Looking for answers
But perhaps there was something we were missing. We decided to also go directly to Naval Special Warfare. We put in a request to find Samford's name in its rolls. Even though it keeps list of every active and former Navy Seal, Naval Special Warfare told us Samford's name wasn't on it.
We put in calls to Samford. They went unanswered. Then, we dropped by his house. He refused to answer our questions, sending his wife outside. "He's not doing an interview at this time," said his wife. "People out there want to smear his name," said his wife.
Action News responded that we wanted to give him a chance to make it right and prove he was in the Navy.
When we couldn't get Samford to talk with us at his home, we tried calling in to his radio show. "I hope you're not here to attack me," Samford said to an Action News producer. "I'm not here to attack you. I want to ask about your military service," said the producer.
Action News Catherine Varnum called into the show and asked the same question. Both times, he hung up, calling us a few choice names.
Action News did find clips from past radio shows where Samford has talked about the attacks on his service record. "They don't now what I went through and what I did," said Samford on his show. "They want to attack me for my service to my country, which they cannot even access files for what I done for my country," said Samford.