The Final Chapter for Stolen Valor Robert
For years now the Ohio
University hadn’t released the online files
associated with the Cornelius Ryan book “The
Longest Day”. A few days ago I happened
upon the online Ohio University website and
low and behold there was the questionnaire
from Robert Murphy.
Valor Robert Murphy Records from The Ryan
It was an interesting
read to say the least. Murphy has been
lying since at least 1958. Here are the
highlights from not just the questionnaire
but also a Ryan researcher who questioned
Murphy’s veracity during an in person
This was only 14 years
after the event and he was wrong on many of
the basic facts for the jump into Normandy.
He had the wrong time and the wrong day, 11
PM June 5, 1944. Murphy did have one thing
right though as he was never more than a
Private and that matches up with his
Discharge Form 53-55, but in his book he
calls himself Sergeant which of course
In the questionnaire
Murphy just couldn’t help himself and lied
about when he was wounded. He stated that
he was wounded around June 20, 1944. Not
true of course as the Morning Reports and
the Medical Reports verify that he was
already in England by June 20, 1944. Murphy
was wounded 6 June 1944.
Murphy wasn’t the
brightest bulb either most likely due to his
issues with alcohol according to the
interviewer for Ryan. I feel sorry for the
people who hired him as a lawyer. It would
be interesting to see his batting average in
court. Murphy tells Ryan that he jumped
from 300 feet then counted to three. If
that were the case he would have been buried
deep in the ground before the chute
Murphy said that Pvt
Edward Devonshuk was killed shortly after
landing. Of course Pvt Devonshuk wasn’t
killed in Normandy.
The only mistake Ryan
made was to put Murphy in the book at all.
Ryan did leave out almost anything Murphy
said but he did put in the book that Murphy
landed in St. Mere Eglise behind the
schoolteacher’s house in her garden. Ryan
used Murphy’s questionnaire with the part
about the ammo clips and that the French
woman said she had ammo that a Paratrooper
left behind in her garden.
Why Ryan put those two
together in the book because it made for a
good story. Of course it wasn’t true as
dozens of soldiers that night lost their
ammo bags. Murphy in the initial interview
never mentioned that he landed in the
backyard of a house. He did say he was
outside of St. Mere Eglise, not in it. It
was only after the book came out of course
Murphy went right along with Ryan’s
As mentioned in the
original article why does St. Mere Eglise
have a street named after him? He had
nothing to do with the taking of the town
On a side note the
first person I ever called was Murphy after
I went to Google and typed in Paratrooper,
82nd Airborne and Normandy. Up
popped someone named Robert Murphy (who I
didn’t know from Adam). I found his phone
number and called him up. He picked up the
phone at his office (which I found odd at
the time as usually a lawyer has a staff for
this kind of thing).
I explained that my
uncle was in the 82nd in Co B of
the 307th Airborne Engineer and
that since Co B was always attached to the
505th I thought Murphy would be a
good person to call. Murphy listened and
then said this “I’m a busy man and I’m sure
you know that I’m famous” then hung up. I
almost fell over laughing at the part where
he said “I’m famous” then hung up the
I had written down a
list of men to call who were associated with
the 307th and the 505th.
Next to Murphy’s name I wrote down “what a
dick” and don’t call again, a complete waste
of time. Even then I could smell a Stolen
Valor soldier from a mile away but didn’t
know that at the time!
I know why he hung up
that day 17 years ago. He knew that Mr.
Howard was not just investigating Manoian
but was also looking into Murphy. Of course
I knew none of that until years later when I
helped to expose the fake Manoian.
If you notice I didn’t
even look into Murphy until 2014 when I
wrote the first article. I guess I could
have called Murphy out years ago but I
always like to have documentation to go
along with calling out a Stolen
Valor excuse of a human being. Just because I dislike someone
like Murphy doesn’t mean I want to waste my
time on them. The only reason I called out
Murphy is because I discovered that he
pulled a Klinger (from the MASH TV Show) and
used a Section 8 to go home early.
I’ve interviewed over
700 WWII soldiers. There was only one other
one along the lines of an arrogant
ass and that was General Francis Smith.
General Smith tried to blackmail me years
ago and I should have done an article
about him then but didn’t realize how many people
he’d gotten killed and captured because of
his incompetency in WWII and his mistakes in
Vietnam. I’ve been working on the Smith
article for a few months now and getting
close to completing the article. The Murphy
one is like going on a busman’s holiday,
just fun to do.
Brian N. Siddall
January 22, 2019
Robert Murphy War
Murphy was not in
Sicily, joined Co A late in July ’43 as
either a replacement for Co A of the 505th
Parachute Infantry or was in the hospital
but did not go into Sicily.
Murphy got his Combat
Infantryman's Badge for Salerno, not
He’s wounded on 30
September 1943 (15 days in combat)
Murphy wounded on 6
June 1944 shot in the ass (in combat a few
hours), was not at la Fiere after 6 June 1944.
Murphy was in jail
waiting for a trial 12 September 1944 only
avoided jail by jumping into Holland.
Murphy sick again on 31
October 1944 to 8 November 1944 (8 days) NBC
Murphy in hospital
again 5 December 1944 never again in
combat. He was NBC starting on 5 December.
In total it showing his
Morning Report pages only had one mistake
made is when they have Murphy listed as WIA
at the very end. That was a Non-Battle
Murphy used a Section 8
scam the first week of March 1945 to go home
before the War ended. He was back in states
23 May 1945 months before Veterans who had
the points were able to come back to the
States. Murphy left Europe on 1 May 1945,
the Co A men for the 505th Prcht
Inf were still at war, but Murphy wasn’t.
This Goldbricker has a street named after
him in St. Mere Eglise, how sad is that?
Boston Obit has him at
17 joining the service Murphy was 18 and the
Boston Obit has him as a Col. Murphy was
never higher that a Private during WWII
though. He has Sgt down on his discharge,
which is pure fantasy as well. Murphy did
not lead the Pathfinders into Normandy with
the 82nd Abn Div contrary to what
someone put in the comment section of this
2008 Boston Obit said. Murphy was a Private
and an Officer led the 82nd Abn
Div into Normandy. Murphy was in the third
plane of the Pathfinders for the 82nd
Abn Div 505th Prcht Inf. How can a Private lead Officers
into combat? They can’t. He was a
Pathfinder, but he didn’t outrank Officers
Murphy and Manoian were
two birds of a feather. Both were in the
Service but that is the only thing we can
kept quiet about Manoian because Manoin must
have known that Murphy came home early as
Both Murphy and Manoian were able to go home
early Murphy 1 May 1945 and Manoian 2 May
In the Robert Murphy 53-55
discharge he is listed as being in Sicily
and Northern France. Murphy was in
neither. None of the 505th Prcht
Inf men were in Northern France Campaign as
that was between 25 July 1944 and 16
September 1944. The 505 was in England at
that time period. Murphy was a Pathfinder
but apparently it wasn’t enough for him.
Prcht Inf Veteran who went through the
entire war was in combat a total of 304 days.
Murphy was in combat a total of 56 days or
19 percent of the 505th
Campaigns. Murphy spent much more time in
the Hospital for NBC (Non-Battle Casualty)
than time in combat.
Murphy and Manoian are
heroes to some, why I don’t know as they
both worked the system and got back before a
majority of the Soldiers in Europe. Murphy
had one brief moment of redemption with his
book No Better Place to Die. Murphy
recorded the Co A men in Normandy and did
good work in the book. Even then Murphy had
to change the book and put his name in the
key spots of the book and removed the names
of his fellow Co A men in some instances in
the second edition of his book.
Show me one Paratrooper
that brags about his exploits in combat and
I’ll show you a liar. I have yet to meet
(speak) to a single Paratrooper who bragged
about his exploits. They might brag about
things other that combat, but never about
Some people will scream
and cry at the top of their lungs but that
is all they can do. The documentation shows
the truth and some people hate the truth.
Click here to see the documentation.
Brian N. Siddall
June 5, 2014
(Update January 18, 2019)
An update to a 2014 article about Robert Murphy
Last week (2nd week of April 2017) a question was
asked about why did St. Mere Eglise name a street
after Robert (Bob) Murphy and the real heroes
who helped to liberate St. Mere Eglise weren't given
as street name?
This was posed on 505th Facebook Page.
Quite a few people commented and gave thumbs up
wondering the same question. Glen Mallen started to
attack me personally. I don't worry about
"men" who play soldiers. Mallen even gives
himself promotions as well. If anyone watches the TV
series the Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper does the
same thing when playing soldier. The term lol is
very appropriate in this case.
The person who runs the 505 FB Group is Barbara
Fortenbaugh. She removed that post even though many
in the group were having a dialog about why real
heroes don’t have street names in St. Mere Eglise
but Murphy did.
Since it’s her group she can do as she pleases
which is fine.
Then yesterday April 20, 2017 I posted just a link
instead about Murphy. Late last night I received a
message from Ms. Fortenbaugh again stating that she
was going to remove the post about T/4 Zimmerman if
the link to Murphy wasn’t removed. Once again
showing a real hero like T/4 Zimmerman and just a
link to Murphy was too much for some people to look
at. Just a link, go figure.
I have now left the
505th Group and you can read
this here, Response to Ms. Fortenbaugh.
Of course early this morning on the 505th FB Group
Glen Mallen once again complained in a post about
just a link. Mallen then goes on saying this;
“Your Murphy article is full of distortions and
ignores that people already know about them”.
Does Mallen talk about the "distortions he" say
exist? No as there aren’t any. This is what it
looks like when someone tries to marginalize
someone. Mallen is obviously a huge Murphy fan and
doesn’t’ like it that Murphy pulled a Section 8 scam
to get out of the Service.
Mallen then says this “make a mockery of the
otherwise good research” is disingenuous at its
finest. He doesn’t like it that his hero got out of
the service early and tries to denigrate my work.
It was Howard Melvin (who was the Sergeant Major for
the 505th Prcht Inf at the end of WWII) who did most
of the expose about Manoian back in 2001. He had
started work on Murphy too but died before he could
finish his research. Attached to this it shows that
Mr. Melvin had gotten some of the records showing
Murphy’s many visits to the hospital and the fact he
had been arrested in September of 1944.
Mallen doesn’t want people to know that Murphy is a
liar and will try and keep people from looking at
the documentation. Remember Mallen never once spoke
to the documentation but did about an obituary. On
the plus side Mallen the Murphy fan didn’t threaten
to kill me just tried to discredit documentation.
Another Murphy fan has threatened to kill me not
once, but twice. His name is Stuart Robertson and
lives in Normandy.
Stuart Robertson in 2015 called and threatened to
kill me if I ever went to Normandy. Stuart
Robertson also sent emails that day in April of 2015
and threatened to make sure if I came over that I
would not be allowed to go home.
Attached are the emails from April of 2015.
I really thought at first it was a joke and it had
to be a friend joking around. It turns out the treat
was real and it was from Stuart Robertson. I thought
a person with issues would go away but no. In March
of this year when Cook was exposed Stuart Robertson
shows up again. On Facebook messaging Stuart
Robertson once again threatened me with violence if
I go over to Normandy.
I have attached the Facebook message sent by Stuart
Robertson but be forewarned his writing is
disgusting and threatens violence. This is the same
Stuart Robertson on Facebooi here
Once again on the plus side that same day in March
of 2017 I had updated the Fakes and Liars page and
forgot the link for Murphy.
When Stuart Robertson posted to my page it
reminded me that I had to update the link for
Murphy. If Stuart Robertson hadn’t posted on my site
it would still not be on the fakes and liars page.
If you look at Stuart Robertson FB page you will see
he is a big fan of Manoian, Murphy and Cook
among others. He has issues, no doubt about
it. Here is a picture of him on his own site and he
can’t even dress himself properly it seems. (lol
as the saying goes).
It is becoming more and more apparent that just like
the Plumley lovers there are quite a few WWII lovers
of fakes and liars as well. I have only had Stuart
Robertson threaten violence in relation to WWII but
have quite a few on the Plumley issue who has
threatened to kill me. These people are, shall we
say, trouble at the very least.
April 22, 2017