This is from the Marine Corps' daily media report today. Thought it was kind of interesting, kind of funny, and kind of cool. I've inserted a couple of comments for explanation purposes:
Marine Corps Times
June 27, 2006
The war on fakers
By John Hoellwarth
There was something odd about the way 1st Sgt. [Enlisted rank, E-8] David Blake ditty-bopped through the pedestrian traffic of New York City’s Times Square in his dress blues. Reserve Gunnery Sgt. [Enlisted rank, E-7] Alex Kitsakos, a New York City cop drilling at the Corps’ public affairs office in Manhattan over Memorial Day weekend, said he “noticed someone, not a Marine, but someone in a Marine uniform walking with no character, no bearing.” Kitsakos called out to the first sergeant, who he saw only from the back through the pedestrian traffic. Blake stopped and turned to face the gunny, who said he knew right then that Blake was a poser.
He was sporting six hash marks [each hash mark represents four years of honorable service, so this guy had supposedly been in the Corps for atleast 24 years] on each sleeve and three or four days’ growth on his face, Kitsakos said. On his uniform, he wore gold jump wings, the Navy Cross, Silver Star, three Purple Hearts and a single Combat Action Ribbon atop his 27-award stack. [This should be one totally squared away Marine]. Things already weren’t adding up. But when Blake addressed the gunny as “sir,” the faker sealed his fate. [A senior enlisted Marine would NEVER address a peer as "Sir". That is a term for Officers only - enlisted personnel work for a living]
Kitsakos said Blake initially tried to say he was assigned to one of the Navy ships in town for Fleet Week. When asked what ship, Blake hesitated. "I looked him in the eye and said, ‘You’re not a Marine,’” Kitsakos said. “I was livid.” Kitsakos pulled Blake off the street into an Internet café and gave him a tongue lashing that ended when Blake surrendered his cover, dress blue coat and driver’s license. When Blake tried to explain that he runs a youth organization whose members wear the uniforms, Kitsakos told him he could pick up his ID at the Marine Corps’ office after Fleet Week if he brought all the youths — and their uniforms — with him. The irate gunny sent Blake back out onto the street wearing dress blue pants and a T-shirt.
“You know how many people have died for this uniform?” Kitsakos asked. “If I find anyone else in this uniform as an impostor, they can expect to be walking around New York in their underwear.”
When contacted by Marine Corps Times, Blake said he didn’t want to talk about the incident. Kitsakos called the FBI. Then he hung Blake’s coat — the trophy of his fresh kill — in the Marine public affairs office.