Oregon rancher’s body guard pretending to be Marine but nothing more than ‘wannabe’

Brian Cavalier, 44, the personal bodyguard of Cliven and Ammon Bundy, openly claims that he is a retired Marine, but the Marine Corps has no record of him serving as a Marine. Photo credit: Twitter

Personal bodyguard to controversial ranchers Cliven and Ammon Bundy, Brian Cavalier, 44, of Arizona, has been getting lots of attention pretending to be a U.S. Marine, and now even more so with the press outing him for being an imposter.

Daily Mail Online reported that Cavalier faked his military background to appear more credible as a “militia henchman” and has gone as far as saying that he served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

US Marine Corp records revealed that Cavalier has never served as a Marine or any other part of the American Armed Forces, and his claims are blatant lies. When told that the US Marine Corp (USMC) had confirmed he was never a Marine he wanted to know who the source was, and he said: ‘That’s unfortunate they would say that. It is what it is.’

 Brian Cavalier walks behind Ammon Bundy as he walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore.
Brian Cavalier walks behind Ammon Bundy as he walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore.

The 6ft tall “fluffy unicorn” as he is referred to, has a claim to fame in the form of a criminal rap sheet for DUI and theft, not for decorated service to his nation.

Cavalier is a self-professed commando who quickly answers reporter’s questions and defends his position with ease, comfortable with the story he has fabricated about his service and his own importance.

According to the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, claiming to be in the military is not illegal and it directs prosecutions only if someone falsely claims to be decorated for their service. It limits anyone from profiting from their false claim.

This time, Cavalier is not breaking the law but he is breaking a sacred trust that real Marines share after it’s earned for authentic service to one’s country.

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