He claims to have been on a 3 man team doing stuff in South America.
Edwin Tingstrom claims that he was a a combat infantryman in Vietnam, Captain, Airborne, and SF... All FALSE
John thinks going AWOL twice, being a deserter, and Construction Equipment Operator (62E10) gives him the right to claim to have been a Green Beret. WRONG
“CSM” Reggie claims to have had 25 years in Special Operations Command and told our investigator that he served in 5th SFG(A).
Both are false claims.
Some are much to easy. We knew he asn't SF after taking a few second look at his pictures. He also said he never really claimed it to anyone, but we see a screen shot where he did. If we found an example in seconds, he probably did it many times.
"Bullgoose" claimed Airborne and SF, he used a real ODA photo as his own. We found the names of those in the picture and the guy that took the pic. He wasn't in it. he even went so far as to get an SF tattoo.
Richard claimed to have been Marine Corp “Spec Ops” in addition to Special Forces that was a POW in Hanoi.
Claims 5th SFG(A) in Vietnam but never made it through the Q-course and went AWOL
He said he never claimed to have been a Green Beret. Two of his duaghters went on records that he did.
Green Beret or Austrian Royal Guard as he alluded to...
Alvin Long claims Marine Force Recon, Ranger, Special Forces, 6 Purple Hearts, Soldiers Medal, Silver Star, 2 CIB's, POW.....
Eli Warden, Elijah Worden, Flyod Worden, Green Beret... NOT!!
Bill Harney claims we removed his outing and apologized. That IS NOT THE CASE! We will never issue and apology or remove an article. We moved to a different format and haven't had time to transfer old cases.
MSG, Combat Infantry Badge, basic Airborne wings, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Ranger, Special Forces... All fake.
Dane, went to vote at the local polling station. SF T-shirt and 3ft SF decal on his truck. What are the chances he stood next to a real guy from Group waiting to vote?
David Murphy fake Green Beret claims:
Combat Infantry Badge with star, Both Master Sergeant (E-8) and/or Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) depending on the picture, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Ranger, Special Forces, CIA, and on and on...
Thomas Heben even had his brother a navy SEAL convinced that he was a Green Beret, even though he didn't make it through selection and went AWOL.
It seems Nick had trouble long before he claimed to have been a Green Beret and murdering his wife.
He claims Silver Star, Military Freefall, Ranger, Special Forces...
Peter Schlenker, Fake Green Beret has also claimed to have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. These claims were supported by plaques that Schlenker owns and displays.
CW5 with 2 stars on his CIB. Many frauds don't realize how few people have earned 2 stars on a CIB
Some claims just make you shake your head.
He claimed, Ranger, Delta, SF, Wounded in action...
After Bud hadley was busted, he tried to buy our silence with a $1500/quarter donation to the Green Beret Foundation.
If it was shiny and for sale in the PX, he bought it and claimed to have earned it.
Joe claims to have spent 18 months in the hospital recovering from crushed vertebrae after a parachute accident. However, it seems that Joe wasn't even Airborne qualified.
Travis's wife reached out to us to prove he was legit. Seems we found the exact opposite.
Joe scammed $1000's and $1000's from those around him based on his lies.
Pat imploded and his lies got worse once we were on to him.
Larry used two SF legends pictures as his own.
Jack said he did multiple Army tours in Vietnam with U.S. Special Forces. It turns out he did 7 weeks in country as a personnel supervisor,
He entered a school classroom that had a daughter of a real Green Beret and she contacted her dad. He contacted us.
His family had asked him for years to stop claiming to have been in the service.
It seems that Ron Stone has been making a bit of money writing books about his service in Viet Nam while claiming to be a former Special Forces soldier. Only thing, he wasn't.
Ron was a cook in 3rd Grp. he claimed since the Army gave him a Green Beret, that qualified him as one. Wrong.
Rudi Gresham, fake Green Beret, used his SF claims to benefit himself for decades.
Bruce claimed we sent a hit squad to get him after we exposed his lies. Locals also said he would talk down to other as "He was a Green Beret"
John "Rambo" Smith 90 DAY MIA, Fake GREEN BERET and 90 MIA… NOT
Meet MSG Step Hahn…. Green Beret, MSG, 7th Grp medic in Afghanistan…. NOT!
We are former and current Green Berets who find and investigate those who falsely claim to be a Green Beret. We will never out someone unless we are 100% certain via FOIA and Bragg.
We spent almost 2 years under the leadership of this man. We put our complete trust in him and now here we are. We are hurt and angered by this.
As of February 2019, David Shaffer was expelled from Minnesota Freemasonry and the Shriners because of this conduct.
It's been just over 12 years since he went to jail (then prison) for what he did to me. I'm still haunted by it all every day. He is a monster, true evil.
I really can’t describe the feeling I had when I once again did the periodic check online to see if Gilbert had been arrested yet.I strangely found comfort in the fact that he was not captured and brought back to Florida for his warrants there . I knew he was in Colorado somewhere but I never wanted him to come back to Florida with another slap on the wrist or turning CI to get out of trouble and I feel at danger again , however , I never really felt safe knowing he was out there at all. I was contacted months back by someone asking if I had seen him and making sure I was safe because he stated he was coming back to Florida and was on the run from the FBI I was told . I didn’t sleep for a month well after that. I can’t describe the terror I dealt with being involved with this person , the healing that is still taking place for myself and my children . He is a lifelong con man , he’s very convincing and by the time you realize the truth you are in danger and he’s extremely violent . Being a con man he hatches elaborate ways to tear your life apart , set you up , spread convincing and dangerous lies , he managed to blackmail me for things that he created for me out of fear and the cloud of abuse and threats from him for so long . I tried many agencies to help me no one believed me or did anything about him . He would re enter my home for a year telling lies and slandering me across the internet social media , with people even threatening me because they believed him he was so convincing . I slept with baseball bats and knives for years because of him. My children are still tormented because of things he did and said and the entire experience . I actually had to leave my job , my home and my children just to get away from him .
He has always lied about being in the military , he had me convinced of the same thing as well as everyone who knew him for a long long time , also lied about being in with Florida motorcycle gangs and would use that as a threat as well , he always stated he was SF and medic , said injured in Afghanistan and that’s why he has seizures , also not true , I found evidence of him lying to women on social media also impersonating a SF years ago , he had gotten pictures of soldiers with beards that looked very much like him and he knew a lot of the lingo and studied it , he also pretended to be a firefighter and ex firefighter to people as well. That was another of his cons . He always wore military type gear and shirts he would buy offline or from people or army navy store etc I actually still have a couple of them around Idk why , maybe to remind me of what I let happen to me and the damage it did so that I never allow that to ever happen to me again. He changed me then in terrible ways and I never could figure out how to get away or out of the situations . I never experienced someone like him - in no fool or naive , I have an experienced life but the extent he will go .... photoshopping pictures , editing fake text conversations etc making false reports to child protection agencies etc etc .... people believe him and he can turn your life upside down between that , setting you up and threats Therof and physical violence . He has also been to prison in Massachusetts or Missouri I believe for weapons and violence against another woman I found out later . He treats his mother and youngest daughter the same way with threats and control and violence , has 3 other children all in different states as well .... he’s mentally disturbed and dangerous and I am hoping they actually keep him for a very long time so my children and I can feel safe .
I’m so happy you guys were diligent and captured him . The alias he was using is someone that I know as well whom was in prison when he started using that alias .
Thank you for flushing him out and catching him . Thank you so much I can’t explain how I felt
Reading all of this , validating things for me in a way because I don’t think a lot of people where I’m from still believed me . His lies seemed too far fetched , details and convincing fake evidence , he had people coming after me thinking I was many many things and done things I had not as a way to intimidate me .
I have a damaged jaw , ptsd and still working to start my life over in every aspect and help my kids overcome the damage that he did to them . His name and face will haunt me probably for life and I’m sorry to the other woman who fell for this because I completely and truly understand how it happens and the web that he weaves . I’m happy no one got physically hurt and I will hope to see him get some serious time .
Yet another Piece of Shit phony. When will it stop?
Good Lord. 🤦🏻♂️
VFW Post 10226 voted unanimously at it's monthly meeting tonight to revoke his membership and he is also banned for life from the building. Now he will have to hang out at the Chuckee Cheese soda fountain and tell all the 8 year olds about his good old days in SF. But then again the 8 year olds will probably say "Dude, shut the f#ck up. You're a poser. Now pour me another orange soda".
I can tell you for a fact that he has never been to the VA for any treatments. He actually told me that he cant go to one( supposedly because the government was denying his existence due to covert mission involvement) he does not have a real vetrans ID either. If he is carrying one, it's fake. I'd love to know what name he has on it. Recently in Texas he has been going by the name Alex ( which I believe is actually the name of the guy at the Sky bar down in Florida where they put on a fund raiser for him under the false pretense that he was ex-special forces wounded in combat.)
Unfortunately I know this turd. He was a real black eye for the VFW post on Oak Island. Thank God he is no longer a part of it. Many of us knew he was a liar and fraud about many things, Nice to finally officially know the truth. He will soon have his VFW cred's revoked and the American legion has also dropped him from the rolls. Great work guys. Thank you for maintaining the honor and beauty of that wonderful head gear known as the Green Beret and the bravery and valor of the unique men who have the privilege of wearing it. Keep it up!
I saw this article and it made my blood boil. My dad wasn't a Green Beret, he was in the Air Force. He went to Vietnam 1964, 1971 and a smaller stint between the two tours. Those who go to war do not brag about what they did in the war. Those who flaunt their "accomplishments" are more likely than not, fake. I know of someone who tells everyone, including his sons and now grandkids, that he is a Green Beret that served in Vietnam and received medals. In 1972 (i eill need to verify the year), he joined the Reserves so to not be drafted for Vietnam. Can you guys help me find the truth?