David D’Anunzio – U.S. Navy SEAL, Blog of Shame


07/01/2021 by militaryphonies


David Alan D’Anunzio comes to us from Brooksville, Florida but originally is from New York.  His Facebook page claims he lives in Tampa, Florida.  D’Anunzio is 58 years old at the time of this writing – July 2021.

D’Anunzio currently serves as the Department of Florida’s VFW Sgt-at-Arms.

As you can see in the above photo, D’Anunzio displays a US Navy SEAL Trident on his chest.

In a photo of the honor guard at VFW Post 8681, you can make out the US Navy SEAL Trident but it is a bit harder to see.  We enlarged the section to focus on.

D’Anunzio’s Facebook page is adorned with references to U.S. Navy SEALs, which may imply that he was a SEAL.

David D’Anunzio – Facebook

Someone that met D’Anunzio recently said that D’Anunzio claimed that he was in BUD/S Class 114 and stationed with SEAL Team 2.
There was some suspicion by a former Navy SEAL, so D’Anunzio was reported to us to look into his situation.

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After contacting the UDT/SEAL archives and checking the UDT/SEAL database we found that there is NO record of “David Alan D’Anunzio” or any other variation of his name ever completing BUD/S Training or assigned to any SEAL teams.

David D’Anunzio’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Due to his age and claim of service dates, we filed with the Department of the Navy which maintains records from the mid 1990s-present.  The Department of the Navy indicated that D’Anunzio’s records were kept with NPRC due to a release from the Navy in 1992.

Ironically, D’Anunzio was released from active duty on July 1, 1992 – exactly 29 years ago today.

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NPRC FOIA Results – David D’Anunzio – Summary Sheet

NPRC FOIA Results – David D’Anunzio – Assignments 1981-1984

NPRC FOIA Results – David D’Anunzio – Assignments 1984-1989

NPRC FOIA Results – David D’Anunzio – Assignments 1990-1992

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The DoD Manpower Data Center / SCRA database was searched with the following results.

DoD Manpower Data Center / SCRA Results – David D’Anunzio

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We were able to find a photo in the 1983-84 East Med Cruise book for the USS John F. Kennedy.  This coincides with the time D’Anunzio was on that ship.

Although the name is possibly misspelled, ‘DS’ would have been his rating at the time.  We could not find anyone in the United States with the name spelled as “A’Anunzio” so there is reasonable suspicion it is him. The photo doesn’t really add any value to the case other than establishing his unit was not a SEAL Team.

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We came across this newspaper article which falls under the category of “Hometown Heroes” or “Local Military News” area.  “Gates” refers to a town in New York, about 10 minutes drive from Rochester.

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There is no record of David Alan D’Anunzio attending BUD/S-SEAL training and no record of him serving with a SEAL Team.

In fact, the BUD/S class that D’Anunzio claimed – BUD/S Class 114 – classed up the same month that D’Anunzio joined the Navy so that would be impossible.

D’Anunzio wears a Combat Action Ribbon (CAR).  The ship he was on – the USS McInerney (FFG-8) – earned a CAR for the Gulf War.  We do wonder if he was asked about his CAR and that may have lead to the story of him being a SEAL – implying an individual award vs. a ship award – but who knows?

If D’Anunzio has used false claims to gain anything of value – he may be in violation of the Stolen Valor Act.

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/david.danunzio


9 thoughts on “David D’Anunzio – U.S. Navy SEAL, Blog of Shame

  1. HMC(FMF)Ret_87-10 says:


    1) Current address listed as Spring Hill, FL (about 40 mi. N of Tampa).

    2) Additional social media: http://www.tagged.com/profile.html?uid=29359285

    3) Served 11 yr / 5 mo. Mysteriously he reenlisted in OCT 90 and then was discharged in JUL 92 after 21 mo. Odd contract for a re-up??

    4) AWARDS/ QUALS: Several discrepancies in photos vs. NA13164 that is transcribed from official DOD/DON records.

    NA13164 Pimp Pics
    CAR x1 CAR x1 *gedunk award to fleet in DS/DS theater. Not earned individually.
    NUC x1 NUC x1
    MUC x1 MUC x1
    NBE x1 NBE x1/2 * has worn 1 & 2 E’s in pics.
    NGCM x2 NGCM x4 * In order to have 4 GCM, min. svc would be 16 yr. not his 11 yr.
    NDSM x1 NDSM x1
    AFEM x1 AFEM x1
    SWAS x1 SWAS x1
    SSDR x2 SSDR x4 * 2 extra SSDR for those secret squirrel missions
    SKLM x00 SKLM x1 * SKLM was not awarded to his ship for DS/DS.
    KLM x1 KLM x1

    5) Summary:

    DAVID ALAN D’ANUNZIO was NEVER a US Navy Special Warfare Operator. His actual job was to pound keyboards, tinker w/ broke equip. and swab decks.

    DAVID ALAN D’ANUNZIO likes to wear & take photos w/ UNEARNED AWARDS. U gotta pimp dat bling, yo’…if you are an insecure twidget.

    DAVID ALAN D’ANUNZIO will probably NEVER admit to his deceptions because that will hurt his standing w/ the cool kids in the VFW who once AGAIN will circle the wagons and protect their puppy.

    • Michael Martinson says:

      Wouldn’t call the CAR a gee dunk award. I was in the Navy did an IA to Afghanistan as a non combat rate and served as an ETT super proud of my CAR. Did not see that many in my time in the Navy. Honestly enlisted in the navy to go on a ship and see ports never saw a ship and did a deployment to Afghanistan.

      • Docfireball says:

        Mike , same here. Navy , rated a CAR as an FMF Corpsman in Iraq. I believe the context is that in the gulf war several ships’ crews were blanketed CARS for the ships being in hostile territory and for sending tomahawks , etc. I’m sure there were a few instances of traditional naval combat, but by and large sailors were awarded them due to happenstance. I’m sure yours , being in Afghanistan was an individual award and for situations were you were / performed in harms way. In short, you weren’t at the galley while you got the CAR.

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  3. KoB says:

    Another lying, embellishing POS wanna be Navy SEAL. Everybody wants to be a Navy Seal until it becomes time to do Navy SEAL stuff. This sissy punk didn’t even TRY to become a Navy Seal.

    He may can make a seal on a taint during his shift as Apprentice Towel Fluffer at Brucie’s Bath House (enter in the rear). Or he can seal a deal at dumpster 3 behind the truck stop.

    Welcome to your inherwbez fame, David D’Anunzio. Here’s hoping that you run into some REAL DEAL NAVY SEALs and they have a little “chat” with you, pointing out the errors of your lie!

  4. Joe Bell says:

    Know there will be person to personQ&A’s! Some people are “Legends In Their Own Minds”

  5. Ken says:

    This doesn’t surprise me. As a Data Systems Tech (DS), an elite class of twidget ;-), I served with him at CSTSC Mare Island in 1989. Definitely not a SEAL, but he did have a rep for blowing up equipment he was working on and he definitely had mental issues. He does NOT reflect the quality and caliber of his fellow sailors and DS’s. Keep up the good work.

  6. Tony 32nd ADA says:

    CAR is upside in the VFW photo.

  7. AG says:

    This is sad and totally unnecessary. I did not know him well, the reasons for this are difficult to explain in one paragraph. EDS Division was not a rollercoaster ride of excitement but our work was critical to the overall mission. That’s the source of my pride. Dave should let go of the phony decorations and search his soul and faith for guidance.

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