Arvil Gene Reed – US Navy SEAL Lieutenant, Navy Cross, Silver Star, Two Purple Hearts, Blog of Shame


03/14/2019 by militaryphonies


Arvil Gene Reed comes to us from Riverside, California but has spent time in different parts of the United States. He grew up in California. Arvil is 51 years old as of March 2019. There are several birthdates listed for him which we will cover later.

Arvil Reed with SEAL Trident on vest

Arvil shows up to an American Legion claiming he was a Navy officer and that he was a member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALS. He had a DD-214 and official looking letters from the Navy showing he received the Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze star with “V” and a couple of Purple Hearts along with other lesser ribbons.

Arvil Reed’s Partial DD-214

On the DD-214 above, it shows over 20 years of active duty, time as a Special Warfare Officer (SEAL), a Navy Cross, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal with “V” and two Purple Hearts.

Here is the Navy Cross citation…

The above citation is for Gothic Serpent (Somalia 1993). You may notice some similarities to the movie “Blackhawk Down” such as “SUPER SIX ONE.”

Arvil shows up to this American Legion and talks about his SEAL days to anyone that is willing to listen. Since decorated combat veterans were present some began to doubt Arvil’s stories since an awful lot of the medals did not seem legit since the dates were all from the time frame of 1990 to 1995.

One of the SEALs that works with Military Phony knew of most of the SEALs that participated in Gothic Serpent – and certainly knew of the officer. Things seemed more than suspicious.

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After contacting the UDT/SEAL archives, the Naval Special Warfare Center and checking the UDT/SEAL database we found that there is NO record of Arvil Gene Reed ever completing BUD/S Training or being assigned to a SEAL Team.

Arvil Gene Reed ‘s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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Selected FOIA Results for Arvil Reed – with annotations

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FOIA Results – Summary Sheet
FOIA Results – History of Assignments


Arvil Reed – DoD Manpower Result


The Department of the Navy would have held Arvil Reed’s military records if he retired after 20 years as he had claimed – but the FOIA request came back with a “NO RECORD” response.


Several records on Arvil Gene Reed show different dates of birth. Same exact day, but on some it shows 1967 and others 1969. Oddly enough, his military records will show on either date of birth as long as other information is correct.

This criminal record displays 1967.

Here is a judgement against him from the San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services.

It is quite common when people have a criminal record or are trying to avoid child support payments to provide an alternate date of birth. This will make finding them more difficult.

The lady listed as a plaintiff married Arvil on 2 Feb 1991 but it does not appear they are still married. She may be interested in where Arvil is hanging out these days since there may be a court ordered judgement against him.


Reed’s photo was located in the USS Conte de Grasse’s cruise book from 1989, further confirming his rate as an Operation Specialist. Here he is shown as an E-2 in 1989.

Here, Reed is shown later in the same cruise book as an E-3.

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Arvil Reed’s summary sheet shows under four years of active duty. He was discharged from the Navy as a Seaman Recruit (E-1).

The summary sheet shows that he went on deployments due to Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, but he does not have the valor awards that he claims – Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star with “V” or Purple Hearts.

Arvil appears to have supplied organizations with an altered federal document – a DD-214 since he could not have been in Gothic Serpent since he was not on active duty in 1993.

This is in violation of the Stolen Valor Act and probably other things as well.

Nothing in his military records support Arvil’s claim of training to be a Navy SEAL or serving with any SEAL units.


The official military records for Arvil Reed do not support many of his claims – many of which are in violation of the Stolen Valor Act.

If these claims were leveraged by Arvil for something of value over the years, including monetary gain, work positions, or advertising SEAL experience to further a business, Arvil may be in violation of the Stolen Valor Act. Individual state laws may apply as well.

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10 thoughts on “Arvil Gene Reed – US Navy SEAL Lieutenant, Navy Cross, Silver Star, Two Purple Hearts, Blog of Shame

  1. R Grace MEIHUIZEN says:

    Hells bells..just ten minutes from us…I’ll try to find his ex..

  2. Jkb300 says:

    How do I get information on a know lier ? He’s says he’s receiving disability and has 4 Purple Hearts ! Even though put in military brig last week of basic training ! Was on Facebook until I called him out ! Have several phone numbers and last address !

    Please advise me and Thanks ! John K Bush > >

  3. Jeffery D Monroe says:

    So so sad pathetic

  4. Bruce Revelle says:

    Another worthless POS, damn. Why do they even try?

  5. Ahhh, shucks, another could’a wanna be friend….ROT IN HELL YOU SOB !

  6. […] We were contacted by several people who have been working to expose Arvil Reed as the phony embellishing Valor Vulture that he is.  They asked if we could get his official records and a picture of him to post where anyone who wants to know about his service can review it for themselves.   The results of that investigation were posted on […]

  7. Kat says:

    Sigh. Chalk it up to yet another, “I wish, how I wish, I’d done better when I was in. But since I didn’t, I’ll make up the career I wish, oh how I wish, I’d been working towards at the time.”

  8. larrythecat5 says:

    Senior Chief Shipley did a Phony SEAL of the Week on Arvil, posted last week I believe. Arvil telephones Senior and they talk.

  9. Mike says:

    This is some serious fraud. When you start faking a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, its time the FBI got involved.

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