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May 3, 2012

Phony Navy SEAL of The Week: Victor Gonzalez AKA Juvias Caen of NJ


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is a former U.S. Navy SEAL with combat deployments to Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his last tour he served as the west coast sniper Course Manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He is CEO of Force12 Media , a SOFREP contributing editor, and a New York Times best selling author (The Red Circle & Benghazi: The Definitive Report). Follow Brandon on Facebook, Twitter or his website.

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  • Recon6

    CarlRC   Rec'd + 1 ....6

  • Maiingankwe

    CarlRC, I like you too I like you for your honesty, I like you because you were a large part of bringing back our Warriors safe. I like you because you are honest, and have no need or desire to fluff up what you did in the military. Too many do. Most of all, I like you because you take pride in your work, whether it was the time you served, or in just doing things around the house. I'm sure everything has its proper place in the garage with your tools. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your honesty, and thank you for sharing your story. Best regards, Ma'iingankwe

  • CarlRC

    What pathetic people.  The only thing they have achieved in their lives is a lie.  How completely inadequate they must feel and I don't feel sorry for them because they were the ones who failed to try to achieve anything they could be proud of or have failed to be proud of what they have achieved so they stole valor. What I did in the military wasn't glamorous like being a SEAL but it was a job that needed doing and I did it supporting those who did engage in combat.  I did my job, I did a good job, and I am not ashamed of the job I did.  I am called an AF pog, looked down on by some service people, and am considered the lowest of pogs but I got the fighters home alive and am proud to have served my country in the way I served it.  I didn't get any glory, the only medals I got were the ones which said I was there and I did my job, and I cared so little about the medals that I don't even remember what they were.  The only time I was in combat, I didn't even know I was in combat until after it was over (read SAM 6 target practice.)  I was later completely surprised to find out I almost got my butt blown out of the air. I don't feel a need to lie about my service and claim I did something else because every job was important.  Even the desk drivers were necessary or the rest of us wouldn't have gotten our pay checks to pay our bills and feed our families.  Without the cooks, we would have gotten awful tired of C rations, without the supply people, none of us could have done our jobs, not even SEALs, somebody had to sort and carry the mail so we could get our "Dear John" letters, and somebody had to clean the crappers.  There is no need for any service person to lie about the job they did because all jobs were important even if they don't get glory.  So what.   When I grew up in the 1950s, my Dad was proud of being a plumber and my Grandfather was proud of being a dirt farmer, neither one ever achieved any fame except in my heart and I am proud of what they did because they worked hard.  I was taught to be proud of whatever job you do and do it well.  I guess these people never learned that.  Some one looking down their nose at me because of the job I was doing doesn't make me a lesser person, it makes them arrogant idiots.  If you are a janitor, be proud of the job you do and do a good job because some one has to sweep the floors or the place gets damn dirty.  If you have a job, then someone must need for that job to get done and it must be important to some one. I have learned that fame is a lie anyway.  In his day, Nebuchadnezzar was the greatest king in the world and ruled all of the known civilization but, except for the Bible, he was completely forgotten by history for almost 1,000 years and thought to be a myth until a German scientist took the Bible to Iraq, found the ruins of Babylon, and proved that he really did exist.  If old Neby can be forgotten, the rest of us WILL be forgotten, deal with it.  I like me because I try to be a good person and, if you don't like me, stuff it.  :-)  At 64, I have had plenty of friends and plenty of enemies so I let you choose which you want to be.  If you choose to be my enemy, kiss off.  I really don't care but I won't be lied about. The only thing I hated about the military was, when I was in, there were too many upper level NCOs and officers (usually inadequate feeling desk drivers) who used their rank to bully lower grade people and I hate bullies so I couldn't stand those turkeys and got out.  In the military, we called it chicken crap and there was a lot of it back then.  I have heard that it has gotten better but is still there. I enjoyed the work I did in the military because I thought working on planes was fun.  I helped keep those things flying and the technology was fun.  I just couldn't stand the bullies.  :-)

  • Old PH2

    I think Senior Chief may need a little more O' the Irish in his Coffee.  The Bag over his head nearly made me fall out of my chair.  Oh and by the way, is it just me, but all these old toothless cogers that attempt to claim some type of fame are always destitute and in need of your money?   My family is chock full of veterans, all either hold jobs, are retired from business, or are in the ground.  What the Fuck?  I've personally never collected a day of unemployment, though I probably qualified, I had savings and lived off that until I found work.  Again, WHAT THE FUCK?  If anything my service reinforced a sense of self reliance and initiative.  WHAT THE FUCK!!!!   Thanks Senior Chief, your doing us all a favor.  It doesn't hurt that your funny as hell too. 

  • TheArgent

    Poor mr. Shipley. I think that one day, he WILL just snap. Hopefully he'll put them rounds where they deserve when he does.