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Jesse Lauderdale, Green Beret... NOT!!

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We were sent Jesse Lauderdale a few months ago. We were told he claimed to be a Green Beret in Vietnam. He mentioned a number of SF missions he was on and had a habit of terrorizing members of his American Legion and VFW.

We sent for his records and he wasn't even Airborne much less a Green Beret. We called him and he was very short and rude with us and ended up hanging up on us. We texted him about doing the article anyway and he agreed to take a second call. 

During our phone call, he stated multiple times that he NEVER claimed to have been a Green Beret and only wore the 5th Grp flash on his vest to remember those he served with. That's the polar opposite of what people said about him. Many people sent emails, going on record about him claiming to be a Green Beret.

He did admit during the call that he never earned a CIB but thought he had the right to wear one because he was attached to an Infantry unit for a short time. He also admitted that he never earned the Basic Airborne Badge that he wears on his vest also. He told us during the call that he had gotten hurt during Jump School and thought he had the right to wear them. We then asked him when he went through Jump School and when he told us the year, we pointed out to him, that isn't shown on his 2-1. That's when he changed his answer to "He got hurt before Jump School"... So one second he got hurt during Jump School and one second later, it was before Jump School. It was yet another lie he was caught in.















He told us he'd immediately remove the unearned patches and sent us a picture after he completed the removal. 

If you've heard Jesse Lauderdale the fake Green Beret make statements about his time in Special Forces, Green Berets, earning the Combat Infantry Badge, time in Jump School, or earning the Basic Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings), email us a statement. We will redact your email address and use what you send in. So be truthful but don't mention names or places that can dime you out as the author of the email:

Put his name in the subject and we'll add it to the picture section with the other emails from people that have steps up.
















California changed the laws two years ago so we can't share the calls we had with him stating he never claimed to be a Green Beret. That being said, we could record a meeting that his Legion and VFW people had where they addressed the issue.

You can hear that meeting in the link below:

👉 The Lauderdale Meeting 👈

You can clearly hear during the meeting that all members present pretty much agreed that Jesse Lauderdale the fake Green Beret has claimed to be a Green Beret to any and all members of the American Legion and VFW over the years.

It looks like Jesse might have had issues during his last stint in the service as it appears he separated as a PV-1 (E-1) after being reduced in rank from a SSG (E-6). 








He had four sets of DD214s and told us the first three we had were indeed his yet the last one wasn't his. We checked back a second time with NPRC and they confirmed it was indeed his, so that was yet another lie from Jesse Lauderdale the fake Green Beret.

Jesse did serve. He did serve in Vietnam. That's more than most and he could have stood on his service as it was, yet he felt the need to make himself into more than what he was.

Jesse was already being removed from the American Legion for actions unbecoming. Not a single person we talked to had anything good to say about this man. That's a sad statement about the way this dude has lived his life. Many times when we expose these people, those that know them mention what nice guys they are... This was just the opposite in this case. He was being removed for being an asshole to his fellow Legion members.

For that, he's earned himself a place on Hall of Zeros forever.

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Recent comments

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

Wow. Absolutely mind blowing & disgraceful. They should make a documentary about how this turd BS'd his way through the years in order to be in a position to be standing next to Presidents, politicians & celebritys. I get pissed when I think of all the others like him but that have never gotten exposed or caught. Great job catching this s--t turd.

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

You can tell just by looking at him that he is a shit bird.

Royal Mons:

If these phonies want to play dress up they should join a re-enactment society and not lie about their fantasies and live off the sacrifice of others.


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.

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