Leif “Bill” Arousell; phony Green Beret

| November 1, 2017 | 96 Comments

Our partners at Guardians of the Green Beret share with us their work on this fellow Leif Bill Arousell. As you can see in these pictures, Bill wants folks to believe that he was a special forces soldier in Vietnam.

The folks at Guardians called him and he told them that he never made that claim, that he was wearing someone else’s shirt. They also called his daughters and they replied that Bill had indeed made those claims. Here’s the phone call;

Bill Arousell, Green Beret… NOT!! from Guardians Of The Green Beret on Vimeo.

Of course, there’s a motorcycle vest involved. And a Ranger T-shirt;

He spent eight years on active duty, served in Germany and Vietnam, then he spent another ten years in the Guard and Reserves before he was discharged as a Specialist (E-4). He didn’t earn a Combat Infantryman Badge, he never attended the Basic Airborne Course, or any special forces training;

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™ says:


  2. Carlton G. Long says:

    “Specialist 4th Class” ??

    Was he the Specialist of the Army?

    • Dr. Crypto says:

      Not quite specialist of the Army, but that was, at one time, the correct title for Specialist E-4. At one time, IIRC, the specialist ranks went all the way up to E-9. IN the 70’s the Army converted all SP7, SP8 and SP9 to hard Stripes, SFC, MSG, and SgtMaj, leaving Sp4, Sp5 and SP6. ranks. In 1985, SP5 and SP6 were also converted over to hard stripes, leaving SP4 as the only specialist rank. I was a SP5 for a number of years, it was a good rank.

      • Ncat says:

        There were SP8’s and SP9’s only in theory. My understanding is that no soldiers actually wore that rank.

        • Dr. Crypto says:

          Ahh…another bit of lore/myth dispelled. I looked it up and they were “notional” and discarded about 1968. I did have an old retiree, many years ago, tell me that he had been a Sp8, his memory may have slipped. Thanks for the info!

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      The US Army used to have Specialist 5, 6 and 7 which were done away with and Spec 5 was done away with in 1985. When those ranks existed they were abbreviated as SP4, SP5 and on up.

      • jonp says:

        I was a Spec 4 in that timeframe. There were no Spec 5’s. You went from Private to PFC to Spec 4 then Sargent with Spec 4 being the Corporal. My understanding was that it was reserved for those with a specialty not directly in The Infantry/Combat MOS although we were Airborne and went where they did.

        I made Spec 4 in about 3 yrs and it was a time in grade thing where you just had to not fuck up to get it. Going from there to E5 followed the regular course.

        • Hondo says:

          API is correct, jonp. SP5s and SP6s existed until 1985. Any remaining SP5s and SP6s were mass-converted to “hardstripe” NCOs by DA in 1985.

          SP5s were most often found in Combat Support/Service Support branches prior to the mid-1980s. They weren’t very common in Combat Arms branches. SP6s were much less common, but still existed in the mid-1980s. I think most were “holdovers” who’d made SP6 in the 1970s, but who’d not been converted to SSG since making E6.

          SP7 went away in 1978. As I recall, those were most common in medical/dental and band specialties when they were done away with.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      That’s a pretty common mistake, even among Army personnel. To be accurate, it’s Specialist 4th Grade, since there are no other “classes” so that it needs a number. But, in ancient times, there were Specialist 5, Specialist 6, Specialist 7, all numbered by pay grade.

      Now, though, there’s only Specialist which is an E-4 rank. The other specialist ranks disappeared.

      • oldrmepilot says:

        Hmm, we just called them Speedy fours or Speedy fives, never saw a 6,7, 8 or 9 but there were no W-5 pilots during my time either.

        • Hondo says:

          W5 is a relatively recent thing, created in 1991. It was preceded in the Army in 1988 by the short-lived rank of MW4 – an odd rank that was pay grade W4, but required additional education and was technically senior to CW4. The paygrade W5 (and the rank of MWO, or Master Warrant Officer) wasn’t created until 1991. MWO has since been renamed CW5/Chief Warrant Officer 5.

          • jonp says:

            We had a W4 in our unit that was very smart and knew everything about the commo stuff. No-one ever knew quite what to make of him as he didn’t stand in formations, show up in PT or for anything that we knew of except go into the field with us as a technical expert. Seemed like the greatest job in the world to me.

    • Martinjmpr says:

      To make things even more confusing, when the Specialist grades were first introduced, there were ranks that had names like SP/3 (specialist 3rd class, equivalent to a corporal) up to Master Specialist which was at the top enlisted grade (E-7.)

      Though obviously this was way before this turd’s time in.


    • NormanS says:

      On 25 AUG 71, I was awarded the rank of Specialist, 4th Class (Sp4) while serving in the 561st MP Co. On 04 MAY 76, I was awarded the rank of Specialist, 5th Class (SP5) while serving in Co. B, 2-159 Infantry (CA-ARNG). As I recall, we had a Sp7 Mess Steward in Co. B, 2-159 Infantry. Old, outdated ranks.

  3. Graybeard says:

    Spoiling a perfectly honorable record with his lies. Pathetic.

    I’m wondering how he got a Vietnam Service Medal with one silver and three bronze stars. I’m sure someone will enlighten me.

    • Graybeard says:

      Looking at the Guardian’s stuff, the daughters realized they’ve been lied to by their father.

      One mentions a step-father – so I’m guessing that their mother realized she’d married a loser and cut her losses.

      Lief “Bill” Arousell: you are a scumbag who has lied to his own children to build up your own ego.

      I hereby nominate Lief “Bill” Arousell for the TAH WOI.

    • Hondo says:

      Those are campaign stars; 1 silver and 3 bronze means he was there during 8 recognized Vietnam War campaigns. Arrive in-country on the last day of the campaign, and you still get credit for that campaign.

      If he was in Vietnam during the 1967-1969 period, that’s indeed possible. There were 17 Vietnam campaigns, and some of them were pretty short.

      • Graybeard says:

        So, he could be a REMF in Saigon and get campaign stars for something going on at the DMZ.

        That imitates a shop vac.

        • David says:

          OK, I must not be smart enough to read right – where in his duty assignments does it show he was actually in Vietnam? At least later (in my era), APO was Euro and FPO was the Asian end of things – I see no mention of any actual Vietnamese or FPO assignment. What am I missing?

          • Ex-PH2 says:

            It says he was assigned to an Engineering Battaltion, among other things, but the Battalion is US-stateside based, so it doesn’t say where they went.
            His actual tours in Vietnam should be recorded in detail on the appropriate sheet in his personnel records, but won’t appear on the cover sheet that NPRC sends out.

            • Claw says:

              His Vietnam outfit (although not readily identifiable as such) was the B Company, 27th Engineers.

              27th Engineers fell under the 45th Engineers Group which was headquartered at Camp Eagle and worked all around the I Corps area supporting the 101st Airborne, 1st Bde, 5th Mech and whoever else needed dirt/mud pushed and shoved from one spot to another.

              Hence, the 101st patch on his right sleeve. As far as his MOS, I’m putting my money on him being a dump truck operator.

              • Perry Gaskill says:

                Nicely played, Claw. I wouldn’t have connected the OMG! Non-subdued! 101st patch to the 27th Engineers entry.

              • Mr. Pete says:

                However the 27th wasn’t assigned to the 101st, so he shouldn’t be wearing that divisional patch.

                He most likely wore an I Corp patch if the 45th didn’t have their own.

                • Hondo says:

                  Under today’s rules, yes. However, if they were formally attached to the 101st he might be authorized the 101st patch on that basis. Not sure if that was the case or not – or if the rules for combat patches were the same during Vietnam as they were today.

                • Perry Gaskill says:

                  If memory serves, I Corps didn’t have a patch because it wasn’t a military unit per se. It was used to designate geography. The formal name for the four “Corps” in Viet Nam was “Military Region” usually shortened to MR-I, II and so forth. Overall organizational control beyond division level would have normally been considered to be MAC-V.

                  • Combat Historian says:

                    Only the ARVN had a patch for I Corps/MR I. It was a black-fringed white circle with a Roman numeral “I”. The ARVN patches for II, II, and IV Corps were of the same design, except for the different roman numeral lettering…

                • Claw says:

                  Extracted from the 101st Airborne Vietnam Order of Battle:

                  Units on Temporary Assignment:

                  3/5 CAV
                  D Troop, 1/1 CAV
                  221st Medical Det, 44th Med Bde
                  39th Trans Bn, 1st Log Spt Cmd
                  27th Combat Engineer Bn, 45th Engineer Group (for a period of two years)

                • Claw says:

                  The 45th Engineer Group fell under the 18th Engineer Brigade.

                  The 18th patch was a diamond with a sword sticking up through a citadel/bastion.

          • Perry Gaskill says:

            David, if memory serves, the Army and Air Force used APO (Army/Air Force Post Office), and the Navy and Marines used FPO (Fleet Post Office). During Viet Nam, Army mail was typically routed through a stateside APO such as San Francisco followed by a number similar to a Zip code. A typical address might be something such as: Sgt. John Doe, B Co. 2nd Bn 99th Inf. Div., APO San Francisco 99999 or whatever. Use of such mail addresses seems also fairly common for that era’s DD-214s but was not always consistent.

            What seems to be the case with Arousell is that we can tell he was in RVN based on the awards on the first page of his DD-214, but we can’t tell where he was or what he was doing because the DD-214 second page with MOS and unit assignments is missing. Also, if you’ve got a time and a unit designation, you can usually figure out where somebody was in country.

            Feel free to tell me to shut up if you already know this stuff…

          • akpual says:

            I thought it was APO San Francisco, but my memory might be faulty. FPO being Navy

        • Hondo says:

          The campaigns were theater-wide, Graybeard. Anyone serving anywhere in theater during a campaign – even for one day – qualified for the campaign star corresponding to that campaign.

          It was no different for Gulf War I, Afghanistan, and Iraq. But there weren’t as many campaigns for those conflicts as there were in Vietnam.

          Expeditionary medals are handed differently. Expeditionary medals don’t use campaign stars per se; service stars there typically indicate a subsequent award, in most cases for a different operation entirely. I think the GWOTEM is the only exception – I believe it now uses stars to indicate a subsequent qualifying deployment vice subsequent award for a different operation. And I’m not completely sure about that.

          Hey, we’re talking DoD awards policy. It doesn’t have to make sense. (smile)

      • Skyjumper says:

        There indeed were 17 Vietnam campaigns, Hondo.

        For each campaign date time frame that you were in country for, you were awarded a “battle star”.

        Here is a link to a army.mil history page detailing all of the campaigns & dates of.


  4. AW1Ed says:

    Every other beanie-bearing member of the nautically challenged branch I’ve seen wears the flash over the left eye. He must be special.


  5. IDC SARC says:

    Is he a primordial dwarf or is that beret flash just fukking heeeyooooge?

  6. Combat Historian says:

    Doofus doesn’t know how to wear a beret; he’s wearing it Frenchy style. The guy is pathetic…

  7. Hondo says:

    Hmm. Total service of 17 y 3+mo (after accounting for breaks in service), then was discharged from the RC as an E4 in 1986. I’m guessing there’s a chance that discharge just might not have been voluntary.

  8. jedipsycho (Certified Space Shuttle Door Gunner) says:

    What an old turd, who smeared his own feces on his own record, which may not have been stellar, but at least it was real.

  9. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    He served at the time, but why didn’t he LEIF out the BS about being a Green Beret.

  10. AnotherPat says:

    Oh, no….He’s wearing the Screaming Eagles Patch..


  11. 1610desig says:

    And those sort of rolled up sleeves and that deadly combat shooting stance…this geriatric putz is so bad he’s actually good…like that movie “Plan Nine from Outer Space”

  12. AnotherPat says:


    I think he is a Registered Sex Offender from Indiana for child molesting!



    It’s got to be him. How many other Leif B. Arousells are there in the US?

    I also thought that if you are registered in one State and relocate, that you had to register in your new State…yet, I can’t find him registered in Florida.

    Did I get this wrong?

    • Brown Neck Gaitor says:

      It would appear that he might not be required to be registered in IN


      The violent offender law requiring registration and a registry of violent offenders is unconstitutionally retroactive under the Indiana Constitution as applied to violent offenders who committed their offenses in Indiana before the date the law went into effect, July 1, 2007, except insofar as the persons are required to register as a current condition of probation or parole.

      If you have been classified as violent offender as a result of committing the offense in Indiana prior to July 1, 2007, and you are not currently required to register as a condition of probation or parole, the Indiana Department of Correction has been ordered to remove your name and all information concerning you from the sex and violent offender registry, unless you are convicted of other offenses that allow you to be currently classified as a sex or violent offender.

    • verycoolmandave says:

      It’s possible he did his crime before it had to be recorded in the registry.

      Speaking of FL I know of a former coworker/classmate on the FL registry but no longer lives there. If he registered in FL at any point in his life, it appears he will always be in the registry there.

      He committed a sex crime towards a minor in NY. He left the state after prison and bounced around between FL and VA. He no longer lives in FL but still on the registry there, says that he moved back to VA.

      And yes he’s back in prison for who knows what.

  13. Skyjumper says:

    Leif Arousell?
    Shouldn’t that be “Leaf Arousal”?
    According to the Urban Dictionary, this is a person who becomes overly sexually aroused/stimulated by photoperiodism.

    Also, according to the 670-1, the CIB should take precedence and be worn above the jump wings, not below it on a duty uniform.


    Course, what can you expect from a dicked up old phart!

  14. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He holds a pistol like an Airsoft Commando wannabe!

  15. Mason says:

    ~18 years in, rockets all the way to Spec4, and gets drummed out before qualifying for a retirement?

    Real high drag, low speed kind of fella. Real spec ops shooting stance there, leaned up against the broadside of the barn.

  16. rgr769 says:

    Amazing display of uniform fucktardary there, Leif. I was going to lay it all out, but why tip off the next POSer douches out there. I think Leif may have some senility going on here; but then again, his family implies he has been rocking the GB lie for decades. He does check all the boxes except for a “service” dog. Is he living the dream in Floriduh like most of our “heroes?” If that is him in the Indiana link, he has a problem possessing firearms.

  17. FatCircles0311 says:

    What a shitfuck.

  18. HMCS(FMF) ret says:


  19. JACK SHIT says:

    Leif Bill Arousell DOES NOT know me.

  20. AnotherPat says:

    In one of his pictures, he is holding a bottle that appears to have amber contents.

    Based on some research, discovered he did have alcohol problems in the past.

    That may have been a factor in him being discharged as an E4/SPC. He wasn’t arrested and served time in jail/prison for child molestation until 1989, so don’t know if that had anything to do with his 1986 discharge:


    Perhaps as he got older, he felt ashamed of what he did in the past or did not want his family to know what happened, so he reinvented himself to be a “hero”, i.e. a Green Beret and moving to Florida, never realizing the truth would evidentually come out about him.

    I think he is denying all of this because he is scared, not because of arrogance or ego. He may be afraid of losing his family, his new reputation in Florida, his job, anything.

    Just theories.

  21. Old Trooper says:

    Wow. Don’t have much to say about this guy.

    Just wow.

    To his daughters: I’m sorry you had to grow up with all the bs stories.

    First clue he’s full of shit; the beret and the way it’s worn.

  22. Green Thumb says:

    Ain’t no phony like an old phony…..

  23. Old 1SG, US Army (retired) says:

    Why in the world would someone with a criminal record for child molestation go out of his way to bring attention to himself posing as something he is not?

    This guy is an idiot…

    BTW, his beret is flopped over in the wrong direction, even a REMF can see that.

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