A veteran identified only as Ryan, a former member of Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division, called out a man wearing the uniform and claiming he was a member of the unit in the Oxford Valley Mall in Langehorn, Pennsylvania on Black Friday.
When asked some basic questions that any real ranger would know the answers to, the man was unable to answer. Ryan asked him about his three combat infantry badges which he initially said were for his three tours of duty in Afghanistan, a story which changed when told he that he could only get one for any single campaign no matter how many tours he served. He still got it wrong, saying one was for Afghanistan, the second for Iraq and the third for his next tour in Afghanistan.
When Ryan pointed out to him that his flag patch was in the wrong place on his sleeve, he casually said, “you got me on that one, bud” and moved it to its proper place, still insisting that he was a ranger, although he gave the wrong site for where he received his training, apparently unaware of where rangers are trained.
When the questioning became too uncomfortable the man pretended to receive a call from someone he first called staff sergeant, which is an address that he would not use since he claimed he was a staff sergeant himself. when he heard Ryan call him out on that, he suddenly referred to the person as sergeant major.
As he hurried away to “meet the sergeant major,” Ryan called loudly after him announcing to all the shoppers passing by that this was an example of “stolen valor at its finest.”
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