Contrary to popular belief and the knowledge of kids worldwide, the legendary cereal hero Cap’n Crunch did not serve the US Navy.
The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire ran this humorous piece last week to poke fun at the boxed captain’s military service. According to the online article, several observant writers noticed that Cap’n Crunch is wearing a Navy uniform that does not coincide with his title. US Navy captains have four bars on their sleeves, but Cap’n Crunch only has three — that of a Navy commander.
News of the captain’s “fraudulent” claims first surfaced when Foodbeast writer Charisma Madarang placed a side-by-side comparison of real Navy stripes and the uniform of the famed cereal military officer. The post said that many are sad to learn that “the cheery Santa Claus in a blue Napoleon hat is really just a big, fat LIAR”.
The WSJ article further stated that Lt. Commander Chris Servello of the US Navy News Desk said “we have no Cap’n Crunch in the personnel records – and we checked.” The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was reported to already have knowledge of the discovery, and is already “looking into whether or not he’s impersonating a naval officer – and that’s a serious offense.”
Suspicions are arising with regards to Cap’n Crunch’s origins. His Napoleon hat seems to indicate that he is a French serviceman, and not an American Navy officer.
If this were true, Cap’n Crunch would violate the Stolen Valor Act of 2013, which considers a crime any fraudulent claims of military distinctions.