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David T. Eschenfelder, Green Beret... NOT!!

Today we present David T. Eschenfelder, fake Green Beret who never spent a day in the service.

He's reached out to a few people on LinkedIn claiming to be a Green beret in Vietnam. Those two reached out to us. 

We were first contacted back in August of 2019 by someone who David contacted about a job. This individual saw red flags in what he was saying and contacted us. We immediately thought he was lying. His age wouldn't back what he was saying. 

David was trying to say he was Special Forces in Vietnam, yet he was born in January of 1956. 5th Grp left Vietnam in March of '71.

Taking time for basic, AIT, Airborne, Pre-Phase, SFTG (Special Forces Training Group), He'd have had to be 14 yrs old when he entered the service. Often these frauds don't do the math, or figure others won't.

He claimed he was in for 7 yrs, 1970-76, with time in Vietnam, 1 yr, 1 month, and 3 days from 72-73. SF had already returned to Ft Bragg by then. He was 14 in 1970. In dialog with the individual he was wanting a Job from, he mentioned his time in Viet Nam... Someone that actually served in Vietnam would know its one word.

He added "He was sheep dipped" and the Gov cleansed his background. Only his parents knew what he did until "He was declassified"

He claimed to have been awarded a Ranger tab and in those days, Black Beret. Meaning he claimed to have served in Ranger Batt also.

He added he has 6 combat commendations and his DD214 is a matter of public record due to a couple of awards from 2 private historic Organizations. That statement doesn't even make sense. DD 214's aren't public record. You can request a redacted DD214 from NPRC through a FOIA request. The only thing they redact would be personal info such as SSN, DOB etc... If you fill out an SF 180, you can receive an un-redacted DD214. The statement that its public record because a couple of awards from 2 private historic Organizations is pure bullshit.

On his LinkedIn he claimed 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. 18B was NOT a Special Forces MOS during the time he falsely claims to have been a Green Beret. Do your homework people!!

After we posted this article, our friends at sent us a few pictures they found of him from his High School yearbook. It seems he was indeed in High School during the years he claims to have served.

So what he claims vs what is fact:

Parachutist Wings: False, he was never even in the military.

Ranger Tab: False, he was never even in the military.

Serving in Ranger Batt: False, he was never even in the military.

Having earned a Special Forces Tab: False, he was never even in the military.

Having served in a Special Forces Unit: False, he was never even in the military.

18B, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant: False, he was never even in the military. 18B wasn't even an MOS during the years he claims to have been in the military.

Having served in MACV-SOG: False, he was never even in the military.

Having served in Vietnam: False, he was never even in the military. He also doesn't know how to spell Vietnam.

Having served in the military: False, he was never even in the military. He would have been 14 to do what he said he did.


After the article was published we were able to contact David T. Eschenfelder, fake Green Beret on Linkedin. That dialog is added as screen shots. He asked if we would remove the article if he cleansed his Linkedin account. That won't happen. he's made those false claims to multiple people as we had more than one email us. There's probably many more out there.


David T. Eschenfelder, you'll now be added to Hall of Zeroes.

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SuperUser Account:

No Idea. It's hard to follow up on these guys as the workload is very heavy. We expose them and move on.

william frank grist:

Great site I am glad to see it in operation. William Frank Grist SF

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

He's also a registered sex offender....and a scum bag.

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

I think this is well known by this point - but for added extra bonus actually is a REAL registered sex offender. This guy is a danger to the community in a multitude of ways & he shows no shame or remorse & he's also a real d-bag. He needs to get locked up.

Brian M Whitney:

Is he still getting 100% disability or was he ever? Whats the deal with this story?

Don Canaday:

Every time some faker claiming to be SF gets in trouble or acts up, it can reflect badly on us in the media. Another reason to point them out when they present themselves.


Wow! I am stupefied that a sex offender would expose himself to so much attention and expect the truth to not come out...


I refuse to believe any SF or Operator would wear that bow tie, just saying.


Usually when I see a guy with this much shite on a vest, jacket and hats he does not pass the smell test. If you screaming that loud "look at me I am a hero" you probably aren't.


I guess he spent 1 year and 5 months as a pivot man and is trying to reclaim his dignity. Sorry never going to happen now.

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