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    Dual Survival- Dave Canterbury fired?

    I heard a rumor that Dave Canterbury was fired due to his integrity.

    I've noticed that his website is kind of "commercial"? Anyone know the real scoop? This is from a pretty good source, but I'm skeptical.

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    So was Bear Grylls...

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    From what I found, he left on his free will. Too bad, I love that show and it won't be the same without him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alukban View Post
    So was Bear Grylls...
    On the one hand, Discovery has a pretty bad track record of mistreating and irritating their reality and survival show talent(hence Bear Grylls quit, who isn't perfect, but I'd trust more than Discovery) I was going to be quick to defend Dave, but then this showed up from a knife maker he had worked with:

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    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
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    I'm gonna say this ones probably on Dave.

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    Hmmm..... He really did serve. I don't know why he added all the additions, but I'm sure it's a pain in his ass now. I actually like his shows and youtube videos, but looks like he reached "God-like" status in his own mind.

    I'm sure he's an all right guy. I'm not really looking forward to the new Dual Survivor unless they get another woodsman. I don't know about you guys, but I don't typically hang around deserts.
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    That show is screwed lol I can't stand that damn hippie he damn near cries when Dave kills an animal to eat I thought he was gonna quit the show when Dave killed that lil alligator in the swamp. And who in there rightmind walks around bare foot in the snow?? Damn dirty hippies!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbuckdown1979 View Post
    That show is screwed lol I can't stand that damn hippie he damn near cries when Dave kills an animal to eat I thought he was gonna quit the show when Dave killed that lil alligator in the swamp. And who in there rightmind walks around bare foot in the snow?? Damn dirty hippies!!!
    Yeah, I agree. He'd go out into the snow barefoot, have to stay in the shelter because he couldn't walk around, and insist barefoot is the way to go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbuckdown1979 View Post
    That show is screwed lol I can't stand that damn hippie he damn near cries when Dave kills an animal to eat I thought he was gonna quit the show when Dave killed that lil alligator in the swamp. And who in there rightmind walks around bare foot in the snow?? Damn dirty hippies!!!

    Hahaha hippies ruin everything! Stopped watching the show after the second show cause of him!
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    If true then Canterbury is a loser!

    I agree that Cody Lundin a.k.a. the hippie is a huge deusche bag but as far as we know he isn't the liar that Canterbury appears to be. I am a twenty-one year Army veteran (still active duty) and my MOS is Infantry. I agree with an earlier post that it doesn't matter if you served in the military as a cook, personnel clerk, supply clerk, armor soldier, infantry soldier, etc. as long as you did your best and took pride in serving then you absolutely have my respect. Unfortunately there are serious losers out there who feel the need to greatly embellish their achievements which only serves to diminish the real achievements of others. I have many accomplishments for which I am personally proud of throughout my service but I generally keep my mouth shut about them because these days it seems as though everybody was either an Army Special Forces Soldier or a Navy SEAL! Even with my twenty-one years in the Infantry I would not call myself a "survival expert" but if Dave Canterbury's claims about his military service are false, and he has had no additional civilian survival school training which he hasn't claimed, then I am definitely more qualified than that guy. I have personal experience with one of these losers in the form of my uncle who got kicked out of the Army when he was a Private First Class for stealing a pistol from his unit arms room. My brothers tell me that when I'm not around he brags about how he got out of the Army as a Sergeant First Class and how he was airborne qualified and did some work with Special Forces a few times... all complete BS! Of course he avoids talking about the military at all when I visit the family. My Dad on the other hand was an E-6 in the Navy and was basically the Army equivalent of a personnel clerk and one of his greatest sources of pride was that he could type 150 words a minute. I always remembered that my Dad never really liked his younger brother in law because he was such a huge liar... sorry about the long rant but I just can't stand guys like that because they too often mislead innocent, unsuspecting people.

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