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 guy was all around San Antonio, TX making his rounds selling himself as a Green Beret! When the questions about his service started to come in from common soldiers, it was quickly discovered that he was a complete fraud. No one at the San Antonio Silver Wings Airborne Association, Special Forces Association, has ever heard of him!

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


Good Lord. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Salt Life Vet:

VFW Post 10226 voted unanimously at it's monthly meeting tonight to revoke his membership and he is also banned for life from the building. Now he will have to hang out at the Chuckee Cheese soda fountain and tell all the 8 year olds about his good old days in SF. But then again the 8 year olds will probably say "Dude, shut the f#ck up. You're a poser. Now pour me another orange soda".


I can tell you for a fact that he has never been to the VA for any treatments. He actually told me that he cant go to one( supposedly because the government was denying his existence due to covert mission involvement) he does not have a real vetrans ID either. If he is carrying one, it's fake. I'd love to know what name he has on it. Recently in Texas he has been going by the name Alex ( which I believe is actually the name of the guy at the Sky bar down in Florida where they put on a fund raiser for him under the false pretense that he was ex-special forces wounded in combat.)

Salt Life Vet:

Unfortunately I know this turd. He was a real black eye for the VFW post on Oak Island. Thank God he is no longer a part of it. Many of us knew he was a liar and fraud about many things, Nice to finally officially know the truth. He will soon have his VFW cred's revoked and the American legion has also dropped him from the rolls. Great work guys. Thank you for maintaining the honor and beauty of that wonderful head gear known as the Green Beret and the bravery and valor of the unique men who have the privilege of wearing it. Keep it up!


I saw this article and it made my blood boil. My dad wasn't a Green Beret, he was in the Air Force. He went to Vietnam 1964, 1971 and a smaller stint between the two tours. Those who go to war do not brag about what they did in the war. Those who flaunt their "accomplishments" are more likely than not, fake. I know of someone who tells everyone, including his sons and now grandkids, that he is a Green Beret that served in Vietnam and received medals. In 1972 (i eill need to verify the year), he joined the Reserves so to not be drafted for Vietnam. Can you guys help me find the truth?


I got on to this site because I know of this AKA Romero Antonio Noel person. I don't know the man personally but I know people who do. I just cant wrap my hands around this cause it does not make any sense to me. He has a veteran Id and goes to the VA clinic. I don't know just really confused on all of this stuff. if anyone can shed some light on this for me and others I would greatly appreciate it. thank you.


Disgusting!!! The law needs to be tweaked to make it a crime whereas simply wearing the insignia is punishable. I, regrettably, never had the honor os serving in our Armed Forces due to starting my career fresh out of high school. These stories, make me nauseous. Do NOT, under any circumstances, take away from the brave men and women the serve admirably and EARN the credentials that they acquire. Keep up the good work outing these frauds

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