By Frank W. Dux
This author is personally familiar with how Stolen Valor Vultures make false allegations and invent evidence in order to enrich themselves or their associates.
A reviewer of B.G. Burkett’s book “Stolen Valor”, writing for Soldier of Fortune magazine, Larry Bailey, is associated with the infamous Swift Boat Lies propagated by B.G. Burkett.
As a named defendant in Frank Dux vs. Soldier Of Fortune Inc., Alexander McColl, Larry Bailey & Robert K. Brown, Superior Court Of California, County Of Los Angeles, Case No. Bc198883, Bailey, in his filed declaration, stated he should not be prosecuted for libel, for he did not mention me in the SOF article published under his by-line in which I was falsely accused of committing stolen valor.
The editors added my name to enhance sales.
More importantly, the defendant did not cite truth as their defense in any pleadings. Bailey found out that there was no evidence to support the allegations made in the magazine. Those responsible for publishing the false allegations against me of stolen valor shifted guilt away from themselves to their sources.
I established that their sources were not credible and that they published fabricated evidence and testimony. This was established by exhibit evidence attached to the complaint and was never rebutted.
Frank Dux teaching Danbury Swat Team.
One of the bogus sources was B.G. Burkett, whose self-published book, Stolen Valor, used a photo of me in a costume I wore in a film – a pseudo Marine uniform with various military ribbon display and from the photo he wrote that this was proof of stolen valor.
Lt. Commander, Richard Marcinko USN (ret) is the founder of the elite anti-terror US Navy SEAL TEAM SIX.
In the same inflammatory tone and deceptive manner Soldier Of Fortune published an article that falsely suggested that Marcinko was guilty of Stolen Valor – and dubbed him, “Pouge Warrior” mocking Marcinko’s best seller Rogue Warrior, published by Simon & Schuster.
It’s no coincidence that these two separate but similar deceptive articles manipulated the perception were executed by the same people. I don’t think it was a coincidence that Marcinko and I had theatrical film/series projects competing with Robert K. Brown, and each of us were seeking to be green-lit by the same film studio and Executive Producer, Jerry Brucheimer.
Unlike Marcinko and I, Brown is an associate of infamous Swift Boat hatchet man, B.G. Burkett.
In his book, Burkett made over 400 conclusory, unsubstantiated and inflammatory allegations against me – which I spent tens of thousands of dollars proving he was a liar. These lies were outlined line-by-line in a “Legal Analysis and Breakdown” in my lawsuit – Frank Dux vs Soldier of Fortune Magazine.
Fox News Political Commentator Sean Hannity exposed Burkett for being a deceptive person, willfully creating false evidence to enrich himself and his associate – such as Brown.
The false allegations made by Burkett helped Brown achieve his ends and why it seems Soldier of Fortune Magazine went ahead and parroted the allegation under the byline of Bailey.
Although Bailey’s declaration did not address the validity of my claims – he merely claimed he never wrote a word about me – it helped establish that Stolen Valor Vultures will change a writer’s work, fabricate or misrepresent what they claim is evidence.
This pattern of behavior established that the Stolen Valor Vultures invent or prop up allegations of stolen valor – to enrich them or help their friends. Liars, fabricators of evidence, manipulators and hypocrites, they are not credible sources.
Dave Curry is a member of the VVAW National Office Staff. He made this statement about Burkett’s Stolen Valor and Burkett himself, in his book review for VVAW Publication The Veteran: “Whatever you do, don’t BUY this book. Burkett wants to recover his stolen valor by stealing the valor of thousands of other Vietnam veterans.”
The entire bogus allegations against me of stolen valor was promulgated by Burkett and published in Soldier of Fortune Mazazine – under the byline of Larry Bailey – who claimed when I sued them that he never wrote a word about me. The magazine editors cravenly claimed they merely repeated the comments of their sources. Behind it all was a man who wanted to make a movie in competition with one of my own movies.
Fortunately I had the wherewithal to sue these Vultures – and sent them flying in every direction. No they never wrote another word about me. It is too bad that they have done this to so many veterans who could not defend themselves.