SECTION 2: Mick Strider claims he served in the 2/75th Rangers
When brought up by third parties, only general claims were made about Mick Strider’s military service record until 2005. No one had prior reason to disbelieve claims of service in the Ranger Battalions.
On 7-19-2005, Mick Strider makes the following statement:
Please note the claims that others falsified his military history and keep this in mind during later statements made by Mick Strider.
Not really. They also falsified my military history.
im not much of a talker. All anyone knows about my military history, if anything is that i served in a Ranger Battalion.
Never have i told a story of ANY of my military duty.
My parents don’t know
My friends don’t know.
In fact when asked what I did, while in the service I generally say I was in the Infantry. Only knife geeks, and actual real people know more. (because folks sure like to talk about mick)…
Its my business. im a VERY private person.
Nothing i did while serving in the Military was special. i had a head full of spiders then, just like now.
Mick Strider posted his “DD214” on BadlandsForums.com presumably during the same time period. The document in question was alleged to be heavily altered.
The following was posted by Beau Springer on 7-21-2005 -
The allegedly altered DD214 disappeared from BadlandsForums.com and cannot be seen today. Another individual posted a modified version, superimposed with STRIDER KNIVES APPROVED (see attached file Mickey.jpg) found at http://www.badlandsforums.com/forums...achmentid=2569
No one falsified your military history but you. The DD214 that you posted at “badlandsforum.com” was blacked out and provided details for only two events: that you went to the three week Ranger Indoctrination Program ("RIP"), and Airborne School. The Ranger Indoctrination Program is a school that anyone with hopes of serving in a Ranger Battalion may attend. Attending RIP and Jump School is very different from serving as a Ranger, and one may serve in a Ranger Battalion without doing or seeing much of anything. One cannot fault you for concealing sensitive personal information, but your DD214, as conveyed, is a worthless document. Note at the top left of the DD214 that it states: “ANY ALTERATIONS IN SHADED AREAS MAKE FORM VOID”. If there’s more to your military history then please refute these statements with something stronger than a blacked-out DD214 and some “can’t talk about it” remarks. Your ex-wife states under penalty of perjury that you are a liar and cites specific lies that you have made regarding your military service [Reference attachment, page 2, “Responsive Declaration to Order to Show Cause or Notice of Motion Case No. DN94369” as filed by Chelsea Mayne dated July 12, 1999].
Your DD214 also indicates that you served in the Army from 1984 to 1986, and of course this is insufficient time in which to serve as an Operator with a [high-speed] SOCOM organization, and not enough time to train or learn the skills necessary to be a Ranger (Ranger School alone requires a time commitment in excess of two years time left in service).
This document is indeed heavily redacted. The only information displayed is:
Block 1: BURGER, MICKEY RAY
Block 2: ARMY / RA
Block 5: 670323
Block 9: NA
Block 14: Basic Airborne, 3 wks (84) // Ranger Indoctrination Program, 3 wks (86) //
Block 22: JOSEPH I. GILL, III, 1LT, AG, ASST AG
Block 23: Discharge
Block 24: Honorable
Items of note:
Block 26 (SEPERATION CODE) is redacted, yet circled.
Block 27 (REENLISTMENT CODE) is redacted.
Block 4A (GRADE, RATE OR RANK) is redacted.
Block 4B (PAY GRADE) is redacted.
Block 14, though listing Basic Airborne and Ranger Indoctrination program, has the entire rest of the section redacted, as if to imply that area is filled with additional information. The last citation in this block is terminated with by NOTHING FOLLOWS to prevent easy alteration.
The rest of Mick Strider’s statement on TacticalForums.com covers a wide variety of topics, but does not contain any denials or refutations of time in service. Since he posted the allegedly modified DD214, and offers no refutation to statements about dates, it therefore can be assumed that he acknowledges his service dates are from 1984-1986, and that at least part of his time in service was spent in the 2/75 Ranger Battalion.
Mick Strider was repeatedly requested for dates of service, unit names, and times spent in those units. Mick Strider refused to provide them.
A FOIA request resulted in the following documents:
Facts revealed by the FOIA documents:
Mickey Ray Burger served from 12-26-85, until 11-26-86. 11 months of total active duty service.
His final pay grade was Private, E-1.
He attended Basic Airborne School in 1986, not 1984.
He was assigned to C CO 2/75 RGR on 05-29-86
He was removed from the 2/75 and sent to A CO 3/47 IN on 08-04-86
He went AWOL on 08-29-86 and returned 1 week later
He is discharged from the Army 81 days later on 11-26-86
Based on this information, Mick Strider was honorably discharged, and served in the Ranger Regiment. However, Mick Strider's posted DD214 did contain incorrect information. Furthermore, Mick Strider has mischaracterized the nature of his time in the 2/75 RGR, unless of course he gained vast amount of Special Operations knowledge in 65 days. FOIA paperwork shows no record of combat service, deployment to any war zone, and discharge before Operation Just Cause.
Claims have been made that Mick Strider was removed from C CO 2/75 RGR because of a jump related injury. No medical documentation has been provided to support these claims, despite numerous requests. Mick Strider's Assignment paperwork indicates no long term hospitalization, or assignment to any Medical hold units. Furthermore, an injury severe enough to remove Mick Strider from 2/75 RGR would almost certainly qualify him for disability; no disability documentation has been provided to support his claims.