Oddly, the NPRC seemed to point to service in the Merchant Marines, so a request was made to the Department of Homeland Security for Merchant Marine service.
We also checked systematically with the SCRA / DoD Manpower database and the results showed no active duty for a Anthony Conrad Gradi between the periods of Sept 1984 through May 2018. We did not go back earlier than Sept 1984 because the database does not have data that far back.
Again, there was no indication that Gradi was on active duty. He could have served in some reserve capacity, but basic and advanced military training would show up as active duty. It is possible, based on his age, that he served and got out before Sept 1984, but the NPRC results would have shown active duty. Even if he was in a Reserve billet, he would have been on active duty for boot camp and MOS training. None of the resources show active duty service for Anthony Gradi.
We also checked with the USMC CAR & HSM Database. This database will list any Combat Action Ribbon or Humanitarian Service Ribbon.
There were no results but it must be kept in mind that this database has been known to exclude awards. Also, Gradi never claimed combat or a CAR so this result may not tell us much anyway, but we included the negative results in an effort to be inclusive in regard to our research.
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SUMMARY & DISCUSSION
There is no record of active duty for Anthony Conrad Gradi and there is nothing we could find that would support his claims. We don’t know if he is using a claim of Marine Corps veteran status to gain anything of value. If so, then this may be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act.
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