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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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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.


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

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