Your Purple Hearts will tell on you…

Mike Fitzgerald writes in the Belleville News-Democrat 1, the Belleville, Illinois daily paper, that an Iraq veteran, National Guardsman Lt. Darryl Lee Wright, lied his way to a Purple Heart.  What a piker! L. Ron Hubbard, also a lieutenant, but in the US Naval Reserve, lied his way to TWO.

Wright didn’t stop with a Purple Heart, but also lied his way to a Combat Action Badge. That’s nothing! Hubbard didn’t stop with two Purple Hearts. He lied his way to OVER TWENTY more medals he never earned.

In truth, Hubbard wasn’t even awarded his medals. At least Wright did enough and was honest enough to actually be awarded his unearned medals.

Wright got his medals for phony actions and wounds in a place he had really served in, Iraq. Hubbard obtained medals for wartime service in countries he had never even been to, France, the Netherlands, Britain, the Philippines, and a medal for whole continents he had never seen, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, plus a Bronze Star. Wright got his unearned medals in the mail from the proper issuing authority. Hubbard bought his from some poor veteran, or some pawn shop. Or he stole them from some vet.

To support his efforts to acquire his medals and money, Wright apparently submitted a photo of a damaged combat vehicle where he claimed to have been wounded. The bad black and white photo in the Washington Post looks like a HMMWV of one version or another. Fail! Hubbard claimed to have been on board the USS Edsall when the Japanese attacked and sunk it near Java in 1942. He claimed at different times that his legs were injured in the battle, he then swam ashore, lived alone in the jungle for some time evading the Japanese, took a machine gun round in the back, then sailed a life raft to Australia where a destroyer picked him up. He also claimed to have sunk two Japanese submarines off Oregon, and just before the war to have tracked down a German saboteur in Alaska who was going to cut off its communication lines from the forty-eight states.

It isn’t clear from the reports I’ve read, including Justice Department statements, what injuries Wright lied about sustaining to claim his Purple Heart. They couldn’t possibly, however, be as serious as Hubbard’s fake injuries. He claimed to have been “crippled and blinded.”  In fact he claimed his injuries were so severe that at war’s end he “was abandoned by family and friends as a supposedly hopeless cripple and a probable burden upon them for the rest of my days.”

The News-Democrat says, “The war story helped Wright bilk the federal government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.” How frigging niggard! Hubbard scammed billions. Wright cheated the US Government that has trillions to waste. With his tall war stories, Hubbard not only snowed the government for a disability pension, he hustled and ripped off unsuspecting private citizens around the world, most of whom could not afford it, and many of whom he ruined utterly.

The prosecuting US Attorneys, according to the News-Democrat, wrote in their sentencing memorandum that Wright “built an entire myth system on these two awards.” That’s so picayune! Hubbard started a religion. The IRS gave his religion tax exemption, and the State Department defends his fraud-based religion internationally and condemns any country that dares to call Hubbard and his religion on their fraud.

There is no evidence I’ve found that Wright ever vilified or assaulted anyone who challenged his injury, Purple Heart or Combat Action Badge claims. What a wimp! Hubbard preached that anyone who criticized his claims was an enemy and a criminal, and he had his fraud church followers target these critics as what he called “fair game.” He stated in his scripture that such critics may be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any [church member] without any discipline… May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed. ”

I knew Hubbard personally. I read and listened to many of his claims of wartime injuries, medals and heroism, and I joined his religion in 1969. I believed his lies and gave him and his religious organization money and years of my life. Then I found and read a bunch of his documents he had hidden from church members like me, researched his history a bit, and determined he had lied. He had lied about things in his life that were significant to me, had drawn me into his religion, and had kept me there for years. He lied about his military career, his injuries, medals and his heroism. He stole valor galore.

I left his religion in 1981, escaped from his control, spoke out and told the truth I knew about his lies and his real history. He ordered me fair gamed, had thugs hired who assaulted me and terrorized my wife and me, had me sued me for bogus reasons, had covert ops run on me, and had me smeared with more sick lies. He did much the same to my attorney. Hubbard and his religious followers call their smearing of the people who stand up to them “black propaganda,” or “black PR.” It’s the “technology” and practice Hubbard wrote into his religious scripture for his followers to destroy their targets’ reputations, credibility, relationships and lives.

After Hubbard died in 1986, David Miscavige, his successor as religion head, has had his followers continue telling the same lies Hubbard had told, including the lies about his military service, injuries, medals and heroism. Miscavige also continued the fair game attacks on me and on other people who spoke out about Hubbard’s lies. Miscavige had my car broken into and valuable materials of mine stolen. He had me sued five more times, bankrupted, physically assaulted more times, framed, falsely charged criminally, and black PRed to the top of the US Government and around the world. In 1997 I fled to Canada where I was born and had lived before joining Hubbard’s religion.

By astonishing legal chicanery, Miscavige then obtained a series of unconscionable court orders in the US jailing and fining me for doing nothing more than tell the truth about my religious experiences in the religion and my knowledge of the religion or Hubbard, including his military history. Hubbard and Miscavige have had their religious organization pay millions of dollars to unscrupulous lawyers to crush me judicially and financially, and pay more millions to sleazy PIs to strong-arm and frame me.

Also astonishingly, Miscavige was able to get the IRS to grant tax exemption to his religion in 1993. Since 1967, the IRS had refused tax exemption. Hubbard’s religious followers fair gamed the IRS and its agents, infiltrated the agency, burglarized its offices, stole documents, harassed and black PRed its agents, and sued them some two thousand times. The IRS and DOJ ended up conspiring with the Miscavige religionists and forming an alliance with them, and the fair game stopped, but only against the government agencies.

The IRS and DOJ conspired with the religionists knowing full well they comprised a criminal organization in constant violation of public policy and legally undeserving of tax exemption. The IRS and DOJ also knew  that their grant of tax exemption to the Miscavige religion and his religionists unlawfully prejudiced and put at risk the religion’s victims, who are generally ordinary truth-telling citizens like me. To give the IRS some plausible basis to grant this undeserved exemption, the IRS and the DOJ broke US law and required that the religionists make false statements in their submissions, which the IRS and DOJ knew, beyond any doubt, were false.

Darryl Lee Wright’s problem is he didn’t think big enough, or lie big enough. I’m not a lawyer, but his lawyer Christopher Black very well might have malpracticed him. He should have used the Hubbard defense.

  1. When you’re caught lying, keep lying. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, and even if declared a pathological liar, keep lying.
  2. Viciously attack anyone who challenges your lies. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
  3. Start a religion based on your manifold lies.
  4. Make money, make more money, make others produce so as to make money.
  5. Make others – your followers, PIs, agents, attorneys – produce so as to viciously attack anyone who challenges your lies.
  6. By lying and vicious attacks, get IRS tax exemption for your religion.
  7. Call your lying and your vicious attacks, and your followers’ lying and vicious attacks, “constitutionally protected religious expression.”
  8. Get the US Federal Government to defend your religion and your religious expression against your victims and critics around the world.

There are many variations and additions to the Hubbard defense. One classic was his hiring of a former colonel, who had also been the Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to swear that Hubbard had been so extraordinarily valuable to the US war effort that the navy had created a whole separate record for him to just to hide how extraordinarily valuable he was. The Joint Chiefs’ colonel called this official alteration of all the inches of documents in Hubbard’s record to make him look like an inglorious, lying, narcissistic, injury-faking malingerer, “sheepdipping.” If the enemy ever got their hands on Hubbard’s files, they would never know he was this heroic Gargantua of an officer who was almost single-handedly winning the war for the Allies. There has to be another ex-colonel who for the right fee will sheepdip, Wright’s record for him too, or perhaps reverse sheepdip them.

Gerry Armstrong

I can supply documentation to support all my fact statements here about Hubbard, Miscavige and their religion if requested.


  1. Belleville News-Democrate (August 26, 2016) Iraq War veteran lied his way to a Purple Heart and $750,000