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Medal by medal, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘stolen valor’ is laid bare

 
On Wednesday, longtime reader PickAnotherID began taking apart L. Ron Hubbard’s military service decorations like no one ever has.

A 20-year military veteran, PickAnotherID was frustrated not only by Hubbard’s “stolen valor,” but also the incomplete and incorrect criticisms of the medals and ribbons that the Church of Scientology claimed were earned by the Scientology founder.

In the first part, Pick went over the Navy marksmanship awards, which have caused a lot of confusion over the years. And now, he’s on to the medals and ribbons that Scientology claimed for Hubbard when it delivered a photo of them to New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright for his 2011 feature story, “The Apostate.”

Here’s another look at that photo, with Pick’s annotations:

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And now he picks up the story by looking at the medals that the church claimed that Hubbard received from foreign governments…

 
THOSE PESKY FOREIGN AWARDS

You can’t “sheep dip” what France, the Netherlands, the British Commonwealth and the Philippines wouldn’t have given you to begin with.

But let’s take a look at the foreign medals that the Church of Scientology claims were given to L. Ron Hubbard for his war service.

 
Médaille commémorative de la Guerre de 1939-1945
(French commemorative Medal 1939-1945)

The 1939–1945 Commemorative war medal of France was established on 21 May 1946 to recognize individual participation in the Second World War.

 

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The medal itself is not shown in the picture provided by Scientology. It only includes the ribbon at position ‘R3’ of the ribbon block.

It was awarded to all soldiers serving under French authority or under a French government in a state of war against the Axis nations, or present on board a warship or armed merchant vessel under these same authorities and/or governments; to French citizens, whether military or civilian, who fought against the Axis forces or their representatives; to foreign military who served under French command in formations at war against the Axis forces, and to foreign nationals who served in the Légion étrangère (French Foreign Legion) in combat against Axis forces.

Hubbard was not a French citizen. No US forces served directly under French command in combat against Axis forces. And he could not have been a member of the French Foreign Legion at the same time he was annoying people in the US Navy. In short, he met absolutely none of the criteria for the award of this medal. Meaning the French government would have never given it to him. “Sheep dipping” has nothing to do with why it does not appear in his official records.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Bronzen Kruis
(Bronze Cross – Netherlands)

The Bronze Cross of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was instituted on 11 June 1940 by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands while residing in London during the German occupation of the Netherlands. The Bronze Cross is the third highest military decoration still being awarded by the Netherlands for bravery.

 

 
The medal itself is not shown in the picture provided by Scientology. It only includes the ribbon at position ‘R4’ of the ribbon block.

The Bronze Cross is a special award for military who behaved courageously or meritoriously in facing the enemy in service for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It may also be awarded to civilians or foreign military who acted in special interest for the safety of the Netherlands. The cross, which corresponds to the British D.S.C., M.C., D.S.M., and M.M., can be given for a single outstanding act, as well as for bravery and enterprise in action over a period of time. It is received after a Royal Decree that is controlled by the Commissie Dapperheidonderscheidingen van het Ministerie van Defensie (Special Committee of the Ministry of Defence) which advises the Minister of Defence and the Dutch Queen. A number of American, Canadian, British and Polish ground and air military personnel have been awarded the Bronzen Kruis for service during WWII. The majority of those awarded to Americans were for actions during the failed Operation Market-Garden, 17-25 September 1944. Several members of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment involved in this operation received the Bronzen Kruis. A few were also awarded to Americans, as well as other nationalities, for actions during the the later liberation of the Netherlands.

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Hubbard never participated in Market-Garden, or the liberation of the Netherlands. The Commissie Dapperheidonderscheidingen van het Ministerie van Defensie has not included his name among those who have received this award.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Star Medal 1939-1945
(UK Commonwealth commemorative medal)

 

 
The medal itself is not shown in the picture provided by Scientology. It only includes the ribbon at position ‘R5’ of the ribbon block.

The 1939–43 Star (later named the 1939–1945 Star) was announced on 8 July 1943 and, in August, it was announced that the first uniform ribbon bars would be issued to qualifying personnel later that year. It is awarded to subjects of the British Commonwealth for service in the Second World War during specified periods of operational service overseas between 3 September 1939 and either 8 May 1945 in Europe or 2 September 1945 in the Far East theatre. Naval personnel qualified after 180 days afloat between certain specified dates in areas of operations as laid out in the regulations. Army personnel had to complete 180 days of service in an operational command. Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operations and had completed 60 days of service in a fully operational unit. Air Force air crew qualified after 60 days of service in an operational unit, including at least one operational sortie. Air crews of transport aircraft who flew over certain specified routes. Merchant Navy personnel qualified upon completion of 180 days of service with at least one voyage made through an operational area. Australian Civilian Personnel who served afloat with the United States Army Small Ships Section between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. Eligibility is the same as that for Merchant Navy personnel. The few Americans awarded the 1939–1945 Star were all assigned to, and flew with, RAF fighter squadrons. Most of them were awarded posthumously:

Pilot Officer Arthur Gerald Donahue, 64 Squadron, killed September 11,1942
Pilot Officer John Kenneth Haviland, 151 Squadron, survived the war (Died July 2002)
Pilot Officer Vernon Charles Keough, 609 Squadron, killed February 15, 1941
Pilot Officer Phillip Howard Leckrone, 616 Squadron, died August 17, 1941

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Pilot Officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske, 601 Squadron, died August 17, 1940
Pilot Officer Andrew Mamedoff, 609 Squadron, killed October 8, 1941
Pilot Officer Hugh William Reilly, 66 Squadron, killed October 17, 1940 [listed as Canadian in 1940 RAF roster]
Pilot Officer Eugene Quimby Tobin, 609 Squadron, killed September 7, 1941

Hubbard never flew with the RAF.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Philippine Defense Medal
(+3 silver stars)

 

 
The medal and ribbon are shown in the picture provided by Scientology at It only includes the ribbon at ‘R6’ on the ribbon block and ‘M6’ in the medal display.

The Philippine Defense Medal is a military award and decoration of the Republic of the Philippines which is awarded to recognize the initial resistance against Japanese invasion between the dates of 8 December 1941 and 15 June 1942. The award was first created in December 1944, and was issued as the Philippine Defense Ribbon. A full-sized medal was authorized and added in July, 1945. The Philippine Defense Medal is presented to any service member, of either the Philippine military or an allied armed force, which participated in the defense of the Philippine Islands between December 8, 1941 and June 15, 1942. The three stars on the ribbon represent resistance on land, in the air, and at sea. They are not attachments representing multiple awards. An individual will be considered as having participated in an engagement if they meet one of the following: (A) Participation in any engagement against the enemy in Philippine territory, in Philippine waters, or in the air over the Philippines or over Philippine waters. An individual will be considered as having participated in an engagement if they meet one of the following. (1) Was a member of the defense garrison of the Bataan Peninsula or of the fortified islands at the entrance to Manila Bay. (2) Was a member of and present with a unit actually under enemy fire or air attack. (3) Served on a ship that was under enemy fire or air attack in Philippine waters. (4) Was a crewmember or passenger in an airplane that was under enemy aerial or ground fire. (B) Assigned or stationed in Philippine territory or in Philippine waters for not less than 30 days during the period. (C) Individuals who meet conditions set forth in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this section are authorized to wear a bronze service star on the ribbon. The Philippine Defense Medal was awarded to the United States and Philippine Commonwealth troops which defended the Philippines at Bataan and would later be captured and forced to endure the Bataan Death March.

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Hubbard was ordered to the Philippines on December 18, 1941 by way of Australia. Due to the Japanese attacks on the Philippines he was put ashore in Brisbane on January 11, 1942 and never reached the Philippines. In February 1942 he was ordered back to the United States because of his troublemaking. On March 9, 1942 he boarded the MV Pennant for the US, returning at the end of March. He then embarked on his misadventures over the next few years with the USS YP-422 and USS PC-815 he himself has written about. Which means he could not have been physically present in the Philippines to meet the required criteria for award of this medal.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

It should also be noted whoever put together the fake Separation Document was completely clueless about military decoration attachments. Using the stars that are part of the suspension ribbon design to claim “+3 Stars” for subsequent awards makes this painfully obvious.

 
THE REST OF THE “STOLEN”

 
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Authorized by President Truman by Executive Order 10163, dated Sept. 25, 1950.

 

 
Ribbon ‘R3’ and medal ‘M3’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

Awarded to any service member or former service member of the Reserve components of the U.S. armed forces who completes or has completed a total of 10 years of honorable and satisfactory military service in one or more Reserve component of the armed forces. Creditable service is when members accumulate a minimum of 50 retirement points during each anniversary year according to Title 10, U.S.C., Section 1332. This service does not need to be consecutive as long as service occurs within a period of 12 consecutive years.

Hubbard served 9 years, 3 months, 12 days, much of that called to active duty which does not count towards reserve retirement points. He did not meet the criteria for award of this medal.

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Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
National Defense Service Medal
Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

 

 
Ribbon ‘R8’ and medal ‘M8’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

The National Defense Service Medal is authorized for all active duty and selected reserve United States military personnel, regardless of length of service, with no requirement for overseas or combat service, for the following time periods:

Korean War June 27, 1950 July 27, 1954
Vietnam War January 1, 1961 August 14, 1974
Gulf War August 2, 1990 November 30, 1995
Global War on Terrorism September 11, 2001 Present

Note: Selected Reserve personnel (i.e. drilling reservists) added Mar 28, 2003. Prior to that only Active Reservist (called up) were eligible.

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Hubbard does not meet the criteria for award of this medal. He was discharged from active duty 16 Feb 1946 and was placed in Individual Ready Reserve (non-drilling reserve) status until resigning his commission in 1950.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
(2 Bronze stars claimed)

Established by Executive Order 9265, dated 6 November 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and announced in War Department Bulletin 56, 1942.

 

 
Ribbon ‘R10’ and medal ‘M10’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

Served in the armed forces between between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946, with military service in the geographical theater areas of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. Note: Geographically service had be be east of a north-south line dividing the North Atlantic Ocean.

Devices
For those service members who participated in one or more designated military campaigns, campaign stars are authorized to be worn on the medal. The nine officially recognized US Navy campaigns in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) are:

North African occupation: allied landings in North Africa

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Sicilian occupation: allied landings in Sicily
Salerno landings: allied landings in Southern Italy
West Coast of Italy operations (1944): allied landing at Anzio and subsequent supply of the Anzio beachhead Invasion of Normandy: allied landings in Normandy
Northeast Greenland operation
Invasion of Southern France: allied landings in Southern France
Reinforcement of Malta: allied convoys to supply besieged Malta
Escort, antisubmarine, armed guard and special operations: 7 December 1941 – 2 September 1945

Hubbard did not serve in the designated theater of operations and did not participate in any of the recognized ETO Navy campaigns for award of a campaign star.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Naval Reserve Medal

Created by order of Secretary of the Navy Claude A. Swanson on 12 September 1938. The medal was first issued in 1938 and was an active award until 1958. On 12 September 1958, the Naval Reserve Medal was declared discontinued and was replaced by the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

 

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Ribbon ‘R15’ and medal ‘M15’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

Awarded to any commissioned officer or enlisted member of United States Naval Reserve (USNR), the associated National Naval Volunteers, and local naval militia units of the period. To be awarded the decoration, a service member was required to perform ten years of continuous service in one of the aforementioned components in either an active duty, drilling reservist, or inactive status.

Hubbard served a total of 9 years, 3 months, 12 days continuous service with the Navy. Which falls 8-1/2 months short of the 10 year continuous service requirement. His time in the USMC Reserve does not count towards the requirement as it was not continuous with his Navy time.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
(+1 Bronze star claimed)

Created Aug 7, 1942 as the ‘Commendation Ribbon’

 

 
Ribbon ‘R17’ and medal ‘M17’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

On March 22, 1950 a metal pendant (of the same design as the pendant of the Army Commendation Medal) was authorized and the Commendation Ribbon was renamed the Navy Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant. This award was re-designated as the Navy Commendation Medal in September 1960, and renamed the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in 1994. The Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (NCM) is a decoration presented by the United States Department of the Navy to service members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps who have performed an exceedingly heroic act, exceptional achievement, or commendable service that has not been recognized by a higher award. When the medal is issued for an event that occurred while in active combat with an opposing force, the “Valor” or “V” device is authorized to be worn with the medal. Subsequent awards are denoted by silver and gold stars worn on the ribbon.

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The claim to this medal is probably related to the “Letter of Commendation” claimed on the fake Separation Document. Far from being commended, Hubbard was criticized by his superiors in just about every position and command he ever held.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

Established May 8 1919 as an “Expeditionary Ribbon” (By Marine Corps General Order No 33). Two years later the Expeditionary Ribbon was “upgraded” to a medal (July 28, 1921).

 

 
The ribbon is not shown in the picture provided by Scientology. It only includes the medal at position ‘M18’ of the medal display.

The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal is awarded to Marine Corps personnel who land on foreign territory, engage in operations against armed opposition, or who operate under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition and for which no campaign medal has been awarded. A bar with the words “WAKE ISLAND” was authorized for those defenders who served there from 7 December to 22 December, 1941. On the ribbon bar, this is indicated by a “W.” This is the only MCEM awarded during WWII. All other landings in WWII are covered by various Campaign Medals.

This medal was only awarded to Marine Corps, not Naval, personnel. And Hubbard was not present on Wake Island during the attack there.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Organised Marine Corp Reserve Medal

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Established by the Secretary of the Navy on February 19, 1939 as the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve Medal. Later, the name was changed to the Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, and finally to The Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal in the late 1980s.

 

 
The medal itself is not shown in the picture provided by Scientology. It only includes the ribbon at position ‘R14’ of the ribbon block.

The medal is awarded to members of the Marine Corps Reserve who, subsequent to July 1, 1925, and prior to April 24, 1961, attended 80 percent of all scheduled drills during four consecutive years of service.

In May 1930, at the age of 19, Hubbard joined the Marine Corps Reserve 20th Regiment. On October 22, 1931, Hubbard received an honorable discharge along with the annotation “not to be re-enlisted.” With only 2 years 4 months service in the USMC Reserves, Hubbard would not have met the eligibility requirements for this medal. Even assuming he actually attended 80 percent of scheduled drills.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 
Purple Heart
(with ‘Palm’ claimed)

The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members.

 

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Ribbon ‘R16’ and medal ‘M16’ in the picture provided by Scientology.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed. Specific examples of services which warrant the Purple Heart during WWII includes:

a) Any action against an enemy of the United States;
b) Any action with an opposing armed force of a foreign country in which the Armed Forces of the United States are or have been engaged;
c) As a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces

Devices
Army: Additional awards are denoted by oak leaf clusters.

 
Navy, Marines and Coast Guard: Additional awards are denoted by a 5/16″ star.

 
Palm Device claim: Bogus, palms are not used on US issued medals.

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Leaving aside his other stories of injuries suffered, Hubbard, and Scientology, claim he was wounded twice. One occasion was aboard a ship, where according to various accounts Hubbard was blinded and crippled after having picked up an unexploded shell that had landed on the deck of his ship. Or, Hubbard had had both feet broken due to concussions from explosions running through the deck of his ship during a battle. Take your pick. The other wound is supposed to have happened while escaping from the Japanese on Java. He supposedly suffered severe injuries after being machine-gunned in the lower back near the kidneys. If he in fact had been struck by a standard machine gun 7.7 x 58mm round, fired with a muzzle velocity of 720 meters/sec, his large and small intestines would have been shredded, leading to peritonitis, sepsis and septic shock. Without immediate medical attention, especially in a jungle environment, this will lead to death in a very short time. There is no way Hubbard could make the escape from Java he claimed with such a wound. The reality is there are no records of any such injuries in Hubbard’s medical records, or evidence of any scars from such a wound noticed on his body after the war.

As for the claimed ‘Palm’ device supposedly indicating a second award:

 
The ‘palm’ is not used on any award issued by the United States government. The only awards using a palm and worn by US personnel are issued by foreign governments. Specifically:

The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

The French Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 (with State Dept. approval)

The Belgian Croix de Guerre awarded to specific WWII American units and individuals in 1946

In all three cases the ‘Palm’ indicates the award was initiated at the Army level of command. It does not indicate a second award. It can only be assumed whoever created the fake ‘Separation Document’ saw a medal with an oak leaf cluster on and, not knowing what it was actually called, assumed it was a ‘palm’. Completely ignorant of the fact the Navy uses ‘stars’ to indicate subsequent awards.

Verdict: Stolen Valor

 

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THE VALID, BUT…

 
World War II Victory Medal (US)

Established by an Act of Congress on 6 July 1945 (Public Law 135, 79th Congress) and promulgated by Section V, War Department Bulletin 12, 1945.

 

 
Shown as Ribbon R9 and Medal M9 on the picture provided by Scientology.

The medal commemorates military service during World War II and is awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands, who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946.

Hubbard met the criteria for this award and it is listed on his genuine Separation Document.

Verdict: Valid

 
American Campaign Medal
(+2 Bronze stars claimed)

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Created on November 6, 1942, by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

 
Shown as Ribbon R11 and Medal M11 on the picture provided by Scientology.

The medal was intended to recognize those military members who had performed military service in the American Theater of Operations, as defined in the order creating the medal, during World War II.

Criteria Meets any of the following conditions:
1. On permanent assignment outside the continental limits of the United States.
2. Permanently assigned as a member of a crew of a vessel sailing ocean waters for a period of 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days.
3. Outside the continental limits of the United States in a passenger status or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days.
4. In active combat against the enemy and was awarded a combat decoration or furnished a certificate by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that the Soldier actually participated in combat.
5. Within the continental limits of the United States for an aggregate period of 1 year.

Devices
3/16″ service stars were authorized to service members who participated in combat with Axis forces within the American Theater. This primarily applied to those service members whose units participated in anti-U-Boat anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrols in the Atlantic.

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Qualifying American theater campaigns are:

Convoy ON 67, 21 February 1942 – 26 February 1942
USS Atik (AK-101) (ASW operations) 27 March 1942 – 27 March 1942
USS Asterion (AK-100) (ASW operations) 22 March 1942 – 31 January 1943
Task Group 21.13 12 July 1942 – 28 August 1942
Convoy TAG 18 1 November 1942 – 6 November 1942
Convoy SC 107 3 November 1942 – 8 November 1942
Task Group 21.14 27 July 1943 – 10 September 1943
Task Group 21.15 24 March 1944 – 11 May 1944
USS Frederick C. Davis (ASW operations) 24 April 1945 – 24 April 1945
USS Atherton and USS Moberly 6 May 1945 – 6 May 1945

Hubbard meets criteria 2 and 5 for award of the basic medal. He was assigned to PC-815 for over 60 days, and did spend an aggregate period of more than 1 year in the continental US. Therefore it is correctly listed on his official Separation Document. On the other hand, neither YP-422 nor PC-815 participated in any of the recognized American theater campaigns authorizing a campaign star. PC-815’s attack on supposed Japanese submarines was not officially recognized as, “Combat with Axis forces within the American Theater.” It was generally considered a waste of time and resources. Therefore the ‘+2 bronze stars’ claim is bogus.

Verdict: Valid (Basic Medal only); Stolen Valor (Claimed campaign stars)

 

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
(+2 Bronze stars claimed)

Created on November 6, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

 
Shown as Ribbon R12 and Medal M12 on the picture provided by Scientology.

Awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945. Service in any of the 21 Army or 48 Navy-Marine Corps officially recognized campaigns of the Pacific Theater entitled the wearer to add a Service Star, commonly referred to as a ‘Battle Star’ to the medal and ribbon for each campaign participated in.

Devices
Service Star – For each recognized campaign an Individual participated in.
Arabic Numeral – For certain Navy Construction Battalions (Sea Bees) that earned more stars than would fit.
Arrowhead – For those campaigns which involved participation in amphibious assault landings.
Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia – For Navy service members participating in combat while assigned to a Marine Corps Unit.

Hubbard meets the criteria for award of the basic medal. He did serve within the defined Asiatic-Pacific Theater during the specified time period. Therefore it is correctly listed on his official Separation Document. On the other hand, he did not participate in any of the recognized Asiatic-Pacific Theater campaigns or serve in combat while assigned to a Marine Corps unit. Therefore the ‘+2 bronze stars’ claim is bogus.

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Verdict: Valid (Basic Medal only); Stolen Valor (Claimed campaign stars)

 
American Defense Service Medal
(+ 1 Bronze star claimed)

Established by Executive Order 8808, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on June 28, 1941.

 

 
Shown as Ribbon R13 and Medal M13 on the picture provided by Scientology.

The medal is authorized to military members who served on active duty between President Roosevelt’s declaration of a limited national emergency on September 8, 1939, and the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Devices
1. Foreign Service Clasp: Issued by the United States Army for military service outside the continental limits of the United States, including service in Alaska.
2. Base Clasp: Issued by the U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps for service outside the continental limits of the United States (service in either Alaska or Hawaii qualified).
3. Fleet Clasp: Issued by the Navy, Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard for service on the high seas while regularly attached to any vessels of the Atlantic, Pacific, or Asiatic fleets as well as vessels of the Naval Transport Service and vessels operating directly under the Chief of Naval Operations.

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4. Sea Clasp: Issued by the Coast Guard for all other vessels and aircraft, not qualifying for the Fleet Clasp, which regularly conducted patrols at sea.
5. “A” Device: Awarded to any member of the Navy who served duty in actual or potential belligerent contact with Axis Powers in the Atlantic Ocean between June 22 and December 7, 1941. The “A” Device was also worn on the medal’s uniform ribbon.
6. Service star: Worn in lieu of clasps when wearing the American Defense Service Medal as a ribbon on a military uniform.

Hubbard meets the criteria for award of the basic medal. He did serve within the defined time period for the award. Therefore it is correctly listed on his official Separation Document. But, he did not meet the requirements for any of the listed devices until after the cutoff date of December 7, 1941. Therefore the ‘+1 bronze stars’ claim is bogus.

Verdict: Valid (Basic Medal only); Stolen Valor (Claimed star)

 
IN CONCLUSION

These are the awards Hubbard was actually entitled to, as listed on his official Separation Document:

 

 
Left to right, top to bottom (Scientology picture reference):
American Defense Service Medal, no devices (R13, M13)
American Campaign Medal, no devices (R11, M11)

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, no devices (R12, M12)
WWII Victory Medal, no devices (R9, M9)
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon w/Expert Clasp (R1)
Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon w/Expert Clasp (R1)

The rest is a fraud.

— PickAnotherID

 
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Source Code

The ship in question — the ship in question was a heavy cruiser and its four-stripe captain had first come ashore and had looked at me, you know, ‘What! You’re Senior Officer Present ashore?’ and had sniffed. And I was trying to get him orders and he was trying to get orders and everybody was trying to do something to get it out of here, because the Japanese might strike in the north at any time. He finally came in the office, you know, all four stripes and gold braid and so forth, and he said, ‘Mr. Hubbard,’ he said, ‘if you will sign — if you will sign sailing orders for me, I’ll sail.’ So I scribbled out: ‘You are hereby detached from this station and shall proceed upon your way as befits your duties and missions. Signed, L. Ron Hubbard.’” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 7, 1959

 
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Overheard in the FreeZone

“Apparently only OT Scientologists know that the Matrix/Cabal/NWO is triggering/keying in the R6 implant against Trump. Namely the implant to force the population to lynch anybody that is trying to save the world. In this case, Make America (and the world) Great. OTs know the handling/destimulation for that… auditing.”

 
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Past is Prologue

2001: Anti-Scientology activist Rose Paul died this week in Florida. “Rose Paul lost a daughter to Scientology in the mid 1970’s. Rose Paul was an anti-Scientology activist for many years. She was a long time fighter, At the University of Miami they gave her a table and she handed out materials to new students for many years, telling them about the dangers of cults, of course she stressed the most killer cult of all – Scientology.”

 
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Random Howdy

“I’m still nursing injuries from slam dancing.”

 
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Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson’s demurrer denied Oct 19, arraignment delayed to November 2.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing set for October 29 in White Plains, NY delayed to January.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for a writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Nov 6 (motions to compel arbitration: hearing held, ruling forthcoming)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Oct 19: Feshbachs still considering further appellate relief.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, awaiting verdict.

Concluded litigation:
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.

 
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SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.

SCIENTOLOGY: FAIR GAME

After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.

LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE AFTERMATH

An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and coming November 1 to Netflix.

SCIENTOLOGY’S CELEBRITIES, from A to Z

Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

 
Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society. Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in a weekly series. How many have you read?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Scientology proudly now displaying miserable secret deal it offered Clearwater leaders
[TWO years ago] Here’s an example of how Scientology’s ‘disconnection’ is designed to eat away at you
[THREE years ago] Tonight on ‘Leah Remini’: ‘I just walked away from Scientology after seeing Leah’s show’
[FOUR years ago] On the ballot tomorrow: The former lawman who let Scientology’s drug horror clinic off the hook
[FIVE years ago] Desperate to hurt Going Clear‘s Oscar chances, Scientology goes down a dangerous path
[SIX years ago] Scientologist (and Tea Partier) Brent Jones is elected to Nevada’s legislature
[SEVEN years ago] Statistically Speaking: Jefferson Hawkins Takes Us Into Scientology’s Numbers Fixation
[EIGHT years ago] FOUR MORE YEARS!…Of Inaction On Scientology?
[NINE years ago] Michael Sandlofer, 1st Husband to X Factor’s Stacy Francis, on Her Past, Her Scientology, and Her Problems With The Truth

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,113 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,617 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,137 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,157 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,048 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,355 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,223 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,997 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,801 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,117 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,683 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,602 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,770 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,351 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,612 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,650 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,363 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,888 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,418 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,969 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,118 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,438 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,293 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,412 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,768 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,071 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,177 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,579 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,451 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,034 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,529 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,783 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,892 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on November 7, 2020 at 07:00

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