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Art Brownstein, Green Beret... NOT!!

We were sent Art Brownstein by a fellow Green Beret after reading an article in the SunSentinel. We share a screen shot of the original article in the photo section.

In the article Art Brownstein, fake Green Beret, claims Special Forces in Vietnam. We see no proof he was even stationed in Vietnam as his summary sheet of awards, show no awards one would get had he been in country. we see no language schooling. We see no Airborne training.

We see roughly 16 months active duty as a Pers Mngt Spec, Recreation Spec, and finally a Personnel Spec. 

We reached out to the SunSentinel for clarification and sent them his NPRC records result. They put us in contact with the original author of the story. We sent him Arts records also.  He was very concerned about correcting it and reached out to Art for His side of the story.  Below is Art's responce. It looks like he doubles down on his claims:

So sorry Mort, looks like you got into trouble on my account, you should know I paid no attention to anything you wrote about Vietnam and think I told you before that part of my life, I would very much like to forget, but I will fill in the blanks........

My service was three years not two and when you mentioned two, I thought you specifically were referring to Special Forces, not my entire military! You can tell your guy I did 36 weeks at Fort Bragg, N.C. three weeks at jump school in Fort Benning, GA and was attached to the 5th Special Forces Unit in Nha Trang, Vietnam, the Riviera of South East Asia and did TDY in Pleiku, Da Nang and Hue and was actually at the My Canh Floating Restaurant in Saigon Harbor when it blew up and let him know I was involved with Operation Phoenix and if he is a true Special Forces guy, he might understand, although anybody who would volunteer for two extra tours in Vietnam, I would question their sanity!

He is right about the drug thing, don't know we were worried about finding drugs for anything but our own use!  Sorry I didn't correct that, but Mort, gotta tell ya, I'm not reliving any part of Vietnam, so if they want to pull the article because of that, perfectly okay, thought the piece was on my current events classes, not my war record, but let them do whatever they feel like!


 Originally the SunSentinel seemed very concerned about correcting the article and also wanted to do a follow-up stand alone article about this fraud. After our contact went to her supervisor, It was decided to just edit the original article with a correction. 

The only issue with that, is the article has already been read by those that will read it. Editing it in place doesn't do much good becuase most don't go back and read an article weeks after they've already read it the first time. In most people's eyes, they read an article with him being a Green Beret.

Is seems Art has a history of deceit. We usually don't included other criminal history unless it shows some type of deceit or deception. We believe this reinforces the fact he has a history of lying.

Art Brownstein Will now be added to Guardians of the Green Beret Hall of Zeroes.


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This news is pretty sad for me because I knew the guy. The 1998 overwrite should read that he was the commander of C Troop, 1-18 Cav. I don't recall him wearing any tabs or badges. I am glad that a 19th Group (Guard) guy brought this to your attention. To me this casts a shadow of suspicion with anybody in the Guard. He left the Guard prior to GWOT. I think that the Guard did our share in GWOT with multiple mobilizations and deployments. I was mobilized twice, including a year in Afghanistan as an Infantryman. Now I'll wonder if people will think I'm a liar if I say anything about my service. Thanks Eddie...

Scott Berndt:

Talk about a disgrace to the uniform! I can't believe he got away with the fraud all those years. If you go to his website at, it still makes it sound like he has an Army SF background without stating he was one. He even has awards issued by several SF organizations. Sounds like the GotGB still have some hunting to do.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

Wow. Absolutely mind blowing & disgraceful. They should make a documentary about how this turd BS'd his way through the years in order to be in a position to be standing next to Presidents, politicians & celebritys. I get pissed when I think of all the others like him but that have never gotten exposed or caught. Great job catching this s--t turd.

U.S. Naval Aircrewman (90-95):

You can tell just by looking at him that he is a shit bird.

Royal Mons:

If these phonies want to play dress up they should join a re-enactment society and not lie about their fantasies and live off the sacrifice of others.


FRANCO K WEBB is a LYING POSER. He and I were BEST FRIENDS during the time he CLAIMS 7th GP 18D (MY MOS and MY Duty assignment - ODA 755/754, O&I, SWC G Co SFAS, 1st Bn S3).

He was NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH, ASSIGNED TO, in SUPPORT OF, or attended ANY TRAINING that would qualify his claim of being an 18D.

He was a CAR STEREO SALESMAN and INSTALLER on Yadkin Road the ENTIRE TIME I KNEW HIM. We were in Westarea Fire Department TOGETHER and he lived in a trailer on Haretown road.

It APPEARS that he has taken some of MY SF TRAINING, HISTORY and BACKGROUND, claimed it as his own, and further EMBELLISHED those stories for his own video game centered bravado.


SuperUser Account:

He probably never will. The 7th Grp picture he pretends is his is an ODA from the mid-'80s. We've identified all men in the picture. It also looks like he added a Ranger Tab to his website. He's never before claimed Ranger so this is strange.

He and Mike Mika (President of SFA Ch 34) threatened to sue the SFA National if they didn't rescind the letter they sent us, give Rudi a formal apology, and re-instate him as a member in good standing. Of course SFA National refused and nothing came of his idle threat.

Mike Mika has twice, along with Rudi Gresham the fake Green Beret claimed that Rudi spent 12 years in the S.C. National Guard and that's where he attained the rank of LTC. Neither time were they able to produce records that baked up that statement.

SGT P - Rakkasan:

I just looked at his personal website, and it still has a picture autographed by General Yarborough, and a statement that says he served as Yarborough’s Aide. When will this clown give it up? I took screen shots.

Rick Upton:

Why is he working for the VA?


First of all, thank you folks for what you do, what you’ve done, and what you’re willing to do.

Secondly, it is my hope that Mr Prouix owns up to his lies. I have been watching this story and it disgusts me that there are people who would assume to receive the accolades deserved, but never sought, by better, braver, stronger men.

Mr Prouix needs to be exposed. Well done.

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