Duane Allen Hoffman – U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Retired Navy Intel Officer, Navy Cross for U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut, Blog of Shame


12/13/2020 by militaryphonies

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Duane Allen Hoffman comes to us from San Francisco, California.  Hoffman is either 58 or 60 years old at the time of this writing – December 2020.  Two dates of birth (DoB) are listed for him, one in 1962 and the other in 1960.  We accounted for both DoBs when we filed a FOIA for his records, so not sure which one the pulled records for since they don’t confirm dates of birth.

Hoffman went by the nickname “Hoffie” back in high school in Connecticut, but we’re not sure if he currently uses that.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter

On a Twitter account that bears his name, he is referred to as a “U.S. NAVAL INTELLIGENCE OFFICER (’81 to 96).”  He implies being wounded making reference to having asked “WHAT DID I BLEED FOR AS NAVAL INTEL. COMBAT OFFICER.”

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter Profile

Hoffman signs a post with the rank of CAPT (O-6), then merely one day later signs another post with the rank of VICE ADMIRAL (O-9). Hoffman is either forgetful about what rank he achieved, or he was promoted at warp speed – skipping a few ranks – which is impossible.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter

In another Twitter post, Hoffman claimed that he was awarded the Navy Cross for Heroism from actions in Beirut, Lebanon – presumably 1983 or 1984.  I say these two dates because there was a bombing of the U.S. Embassy on April 18, 1983 and another bombing of the U.S. Embassy Annex on September 20, 1984.  The Annex was the facility that was designated after the first Embassy was destroyed.

Hoffman does not distinguish between the two bombings, but it is clear that he claims he was awarded the Navy Cross.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter

Hoffman coupled the Navy Cross claim with solicitation for cash for an incident he claimed happened to him during riots in San Francisco in June 2020.

He repeated the Beirut and Navy Cross claim again in another tweet.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter

In the following Tweet, Hoffman claims to be a survivor of the Marine Barracks Bombing, which was a separate incident from the U.S. Embassy bombing.  He is either claiming he is a survivor of both, or he has them confused.  The POTUS response is standard for anybody that writes, so not unique to Hoffman.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Twitter

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After checking with people knowledgeable on the U.S. presence in Beirut from 1982-1984, we were told that there were NO Navy Crosses awarded during that time. To date, the highest award issued was the Bronze Star, of which there were several. Some with the “V” and some without.

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Duane Hoffman’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. As mentioned above, there were two dates of birth listed for him but both were accounted for in the FOIA request.  The records were ordered through the National Personnel Records Center which maintains Navy records up until the mid-1990s.  Since Hoffman claimed he retired in 1996, we also made a FOIA request to the Department of the Navy which maintains records from the mid-1990s onward.

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The Department of the Navy responded saying they cannot locate a record for Duane Hoffman at BUPERS (Bureau of Naval Personnel).  However, their database reflects that there is an OMPF (Official Military Personnel File) for this individual at NPRC in St. Louis.

This means that he served and got out before the mid-1990s.

Department of the Navy – Cover Letter

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The NPRC provided the following records.

NPRC FOIA Results – Duane Hoffman – Summary Sheet

NPRC FOIA Results – Duane Hoffman – Assignments

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The SCRA database only shows records from September 1984 to present day.  A systematic search was performed for Duane Hoffman but it came up empty.  This further reinforces the results above – that he was discharged before September 1984.  The NPRC service dates are June 25, 1981 – September 25, 1983.

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We were able to identify a photo from the Wilby High School yearbook in Waterbury, Connecticut where Hoffman spent his youth. This made us believe that the date of birth in 1962 was the correct one. This also places him in high school in 1981.  He claims he was in the Navy in 1981 which is plausible if he joined right after High School. That appears to be the case because the official military records from the NPRC state that his date of entry was June 25, 1981.  The point is he would not have sufficient time to go to college and graduate with a degree to allow for a commission in the Navy.

Duane Allen Hoffman – Wilby High School Yearbook

In fact, he could not have been in either of the Beirut bombings as an Intel Officer based on the timeline of high school if you factor in four years of college.

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Hoffman is not in any of the official and non-official Navy Cross databases where we would expect to find him if he was awarded the Navy Cross.

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Hoffman seems to have had an extensive career as a con artist as some have labeled him.  Then, when in prison awaiting trial for theft and fraud, he successfully won a federal lawsuit allowing him to wear a yarmulke in jail.

Duane Hoffman – San Francisco Chronicle

July 4, 2009 – Inmate gets way, but won’t drop suit (San Franciso Chronicle)

July 9, 2009 – Jewish inmate gets yarmulke back (Washington Jewish Week – DC)

Duane Allen Hoffman was sentenced in 2010 to two years in prison for using a stolen credit card.

Then, Hoffman found himself back in jail again, this time in 2013.  More fodder for the newspapers.

November 21, 2013 – Con artist back in the clink (The San Francisco Examiner)

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The official military records for Duane Allen Hoffman point to a two-year service in the U.S. Navy.

There is no record of him being an officer let alone a Vice Admiral or Captain.

There is no record of him being awarded a Navy Cross.

There is no record of him being in Beirut, Lebanon.

There are no awards for combat.

If Hoffman has used these claims to gain anything of value – especially the combat and Navy Cross claims – he may be in violation of the Stolen Valor Act.

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Hoffman – Twitter

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DUANEALLENHOFF1




This Ain’t Hell: https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=108347

9 thoughts on “Duane Allen Hoffman – U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, Retired Navy Intel Officer, Navy Cross for U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut, Blog of Shame

  1. Skippy says:

    Turd !!!!!

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    We’ll keep it kinda simple for the start of Google Fame for the lying, embellishing POS Duane Allen Hoffman. You wanted attention, you whore, you’re about to get it. New chew toy for the Real Dogs of War over to VG/TAH! May you rot in Hell as Satan devours your worthless soul.

  3. HMC(FMF)Ret_87-10 says:


    – Reading his Page 5 shows that he never was anything other than a wandering student/ trainee for just over two years.

    – He entered Machinist Mate “A” School Aug 81 and was reclassified into Electronics Tech “A” School in Jul 82. He is then again reclassified into Cryptologic Tech (Administrative) “A” School in Dec 82. Per the NA 13164 it appears that he did complete CT(A) training.

    – CT(A)’s were glorified Yoeman (YN) with a Security Clearance. They managed classified docs and acted as couriers…..THAT’S IT! The rate was merged with Yoeman on 01 OCT 2007.

    – His Page 5 shows that after CT(A) “A” School, he was released to an Navy ROTC Unit at Evanston IL (most likely Northwestern University) and then discharged 18 days later.

    – What this speaks to is that he most likely failed the background investigation for a TS clearance for the CT(A) rate.

    – Found this bit in an article announcing his arrest in in 2013……

    “Prior to his 2010 sentencing in a previous identity theft case, Hoffman sued then-Sheriff Michael Hennessey in federal court, alleging religious discrimination because sheriff’s deputies took away his yarmulke in jail.

    In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Hoffman said he was a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant seriously injured in the U.S. embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, and was paralyzed and in a wheelchair as a result.

    According to Bastian, Hoffman was not in a wheelchair when he was arrested this week, nor was he using one at the time of the alleged crimes.”

    “Identity Thief Scams SF Hotels Out Of Thousands Of Dollars” 20 NOV 2013 http://sfappeal.com/2013/11/identity-thief-scams-sf-hotels-out-of-thousands-of-dollars/

    – DUANE ALLEN HOFFMAN is a career, lying and thieving criminal who has nothing to his credit in life. He is a loathsome scourge on humanity who appears to take every opportunity to gain something of value by preying on others.

  4. James Stedman says:

    This despicable lying piece of garbage deserves to be tried for any violations he has made under Stolen Valor.

  5. […] folks at Military Phony send us their work on Duane Allen Hoffman who is 58 or 60 years old.  He has two different dates […]

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Gee whiz. Gee. Golly geezo Pete! This fat bastard has been more places in the span of 24 hours than my next door neighbor on his way to work.
    It’s purely amazing that he got hisself promoted from Captain to Vice Admiral in less than 24 hours, when usually, people get promoted to Commodore (Rear Admiral – lower half – one star) first and then Rear Admiral (2 stars) then Vice Admiral, but he must have found the way to fast-track that rise in his fake pay grade.
    What else has this trollop done, besides lie, cheat and steal?? Curious minds want to know.

  7. Ed M says:

    After reading the dossier it would appear that Mr Hoffman is a Donald J Trump protege. May he and Mr Trump ESAD, soon.

    • DukeYukon says:

      On closer reading, it appears he switches his political affiliations as quickly as he changes rank. In June he was asking fellow “deplorables” for money, indicating he identified as a Trump supporter. On one of his last posts he was denouncing Trump as a liar (there’s some irony), and pledging for Biden. I suppose his quick shift to the left came after the deplorables did not send him money for a new phone.

  8. John L. McCue says:

    I’m a retired stewburner on subs, worked as a cook & personal in the USAF, this piece of crap needs to go far-far away, like jail.

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