Oscar Wilson, phony Ranger

| February 20, 2016

Oscar Wilson

The folks at Military Phonies sent us their work on this Oscar Wilson fellow. They wrote about him in May, but they were waiting for his Army FOIA. I decided that I’d wait until the FOIA came back. He is legitimately a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for his participation there with 1/9th Marines from June 1969 – June 1970. But somewhere along the line, he decided that wasn’t enough, and he became a Force Recon Marine;

Oscar Wilson Claims

Oscar Wilson Assignments1

Oscar Wilson Assignments2

Oscar Wilson FOIA

Wilson claimed two tours of Vietnam, but I only see the one, after which he was stationed at the Marine Barracks in Bremerton, Washington with a series of prestigious jobs, none of which were as a Force Recon Marine. He was discharged as a Corporal, not as a staff sergeant like he claims now.

He also had to make the claim that when he reenlisted and went into the Army that he was a Ranger in Bad Tolz, West Germany;

Oscar Wilson Claims2

Oscar Wilson Army Assignments

Oscar Wilson Army FOIA

Of course, there were no Rangers at Bad Tolz (the home of the 10th Special Forces Group at that time), he was a mortarman with the 1/39th Infantry of the 8th Infantry Division – a fine unit, and there was no shame in serving with them, but they weren’t Rangers. When he finished his time in Germany, he went to Fort Hood, Texas and did time in the 2nd Armored Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. He was discharged as a sergeant E-5. The National Personnel Records Center saw no Purple Heart;

Oscar Wilson Awards Final

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  1. IDC SARC says:

    Well, at least he’s not on the rolls at the 3rd Recon Association.

  2. Just An Old Dog says:

    What the fuck? He was in Charlie 1/9.. The fucking Walking Dead… one of the most bad ass units in the Corps,,, they saw plenty of shit.
    Thats a unit Marines would give their fucking left nut to say they were in.
    A grunt in C 1/9 during that time saw just as much or even more shit than Recon..
    Talk about uneeded embelishments!!1

    • 1AirCav69 says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      • 2/17 Air Cav says:

        Well, here’s the thing. He and others like him don’t pad their shit for us: they do it for the largely ignorant public. That is, Special Forces, Rangers, Purple Hearts–these things most everyone recognizes and regards with respect, awe, and–for the Purple Heart–some degree of sympathy. In other words, this stuff sells. It ain’t too tough to figure in cases like this one. They want the attention and the ‘golly-gees’ that being a plain old Marine at war just doesn’t provide. Or so they think, anyway.

        • Sorensen25 says:

          With the SOF worship going on these days, it sounds cooler to say “I was SOF” rather than “I was in this legendary unit that most civilians probably don’t know about unless they were in themselves.”

          • NECCSEABEECPO says:

            You hit on the head, This how I see it in the 70’s being a Marine was cool because of Nam so everyone was a Marine. 80’s and early 90’s it was The ranger thing. Ealey 2000’s the SOF thing and now Mid 2000’s it’s SEAL worship. So that’s ant everyone’s mind so if you can’t lay claim to SEAL next best thing is anything SOF.

            • Cpl/Major Mike says:

              To the best of my recollection being in any branch of the military was not seen as real cool in the 70’s unless you were
              hanging out with
              other veterans,
              and not always
              seen as all that cool then. The 70’s was probably one of the most fucked up decades in our countries history. I was jyst a dumb Grunt and have always been proud of the fact although it was not always something folks wanted to talk about, that was ok because I could not explain it to them anyway.

              • NECCSEABEECPO says:

                I get what your saying and what meant was around the Military because for some reason I think that’s were it starts in the bars and VFW, Legion and other type clubs. I know what you are saying I was a Military brat back then and know what my dad and his buddies went through. I joined the Navy in 89 and we were taught respect for all Marines especially Nam ones. I grew up around the Military and my dad was always around the Joint Military basses and Marines were the ones everyone wanted to be. That is all I am saying. I lived it my hole life for 21 years then joined the Navy for another 24 so that is how I see it..

        • 68W58 says:

          Yes-that’s exactly it and the funny thing is that not too long ago this blog and others exposed a different Marine, who also had a perfectly honorable career (I think as a signals guy), for lying about being in the 1/9 in Vietnam. So that guy was lying about what this guy legitimately did while this guy felt the need to embellish even that.

          • Eden says:

            SMH. . .

          • Hack Stone says:

            That would be Larry Guggle, who started his career with that lie, until it finally caught up to him when he was a 1st Sgt. Even though it cost him a rocker, he continued that lie years after retiring.

    • Animal says:

      A very good point. This guy had all the respect he could possibly have wanted from those whose opinion should’ve mattered more to him.

  3. Hayabusa says:

    This guy had an admirable service record, in both the Marines and Army. I guess for some people the truth is just never enough.

  4. IDC SARC says:

    I did send him a respectful message via FB. Maybe he’ll do the right thing.

  5. CAARNG 68W says:

    What. A. Way. To. Shit. On. What. Was. At. One. Point. Very. Honorable. Service.

  6. Thunderstixx says:

    With a great record like he has, there is no sense whatsoever in making up stories about his rank and such.
    It’s one thing to make up stories about combat engagements you were in but going on to embellishing rank is just not needed.
    He is already Certified Badass, he doesn’t need to embellish anything.
    I hope he sees this post and the comments on it and comes back to planet Earth.

  7. Brannan Massey says:

    This is such a shame. I would have nothing but respect and admiration for this man but now that he has lied about his experiences I can’t give him that.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Hmmm… a very good record and he had to pull a stupid stunt on himself? Aside from self esteem issues, what is his real problem?

  9. HMCS(FMF) ret. says:

    Served honorably as a Marine and a Soldier when people wouldn’t serve… but has to go all “Rice Paddy Daddy” with his Recon/Ranger stories. Time to give another “rump riding ranger” a TAH Hall of Shame “welcome” and make is name Internet famous.


  10. ocean12 says:

    My service is as follows; jet mech in the Navy, supply guy and jet mech in the Air Force reserves. No combat, just a guy doing his job.

    What drives these guys with outstanding service to embellish?

  11. IDC SARC says:

    Ironic that Wilson says this on FB:

    “Speaking of Stolen Valor, that Asswipe Sen.John Kerry got Some Balls, Fucking Office Pencil Pushing Limp Dick”

    • IDC SARC says:

      ..In that same exchange he reiterates being a Recon Marine, the “Hell” in training and 2 combat tours in Nam to another Marine.

  12. OldManchu says:

    But he does have that ranger roll pop going in in his cover. Is that not good enough to validate his claims? Lol.

    • IDC SARC says:

      lol…ask a real Ranger and take a few paces back immediately. Ya might wanna wear earplugs.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      “But he does have that ranger roll pop going in in his cover”

      Actually it looks like a picture of the Marine Sateen Cover. thats sort of how they were worn. Even today Marines wear the utility cover like that.
      We were taught to use a cover block to get the 5 point edge and we would use a boot band around the visor to shape it. Heavy starch and you could damn near knock someone out with it.

  13. A Proud Infidel®™ says:


  14. Claw says:

    Hmmm, a 12 years total active duty, Combat Arms MOS, Sergeant E-5 with only one Good Conduct Medal to his credit.

    I guess the “Up or Out” QMP system did have some good points after all.

  15. Jarhead says:

    In his personal bio at top of page, he was in too much of a hurry to brag about going into Force Recon. He forgot to mention that in those days, at least, upon graduation from boot camp EVERY SINGLE SWINGIN’ ____K went straight to two weeks of AIT…..regardless of MOS. Maybe he forgot and maybe it’s nothing….but with other distortions, one tends to wonder.

  16. B Woodman says:

    Ditto here. Commo puke, “you can talk about us, but you can’t talk without us.”
    Supported one of the more bad-ass units in Germany at the time, 2ACR out of Merrill Barracks, Neurnberg. It is enough, no need to embellish (except for small “war stories”).

  17. Mark Lauer says:

    I would give anything to have his real pedigree!
    And he goes and fucks it all by making shit up?

    What is WRONG with him?

  18. Club Manager says:

    I believe the 1/39th was at Schweinfurt along with the 2nd. Regardless, another respectable service record tarnished by bullshit.

    • Claw says:

      Nope, during that timeframe 1/39 INF was at H.D. Smith Barracks at Baumholder. I drove by their Battalion area at least once a week while on the parts runs for my outfit.

      The Second and Third Battalions of the 39th INF were with the 9th ID at Fort Lewis during that period of time.