NEW 9/20/2007: FOIA Release Re Archbold's Military Record
THE TRUTH COMES OUT ... FINALLY. Mac Hinman and the LACC Board of Directors have bought Rick Archbold's self-promotion as a retired "Lt Colonel." As we have pointed out previously, the letter Tandy Bozeman obtained from the Marine Corps IG says only that there was a Marine Corps officer with name and rank "Lt Col Frederick G. Archbold III" (see link below). However, the IG's database only correlates name, rank and service, so it cannot tell us whether this Archbold is the same person as LACC job applicant Archbold. LACC refused to release Archbold's military discharge form DD 214 in order to prevent us from checking his identity. Our attorneys were unsuccessful in compelling release of the DD 214 in Small Claims Court, BUT we found a way ...
Definitive information, correlated with job applicant Archbold's social security number, has now been obtained through a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The information which can be obtained is limited, since most information in a military file will not be released without the serviceman's consent. In order to provide the "releasable" information, without other information which may be contained on the same original page, the clerk fills in a summary form containing the information which can be provided. This form encompasses the entire military career, from induction to discharge, and shows the final rank. Shown below, the information on this form CONFLICTS in several major respects with what job applicant Archbold has told LACC.
- The FINAL RANK obtained by Archbold is only First Lieutenant, not Lt. Colonel, a huge difference.
- The FOIA release states that Archbold served less than 9 months in the active Marine Corps, beginning in February 28, 1978, almost 5 years after graduating college in June of 1973. Contrast this to what LACC reported about Archbold in its "meet the incoming manager" announcement on the "official" website (reproduced below). LACC stated that Archbold served 5 years in the active Marine Corps after graduating college, and then entered the reserves. The FOIA release says he entered the reserves before and through college, and only briefly was in active service 5 years later.
- According to Mac Hinman, Archbold told him that he had attended the "Marine School" after transfering from the Army to the Marine Corps. There is no such thing as the "Marine School;" the equivalent has always been known as "The Basic School," or "TBS," which has no record that Archbold ever attended. The FOIA release lists NO military education.
- Archbold has claimed to be a pilot, and "Marine Flight Officer." There is nothing on the FOIA release form to suggest any service in aviation, and it is not credible that flight (or even "second seat") training would have been provided to someone who spent less than 9 months in active service (and that at the age of 32).
- Under "Transcript of Court-Martial Trial," the FOIA release shows "NOT IN FILE," not "N/A" as used elsewhere with respect to information "not available in the veteran's records." Our military sources tell us that this indicates that Archbold was court-martialed (was part of his "inactive" service spent in the brig?).
6. The entire service record summarized in the FOIA release refers to this Archbold simply as "Frederick George Archbold." The Lt. Colonel Archbold record is for "Frederick G. Archbold III." The 'III' designation was not used in the official records of the individual with the job applicant's SSN.
Compare to Statements in LACC Announcement Below