10/02/2013 by militaryphonies
Phoney Force Recon – Marine Sniper – SEAL
There was an “incident” in Sturgis SD last month involving my best friend, and a self proclaimed Force Recon, Marine Sniper, and Navy SEAL whose name isJames Richard Lyons, but goes by Richard.. Lyons is the truck driver that hauls “The Wall That Heals” around the country..My friend, John Devitt, built “The Moving Wall” in 1984 and has literally carried it all over the world.. I believe that “The Wall That Heals” wasn’t built until some time in the late 1990’s.. John had been on the road for many years prior to TWTH even getting started.. I am honored that I was the very first person to have the inaugural set up in my hometown back in October of 1984..
Lyons pulled his rig in front of The Moving Wall which had already been set up for viewing.. That alone is a no-no.. John asked Lyons what the hell was he doing parking his rig in front of The Wall.. Lyons pushed John off of the running board of his truck and came out swinging a Ka Bar.. My thought was why would a Force Recon – SEAL pull a Ka Bar on an Army dude..? Me and John were both in the Cav.
John knew he had to end this quickly before he was hurt or killed, so John just poked him in the eyes.. End of fight..
Now, to the subject of Lyons military.. Myself and a few others decided to find out just who this guy really was.. These are his word and I can document everything he says.. He has repeatedly told TV and Newspaper reporters that he was Force Recon and Navy SEAL..
First he says:
“As a young man, Richard left his home in Miami, Florida to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the military. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy where he received extensive training. He attended jungle training in Panama, dive school in Key West, weapons training at Base Quantico and jump school at Fort Benning. After training, Richard volunteered for Vietnam, where he served four tours with the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and with the Navy Seals.”
This was said about him:
He’s been telling the press and anybody else that will listen that he lost “Half a foot and half a shoulder” in Vietnam. He told a lot of the folks at the Legion Post that he’d been a SEAL and also Force Recon.
He also says:
Lyons served four tours in Vietnam in the Marine Corps, 1964-1968. After serving in the war as a sniper, Lyons returned to the United States and after taking a little time to settle down and get his head on straight, became a trucker where he says he found freedom on the road.
He also says:
“Lyons served four tours in Vietnam in the Marine Corps, 1964-1968. Lyons lost half of one foot and half of one shoulder while fighting in Vietnam and recently was diagnosed with “Agent Orange” which causes him breathing problems and makes his eyes water. “I stepped on a booby trap and lost half my foot while down injured,” Lyon said. “While down I took another shot from a shooter with a gun” into my shoulder.”
He says this at Classmates .com:
Biography: i drive the 1/2 scale of the vietnam veterans memorial across this nation. i wrk for…
Here it is—Richard’s authorized biography. Check out Richard‘s Q&A for some personal factoids.
i drive the 1/2 scale of the vietnam veterans memorial across this nation. i wrk for the vietnam veterans memorial fund in wash d.c. i live on the road after selling house putting personals in storage. this is such an honor to do and soooo emotional. i might have been a bad boy then but now i serve those who never came home. i get to repay those we lost in nam. remember ronnie luke jimmy tucker? i do, and i miss them. god honor country…. rick lyons now a better man. thanx for sharing this time with me. god bless and keep ya safe. happy trails, yeeee hah!!!!!!
Then he says this at Classmates .com:
Richard Lyons Jul 01 2009
Note from Richard
been awhile. diane devorced in 68. remarried x3. jail or nam so i went usmc. lost 1/2 left foot 1/4 left shldr. i now wrk for the vietnam vet mem frm wash dc i drive the 1/2 scale of the wall arond the u.s. no base home i live where where the wall goes to. i bring the names of thse killed to thier home its awsom stay in touch.
Lyons is one walking, talking, lying contradiction..
Navy Enlistment thru SEAL Training.
AND, he did it all in four (04) years.
He claims: “At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy” but he wears a Marine Corps Jacket..
He claims: Lyons served four tours in Vietnam in the Marine Corps, 1964-1968. After serving in the war as a sniper, BUT on Classmates .com he didn’t graduate from High School until 1966.. Kinda hard being in Vietnam 2 years prior to his graduation..
UPDATE, SOCNET.Com : http://www.socnet.com/showthread.php?t=90617&highlight=James+Richard+Lyons
Here’s a photo of Lyons wearing a Silver Star patch on the bottom left of his MC Vest and it looks like a BSM on the bottom right.
Lyons wearing GySgt stripes.
|Claims that he charged up Hamburger Hill in the Vietnam War. ( The Battle for Hamburger hill was a US Army Operation ) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hamburger_Hill|
|Photo of the back of J.R. Lyons RV|
Truckers Honor Fallen Brothers in Arms
|War on Terror News : http://waronterrornews.typepad.com/home/2009/10/truckers-honor-fallen.html|
|US Department of Defense News Article ; http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=53669|
|VeteransToday.com : http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/09/28/a-fake-warrior-and-the-quot-wall-that-heals-quot/|
VeteransToday.com UPDATE : http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/10/13/a-fake-warrior-and-the-wall-that-heals-the-update/
|Classmates.com : http://www.classmates.com/people/Richard-Lyons/8708415532|
|Alabama VFW Post Duty Roster, 2013 :http://www.alvfw.org/Dept-Roster-form-12-13.htm|
The following names were checked through the SEAL database:
James Richard Lyons
James R. Lyons
Richard James R. Lyons
If the name you provided is spelled correctly, I do NOT find a listing in the SEAL Database (end of WWII to
the Present Day) using any of the above names. I have also examined possible alternate spellings, and names
with similar pronunciations without finding any that might be applicable.
Unless he has undertaken the unlikely action of a legal name change (an action for which there would be
evidence in the form of court documentation) since his claimed attendance at BUD/S training, and based upon
the information you have provided, I can state conclusively that James Richard Lyons nor
James R. Lyons nor Richard James R. Lyons has NEVER COMPLETED SEAL training, and he is no
now, nor was he ever a Navy SEAL or a Navy UDT “Frogman”.
Steve Robinson RM2(SEAL)
SEAL Team ONE
Inshore Undersea Warfare Group ONE
UDT-SEAL Association – Member
Special Operations Association – Member
POW Network Board of Directors
Naval Special Warfare Archives – SOF Analyst/Contributing Journalist
Disabled American Veterans – Life Member
FORMER Special Investigator – SEAL Authentication Team
CyberSEALs.org – Webmaster
Author – NO GUTS, NO GLORY – Unmasking Navy SEAL Imposters
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