Kenneth Desautels – US Navy SEAL, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Blog of Shame


06/23/2019 by militaryphonies


Kenneth Alfred Desautels comes to us from Leicester, Massachusetts. Desautels is 74 years old as of June 2019.

Desautels was prominently featured in a news article by the during Memorial Day 2019.

Photo 1/3 from Article
Photo 2/3 from Article
Photo 3/3 from Article

As you can see from the above photos – Desautels wears a US Navy SEAL insignia, Petty Officer First Class strips (E-6), service stripes on the sleaves designating 8 years of service, a Purple Heart for combat wounded and a Combat Action Ribbon.

The article does not specifically say “SEALs,” but talks about a special amphibious unit.

It’s been about 50 years since Mr. Desautels left the Navy’s special amphibious forces and began to march in the Memorial Day Parade.

Then later…

Mr. Desautels joined the Navy in 1960 not long after graduating from Leicester High School. In 1966, after serving as a Navy electrician, Uncle Sam “volunteered” him to serve in a special amphibious unit.

After intensive training, Mr. Desautels was sent to work as a diver identifying and removing explosives the Vietnamese would place on American vessels coming to port in Qui Nhon, Vietnam.

Mr. Desautels spoke of the mission — given, as he termed it, mainly to “unattached” sailors (he wasn’t married at the time) who were good swimmers — in a no-frills manner.

“It was a job we were trained to do, and that’s what we did,” he said. The young man from Leicester — who became good at swimming at Rochdale Pond near his home — was now trying to find explosives hidden on the hulls of ships 8,500 miles away.

Mr. Desautels said he was able to find about half a dozen mines, which he and his fellow divers had to then remove so they could be detonated safely.

Sometimes, the mines were attached to lines that somebody was looking to pull to prompt explosion, he said, making it important to be as discreet and quick as possible.

Going back to high school, Desautels seemed to be destined to go into the Navy electronics field.

Kenneth A. Desautels – 1965 High School Yearbook

Desautels posted on a bulletin board in regard to his military service with IUWG-2 and claims he was an EM3 (E-4) and Diver:

Here is another photo of Ken Desautels that appeared in the newspaper in 2011. Although difficult to tell due to the strap, there appears to be a SEAL Trident insignia visible.

Also of note is he does not have as many medals as he does in the article from before. Here is a side-by-side comparison…

Medal comparison from photos from various newspaper articles

What is noteworthy here is that Desautels was not in the Navy anymore so how could his medal rack be growing?

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After contacting the UDT/SEAL archives and checking the UDT/SEAL database we found that there is NO record of “Kenneth Alfred Desautels” ever completing BUD/S Training or assigned to any SEAL teams.

Ken Desautel’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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Kenneth A. Desautels – FOIA Results from NPRC – Summary Sheet
Kenneth A. Desautels – FOIA Results from NPRC – Awards
Kenneth A. Desautels – FOIA Results from NPRC – Enlisted Performance Record

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Ken Desautels has no record of going to BUD/S and no assignment with a SEAL Team over his career. There is also no listing of a SEAL NEC in his records.

There is no diver qualification listed in his records.

His service with Inshore Undersea Warfare Group TWO (IUWG-2), Little Creek, Virginia may be what he referred to as a special amphibious unit, but that is not the SEALs.

The summary sheet shows that he got out as a Electrician’s Mate Fireman [EMFN] (E-3) vs. the E-6 that he claims by his rank inginia.

He has six years service but some of that may be Reserve time. He does not show 8 years as would be claimed by two service stripes on his uniform. Perhaps this was in order for the E-6 claim to be less odd?

There is no Purple Heart or Combat Action Ribbon in his official military records.


If the claims by Kenneth Desautels were used to leverage work, military or civilian promotions, or anything else of value, Desautels may be in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.

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Ken Desautels – article

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9 thoughts on “Kenneth Desautels – US Navy SEAL, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Blog of Shame

  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Good way to take a big steaming crap on what should have otherwise been honorable service, Kenneth Desautels. Bet your family going to be even more “proud” of you becoming Google famous. Gonna put the troops over at TAH in a real good mood to see another phony baloney seal FIRST thing Monday Morning. Why did ya have to lie?…bitch!

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  3. NHSparky says:

    Highly unlikely he was ever issued, let alone legally wore a flat hat, given that they were done away with before he graduated boot (1 April 63) and almost nobody wore them after Korean War.

    Oh, and nice stoppage to go from E-3 to E-1 and back again. Genius.

  4. Walle, A. says:

    His dog Bingo called Stolen Valor anonymously and then the Shelter giving them his address “Look, you gotta get me out of here. I’ll even bring my own bowls.”

  5. hooee lee says:

    By the time I went through boot camp in 1960 they issued me a “Flat Hat” but they were not authorized for wear in any of the Naval Districts. Just another example of unauthorized bling.

  6. chooee lee says:

    Name should have been chooee lee

  7. GF Mize says:

    So somebody aboard had a string attached to the mine so they could kill divers by blowing up their own ship? My dog could come up with a better story than that.

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