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  • hminus
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    I dont know man, if the dude told fibs about being airborne and ranger... big fat shame on him... I dont have his creds in front of me, so I can't say... If it is true, then I have no use for the guy.. skills or not..

    Till I find out for sure, I will still watch the show. I simply like the hippie a little more..

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  • maric
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    This was a thread started in August of 2010. I think Diesel, (and correct me if wrong) was just posting something, as we all do, that he came across in a pretty reputable place.
    Wether you believe it or not, there is no need to throw fists about it, ya know?
    We are from Ohio, and we heard about Dave Canterbury long before his tv show. We used to watch ( I was forced) all his youtube videos. Yes, he does have knowledge, yes he has schools etc..

    I was friends with him on facebook well before he had 1000 friends. Now when I say "friends" I mean we did speak, and often about certain aspects. No we wernt personal or anything..
    I personally noticed a huge difference in his attitude when he became such a huge "star".. I no longer could stand his page because it was more about all his "friends" acting like they, how do I put this, just wanted to kiss Daves butt.. (that was a really nice way to say it).. I cant stand that crap. So yes, he does a great job, I dont know what to believe about this article. Id love to know if it is indeed true or not because in this household, we are a military family and we dont like lying BS about who you were attached to, or if your lying about your skills and training. So, either way, no need to get all bent out of shape about this. Diesel did not write, just forwarded. Blows not necessary. Leave that to Dave's facebook fans..

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  • Domdabears
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    bushcraftusa.com



    survivalmagazine

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  • marineguy
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    BS

    I would like to add my 2 cents. First let me say those in the service know there are problems simply by “how” Dave has been introduced at the beginning of every show. It started out as “Army Scout Sniper and Survivalist” or words to that effect. With each show the introduction changes and diminishes to what was on the last show, “former Army and outdoorsman” or something. It’s very noticeable to us at least. Obviously he was called on some of his claims and rather than hassles and since he is established, he really doesn’t need the claims or the fights. Ok, we get it.

    I served in Both the Marine Corps and Army. I did a voluntary 5 day survival course while in the Corps as a truck driver (3531) along with a few “Remington Raiders”, cooks, grunts and Office Poggy’s . We got a 96 hour pass out of the deal. We had C-ration for 2 days. We used what every Marine would be issued (shelter halves, knife, canteen, etc) Made a CP, tried to trap (operative word “tried). I can say I had survival training and it would be a very truthful statement. I also had cold weather training in Maine, living under and in our trucks while we learned to drive on frozen lakes and in deep snow. I can say I had “Cold Weather Training”

    I was also a Fire Team Leader and as prior service in the Army (74C20), I was also a Squad Leader and have led various Details and also my platoon in marches…all in Marine Corps ITR and Army Training Regiment. All very true statements, by leaving off duration and location. I call myself an experienced “outdoorsman” because for the last 30 years and long before the word “survivalist” came into being, we were living off the land for days when we camped out with only the bare minimum. To the non-military, which represent 78% of Americans nowadays, the statements would leave an impression of experience.

    So I am Marine Corps and Army trained in survival and I am an experienced survivalist. It’s a true statement but unfortunately not a very accurate one. Not the same as being a “poser” or stolen valor.

    I know Dave to email him and get an answer and known him before Dual Survival. He is partners on the Pathfinders Forum, a survival forum similar to this one and competes with BushcraftUSA. His problems with BushcraftUSA is a two sided story and after watching the whole thing from the beginning and reading the posts while this was going on, the statement about him was made with an agenda on BushcraftUSA side. I am not a Dave Canterbury apologist but to read the statement by BushcraftUSA, here on this forum is BS, it’s an attempt to bring a character assassination to this forum. It purports to portray him as a “all self-serving,” mercenary and that’s just not true.

    Dave was very popular and always very helpful and dominated many subjects. It pissed some people off. There is/was a jealousy and in my opinion (since many people advertise their wares to this day) it was used as an excuse because of the jealousy and his growing popularity. So before we go dumping on Dave, be aware there are two sides of a story and bringing that post from BushcraftUSA is doing Dave wrong. You’re only perpetuating one sided jealous BS. On his Pathfinders Forum, the bulls**t that happened on the BushcraftUSA forum is forbidden and he could, if he wanted to, bash some people and the other forum with equal enthusiasm. He had the platform before and never did it. He certainly has the means and the platform to do it now but doesn’t do it.

    Dave is the real deal. His Pathfinder school is real, his videos are real, his experience is real, his testing of method and techniques are real. Some of the things said about him, many would not say to his face. He corrected his exaggeration, you all can see how statements can be true but not accurate. But to call him a “poser” and compare him to “Stolen Valor” is going a bit far off the deep end. I’m sure I can find people here who haven’t had one day of practical application and come off as experts, so lets credit where credit is due and stop the BS “character assassination”

    I said my 2 cents and if you want to kick me off this forum you can but I can’t let you badmouth someone like that who has only done good for the “craft” for the last 10 years that I know of. I’ll say this to any one’s face if they want me to, just name the place.

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  • subject
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    Originally posted by prkchp76 View Post
    well diesel though it is shamefull i truely belive he should be brought out publicly for his idoacrecies i will be deleting duel survival from my watch list
    Mistake. jmo

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  • subject
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    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
    Found this interesting just passing it along


    I want to put this Dave Canterbury (aka "The Pathfinder") issue to bed. He was asked to leave, by ME. He had violated the advertising and self-promotion rule numerous times, but had several chances, which others have not received, as I am sure they will attest to. Canterbury decided to call it politics when I informed him that he needed to make the 100 post minimum like everyone else. Part of his response was "I am not some unknown knife maker brother." I am not a knife maker, but that is pretty insulting to me. He felt he was above the rules, because he is "The Pathfinder." He's not.

    I knew he had falsified his military experience, and as a combat veteran, and disabled at that, I take a dim view of folks lying about their service, and disparaging the people who have actually giving their time, blood and sometimes their lives, to the service of their country. It does not matter if you served in combat, peace time, are disabled or not. If you served, then you served, and I respect you…as long as you do not compromise your integrity in telling about your service.

    Here are the facts about David Michael Canterbury. He has had a couple of aliases, but we will use the name on his military records. I have acquired a copy of his military records, through the POW Network, via the Freedom of Information Act.

    Claims by Mr. Canterbury, from his own words on this site, as well his biography on Discovery and his personal site (some of these items disappeared the last week of June 2010). His claims are in bold, followed by the facts as presented in his official military records.

    1. Over 20 years of Combined Military and Civilian Survival: No survival training annotated in military records.
    2. US Military Veteran 1981-1988: Dates of Service: 12/03/1981 to 11/25/1987. That is just under 6 years, not 7.
    3. Airborne: FALSE
    4. Sniper: Not US Army Sniper. He DID attend a local 4th ID Sniper/Counter-Sniper Class (2 wks - 1986).
    5. Scout: FALSE. He only attended the Law Enforcement 95B Course. He was an MP ONLY, not a 19D Scout.
    6. SRT Member: He did attend the local 4th ID Course (2 wks – 1986), but there is no record of him being on SRT, per his Assignment Record.
    7. SRT Coordinator and Instructor: He could have been a coordinator, but until doctrine changed in 1993 (after he was out), you had to be an E-6 (SSG) in order to be an instructor. Canterbury never attained this rank.
    8. Joint Service Operations in Central America 1986-87 (Honduras/Nicaragua): NO RECORD
    9. Performed Security Escorts for Military Equipment in Korea for Specialized Equipment to Forward areas near the DMZ between North and South Korea 1983-85: According to his military record, while stationed in South Korea, he was an “ID Badge Clerk.”
    10. Squad Leader 4th ID 1982-1983: Not unless they make Privates squad leaders.
    11. Ranger: FALSE
    12. Instructor in Close Quarters Combat in US, Central America and Korea: See #7 & #8.

    Military Decorations and Awards:
    1. Army Service Ribbon (For completing AIT) (x1)
    2. Army Good Conduct Ribbon (x1)
    3. Overseas Service Ribbon (x1)
    4. Army Achievement Medal (x2)
    5. Expert Badge with bars: auto rifle, pistol & hand grenade
    6. Driver’s Badge

    I disparage no one from being a success. I love success stories! I do however, abhor someone with no integrity, and refuse to hold them in high esteem, regardless of their accomplishments, especially when those accomplishments were achieved through lies and deceit, and at the expense of good people.

    This is not a board for Dave Canterbury. This is a board for bushcraft, and although we may experience mission creep, it is still about the outdoors, and the honor and integrity of ALL of US.
    Whoa whoa whoa here for a moment I agree he should apply by the rules to this site, but come on I read Daves bio on his site before their was a Dual Survival show he never had all that stuff put on his bio. Come on lets keep the stories true.

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  • emergprep
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    I have never been able to serve our country in the military; a fact that I regret on many levels as I come from a family with strong military history. My Grandfather served as a gunner on the USS Swanee in WWII, saw tons of action, shrapnel in boths legs to prove it. My Father saw 6 tours in Viet Nam, four as a Green Beret. My great Uncle retired as an Admiral from the Navy having served as CO of the Iowa. Two of his sons are in the FBI after having served as officers in the Navy, two additional cousins fly for the Airforce, Three uncles served in the Army and Marines adn my brother in law graduated from Westpoint in 2000. None of these individuals "Brag" about their service, none have exagerated their works, none have made an attempt to profit from their careers with the exception of their paychecks which they deserve every penny. Ionly hope that Dave can survive in his own mind, because lies are like cancer, they grow and grow and grow to a point where it can't be stopped

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  • J40SW
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    Oh WTF!!! I used to like that guy on dual survival!!! Is Cody Lundin really even a hippie??? What next?!?! Well even if Dave is a liar I still like Cody so, I won't give up on there show just yet. Thanks for the info, Diesel!

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  • PT945
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    Originally posted by Echo2 View Post
    kinda like throwing up just a little......still makes your breath smell the same as a lot.
    Lmao that's a good one. I gotta remember that.

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  • Echo2
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    kinda like throwing up just a little......still makes your breath smell the same as a lot.

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  • Skyowl's Wife
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    Originally posted by Omegaman View Post
    I think there should be some sort of RICO type act that would take the money that people make using falsified military records or claims and put this money in a scholarship for children who’s parent was killed in the line of duty .
    See the Stolen Valor Act - a good idea that has now been, by the 9th Circus Court been ruled unconstitutional, it's apparently, to them, okay to lie about your service.

    They are as scummy as those who lie.

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  • PT945
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    @Omegaman, well said, and a great idea for misappropriated money.

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  • Omegaman
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    There are some service people who exaggerate their skills, training deployments and rank. I use to see it all the time when I was working in Norfolk VA. On the weekend you would see at least one sailor in a bar trying to loosen up one of the local hotties with the line that “I am a Navy Seal but don't tell anyone because I am in a top secret unit.” While I worked around Fort Bragg NC. Some of the soldiers around there would claim to be Green Berets. These were young guys trying to get a little loving and at some point their luck would run out and a true Seal or Green Beret would call them out. The problem I have is that these TV shows put these people in the public eye and they use their past military record to give credibility to the show. When their military record is false or exaggerated it insults everyone but most of all it insults the people who have paid the highest dues to truly achieve what the imposter claims to have achieved. This is an on going problem, recently a very famous knife designer was called out on the fact that he claimed to be an ex Navy Seal and this fact was heavily used to promote his product and school. It turns out he was never a Seal. I think there should be some sort of RICO type act that would take the money that people make using falsified military records or claims and put this money in a scholarship for children who’s parent was killed in the line of duty .

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  • PT945
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    Originally posted by TennOutdoors View Post
    I should have been clear I guess. I was referring to the writer that the OP sourced. not the OP. so please dont take that as a criticism of the OP it wasnt.
    Lol OK got ya.

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  • TennOutdoors
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    I should have been clear I guess. I was referring to the writer that the OP sourced. not the OP. so please dont take that as a criticism of the OP it wasnt.

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