Homeless Vietnam Veteran So Traumatized By War, Can’t Remember Unit, Military Terms Paul September 2, 2012 News 71 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: TAMPA, FL – Life can be harsh for those living homeless on the nation’s city streets. But for one man, it’s even worse — especially when he deals with the emotional scars of battle. Polls show that 15 percent of the U.S. homeless population have served in the military. Many suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “It was definitely rough when I came home from the war in 1978,” says Richard McAdams, a veteran who served in the Marines during the Vietnam war. “I got off the plane and they were spitting on me and calling me baby-killer.” McAdams says he served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1978, although the war officially ended three years prior. “Well I don’t exactly remember the year,” he says, “but I know that it was really hell over there, especially when the Chosin was so freezing cold. My friend Billy actually lost his fingers to frostbite.” McAdams is of course referring to the Chosin Reservoir, the location of the famous 1950 breakout by Marines of the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War, when McAdams was only one year old. Korea is about 1800 miles away from Vietnam. “No, no. There’s a Chosin in Vietnam,” says McAdams, as he stands up from his wheelchair. “Look it up, it’s there.” The homeless veteran spends his days weaving between traffic and holding signs with messages like “Marine Served In Vietnam, Now Homeless, Anything Helps” and “Starving Vietnam Vet, God Bless.” McAdams takes a bite into the burrito he just purchased when he’s greeted by a fellow veteran in a car stopped at the light. “Semper Fi, Devil Dog!” says the driver to McAdams as he drops a dollar into his cup. “What unit were you with?” McAdams is delighted to be recognized by a fellow Marine. “I was with the 103rd – Operation Urgent Fury. December Five to you too!” As the light turns green and the driver continues, McAdams turns, flabbergasted. “Why did that guy call me a dog? That was pretty rude, don’t you think?” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/RaV39 Daryl Durham says: November 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM BULLS**T !!!! Angry Warrant says: November 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM Thanks Duffel Blog- now I can’t wait to say “December Five” to a Marine… Robert McManimon says: June 19, 2014 at 4:28 PM I had a guy walk up to me at a local mall and, after seeing my Marine shirt, greeting me with a “September Five!”. I was so taken aback, I just looked at him puzzled. I responded, “do you mean “Semper Fi”?” and he started calling me out…because that was “what Marines said to each other”. He claimed to be a Korean Vet, and started talking about VA benefits and how I was entitled to them. He asked where I was stationed, I told him I was IRR and he just gave me a blank look. He didn’t appear homeless, he was with what appeared to be his wife. I still don’t know if he was just senile, or what, but by the end I was convinced that he was either jacked up mentally, or he’d been fakin’ the funk for so long that he was actually starting to believe it. Anyways, I will say that it’s annoying when you find out that people are lying about having served, like they just got lost on the way to MEPS. Pete Marcell says: June 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM I’ve asked “Vets” on the street corner if they’ve been to the VA and had a DD214. Huh??? Roger OUT Dude… Lewis Cook says: May 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM fff Lewis Cook says: May 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM I am the cold war us army usmc volunteer sep 1979 to sep 1981 us army and apr 1982 to jun 1982 that shook gods hand 1986 thus was the real reason that the cold war ended because i outwitted the 666 us army beast ronald wilson reagan who did the 11 sep 2001 disaster which was to be followed by mark of the biblical 666 beast but was circumvented because of me and i applied for a pension approx 22 years ago in 1992 and i get zero VA only ss but i am grateful. Michael Poirier says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM I needed a good laugh to get me going this morning. Now I gotta find my crayons & cardboard… Marty Gavin says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM He can’t remember because that place freezes over 3/4 of the year. Ya’ need to help him get to Miami or possibly the Florida Keys. Anonymous says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM As previous Vet Rep for the State of Ohio and a Combat wounded Vietnam Vet myself, I have witnessed a lot of mentally impaired Vietnam Veterans, and can only say this could be funny if it weren’t partially true. I know your only trying to funny, but this one cuts to the bone. I wonder how the new Combat Vets will feel in 30 or 40 years when they are in the same shoes as the Vietnam Vets. You guys are only experiencing a little bit of what it’s like to be dismissed (i.e. unemployment, lack of compassion by your countrymen and VA Claims Backlog) by the Non Veteran Population – now add in apathy, hatred, VA Mistreatment and labeled BABY KILLERS. Joshpae White says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Sounds legit John Good says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM hahahahahahahaha I just fell out of my chair and I can, t get up. Joshua McCreery says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Jesus, some people are so stupid. Bradley Adams says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM That’s insensative calling a homeless person a dog, they are people not animals. Just call him a devil. Ed Kenny says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM He was part of Project River Phoenix on Guadalcanal. Shawn A. Waldrip says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Yes…there we were…inverted at 10,000 feet indicated altitude with zero airspeed and one rotor blade left on the huey. I’m surprised we survived! No wait! we didn’t survive! Damien R Johnson says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM 1965 1878 haha Edward T. Egan says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM I’ve run across some like this… Chad Underdonk says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Diabed Veteren Plese Help Any Dontion. Bazooka Joe says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Damn that fire in St. Louis. I know it got all his records too. Will they ever be able to replace them sans all the Black Ops he did? John F. Nihen says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Nearly every poser I’ve met will tell you two things: 1. They were a sniper and 2. They were in ‘Black Ops’ and cannot reveal details about their service. Troy R. Stull says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM I was the president of the campus Student Veterans Association in college and we had people like this all the time. ‘Yeah I was in the Corps during Iraq but it’s all classified, that’s why I don’t have a DD214′ Actually had to go to court once for a guy who was claiming to be a purple heart vet and a current cop, he was neither. Matt Dins says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Did he enlist at Tun Tavern as well? Dudley Toelke says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM “Those weren’t people spitting on you, it was raining. And you didn’t get off the plane it was a bus”. Another helpless and pathetic victim of George Bush’s drug war, 1969-1978. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News. Doc Bailey says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM You mean he wasn’t the first MArine LRRP? I thought I saw him at LRPs anonymous. Christopher-Trina Whitehead says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Like the guy i ran into in Hawaii who tried to tell us that he was a 240 gunner in a Huey in Vietnam….so unbelievable…you travel to the future and all you brought back was a 240…no wonder your homeless…. Jenn Larkin says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM You do realize Devil Dog is a nickname for Marines, right? And let’s not forget this site posts spoof articles. Now this one wasn’t very funny, but all the same, if you’re reading an article here then you have to know it’s not true James Tomberlin says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Plenty of homeless in this area. So many claiming to be vets, and I’m sure some probably are. Whenever I’m approached I ask them where they were stationed and what their unit was. So many times they assume that “deer in the headlights look” and you know they’re faking it. Adam O'Connell says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM how are there still idiots reading theese and taking it seriously? the point is to make fun of homeless people who lie and claim to be a vet when they never were that’s why ALL his information is wrong. its a satire site people stop licking windows and attempt to use your brains. Christopher Luttrell says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM John Lilyea, that’s messed up dude, people are going to believe you… Brian S. Hand says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM I’ve met a lot of homeless veterans with this affliction….just tragic… Larry Lance says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM As a Vietnam veteran years 1966-1967, I have a hard time buying into this story. It looks like all he wants is a handout. If in fact, he is a veteran of the Vietnam war, then I suggest that he visits the VA facilities or see a VSO for some assistance. There’s all types of help out there. I would also go brain dead if I was never in vietnam and wanted to beg on the street. Mike Harris Sr. says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM He was on perimeter guard at The Nang Airbase during the bug out in’75. General order number 5 had been drilled into his head so he never left his post. The NVA just let him continue his fence line patrol because, what the hell, he was so damn good at it. They relieved him in ’78 after the water in his canteen evaporated. Robert Cerveny says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM How could this guy have been fighting in nam in 1978? The war ended in 1975! Chuck Cantley says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Somebody give that guy a history book…lol. Jonn Lilyea says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM I knew this guy when we broke through the Pusan perimeter around Hue together during the ’68 Tet. We were in the Marine Force SEAL Rangers. James Barnes says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Served 1980 to 2010. Ever since the first Gulf War these clowns are every where. From veterans halls, bars and even at the VA. People who file for benefits using the old my records were burnt in the St Louis fire that destroyed a lot of personal records. Dumb asses don’t realize the government has records all over the place and can build your data… Stoned Gunman says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Satire seems to escape many of you, excellent article sir. Ken Dixon says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM I usually come here to find humor, this saddens me. Jerry Beingesser says: January 3, 2014 at 2:54 AM Breaks my heart when I see these guys. There is no excuse for their predicament. Most of them are so far over the top that they really can’t be helped. Persy says: September 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM Reminds me of a time while in recruiting when I was walking down a city street (to get some lunch) and some homeless bum saw the uniform (when it was still dress uniform to recruit) and said, “Whoa now, I’m not THAT desperate!” It took everything I had NOT to punch him in the mouth. SGT N says: September 4, 2012 at 10:22 AM Kevin, your comments make me want to have sex with an industrial sized wood chipper. leftoftheboom says: September 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM Wow and OUCH. Fast Attack Jack says: September 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM This is funny stuff, but also very close to an encounter I had at a mall last year. I man in an electric wheel chair with all kinds of flags and patriotic stuff on it approached me and asked for some money. He had a USMC hat on and his story was something about serving in Viet Nam and problems with the VA, but the thing that tripped him up was he referred to himself as a “soldier”. Being a former squid myself, I asked him a few questions about what unit he was in, where he was stationed and what his MOS was. He didn’t know what an MOS was so I ask him if Marines have NECs and he still had no idea what I was talking about. I then asked him to come clean with me and he said that he didn’t serve, but his brother did and he was always proud of his brother and wished that he too had served. I thanked him for finally being honest with me and advised him to not carry on this lie. Not only is it dangerous (some veterans take physical actions against these pretenders), but it is illegal. He said he would stop pretending. I wanted to smack the guy, but I was in a Mall and he was actually disabled (car accident) and I had shopping to do. Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM Attack this JACK Sed no hero no poser I served was in war zones but I wasn’t THANK GOD Injured in one! I was where HERO’S WERE don’t make me one HOW BOUT YOU? Did you run over that wheelchair, or just give him a lucky break? You killer you! Back off ! Hoe k cuz I was disabld out at 20 after 10 yrs went back to Serve as A Civ Desert Storm state side/ spine/ Serv conn/ collapsed/ VA & dept of army & all politicos been pokin millions of Vets 1999 went back to Serve ( forced by DOL/army) now up to 50 % can’t work 100% on Paper but no mEdical help or $$ I’ll say I might raise some dust if I like. They can keep their …. $$ don’t want it. How are all these new Americans supposed to pay their way and all tha federal workers going to get paid if we don’t Spread the wealth around!! Bye bye whining widdle proper people leftoftheboom says: September 2, 2012 at 9:21 PM Dear Kevin, Your incessant illiterate ranting makes be doubt that you were ever in the service. You mention in every post that you are not a hero. Well no one on any post said they were so why the constant reminders. That seems like a poor attempt at reverse humility. Are we supposed to be fooled by the false humility into believing you? Also your posts have points of lucidity surrounded by the ramblings of someone who lost a portion of their brain to a flesh eating bacteria. You remind everyone about your “supposed” disability. I think you are a poser Kevin. The closest you got to serving was driving past the recruiting station in the back of a police cruiser. You call yourself a “broken down fly boy” but every pilot that I know both served as an officer and had a college education. They would be humiliated to post as ridiculously as you do. Shame on you. Shame Shame Shame. Jeremy says: September 3, 2012 at 3:26 AM Personally I think it’s Bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Parts of his mind seems to be missing. His alleged age indicates it could be overexposure to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid back in ‘Nam hiding from Charlie in the canopy. He probably shouldn’t have drank the stuff in the orange barrels. Fast Attack Jack says: September 2, 2012 at 9:55 PM Kevin, your chemical induced ramblings were kind of funny at first, but if you really want to entertain, you need to learn when to stop and shift gears. If, by chance, you really are a veteran that is being screwed over by the system (the “man”), then my advice is go to a serious organization for help. Thinking you might get help or sympathy or whatever from a satirical news site, while funny in a way, is actually more like crazy ass retarded. me says: September 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM you guys realize that was the most epic trolling ever right? leftoftheboom says: September 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM Sure but stupid is still stupid. I appreciate funny. Sounding like a moron who missed his meds because he downed a fifth of jack is not really funny. Just a moron who sounds like he downed a fifth of jack while missing his meds. Is trolling? Sure but then isn’t responding back a troll too? Or is it too difficult to troll while sounding sane and literate? leftoftheboom says: September 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM I guess you guys are like A Clockwork Orange and Pink Floyd the Wall. You have to be stoned before they make any sense. Jeremy says: September 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM I don’t think being stoned will work. Special brownies don’t work for psychotic rantings. 24sFOBBuDum says: September 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM Essackly! Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM SGT B U B LAFFIN YET? Btw I’m only at 50% and was hurt in 91 and left to rot by VA & THE DEPT OF DA army & ALL PLITICO’Z all laws ignored! 100% since 91. They can Keep THIER $$ help pay to ship TWINKLE TOES horsies to and from and pay all the forieners to INVADE OUR COUNTRY all I need is a good Laff oncst in awhile! BDFB out Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM SGT B OR ANYONE ELSE how about Poor little baby lost his boyfriend so he commits treason in TIME OF WARand has a HISSY FIT releasing HOW MANY SECRETS to WIKI what’S? Why hasn’t he been EXECUTED YET! Or some muslim maj. opens fire and murders HOW MANY AT FT HOOD while yelling what ???? But his trail is delayed cuz he has a beard for religious reasons and that was workplace violence HUH!! WHAT KIND OF SHiT IS THAT??????? TWO ACTS OF TREASON IN TIME OF WAR BY ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY! UCMJ wtf is dat u say! SMELL IT YET?? US Soldier MURDERS 16 in RAMPAGE IN after gan his tan MURDERER! Traimatic Head Injury From previous Combat Tour(s) and never should have been Redeployed! WATCH HOW FAST THEY FRY HIS ASS! ARE YOU LAFFIN YET?? Marines writing tickets and directing traffic? MARINES ARENT METER MAIDS THEY ARE MEN AND so should WE ALL BE! NOW LET’S GET ON WITH DA SHOW BDFB out PFC Dunno says: September 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM Yes, I concur. They took er jerbs! Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM Hey jer ree don’t like it? No what I gots two sez bouts dat!?? I really do not have to entertain you Jerry with my command of ANY LAGUAGE HO KAYE!! Not a ? It’s a statement of IDGAF bout wether u likum mi lettir UN ER knot bye Kerry oops PC Jerry! BDFB out /gee whizzers dis is Fun ! I got something you can climb up on or jump off of or sit on or rotate on or eat or do whatever you wields heart desires BLOCK ME I am having fun on a site that’s supposed to be FOR THAT REASON and if you can not get past that I am unable to assist you and can only suggest you get a life & learn to laff a little! I’m 62 and don’t really like what I’ve seen happen either, especially to people that seem to forget THIS SITE IS A SPOOF! Dumb Yourself Down, afore Ya Pop. 1Parachute says: September 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM Kevin, all you have to do is show your DB postiongs to your VA Psychologist, they will give you 100%! Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM FB POSTS as he got up from his wheelchair! I’d like to NO if all these JOKERS are LAFFIN with OR AT this DEVIL DOG ! USAF Broken Down FlyBoy sez AIN’T NO THANG! NO ONE IS EVER LEFT LEFT BEHIND, even if they get Vaporized! THEY COME HOME TO A BUNCH OF HORSEY ASSES (; exbronies not PC ; BEHIND’S and they do it so all you little TWAT EVER YUZ IS can put them on terror WATCH LISTS!! idiot miss pel a wurd TOUGH TITTY while MEN WERE DYIN uze BITCHE’S BE CRYIN!! Ha no bad maik wird soownd haha !! Couple TOP’S MGSGT’S USMC/ RECON/ PINNED A HERO’S honor on this BDFB.!! Sed I was one ofda onliest chair force they ever met that HAD A PAIR!! I’m no HERO/ HONORED TO HAVE SERVED W/SAME! For me that was akin TO THE CMOH!! How funny is that?!! To chair force vet HILARIOUS!! SGT B says: September 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM What the fuck is this shit? Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 12:24 PM Smell it ? It’s to the face book and the brownies ( broniies) 3 Sept 69 1 Oct 79 USAF plus civ Service 1991 Desert Storm 1999 Civ Serv in support of both! Non combat injured there Sarge no hero, but I was where HERO’S WHERE! Just HAVIN FUN! Ain’t it funny? SARGE? Hope so thats what that SHIT IS JUST SHIT! Smell it? I think WE ALL DO! even if we aren’t all HERO’S I’ll DEFEND ONE OR ALL OF THEM IN A HEARTBEAT!! Now let’s have FUN! Jerry says: September 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM Technically, English doesn’t have to be one’s first language in order to post comments on TDB, but we would appreciate it if you first achieved literacy. Or at least came down off that massive high so some coherent thoughts could be articulated. gigirl says: September 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM jerry, I love you. Tmac says: September 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM . . Bad news Jerry. If I ain’t waitin till I’m sober to drive I sure as hell ain’t waintin for those glue fumes to wear off until I post. Vince728 says: September 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM Who knows. I can’t quite get what he’s saying either. 24sFOBBuDum says: September 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM Thal sale ;all brownies!! Wird aa buto lamma damma ding dang! Word!!! Kevin McQuade says: September 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM Left facy book too many BRONIES THIER every where THIER every where ! There twinkl and tinkle and CA CA and BA BA and panty horsy and wet my panties and I’ll kill you you killer veteran you horsy! WELL PILGRIM send in your p p pissy p p panty cavalry!! ok fellas- of again I meant GIRLTHZ charge ? I like my new chair force base! drop a bomb; wasn’t Unabomber or Ina bomber can be a bummer- pc agin- AS A HOLE! Instant AHOLE just add dew shssss bags NOW THAT’S FUNNY Chief Jim says: September 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM Why don’t you take the trouble to learn a bit of English and English grammar? Maybe you’d get a bit more sympathy! Also learn the difference between Satire and fact! leftoftheboom says: September 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM There are choices to be made here. We can believe and throw away any need to prove or we can demand proof. I think we need to get some proof. Anyone remember the movie “The Soldier”? We should have tattoo’s that are there to tell the world who we are. 24sFOBBuDum says: September 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM wants min an da ass! Haa! Brownees rul. Big Toe says: September 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM Well of course he didn’t make it back until 1978 – he had to wait until Chuck Norris rescued him . . .