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Tyler Thomas Latvala, Green Beret… NOT!!

Here we present Tyler Latvala.

Sometimes you ask yourself WTF? Why even expose someone so silly that it's obvious he was never a Green Beret. Well, often people that were never in the service, simply don't know what's correct and take most at face value. A few years ago we gave a guy a pass and a year later he was up to the same lie. No more passes.

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We received this email from Tyler's roommate:

My  room mate is claiming to be a Green Beret Special Forces. He is only 20 years old and conceal carries a gun, he says he can because he is on the Isis hit list.

His name is Tyler Thomas Latvala 

He graduated the Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 10/15/15

Basic Combat training 434th -Field artillery brigade

He claims he was stationed in San Antonio Texas.

E2 is on most of his paperwork we seen, although he wears Sergeant patches and claims he just got ranked up to sergeant last month. 

HE says he was deployed 12/28/17 to Afghanistan and came back on Sun. Jan.31, 2017 and was hit in head with a sledgehammer

HE says he was deployed 11/27/17 overseas and grenade went off by his head

HE says he was deployed 10/13/17 to Bolivia and was shot 3 times these missions only are for one or two days. Every time he comes home there isn't one single bruise or mark on him.

Then 11/24/17 he claims that his team was over in Afghanistan for a week but Tyler was approved not to go because I had just got in a car accident. I had a bunch of friends over for thanksgiving. In the middle of dinner I got a text from his Lieutenant ( Raines) claiming that they were getting shot at and that Tyler had to drive to our local base (Pax) and put in coordinates to fire a drone over there to where his Quick Reaction Force team was. 

He claims that he is on a special forces 1st group team. This is apparently a quick reaction force team. He is on a 4 man team. They are known as the broadsword. His caller ID is reaper122. His team consist of his Lieutenant Raines, Tyler (combat medic HIMSELF), Todd XXXXXX  (who he apparently goes to college of southern Maryland with), and the sniper who they call Silent. I have asked Tyler what "Silent" real name is and he said he doesn't know. 

Tyler said that I had to get a top security clearance in order for him to tell me certain information about missions, where he is going, and what he is doing. He had his "Lieutenant Raines" text me who I have never spoke on the phone with. Raines asked me questions that even Tyler would know. He said that nothing came up in my background except that I fought in high school and that I have a friend in Germany. All of which Tyler knew. Tyler said since I had nothing in my background that the NSA gave his Lieutenant permission to give me a security clearance, 

He claims that I am that I am the only one who knows about him being a green beret. Even his family and friends have no idea. He claims that he is a combat medic. After Medic school he went to school to be a green beret. He claims his family thought he was still in medic school so they don't know anything. Apparently a week into green beret training the command staff asked everyone who was a combat medic and Tyler Latvala raised his hand. So they sent him to Afghanistan and apparently he earned his green beret over in Afghanistan even though he never completed the training. He claims that while over in Afghanistan his whole platoon died and that Tyler was shot in the head with an ak47 that caused a tumor that causes seizures. He claims that he was shipped from Afghanistan to a base in Germany to have facial reconstruction surgery and recover and then from Germany they shipped him to Texas. He said that the army told his parents though that he got hurt in medic school because he was doing defense tactics and fell on a cinder block and that caused the tumor. 

Tyler is 20 years old and always conceal carries. We live in Maryland. You have to be 21 years old to own and possess a hand gun. I know Tyler owns at least two hand guns, and AR, Shot gun, and a world war 2 rifle. Tyler conceal carries a glock 19 everywhere he goes. The guns he owns don't even have serial numbers on them. 

Tyler apparently has to get me a security clearance to tell me information about missions. His family and friends don't even know he is a green beret but yet he has told all my friends he is a green beret. He has went in detail about certain missions, and when he is leaving for missions. I don't believe that you can go to countries like Bolivia and Afghanistan in a day. 

Tyler is on the GI Bill because he goes to our local community college. He gets veterans affairs and disability for his tumor. I have even seen X-ray scans of his tumor. I don't get how you can be on disability with the military and be active on a quick reaction force team. I know he gets money from veterans affairs because that is how he pays his half of rent because Tyler doesn't work. Tyler just so happens to ONLY go to training when I am working and is always back from training before I get home. He claims that before thanksgiving his team had to move President Trump from the White House down to North Carolina. Tyler claims to have killed at least 47 people and that is why he is on Isis Hit list.

His medals I have seen and Pins and awards he claims:

Purple Heart and Medal of Honor: never seen. He said that his ex fiancé had all his pins that she wouldn't give them back. Then one day she mailed them back and he gave the box to his uncle to put in his grandmother's safe. I asked Tyler if I could see the medals and he advised that he didn't know the combination to the safe.

I have seen his: Airborne pin, combat medic pin, special forces patch, and 10th mountain division patch. He even wears his sergeant patch on him now (even though every paper I see says he is an E2). He wears his green beret everywhere. My friend XXXXX even saw Tyler driving with it on his head one day. I looked inside his green beret for an id number but the only thing in it was a website called Jensen apparel. This website you can literally order berets off of. 

Sooo, we reached out to Tyler and he caved in a millisecond.  He sent us a letter of apology and sent all his fake crap back to the Green Beret Foundation (link here).

From Tyler Latvala, fake Green Beret:

Everyone,

I would just like to again, convey how truly sorry I am.

I was completely in the wrong and I believe that there is absolutely no excuse.

I am going to do my best to earn my respect back.

I do not believe I am a bad person, just someone who made a serious mistake for which I am prepared to face the consequences for, and do my best to make right.

Impersonation of a Green Beret is no joke, and at will not be tolerated again.

Inclosed in the package you will find the US Army Green Beret, two SF tabs and one set of Airborne tabs.

I do not deserve to have them in my possession. So I gave them to who I thought right.

He als included a hand written letter in the package sent back to the Green Beret Foundation.

Some of the screen shots that his friend sent to Tyler's roommate pretending to be Lt. Raines are comical.

Tyler Latvala, Fake Green Beret, you'll now be added to guardianofthegreenberet.com Hall of Fakes, Frauds, and Phonies

 

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LarryW:

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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loweboyz:

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

bosljeff:

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".

JMoff67:

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!

Chupacabra71:

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?

vet4life:

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.

Humbled:

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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