03/14/2021 by militaryphonies
Louis Clifford D’Allesandro comes to us from Manchester, New Hampshire. D’Allesandro is 82 y/o at the time of this writing – March 2021. He often goes by “Lou.”
D’Allesandro is a New Hampshire state Senator and has been for many years.
Recently, D’Allesandro weighed in on an issue involving an outbreak of COVID-19 in a veteran’s rest home. In an article about the situation dated December 21, 2020 D’Allesandro was described as a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
In an OP-ED written a few months later by D’Allesandro on February 5, 2021 he states that he is a “veteran” and goes on to state that the situation at the Veterans Home was incredibly personal for him.
A few of Senator D’Allesandro’s constituents caught these statements and in light of the leverage they had toward veteran’s issues, they asked Military Phony to look into the claims.
On Senator D’Allesandro’s official NH Senate page, it states under “Military Service” that he was in the U.S. Marine Corps.
NOTE: The above senate page has now been edited and the military service has been removed. It can still be pulled up on Google cache or an internet archive. See comparison here – this edit occurred sometime between March 15 and March 21, 2021.
On a bill-tracking page, Senator D’Allesandro’s biography lists him as having retired from the U.S. Marine Corps.
SOURCE: https://billtrack50.com/legislatordetail/1021 (Click on “BIO”)
On the BallotPedia.org website, when the Senator was seeking reelection, it states that “D’Allesandro served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 1958.”
This comment comes with a reference – and that reference points to D’Allesandro’s official website under “Biography” which was accessed on May 16, 2014. This reference to being in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1958 appears to no longer be stated on the Biography page.
Then, there is this article…
“The fact that the current administration is so negative in their approach to veterans, it’s very disconcerting and very disheartening. It’s very disheartening for me who has served with many people in defense of this country,” said D’Allesandro, a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Then, this article where D’Allesandro is referred to as a veteran and retired U.S. Marine…
“Throughout the event, speakers such as Sullivan and State Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), himself a retired U.S. Marine, also used statements and actions from President Donald Trump as a contrast to Biden’s actions.”
On D’Allesandro’s Wikipedia page, there is a photo of him wearing a United States Marine Corps badge on his lapel…
Here is an official speaker’s biography for the NH Statewide Chamber of Commerce Summit held in December 2020.
On July 26, 2017, Senator D’Allesandro was officially recognized by a formal submission into the Senate Record. This document is part of the record at the U.S. Congress. In this official record, D’Allesandro was honored for having “served our country honorably in uniform in the U.S. Marine Corps…”
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
Louis Clifford D’Allesandro’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
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NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)
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Louis D’Allesandro had a book written about him titled “Lou D’Allesandro: Lion of the New Hampshire Senate and Thoughts for Presidential Hopefuls” by Mark C. Bodanza.
In this book, there are references to him being in college, playing football and signing up for the U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC).
These references in the book appear to be a truthful account.
D’Allesandro was captain of his college football team. As such, college games are usually played on the weekend, which would seem incompatible with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve duty. He would have had to be excused from those drills. We are not entirely familiar with the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course back in the late 1950s/early 1960s, but it appeared to be a summertime commitment.
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
As stated in the FOIA results – the NPRC summary sheet states that D’Allesandro’s records show no active duty service in the U.S. Marine Corps. Had he gone to boot camp prior to going into the reserves, that would have been recorded as active duty.
There is no Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) recorded either.
It appears that he was discharged from the program. It would not be correct to characterize this as “retired.”
D’Allesandro offered up the following document when asked about all of this.
This is a standard discharge document when one is not going to enter active duty from the Platoon Leaders Course. One is discharged as an E-1.
One is not considered a Marine if they never graduated boot camp or OCS.
As a side note, there is a Louis Walter D’Alesandro that was in the Marine Corps for over 25 years, including 1958. There is only one “L” in his last name, but there were occasions that it was misspelled with two “L”s. Louis Walter and Louis Clifford are two different people – no relationship we could find – and their Service Numbers are different.
Louis Walter D’Alesandro – 048636 (<– Service Number)
Louis Clifford D’Allesandro – 1866911 (<– Service Number)
Back at that time, individuals were assigned a service number as an identifier vs. serving under their Social Security number. The period of 1958 had a service number that was one digit longer than previous service numbers.
We point out this distinction because we could not find a reference to Louis Clifford serving in any capacity in 1958. His summary sheet from the NPRC states that he joined on March 19, 1959. There could have been the equivalent of a Delayed Entry Program, so there is that.
We reached out to Senator D’Allesandro through official channels asking him to clarify how he justifies using the label “veteran” or “Retired – U.S. Marine Corps.” We reached out initially, waited one week, then reached out again. We have not gotten a response.
We would have liked to have him comment on this issue.
We were able to put together a few claims that appeared in the press. There is always the likelihood of other claims made in speeches or in private conversations but we will leave that for others to confirm.
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