James Dale Guckert, aka "Jeff Gannon," never served in the United States Marine Corps, according to the Personnel Management Support Branch located at Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ).
ePluribus Media volunteer researcher RenaRF visited the Virginia base March 30, 2005, and requested a hand search of all records, as recommended by Marine Corps lead archive technician Armando Nunez after he failed to find files on Guckert in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted last month and documented in a previous diary.
The searches at Quantico were conducted by Social Security number, as well as by birth date and last name, with no hits on any combination of the criteria in either the computerized or microfiche records.
At the completion of the search, Smith stated that Guckert had never served in the United States Marine Corps.
Guckert's Claims of Military Service
And from military.com via Philly Online (registration required for military.com):
James D Guckert
Rank: E-4 Corporal
Service: Marine Corps
Status: Inactive Res/Guard (not drilling)
And then there's the marketing of "Bulldog," aka "Jeff," aka James D. Guckert, on an escort site turned up by Americablog in February:
Ex-USMC Jock: Available for hourly, overnight, weekend or longer travel - OUT ONLY!
If Guckert now wishes to change his "patriotic" claim of Marine Corps service to ... say ... the Navy Seals, ePluribus Media would be willing to follow-up on that as well.
It's amazing what you can accomplish with more than 800 volunteer investigators.