I realize this could go in the Caleb Reynolds Spool of Lies post, which is the most popular post of the month by FAR, but I really have a pet peeve about guys who embellish their military experiences and tonight Caleb told some whoppers. I also realized where these combat stories and medic stories of his are coming from. Caleb told Rachel Riley in her interview with him pre-show that he worked in a prison in Iraq for about nine months and hated every minute of it because the prisoners made fun of him all day. He says he joined the military to fight on the front lines and was disappointed and pissed off and quit when he got back home. He was not a medic, nor was he involved in direct combat.
So where did all the stories come from? Well on tonight’s show we saw his HOH room and there were three military items there. First, his uniform cap. Next, was an American flag he claims he got because his infantry unit was the last to leave Bagdad so “They took flags of each of us that were there and they flew them in the soil of Baghdad.” He gave it to his mom when he got home.
I’m not sure who flies flags in soil, but in the military they are flown in the air. I can assure you that Caleb was not in the last unit to leave Iraq. That would be 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis Army Base near Seattle, Washington. I can also assure you that the troops were not provided with flags flown in soil or air when the left. Furthermore, when a mother of a soldier is presented a flag by someone in the military it means their son or daughter is dead. This whole story is such bullshit he could hardly get it out.
Finally, and perhaps even more ridiculous is the Infantry Blue Cord and the story that Caleb tells along with it. According to Caleb he said, ” This guy right here, This is my heart, it means a lot to me. It’s a blue cord. It’s an infantry cord. My dad is retired special forces, so I was like dad, will you present this and put it on me. So I was standing there in formation and my dad walks up and he’s like ‘Good job, son.'” Then he demonstrates how the cord is worn.
Not one wore of that is true other than the item in his hand is an Infantry Blue Cord. It’s not a cord for reservists with no officer training who want to fly to Iraq and kill things. It’s also not for special forces particularly. If you read the transcript of what he said. He seems to be saying that it was his father’s and he presented to him from father to son. He’s such a fucking idiot. You don’t pass down military decorations from father to son. Father’s don’t trot out onto the field during military formations to pat their sons on the back for fictitious military service.
The Infantry Blue Cord is presented to all qualified infantrymen in the U.S. Army at the end of their Initial Entry Training. Officers commissioned into the infantry receive their Blue Cords at the end of the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC). [Source Wikipedia]
As for Caleb’s demonstration, he reenacted his father putting it on his left arm. The Infantry Blue Cord is worn on the right shoulder. Clearly that cord has been worn a good bit by someone, but it sure as hell was not Caleb.
I’m now convinced that Caleb is retelling military stories from his father or other family members that did serve in combat as his own. Caleb has been playing up is military service on the live feeds saying that he is sure that will get America to vote for him for America’s Favorite Player. Christine, Cody and Frankie have all bought into his military bullshit. But Derrick has to know that was a pile of horseshit. Right?
And shame on Big Brother for letting this fool lie about his service experience and decorations on the regular show when America’s Favorite Player voters can be influenced.
It’s pretty sickening if you ask me.
Speaking of sickening, I’m under the weather and was laying down and was not even going to recap this show until this happened. The only other interesting thing that happened was at some point, Frankie blamed Caleb for trying to get everyone to keep Donny. Cody told Caleb about it and he is not happy with Frankie at all. Today Caleb is still considering backdooring Frankie, but Derrick is pressuring him not to.