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Sam Roland, Green Beret... NOT!!

Sam was sent to us by our friends at Gruntworks Facebook  


Check them out and their website at the link below the article

They saw Sam Roland, fake Green Beret running his pie hole in a thread they had. When they looked at his profile, they saw him wearing both Ranger and SF Tabs among other things, so they reached out to us. You should always be careful who you run you pie-hole to.

We shared his picture in SF Brothers (vetted SF forum w/ 5300 Long Tabs) and nobody knew him to be SFQ’d.

A brother did actually know him yet said he never knew him to be SF. He said he’d reach out back channel with brothers in 7th Group. He came back with “nobody knows him”

After we couldn’t find a soul that knew him and the issues with what he was wearing, we sent for his records.

Well, Sam claims to have earned:

CMB w/ Star = False

Master Blaster Wings = False. He did earn basic Airborne 

Military Free Fall Wings = False

Combat Diver Qualification Course Badge = False

Silver Star = False

Bronze Star (out of order) = False

Legion of Merit w/ V device = FalseV device on LOM is only awarded by Navy/USMC

Soldiers Medal w/ Oak Leaf = False

Purple Heart =False. Is that an Oak Leaf on there?

Air Medal = False

Joint Service Commendation Medal w/ V = False

Army Commendation Medal = False

Army Achievement Medal = Earned

Good Conduct Medal = False

National Defense Service Medal = Earned

Southwest Asia Service = False

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ arrowhead device = False

Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal = False

Army Service Ribbon = Earned

Kuwait Liberation Medal =False

Kuwaiti Liberation Medal in distress (Upside down) = False

Foreign Jump Wings We can’t Identify = False

German Armed Forces Badge for Weapons Proficiency Silver (German: Schützenschnur) = False (This award comes in Bronze, Silver and Gold. He wears silver. If you're going to lie, why not wear the gold and not the Silver? Go all out)

Ranger Tab = False

Special Forces Tab = False

3 rung ladder on his Marksmanship Badge? No SF guy would wear that.

Is that MP Brass on his collar? It's not crossed arrows.

He did earn: 

Expert Badge M-16

Expert Field medical Badge

Aircraft Crewman Badge

So, it looks like he was a 91B1F Medical Specialist with 4/17th CAV. Nothing at all wrong with that service and he should have been proud of that. He served, most don't. 

Sam Roland, you'll now be added to Guardians of the Green Beret Hall of Fakes, Frauds, and Phonies.


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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.


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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