Arvil Gene Reed – US Navy SEAL Lieutenant, Navy Cross, Silver Star, Two Purple Hearts, Blog of Shame10
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 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.
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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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
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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FOIA RESULTS – SELECTED
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FOIA RESULTS – COMPLETE
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER – NPRC
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER – SCRA
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
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.
CRIMINAL, NEWSPAPER AND OTHER RECORDS
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.
US NAVY CRUISE BOOKS
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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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
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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