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(From the diaries. How old is Guckert? Given they just raised the maximum enlistment age, it may not be too late for him! -- kos)

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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 hand search was conducted by Quantico staff member Delores Smith, who accessed computerized records from 1995-2005 and an additional 15 years' worth of archived microfiche files dating back to 1980, the year Guckert graduated from college. (He graduated from high school in 1975.)

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

I enlisted in the military more as a challenge to myself than anything, but got so much more than I ever expected.  I learned the importance of self-discipline and self-reliance.

In many circles, I have become known as "the conservative guy".  Some people don't even remember my name because I am an average type guy.  I've been a preppie, a yuppie, blue-collar, green-collar and white-collar.  I've served in the military ....

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:

When asked what USMCPT meant, Paul said he asked Jeff that very question. The answer: United States Marine Corps, Part Time. Paul recalls Jeff telling him he was still in the Marines, but only part time.

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.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Apr 14, 2005 at 09:50 AM PDT.

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