Louis Eugene Godfrey; phony Green Beret

| April 29, 2017

Our friends at Green Beret Poser Patrol send us their work on this fellow, Louis Eugene Godfrey of Rhome, Texas. I’ll let them tell the story;

We would like to present Louis Eugene Godfrey as one of our latest cases. We were sent a photo of Godfrey wearing a Special Forces baseball cap and a leather vest adorned with a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Purple Heart Medal, and the Army Basic Parachutist Badge. Godfrey resides in a small town, Rhome, Texas where he has been embroiled in local politics. He served on the City Council and was elected Mayor in May 2014 and resigned at the end of October 2014. His wife served as the City Secretary and resigned on October 28, 2014. In our research of Godfrey, we learned just how crazy politics in Rhome Texas can be. Whatever! We are not concerned with small town politics, we merely want to determine if Godfrey ever served in the US Army Special Forces.

So per our standard operating procedures, we put Godfrey’s name out to a group of fully verified Special Forces soldiers, who represent the breadth and width of the Regiment, from those warriors of the Vietnam Era right up to those serving today in the Active Duty and National Guard Special Forces Groups. The Special Forces community is quite small in comparison to the regular Army and pretty much, if you have served in the Regiment someone will remember you. You must realize that the basis of all Special Forces is the Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha, known as the “A Team” and consists of twelve individual SF soldiers who spend more time with each other than with their families. It s a true brotherhood. You will never forget the teams you served on or the men you served with, so we threw out Godfrey’s name and no one had ever heard of hm.

So our next step is to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for military records of the individual concerned to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). After about six weeks, we received Godfrey’s records. It seems as if Posers fall into two broad groups, those who never served and those who actually served in the military in some fashion who feel the need to embellish their military feats.

Well, Godfrey falls into the latter group. Unfortunately, his military record does not reflect that he ever attended and completed basic airborne training which is conducted at Fort Benning, GA nor the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, NC. There is no award of either the Purple Heart Medal, awarded for a combat wound, nor the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Mr. Godfrey did serve in both the United States Marine Corps April 26, 1981 – December 31, 1987 (Active Duty dates September 23, 1981 – December 31, 1987) and the United States Army May 23, 1989 – January 3, 1992 (Active Duty dates June 8, 1989 – January 3, 1992). His record reflects he was discharged January 3, 1992 at the rank of Sergeant.

His record indicates his military education included:
Defensive Driving Course, Machine Gun Course, Individual Protective Measures, Calling and Adjusting Supporting Arms Course, Infantry Small Unit Defensive Operations, Cold Weather Operations, Standard First Aid Training, Terrorism and Counteraction for Marines Course.

His decorations and awards included:
Meritorious Mast, Good Conduct Medal w/ star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 2d award, Expert Badge with pistol and rifle bar, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 bronze stars.

Notable here is that there is no award of the Purple Heart for a combat wound, nor a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, no Special Forces Qualification Course, no Special Forces assignments, not even attendance at he basic airborne training.

His record does not reflect any overseas deployment in either the USMC or the US Army. It does not reflect any combat service.

His USMC chronological military records:

Assigned 2d RT BN RTR Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island SC with primary duty as a Recruit 810924-811215

HQSVCCO INFTRNSCOL Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune, NC as a student (0300) 820104-811216

2d BN 4th MAR 2d MARDIV FMF Camp LeJeune NC primary duty as a machine gunner (0331) 820128-841214

3d BN 2 MAR 2d MARDIV FMF Camp LeJeune NC primary duty as a machine gunner (0331) 841214-851019 with reenlistment 850831

MARBKS USNB NOR VA primary duty as a Guard (8151) 851019-871231 discharged 871231

His US Army Current and Previous Assignments:

Lists some USMC Reserve time prior to his enlistment on 810924:
USMC 770508-810923 (3 yrs 11 months 8 days ADT) (5 months 7 days INACT) AD: 810923-871231 6 yrs 3 months 9 days E5 0331
USMC-11 881010-890522 (1 year 4 months 21 days NO AD
USA Delayed Entry Program 890523-890607 14 days SVC NO AD

890608 Enlistment at Albany MEPS
890609-890620 Casual duty enroute to Fort Campbell KY
890620-900717 Duty MOSC 11B10 INFANTRYMAN Co C and Co A 2/502d INF FT CAMPBELL KY

We attempted to call Godfrey but were not able to make contact. However we did make contact through Facebook Messenger. The conversation went as follows:

John Miller: Louis, were you in Special Forces? I am a retired Special Forces soldier and we have a closed Special Forces Group on Facebook. We have over 4700 members. Just a place to renew contacts and swap stories. We try to reach out to all SF vets. Are you interested?

Louis Godfrey: Big thumbs up

John Miller: I have to get some info to get you in. What Group and ODA did you serve on?

Louis Godfrey: I appreciate the offer to join. But I prefer to stay to myself for now. I have put so much behind me and I prefer to keep it that way. Thank you for reaching out to me, and the consideration to join your group.

John Miller: sends picture in his SF swag. Ok. BTW I was sent this photo of you. That is why I asked you about being SF.

Louis Godfrey: Who sent you the photo?

John Miller: It was anonymous sent to our group Green Beret Posers Exposed. If that is you, you are sporting a lot of unearned hardware. We sent a FOIA request to NPRC and we got your military records. No combat. No Purple Heart. No CIB. No SF.

At this point Godfrey refused any further messages. His Facebook page is gone. Too bad as he had just updated his profile picture to one with a green background with the SF Crest centered withe the word Green above the Crest and Berets below the Crest.

His wife, Ramah Burns still has her Facebook up. [Actually, she took her FB account down, too]

It still has the photo of Godfrey in his SF swag on her photos.

We sent her the following message:

Mrs. Burns, my name is John Miller. I was talking to your husband earlier about his military service in Special Forces. I would really like to finish our discussion. Please ask him to call me on Friday. My number is (910)745-7312. Thank you.

Well so far only crickets from Rhome Texas.

We also sent the following email to the local newspaper, the Wise County Messanger:

I am a retired US Army Officer and I served in Special Forces, often referred to as the Green Berets. I now work with a group of about 4700 Special Forces veterans to identify those who falsely claim to have served in our Regiment.

About six weeks ago we were sent the name of Louis Eugene Godfrey as a person who had made claims of serving in the Army Special Forces.

After obtaining the required information on Mr. Godfrey, we requested his military records under the auspices of the Freedom of Information Act from the National Personnel Records Center. I received his military records today.

The only claim of Special Forces I have found are in this photograph of Mr. Godfrey.

In the photo he is wearing a Special Forces baseball hat. On the right side of his vest he is wearing the insignia of the 5th Special Forces Group. On the left side of his vest, he is wearing a Purple Heart Medal, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, novice parachutist badge.

Unfortunately, his military record does not reflect that he ever attended and completed basic airborne training which is conducted at Fort Benning, GA nor the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, NC. There is no award of either the Purple Heart Medal, awarded for a combat wound, nor the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Mr. Godfrey did serve in both the United States Marine Corps April 26, 1981 – December 31, 1987 (Active Duty dates September 23, 1981 – December 31, 1987) and the United States Army May 23, 1989 – January 3, 1992 (Active Duty dates June 8, 1989 – January 3, 1992.).

His record does not reflect any overseas deployment in either the USMC or the US Army. It does not reflect any combat service.

I would add that it appears that Godfrey did serve in Desert Storm because he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars, but it also appears that he didn’t engage in combat operations as an infantryman because he didn’t earn the CIB.

Category: Phony soldiers

Comments (36)

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  1. OldManchu says:

    And OF COURSE he is standing behind a microphone talking shit. When he should really have a dick up to his face instead. Cocksucker.

  2. Hondo says:

    Hmm. I’d love to know the “backstory” concerning this LSoS’s discharge from the Army in early Jan 1992 with just under 2 yr 7 mo of active duty. His unit returned to Campbell from DS/DS in March 1991, so I don’t think the odd amount of service was due to “Stop Loss”.

  3. IDC SARC says:

    butt nugget

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    This is where the disconnect sticks out like a sore thumb. He did have a perfectly good service record, and he has to trash it.

    I do not understand this, or what drives the need to make a public fool of oneself, but I see it all the time here on TAH. If it’s anything more complicated than a weak ego, someone please be kind enough to let me know. Thanks.

    • Twist says:

      I don’t understand why people with perfectly good service records shit all over them. I’m just a regular grunt who earned his CIB and is proud of that. While I am proud of that, the thing I’m most proud of is my 2nd Iraq deployment where I deployed as a PSG with 36 Soldiers and re-deployed with 36 Soldiers standing upright. I have no valor awards, and you know what, I’m perfectly ok with that.

    • OldManchu says:

      It’s the Brian Culp syndrome. Perfectly honorable service record. Desert Storm veteran with CIB via 3/502nd infantry (101st).

      But no…. he has to be a black hawk down Purple Heart Ranger and ride as the grand Marshall in a parade on Veterans Day. Along with speech and all.

    • rgr769 says:

      I think what causes it is some form of narcissistic personality disorder. Bullshitters abound, but our category of posers take it to another level.
      We all have a little of it. A friend who spent four years in the Navy from 1964-1968 likes to tell people he “went to war” for four years, but his “war” experience was limited to two Westpac floats on an attack cargo ship (AKA) that delivered some bombs and marines to RVN, where his time on the beach was limited to getting so drunk he had to crawl back to the ship. Although, we have to admit he spent more time on the beach in RVN than Jimmy Janos.

      • rgr1480 says:

        …Although, we have to admit [my friend] spent more time on the beach in RVN than Jimmy Janos….

        Spew alert, puh-leeeze!


  5. 2banana says:

    Why are all these posers so fat?

    How come no triathlon posers ever pop up?

    At least they would look more the part.

    No every retired SOF NCO and officer goes to the battle of the Golden Corral…

    • IDC SARC says:

      mmmmmmmm…Golden Corral breakfast buffet.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        A Breakfast Buffet Raider?

        • IDC SARC says:


          When both my snot lickers were still living at home we made the Golden Corral breakfast buffet a Sunday morning tradition.

          I haven’t been to one in years and recently noticed the one on Ramsey Rd in Fayettenam has gone out of business.

      • Mick says:

        The Golden Corral Chocolate Fountain.

        Poser consumption of vast quantities of its copious bounty is mandated by the Official TAH Stolen Valor Poser SOP.

    • Sparks says:

      Real SF members, SEAL members and others seem to keep their general physical shape their whole life, in my experience of them. Most of these turd posers are bustin’ a gut, literally and figuratively to get their name out there as being “in da shit”, when they were really just in the military and it wasn’t good enough for their little egos. But I guess, why be a poser if you’re not going to tell the whole world about it. That is until they’re caught, then it’s, “I don’t like talking about those times, bad memories”.

      Shit stain.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      I wonder if he knows “the Round Ranger” and his jump buddy “Will Chamberlain”?

      Dude is another Krispe Kreme Kommando…

  6. Green Thumb says:

    Special Turd.

    • HMC Ret says:

      Problems in Mayberry. Small town politics where everyone knows everyone and location of skeletons.

  7. FatCircles0311 says:

    If he has two sea service deployment ribbons that is a deployment. But yeah this guy is a scumbag.

  8. 26Limabeans says:


  9. JimV says:

    Where is the retard’s service dog?

  10. Cpl/Major Mike says:

    Another fuckstick.

  11. RGR 4-78 says:

    While Rhome burns, Louis Eugene Godfrey fiddles with his bilker vest.

  12. HMC Ret says:

    Isn’t that a POW Patch? If it is, I say he’s legit. Buuuut, no tats, mutt or Harley.

    It’s a tossup. Could go either way.

    • Mick says:

      It would also be a clincher if he had:

      – Doo-rag

      – Pony-tail

      – Raging case of The PTSD

      – Stupid-ass looking pair of white-framed, mirror lens, wrap-around sunglasses (worn indoors at all times, of course)

    • IDC SARC says:

      A lot of folks display the POW patch, sticker, license plate, flag, etc. as an honorarium, not to imply they were themselves POWs.

      I don’t display it in any way myself, but if you walk around on Bragg, you’ll see it displayed with regularity.

      • Mick says:

        Concur, Doc.

        I’ve got a retired Force Recon buddy who displays the POW sticker on the rear window of his truck, right next to his USMC, jump wings, and scuba bubble stickers.

        As you said, he does it as an honorarium, not to imply that he was ever a POW.

  13. Claw says:

    Kinda tough to be a Green Beret poser when your initials are L.E.G.


  14. Non Cedo Ferio says:

    I have a ballcap sorta like the one he’s sporting. But it was a gift from some great men I had the honor of supporting. But I never claimed to be part of the brotherhood like this clown. It’s a shame really that posers feel the need to be seen and stroke their ego. While folks like Edward R Lesesne. My aunts ex husband. 5th SFG , Macv Sog Vietnam. 2 time Silver Star recipient. Died recently. And yet because he led a low key life in Panama. Got little attention . I’m sorry for the rant but I’ve had my fill of phonies. End of rant

  15. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Cripes. Those guys must be getting paid by the word.

  16. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Yrt another embellishing shitstick of a booger-eating Fuck Apple Sparkle pony who had NO need to embellish in the first damned place.

  17. Jay says:

    Fuck….this guy has my last name but I swear we aren’t related!

  18. Michael T. Ford says:

    I understand why we get a little pissed off about the these guys (poser) but what is the point? We have had shitbags like since the beginning of warfare. I guess I’m not sure why we have to waste breath over these idiots. I do worry sometimes that maybe we take it too far and that is not to say they don’t need to be exposed because I believe they should but what happens to some of the Stolen Valor websites that get their shit wrong and attack someone who is doing nothing wrong. Hell I’ve been accused of being a poser for which I am not. I am a combat veteran and I have a CIB but was accused of something that the accuser thought I was lying about. The problem with this guy was that he didn’t know his own shit for which I did. Oh yeah he had a CIB but what set the guy off to report me to stolen valor, I don’t have a fucking clue. I don’t have a problem with someone looking into my records but accusing me of being a poser went a little too far as at the time I was dealing with the loss of my infant daughter. I have worked with SF (7th group) in training with El Salvadorian Forces but that was all. I was even asked if I would be interested in X ray program but I declined because I was happy where I was. All I want to know is what happens when the shit goes to far to expose these posers?

  19. Spencer Waldron says:

    I would give my take on Michael Ford’s comment about why we should care about revealing the truth about these folks. I spent years in the army, always combat arms, but never saw any combat, and am always quick to point that out. Just luck of the draw I guess. Did get the EIB and a few other things, but still. Anyway, it really gripes me, who didn’t see combat, to hear someone telling grand war stories when he is no better, or even less, than I. And I have run into several, believe me. If I must be content with my simple but honorable service then those who did no more should stay with theirs.