Eventually, all STOLEN VALOR POSERS get caught. There’s this simple thing we can do as informed Americans about people whom we think commit Stolen Valor: Put in a records request under the Freedom of Information Act from the National Personnel Records Center.
HIS CLAIM: He was an officer (O-3) who served from 1972-1976 and then in reserves from 1976-1978 – FALSE
TRUTH: He was an Airman First Class (E-3) who served from 1972-1974, with no follow up reserve time.
HIS CLAIM: He earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Silver Star while in the special forces in Vietnam – FALSE
TRUTH: He earned the National Defense Service Medal under Air Force Manual 900-3, which everyone gets when they join the military during a time of war and graduate basic training. No other awards, decorations or skills were obtained during his service. Which means, he should only have 1 ribbon on his uniform….not all of the ribbons, medals and badges he wore on his uniform at the Veterans Day photo in 2003. He never made it to any unit in the Air Force and the only places he’d been while in the Air Force was basic training at Lackland AFB in Texas, and his AIT at Keesler AFB in MS. From there he was discharged from the Air Force.
HIS CLAIM: He was in special forces in the Air Force – FALSE
TRUTH: He was a junior enlisted Flight Facilities Equipment Repair Airman….nothing to do with special forces or special operations.
Furthermore, Rountree cannot backtrack and say that he never said anything about earning medals, being at the Fall of Saigon, Mayaguez, and then being an officer in the Air Force. As you read the first expose, you clearly see that it was actually all taken from his numerous social media sites and his comments in many different places. In fact, his fiance even commented about his numerous medals she was looking at hanging on their wall. However, clearly he did not earn any of these. (See attached photo)
Lastly, he cannot claim that someone stole his photos, which was recently alleged, and photoshopped into the picture. In the attached selfie he took and posted on Instagram, notice the photo he has on his wall in his office. It is the same photo that was in the expose that he had posted on his military website. If it was photoshopped, why would he have it mounted on his wall which was posted way before any of the allegations of stolen valor were ever made?
Since the first publishing of the Rountree expose, he has even further incriminated himself by taking down all of his websites referring to military service. Why do that if you have nothing to hide? He has changed almost every bio he had published. Why do that if you have nothing to hide? He even went so far as to go into the Web Machine and save a downed page on April 4, 2015 so that his website could not be revived. Why do that if you have nothing to hide?
At the end of the day, it has been proven that David Rountree has lied about his military service. His records speak for themselves. He fraudulently embellished his military record, which is in fact, Stolen Valor. (Click on the image for a larger view)