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Cris Hoppes, Green Beret... Not!!

Chris Hoppes came up on our radar when he started posting in an 82nd Forum.

An investigator for GGB happened to be a member of that forum and reached out to him thinking he might be a brother and get him vetted into SF Brothers. 

During the discussion with the Brian, (SF brother/GGB investigator), Chris told him that he was in 10th Grp 80-84 and a “Full Flash”. A lot of what he said didn't add up.

Back in the years he claims, Full Flash would mean a Green Beret that has completed the Special Forces Qualification Course.

He added that he was staged out of Elgin and FT. Sherman (It’s spelled Eglin. Many posers get that wrong) on a 3 man team. 2 from the 7th and him, from the 10th. He said he was 11H3P and also had 11B and 91B. He claimed his 3 man team were in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador, and Urgent Fury.

Well…. Urgent Fury was October of 1983. Chris Hoppes, fake Green Beret, wasn’t even in the Service then. He also claims 8 years in the service. We can attest to 6. 

Crisjon Thaddeus Hoppes served from May 3, 1977 – June 30, 1983

We decided to get records and it seems he isn’t want he claims...


CIB (Combat Infantry Badge) FALSE

Special Forces Crest FALSE

EIB Earned

Canadian Jump Wings Earned

Master Parachutist Badge FALSE

Expert Medical Badge Earned

Are the wings and 82nd patch military issue? We don't believe so.

Jungle expert FALSE

Army Commendation Medal FALSE

Good Conduct w/ Oak Leaf Cluster (We don’t see an Oak Leaf in records)

National Defense Service Medal FALSE

Humanitarian Service Earned

NCO Professional Development Earned

Army Service Ribbon Earned

Overseas Service ribbon FALSE

2 rung bolo badge Earned Pistol and M-16

18th ABN Corps Recondo FALSE

Special Forces Patch FALSE Cris Hoppes, fake Green Beret never spent a single day in an SF unit.

Chris Hoppes, you'll now be added to Hall of Fakes, Frauds, and Phonies

Author: The Guardian

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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.


This is almost unbelievable. This guy wanted to be a Green Beret so bad he faked it to the grave. It must have been awesome to him to take on a persona. Feeling like a hero, getting recognition, and being treated like a hero in addition to fellowship with real warriors was too much to pass up. It must have felt good. I'm sure he could have joined the military. He just didn't think it was worth it. He could have everything without dropping a single iota of blood, sweat, or tears. I feel sorry for his family. This guy is to me obviously mentally ill. I guess he never thought he would hurt and shame his family to the extent he ended up doing so. To any potential fakers. Let this guy be a lesson to you. If you want what we have, just join the military. Don't do this to your family and friends.


I just want to thank Guardians of the Green Beret. I had no idea this problem was so widespread. These phonies do a great disservice to all us real Green Berets. Yes, I am a Green Beret. They give a false representation of who we are, what we are, and what we represent. These phonies are almost always criminal otherwise in my opinion. Good job Guardians of the Green Beret. People probably don't realize what it would be like for me to ever actually meet a phony Green Beret. Offensive is not the word. I don't think there is a word for all the things that would go through my mind.


is that white shirt even a thing? i never knew that

Johnny O:

Ol' "Sarge" here talking all kinds of crap and stuff after he was exposed...LOL

Johnny O:

It's really pathetic that people try to get away with this type of stuff. I spent 23 years in the Army and retired in 2006 and although would have loved to to be a part of a Special Forces or Ranger unit and go through all of the training, never did it. And it just amazes me the lengths that people will go through to embellish military service.

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