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Joel Thompson, Green Beret... NOT!!

Joel Thompson, Fake Green Beret.

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Some are too easy. When you wear your Ranger Tab under your Airborne Tab, there's really no need to run a records check with NPRC, You're bogus.

Joel was sent to us by someone who's known him most of his life. They knew his lies and criminal past and got tired of seeing him use people. We took a milli-second to watch the video here Click here for his video and knew instantly he was not what he claimed. You MUST watch the video. He goes out of his way to spin the chair around and get his patches into the view of the camera. Click here for his video

So, he wears:

VFW Patch False, He spent a little over a year and a half before he was booted from the Army. He was never in combat and doesn't qualify for membership. His local VFW said they do offer those who don't qualify, the ability to aquire a social membership on a very limited basis. They said he is not one of them.

First Sergeant rank False, He spent a little over a year and a half before he was given a dishonorable discharge and booted from the Army as an E-1 PVT

Airborne Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated Airborne School.

Glider Badge False, The Army recinded this on 3 May 1961; however, it remained authorized for wear by those who earned it. 3 years before he was born.

Ranger Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated Ranger School.

Combat Infantry Badge False, he never was deployed much less in combat. He never left Ft Campbell Ky.

101st patch False, He was never assigned to the 101st

82nd Patch False, He was never assigned to the 82nd

Armor/CAV gold shoulder cord False, He was a non Airborne leg dump truck driver

Ranger Scroll False, He was never assigned to any Ranger unit.

Special Forces Patch False, he was never assigned to any Special Forces unit.

Special Forces Long Tab False, he never attended, much less graduated the Special Forces Qualification Course

 In his video, he says his "Best Friend" died in his arms 1000% False. He never left Ft Campbell 

Per former GF in an email: He was in Somalia, Iraq and was a member of black hawk down.  False, as a side note, Blackhawk Down was a movie, not a unit.

Per former GF in an email: He said he was in special forces and got shot 3 times while overseas. False, never SF, never in combat, never shot.

Per former GF in an email: He said that the time magazine cover of the soldier who was pissing on Saddam's statue was him. False, he was never in Iraq or on any cover

He was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, Ft Campbell Ky as a Dump Truck driver before he was given a dishonorable discharge.

After this was publish, our brothers at This Aint Hell sent us some additional paperwork they found on him. We added to this article in the picture section.

Edit: We received this a few days after the article was published:

My name is JXXXX CXX and I have some information to add to your story on this person. The only thing I ask is that you not mention me by name. 

I was in a relationship with Joel for 3 years, from 2008 to end of 2011. In that time he was in prison for over a year on an old charge and a OVI that he got while in my car. He was on parole in summit county and Cuyahoga county at the same time after he was released. After he got out, he was working for a tree trimmer and fell out of a tree he was cutting and broke his leg in 3 places. I was the one who took care of him while he was laid up. His parole officer would have to come to my house for his visits because he wasn't able to get into the office. He told me in the years we were together that he was an Army Ranger with the 101st airborne division, He was in Somalia, Iraq and was a member of black hawk down. 

He said he was in special forces and got shot 3 times while overseas. He said that the time magazine cover of the soldier who was pissing on Saddam's statue was him. The best friend that died in his arms, I heard that story over and over again, his name was Kenny, I don't remember his last name. He also said his combat captain was a gentleman who lived in Springfield, Ohio. he said that when he died, he left him his house and property, never saw any of it. when he started living with me and my kids, I asked him where his benefits were if he had such a service record. he told me that he recently mustered out and there was a backlog and they haven't gotten to him yet. He never got anything the whole time he was with us.

I had a next door neighbor who was a Korean vet and he also firmly believed in his stories. He is a very heavy drinker, and would get extremely violent with me and my kids. He said he was too torn up by the things he saw in combat. He also told me that he was based in Washington dc and would pull duty in Arlington cemetery, he also said he was a soldier who guarded the tomb of the unknown soldier. also said he participates in military funerals.

I wanted to believe him, but i was skeptical, I just had no way of accessing his military records to confirm what he was telling me. I know that he is a member of the VFW post in Akron Ohio near Firestone park, and when I was with him, he belonged to the Mogadore Ohio chapter. 

We broke up because he was extremely drunk one night and was berating me all day long about how I am a worthless person and I don't deserve to live, if i would drop dead in front of him he would throw a party, all the things he always said when he was drunk. Then the next day, he would claim he didn't remember what he said, he was in a PTSD blackout. He had me so beat down I started to believe it, that night I had finally had enough and I started fighting back, it escalated to the point where he had me pinned down on the bed, he was straddling me from above and looked down at me and I could see the hate and crazy in his eyes. he kept saying I was worthless and i should thank my lucky stars that he loves me, but he wants to strangle the life out of me and watch the light dim from my eyes. 

I told him he gets one hit so you better make it count because you won't have the chance to have another. He narrowed his eyes, reared back and clocked me with his full force in my jaw. He got up and walked out of the room, and I got away and went downstairs to my kids, when they found out what he had done, my daughter called the cops and my son escorted him to the door with a baseball bat. He was arrested and got out and charges were dropped. I kicked him out of the house and attempted to cut ties with him, he didn't go quietly. he told me he was going to make my life miserable and he attempted to do just that. 

 I did a records search to see where he was and I saw that he in jail again for a year. I also looked at his court docket when he was appealing for judicial release. His fiancé had sent a letter to the judge with his social security hearing information attached to it. While he was serving his sentence, he applied for disability and got it on the first try, citing service related injuries. He said that all his medical problems were service related and he got it! 

 Thank you for your time and your discretion, warm regards, JXXXX CXX

Joel Thompson, you'll now be added to Hall of Fakes, Frauds, and Phonies in the Hall of Zeroes and people not worth our Time


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2 comments on article "Joel Thompson, Green Beret... NOT!!"


4/1/2018 6:35 AM

Good Lord. 🤦🏻‍♂️


12/14/2020 10:46 AM

is that white shirt even a thing? i never knew that

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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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