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Joel Thompson, Green Beret... NOT!!

Joel Thompson, Fake Green Beret.

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Some are too easy. When you wear your Ranger Tab under your Airborne Tab, there's really no need to run a records check with NPRC, You're bogus.

Joel was sent to us by someone who's known him most of his life. They knew his lies and criminal past and got tired of seeing him use people. We took a milli-second to watch the video here Click here for his video and knew instantly he was not what he claimed. You MUST watch the video. He goes out of his way to spin the chair around and get his patches into the view of the camera. Click here for his video

So, he wears:

VFW Patch False, He spent a little over a year and a half before he was booted from the Army. He was never in combat and doesn't qualify for membership. His local VFW said they do offer those who don't qualify, the ability to aquire a social membership on a very limited basis. They said he is not one of them.

First Sergeant rank False, He spent a little over a year and a half before he was given a dishonorable discharge and booted from the Army as an E-1 PVT

Airborne Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated Airborne School.

Glider Badge False, The Army recinded this on 3 May 1961; however, it remained authorized for wear by those who earned it. 3 years before he was born.

Ranger Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated Ranger School.

Combat Infantry Badge False, he never was deployed much less in combat. He never left Ft Campbell Ky.

101st patch False, He was never assigned to the 101st

82nd Patch False, He was never assigned to the 82nd

Armor/CAV gold shoulder cord False, He was a non Airborne leg dump truck driver

Ranger Scroll False, He was never assigned to any Ranger unit.

Special Forces Patch False, he was never assigned to any Special Forces unit.

Special Forces Long Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course

 In his video, he says his "Best Friend" died in his arms 1000% False. He never left Ft Campbell 

Per former GF in an email: He was in Somalia, Iraq and was a member of black hawk down.  False, as a side note, Blackhawk Down was a movie, not a unit.

Per former GF in an email: He said he was in special forces and got shot 3 times while overseas. False, never SF, never in combat, never shot.

Per former GF in an email: He said that the time magazine cover of the soldier who was pissing on Saddam's statue was him. False, he was never in Iraq or on any cover

He was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, Ft Campbell Ky as a Dump Truck driver before he was given a dishonorable discharge.

After this was publish, our brothers at This Aint Hell sent us some additional paperwork they found on him. We added to this article in the picture section.

Edit: We received this a few days after the article was published:

My name is JXXXX CXX and I have some information to add to your story on this person. The only thing I ask is that you not mention me by name. 

I was in a relationship with Joel for 3 years, from 2008 to end of 2011. In that time he was in prison for over a year on an old charge and a OVI that he got while in my car. He was on parole in summit county and Cuyahoga county at the same time after he was released. After he got out, he was working for a tree trimmer and fell out of a tree he was cutting and broke his leg in 3 places. I was the one who took care of him while he was laid up. His parole officer would have to come to my house for his visits because he wasn't able to get into the office. He told me in the years we were together that he was an Army Ranger with the 101st airborne division, He was in Somalia, Iraq and was a member of black hawk down. 

He said he was in special forces and got shot 3 times while overseas. He said that the time magazine cover of the soldier who was pissing on Saddam's statue was him. The best friend that died in his arms, I heard that story over and over again, his name was Kenny, I don't remember his last name. He also said his combat captain was a gentleman who lived in Springfield, Ohio. he said that when he died, he left him his house and property, never saw any of it. when he started living with me and my kids, I asked him where his benefits were if he had such a service record. he told me that he recently mustered out and there was a backlog and they haven't gotten to him yet. He never got anything the whole time he was with us.

I had a next door neighbor who was a Korean vet and he also firmly believed in his stories. He is a very heavy drinker, and would get extremely violent with me and my kids. He said he was too torn up by the things he saw in combat. He also told me that he was based in Washington dc and would pull duty in Arlington cemetery, he also said he was a soldier who guarded the tomb of the unknown soldier. also said he participates in military funerals.

I wanted to believe him, but i was skeptical, I just had no way of accessing his military records to confirm what he was telling me. I know that he is a member of the VFW post in Akron Ohio near Firestone park, and when I was with him, he belonged to the Mogadore Ohio chapter. 

We broke up because he was extremely drunk one night and was berating me all day long about how I am a worthless person and I don't deserve to live, if i would drop dead in front of him he would throw a party, all the things he always said when he was drunk. Then the next day, he would claim he didn't remember what he said, he was in a PTSD blackout. He had me so beat down I started to believe it, that night I had finally had enough and I started fighting back, it escalated to the point where he had me pinned down on the bed, he was straddling me from above and looked down at me and I could see the hate and crazy in his eyes. he kept saying I was worthless and i should thank my lucky stars that he loves me, but he wants to strangle the life out of me and watch the light dim from my eyes. 

I told him he gets one hit so you better make it count because you won't have the chance to have another. He narrowed his eyes, reared back and clocked me with his full force in my jaw. He got up and walked out of the room, and I got away and went downstairs to my kids, when they found out what he had done, my daughter called the cops and my son escorted him to the door with a baseball bat. He was arrested and got out and charges were dropped. I kicked him out of the house and attempted to cut ties with him, he didn't go quietly. he told me he was going to make my life miserable and he attempted to do just that. 

 I did a records search to see where he was and I saw that he in jail again for a year. I also looked at his court docket when he was appealing for judicial release. His fiancé had sent a letter to the judge with his social security hearing information attached to it. While he was serving his sentence, he applied for disability and got it on the first try, citing service related injuries. He said that all his medical problems were service related and he got it! 

 Thank you for your time and your discretion, warm regards, JXXXX CXX

Joel Thompson, you'll now be added to Hall of Fakes, Frauds, and Phonies in the Hall of Zeroes and people not worth our Time


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4/1/2018 6:35 AM

Good Lord. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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Tom Kelly:

The type of individual who embellishes his service record for what reason. profit, glory, importance ??? They probably do not think anyone will find out the truth.


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I just wanted to say thank you for having the resources to check out these tools and the restraint to not lose it when you confront these folks. If you ever need help, let me know. I am a retired 1st Group guy with some time on my hands.


Who made the labels for the shadow box of military awards and decorations? Him?

There are some obvious errors (and not only the fact that the SF shoulder patch is missing the Airborne Tab and is upside down).

For example, The shoulder sleeve insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagle") is labeled as "Airborne Army Ranger patch."

But notice there is a mix of insignia in which he actually affirms the information GOTGB recovered through a FOIA request:

1 - The enlisted insignia is that of Air Defense Artillery, (the brass disk of crossed cannon with a missile superimposed) that enlisted branch insignia matches military records that he entered Hawk Missile Crewman training at Ft. Bliss, TX (but apparently failed the course, because he was reclassified as a wheel vehicle driver).

2 - He appears to have added the bar for the U.S. Army Driver and Mechanics badge for [DRIVER-W] to an Expert Marksmanship Badge!? The bar is probably authorized, as he was in fact a wheeled vehicle driver per service records. But the bar does not belong on a weapons qualification badge.

3 - The patch labeled "White Sands Missile Range" is actually that of the Air Defense Artillery Center and School, originally at Ft. Bliss, TX but relocated to Ft. Sill, OK in 2009.

4 - The small brass eagle insignia, labeled as "U.S. Army Pin" is actually the reduced size hat insignia for a female officer (1 5/8" tall, vs. the male officer hat insignia that is 2 3/8" tall).

And so on. Where did the shadow box picture come from?


I put up with this sociopath in the SF Safe House, his constant need for attention was irritating at the least. I left the room due to his penetrating posts. I am not surprised to see he was a fake, Thx Guardians...

Stacey1ross :

We spent almost 2 years under the leadership of this man. We put our complete trust in him and now here we are. We are hurt and angered by this.


As of February 2019, David Shaffer was expelled from Minnesota Freemasonry and the Shriners because of this conduct.


It's been just over 12 years since he went to jail (then prison) for what he did to me. I'm still haunted by it all every day. He is a monster, true evil.

Anonymous :

I really can’t describe the feeling I had when I once again did the periodic check online to see if Gilbert had been arrested yet.I strangely found comfort in the fact that he was not captured and brought back to Florida for his warrants there . I knew he was in Colorado somewhere but I never wanted him to come back to Florida with another slap on the wrist or turning CI to get out of trouble and I feel at danger again , however , I never really felt safe knowing he was out there at all. I was contacted months back by someone asking if I had seen him and making sure I was safe because he stated he was coming back to Florida and was on the run from the FBI I was told . I didn’t sleep for a month well after that. I can’t describe the terror I dealt with being involved with this person , the healing that is still taking place for myself and my children . He is a lifelong con man , he’s very convincing and by the time you realize the truth you are in danger and he’s extremely violent . Being a con man he hatches elaborate ways to tear your life apart , set you up , spread convincing and dangerous lies , he managed to blackmail me for things that he created for me out of fear and the cloud of abuse and threats from him for so long . I tried many agencies to help me no one believed me or did anything about him . He would re enter my home for a year telling lies and slandering me across the internet social media , with people even threatening me because they believed him he was so convincing . I slept with baseball bats and knives for years because of him. My children are still tormented because of things he did and said and the entire experience . I actually had to leave my job , my home and my children just to get away from him .

He has always lied about being in the military , he had me convinced of the same thing as well as everyone who knew him for a long long time , also lied about being in with Florida motorcycle gangs and would use that as a threat as well , he always stated he was SF and medic , said injured in Afghanistan and that’s why he has seizures , also not true , I found evidence of him lying to women on social media also impersonating a SF years ago , he had gotten pictures of soldiers with beards that looked very much like him and he knew a lot of the lingo and studied it , he also pretended to be a firefighter and ex firefighter to people as well. That was another of his cons . He always wore military type gear and shirts he would buy offline or from people or army navy store etc I actually still have a couple of them around Idk why , maybe to remind me of what I let happen to me and the damage it did so that I never allow that to ever happen to me again. He changed me then in terrible ways and I never could figure out how to get away or out of the situations . I never experienced someone like him - in no fool or naive , I have an experienced life but the extent he will go .... photoshopping pictures , editing fake text conversations etc making false reports to child protection agencies etc etc .... people believe him and he can turn your life upside down between that , setting you up and threats Therof and physical violence . He has also been to prison in Massachusetts or Missouri I believe for weapons and violence against another woman I found out later . He treats his mother and youngest daughter the same way with threats and control and violence , has 3 other children all in different states as well .... he’s mentally disturbed and dangerous and I am hoping they actually keep him for a very long time so my children and I can feel safe .

I’m so happy you guys were diligent and captured him . The alias he was using is someone that I know as well whom was in prison when he started using that alias .

Thank you for flushing him out and catching him . Thank you so much I can’t explain how I felt

Reading all of this , validating things for me in a way because I don’t think a lot of people where I’m from still believed me . His lies seemed too far fetched , details and convincing fake evidence , he had people coming after me thinking I was many many things and done things I had not as a way to intimidate me .

I have a damaged jaw , ptsd and still working to start my life over in every aspect and help my kids overcome the damage that he did to them . His name and face will haunt me probably for life and I’m sorry to the other woman who fell for this because I completely and truly understand how it happens and the web that he weaves . I’m happy no one got physically hurt and I will hope to see him get some serious time .


Yet another Piece of Shit phony. When will it stop?

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