Eighth Aerial Port Squadron,
USAF - Detachments & Operating Locations in Vietnam
Was never a member of the 8th APS Mobility Section
His false claims to have been a member of the MOB - and of
having been wounded on a mobility mission - are false and he is now
paying the price for his lie.
Apparently, he served for a
short time with the 8th APS at Tan Son Nhut but otherwise fabricated
his own story of Vietnam.
He has been convicted of lying about his Vietnam service and of
collecting underserved benefits from the VA.
an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Before receiving a one-year prison
sentence Wednesday, December 1, 2010, David M. Perelman said that he
was "deeply sorry" for his actions, which included fraudulently
obtaining a Purple Heart and about $180,000 in disability benefits.
David Perelman claimed to
with the 8th APS in 1971 - as things were 'winding down' - and fewer
people had to serve more functions. He told us that his time included
duty on the ramp
at TSN, Hazmat and Ammo Dump, as well as Mobilities in the 8th APS AO.
In October of 1971, he
reports being wounded and had received the purple Heart Citation shown
below (based upon false information). He
also sent in some other photos of his time in Vietnam.
However, no one has ever
corroborated his claims and in fact, he has been convicted of lying
about them and defrauding the VA.
Update 12/2/2010 -
Pereleman was convicted of lying about his Vietnam service.
Article in Las Vegas Review-Journal
As it turns out, David Perleman's claim that he had served with the 8th
Mob was a lie. He never served with us. Nor did he ever receive wounds
in Vietnam to justify a Purple Heart. Although he served for a number
of years in his state's Purple Heart Association and collected
Veterans' Benefits as a wounded combat veteran, it now appears that it
was all a fraud.
The closest he ever got to the MOB Team was to pass by our barracks at
Tan Son Nhut.
Since David first contacted us in 2004, some question has come up about
whether he did indeed serve with Mobility Operations - or even for that
matter, with 8th APS itself. Questions have arisen about his Vietnam
experience and the Purple Heart which was awarded to him.
Since we do not have any verifiable or corroborative information on
David's service - or the wounds referred to in the Purple Heart award
shown below, we do not wish to take sides on this issue, but we do feel
that it is important to acknowledge our lack such verifiable
information about David's service. No one on our forum has come forward
to support or deny his claims. No one has acknowledged any contact with
David at any time.
Meanwhile, most of us have found buddies that we served with on various
missions throughout Vietnam and many of us also have found copies of
travel orders which document our missions and service. David has not
submitted any such documentation - beyond the Purple Heart award shown
below - which is now in question in a court case in his home state.
But. Lack of documentation on this site does not preclude the
possibility that his story is true. We simply cannot corroborate
nor prove it to be true or false. Our Mobility missions were spread
throughout the country - and areas of operation varied widely during
8th APS' time in Vietnam. Although during some years, the teams and
team members were clearly defined, there were many missions that were
carried out by irregular volunteers - 'members' who had primary duties
elsewhere in 8th APS. That said, we must firmly establish our position
that this web site can neither confirm nor deny that David served with
8th APS - at TSN or on Mobility Missions.
However - regarding the question of USAF
Mobility team members serving in combat in Vietnam -
that fact is beyond reproach, and although occassionally questioned,
and surprising to some, our combat exposure and actions can be well
documented from a variety of sources. Mobility team members went to
work every day carrying loaded M-16s and wearing flak vests and helmets
- and we needed and used them often.
We did indeed
serve in some very dangerous areas of Vietnam, and many were awarded
well-earned Bronze Stars for combat action. Many others were awarded
purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. If an area was secure
enough to drive a convoy to or a "Combat Emergency" had not been
declared, we simply were not needed. Our missions were nearly all to
"remote austere" jungle outposts and we certainly came under fire often
enough to be considered "combat veterans" by any measure. There were
only 21 permanent members of 8th APS Mobility Teams at one one time,
(although our ranks did swell with aerialport volunteers as needed) and
we were kept quite busy woking at some dangerous remote, commonly dirt
airfields throughout Vietnam.
At least one MOB Team member - Ssgt Webb Layton - was killed while on a
mobility mission (to Budop) in 1969,
and others were killed in action during other years of Aerialport
Mobility operations in Vietnam. Many were wounded - a half-dozen
just one day at Budop in 1969. In fact if the new Airman's Combat Medal
had been available to USAF personnel in Vietnam, most of us who
performed on Mobility missions in Vietnam would clearly qualify. (For
more on the 8thMOB story, please visit our home page
There has been much behind-the-scenes conversation among concerned 8th
MOB members who have become aware of David's difficulties and this
update to David's page is a result of our continued effort to
accurately document the service of 8th APS Moblity Team members during
their times of service in Vietnam.
IF you have any information about David Perleman's service in Vietnam,
please do contact
webmaster directly with any information you may have so that we
can continue to accurately document the service of 8th APS Mobility
Team members during their times in Vietnam.
During the Country Music Awards of 2006, David MIS-represented
the 8th APS
- and USAF as a Purple Heart awardee of the Vietnam War. Along with him
that day were members of the 5th Special Forces. We had always
worked closely with them and David had used that relationship to
further his goal of appearing to be n 8th MOB veteran.
"Yes, we were on the CMA last Tuesday. They wanted Purple Heart vets for this
song they did about the 173rd Airborne in 1965. So we came to represent all
wars. We gave them our names ranks, and which unit we were with. Most of the
7 guys were Army, a couple of Marines...and I was the only Air Force guy
there. They put it up on TV big as life... 8th APS........ I have it on
tape.... I will see if I can make a copy for you guys.. a couple of the
other MOB members emailed me too. I was PROUD to represent you guys.
Although I was nervous as hell during the show.. the Army guys were 5th
Special Forces...they are close friends of mine...and they remember the MOB
teams VERY well, and have a very high regard for us. That's a hell of a
Thanks, David and
Note: November, 2009 -
It has come to our attention that David has encountered some difficulty
documenting the events that lead to the awarding of the purple heart
shown below. We have no facts at our disposal and have accepted his
report at face value. If anyone recalls David or served with him in 8th
APS, please contact us with any information you may have regarding his
service in Vietnam and wounds he reports having received while on a
mobility mission in October of 1971.