Ernest Keith Ramsey – U.S. Coast Guard “Seals-man”, Awarded U.S. Navy SEAL Trident in Private Ceremony, Blog of Shame


05/06/2019 by militaryphonies


Ernest Keith Ramsey comes to us from Gastonia, North Carolina. His first name is listed as both “Ernest” and as “Earnest.” That said, he prefers to go by his middle name “Keith.” Ramsey is 51 years old as of May 2019.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook

As you can see in the above photo, Keith is an Emergency Medical Technician. That photo is the profile photo on his Facebook page.

On another Facebook page of his, he displays the U.S. Navy SEAL Trident.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook page

It would be common to associate Ramsey with having been a Navy SEAL, but he claims he was a “Seals-man” [sic] while in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1986 – 1992.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook profile – Work and Education

On Facebook, Ramsey displays quite a few photos and the sequence and overall feel that they gives a strong implication of “U.S. Navy SEAL.”

Keith Ramsey – Images from Facebook profile

Some are stock images of U.S. Navy SEALs that can be found on the internet. The following is from “Medal of Honor: Warfighter | The Escapist.”

Medal of Honor: Warfighter | The Escapist

This one is a popular wallpaper image of a U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper.

U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper

Likewise, this is a popular image of a U.S. Navy SEAL from Fine Art America.

U.S. Navy Seal Crosses Through A Stream

To be fair, Ramsey did not caption the above photos and did not claim they were him or anybody in his unit. However, to reiterate, the assimilation and placement intertwined with his own photos, not to mention the SEAL logos, leads one to a strong assumption that there’s an association with the Navy SEALs.

The photo of the diver giving the thumbs up is him, however.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook

Then, there are lot of random photos that were tagged with Ramsey’s comments. Here he is in Boliva with a team.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook post

Here Ramsey claims he is with Task Force 120 in Niquragua [sic] – assume he meant ‘Nicaragua’ – and some time later edits the post to point out which one he is in the photo. The post was edited to show both versions of the comments.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook post

This post was perhaps the most interesting…

Keith Ramsey – Facebook post

The above post shows the uniform of a U.S. Coast Guard officer with a U.S. Navy SEAL trident pinned on it. The U.S. Coast Guard did have a program where they were permitted to go to BUD/S training. There were a few that graduated before the US Coast Guard/US Navy closed the program in 2011.

A SEAL with Military Phony spoke to the very man in the photo above who claimed it was him. Although he didn’t claim to be, it was clear that Keith Ramsey is not the man in the photo.

People became curious as to what exactly Keith Ramsey was claiming, so he was asked about some things.


Ramsey was asked (blue) by several different people via Facebook Private Messaging (PM) and here are Ramsey’s responses (gray).

Someone else spoke with Ramsey via PM and he summarized his time in the U.S. Coast Guard, much the same with other people.

Most of these claims of interdiction into hot spots around the world are difficult to verify, but the claim of being awarded a U.S. Navy Trident in an official private ceremony sanctioned by the Coast Guard, and apparently the U.S. Navy SEALs… peaked the interest of a lot of people.

As a refresher, here is the statement again…

This did not sound correct. We checked around and could not find one U.S. Navy SEAL that has heard of this – official lending of the Trident.

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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 Ernest Keith Ramsey ever completing BUD/S Training or being assigned to a SEAL Team.

Ernest Keith Ramsey ‘s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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FOIA Result – Earnest Keith Ramsey – Summary Sheet


DoD Manpower Database Result – Earnest Keith Ramsey – Army Active Duty
DoD Manpower Database Result – Earnest Keith Ramsey – Coast Guard Active Duty


There were lots of criminal records related to controlled substances… too many to put here but many stemmed from the same series of incidents.

Earnest Keith Ramsey – Criminal – Guilty of Attempted Trafficking Opium/Heroin


After we spoke with someone that worked as an Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) in Narcotics, he said that this may be related to taking a prescription pad which an EMT would have access to in an Emergency Room. Not saying this for certain, but it certainly fits the string of charges.

The ex-LEO that we spoke to said this happening was more common than you would think and he used to see it all the time.

It is ironic that Ramsey appears to take his Drug Interdiction time in the Coast Guard so seriously but then went over to the side.

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Keith Ramsey’s official military records show that he was in the US Army for three (3) months – probably for boot camp as part of the Army Reserve. Another possibility is that he didn’t complete training for some reason.

He was in the US Coast Guard as from 1988 – 1992. His claim on Facebook is for the Coast Guard from 1986 – 1992. He does not talk about the U.S. Army much but he does mention it in the PMs. Odd that he lumps all of his service under the Coast Guard.

He was discharged from the Coast Guard after four years as a (SN) Seaman (E-3).

Based on the Humanitarian Service Medal, the CG Sea Service Ribbon and the Special Operations Service Ribbon, there is no reason to think that Ramsey was not in all the places that he claimed he was. A history of assignments was not provided by the NPRC but it may not list individual operations anyway, just a general assignment to a unit.


There is no U.S. Navy SEAL Trident listed in Ramsey’s records. This would be consistent with his story that it was awarded in a private ceremony and that he did not wear it around.

This is hard to believe – that the U.S. Navy SEALs would allow a symbol of their achievement – to be worn by other units from another service that have not completed the necessary training in order to wear it.

In addition to this, it is hard to believe that this was officially sanctioned by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Moreover, we have no idea what Ramsey means when he gave himself the “Seals-man” [sic] designation.

Keith Ramsey – Facebook profile

For anybody out there that may be confused let us clear this up for you – Ernest Keith Ramsey was NOT a Navy SEAL. Hopefully he and others will be pleased that we were able to provide this clarity since it does not exist on his Facebook page. Quite the contrary – it appears to be confusing if not misleading.


If any of these claims were used to leverage work or promotions or anything else of value, Ramsey may be in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.

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Keith Ramsey – Facebook
Keith Ramsey – Facebook

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21 thoughts on “Ernest Keith Ramsey – U.S. Coast Guard “Seals-man”, Awarded U.S. Navy SEAL Trident in Private Ceremony, Blog of Shame

  1. Mike says:

    Timelines are interesting. If we assume he completed Infantry OSUT at Benning in Mar 87, he would have to been given a release from the USAR to be enlisted in the USCG in the fall of ’88. Very rare to see that happen unless the USAR unit was happy to see him go. I don’t remember USAR having two year enlistments in the 80s.

    The Benning timeline would also typically include “Christmas Exodus”, where the school shut down the last two weeks of December. Was OSUT 12 weeks or 14 weeks back in ’87? If it was the latter, he may not have made it thru OSUT, given the dates of enlistment and backing out Exodus time.

    Looks more like a walrus than a seal anyway…..

    • Johm says:

      Went thru same time. 13 weeks and two weeks for xmas. No I don’t know him.

      • Fjardeson says:

        Apologize for the side bar comment, but is down?

      • Yes, TAH is currently down. No time estimate on when it will be back up but they are aware of the problem and are working on it.

  2. Walle, A. says:

    “Death of a Seals-man.”

  3. Window Licker says:

    He is full of shit!

  4. Jack says:

    I went thru OSUT at Benning (Harmony Church) in 1985 and ours was 13 weeks. The Army (Active side) did have 2 year enlistments at that time but they were phasing them out I believe in the mid to late 80’s. I did a 3 year hitch that wound up being 3 yrs and 5 mos due to some Federal DoD changes in European tours for single soldiers. He could have requested an out from his USAR unit to enlist in the USCG. It does happen.

    What I do find interesting is that his USCG time is not quite 4 years and yet he never attended “A” school in that time. It appears he may have been a shitbag Coastie if he only achieved SN/E-3 in that time. He was aboard a cutter so they would have made sure he got to his chosen school in order to make him qualified to do his job and all other duties the USCG requires. He couldn’t do much as only a deck/engineering crew member. His Sea Service Special Operations ribbon is not what it may seem to be either. That ribbon is much like some of my Army Ribbons. It’s a gimme ribbon when no other award can be given.

  5. Edward Avery says:

    He is a legend in his own mind. I’m sure all his “friends” know he is an idiot too.

  6. Earnest ramsey says:

    This is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard from anyone who does know a thing about what there talking about, I have never claimed to be a navy seal or never claimed I was awarded a trident in a private ceremony, I don’t know if someone has hacked an old account, I was given the only thing the Coast Guard had back then for Special Operations service which is the Special Operation service ribbon, I am kneeling I. The photo front row second to right with my unit in one phot I see. and then to accused of being a criminal, I’ve never had a parking ticket and am currently and have been in a nursing home for several years after being hit by a drunk driver while at work, if these people want to go after people who are pretending to be something their not is one thing but to defame someone like this without even knowing the facts. I am.proud of my service in the Coast Guard , no I am not a navy seal, I did express that the Coast Guard was involved in the program but never claimed to be a part of it. Instead of defaming someone like this without their knowledge have the courage to confront them directly and ask for proof if your concerned, I don’t even live in Gastonia I live in Charlotte, used to work In Gastonia years ago , whoever runs this site owes me a bi apology.

    • Are you claiming that you never said that you were awarded a Navy SEAL Trident in a Coast Guard private ceremony and that the U.S. Navy SEALs endorsed the use of their Trident?

    • Rolling Dognut says:

      Mr. Ramsey. What is a “Seals-man”? Anxious for your reply. Thanks in advance! I learn so much on this site!

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Oops… looks like someone got outed!

      The Internet is forever, Keith…

    • Mason says:

      “I’ve been hacked” is a defense that didn’t work for Joy Reid, won’t work here, pal.

  7. USMC FOX 2/2 says:

    He says he has never had a parking ticket ? Then who’s criminal record is that ?

  8. Mark A. lauer says:

    Ah….the “Hacked Account” ploy. He’s off and running with that one at the start.
    The “defamation” ploy was a nice touch. The appeal to self misery (“I’ve been in a nursing home”) is as old as the hills, but it gets used with boring frequency by these guys. You’d think they’d come up with something new.
    The appeal to the “Special Operations Service Ribbon” is a total joke on it’s own. That ribbon is not given for “Special Operations” in terms of covert missions, or doing the dangerous stuff you see Rambo doing; no, no.
    You can get that ribbon if you participate in any Coast Guard Activity that brings special recognition and attention to the Coast Guard. If you particpate in providing security for the Super Bowl, you can be awarded the SOSR. So, he’s even a short dick there.

    • Wilted Willy says:

      Sock Puppet Alert! Someone hacked my account, 157 times! Sock Puppet Alert!
      I better go lock up my sock drawer before they all get away and hack my account and tell everyone I am a SEAL and I am dying in a nursing home!
      Sock Puppet Alert! Sock Puppet Alert! Sock Puppet Alert! Sock Puppet Alert! Sock Puppet!

  9. Chilidog67 says:

    I’m no expert on Nicaragua, but isn’t it in the tropics? Those guys in the photo look overdressed.

    • Mike says:

      Yep. Cedar trees and deciduous trees having dropped their leaves looks more like Virginia in winter than Nicaragua…….

  10. 5th/77th FA says:

    Phuque you, you fat bastard lying sack of excrement. You look like a seal alright….an effing walrus seal….or a seal on a nasty hobo taint. Some one needs to rescue that little chihuahua before you make a snack out of the poor thing. Tho the picture is blurred to protect the innocent, one can see the terror in the pooch’s eyes.

    ‘Pears like you might be a junkie too. ESAD mofo and stay away from children and puppies!

  11. Harry says:

    Why are most of these phonies morbidly obese? Couldn’t reach a doughnut if they dropped it right in front of their hooves much make it across the Golden Corral parking lot.

  12. Kraven MooreHead says:

    ya know– most of the tweakers i put cuffs on and offer a new zip code (for a few days) to, usually are quite skinny. never hooked a fat one on dope charges… convicted in superior court— noticed it wasnt a plea deal……well well well…..

    I am a lifetime learner.

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