One hundred men will test today but only three win the Green Beret.

Richard "Rich" Hanlon, Green Beret... NOT!!

Ranger School knew he was a fraud without even checking.

Rich Hanlon, was sent to us by a fellow Green Beret who saw him commenting on a Special Force's jacket.

He asked him some general questions to see if he wanted vetted into SF Brothers (5000+ Long Tab Forum).

Rich replied he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70's early 80's. We're not even sure what the heck he means when he says 1SOG Cape Canaveral as there's no such unit. He then goes on to volunteer he went through Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77. Winter class, honor grad. Rich goes on to add that he was 1st Group Ft Lewis and 1SOG Cape Canaveral, late 70's early 80's. MOS 11B2V… 1st 323, SF was 18

So lets look at these statements:

1st SFG(A) claims at Ft Lewis Late 70's to early 80's

Of all the years Rich Hanlon, Fake Green Beret could pick, those are probably the worst. 1st Grp was Group inactivated 28 June 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and reactivated 4 September 1984 at Fort Lewis, Washington. Late 70's is after 74 and Early 80's is before 84. He should have done some more research in his lie.

Class 5 Ranger School, Benning, Steward, Tallahassee FL 1976 or 77

Ranger Class 5-76 or 5-77 doesn’t fall in “Winter” class time. Steward is spelled Stewart. Ranger School has nothing in Tallahassee. He should have said 6th RTB @ Eglin.

Also, almost all Rangers remember their class number. They instill it into their memory banks. For him to not even remember the year? LOL

11B2V, 1st 323, and SF was 18

V would mean he had a Ranger Tab. That’s a false statement. Confirmed by both RTB and his FOIA results. 1st SFG(A) wasn’t even in existence in the years he claims. “If” his claiming 18 as an MOS, he should have add 18C. Had he actually been an 18C, he’d have known that. 

We do see an 18 series on his 2-1 however, this is only a slot he filled. Nothing in his records backs up his ability to claim being a Green Beret. We see zero time in his records as having attend, much less graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course. His records also confirm beyond doubt he has no right to claim to have earned the Ranger Tab.

Assigned to a Ranger unit, yes. Ability to wear the Ranger Tab, No

Assigned to a Special Forces unit, yes. Ability to claim being a Green Beret, No



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9/29/2017 6:02 PM

I don't know him or even have any relatives near him, but it still rips me that he smears my families good name. Poser....

John U.S. Hanlon


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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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