Here is a poser who loves attention, one of our researchers Fredx has worked diligently getting the information on this guy. He worked with Mary from POWnetwork to get this investigation done. Danny Russell Crane, he claims to have been on no fewer than 8 deployments or no more than 15 to the middle east, besides his many awards he also likes to show off a Distinguished Flying Cross, he had actually slipped past their screening process, but has since been confirmed as a fake and taken from their list of recipients. He also has several alias’ that he uses, aka Dan Crane “Doc” .aka Donnie Crane and aka Russell Crane.
He Also has a criminal Record:
Harassment, ID Theft, Fraud, failure to appear and more
Nov 20, 2000 sentenced to 12 months
April 28, 2003 sentenced to 18 months
May 21, 2007 sentenced to 18 months
March 26, 2008 sentenced to 18 months
May 30, 2008 – sentenced to 24 months.
Here is the response Mrs. Mary got from the Distinguished Flying Cross Society:
June 18, 2012
Thanks for the email notice on Crane. After researching with the information you provided he is one in the same wannabee. Unfortunately he got past our checks, but it’s corrected now and he is removed from our database and website….
He should have never made our database because he sent us a check that bounced because the account was closed. That alone should have raised a few flags to warrant a closer look, …. it got past us.
Thank you for your fine work as this is the 2nd wannabee you’ve uncovered for us.
If we can be of any further assistance just ask.
But that’s not the worst part of what he has done, he also stole the story of a Marine that stood guard outside a12 yr old kids hospital room. The kid, Cody Green, was suffering from terminal cancer and his only wish in life was to become a Marine. So the Marine corps granted his wish, made him an honorary member, and presented him with a set of Marine Navigator wings. But for one Marine, that was not enough. The night before the child passed away, the Marine stood guard outside the young Honorary Marines door. And Crane stole this story and made it his own….you can see that here..Cranes Fake Story
Seems he can not decide if he want’s to be a Soldier or a Marine???
This is a picture of the real Marine who stood guard outside little Cody’s room until he passed.
He also faked a Military and a VA Identification card.
And it gets better…he also Forged a DD214! This is the 214 he used at the VA to gat benefits, he needed to use spell check on this.
But we have this heroes real records.
He was discharged as an E1 after serving only four months, and didn’t earn any awards.
This douche also showed up at a Soldiers funeral awhile back, claiming he was a friend. One of the family members recognized him for the poser he was, an asked him to leave, but not before she snapped a few photos which are in the album below.
We even have some video he made of himself on his countless tours overseas!!!
You can see his other videos by visiting his YouTube account as long as it is still up. Danny’s Youtube
He also swindled “Vacations for Veterans” out of a free trip to Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor!
Update on Mr. Crane, Fox News from his home town has done a story on him. He will never be able to pull this again.He is forever in the hall of shame!
Here is the link to the write-up…Danny Crane Stolen Valor
UPDATE: NOTIFIED 08/14/2012 : Crane ARRESTED IN TAMPA Indicted: Theft of government funds // false statements (to the VA.)
LOOK AT MR.CRANE! In A Tampa Bay Jail being held for the US Marshals!
Danny has been scheduled to go to court in October to face charges! Crane has his date with court set
Crane pleaded guilty in court today, to federal charges of theft of government money and making a false statement, which carry up to 10 years and five years in prison, respectively.
Not only did Crane bilk the VA of more than $7,000 in medical treatment, he persuaded the organization Vacations for Veterans to give him a free trip to Hawaii.
Crane told the organization he had stage-four prostate cancer and had nine to 12 months to live. Again, not true.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kaiser went through the list of Crane’s lies Tuesday with U.S. Magistrate Anthony Porcelli.
When Porcelli asked whether what Kaiser said was correct, Crane said yes.
When he swore to tell the truth in court, Crane raised his right hand, displaying a stars-and-stripes tattoo that covered his forearm.
Here is a link to the story: PHONY WAR HERO PLEADS GUILTY
UPDATE: DANNY CRANE GETS SENTENCED TO 1 YEAR IN FEDERAL PRISON: Fake War Hero Gets Sentenced To One Year In Prison
Danny Crane was released from prison but is still on probation, we are hearing he is up to his old tricks again. If this is so, and he has again used his false claims to defraud someone, it will get him busted again. He is in the Orlando area and has used his false claims to acquire free room and board at this point.
A Warrant has been issued for the arrest of Danny Crane, if you have seen Mr. Crane please contact us so we can get that information to the proper authorities. Please do not approach Mr. Crane, contact us with his location.
Thanks to the fans on our Facebook page, and the quick response of one fan with information on Crane. He is now in jail and on a hold status for US Marshall’s for probation violation, he is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Crane is still in jail, on hold and awaiting trial. We are hearing he has a string of charges for fraud etc due to his lies. We will let you know when we find out more, at this point he isn’t going anywhere.