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Charles Kauffman, Green Beret… NOT!!

We initially started looking into Charles Kauffman a few years ago. It was hard to move forward with 18D showing in his records from NPRC. We did some extensive research and decided the proof was beyond doubt that he’s forged Government documents and/or had someone do it for him. We are confident in our findings and are calling him a fraud. 

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We believe that sometime between 1984 and 1988, when transferring from active duty with 1/25 inf as a 31V radio systems operator to a reserve unit as a 91B , Charles Kauffman began to wear badges and tabs that he was not awarded including SF, Ranger, Airborne, and pathfinder. He then used evaluations and potentially falsified documents to update his official records. (That is our evaluation based on his official records).

He was reduced to SGT E5 from SFC E7 in NOV 1996 following integrity violations. He was able to reach E6 as a supply sergeant in 2004 before retiring in 2006. Utilizing a falsified DD214, he was able to continue service under government contractors and services until at least 2015. He is part of multiple forums and organizations claiming 18D5P, a non-existent MOS code

We looked into this because this man was forward deploying alongside SF, gained trusted positions in training SF, is known to have implausible claims deteriorating the view of actual SF in multiple communities, and his claims have the very real potential to get our soldiers injured or killed.

Special Forces, Ranger, Pathfinder, and Airborne started showing up in his NCOERS simultaneously in 89, with no precursor. 

He does not have evaluations from 97 to 03. Last NCOER in 04 is as a SSG with promotion orders dated  2 Mar 04 as a supply sergeant. His reenlistment documents in 1990 show that his substantiating records used were his DD214 that was drafted the day prior. The only document stating his claims for the aviation badge, Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, and SF Long Tab, were a single bullet on an NCOER. He would have  had to accomplish everything  in just 2 months and 6 days from 85-90 while on active orders in the reserve. The only official quals he received in that period were Flight Medical Aidman in 88 and his reclass to 91B in 85 totaling 3 months and 2 days. The remaining 2 months and 6 days out of the 5 months and 8 days he was on active status were served drilling with no orders to attend any other school.

He had to have shown up to the reserve in 84/85 with either false documents and stories of where he came from while wearing the badges and tabs and had his 214 updated.

False DD214s are still very common as it only takes one person, usually a private to update the document. Kauffman, an E7 at the time, had no problem having his updated to reflect his uniform. Personnel offices in 1990 would have no way to verify the claim without formal investigation. Officially, while leaving active duty from 1/25 inf in 84, none of his additional qualifications existed in his records. 

SSG (R) Charles Kauffman has many claims of grandeur since his enlistment in the army in 1979. I listed his claims as improbable. But, it is impossible to carry out a small fraction of his claims in the time frames that he claimed. The evaluation above is based off his records and Individual Unit data bases.

Verified using his Name/DOB/SSAN that Charles Kauffman did NOT complete SOCM, SFMS, SOFMSS, SOCMSSC, SFQC, or any legacy program associated with the basic Medical credentialing of a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D or its predecessor)

Positions potentially obtained through false claims


DynCorp International

MPRI- Military Professional Resources Inc Contractor

Combat Medic Instructor at AMERICAN SYSTEMS

Paramedic at North Cypress Medical Center—ER

Senior Flight Medic Instructor at American Systems

Mentor/member PTSD Foundation of America

1979 Enlisted as 31V under Airborne Contract follow on the 1/75 Ranger Battalion Did Not Complete





IET Fort Benning Georgia extended due to UCMJ

1981- 1984

MOS: 31V2O

Unit: HHC 1/21 INF, 25ID, Schofield Barracks, HI Active

Rank: PFC-SGT 1 Aug 83

Notes: As of 24 AUG 1984: ARCOM x 1, AAM x 1, GCM x 1, ASR, OSR (HI), Expert badge (Rifle, Hand Grenade, M1911 pistol)

Total active service as of AUG 1984: 4 yrs 10 mos 27 days

Total inactive service as of AUG 1984: 0 yrs 1 mos 16 days 


MOS: 91B3F

Unit: 273d Medical Detachment (Helo Amb), Texas Reserve

Rank: SGT 1 AUG 83 - SSG 6 Jun 87

Notes: 1988-1989 first claims of Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Special Forces in documents (would all need to have been completed in 5 months and 8 days)

Total active service as of NOV 1990: 5 yrs 4 mos 6 days Admin Error in file

Total inactive service as of AUG 1990: 5 yrs 8 mos 8 days Admin Error in file


MOS: 91B4F


Rank: SFC 18 Sep 89

91A and 91B instructor

Utilized false DD214 as substantiating document for reenlistment

Claimed Special Forces Association Affiliation on NSQ (verified via the SFA he was never a member)


MOS: 91B4F

Unit: 273d MED DET

Rank: SFC 18 Sep 89

Unit Hoist Trainer, ANCOC

Total active service as of OCT 1994: 5 yrs 9 mos 11 days Admin Error in file

Total inactive service as of OCT 1994: 10 yrs 3 mos 5 days Admin Error in file


MOS: 31U4O

Unit: HHC, 36th Bde, 49th Armored Division

Rank: SFC 18 Sep 89, SGT 2 Nov 1996 Investigation for integrity violation


MOS: 91B2

Unit: 536th Support BN

Rank: SGT 2 Nov 1996


MOS: 91B2O

Unit: 302 MP CO DET 1 CBT

Rank: SGT 2 Nov 1996

Total active service as of AUG 2000: 5 yrs 9 mos 11 days Admin Error in file

Total inactive service as of AUG 2000: 17 yrs 0 mos UNK days Admin Error in file


MOS: 91W2O

Unit: 451 CA BN DET, Reserve

Rank: SGT 2 Nov 1996

Failed to Qual as Civil Affairs


MOS: 91W2, 92Y3O

Unit: Madigan Army Med, 15th QM, 961st QM CO 319th CSB

Rank: SGT-SSG 5 Feb 2004

Commended for no injuries in OIF II (5 mos 18 Days), Non-combat related injury in Iraq

Total active service as of JAN 2006: 7 yrs 10 mos 15 days

Total inactive service as of JAN 2006: 18 yrs 5 mos 3 days

Retired 4 Jan 2006

SSG, 92Y3O

961 Combat Service Support

1.    DD 214  

 a.    Aircraft Crewman's Badge: Probable, graduated flight medical aidman jan 1988. DD214 problem, on February 29, 2000, the Department of the Army officially changed the name of the Aircraft Crewman Badge to the Army Aviation Badge.

b.    Parachutist badge: False, No substantiating record

c.    Pathfinder badge: False, No substantiating record

d.    Special forces tab: False, No substantiating record. Not in database at the schoolhouse.

e.    BSM W/V: No substantiating record, improbable 

f.    ARCOM 4th award: No substantiating record, UNK

g.    AAM 3rd award: True

h.    AGCM: True

i.    NDSM: True

j.    AFR: True

k.    Expeditionary medal: No substantiating record, probable DEP OIF II

l.    HSM: No substantiating record

m.    NCOPD 3rd award: True

n.    ASR: True

o.    OSR 2nd award: True, HI station, Iraq OIF II

p.    Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon: No substantiating record, probable

q.    Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device: True, OIF II 

r.    Ranger Tab: False. No substantiating record

s.    GWOT Expeditionary medal: True, Qualifying deployment to OIF II

t.    Purple Heart: Possible ? Non-combat related injury in a combat zone 2004

2.  Claims:  

a.    Rank: 1SG- False

b.    Service stripes: 28 Years- False, Total active service as of JAN 2006: 7 yrs 10 mos 15 days, Total inactive service as of JAN 2006: 18 yrs 5 mos 3 days.Calculated Retirement at 10 years 1 month 25 days service

c.    Combat service stripes: 4.5 Years – False 5 mos 18 days

d.    DUI: 1st SFC DUI- False

e.    Unit Awards: No substantiating record

f.    SOCOM Unit deployment patch: False, No substantiating record

g.    Combat medics badge: False, No substantiating record, did not combat deploy as medic

h.    Blue infantry cord: False, Not authorized for wear IAW AR 670-1

i.    Foreign Jump wings: False, No substantiating record

j.    Service as an 18D: False,  no record (Verified beyond doubt)

k.    Silver Star: False, no record

l.    Green Beret: False, no record (We verified via SF schoolhouse)

m.  Member of SFA: False, no record (We verified via SFA)

n.    Ribbons and awards totaling 23: No substantiating record, improbable

o.    Ranger Regiment: False, no record

p.    1st SFG: False, no record

q.    1st SFC/USASFC: False, no record

r.    SFOD-D: False, no record

s.    MFF: False, no record

t.    MFF JM: False, no record

u.    CDQC: False, no record

v.    SLJM: No substantiating record, improbable

w.    Advanced Tactical Practitioner: False, no record

x.    Paramedic: True

He agreed to send his fake swag back to the Green Beret Foundation. The GBF sent a picture of the stuff he sent and we added it at the end of the picture section.

Charles Kauffman, fake Green Beret, you'll now be added to the Guardians of the Green Beret Hall of fakes, Frauds, and Phonies, Top Ten.



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This guy was all around San Antonio, TX making his rounds selling himself as a Green Beret! When the questions about his service started to come in from common soldiers, it was quickly discovered that he was a complete fraud. No one at the San Antonio Silver Wings Airborne Association, Special Forces Association, has ever heard of him!

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Yet another Piece of Shit phony. When will it stop?


Good Lord. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Salt Life Vet:

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.)

Salt Life Vet:

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?


I got on to this site because I know of this AKA Romero Antonio Noel person. I don't know the man personally but I know people who do. I just cant wrap my hands around this cause it does not make any sense to me. He has a veteran Id and goes to the VA clinic. I don't know just really confused on all of this stuff. if anyone can shed some light on this for me and others I would greatly appreciate it. thank you.


Disgusting!!! The law needs to be tweaked to make it a crime whereas simply wearing the insignia is punishable. I, regrettably, never had the honor os serving in our Armed Forces due to starting my career fresh out of high school. These stories, make me nauseous. Do NOT, under any circumstances, take away from the brave men and women the serve admirably and EARN the credentials that they acquire. Keep up the good work outing these frauds

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