Leonard Wright; phony POW, phony Vietnam War veteran

| November 16, 2015

Len Wright

Someone sent us this guy, Leonard Wright, who founded Project Freedom Ranch. As you can see from the picture, he claims to have been a member of the 1st Cavalry Division. Here’s his bio from the organization’s website;

Len Wright bio1

Unfortunately, he has recently changed that bio before I could get a screen shot (but then Mary found one). It used to read like this;

POW Bio

Len has been a resident of West Palm Beach Florida for the past 30 years. He is currently retired; former owner of Executive Limousines of the Palm Beaches. Len was Educated at Moody Bible Institute, graduating 1961. He served in the US Army, 1962-1965. He was captured, & tortured for 11 days in Vietnam; prior to being rescued by the 3rd Div. Marine Corps. Len continued his education at Columbia International University, Columbia, SC. 1971, BA degree and then Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters Degree.1973. He is a cancer survivor. 20 year member of Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens and currently active in children’s ministry there. His love for others and desire to see healing of fellow soldiers has led him to making this dream a reality. The story of how this dream is coming into a reality is that of which movies are made… stay tuned!

He did serve in the Army from 1962-1965. He was a chaplain’s assistant in the 611th Aircraft Maintenance Battalion in the 11th Airborne Division when they were at Fort Benning, Georgia. That division reorganized and became the 1st Cavalry Division on June 29th, 1965 and deployed to Vietnam in August, but by that time, Ol’ Len here was in the 197th Infantry Brigade at their Headquarters Company, still at Fort Benning, GA, so he wasn’t in the 1st Cav Division, and he didn’t become a POW of the North Vietnamese and he wasn’t tortured for 11 days, except by the knowledge that he didn’t deploy with the 1st Cav. Len left the Army in October, 1965. His records;

Leonard Wright FOIA

Leonard Wright Assignments

Leonard Wright Awards

So, his bio doesn’t say that he’s a POW now, and I just want to keep it that way. He should have no problem with that.

Category: Phony soldiers

Comments (27)

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  1. Combat Historian says:

    Maybe what he really meant was that he was “captured” by a bunch of Marines after drunkenly insulting them in a bar, and then was “tortured” to sing the Marine Corps Hymn before they would “liberate” him…

  2. Hondo says:

    For completeness, the DPAA Vietnam POW Lists may be found at the following link:

    http://www.dpaa.mil/OurMissing/VietnamWar/VietnamWarPOWMIAList.aspx

    This j-hole isn’t on any of those lists. The only individual with the last name “Wright” to survive captivity in Vietnam and return alive was Buddy Wright – who indeed escaped from captivity after being held 15 days in South Vietnam. But that happened in 1968 – or about 3 years after this LSoS left active duty.

    Screw this old bastard.

  3. sj says:

    Florida. Yet again.

    You’re on a Monday roll, Jonn!

    • Green Thumb says:

      Word.

      And yet another one. And it is still early.

      I imagne that All-Points Logistics may need a chaplain….

  4. Bobo says:

    I guess that the mail man dropped off a bunch of your FOIA requests on Saturday.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      I’ve been sitting on them since Thursday night. I have some more that didn’t make the cut.

      • sj says:

        Curious: what defines the cut? Guessing err on the side of caution that they might be legit?

        • Jonn Lilyea says:

          I have to prove to myself that they intentionally lied about their service.

          • Hack Stone says:

            It’s best to leave a bit of a gap between the poser releases. This gives us the opportunity to give each individual the recognition they want and deserve.

            • HMCS (FMF) ret. says:

              Hack, was that TAH sekrit skwirrl code for “giving them the love and honor that they deserve”?

              I didn’t think you were one of those “sensitive, New Age guys” that I’ve read about…

              ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Skippy says:

    I knew there was a Floridian around here somewhere.. flush a good service record down the toilet,
    times two today.. ๐Ÿ™ WTF is wrong !!!!!!!
    you served that’s more then 95 percent of the population we’ll ever do…

  6. HMCS (FMF) ret. says:

    The dude looks like he could slurp himself down some Cream of Sum Yung Guy soup… probably learned to love it while a “POW”.

  7. rgr1480 says:

    …Olโ€™ Len here was in the 197th Infantry Brigade at their Headquarters Company, still at Fort Benning, GA

    AKA-1:
    The Dollar Ninety-Seven

    AKA-2:
    The Three-Cents Change

    Always loved that nick-name. Thanks for the smile.

    • CLAW says:

      I spent a little time in the 197th back in 1974.

      HHC, 3/7 Inf on Kelly Hill. My older brother was just across the street in the 547th Med Company. We shared an apartment over in Phenix City and went to the Eastern Alabama Motor Speedway and threw beer bottles at the stock car drivers on Saturday nights.

      Good times.

  8. A Proud Infidelยฎโ„ข says:

    An SP5 Chaplain’s Assistant, how stellar!

    • CLAW says:

      And you know those Chaplain’s Assistants would NEVER, EVER lie about anything.

      I’m sure his Padres are real proud of him.

      But he did lie, so no TS Slip is authorized.

  9. Bernie Hackett says:

    Aw, man! I was all ready to tell folks at the Golden Corral that Santa was with the Cav. This is depressing. Agonizing reappraisal.
    And he was with the god squad, to boot.
    Musta backslid.

  10. 19D2OR4 - Smitty says:

    No real Cav Trooper would wear that dime store knock off of a Stetson.

  11. Squizzy >T. says:

    The number of P.O.W, is even starting to worry the North Vietnams. They didn’t know how many secret camps they had or how many P.O.W’s were in them. Poor Administration on their part. Getting fed up with these Bull Shit Spreaders. They should do real time for their lies.