On Monday retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley shared Nathan Phillips’ (a/k/a Nathan Stanard) DD-214.
Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley, who is very well known for exposing false claims of military service acquired the DD-214 through an FOIA request.
Shipley said he found Nathan Phillips DD-214, which many others have been slow to
According to Shipley and the DD-214, Phillips enlisted under Nathaniel Richard Stanard, an “adopted” name. But his birth name was Nathaniel Phillips. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves, serving from 1972 to 1976.
Phillips never left the United States during his service in Lincoln, NE, and El Toro, CA, and was discharged as a private.
“Nathaniel Richard Stanard enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves on August 20th, 1972 and served until May 5th, 1976,” Shipley said. “He was discharged as a private.”
“He served just under four years and was discharged at the exalted rank of private,” he said.
“His entire military education was just a basic electrician in the Marine Corps and the only award the guy got was an expert rifle badge.”
“He enlisted in the Marine Corps in Topeka Kansas — there’s a hot spot — and he was separated from the Marine Corps in El Toro, California in 1976,” Shipley said.
“Has him down as serving in a 4th Marine Division in Topeka, Kansas, I guess some reserve unit there, as a rifleman,” he said. “I don’t know if you can get Recon Ranger out of serving as a rifleman but OK, whatever.”
“For two days — two days — he served as a rifleman and then he was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska. While he was in Lincoln, Nebraska he served as a ‘Refermech’ … that stands for ‘refer mechanic’ … a ‘refer’ in the Navy and Marine Corps is a refrigerator — he was a refrigerator mechanic … in Nebraska.”
Phillips was then later moved to a marine base in El Toro, California where he “went AWOL a few times,” according to Shipley.
Shipley said he suspects Natha Phillips never even served as a “recon ranger” as he has claimed.
“I don’t think so, unless he got that training in the brig and when he was confined there for going UA (AWOL),” he said.
“He was an electrician, served stateside and a few reserve units and then finally El Toro,” Shipley said. “I don’t think he had a very stellar record in the Marine Corps and he was discharged at the prestigious rank of private.”
According to a 2008 “Indian Country Today” article covering a sacred pipe ceremony Nathan Phillips held annually at Arlington National Ceremony, Phillips made a more direct claim about serving in Vietnam:
“Phillips also described coming back to the U.S. as a veteran of the Vietnam era. ‘People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.’”
This simply isn’t true. Even the Washington Post had to admit he never served in Vietnam.
Shipley discusses the contents of Nathan Phillips’ DD-214 in this video:
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