Someone asked why are Special Forces guys so sensitive about the term Special Forces and people falsely claiming to be one and why we do this.
So here is our response.
We were sent Eddie Galang a while back after someone met him and he claimed to be a Ranger and Green Beret. We found those claims to be false, among other claims of his.
David Morris was sent to us by a number of people who have worked with or under him over the years. They said his stories seemed off... There's a reason why.
Jesse Lauderdale claimed to be a Green Beret with a CIB and Jump wings. He wasn't what he claimed.
We were sent Tim Evans a few weeks ago. What he claims and what the truth is, are at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Franco Webb claimed to be a Special Forces Medic (18D) while running for Mayor of Fayetteville NC. He wasn't even close.
Lance claimed Airborne Ranger Green Beret with a CIB who was shot in the shoulder in combat.
He never served in the military.
Steve Morales claimed to have been a Green Beret with a Purple Heart. It turns out he was reduced in rank twice and separated from the Army for exceeding the weight limit for his height.
This is an older article we transferred over from our Facebook forum.
Ron Fernandez, Green Beret, Lieutenant Colonel, 19th SFG(A), with a CIB? No
Never served in the military? Yes
Richard "Dick" Couty, aka Cooty Bug, pretended to be a Green Beret for over 40 years. He actually spent 24 months in the service as a Radio Repairmen. Never a Green Beret.
Derek Hamm the fake Green Beret was sent to us way back in 2017. It seems we can't keep up with these frauds as others come in while we're waiting for records. This one slipped through the cracks.
Butch Hansen told one of our investigators an excuse as to why he claimed to be a Green Beret and then told us a different excuse on the phone.
Joey Galindo claims Purple Heart and Bronze Star w/ a V device. Records say different...
Stephen "Grizz" Dukeman claimed to be a LTC with 2 Silver Stars, a CIB with a star, and 2 Purple Hearts... Not so fast.
Dana claimed he hurt his knees because of too many parachute jumps and couldn't run across the battlefield anymore. He wasn't even Airborne.
Man of God?
Wil Hamilton should practice "Thou shalt not bear false witness"
1000 jumps and 9 combat jumps. We knew immediately he was a fraud.
Having 46,000+ followers on Instagram and claiming to be a Green Beret, does NOT make you a Green Beret unless you've gone through the training.
Sandi Sturgeon claimed to Be a Special Forces Sniper to both people in Canada and the United States yet he said he never claimed to be a Green Beret. We're not sure he even knew what he was pretending to be.
13B Connon Crewman, yes.
Green Beret, NO!
Gunmaker with DoD Contacts Falsely Claims to be a Green Beret.
We had Greg Buck a while back and he slipped through the cracks. He should have kept quiet...
We were sent Ramón Montijo by some that knew him as a 1SG yet saw him wearing the rank of a Captain.
Nathan Ball was sent to us by multiple neighbors with emails of him claiming to be a Big Bad Green Beret. Records show a different story.
Dennis emailed us that he never claimed to be a Green Beret yet friends and family say different.
What are the chances a person sit down across the desk from a guy you’re trying to impress and potentially get a job from and you're BOTH Green Berets?
Or at least one of you are...
Roger Alan Case claims he was a "Werewolf Scout Sniper" working Covert Ops. Along with MAV-SOG in Vietnam.
Antoine E. Gomez claims Airborne Ranger, Special Forces, Black Ops... He wasn't even Airborne.
Nick George, 757 missions, shot 31 times, 2 Silver Stars, 6 Purple Hearts... All bogus
We were sent this fake Green Beret over 2 years ago. It might take a while, but we will get to you.
John Medlock had problem both in and out of the service.
Don Albares seems to like shiny awards he didn't earn as he wore many.
We're not sure when Rudi Gresham started living the lie but from a picture he shared, it looks like it dates pre '71
James Davison, the fake Green Beret created a fake profile to talk to himself and back up his lies on social media.
Jack Proulx, the fake Green Beret, doubled down on his lies when the Times-Chronicle did a follow-up article. Jack wasn't aware that we found his Ex-wife...
Jack Proulx said he went to Vietnam as a US Army Green Beret in 1971 and back in 1976, a year after Vietnam fell.
He also said he used a Barrett 50 Caliber Sniper rifle as a Special Forces Sniper. He should have done better research.
We are former and current Green Berets who find and investigate those who falsely claim to be a Green Beret. We will never out someone unless we are 100% certain via FOIA and Bragg.
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...
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
https://www.rudigresham.com, 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.
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.
You can tell just by looking at him that he is a shit bird.
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.
FRANCO K WEBB IS A GREEN BERET FRAUD
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.
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.
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.