John “Super Soldier” Collier








Collier wearing the DSC, SS and Tomb Guard Badge. Courtesy Doug Sterner








             John Collier

John Collier


Meet CSM John Collier, at least he would like you to believe he is a CSM. We did not out this guy, he was outed awhile back by my friend and original Stolen Valor hunter, Doug Sterner. But one of our fans found him on Facebook, continuing his lies, we figured we would give him a special place here on our site.

Our friends over at thisainthell also posted a little something about him here –CSM John Collier; Facebook commando

So he claims to be a CSM, is wearing tons of unauthorized medals, and here is what he claimed in a newspaper article:


And in the picture above he is also wearing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Guard Identification Badge.

Here is the complete news story, which includes the citation for his Silver Star:




I think he watched way to many war movies! Although he did serve, just not in the capacity in which he claims. Here are his actual service records:





He was discharged as an E-1, something tells me he was awarded something, but it wasn’t a Silver Star! He served mostly as a vehicle mechanic in the reserves, and he is still using his embellishments today. Here is a post we found on Facebook, courtesy of one of our fans.





That is one of our fans commenting, soon after he sent us all the info he found. Here is a snapshot of his Facebook page, we blotted out the friends, as they probably do not know of his posing ways. I am sure you guys can pick apart the uniform, pic is a little blurry but you can still make out most of it.






UPDATE: 20140916

Collier was spotted in Indianapolis still sporting a hat with things he never earned, like the CSM rank and a CIB with two stars among others.



UPDATE: 20150218

Seems Mr. Collier still hasn’t learned his lesson! A few months ago we did a story on  a company call, this is one of the few companies that require verification of any awards covered under the Stolen Valor act. If they get an order and it includes one of those awards, they we email the potential customer and ask for verification of the award. You can see our story on this company here:

We received an email from them this morning, informing us that Mr. Collier had submitted an order to them requesting the following in an order: Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Soldier’s Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge x3.

This is the email we received from MyServicePride:

I wanted to say thank you again for your service and your help in keeping the integrity of the awards listed in the Stolen Valor Act. As you know, we’re a small family business, of 3 employees, that provides respectful out-of-uniform displays of service, ie. coffee mugs, decals, beer steins, etc with awards printed on them.
Thanks to you both you at This Ain’t Hell and the team at Guardians of Valor we were able to out another POSER!  One of your recurring favorites….
Beside the fact his awards raised immediate red flags (Distinguished Service Cross, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Soldier’s Medal, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge x3.  He also doesn’t have a single device on any his awards on his account with us, hello, red flag x 1million!).  We were able to quickly google search him to see articles from both of you.
Mr. John Collier is based here in our home town of Indianapolis, IN and we have refused his order.

Here is a copy of his rack he was claiming.


I’ve let Mr. Collier know that I’ve canceled his order and would require verification of his awards.  I also let him know that it is a felony to claim such awards, for any type of financial gain and if we felt he was doing so I wouldn’t hesitate to report him to the authorities.

I hope you guys might be able to use some of this information for another follow up to Mr. “Poser” Collier.  If you’d like to chat or have any questions feel free to contact me.

Thank you again,
I wish other companies were like MyServicePride, we wouldn’t have as many problems with posers as we do today. Mr. Collier, we aren’t going away, your days of posing are over.



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