Edward Michael Doyle – Army Ranger, Combat Veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Blog of Shame


09/01/2019 by militaryphonies


Edward Michael Doyle, or “Ed” as he is often called, comes to us from Saint Marys, Georgia but is originally from New York. Doyle is 86 years old as of September 2019.

Ed Doyle – New Brunswick News (Photo credit: Gordon Jackson)

Doyle was a featured veteran in a June 19, 2019 article by the New Brunswick News. Click on the below newspaper icon to see the article about Doyle:

New Brunswick News Article – Veteran Ed Doyle

Rather than paraphrase the entire article, we will briefly list his claims here:

Service: Army, 26 years
Duties: Ranger
Rank: Sergeant major
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross; Purple Heart Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Korean Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal
Duty stations: Korea (two times); Vietnam; Germany; Holland; Congo; Afghanistan; Israel; Fort Benning


He earned a Bronze Star Medal in Korea for helping a wounded soldier. He also earned a Purple Heart Medal for shrapnel wounds to his face during the intense fighting.

He volunteered for a second tour of duty in Korea where he and other soldiers parachuted behind enemy lines to disrupt the Chinese communications systems. After they completed their missions, they had to work their way through enemy lines to safety.

After he returned from Europe, Doyle was recruited into Army intelligence, where he took additional training, including attending a language school before he was sent to Vietnam. He worked for a unit directly under the command of the president.

“We did missions that were ordered by the president of the United States,” he said.

His work in Vietnam was classified, but Doyle said he managed to return home “unhinged,” though he did get his jaw broken when he was hit in the face with the rifle butt by an enemy soldier.

“I went down, but I maintained consciousness,” he said. “I shot and killed him.”


Just after the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest award that can be given to a member of the U.S. Army. It is an extremely high award for valor. It is equivalent to the Navy Cross for the Navy and Marine Corps.

An initial search of existing resources did not show Edward Michael Doyle as having received the DSC. People began to question this story and contacted us at Military Phony.

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Edward Michael Doyle’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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Doyle – FOIA-NPRC – Summary Sheet – Annotated



Doyle – FOIA-NPRC – Summary Sheet
Doyle – FOIA-NPRC – Schools and Awards
Doyle – FOIA-NPRC – Assignments #1 (1952-1967)
Doyle – FOIA-NPRC – Assignments # 2 (1952-1964)

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Doyle got out as a Tech Sgt (E-6) vs. his claim of Sergeant Major (E-9).


Doyle’s official military records show him to have been in the U.S. Air Force vs. the U.S. Army, so many of his claims would not be consistent with his claimed vs. actual service branch – i.e. Distinguished Service Cross, Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) , Ranger and rank of Sergeant Major.


Doyle’s records, neither awards or assignments, do not show service in the country of Korea. Although he was not in country, he did serve on active duty during the Korean War.


Doyle’s records, neither awards or assignments, do not show service in the country of Vietnam. He would be considered a Vietnam-era veteran but not a Vietnam veteran.


The following graphic was constructed to help compare what Doyle had listed in the newspaper article vs. what appears in his official military records:

The article also claimed he had a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) which is a badge vs. a ribbon.

Many of these claimed awards are in violation of the Stolen Valor Act:

  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Purple Heart
  • Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)

The claims that the newspaper article made in regard to Edward Doyle are not supported by his official military records.


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

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10 thoughts on “Edward Michael Doyle – Army Ranger, Combat Veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Blog of Shame

  1. Karl Shumaker says:

    Many assignments are routine but generally vital to the overall operation of the branch and subordinate divisions. While not “glamorous” compared to offensive combat units and elements, a weather tech provides timely information that is key to successful operations of all sevices and most other countries. There is no shame in such an assignment regardless of how monotonous it may seem. Most of the men and women in actual combat would gladly have traded with him just for a break. For this…person….to invent his participation and awards is an insult to those who actually did participate, especially those who did not make it home.

  2. Mark A. Lauer says:

    A perfectly fine, and honorable record of service, blown to tiny bits by a need for glory.


  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Being an old man may have cut you a little slack, if you hadn’t been rocking your lies for so long. Long way from being an Air Force weather tech (an honorable and vital job) to being an Army SGM Ranger CIB DSM Holder. You may not have social media, but your Grand Kids do. I feel sorry for them during this upcoming storm. You, Edward Michael Doyle…not at all.

  4. Grubby_Mittz says:

    What’s up with the dopey eagle painting? Gotta be his, the way he’s glommed onto the happy easel like it’s a Show n’ Tell moment. Is he using this “classified combat vet” line to get gallery placement for his art over others who must rely solely on the merits of their talent? That’s what the newspaper’s picture is suggesting to me. Lotta money to be had, influencing dealers or buyers to chose your works over someone else’s with a heart wrenching story. Saddest thing is that art programs for veterans are an powerful and under-utilized method for those effected by their service to heal themselves from within — Way to discredit a lot of people’s hard work by being a tool, and if that’s not the story screw the newspaper for their choice of photos as well.

  5. Rick Perkins says:

    Another phony, lying sack of sh*t. I wish that we could gather all of them together for a convention, decked out in their respective uniforms of choice, festooned with their phony medals, rank and units. Imagine the bullshit stories being told by these guys, each one trying to out bullshit the next guy. I feel sorry for their families.

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  7. 130 LM says:

    Dagnabit, one of mine pretending to be something else…

  8. FOX 2/2 USMC says:

    I can’t cut you much slack old timer .Your a prick just like the rest of these posers . Were you ashamed to tell people you were in the Air Force ?

  9. Hank says:

    Sad waste of years and talent…one lie leads to another bigger lie… The attention you get now is not what you’re sick ego imagined… What a legacy for your grandkids and family to remember you by.

  10. Phil Jones says:

    Well, after having he dishonor of being the presence of some generals that had to fight all night about who had the biggest d1ck / most exploits, Doyle might have come by his charade kinda honest like. The generals didn’t lie about their rank but the rest of it was stretched further than Rosie O’Donnell’s pants. Without social media these bozos would still get recognized by true veterans who RARELY (some exceptions) bring up anything of the sort. War stories rarely reach the level of “war stories” in my experience because no one wants their head in that anymore after they have lived through it and seen friend die at their side mostly for no good reason that has been explained yet. In my opinion, General Westmoreland was the last real deal that we had may he rest in peace.

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