The records show that he was in the Marines and served from November 1970 to September 1975. He was released from the inactive reserve on September 5th 1977. It appears that he was a Messman until he went AWOL and was declared a deserter. But, after he was apprehended by the FBI and spent some time in the brig, he became an AmTrac Crewman.
He has no listing for sniper school. The awards Perez has listed include National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Rifle Expert Badge. He is not showing a Combat Action Ribbon among his awards so it is very unlikely that he worked in long range patrols or motored his armored vehicle down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It appears that Johnny Angel Perez has no actual combat experience at all.
It looks as though he was with a Fleet Marine Force AmTrac unit that stayed off-shore in Vietnam in 1972-1973 earning him the Vietnam Service Medal, but there’s no other award that indicates participation n combat. He served when most of his generation wouldn’t, I guess he couldn’t just be proud of that.
Category: Phony soldiers