Marine Corps Veteran Beaten by Airman who thought he was a fake (video)

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Michael Delfin, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has a broken tibia and possibly a broken jaw after an active duty airman and a buddy  ambushed him in the parking lot of The Long Shot, a bar in Sacramento, California. Why? Because the airman thought Michael was a fake Marine.

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Michael Delfin, USMC veteran – screenshot via CBS Sacramento

The airman is active duty and carries a different type of ID altogether. But rather than properly reading Michael’s ID card, he assumed the worst. Never assume.

Stolen Valor…not

“I noticed a guy had a fade[military haircut] and he asked me if I was in the service and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m in the Air Force,’ and I said, ‘Oh I was in the Corps’… So, I asked him to read my ID, and he was like ‘nahh stolen valor, stolen valor; this guy’s a fake.’ He’s ignorant. He needs to learn how to read an ID, plain and simple. When a vet tells you he’s a vet and he’s obviously wearing a fallen brothers bracelet [and he]doesn’t even recognize that.” Michael Delfin

Delfin attempted to leave, since he could tell it about to turn ugly. But as he hit the parking lot, the other man and a buddy blind-sided him. They broke his leg and possibly his jaw.

“And before I knew it I couldn’t get off the ground. My leg gave out; it was kind of a blur.”

A slap in the face to all combat veterans

A friend happened by Delfin after the incident as he was trying to limp home, and transported him to get help. Sacramento police have a report of the incident, as does the Air Force.

“I did over 12 years in the Marine Corps; I was amphibious assault, a tracker and combat in 2004 in Fallujah… Because everybody that’s in the service does their job, but when you go to combat it’s a different thing, so to claim on me I’m stolen valor, that’s a slap in every veteran’s face… He needs to get caught. He needs to get made an example of, plain and simple.”

There are those to pretend to be something they are not in all corners of society. But in this case, the airman was wrong. He was likely spoiling for a fight in the beginning. Allowing his emotions to run that hot was not good, especially when combined with one too many drinks, as it  likely blinded him to the truth. That appears to be the problem in this case – an airman with too much alcohol and too little ability to read an identification card.

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  • Bruce

    Dam right we don’t need the air fart. We have ower own fly MEN.

  • Tex

    Brothers and Sisters, if anyone has any ideas how to crowdsource this and use Social Media to find the

    attackers, lets put our heads together and get it done. Its been about 10 days since the assault and no

    arrest… not sure how these guys are running an investigation but just from the description alone I think

    it would be easy to do with the right resources and access LE/OSI would have.

    Here is a quote from Sgt Delfin’s wife:

    “I need help ID’ing these guys. We know the one is stationed at Travis AFB. He has a tattoo of a

    microphone and music notes on his forearm and on his right shoulder something that looked like a Grimm

    reaper. He is about 6’5″ dark hair. Either from Oregon or an Oregon Ducks fan judging by his clothes. The

    other guy worked for a painting company in the area. Want to say is was CS painting. No tattoos that I

    could see. They both like singing karaoke.”

    Anyone from the area or w/ social media connections in the area can easily push this out – someone knows

    this airman… For Gods sake he’s 6’5” w/ a tattoo of a microphone and music note on his forearm and

    stationed at Travis… it shouldn’t be that hard to find him, (especially by OSI as they would have access

    to records and the command at Travis). This guy (and his dirtbag pal) need to be held accountable. I’m

    sure there’s folks on this board who can easily push the message out via social media. I wish I could drop

    all my responsibilities and do this myself but I can’t – but WE can. If anyone can help crowdsourcing this

    to get this guy’s name and/or any relevant information to OSI and/or local police, please do so. This

    Brother and his family deserve justice and this Airman needs to go before a jury of his peers.

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