05/28/2019 by militaryphonies
Charles Tobia Hill comes to us from Reno, Nevada. Hill claims on his Facebook page that he lives in Cold Springs, Nevada but that appears to be a prior address and perhaps wasn’t updated. Hill is 48 years old as of May 2019.
Hill recently attended a wedding in his Army dress uniform.
In this photo, the Purple Heart and jump wings are visible…
In this photo, you can clearly see the Special Forces tab and Parachutist Badge…
Comparing several of the photos, we believe we were able to reconstruct Hill’s claimed ribbon rack by nature of him wearing the medals.
The above claimed awards are also supported by Hill’s claim in a Facebook post that he made.
Hill reinforced his ties with the rank of Sgt (E-5) and 7th Special Forces Group by having it engraved on a few can-openers.
On Hill’s Facebook profile photo, he highlights Special Forces, a Combat Medical Badge and a Parachute Badge.
He also appears to wear similar bling on his civilian clothes…
Not only was the Purple Heart medal displayed on his table, but recall Hill also wore it on his ribbon rack.
It appears that Hill takes full advantage of claiming combat wounded and being a recipient of the Purple Heart.
The above photo appears to have been taken from inside a vehicle, presumably Hill’s vehicle. The hood is dusty, but the color of the vehicle appears to be black underneath all that polen and/or dust.
In another post, Hill displays his Dodge Ram pickup which is registered as his vehicle.
Google Earth confirms this same Make/Model of vehicle parked at Hill’s house.
The point of the truck and the use of the Purple Heart – Combat Wounded parking space is that there are perks with being designated as Combat Wounded and Hill appears to utilize these benefits — who wouldn’t?
But, in this Facebook post that he made, he appears to have little tolerance for somebody parking incorrectly around handicapped spaces. It is not quite clear if the point that he is making is that Hill was personally inconvenienced.
Some people became curious and asked Charles Hill a few questions via Facebook’s PM (Private Messaging).
Here he mentions 7th Group from 1988-1990, Desert Storm and a tour in Ukraine.
On another PM, Hill was asked about his Purple Heart…
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
Charles Hill’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER (DoDMDC/SCRA)
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)
NOTE: We believe the “SOUTHEAST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL” is an error and should instead be “SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL.”
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
SUMMARY SHEET & ASSIGNMENTS
Charles Hill appears to have been in the medical field his entire time in the service.
He was not in Special Forces and it does not even look like he was in a support role for Special Forces.
He was assigned to 1st CAV Rear Detachment C, Fort Hood, TX when it appears he was called to enlist in support of ODS/S.
RANK & TIME IN SERVICE
Hill’s official military records say he got out as a Private First Class (E-3) vs. his claim of SGT (E-5). For clarification, a PFC in the Army is a different paygrade (E-3) than a PFC in the Marine Corps (E-2).
The NPRC Summary Sheet has Hill serving just under two years. The DoD Manpower Data Center / SCRA has Hill serving for a little over a year.
The first result could have included Delayed Entry time, or the second result could reflect time in the National Guard / US Army Reserve and the DoD Manpower Data Center could only show the period of time that Hill was on active duty – quite possibly recalled in support of Desert Shield/Storm.
His records explicity state that from 19 AUG 1988 – 26 JULY 1989 he had NO active duty (NOAD).
They also state that his active duty time went from 27 JULY 1989 to 16 OCT 1989.
Then, they state that from 17 OCT 1989 to 02 OCT 1990, he had NO active duty (NOAD).
There is an entry dated 03 OCT 1990 – appears to be an enlistment and processing at MEPS ( Military Entrance Processing Station ).
Then, DoD Manpower says he was active duty from 04 OCT 1990 to 16 NOV 1991 with 1st CAV Rear Detachment C, Fort Hood, TX.
Let’s compare what Hill claimed by the act of wearing the medals on his uniform with what his official military records list:
If Hill had earned two Southwest Asia medals, it is not certain why he would not also have the Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait as well as the Kuwait Liberation Medal. There may be a perfectly good explanation for that and we would hope that ODS/S veterans can shed some light on this.
If Hill got out as a PFC, it would not make sense for him to have a Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, unless he achieved an NCO rank and was busted.
These are all trivial points, really – the eggregious claim was the Purple Heart / Combat Wounded. This puts Hill in direct conflict with the Stolen Valor Act.
If the Combat Wounded – Purple Heart and other claims by Charles Hill were used to leverage work, promotions, or anything else of value, Hill may be in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.
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