Douglas “Chipp” Reid – US Marine Corps GySgt Retired, Two Purple Hearts, Blog of Shame


04/27/2021 by militaryphonies


Douglas “Chipp” Reid comes to us from Annapolis, Maryland.  Reid is 56 y/o at the time of this writing – April 2021.  He more often goes by “Chipp.”

Reid is an author and historian.  He specializes in Navy and Marine Corps history. Reid has written several books for the Naval Institute Press that are sold there and on Amazon. On a comment on the Naval Institute website for a book on Marines, Reid is identified as a “USMC historian.”

Reid is often sought for speaking engagements.

In the following clip from C-SPAN, Reid claims that he is both an Army and Marine Corps veteran, implying that he decided to become a man in 1992 after seeing the light.  We are not certain if this implies his decision to join the Marine Corps, but one could draw this conclusion based on the inference.

Reid was also featured on the popular TV documentary “The Curse of Oak Island” where Reid was brought in as a Naval historian and was introduced as a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Rick Lagina, the show’s star, thanked “Chipp” Reid for his service.


In August of 2017 the Naval War College in Newport RI detailed the upcoming speakers for the Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells Lecture Series. On Thursday, October 5th they advertised: “To the Walls of Derne: William Eaton, the Tripoli Coup, and the End of the First Barbary War,” by Chipp Reid. In a short bio that followed, Reid was introduced as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.


At a Pearl Harbor Commemorative Dinner held on December 7, 2020, “Chipp” Reid was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies. The dinner took place at the Hilton in L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, D.C. with about 50 people in attendance.

In the Winter 2020 versions of the Naval Order of the United States magazine, a photo and brief article captured the event.  In the photo, Reid can be seen with USMC GySgt (E-7) stripes and a Purple Heart medal with a second award, signifying two Purple Heart awards.


The Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignias are worn backwards.

It is hard to tell if one of the ribbons is a Combat Action Ribbon – it may or may not be.  As someone pointed out, it would be worn on the right side if it is worn with the dinner jacket in the first place.  However, it is rare to be awarded a Purple Heart but not a Combat Action Ribbon.  Exceptions are the Fort Hood and Chattanooga Tennessee Reserve Center terrorist shootings.

In the same publication, on the same page talking about the Pearl Harbor Dinner, Chipp Reid was referred to several times as a GySgt which is a rank unique to the U.S. Marine Corps.


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Douglas “Chipp” Reid’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  Variations on the initials of his middle name were account for in the request.

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FOIA – NPRC – Douglas “Chipp” Reid – Summary Sheet

FOIA – NPRC – Douglas “Chipp” Reid – Assignments

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As stated in the FOIA results – the NPRC summary sheet states that Reid’s records show he was in the Army Reserve and got out as a Private (E-1) after 9 years.

The U.S. Marine Corps could not locate a record on him.

There are no Purple Heart awards for his time in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Since there are no records that were located for the US Marine Corps, the Purple Heart awards are a moot point.

It is odd that he only got an Army Service Ribbon for his time in the Army Reserve.  There are possible reasons for that but it is most likely related to his discharge as a Private (E-1) and we’ll leave it at that.

If Reid has used these claims to leverage anything of value – employment, sale of books or other items, paid speaking engagements, etc. he could be in violation of Stolen Valor laws.

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20 thoughts on “Douglas “Chipp” Reid – US Marine Corps GySgt Retired, Two Purple Hearts, Blog of Shame

  1. HARRY J DILLON says:

    Another ‘Stolen Valor’ , and this one an author at that. Let’s hope that no more of his books sell.

  2. Why not try to live a better life after a discharge? Plenty of people have had less than stellar military enlistments and have found greatness afterwards.

  3. KoB says:

    Welp, been awhile since we’ve seen a lying. embellishing POS like Douglas “Chipp” Reid II claiming to be a Former (Ret) USMC and a US Army Vet. Chipp? As in Buffalo Chip? And we all know what a Buffalo Chip is…a dried up piece of sh%t. At least a Buffalo Chip is worth something. Makes a good fire and is excellent fertilizer. Too bad we can’t light him on fire and add him to the compost heap. Fake Military Record but has a genuine meat gazing look about him. Two (2) Purple Hearts? Oh, I guess one is for stepping on his di@k and the other for a bruised taint.

    Guess what Chippie…You’ll be able to “Read” all about what the troops of TAH/VG think of you in your upcoming Blockbuster GOOOOOOGLE Fame. ESAD you worthless POS!

  4. Skivvy Stacker says:

    Just to answer the question above in the body of the story. The Combat Action Ribbon is just that, a RIBBON award only. There is no corresponding medal that goes with it. As such, if he were wearing it in Dress Blues with medals, it would go over the right breast pocket.
    Looking at that Dinner Blues pic, I notice that his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor jewelry is on wrong. They should both be on the opposite collar [anchors inboard]

    • Jay says:

      Also looks like he forgot to wear a cummerbund, as is stand with the evening dress uniform. But, it could just be the way the podium is situated.

      As a REAL GySgt (RET), this dude looks like 10lbs of shit in a 5lb bag. That offends me in and of itself.

      • Skivvy Stacker says:

        Probably don’t have any cummerbunds large enough for his stomach.

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  6. Stuart Bracken says:

    I don’t think the USNI will appreciate him one bit.

    • TDM says:

      Embellished? You took on a whole new life! That apology was limp at best. Folks that read that may think you promoted yourself one pay grade or perhaps you only received one PH. Just tell the truth!

  7. Len Grindstaff says:

    He posted a half-assed apology on his Facebook page.

    • Joe Blow says:

      Such a lame ass apology. I mean for a writer and published author you’d think he could create a better mea culpa. I utterly loath people who lie and then who insult me even further by thinking that I’m so stupid that I’ll believe such a ridiculous prevarication.

  8. steve renner says:

    Claiming to be a retired gunny while actually being a pvt with 9 years time in service (all reserve) is a little more than an embellishment, I’d say

  9. Charlie Co 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines says:

    Facking POS FatBody Trash 9 years and an E-1 hahaha

  10. Captain Jack Sparrow says:

    Leave a tweet at the USNI Twitter account and ask them what they are going to do about this f*cking fake. After all-they do publish his books.

  11. Black Sheep says:

    It appears Chippy works as an editor for the National Archives and Records Administration…the, uh, guardian of America’s government records.

    Just like any other agency, it’s best just to go to the public affairs office at Archives to give them a heads-up; go anywhere else and they’ll just tell you to go there. Email is I found it on this page:

    They also have a Twitter page!

    Shame, really; I’m sure the number of Stolen Valor people are greatly outnumbered by the decent, hardworking folks at the Archives. I mean, as decent and hardworking as any usual government employee 🙂

    • Joe Blow says:

      Yeah, but the National Archives hasn’t tweeted anything on their account since 2017…

      • Black Sheep says:

        Whoops! It looks like the link to the Archives Twitter page should actually be

        Drop em a line about Chippy! They also run the NPRC, ref’d in the MP report. You’d think someone would have thought to check his records before joining the National Archives and *RECORDS* Administration.

  12. Joe Blow says:

    Sooooo, Chipp gave a lecture at the US Naval War College back in 2017,

    and here’s what was posted as his bio:
    “Chipp Reid is a Marine Corps veteran, an award-winning reporter, a licensed ship captain and the author of the critically acclaimed Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble’s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign and Lion in the Bay: The British Invasion of Chesapeake, which the Royal Marines Historical Society named its Book of the Year for 2017.”

    Yup, even the US Naval War College thought he was a Marine.

  13. Captain Kangaroo says:

    Well, it appears the US Naval Institute Press which published Mr. Reid’s books no longer offers them on the USNI website….

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