Billy Elvin Shelton; phony soldier

| May 5, 2010

I’m sure you’ve read the book “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10“, the story of Navy SEAL Marcus Lattrell and his fateful mission in Afghanistan in 2005. You might remember this passage from page 57 of the book;


Well, it adds a nice dimension to the story, but unfortunately, Billy Shelton had been lying to the Luttrell brothers – he’d never been in the Special Forces. According to records, Specialist Five Shelton was a truck driver and a general’s chauffeur at Fort Eustis, Virginia.




DOB: 461102



PMOS: 0064B2O

SMOS: 0064C2O

STOP: 700702

TAFMS: 033










Shelton has begun writing a book about his career, reportedly with a six-figure advance from the publisher. The book was supposed to be released the last week of January, but it seems to have hit a snag. Probably because the publisher found out that Shelton didn’t do three tours of Vietnam as a Special Forces operator

Shelton was in Vietnam from May 68 until Feb 69 according to his records;


As you can see, he was a truck driver while he was stationed in Vietnam, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it doesn’t give him the right to lie to teenagers. There was a single tour of Vietnam, not the three tours he’s bragged about.

Here are his awards and education;


No Special Operations training, no jump school, not even a CIB.

I wrote this particular phony soldier story months ago, but I’ve sat on it until now because it was not meant to embarrass anyone except Billy Shelton and to prevent his fake story from going any further than it has gone. In the event that anyone else gets the idea of helping Shelton make a buck on his deceit, this is will be on Google to prevent that check from clearing.

They never pretend to be cooks or clerks…or a truck driver.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Pineywoods NCO says:

    What small East Texas town is he supposedly from? I would like to pay our friend a visit.

  2. Wink says:

    “you fkn pos”

    Good screen name. It fits you perfectly.
    Were any of us in Vietnam? Yes.
    Billy Shelton has simply been exposed as a liar. I’m glad his family and friends know it.
    The fact that his family loves him or his neighbors forgive him is beside the point.

  3. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Yeah, we suck for telling the truth. Didja miss the part about making six figures for a book of fairy tales?

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    “They never pretend to be cooks or clerks….” No, not unless they’re Steven Seagal.

  5. Sparks says:

    @155 A question that always plagues me is your post. Why are they never admins, drivers, etc. who served in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or somewhere. They are always, SF, SEALS, Force Recon or some other made up crap. But hey, Steven Seagal was a DIA, CIA, SEAL, SF Airborne Ranger extraordinaire. I wonder with all the secret squirrel stuff Seagal has alluded to why we haven’t looked into his records? Nothing says secret squirrel like an overweight, pony tail, ninja.

  6. Sparks says:

    Question, if Shelton runs afoul of the new Stolen Valor Act, does he get to keep all his book proceeds? He should, if he had an decency donate them to the Wounded Warriors project.

  7. raul duke says:

    If Marcus is defending this shit bird, i am tossing my copy of Lone Survivor in the camp fire.

  8. Texas says:

    Jonn Lilyea, you’re still around, I thought you just had a few months to live……so you said to a group of people who you said you would like to help with wounded warriors before you left this earth several years back ….. or was that a lie like a lot of the bullshit you think you know! Corma buddy….it will come back to you! I texted Morgan Luttrell about you and he said he didn’t know you, oh and Billy Shelton was at his place in Virginia helping him work on his new spa.
    You guys need to get a life. I just sit back and laugh because ya’ll are a bunch of infidels, you would not even know how to find out the truth if you had to, you just want to hear each others bullshit.
    Oh, and Jonn what are you doing (besides this internet bullshit) to help out mankind.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      Yeah, I’ve never said I “had a few months to live”. There was the time I made the comment in jest to one person and he spread the rumor to our small circle, so I guess I know who you are now. For every comment like your’s, Texas, I get a slew more complimenting the work we do here. Like I said in the post, this is about Billy Shelton, not about the Luttrell brothers, and it’s for all of those Vietnam veterans who went and did their jobs and didn’t come home and make up stories about their tours.

  9. Hondo says:

    I guess it must just be a coincidence that Intellius says a “Billy Elvin Shelton” lives in the same town from which “Texas” made comment 159 above.

    By the way: it’s spelled “karma”, dipstick – not “corma”.

  10. NHSparky says:

    I’m an infidel now? Shit, and right after I burned my dishdasha.

  11. A Proud Infidel says:

    @159, HEY, BULLSHIT, I’M THE INFIDEL, and a proud one at that, you numbnutted little snot-brained doucheweasel!! DAMMIT, BOY, do you try to be stupid, or does it come to you naturally after all those years of glue and paint-sniffing?

  12. Green Thumb says:


  13. Ex-PH2 says:

    Hey, you guys do NOT have the right to steal my thunder! I AM the infidel. I call bullshit on all other claims.

    OH, yeah, down there in Texas — enjoy the tornadoes. Maybe we’ll get lucky and one of them will suck your ass right into the sky.

    That oughta hurt.

  14. Nik says:

    Fuck yah, I’m an infidel. I’m thinking about putting up a billboard.

  15. Ex-PH2 says:

    Wait — did I just say that? Dang!!! A moment’s lapse on my part.

  16. Hondo says:

    Hell, NHSparky – by definition I’ve been an “infidel” all my life. The tool “Texas” above is just a bit late in figuring that out.

    Perhaps age is taking it’s toll on his mind. Some people start to “lose it” earlier than others. And Shelton would be in his 60s now.

  17. Pineywoods NCO says:


    Again, I ask, where is that small town??

  18. Pineywoods NCO says:

    And 159

    We who are good and honorable here in East Texas do not sniff the turd powder. Did you make your own special brand and proceed to sniff it all the way up and down to your toes?


  19. A Proud Infidel says:

    Shuuhhh! Infidel has been part of MY screen name on Disqus AND here, I’ve been using it since I was in A-stan, so *NNNYYYEEHHHHHHHHHHUUUHHH!*

    OH, and Billy Elvin Shelton is a stupid, numbnutted douche-sniffing snotweasel, he’s the same caliber of slime as Phillip Dale Monkress and Paul Wickre (A TRIPLE!).

  20. Ex-PH2 says:

    Is that anywhere near Amarillo?

  21. Pineywoods NCO says:

    I want to know where he is, Ex-PH2, but to answer your question, I suspect not….probably closer to me.

  22. Ex-PH2 says:

    Hmmm… small town, Texas (big country)

    Then I would guess over in the Texarkana?

  23. Pineywoods NCO says:

    I tried to do a search on him, and came up about 3 hours southwest of where I am at.

    Not in immediate range, but within striking distance of someone else.

  24. Nothing like digging up old bones and upping the chance that google hits will lead people to this blog.
    Back to the main subject. I find it hard to believe that Shelton could have had much more affect on “training” a 14 year old to be “special operations” than a good high school football or wrestling coach.

  25. Valkyrie says:

    @156- Hey, Hey!!! Back off Steven!! He’s not over weight he’s on steroids and they can sometimes cause water weight gain. That’s what the Impaler said.

    As far as the pony tail he has to keep the back of it in a rubber band since it’s running away from his face and top of his head. He’s such a badass he scares his own hair away!

  26. Nik says:

    He’s such a badass he scares his own hair away!

    Either that, or he’s such a bald-faced liar his very folicles are embarassed to be associated with him and would rather regroup around his asshole than to be seen associated with him.

  27. Valkyrie says:

    To all of Billy’s friends and supporters: You’re the ones hurting him the most. Every time this post dies y’all are the ones reviving it. If you would quit trying to defend the indefensible then this post would go by the wayside and wouldn’t be a top hit on Google. So every time you try to come in here and defend him you’re actually hurting him by digging up old dirt that should have been buried in the anals of Google years ago.
    (yes, I meant to say anals)

  28. teddy996 says:

    @159- Jonn has done more for the community than that cock-sucking fraudster Billy Shelton ever has. Exposing fraud in the system is more of a benefit to the military community as a whole than lying for book deals and calling yourself a badass to get local high school boys to look up to you. You see, Jonn’s efforts benefit us all. Billy’s efforts serve only to fuel some fantasy bullshit he has going on in his head.

    Also, I have no fear of corma coming back to get me, because corma is not even a word, you half wit cunt. Call me an infidel as well, because I don’t believe your bullshit either.

  29. AtDrum says:

    It was a ghost written book. Written by a guy who wrote a lot of fiction about SEALS, and interviewed the guy it was about. I think I read it. It had a scene where the took a vote to shoot civilians or something. No way in hell that would have ever happened.