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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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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


Impressive bio. Rambo, Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid) and Chuck Norris all rolled into one. They have a song named for him "Superman, Where Are You Now".


I don't know much about a military uniform BUT his pants are WAY too long...they bunch up on tops of his shoes and basically drag the ground in the back. Also, there was a pic of him with a lady...outside...without a cover. Hmm.


Someone collected this man's entire saga here:

Warning: you'll spend hours on this website.

Brother Of Brian Magyar:

9 June 2020

Ya' know, instead of considering why someone does what he does, like assholes, ya' jump to foul comments about someone ya' never met, or know anything about ….

I'd call our parents white trash, but that would be an insult to white trash ….

Brain went into the United States Army after July 1975, after I went into the United States Navy in that July ….

We both got out of Boot in September of 75' ….

That was the last I ever saw of him ????

Neither of us wanted to go into the Military, but we were kicked out he house by our mother, to call her a mother is also an insult to all mothers ....

If you ever saw the movie " Mommy Dearest " , then ya' might have some idea what our childhood was like ….

The only thing that put the smile on our mother's face was when she was beating the living shit out of her boys, buckle end first ….

In the late sixties, early seventies, Brian and I never did drugs, alcohol, or commit any crimes ….

As a kid, Brian always wanted to be part of a group, gang, whatever ….

I loved karate, so I walked the path of bushido, honor and face above all ….

Always a team player, but still a loner ….

People tell me I'm a veteran, but I'm quick to say that in my eight years in the United States Navy, ( 1975-1979 active, - 1983 reserve ),

I never carried a gun, or, was ever in any danger ….

Most of it on sea duty, all fun and games, and going over seas, but, after all, sailors belong at sea ….

Just as I was getting off active duty, I made Second Class Petty Officer, IC-2, N.E.C. ( M.O.S.) 4713, telecommunications,,,,

telephone man ….

Honorably discharged, I display that along with my DD-214

I'm now sixty-three, and retiring from the telephone company ….

So,,, no comments about me ….

It's been forty-five years now ….

Brian is my younger brother, but I understand him just the same …..

Kind'a like a car salesman, he always needed that affirmation from others ….

He still needs what he never got from our mother,,,, to be loved, appreciated, admired, respected ….

As a kid, he loved the song " Ballard of the Green Berets " ….

He wasn't stealing glory, but imitating that which he admired the most in the United States Army,,,, the Green Berets ….

When I read the comments about Brain, as I suspect, real Green Berets, and other Army Special Forces,,,, are much like United States Marines, United States Navy Seals, and now Antifa protesters ….

And I met a few Marines and Seals ( claiming ) during my time in the Navy ….

They are only really tough when the other guy can't fight back, shit-for-brains bullies ….

My proof, Viet Nam, Granada, Fallujah, Pakistan ….

As far as I know, you tough guys never faced real Soviet, Chinese, Iranian, or any other real Special Forces on equal footing ….

Hell, the real Rambo's in Viet Nam was the Viet Cong …..

And they kicked the ( bull ) shit out of you smart mouth's ….

When I was aboard ship, the only time I found our who went to Viet Nam was during dress inspections, when they wore their ribbons on their chest ….

They never talked about it, I assume it was the most horrifying times of their lives ….

Had Brian had good parents, good home, good schooling, a good life, I have no doubt he would have proudly earned the ribbons on his chest ….

In the United States Navy, I only earned an overseas service ribbon, and a good conduct ribbon, which I never wore, but are now on my old Navy uniform for when I pass away ….

Brian is, and always will be my brother, we suffered too much together as kids, and I appreciate the fact he is imitating the best the United States Army had to offer,,, in his time ….

And if you can't appreciate his admiration of the Green Berets, YA' can kiss my Navy Blue ass ….

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