"Real Black Ops" Author Outed as a Fraud

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"Real Black Ops" Author Outed as a Fraud

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It looks like the "real life black ops guy" who dazzled gamers with his true stories about modern warfare and black ops in the book Beyond the Call of Duty: Gunfight! is actually a fraud who's never even been in the military.

Back in November we told you about Wolfgang Hammersmith, the improbably-named former Marine Corps Lt. Col. and black ops veteran who led 86 combat missions in 41 countries and lived to write about it in Beyond the Call of Duty: Gunfight! Hammersmith's life was hardcore military from the get-go: his father fired live rounds at him when he was eight years old "to desensitize him" and then turned him over to a United States Marine Corps program when he was 12. At age 18 he became a "combat team commander" in Vietnam, took part in counter-terrorism and anti-human trafficking operations as part of the pre-Delta Force "Combined Services" and finally threw in the towel and retired to civilian life at 37.

It sounds impressive. There's just one problem: according to some digging done by members of Professional Soldiers, it's all a lie.

A number of inconsistent details in Hammersmith's fantastic tale raised red flags among many members of the community, who were unable to locate any evidence that could corroborate any aspect of his story. Hammersmith himself appeared on the forum in early December to mount a defense, although that amounted to little more than a statement that his ops were so black that they were utterly invisible. He further claimed that he was attempting to access his records through a Freedom of Information Act request, although he said he did not expect it to be approved.

That didn't carry much weight with the Professional Soldier users, who have apparently run into such far-fetched stories in the past. One long-time member sought more information by submitting his own FOIA request to the National Personnel Records Center, which eventually reported that Hammersmith had never been in the military at all.

True believers might dismiss that as a simple disavowal of an ultra-secret operative, but Hammersmith's own actions in the wake of the controversy tell a different story. On December 23, he modified his website to reflect an "update in progress," saying that he had met with attorneys in Washington D.C. and launched an investigation to uncover his official status in the Marine Corps. He removed all links to his biography and other related information, and made a few significant changes to his book as well.

"Based on legal counsel's advice, I am voluntarily removing my rank from my book Beyond the Call of Duty: Gunfight! until such time that my military status can be made public through the ongoing investigation I am conducting," he wrote. "Additionally, I am moving the genre of my writing into fiction instead of non-fiction."

Now I'm no special ops guy, nor do I know any in real life, but it seems to me that if Hammersmith's ops were declassified as he claimed, and that if he could write about them in a book that's for sale to the public, then he should be able to provide some shred of evidence to support his claims. Instead, he's thrown up some wild obfuscation, reclassified his book as fiction and effectively disappeared. It may not be proof of wrongdoing, but it sure doesn't look good.

For those who want to see more, the whole ugly business is on display now at professionalsoldiers.com.

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I should have realised this when I got to the part in the book where the S.A.S went back in time and shot all the dinosaurs, causing the real extinction...

Not really, but that would be a fucking awesome book...

Am I the only one having a Tropic Thunder flashback?

Daystar Clarion:
I should have realised this when I got to the part in the book where the S.A.S went back in time and shot all the dinosaurs, causuing the real extinction...

Not really, but that would be a fucking awesome book...

hey yeah i done that but because of some goverment type trouble i can't tell the damn awesome story in all it's awesome glory

OT: i would feel real bad if he actually was in the military and just had his efforts disclaimed due to govermental reasons, however if not then he shouldn't claim it as real

Gahars:
Am I the only one having a Tropic Thunder flashback?

Seriously, how lame do you have to be to copy a movie about somebody who is as lame as you are? My God, that is so meta I think I feel my head imploding!

Woop, double post, took over a minute and I thought my post got lost.

Delete this one please

Daystar Clarion:
I should have realised this when I got to the part in the book where the S.A.S went back in time and shot all the dinosaurs, causing the real extinction...

Not really, but that would be a fucking awesome book...

Don't worry, you will read that in my memoirs about my time with the United States Post Office SPF (special package forces).

I...I thought that was the joke.

No one seriously took "Corporal Wolfgang Hammersmith" as a serious author, did they?

Please tell me they didn't.

CitySquirrel:

Daystar Clarion:
I should have realised this when I got to the part in the book where the S.A.S went back in time and shot all the dinosaurs, causing the real extinction...

Not really, but that would be a fucking awesome book...

Don't worry, you will read that in my memoirs about my time with the United States Post Office SPF (special package forces).

Heheh...

Package is a funny word...

The red flag was this; "Hammersmith's life was hardcore military from the get-go: his father fired live rounds at him when he was eight years old "to desensitize him" and then turned him over to a United States Marine Corps program when he was 12."

Please.

Daystar Clarion:

Heheh...

Package is a funny word...

This is a SPECIAL package =D

CitySquirrel:

Daystar Clarion:

Heheh...

Package is a funny word...

This is a SPECIAL package =D

That's what she said :D

In the words of my people: Roflmao.

I can only think of one comment to make.. "LOL".

Good god this guy is retarded

Not surprised at all. Not the first time this happened nor will it be the last.

As a Sergeant in the Super Secret Special Forces: Astronaut Division, I am wholly offended by Mr. Hammersmith's actions.

Gahars:
Am I the only one having a Tropic Thunder flashback?

Ooo ME!

It's amazing that he got away with this for even a DAY.

Absofuckinglutely HILARIOUS

Andy Chalk:
Back in November we told you about Wolfgang Hammersmith, the improbably-named former Marine Corps Lt. Col. and black ops veteran who led 86 combat missions in 41 countries and lived to write about it in Beyond the Call of Duty: Gunfight! Hammersmith's life was hardcore military from the get-go: his father fired live rounds at him when he was eight years old "to desensitize him" and then turned him over to a United States Marine Corps program when he was 12. At age 18 he became a "combat team commander" in Vietnam, took part in counter-terrorism and anti-human trafficking operations as part of the pre-Delta Force "Combined Services" and finally threw in the towel and retired to civilian life at 37.

Who the fuck actually believed this guy in the first place? This isn't a believable war story, this is bad military fan fiction.

HigherTomorrow:
I...I thought that was the joke.

No one seriously took "Corporal Wolfgang Hammersmith" as a serious author, did they?

Please tell me they didn't.

Hey, that's Lieutenant Colonel Wolfgang Hammersmith. Get it straight.

Kelthurin:
The red flag was this; "Hammersmith's life was hardcore military from the get-go: his father fired live rounds at him when he was eight years old "to desensitize him" and then turned him over to a United States Marine Corps program when he was 12."

Please.

That's not training, that is ridiculous child abuse, and the marines don't accept fucking 12 year olds lol, how the hell did he get away with it for this long?

Reading this guy's short 'life description' that you gave me indicts that anyone who believed that these stories were real also must believe that gullible is in the dictionary... twice. The fact that he moved the book from non-fiction to fiction indicts he would lose in a court battle and does not want to be sued. It sounds a lot like an admission of guilt.

It's funny, because in order to become SF you need to enlist (or commission) go through regular training, then pass selections. All of which would appear in your military record.

And if you do write a book about declassified ops some of the info is still classified and can't be used. And if the ops are in fact sensitive and still classified you can go to jail.

Hence Richard Marcinko's biography (the real one, not his rogue warrior series) he actually did time for publishing information about the creation of seal team six and the miss hap at fort knox.

And that was just "training" missions he got arrested for.

edit: And i know some SF soldiers and retired SF soldiers, their rank and military file can be accessed through AKO and you can see that yes in fact they enlisted in the army. IT wont tell you about missions they have done, but their record is there. So the fact that he removed his rank and changed the story to fiction leads me to believe his lawyers informed him that he could be sent to jail for impersonating a soldier.

Daystar Clarion:

CitySquirrel:

Daystar Clarion:

Heheh...

Package is a funny word...

This is a SPECIAL package =D

That's what she said :D

Special as in "I'm sorry my son ate you shoes" special?

What the fuck? I can't believe he wasn't caught out sooner.

People thought this was true in the first place? Just reading the description I can smell the bs spewing from his ass.

Someone tell me that it was at least well-written. Maybe then I can understand why people would want to believe it.

Wow, this author just got his shit wrecked... That's hilarious. Good for the Professional Soldiers. I'm always glad to see some painless research undoing a complex lie.

Yeah...I knew this was a fraud when I read the name "Wolfgang Hammersmith." People are really stupid enough to believe such crap?

I'm not even a soldier, yet I'm offended too by this.

This guy needs to be sectioned.

Lol Wolfgang Hammersmith... he could be the star of a cheesy 80's action film... or a porn star...<.<

I'm sure when the soldiers read "I used my Akimbo shotguns as I bunnyhopped across the Favela to t-bag my opponent then use my elite trained knowledge of camping spots to spam my M203 using my one man army training..." they realized something was up.

Yeah, the whole part about his early life is an immediate bullshit indicator.

His childhood is already the foundation of a great bullshit story.

Case solved.

Let me be one of the many here to say Tropic Thunder.

So according to some research done by one of the people on the Professional Soldiers thread on this guy, his real name is Steven, he changed his name to his current one in the early nineties...

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