Hubbard WAS NOT a war hero. Hubbard WAS NOT the first American
wounded in World War Two. Hubbard DID NOT command a squadron of corvettes in the
Atlantic during World War Two. Hubbard WAS NOT responsible for the sinking of two
Japanese submarines in the Pacific during World War Two. Hubbard WAS NOT awarded
26 medals by the U.S. Navy during World War Two. Hubbard WAS NOT blinded and
crippled at the end of World War Two. Hubbard WAS NOT one of the first nuclear
physicists in the country. Hubbard DID NOT travel extensively throughout
China and Asia as a teenager. Hubbard WAS NOT a doctor of philosophy
(Ph.D.), nor was he a batchelor of science (B.S.), nor was he a civil
engineer (C.E.). Except for a degree gained from a bogus diploma mill in Los
Angeles, Hubbard DID NOT receive any college degrees at all. Hubbard WAS
NOT raised on a farm encompassing 1/4 the acreage of Montana. There is no
evidence the Blackfoot Indian tribe engaged in the 'blood brother' ritual
at all, let alone with a six-year old white child (Hubbard).
Scientology® Inc. insists that you believe the opposite of each
of the above statements -- and more -- about Hubbard: they want you to
believe a thousand lies. In Hubbard's diary and
in his self-hypnotic affirmations, Hubbard wrote many times about how ashamed
he was of his "war record:" if Scientology® Inc.'s claim that
Hubbard was a "war hero" were true, why would Hubbard be tortured with
shame about his "war record?" One may read them
Hubbard was released from active duty December, 1945. He was dismissed
from command in the Navy as being unfit for command.
Hubbard was relieved of command of two ships, including the PC 815,
a submarine chaser docked along the Willamette River in Oregon. According
to Navy records, here is what happened:
Just hours after motoring the PC 815 into the Pacific for a test
cruise, Hubbard said he encountered two Japanese submarines. He dropped
37 depth charges during the 55 consecutive hours he said he monitored
"the subs," and summoned additional ships and aircraft into the
He claimed to have so severely crippled the submarines that the only
trace remaining of either was a thin carpet of oil on the ocean's
"This vessel wishes no credit for itself," Hubbard stated
in a report of the incident. "It was built to hunt submarines.
Its people were trained to hunt submarines."
Hubbard got what he asked for: no credit.
"An analysis of all reports convinces me that there was no submarine
in the area," wrote the commander of the Northwest Sea Frontier
after an investigation.
Hubbard next continued down the coast, where he anchored off the
Coronado Islands just south of San Diego. To test his ship's guns,
he ordered target practice directed at the uninhabited Mexican islands,
prompting the government of that neutral country to complain to U.S.
A Navy board of inquiry determined that Hubbard had "disregarded
orders" both by conducting gunnery practice and by anchoring
in Mexican waters. A letter of admonition was placed in Hubbard's
military file that stated "that more drastic disciplinary action
would have been taken under normal and peacetime conditions."
From L. Ron Hubbard's Diary:
"I carried this fear of the disease [gonnohorea] to sea with me. I was reprimanded
in San Diego in mid-43 for firing on the Mexican coast and was removed
from command of my ship. This on top of having sunk two Jap subs
without credit, the way my crew lied [about?] me at the Court of Inquiry,
the insults of the High Command, all combined to put me in the hospital
Hubbard the naval fuck-up
As a Navy lieutenant Junior Grade, Hubbard commanded at least three ships
during the war, including one in the Atlantic - a converted
fishing boat, the YP-422, refitted during several months in
1942-43 at the Boston Navy Yard, Navy records show. None of his
commands saw battle.
In early Scientology biographies it was claimed that Hubbard
fought German submarines in the Atlantic. And as recently as
January, the Church of Scientology's official Internet site said
Hubbard "saw action" in the North Atlantic during the war.
But, in an interview with the Herald, a sailor who served on
Hubbard's ship contradicted that claim. "The YP-422 never saw
combat," said former Navy fireman Eugene LaMere, 78, an upstate
New York native who now lives in Maryland.
The YP-422 was refitted as a freighter armed with only a 3-inch
gun and two .30-caliber machine guns, said LaMere, the first
former crewman with direct knowledge of the ship's activities to
publicly dispute Hubbard's claim to have seen combat as
commander of the YP-422.
And Hubbard's claim of combat, or war wounds, is definitively
ruled out by Navy records, according to published reports in
Time and Forbes magazines, the Los Angeles Times, the St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Times, and books by critics and "defectors" Jon
Atack, Russell Miller and Bent Corydon.
Hubbard was relieved of his command of the YP-422 soon after it
set out from the Neponset River on a 27-hour shakedown voyage in
September 1942, the reports say.
"Lt. L.R. Hubbard... is not temperamentally fitted for
independent command. It is therefore urgently requested that he
be detached," the commandant of the Boston Navy Yard wrote in
October 1942 to the vice chief of naval operations, the reports
According to a court affidavit written by his son, L. Ron
Hubbard Jr., the elder Hubbard was "relieved of (military) duty
on several occasions," including once in the Pacific in 1944
when he "apparently concealed a gasoline
bomb on board the USS Algol in order to avoid combat."
The affidavit - obtained by the Herald - is on file in U.S.
District Court in Boston in connection with a 1991 suit filed by
Scientology against the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI's
Boston office. The church had sued under the Freedom of
Information Act to gain access to government documents.
And there were other incidents that marred Hubbard's Navy
career. He once ordered a depth-charge "battle" against
nonexistent Japanese submarines off the Oregon coast, and he
illegally fired on Mexican territory, according to published
An admiral wrote in 1943 that Hubbard was "lacking in the
essential qualities of judgment, leadership and cooperation,"
and the U.S. naval attache to Australia wrote in 1942, "He is
garrulous and tries to give impressions of his importance," the
From L. Ron Hubbard's Diary:
"My service record was not too glorious. I must be convinced that
I suffer no reaction from any minor disciplinary action, that all
such were minor. My service was honorable, my initiative and ability
high. I have nothing to fear from friends about my service. I can
forget such things as Admiral Braystead. Such people are unworthy
of my notice."
From: Chris Owen
To: Fortean Times
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000
Mr. Bob Keenan ("From Ron's Office", Letters, FT 136) repeats many
long-disproved claims about L. Ron Hubbard's naval service, which the
FT rightly called "less than distinguished".
The US Navy's records show that Hubbard was awarded only four of the
21 medals claimed, all being very routine service awards. There was
no Presidential commendation. Two of the other 17 medals do not even
exist. The US, British and Dutch military authorities have confirmed
that the document on which Hubbard's claim was based is a poorly
executed forgery. It credits him with non-existent and non-awarded
medals, with academic qualifications that he never earned, serving on
a ship which was scrapped long before World War II and bears the
purported signature of a non-existent officer.
From: Chris Owen
Subject: NAVY: Official - Hubbard's "record" *is* forged
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 19:42:30 +0100
A few months ago, Karin Spaink put on her website a scan of what
Scientology claims to be L. Ron Hubbard's Notice of Separation
(US Navy form DD214). This document has been used as the basis
of Scientology's claims that Hubbard "won 21 medals and palms"
for his service in the US Navy during World War II. It can be
found on Karin's website at
http://www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/pix/lrhmedals.gif, with a covering
note by Scientology at
This morning I received confirmation from the US Navy itself
that the DD214 distributed by Scientology is not authentic:
As the Naval Historical Center comment dryly in their letter, "several
inconsistencies exist between Mr. Hubbard's DD214 and the available
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard commanded the USS Mist. The USS Mist
was a motor launch converted during World War I into a guard boat.
She was returned to her owner in February 1919, when Hubbard was only
eight years old. She did not serve in World War II.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard won two stars to his Asiatic-Pacific
Campaign Medal. One of Hubbard's ships, the USS Algol, won two stars
in the APAC theatre for 1 April-10 April 1945 and 10 July-3 August
1945. Only one star was awarded for each engagement; Hubbard would
have had to have been in both battles to have been awarded both stars.
However, Hubbard had left the ship on 28 September 1944 and was
ineligible for the stars. The US Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual
and the relevant Ship's Movement Card shows that his other Pacific
vessel, the USS PC-815, took part in no engagements and was awarded no
* The DD214 is purportedly signed by Lieutenant Commander Howard D.
Thompson, US Navy Reserve. No officer of
this name is listed in the
1944 Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United
States Naval Reserve.
Other "inconsistencies" which I have independently confirmed:
A final damning fact is that the DD214 distributed by
Scientology is very different to that in Hubbard's US Navy file
--- that one does fit the records of Hubbard's naval service.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard commanded the USS Howland. No such
vessel exists in the US Naval Vessel Register.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was awarded the "British Victory
Medal". No such medal exists, and the British Ministry of Defence
has no record of having awarded a medal to Hubbard.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was awarded the "Dutch Victory Medal".
No such medal exists.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was awarded the "European Theater"
medal (probably the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal).
Hubbard never served in the EAME theatre of operations.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was at college for four years and held
a degree in Civil Engineering. In fact, he dropped out
after two years and held no academic qualifications.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was awarded a Purple Heart with palm.
This is awarded only for combat injuries. No such injury is recorded
in his medical reports, nor is he recorded as
having being in combat with the enemy at ANY time.
* The DD214 claims that Hubbard was awarded a "Marine Medal" (there is
no medal of this name). His only service with the US Marine Corps was
as a reservist in 1930-31, during which time his total period of
active service was five weeks (all training); he was discharged with
the instruction that he was not to be re-enlisted. He would not have
been eligible for any USMC medals in World War II.
* Despite what the DD214 claims there is no record of Hubbard having
been awarded any commendations, stars (not palms) to the American
Campaign Medal, Rifle and Pistol Expert ribbons or the Distinguished
The only possible conclusion is that Scientology's copy of the
document is in fact an incompetently executed forgery. The only
question remaining is whodunnit. Does anyone know a
graphologist? It would be interesting to see if there were any
similarities between L. Ron Hubbard's signature and that of the
fictitious Lt Cdr Thompson, which I suspect there are.
One other interesting thing which the Navy sent to me was a copy
of the USS PC-815's Movements Card (a form recording the
movements of a Navy vessel), which provides a complete history
of the PC-815. It seems to have had a very quiet career before
its unfortunate sinking in 1945:
Depart: 19 May 1943 from Portland, OR
(26 May 1943 directed to Seattle)
Arrive: (28?) May 1943 at Seattle, WA
(directed to San Diego)
Depart 29 May 1943
Arrive: 30 May 1943 at Almeda, CA
(ordered to escort MV CROATAN to San Diego)
Depart: 1 June 1943
Arrive: 1 June 1943 at San Diego, CA
(shakedown and training)
(Hubbard relieved of command on 7 July)
(ordered to escort MV TINOSA until 2nd darkness)
Depart: 7 November 1943
Arrive: 9 November 1943 at San Diego, CA
(There is now a jump forward to 1945; the PC-815 appears to have been
inactive through 1944 and no movements are recorded for that year)
(ordered to escort MV COD until 2nd darkness)
Depart: 28 February 1945 from San Diego, CA
Arrive: 2 March 1945 at San Diego, CA
On 2 November 1945, the PC-815 was assigned active duty with the
Pacific Fleet. On 11 November, however, the ship collided with
the destroyer USS Laffey off San Diego and sank within two
minutes. One man (presumably from the PC-815) was recorded as
missing and probably drowned. Navy divers demolished the wreck
in early November 1945.
Here's what the Navy said in their letter:
Dear Mr. Owen:
This is in reply to your Freedom of Information Act request for
information on the veracity of the DD214 submitted by LaFayette
Ronald Hubbard which was forwarded to our office by the Navy
Personnel Command, for separate reply.
I am enclosing brief histories of USS ALGOL and USS MIST from
this Center's Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships, as
well as extracts from the Navy and Marine Corps Medals and
Awards Manual, which list ALGOL as receiving two engagement
stars for 1 April-10 April 1945 and 10 July-3 August 1945 to be
worn on the Asiatic / Pacific campaign medal.
However, USS MIST
did not participate in World War II. The Ships' Movement Card
for USS PC-815 stated that it was on the west coast of the U.S.
until it was sunk in September 1945 by a collision with USS
LAFFEY. Neither MIST or PC-815 received engagement stars for
World War II. Thus Lieutenant Hubbard could not have received
all the engagement stars claimed on the DD214. His official
service records is held by the Military Personnel Records
Center, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100.
Because of Privacy Act concerns the information from these
records is available to the veteran, or if deceased, to the next
of kin. I enclose this Center's information packet on the
service records which includes an order form.
I am also sending extracts from the 1944 Register of
Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval
Reserve which does not have a listing for a Howard D. Thompson.
In July 1944, Lieutenant Lafayette R. Hubbard is listed D-VS
(Deck Officers, commissioned and warrant, including boatswains
and ships clerks, qualified for specialist duties). The schools
he attended by July 1944 were Sound for Sonar, and Subchaser
Several inconsistencies exist between Mr. Hubbard's DD214 and
the available facts. Your interest in naval history is
appreciated and I hope that this information will prove helpful.
Kathleen M. Lloyd
for BERNARD F. CAVALCANTE
Head, Operational Archives Branch
As part of my research into L. Ron Hubbard's career in the US
Navy (due to be published on the web in about two weeks' time),
I've asked three serving British military officers of my
acquaintance to comment on Hubbard's performance records. I
asked three officers - an Army Brigadier, a Royal Air Force Wing
Commander and a Royal Navy Commander - the same question:
"You have an officer under your command, of lieutenant / captain / flight
lieutenant rank [as appropriate], for a period of four years. He has
had average performance reports for most of that period. However,
over an 18-month period he is relieved of duty three times, twice for
poor performance and arguing with his superiors and once for
disobeying orders, for which he is formally admonished. How do you
rate him at the end of his service?"
This is what they said:
Being relieved of duty is a very serious matter. If it happened
repeatedly it would normally result in the officer being sacked. An
officer with that sort of record would hopefully see the writing on
the wall before it reached that stage. However, the system can be
merciful. People can be victims of personality clashes or unsuitable
postings. Tours of duty can be terminated prematurely without ending
Wing Commander, RAF:
A very poor officer, obviously obstreperous and very difficult to
manage. At that level you would expect to be able to give him tasks
to do unsupervised. You would have to micro-manage him if you wanted
to get good work out of him. If he is repeatedly relieved from duty
in different posts, that is a clear message that he has a problem
taking commands from his superiors. I would not want him working for
me. I would seek to give him an administrative discharge or perhaps a
court-martial if he misbehaved again. Indiscipline is a court-
martialable offence, if you have clear and persistent evidence.
He sounds like a poor officer. Average reports do not cancel out
repeatedly being relieved of duty. You would need to supervise him
closely. A lot depends on the circumstances. Perhaps he just had a
bad spell - e.g. as a result of adverse personal circumstances, like a
close relative being killed - which may offer some mitigation.
From L. Ron Hubbard's self-hypnosis affirmations:
"You did a fine job in the Navy. No one there is now 'out to
get you.' You are through with its Navy and will utterly forget
any derogatory instances."