Jan 032022

Pictured – Gene James Truck backed up to a homeless man’s tent blowing exhaust in to it. What a peach of a guy James is. Also note the ego plate on the truck too.

Stolen Valor Act of 2013

A revised version of the statute, the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, specifically amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for someone to claim they have served in the military, embellish their rank or fraudulently claim having received a valor award specific in the Act, with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefits by convincing another that he or she received the award. Under this act, fraudulent claims about military service can be subject to a fine, imprisonment for not more than one year, or both for an individual who, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefits, fraudulently holds himself or herself to be a recipient of:

  • Medal of Honor
  • Distinguished Service Cross
  • Navy Cross
  • Air Force Cross
  • Silver Star
  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Combat Infantryman’s Badge
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Combat Medical Badge
  • Combat Action Medal
  • Any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law

Provided above is a summary of the federal law about Stolen Valor. Next up is the actual language:

‘‘(b) FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT RECEIPT OF MILITARY DECORATIONS OR MEDALS.—Whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient of a decoration or medal described in subsection (c)(2) or (d) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than one year, or both.’’.

The referenced part of the Federal Code has far more than the above list in it.

There was a complaint and a lot of controversy about San Clemente Councilman Gene James and his stolen valor. There is now video proof he did it. Gene James never earned the Legion of Merit. His DD214 confirms as such. Yet TWICE he was at events wearing said medal. 2016 and 2019.

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Here is the original video featuring a news article with Gene James on broadcast TV with the indicated medal on his lapel.

The second video contains still shots from both USO event appearances in 2016 and 2019.

Your intrepid blogger is aware that the OC DA’s office was alerted to this when Gene James was a candidate. Did they have this proof then? What will they do with the complaint now that it appears to be substantiated?

Please see a previous post about the Stolen Valor Charge here.

See a post from May of 2021 about the Stolen Valor issue and an ongoing lawsuit related to it.

There is an active and ongoing lawsuit from a mail vendor whose reputation was allegedly injured from printing the Stolen Valor lie. Gene James actually asked the City of San Clemente to defend said lawsuit!

To be continued…


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  4 Responses to “San Clemente Gene James Update: Proof He Committed Stolen Valor (Where is the OCDA?)”

  1. I have never seen anyone blow the rank of Colonel (07) or very senior enlisted (E9) get a Legion of Merit. What was James’ Rank? Not saying it can’t happen, I just never seen it done. If by some reason it did not get listed on his DD214 (granted after discharge or other odd circumstance) he would have the citation signed by the granting authority.

  2. Charlie – he claims to have been a Sgt First Class. That adds to your comment.

  3. Thank you for doing the right thing here. The local newspaper is a joke. All of the Facebook groups in San Clemente are run by pawns of developers who delete posts and comments. Sad!

  4. That rank, Sgt First Class (E-7 Army) would be listed on his DD214 if he was active duty. I have never seen a E-7 get a Legion of Merit…Under normal DOD ‘unspoken rules’ he would have needed to earn the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and likely Bronze Star first (they normally award you the lowest award you have not yet been awarded). Not saying it can’t happen…but it would be damn rare. His DD214 would be loaded with medals.

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