Sunday, May 22, 2016
This controversy is rather silly but got news coverage and was even covered by CNN.
In June 2013, a food blogger looked at the uniform of Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch (yes, that’s his full name) and noticed that it had only three stripes on its sleeves, while a traditional naval officer’s has four. The controversy came to a head when Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty, a US Navy spokeswoman at the time, commented on the situation: “You are correct that Cap’n Crunch appears to be wearing the rank of a US Navy commander. Oddly, our personnel records do not show a ‘Cap’n Crunch’ who currently serves or has served in the Navy.”
With the 50th anniversary of Captain Crunch happening, it’s no surprise the captain himself took to Twitter to deny these allegations. He claimed that by being the captain of the SS Guppy that he had the right to call himself a captain. Amid all the silliness, it was even considered that Captain Crunch could potentially be violating the Stolen Valor Act, but according to his official biography, he was born on Crunch Island in the Sea of Milk, which likely is not under US jurisdiction.
Posted by Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness at 11:58 AM