Ty Kevin Hampe – US Army Staff Sergeant, Twenty Years of Service, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) w/ Star, Blog of Shame17
11/12/2019 by militaryphonies
Ty Kevin Hampe comes to us from Greencastle, Indiana. Hampe is 56 years old as of November 2019.
Hampe posted some photos on line that depicted himself in an Army uniform with various valor medals. The uniform was that of a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SGT / E-5) with 12 years of service designated by the four service stripes on the sleeve. One Army service stripe denotes three years of service.
NOTE: This could have been an earlier photograph because later he claimed he was a Staff Sergeant (SSG / E-6) with 20 years of service.
Hampe also posted a close-up of what appears to be the same uniform above. One can clearly see the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) with a star to denote a second award. One can also see a Bronze Star.
Someone commented on three (3) tours and Hampe corrected them saying he actually had five (5) tours.
Here is an enlarged view of the medals/awards…
We were not certain of a few of the medals. They were out of precedence order and the Kuwait Liberation medal is being worn upside down.
Below is our best guess at the medals, with a photo for comparison…
Oddly enough, he is missing the Army Service Ribbon which every soldier receives when they complete Basic entry-level training.
Also odd is that he seems to display a Marine Corps Reserve Service Ribbon which were only given out at a specific time between 1945 – 1965.
He makes several claims. On his truck he claims he is a Desert Storm veteran.
On a car racing site, he claims to be a combat veteran.
He also claims to be a combat veteran on a hunting outfitters site.
On his LinkedIn site, he claims to be a Staff Sergent (SSG / E-6) having graduated a variety of schools: Airborne, Air Assault, Jump Master, Rappel Master, RIP, HALO, Jungle School, FEMA and Special Operations School.
But another odd thing is he gets the universities mixed up – once saying he got his degree from Texas A&M and another time saying it was Texas Tech. They are separate universities.
Then, there are claims by implication. Although he doesn’t state the claim, he will post something to his Facebook account and accept thanks without correcting anybody should they make an assumption that wasn’t true. He did this with Airborne, the 82nd, the Purple Heart medal and the Battle of Mogadishu.
Here are Hampe’s Timeline and Education profiles from his Facebook page.
Several people were very skeptical and asked Military Phony to look into these claims.
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
Ty Kevin Hampe’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
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NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER (SCRA)
Additionally, Hampe’s LinkedIn page claimed that he was in the National Guard from 2001-2011 and the NPRC did not return results for that period. The DoD Manpower Data Center was systematically searched from 1994 to PRESENT and there was no indication of active duty. NPRC would have picked up any National Guard service, regardless of active duty.
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
Military records for Ty Hampe show that he served in the U.S. Army from January 26, 1982 to April 30, 1993, so less than the 12 years that his service stripes claim and less than the 20 years he claims on LinkedIn.
According to records that were obtained from the NPRC and DoD Manpower Data Center, Hampe was discharged from the U.S. Army on April 30, 1993 and the Battle of Mogadishu was from 3-4 October 1993.
The rank listed on the NPRC Summary Sheet is Specialist (E-4) vs. Staff Sergeant (E-6) which he also claims on LinkedIn and the Sergeant (E-5) which is the rank displayed on his uniform photo.
MEDALS & BADGES
There are a lot of discrepancies in the medals listed in his records and the medals displayed on the uniform photo. We did another comparison graphic to help in the comparison.
He does have a Parachutist’s Badge and an Air Assault Badge.
There is no Purple Heart, no Bronze Star Medal, no Master Parachutist’s Badge, no Master Rigger school, or no jungle school listed in Ty Hampe’s official military records. It does strike us as odd that he does not have a National Defense Service medal listed in his records.
Of concern and of violation of the Stolen Valor Act is the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), especially with the star designating a second award. This was not found in Hampe’s official military records.
If the claims by Ty Hampe were used to leverage work, military or civilian promotions, or anything else of value, he may be in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON TY HAMPE
Thanks to one of our research ninjas, we’ve identified the two unknown medals as Indiana State Guard. We will file for his Indiana State Guard records and refile at NPRC for a second active duty beyond what they provided us. It is possible that he could have achieved the rank of SSG, and possible he could have been in Somalia, but we don’t think it is possible that he was awarded two CIBs, so the post will stay up. Many of the schools he is claiming along with dates are not supported in the military records that we have on him.We went with his claim of being in the National Guard vs. State Guard on his LinkedIn page so it sent us in another direction since the NPRC would have had National Guard records.
Thanks to one of our research ninjas, we’ve identified the two unknown medals as Indiana State Guard. We will file for his Indiana State Guard records and refile at NPRC for a second active duty beyond what they provided us. It is possible that he could have achieved the rank of SSG, and possible he could have been in Somalia, but we don’t think it is possible that he was awarded two CIBs, so the post will stay up. Many of the schools he is claiming along with dates are not supported in the military records that we have on him.
We went with his claim of being in the National Guard vs. State Guard on his LinkedIn page so it sent us in another direction since the NPRC would have had National Guard records.
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Shame shame on you Ty
Lying embellishing POSer Ty Kevin Hampe done stepped into the big leagues now. Troops and Troopettes of TAH gonna have a new chew toy. High drag low speed to rocket all the way to E-4 in just 12 short years of total service. You have brought shame and dishonor to yourself, your family, the Signal Corps, and horror of horrors, the E-4 Mafia. Just the wearing of unauthorized awards is justification for prosecution of the Stolen Valor Act. And you have probably realized financial or job procurement gain for your lies. Hey Dippy, you don’t get a CIB for murdering an innocent critter that can’t shoot back when your fat ass is sitting in a baited stand. And you don’t get a purple heart for the fin cut from a fish. Enjoy your new found Google Fame….Bitch!
I love this site. I do have a couple of concerns in regard to military records being the end all beat all. I served from 87-91 and received the typical fruit salad, however although I have the ribbons and supporting documentation for my awards not all were listed on my DD 214. Point being it can happen. I also have a Desert Storm brother who served side by side with me, who was denied VA care because his records did not reflect him serving in SWA. Christ, we have pictures of him there. Anyway, I like you, despise posers, just afraid that sooner or later, someone who earned their way, won’t be able to prove it.
Keep on, keepin’on, Proud of my POG service HHC 4/18 Inf.
One thing the Military Phonies investigators do not do is go off half cocked. More often than not a suspected poser/embellisher is given the opportunity to prove their claims before being posted here. If someone’s records at the NPRC are screwed up that falls on the person in question. Case in point is your friend who you served with in DS/DS. He should have kept all relevant paperwork to include orders to DS and that would have proven his service there. When I was deployed and got hurt I kept all my medical paperwork and it was a good thing I did because, in typical military fashion, my paperwork was “missing” from my file. If you have awards that are not listed on your DD214 you should file a correction and get them added to your record. Your supporting documentation would be enough to prove you earned the awards and thus you would never be posted up here.
Be careful with those ribbons. They are actually Indiana National Guard ribbons as well as Indiana Guard Reserve. There is some crossover between the two services on state awards. The red/blue/yellow ribbon is the Indiana Emergency Service ribbon. It is awarded for being called up for a state emergency. Additional awards are denoted by a numeral, not an oak leaf. The green/yellow/orange one is the Indiana Distinguished Service medal.
This clown’s shit as all jacked up. His ribbons are out of order on both sides. A true E-6 would know better. Hell, an E-4 would. That asshat is also wearing the 38th ID unit crest on his shoulder straps. If he was actually Indiana national Guard infantry, he would be wearing the unit crest of the 76th Infanty Brigade Combat Team.
I have doubts he was actually in the Indiana National Guard. Most likely he was Indiana Guard Reserve. And 11 years on active duty and he left as an E-4? He either stepped on his dick or he was a less than stellar Soldier.
And this moron lives just about ten miles north of me. I may have to look him up sometime.
Could you tell him to use a commercial ribbon-rack-maker and such companies’ wide range of colorful “commemorative” medals/ribbons for added entertainment value?
Texas Tech and Texas A&M are serious rivals and anyone who went to either would know better than to claim both at the same time. Just sayin’. (Bet douche-nugget puts his Army “schools” under Education on his LinkedIn page, too.)
If you look closely at the Bronze Star he claims, you will see that it is from someone who was assigned to VII Corps which was based in Stuttgart Germany, his records do not show him ever being attached to VII Corps. I was assigned to HQ VII Corps. I say BS on his fake Bronze Star.
It is possible he was assigned to a VII Corps unit as part of an exercise. So to discount it based on the issuing unit is a bad idea. He was assigned to Germany according to his records.
No, because I processed all the awards for HQ VII Corps no matter what unit they were assigned to. They all came to Stuttgart. The Bronze Star he is posting is cropped so I can’t see the entire Citation and therefore I can’t do a search to see if it is one that I processed. I honestly do not remember any decorations being issued in April because most of HQ VII Corps was already back in Germany. I returned to Stuttgart on 25 April 1991 and we immediately began the drawdown because HQ VII Corps was deactivated right after Desert Storm. Just my 2 cents.
The three unidentified ribbons are all from the Indiana National Guard. So, along with the medals and ribbons he actually earned, they are legitimate. Regular war hero.
Funny, according to Franks time in service, he was a Brigadier General in 1991, not a Lieutenant General (that would have been 1997).
My guess is the Bronze Start Certificate is also phony, since General Franks signed it as a Lieutenant General.
Frederick Franks was a 3-Star during Desert Storm and the VII Corps Commander. You are thinking about Tommy Franks who is a different General.
Unless he changed his MOS while serving with the Indiana NG he is not authorized to wear the CIB let alone with a star. His Active Duty MOS is listed as 31C. At that point in time it was a commo MOS because I was a wire dog during that time with the WIARNG. Today the 31 series is Military Police and 25 series are commo. The CIB, as most of us already know, is specifically an Infantry/SF award. Commo at that time would not have had a combat award like the CAB that they have now.
The fish looks mortified and with good reason.
Off-topic, but FYI… new dude to be exposed on Fox 5 Atlanta at 10:00pm Eastern tonight.