The Sad Tale of a Lonely Old Soldier

The Sad Tale of a Lonely Old Soldier

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True Detective

Fletcher, NC

#1 Apr 23, 2014
You may have noticed such names as Tammyann Hoffman, Willard Ratsock, Thomas1938, Thomas, Thomas Hoffman E D, Thomas Fletcher Troll, JUANITA OWENS, Uncle Poirv,
Roger 10-4, Cary, The Hoffman Report, State of Florida, in fact every poster on this thread
"University Staff Forced to Undergo Re-education Indoctrination" . The list goes on and on and on and on and is missing only one thing, the name of the real guy., a guy who once had a Facebook page listing over 3000 friends but we all know about those kind of friends, nary a single one of then had ever met the guy. They were in love with an illusion.

Bottom line is, this poor old soldier needs to make it appear he's a very important guy and has lots of friends who talk to him at length on these boards. Even those folks he invites to his own home don't really know this guy who simply never shares his real self with anyone, not even his poor wife. He has essentially created a fictitious life, a meaningless string of days months years all ,.leading him down the path to his final days in this very body the sad old soldier who is going to die a truly unknown soldier to be buried and forgotten. Of course the fellow isn't even from where he's from, born in MN and attended school there through Minnetonka, HS, he fancies himself a Southerner which he clearly is not. The Southerner he claims to be is a myth just like everything else about this guy. If I hadn't actually met the man I would conclude he really doesn't exist.

So, who is this mystery man. Stay tuned to this page and I'm quite certain some one will tell y'all who he really is, No no, not possible for not even he knows that thus you will have to satisfied with a birth name.
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#4 Apr 23, 2014
I'd guess nearly 90% or more of the posts on this thread are HE.

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/asheville-nc/...

What they say about a woman scorned counts double for this guy. The moderator and most of the posters on the MX forum were problematic for this poor old chap. That includes a guy known as Piffy, Jason Bugg and Steve Shanafelt. You can see him mocking these guys all over this thread.. He was so angry at Steve he sent him 17 magazine subscriptions, a deed that very nearly got him dragged to court, saved only by a letter of apology via the 12 step program which he claimed he was in due to addictive internet behavior and alcoholism. Guess he fell off the little red wagon.
Thomas Hoffman

Atlanta, GA

#6 Apr 23, 2014
I wish I had had the courage to be a soldier. But alas, I got an "unfit to serve" status after telling the induction doctor I was queer. I was stamped "defective" and ushered out the door. Now, I have dated some sailors as so many of them are gay blades. I've tried to date soldiers but they are all normal men and date women. Go finger.

Oy vey. I am retired in Fletcher. It's OK out here except for all the ignorant rednecks who actually go to church Sundays and actually believe there is a God. Go finger. The worst thing about living out here in redneckland is that there are cows grazing close by my housing development. How dare these farmers who have been here for 200 years graze cattle within sight and smell of a transplant yankee yuppie housing development!

Oy vey. I'm too old and feeble to move now. My wife, even though she should be at home relaxing in retirement, goes out and works so I can sit at home online all day guzzling expensive microbrew beers. At least I got this going for myself!
True Detective

Fletcher, NC

#7 Apr 23, 2014
Cullen Anderson wrote:
I wish I had had the courage to be a soldier. But alas, I got an "unfit to serve" status after telling the induction doctor I was queer. I was stamped "defective" and ushered out the door. Now, I have dated some sailors as so many of them are gay blades. I've tried to date soldiers but they are all normal men and date women. Go finger.
Oy vey. I am retired in Fletcher. It's OK out here except for all the ignorant rednecks who actually go to church Sundays and actually believe there is a God. Go finger. The worst thing about living out here in redneckland is that there are cows grazing close by my housing development. How dare these farmers who have been here for 200 years graze cattle within sight and smell of a transplant yankee yuppie housing development!
Oy vey. I'm too old and feeble to move now. My wife, even though she should be at home relaxing in retirement, goes out and works so I can sit at home online all day guzzling expensive microbrew beers. At least I got this going for myself!
Well said, the old soldier shows once again his lack of contact with reality. Apparently he is unaware that the name he has stolen is an honorably discharged veteran, not as Cullen, sad old soldier, has indicated here with his usual lies. One would wonder as well if, perhaps, Cullen is gay since it seems he has no offspring to claim. Why not? He's either gay or impotent, perhaps both
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#8 Apr 23, 2014
True Detective wrote:
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Well said, the old soldier shows once again his lack of contact with reality. Apparently he is unaware that the name he has stolen is an honorably discharged veteran, not as Cullen, sad old soldier, has indicated here with his usual lies. One would wonder as well if, perhaps, Cullen is gay since it seems he has no offspring to claim. Why not? He's either gay or impotent, perhaps both
Cullen lives in a fantasy world of his own making. We speak the truth about his mental condition and the facts that are plain for anyone to see while he goes on deflecting these turths with more lies spoken by characters he alone has created.
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#9 Apr 23, 2014
It's no damn wonder that the old soldier is all screwed up. He was part of a war that has gone down in history as one of the most shameful exercises in our nation's history and he volunteered.

‘Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’ By Nick Turse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-a...

Clearly nothing to brag about. At least Thomas was no killer like Cullen who no doubt enjoyed the slaughtering of women, children and old men, a true disciple of the Lt Calley mode of operation no doubt. Just imagine volunteering for this fiasco. No wonder this old bird is angry, depressed and friendless.
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#10 Apr 23, 2014
THIS IS HE wrote:
It's no damn wonder that the old soldier is all screwed up. He was part of a war that has gone down in history as one of the most shameful exercises in our nation's history and he volunteered.
‘Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’ By Nick Turse
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-a...
Clearly nothing to brag about. At least Thomas was no killer like Cullen who no doubt enjoyed the slaughtering of women, children and old men, a true disciple of the Lt Calley mode of operation no doubt. Just imagine volunteering for this fiasco. No wonder this old bird is angry, depressed and friendless.
Oh, look at that, seems the old killer took issue with my truth. Guess he's one to never ever admit a mistake like enlisting in the army. Did you enjoy all that blood and gore, Cullen?

"Vietnam Horrors: Darker Yet

Declassified papers show U.S. atrocities went far beyond My Lai.
August 06, 2006|Nick Turse and Deborah Nelson | Special to The Times
The men of B Company were in a dangerous state of mind. They had lost five men in a firefight the day before. The morning of Feb. 8, 1968, brought unwelcome orders to resume their sweep of the countryside, a green patchwork of rice paddies along Vietnam's central coast.

They met no resistance as they entered a nondescript settlement in Quang Nam province. So Jamie Henry, a 20-year-old medic, set his rifle down in a hut, unfastened his bandoliers and lighted a cigarette.

Just then, the voice of a lieutenant crackled across the radio. He reported that he had rounded up 19 civilians, and wanted to know what to do with them. Henry later recalled the company commander's response:

\o7Kill anything that moves.

\f7Henry stepped outside the hut and saw a small crowd of women and children. Then the shooting began.

Moments later, the 19 villagers lay dead or dying."

http://articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/06/natio...
Nam Vet

Jacksonville, FL

#12 Apr 23, 2014
"THIS IS SHE" is none other than our longtime troll Thomas Hoffman. She doesn't have the guts to insult people to their faces. Only from the safety of a keyboard online. In fact, she is too frightened to even leave the house unless she has momma's skirts to hide behind because she has insulted so many people here over the years she is afraid she will run into one on the outside. What a life Thomas leads. If you can call this a life. Poor old codger. Let us all just be glad we are not her. Old Thomas is living a miserable existence.
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#13 Apr 23, 2014
Nam Vet wrote:
"THIS IS SHE" is none other than our longtime troll Cullen Anderson. She doesn't have the guts to insult people to their faces. Only from the safety of a keyboard online. In fact, she is too frightened to even leave the house unless she has momma's skirts to hide behind because she has insulted so many people here over the years she is afraid she will run into one on the outside. What a life Thomas leads. If you can call this a life. Poor old codger. Let us all just be glad we are not her. Old Thomas is living a miserable existence.
Here he goes again, sad old soldier has no friends so he has to start fights on Topix to make his miserable life seem worth living. Must be tough getting over all those war crimes you committed in Vietnam. What goes around comes around . At least Thomas has no murder sprees to live down. I'll bet you Lt Calle was your CO, right Cullen?
THIS IS HE

Hendersonville, NC

#14 Apr 23, 2014
Nam Vet wrote:
"THIS IS SHE" is none other than our longtime troll Thomas Hoffman. She doesn't have the guts to insult people to their faces. Only from the safety of a keyboard online. In fact, she is too frightened to even leave the house unless she has momma's skirts to hide behind because she has insulted so many people here over the years she is afraid she will run into one on the outside. What a life Thomas leads. If you can call this a life. Poor old codger. Let us all just be glad we are not her. Old Thomas is living a miserable existence.
Talk about guts this azzhole is such a gutless wonder he has to hide behind a proxy server like we don;t know who he is. I take this post as a threat like what are you going to do if I do meet you face to face? Not a damn thing unless you want to get buggered in the local jail for assault, killer of women and children and old men.

Vietnam War[edit]
The Vietnam War Crimes Working Group Files is a collection of (formerly secret) documents compiled by Pentagon investigators in the early 1970s, confirming that atrocities by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War were more extensive than had been officially acknowledged.[39][40] The documents are housed by the United States National Archives and Records Administration, and detail 320 alleged incidents that were substantiated by United States Army investigators (not including the 1968 My Lai Massacre).(See also Winter Soldier Investigation).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_wa...
Brandy Riddle

Miami, FL

#15 Apr 23, 2014
Thomas Hoffman wrote:
I wish I had had the courage to be a soldier. But alas, I got an "unfit to serve" status after telling the induction doctor I was queer. I was stamped "defective" and ushered out the door. Now, I have dated some sailors as so many of them are gay blades. I've tried to date soldiers but they are all normal men and date women. Go finger.
Oy vey. I am retired in Fletcher. It's OK out here except for all the ignorant rednecks who actually go to church Sundays and actually believe there is a God. Go finger. The worst thing about living out here in redneckland is that there are cows grazing close by my housing development. How dare these farmers who have been here for 200 years graze cattle within sight and smell of a transplant yankee yuppie housing development!
Oy vey. I'm too old and feeble to move now. My wife, even though she should be at home relaxing in retirement, goes out and works so I can sit at home online all day guzzling expensive microbrew beers. At least I got this going for myself!
This troll Thomas is famous online for being an obnoxious pest. So this is no surprise that he was rejected by the Army for being "different".
Brandy Riddle

Fletcher, NC

#16 Apr 24, 2014
This troll Cullen is famous online for being an obnoxious pest. So this is no surprise that he was rejected by the Army for being "different".
BIG COVERUP

Fletcher, NC

#17 Apr 24, 2014
‘Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’ By Nick Turse

More than any other American conflict, the Vietnam War for years has been used as a cautionary tale of imperial overreach and excessive ideological zeal, though many details of the war are fading. So it’s bracing that journalist Nick Turse provides a sharply focused account of possible war crimes in that misbegotten venture.

As his title suggests, Turse is plunging into dark waters of the American way of war. It was a bloody affair, and estimates of Vietnamese deaths vary widely, but they were probably in excess of 2 million — a large number, he notes, for a country of just 19 million at the time. A policy of village destruction, heavy bombardment, free-fire zones,“relocation” of peasants and other indignities created millions of displaced people and millions of wounded. This useless bloodbath is a resilient, if vaguely understood, lesson of Vietnam.

With his urgent but highly readable style, Turse takes us through this landscape of failed policies, government mendacity and Vietnamese anguish, a familiar topography for those steeped in the many histories — the best ones by journalists — of this 1964-75 debacle. But Turse is up to something different and even more provocative: He delves into the secret history of U.S.-led atrocities. He has brought to his book an impressive trove of new research — archives explored and eyewitnesses interviewed in the United States and Vietnam. With superb narrative skill, he spotlights a troubling question: Why, with all the evidence collected by the military at the time of the war, were atrocities not prosecuted?

For the atrocities — many murders of civilians in South Vietnam — were known to the Pentagon brass and the likes of Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and Army Secretary Stanley Resor. Letters were written by soldiers and Marines, investigations were conducted and reports filed. Almost all were suppressed, hidden from public view. My Lai was atypical in scale (400 killed) but not in kind, and the military knew it. Turse takes us through many of these atrocities, large and small, to document the malignancy growing inside the U.S. armed forces.

Particularly striking is Operation Speedy Express, conducted in the Mekong Delta by the 9th Infantry Division under the command of Maj. Gen. Julian Ewell. Turse documents the savagery of Speedy Express, the gratuitous execution of thousands of civilians in pursuit of high body counts and career advancement. Thousands of dead Vietnamese, claimed by Ewell and his cohort to be Viet Cong guerrillas, were found with very few weapons. The Army was fully aware of what Ewell was doing, and rewarded him with a third star and a prestigious place at the Paris peace negotiations.
BIG COVERUP

Fletcher, NC

#18 Apr 24, 2014
CONTINUED FROM ABOVE

"Turse poignantly asks,“Where have all the war crimes gone?” But his answers are not commensurate with his research. He spends several pages on the case of Newsweek correspondents Kevin Buckley and Alexander Shimkin and the evisceration of their long expose of Ewell by feckless editors in New York.“Had Buckley and Shimskin’s investigation been published in full form in January or February 1972,” he writes,“it might have proven to be the crest of the wave of interest in war crimes allegations, resulting in irresistible public pressure for high-level inquires.” But the My Lai massacre had already been aired and had stirred only a very brief public outrage before subsiding into indifference or, indeed, a defense of Lt. William Calley. The Winter Soldier hearings, in which Vietnam veterans told their stories of grisly atrocities in a public forum, were covered by only one major newspaper, in nearby Detroit.

Turse has the journalist’s faith that exposure will result in justice, but in the case of war, there’s little evidence that the public wants to know more about atrocities, much less act upon them. British scholar Kendrick Oliver made this argument brilliantly in his book on My Lai, showing how reactions to revealed atrocities follow a pattern that ultimately leads to a rally-round-the-troops phenomenon. One could contend that war, by its very nature — and not just in Vietnam and Cambodia, but in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan — similarly leads to indifference to civilian suffering or even to blaming the victims.

Turse forcefully argues the narrower question of how the government failed to prosecute crimes committed in Vietnam or Cambodia (apart from Calley, who got 31 / 2 years of house arrest for hundreds of murders). He provides revealing details about the years-long Pentagon coverup, such as Laird’s taking tighter control of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division,“which allowed key Defense Department officials to take an even more active role in suppressing war crimes cases. Investigations could now be quashed at the highest levels — and evidence suggests that, indeed, they were.”

While reading Turse’s powerful case, I couldn’t help wondering if, 30 years from now, we will see another, similarly revealing book about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 2005 massacre at Haditha, Iraq, in which 24 unarmed civilians were killed by U.S. Marines, bears many resemblances to what Turse writes about Vietnam — a military coverup until an enterprising reporter got the facts, with no Marines paying a price for the slaughter. Is this the real code of military justice?

“As I came to see,” Turse writes,“the indiscriminate killing of South Vietnamese noncombatants — the endless slaughter that wiped out civilians day after day, month after month, year after year throughout the Vietnam War — was neither accidental nor unforeseeable.”

Will we ever come to terms with this shameful aspect of war? Turse has given us, at least, one step forward.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-a...
BORN TO KILL

Hendersonville, NC

#20 Apr 24, 2014
Some history. First of all there was a draft until 1973 ergo nobody but very influential people managed to avoid serving in the military, guys like Dick Cheney, for example, who repeatedly gained deferments.

Fact, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident marks the beginning of a full US involvement in that war and that dates from 1964 thus Cullen joined the army knowing full well he was going to Vietnam. "Oh goody, I can get to kill some little yellow people"

Fact is, Thomas joined the service in 1961 but was discharged in 1964 thus was never called to serve in Vietnam. Plus he was already a father, something poor old impotent Cullen never managed.
BORN TO TROLL

Columbia, SC

#21 Apr 24, 2014
I reported for my draft induction physical in Nu Yawk da Bronx in August 1949 (I am older than dirt you know). I commesed immediately to tell the doctor that I was a committed homosexual who exclusively liked to have sex with other males. He exclaimed "Thomas George Hoffman, US 1369136913, you are hereby rejected for extreme moral turpitude and for having anAnus that is already stretched enough to pass a ullsozed watermelon. I see evidence of a history of tornAnus syndrome in you indicative of passive homosexual sodomy." With that I started a long association with the queer crowd in The Village. A crowd so twisted, gthe movie "Cruisin" was tame in comparison.

Oy vey, I sorely wish I was normal and not a sodomite. Then maybe I would have grandchildren to bounce on my 83 year old knee.

After all this, I did have a long career in the NY public school system supervising student hall monitor snitches. The Vice Principle was so appreciative of my snitching that he regularly packed my pooper as a reward. Oh the day!
BORN TO LIE

Hendersonville, NC

#22 Apr 24, 2014
More lies concocted by the king of liars. Truth is Thomas enlisted in the reserves and went to Fort Dix in June of 61. Finishing spec training in late September he received orders to report to his unit in Granite City IL on October 1. Served there until August 1962 when his unit, the 444th Engineer Company Depot, was released from active duty effective 19 August 1962.

This asswipe Anderson has a fantasy about Thomas being from NYC. Not so, upstate boy, no lover of big cities at all. The Bronx to him remains a place seen in movies and TV. 1949! What a dumbazz clown. He knows very well Thomas was born in 1938 therefore was 11 years old in 1949 living in a village called Scotia in upstate, NY in the Mohawk Valley and not yet even dreaming about sex. Freakazz Cullen wasn't even a gleam in his daddy's eye yet. Sad, Daddy Anderson should have thought twice about seeding his wife with the devil's spawn.

One big difference between Thomas and Cullen, Thomas tells the truth and Cullen lies habitually making up idiotic stories in some lame notion that his lies can hurt. No sit, TRUTH HURTS and lies are only a reflection of the liar's mental illness.

Truth is this, Cullen G Anderson joined the army so he could go kill yellow men in Vietnam. Why else would some one deliberately put himself in harms way? THE URGE TO KILL RACIALLY INFERIOR BEINGS! Damn fool thought it would be a walk in the park. Who in hell would be afraid of little yellow peasants. Cullen said to himself "I'm going to be a hero! Yahoo!
Mental Illness

Hendersonville, NC

#23 Apr 24, 2014
Mental Illness May Predate Military Enlistment

"A new group of studies indicates that military recruits have a higher percentage of mental illness than the general public. It appears that many of those harboring suicidal thoughts and tendencies had mental disorders before ever entering the military. The studies indicate that these prior disorders, not the results of active duty, are more likely the cause of a soldier’s suicidal tendencies. The research revealed that almost one-half of the soldiers with these inclinations had already made a suicide attempt before joining the military. In fact, up to 80 percent of those with a documented mental illness had already had at least one mental disorder predating military enlistment.

One of the studies tracked almost one million soldiers from 2004 to 2009 and documented suicide rates. The study found that those who had served in either Iraq or Afghanistan had an increased suicide rate. However, the study also found that those who did not deploy also exhibited an increased risk. Researchers found that the percentage of mental illness was higher in those enlisting than the percentage of the same illnesses in the general population. There were statistically significant higher rates of panic disorder, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity disorder, and PTSD."

http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/mental-illness-...

Verifies my own thinking, you gotta be nuts to enlist to go to war, any war. It goes against man's natural instinct for survival. How can this be? Simply because the arrogance of youth makes one believe he is invincible and when the bodies start falling around him and he becomes aware of his own mortality, insanity is the natural outcome. Sure explains a whole lot about Cullen Anderson, a man who enlisted in the Vietnam war army, one of the greatest mistakes in this nations history.

Think about it Cullen, you could end all your misery right now with a bullet to the brain only you ain't got a brain.
Mental Illness

Hendersonville, NC

#24 Apr 24, 2014
Mental casualties of Vietnam War persist

Lessons learned could be applied to Iraq

By William J. Cromie
Harvard News Office
More than 30 years after the end of the war in Vietnam, the effect of lingering stress on Americans who fought there continues to cause stress among researchers.

A new study finds that almost 19 percent of the more than three million U.S. troops who served in Vietnam returned with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It's a condition that left them with invasive memories, nightmares, loss of concentration, feelings of guilt, irritability and, in some cases, major depression. More than ten years after the war, 10 percent of them still could not leave the war behind.

As bad as these numbers sound, however, they are significantly lower than those produced by an earlier study. In 1990, a national survey concluded that almost one in three (30.9 percent) of those who served in Vietnam came home with PTSD, and 15 percent of them still suffered with it."

http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/08.2...

Clearly Cullen fits the profile and yet remains in denial of his mental. illness
Mental Illness

Hendersonville, NC

#25 Apr 24, 2014
Tell us Cullen, what's it like to kill someone you don't even know? Some poor peasant with a wife and kids trying to defend his home land from foreign invaders, first the Japanese, then the French followed by the USofA. Takes a certain kind of sick mind to be able to do that and live with the guilt.

"WAR & Military Mental Health
The US Psychiatric Response in the 20th Century

Involvement in warfare can have dramatic consequences for the mental health and well-being of military personnel. During the 20th century, US military psychiatrists tried to deal with these consequences while contributing to the military goal of preserving manpower and reducing the debilitating impact of psychiatric syndromes by implementing screening programs to detect factors that predispose individuals to mental disorders, providing early intervention strategies for acute war-related syndromes, and treating long-term psychiatric disability after deployment.

The success of screening has proven disappointing, the effects of treatment near the front lines are unclear, and the results of treatment for chronic postwar syndromes are mixed."

Long and the short of it is this, there is no chance at all of effecting a cure for what ails you if you cannot even accept there is a problem. In this regard I truly feel compassion for your dilemma, Cullen, a compassion that transcends your childish attempts to slander me. How many times need I point out, NOBODY KNOWS THOMAS IN ASHEVILLE AND NOBODY WHO KNOWS THOMAS READS THIS CHIT IN THE FIRST DAMN PLACE So go on exercising your finger tips and your demented mind, it's all a waste. But then you're crazy so you could care less. Being out of touch with reality is a great way to avoid seeing yourself.

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