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Richard Couty, Green Beret... NOT!!!

We were sent Rick Couty (pronounced Cooty) a while back and it looks like others had questions about him also. If you've had contact with the fake Green Beret Rick "Bug" Couty over the years and can attest to him claiming to have been a Green Beret, please email us:








The email below is dated 2006. The redacted part is about Larry McCartney (Fale GB, SEAL, Force Recon) and he goes on the ask about Rick Couty also:









2006 email asking about him





When you get to the bottom of the picture section, click the red bar to expand to more pictures.


He and his friend, Larry McCartney, who we will do in another article had been "posing" as Green Berets for about 40 years at a Kokomo Indiana, and Melbourne Florida Vietnam Veterans annual reunion. In the picture below, you can see the fake Green Beret Rick Couty and Larry McCartney.





 Rick "Cooty Bug" Couty and his friend the fake Green Beret, SEAL, and Force Recon.


McCartney wears a Beret with a 5th Grp flash, SEAL trident, and LTC Rank and Rick "Bug" Couty wears a crest that was never authorized. How someone didn't call these frauds out earlier is beyond belief. 

So we got Couty's records and called him. He avoided the call for days. It was only after we left a message about mentioning his son's business that he decided to make contact with us and allow the call. You can hear the phone call in this link:

 👉👉Rick Couty in his own words👈👈

When we shred a link to the video in a vetted SF site, we had a legit GB come forward and mention he had words with the fake Green Beret Rick Couty years ago.

  Legit GB mentioning his run-in with the fake GB Rick Couty, years ago.





It looks like Rick Couty the fake Green Beret was a member of a group of posers. The more we went down the rabbit hole of people on his friend's list, the more fake Green Berets we found. Geez... How do these fakes find each other? Is there a secret recognition signal they emit?

So what did Rick Couty the fake Green Beret actually do n the service? He was a 31E Field Radio Repairman and ETS'd an E-4.

You have to wonder what goes through the heads of these fakes, frauds, and phonies? This is one of the fakes that actually got an SF Tattoo. We could actually start an entirely new section of the fake SF guys with fake tattoos.




 The 5th Grp Flash on the fake Green Beret Rick Couty's wrist. He never spent a day in Special Forces.





Rick "Bug" Couty the fake Green Beret said he'll get the tat removed. We won't hold our breath as he initially said it was already removed during our phone call.

Fake T-shirts, Fake gold necklace, fake hats, fake uniforms worn at the Vietnam Veteran's yearly reunion, and fake tattoo. This man spent a lot of money over the years and lied to 1000"s of people he came into contact with. It's our job to correct the lie.

We were told his wife made a somewhat threatening call to an individual when his lie was brought to light. Don't hate the messenger, hate the message, and Rick "Bug" Couty was the one that wrote this message decades ago.

Rick Couty, you'll now be added to hall of zeroes for evermore.

#RickCouty, #RichardCouty, #RickBugCouty, #CootyBug, #RichardcarltonCouty,



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Royal Mons

5/2/2023 6:41 PM

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.

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This news is pretty sad for me because I knew the guy. The 1998 overwrite should read that he was the commander of C Troop, 1-18 Cav. I don't recall him wearing any tabs or badges. I am glad that a 19th Group (Guard) guy brought this to your attention. To me this casts a shadow of suspicion with anybody in the Guard. He left the Guard prior to GWOT. I think that the Guard did our share in GWOT with multiple mobilizations and deployments. I was mobilized twice, including a year in Afghanistan as an Infantryman. Now I'll wonder if people will think I'm a liar if I say anything about my service. Thanks Eddie...

Scott Berndt:

Talk about a disgrace to the uniform! I can't believe he got away with the fraud all those years. If you go to his website at, it still makes it sound like he has an Army SF background without stating he was one. He even has awards issued by several SF organizations. Sounds like the GotGB still have some hunting to do.

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.

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