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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:

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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