Stolen Valor: Wisconsin Man Has Been Posing as Marine for 22 Years

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An investigation shows a Wisconsin man by the name of John Hemphill has been posing as a disabled Marine for years.

Although his bank statements and bills read “Lieutenant John Hemphill,” he is not even a Marine, says Fox 6 after looking into it.

Hemphill has told everyone, including his wife since 2013, that he is a 22-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps who lost his leg in Afghanistan.

As part of his look, Hemphill has a prosthetic leg with a U.S. Marines T-shirt laminated onto it. He also has a left forearm tattoo with the words “Marine Corps.” His license plates are for veterans. Around his neck is a pair of dog tags.

His wife, Sheila Hemphill, was so convinced of her husband’s service that she got an image of his dog tags tattooed on her right arm.

“It says ‘Mrs. Lieutenant Jonathan Hemphill,’” she told Fox 6.

“He sold us a sad story,” said Sheila’s daughter, Regina Davis. “He was in the Iraq war and he was helping a little kid and so they happened to walk across a bomb. And that’s what happened to his leg.”

Everything changed when one of Jonathan’s family members came forward and told Sheila that he was never in the military.

Now, Sheila wants a divorce.

“The whole marriage was based on a fraud,” Sheila said. “People have died for this country. They have served. He hasn’t done anything.”

A detailed record search of John’s military service showed nothing of his service with the Marine Corps.

Hemphill got a form of a military ID when he joined the American Legion. This helped him receive a military discount on his cell phone bill.

Even after his lie was uncovered by Sheila, John still tries to meet women using the same story.

“Every lady that we’ve talked to since their separation, he told them the same story. ‘Oh, I served 22 years’ and ‘You wanna wear my dog tags?’” Regina Davis said.

On top of being a phony, Hemphill is a convicted felon, Fox 6 reports. He robbed a pizza delivery man in 1990, put his fists through the window of a car during an argument in 1994 and stole $8,000 worth of jewelry in 2012.

“He’s a disgrace,” Sheila told Fox 6.

Reporters tried to talk to Hemphill while he was sitting in his car in an alley behind his house, but he rolled up the window and drove off while being questioned.