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John Grandizio, Green Beret...NOT!!

John Grandizio was brought to our attention by a member of a Ranger Regiment forum (to vet him) after his wedding photos showed up online due to some rather major irregularities in his uniform. As with most frauds, there were just too many things wrong to ignore.  John Grandizio, fake Ranger and Fake Green Beret, had the full attention of this group which also reached out to a brother that was also a member of SF Brothers due to his representation of the SF long tab.  Some tried to contact John but he subsequently removed his online profiles. The Ranger and SF forums worked together to gather the information required to vet John Grandizio.  He was nothing that he claims. We see he was assigned to 

163d Military Intelligence Battalion for a short time. 

The following summarizes the results:

Claims:

Combat infantryman Badge with Star (Two awards): False, records do not support this claim.

Parachutist Badge (Combat jump star?)): False, records do not support this claim.

Special Forces Tab): False, records do not support this claim.

Ranger Tab): False, records do not support this claim.

Military Free Fall Parachutist badge): False, records do not support this claim.

Air Assault Badge): False, records do not support this claim.

Sergeant First Class (E-7) stripes): False, records do not support this claim. Records show him as a Private.

3 service stripes (9 years): False, records do not support this claim.

9 combat stripes (54 months in combat): False, records do not support this claim.

Ranger Regiment Tan beret with Regimental flash: False, records do not support this claim.

Blue Infantry cord: He does have the 11B MOS

Joint Meritorious Unit Award: False, records do not support this claim.

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation: False, records do not support this claim.

Ranger Regiment Combat patch on his SFC pics: False, records do not support this claim.

Special Forces Combat Patch on his SGT pic: False, records do not support this claim.

 

Medals / Ribbons in E-7 photo:

DoD Distinguished Service: False, records do not support this claim.

Defense Superior Service: False, records do not support this claim.

Bronze Star w/ V: False, records do not support this claim.

3 Purple Hearts: False, records do not support this claim.  He does have 1

Joint Service Commendation: False, records do not support this claim.

Army Commendation Medal w/ V: False, records do not support this claim.

Army Achievement Medal: False, records do not support this claim.

National Service Defense: True

Armed Forces Expeditionary: False, records do not support this claim.

Southwest Asia Service: False, records do not support this claim.

Afganistan Campaign: False, records do not support this claim.

Iraq Campaign: True

GWOT Expeditionary: False, records do not support this claim.

GWOT Service: True

Armed Forces Service: False, records do not support this claim.

NCO Professional Development: False, records do not support this claim.

Army Service Ribbon: True

United Nations: False, records do not support this claim.

He doesn't wear the Combat Action badge nor the overseas service ribbon but those show in his records

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LoriKat

10/5/2020 2:40 AM

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.

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Rick Upton:

Why is he working for the VA?

RobertEddy:

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.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

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.

EVERYTHINGREALLY:

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.

guywholikesgbsalot:

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

LoriKat:

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".

LoriKat:

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.

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