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Was Russ Whitney ever a Marine? by John T. Reed Russ Whitney has never claimed to be in the military in any of his publications or recordings as far as I know. A guy who was himself a Marine and who worked for Whitney in the late eighties said he never heard Russ claim to have been a Marine. But someone told me his employees said his crew cut was a carryover from his days as a Marine. I asked the government for his military record. An archives technician wrote back promptly and said, "I was unable to locate a record under either the name or the Social Security number you gave." The name I gave was Russell Andrew Whitney. I got and confirmed his social security number from various investigative sources. The only way he could have served in the Marines would have been under a different name and social security number. That, of course, would be illegal. Furthermore, since he went to civilian prison for robbery on August 30, 1974 at age 18 3/4, he could not have served a full four-year tour in the Marines even under another name. Serving less than a full tour is also generally illegal. I have no reason to believe he ever served in the military under any name. I have heard that he attended private military school in California or Texas briefly around age 16. I would like to hear from anyone who knows about his school attendance between December 1970 (age 15) and August, 1974 (age 18). I am also curious as to why some of his employees are telling people that Russ was in the Marines. John T. Reed Copyright 2003 by John T. Reed Last update 6/15/03 John T. Reed, a.k.a. John Reed, Jack Reed, 342 Bryan Drive, Alamo, CA 94507, Voice: 925-820-7262, Fax: 925-820-1259, www.johntreed.com

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