David Gordon Jeffrey Jr – U.S. Army Captain, Airborne Ranger, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Blog of Shame22
02/26/2019 by militaryphonies
David Gordon Jeffrey Jr. comes to us from San Francisco, California but grew up in South Carolina. David is 72 years old as of February 2019.
David has a biography posted on Prabook where he claims that he was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also claims he was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers from 1967-1969.
NOTE: The dates get confusing, so expect some discrepancy when you see them. We never did resolve the timeline to our satisfaction so if it proves hard to keep track of, you are not alone.
On his LinkedIn account, David says that he was in the Army from June 1968 to July 1974 – six (6) years and two (2) months. He also claims the rank of Captain along with being an Intel Officer whose duties are classified.
We don’t have a screen capture of this but it was reported that on Memorial Day 2018, he made the following comment: David Jeffrey – ” Memorial Day To Honor Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice To Defend our Freedoms. The men in my command who died in my arms: Tim, Eugene, Richard.”
Here is where it gets interesting. He posted a photo on his Facebook account and said it was him 45 years ago. Since it was posted a year ago that would make the photo from 1973, give or take.
There is a strong implication that this is him in his younger days. He never corrected anyone when they also drew this inference. David posted the same photo on another account stating that he was proud to serve. Again, an implication this was him.
The nametag “JEFFREY” appeared too black. Same with the Captain’s bars on the chest. There would be some light to fade the black. Someone else noticed that the beret device is the wrong color and the camo pattern was not the style worn back in the Vietnam-era days. Plus, the photo looked too new.
Then he posted another one claiming it was from 1980, just 7 years after the above photo.
In this photo, the face has coloration but the rest of the photo does not. Also, the nametag of “JEFFREY” appears to float above the uniform. The Captain’s bars on the shoulder appear ‘cartoonish.’
One of our research ninjas pulled up this photo of Kris Kristofferson (actor and singer) and it looked really similar. Except for the head and Airborne patch.
Here are the photos side-by-side for comparison… (click to get larger size)
Notice also how the Adam’s Apple is out of alignment with the David Jeffrey photo.
We don’t normally bring family members into a case, but we are not sure what is going on. When we discovered that David’s son James does not show a record of military service – the question arose as to why he would dress in an Army Ranger fatigue uniform – or more probably allow himself to be Photoshopped in an Army uniform? We don’t know if he was a willing participant but the beret looks authentic as it rests on his head… meaning not Photoshopped.
Here is a photo of David (father) and James (son)…
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
David Gordon Jeffrey’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
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NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER – NPRC
David Jeffrey’s summary sheet shows no active duty service. He was discharged from an ROTC program as a Private, the lowest enlisted rank one could have in the Army. It may have been due to not fulfilling his obligation to drill or perhaps he wanted out and that is normal for a discharge?
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It appears that David graduated from Easley High School in 1964.
Below is his photo from 1965 as he attended Erskine College in SC…
Below is his photo from 1966 as he attended Erskine College in SC…
He must have transferred because he then shows up as a Junior at Furman University in the 1967 yearbook…
… but in the 1968 Furman yearbook, he does not show up in the Senior section, or any section for that matter.
David Jeffrey starts appearing in the newspapers, which further pinpoints the timeline. This is from 24 Dec 1967 which identifies him as being from Easley High School and Furman University.
This next appearance is from 26 Aug 1968. It is a letter to the editor where he expresses his views that Vietnam is an “unjust war.” People are entitled to their opinions, certainly, but it seems odd that if he were enrolled in ROTC, they would not have a rule against engaging in political discourse. Recall from the FOIA Summary Sheet that he was discharged in July 1968.
This next letter to the editor is from October 1968 and he also expresses his displeasure about the Vietnam War. Recall from the FOIA Summary Sheet that he was discharged in July 1968.
But wait, there’s more. In this engagement announcement in the newspaper in 1969, it claims that he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. However, it goes on to say that he is employed by Maxon in the merchandising department.
So, it is difficult to understand how he served in the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant unless he was talking about the Army Reserve. But no active duty service is listed so how could he be awarded a Silver Star, or Purple Heart? The tight window of opportunity to go to Vietnam would have been closing.
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So, coming back to David’s LinkedIn post about his military service, the timelines don’t add up unless he was talking about Army Reserve. Perhaps he joined the Army Reserve right after he was discharged from ROTC as a private. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
What feeds into the suspicion is there is some kind of need on David Jeffrey’s part to Photoshop a picture of him as a Captain in the U.S. Army Airborne. Why would he feel the need to do this? Have people called him on his service or casually asked about him back in the day?
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
The summary sheet makes a point of saying there is no active duty service.
That would mean there is no Silver Star or Purple Heart.
David Jeffrey’s official military records do not support many of his claims.
The Silver Star and the Purple Heart claims seem the most egregious. There is no record of his name in any of the Silver Star databases.
JAMES – DAVID’S SON
Still not certain of the son, James, and his role in all of this. He is making a go of it in Hollywood. If he did not have a hand it this, he should get with his dad and make him remove the posts.
The official military records for David Gordon Jeffrey Jr do not support many of his claims – many of which are in violation of the Stolen Valor Act.
If these claims were leveraged by David Jeffrey for something of value over the years, including monetary gain or work positions, Jeffrey may be in violation of the Stolen Valor Act. Individual state laws may apply as well.
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