Allen West Soldier: He Promised, Didn’t Deliver!

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Allen West, in his U.S. Army ceremonial uniform (Special to Gossip Extra)

An ex-U.S. Army sergeant who served in Iraq under U.S. Congressman Allen West told Gossip Extra he was shocked and disappointed to find out that West tossed out the personal and medical papers he sent West for a Purple Heart application!

West, who’s running for a second term, promised the sergeant to support the request for the military honor.

“I guess I ain’t getting the Purple Heart,” said Ethan Hejke, a Texas artillery specialist who’s still dealing with injuries he sustained when his Bradley truck exploded on a road-side bomb in 2003.

“I sent Allen West the paperwork about two years ago for him to sign off on it so that I could get the award. He promised he’d do it but I haven’t heard from anybody since then.

“Next thing I know, I get a call about how someone else is in possession of my papers. It would have been nice to hear from Lt. Col. West on why I don’t deserve a medal.”

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In another exclusive story about Tea Party fave West, who is running for the Palm Beach Gardens/Treasure Coast’s congressional seat against Democrat Patrick Murphy, Gossip Extra revealed last week how West, or someone in his house, simply threw out his former sergeant’s paperwork with household trash.

The documents included an original memo describing the day Hejke was injured. They also contained personal information, like Hejke’s social security number, notes on Hejke’s mental health plus military release forms often used to get a civilian job.

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The soft-spoken ex-sergeant, 35, said by phone from Greenville, Texas, that it’s not up to him to say whether or not he deserves a Purple Heart, an award for GIs wounded in combat by the enemy.

Still, he says, he’d have preferred that West, whose campaign ads include a former subordinate talking about the congressman giving him his body-armor, handled things differently.

“Those documents are definitely not supposed to be disposed of in this manner,” Hejke said. “I’m medically retired, so obviously I could have used more discretion.”

The incident, meanwhile, doesn’t sway Hejke’s support for his old commander.

“If I lived in Florida, I’d definitely vote for Lt. Col. West,” Hejke said. “He is a hell of a commander, and I’d follow him back to hell.”

West, meanwhile, does not comment on stories that run in media he sees as “unfriendly.”

West retired from the military in 2004 after 22 years. His retirement came as he fought allegations of torture.

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  1. Curiously says

    Why are you so obsessed with Lt. Col. West, Jose? You really should leave the political reporting to more qualified folks and stick to your panty raiding celebrity gossip. You’re good at that, and I enjoy reading it.

    • Jose Lambiet says

      Well, thank you Curiously. It’s not an obsession. I happen to think West-Murphy is the best race in the country outside of presidential. Plus, West is a celebrity and a topic of gossip. Cheers.

  2. Toni says

    Frankly, I find the ad West is running with the soldier thanking West for giving him his body armour interesting. Why did West as the commanding officer not insure that all of his men had body armour before they started out on a dangerous mission? And if in fact he did take his own body armour off as the ad states isn’t that foolish – so if the commander gets hit who runs the mission? Something fishy about the whole ad – but then West is fishy all the way around. And, he should be ashamed for what he did with this soldier’s paperwork and not getting back to him on the Purple Heart application. He’s all flash and no substance.

  3. says

    Hello, my name is Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi. Lt. Col. Allen West scared the hell out of me while in Iraq during the war. We were killing Americans right and left. He was a man of action and courage in doing his job and trying to save the lives of his men. He could have shot me to death. All he did was fire a shot over my head to scare me into talking. Go West.

  4. KittyKitty says

    Jose,I get the feeling that the most dangerous situation that you and Murphy have ever faced is a six-course meal.West is a real man who has faced situations that you could not even conceive of. Go do just HALF the job that Col. West was faced with,and then write about him.Until then go do the thing that all men secretely wish they could do to themselves.And ask Mr. Murphy to join you.

    • Jose Lambiet says

      Well, I guess you are then in agreement with Sgt. Hejke that West is a great commander. That’s in the story.

  5. Curiously says

    @Toni – Perhaps you don’t remember or didn’t care, but Washington wasn’t providing enough body armor in those days. It was a real problem and it was all over the news. West gave him his body armor because the soldier was headed into gunfire. As the commander, West was behind cover and had plenty of protection.

    As a veteran, I know this kind of selflessness is a sign of a real leader. I’m willing to bet you aren’t a veteran – that’s okay, too. But it would also explain your uninformed opinion.

  6. DAL1LAS says



    West’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the