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Richard Calvert, Green Beret... NOT!!

Richard Calvert, fake Green Beret was sent to us about a year ago.

As with many of these guys, they get put to the side when other more pressing cases come in and then they slip through the cracks.

Well,  he was getting ready to be a guest speaker at a local VFW and many saw his claims of 54 combats jumps as a huge red flag and reached out to us again.


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Here is the initial email when he came back under peoples radar:

He states many things, A green beret with a death heads flash, Silver stars, bronze stars, 56 jumps with the 1 Division (RVN) as well as duty with LRRPS. "Goat school". Some LRRPS I know got on to this one when he is announced as a speaker at the American Legion Post 370 in Overland Park Kansas.

Some other speaking engagements his bio is listed as: Tonight our featured speaker is Richard Calvert, who has earned five purple hearts. Richard was a Special Forces combat medic in the 8th Medical Brigade who was assigned at various times to many different fighting groups in Vietnam. Richard jumped 54 times in Laos and Cambodia. 

Here is a link to where he is profiled as a sponsor of the Red Tail Tuskegee Airman: Removed… Richard served in the Vietnam War as an Army Combat Medic and earned the Purple Heart. He completed Special Forces Training and then served with various groups and special operations in Vietnam including Long Range Reconnaissance, 101st Airborne and Dust Off Units. The South Vietnamese Army recognized Richard for making 54 combat jumps with their 1st Airborne Division. Richard followed in his uncle Robert Calvert’s footsteps, his uncle was an Army Combat Medic in WWII in the Pacific Theater."

We received a 2nd email from a fellow Green Beret that actually had a sit down with him:


This guy came up on my radar in May of last year, 2019. A veteran friend posted his video on his 501 Facebook and honored him at a veteran event. The video struck me as full of problems, so I shared it with the SF List. 

The BS in this video is too much to list, but the high-points are:

  1. Claims to have been an SF medic.
  2. Claims to have 5 purple hearts.
  3. Claims to have done 54 combat jumps in Vietnam.
  4. Claims to have done LRRP missions.

Ron XXXXX got his records and they show that he spent 2 years in Germany as a clerk/cook. That’s it. Never. Stepped. Foot. In. Vietnam.

I shared with my Recon buddy, through whom I found out about Calvert, all the troubling truths and asked him to handle the situation. He said he would handle it.

Ron XXXXX contacted last week, approximately 12 Feb 2020, and asked for a status update on the Calvert situation. I did not know. Had not kept tabs on it. Asked my Recon buddy. He had not handled it, had done nothing. He said, “I’ve had a lot going on.” Gotcha.

I contacted Richard Calvert and asked to have coffee with him. My intent was to explain his options: The Easy Way and the Hard Way.

Our meeting this morning (1000-1030hrs, 17 Feb 2020):

We met at a Starbucks near his home. I got there at 0945. He arrived at 1005. My approach was that I was doing him a favor and cited the main problems with his video and his other claims online, such as the SF medic and the 54 combat jumps claims, and others, and he dug in, offering absurd explanations that we so absurd that they were hard for me to follow.

I told him that it is impossible that he had 54 combat jumps in Vietnam, he said that they all were with the ARVNs and thus not documented.

I told him that his 214 shows he was only in the Army for 2 years and all of it in Germany as a clerk he just shrugged his shoulders and said “I dont know nothin about that.”

I asked him if he was an SF medic then why was he not put on an SF team when he got to Nam he gave me an explanation that I could not follow.

He said all his LRRP missions were with ARVNs so no US LRRPs would know him.

He showed me as proof of his being SF a ring that has a skull on a 5th Gp flash, that no SF guy would wear. I did not get a photo of that ring. Failure on my part. 

Another veteran, a friend of mine, VFW lodge commander, informed me that he was scheduled to do some speaking events as part of the local American Legion Speakers Bureau. Ron XXXXX informed me tonight, less than an hour ago, that he has been removed from that speaking circuit. But he is still listed to speak here, it’s great reading, very entertaining:

I explained this morning to Richard his options. But he dug in. My Recon buddy told me after that meeting that Richard called him 3 times last night and finally talked to him this morning, asking who I am and what I might want. My Recon bud says based on what Calvert said that it seems obvious that he has been challenged before and has learned that if he sticks to his guns people give up. 

Calvert told me at the end of our discussion this morning that his wife is a lawyer so a suit will cost him nothing and to bring it on. I told him it is not me he needs to worry about.

Calvert called me 3 times this afternoon in the span of 10 minutes. I did not answer. Let him stew. He had his chance.

If you have any questions, please, contact me.


Soooo, what are his claims vs what the facts show:

Combat Medical Badge

Silver Star x2: False, he never went to Vietnam, he never saw combat.

Soldier’s Medal: False, Records do NOT support this claim

Bronze Star X2: False, Records do NOT support this claim. He doesn't show it on his ribbon rack but claims it in his Legion announcement

Purple Heart x4 or 5 depending on who he’s talking to. Ribbon rack shows 4, he told the American Legion he had 5: False, he never went to Vietnam he never saw combat.

Joint Service Commendation Medal: False, Records do NOT support this claim

Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 Oak leaf clusters: False, Records do NOT support this claim

Good Conduct Medal x4: False, Records do NOT support this claim

National Defense Service Medal: True

Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 campaign stars: False, Records do NOT support this claim, he never went to Vietnam

Vietnam Campaign Medal: False, Records do NOT support this claim, he never went to Vietnam

Combat Medic: False, He seems to have received Med Corpsman (91A10) training in basic yet never held that as a duty MOS. He was a cook (94B20) and Clerck Typist (71B20)

Any type of parachutist badge: False, never even attempted the training

Special Forces Tab: False, never even attempted the training

250 Ft tower (Master Jump Classification): False, his statement about the 250ft tower and Master Classification is ludicrous  That's not how it's done.

SF Training @ Ft Bragg: False, never attempted SFTG much less graduated the course

Volunteer for RVN in 1967: False, he never went to Vietnam

MeKong Delta for 13 months: False, he never went to Vietnam

Hill 29 hawk Hill: False, he never went to Vietnam

101st Airborne in 1969: False, he never went to Vietnam

Hill 937 Hamburger Hill: False, he never went to Vietnam

54 Combat Jumps: False, he wasn't even Airborne, nor did he go to combat in Vietnam

5 man LRRP team in 1970: False, he never went to Vietnam

3.5 years in Vietnam: False, he never went to Vietnam

Richard Calvert will now be added to hall of Zeroes

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Tom Kelly:

The type of individual who embellishes his service record for what reason. profit, glory, importance ??? They probably do not think anyone will find out the truth.


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I just wanted to say thank you for having the resources to check out these tools and the restraint to not lose it when you confront these folks. If you ever need help, let me know. I am a retired 1st Group guy with some time on my hands.


Who made the labels for the shadow box of military awards and decorations? Him?

There are some obvious errors (and not only the fact that the SF shoulder patch is missing the Airborne Tab and is upside down).

For example, The shoulder sleeve insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagle") is labeled as "Airborne Army Ranger patch."

But notice there is a mix of insignia in which he actually affirms the information GOTGB recovered through a FOIA request:

1 - The enlisted insignia is that of Air Defense Artillery, (the brass disk of crossed cannon with a missile superimposed) that enlisted branch insignia matches military records that he entered Hawk Missile Crewman training at Ft. Bliss, TX (but apparently failed the course, because he was reclassified as a wheel vehicle driver).

2 - He appears to have added the bar for the U.S. Army Driver and Mechanics badge for [DRIVER-W] to an Expert Marksmanship Badge!? The bar is probably authorized, as he was in fact a wheeled vehicle driver per service records. But the bar does not belong on a weapons qualification badge.

3 - The patch labeled "White Sands Missile Range" is actually that of the Air Defense Artillery Center and School, originally at Ft. Bliss, TX but relocated to Ft. Sill, OK in 2009.

4 - The small brass eagle insignia, labeled as "U.S. Army Pin" is actually the reduced size hat insignia for a female officer (1 5/8" tall, vs. the male officer hat insignia that is 2 3/8" tall).

And so on. Where did the shadow box picture come from?


I put up with this sociopath in the SF Safe House, his constant need for attention was irritating at the least. I left the room due to his penetrating posts. I am not surprised to see he was a fake, Thx Guardians...

Stacey1ross :

We spent almost 2 years under the leadership of this man. We put our complete trust in him and now here we are. We are hurt and angered by this.


As of February 2019, David Shaffer was expelled from Minnesota Freemasonry and the Shriners because of this conduct.


It's been just over 12 years since he went to jail (then prison) for what he did to me. I'm still haunted by it all every day. He is a monster, true evil.

Anonymous :

I really can’t describe the feeling I had when I once again did the periodic check online to see if Gilbert had been arrested yet.I strangely found comfort in the fact that he was not captured and brought back to Florida for his warrants there . I knew he was in Colorado somewhere but I never wanted him to come back to Florida with another slap on the wrist or turning CI to get out of trouble and I feel at danger again , however , I never really felt safe knowing he was out there at all. I was contacted months back by someone asking if I had seen him and making sure I was safe because he stated he was coming back to Florida and was on the run from the FBI I was told . I didn’t sleep for a month well after that. I can’t describe the terror I dealt with being involved with this person , the healing that is still taking place for myself and my children . He is a lifelong con man , he’s very convincing and by the time you realize the truth you are in danger and he’s extremely violent . Being a con man he hatches elaborate ways to tear your life apart , set you up , spread convincing and dangerous lies , he managed to blackmail me for things that he created for me out of fear and the cloud of abuse and threats from him for so long . I tried many agencies to help me no one believed me or did anything about him . He would re enter my home for a year telling lies and slandering me across the internet social media , with people even threatening me because they believed him he was so convincing . I slept with baseball bats and knives for years because of him. My children are still tormented because of things he did and said and the entire experience . I actually had to leave my job , my home and my children just to get away from him .

He has always lied about being in the military , he had me convinced of the same thing as well as everyone who knew him for a long long time , also lied about being in with Florida motorcycle gangs and would use that as a threat as well , he always stated he was SF and medic , said injured in Afghanistan and that’s why he has seizures , also not true , I found evidence of him lying to women on social media also impersonating a SF years ago , he had gotten pictures of soldiers with beards that looked very much like him and he knew a lot of the lingo and studied it , he also pretended to be a firefighter and ex firefighter to people as well. That was another of his cons . He always wore military type gear and shirts he would buy offline or from people or army navy store etc I actually still have a couple of them around Idk why , maybe to remind me of what I let happen to me and the damage it did so that I never allow that to ever happen to me again. He changed me then in terrible ways and I never could figure out how to get away or out of the situations . I never experienced someone like him - in no fool or naive , I have an experienced life but the extent he will go .... photoshopping pictures , editing fake text conversations etc making false reports to child protection agencies etc etc .... people believe him and he can turn your life upside down between that , setting you up and threats Therof and physical violence . He has also been to prison in Massachusetts or Missouri I believe for weapons and violence against another woman I found out later . He treats his mother and youngest daughter the same way with threats and control and violence , has 3 other children all in different states as well .... he’s mentally disturbed and dangerous and I am hoping they actually keep him for a very long time so my children and I can feel safe .

I’m so happy you guys were diligent and captured him . The alias he was using is someone that I know as well whom was in prison when he started using that alias .

Thank you for flushing him out and catching him . Thank you so much I can’t explain how I felt

Reading all of this , validating things for me in a way because I don’t think a lot of people where I’m from still believed me . His lies seemed too far fetched , details and convincing fake evidence , he had people coming after me thinking I was many many things and done things I had not as a way to intimidate me .

I have a damaged jaw , ptsd and still working to start my life over in every aspect and help my kids overcome the damage that he did to them . His name and face will haunt me probably for life and I’m sorry to the other woman who fell for this because I completely and truly understand how it happens and the web that he weaves . I’m happy no one got physically hurt and I will hope to see him get some serious time .


Yet another Piece of Shit phony. When will it stop?

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