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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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.


This is almost unbelievable. This guy wanted to be a Green Beret so bad he faked it to the grave. It must have been awesome to him to take on a persona. Feeling like a hero, getting recognition, and being treated like a hero in addition to fellowship with real warriors was too much to pass up. It must have felt good. I'm sure he could have joined the military. He just didn't think it was worth it. He could have everything without dropping a single iota of blood, sweat, or tears. I feel sorry for his family. This guy is to me obviously mentally ill. I guess he never thought he would hurt and shame his family to the extent he ended up doing so. To any potential fakers. Let this guy be a lesson to you. If you want what we have, just join the military. Don't do this to your family and friends.


I just want to thank Guardians of the Green Beret. I had no idea this problem was so widespread. These phonies do a great disservice to all us real Green Berets. Yes, I am a Green Beret. They give a false representation of who we are, what we are, and what we represent. These phonies are almost always criminal otherwise in my opinion. Good job Guardians of the Green Beret. People probably don't realize what it would be like for me to ever actually meet a phony Green Beret. Offensive is not the word. I don't think there is a word for all the things that would go through my mind.


is that white shirt even a thing? i never knew that

Johnny O:

Ol' "Sarge" here talking all kinds of crap and stuff after he was exposed...LOL

Johnny O:

It's really pathetic that people try to get away with this type of stuff. I spent 23 years in the Army and retired in 2006 and although would have loved to to be a part of a Special Forces or Ranger unit and go through all of the training, never did it. And it just amazes me the lengths that people will go through to embellish military service.

Jacob Martin:

Question: There's a photo of him with two "fatboys" wearing berets, are either of them actually SF? The one in the middle sure doesn't wear his beret correctly (might be an officer)! lol

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