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David Shaffer, West Point Grad, Chopper Pilot, Combat Diver, Green Beret... NOT!!

David C. Shaffer, claimed to have been a West Point Graduate that rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army. He also said he was a Helicopter Pilot that then volunteered for Special Forces became a Combat Diver, and lead an A-Team in Vietnam.

He was sent to us by a member of the Shriners he belongs to. The guy that sent him to us said all the Shriners refer to him as Colonel. Being former military himself, he established dialog with the "COL"... He quickly realized "COL" Shaffer was a fraud and reached out to to see if we could look into his claims. 

When looking into them, we found that a LRRP Org had questioned his claims a while back as many thought him a fraud also but never moved forward on the case.

We sent for records and what he claims is far different from what he did.

West Point False (We have an asset that can check WP Grads. He's not one)

Colonel False

Army Aviation School False

Helicopter Pilot False

Combat Diver False

Paratrooper False

Green Beret False

Lead an A-Team in Vietnam False

Time in Vietnam False

Time in Central America False

Time in South America False

Time in Africa False

Grenada False

Panama False

30 years Honorable Military Service False

It looks like David C. Shaffer, Fake Green Beret spent a very short time in the service as a 31M (Multichannel Transmission Systems) and an 05B (Radio Operator).

Never went to West Point much less graduated from there, was never a chopper pilot, never a Green Beret, never went to Vietnam or any of the other continents he claims in his fake 30 career.

David C. Shaffer, you'll now be added to hall of Zeroes as a fake, fraud, and phony.

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2 comments on article "David Shaffer, West Point Grad, Chopper Pilot, Combat Diver, Green Beret... NOT!!"

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3/26/2019 9:38 AM

As of February 2019, David Shaffer was expelled from Minnesota Freemasonry and the Shriners because of this conduct.

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4/18/2020 12:40 PM

I guess those few minutes of false glory got him what he wanted: attention. Attention that led to the truth thankfully.

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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.

Jacob Martin:

Question: There's a photo of him with two "fatboys" wearing berets, are either of them actually SF? The one in the middle sure doesn't wear his beret correctly (might be an officer)! lol

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