08/29/2019 by militaryphonies
Gordon Stuart Lang, who prefers ‘Steve Lang,’ comes to us from Lehigh Acres, Florida but is originally from Rhode Island. Lang is 50 years old as of August 2019.
Just to cut down on confusion, Lang claims he was both in the U.S. Marine Corps and claims he was a Navy SEAL.
First, his Facebook profile page which claims Military Intelligence with an MOS of 0321. The Navy calls them NECs and the Marine Corps refers to them as MOS. MOS 0321 is a Recon Marine.
Lang posted a photo that he labeled “2nd Battalion Force Recon Iraq” but they are Army Delta Force / Navy SEAL uniforms – hard to tell with the resolution. Not sure if the implication that it was his unit or if he was in the photo.
He also posts that although his time in the Marine Corps was short – 3 years – he was awarded the Navy Cross. This valor award is second only to the Medal of Honor. He claims he was awarded this by the President. Bill Clinton is pictured in the below photo.
Lang also claimed he was a Scott [sic] sniper for 12 years. Probably meant a Scout Sniper. This is what they referred to them in the Marine Corps, but since he was only in the USMC for 3 years, he probably meant the US Navy as a Scout Sniper. Later, this was confirmed as to what he meant. A sniper in the U.S. Navy, presumably as a SEAL since he claimed to be in the U.S. Navy for 15 years.
He became upset when someone questioned his military service…
During a lengthy Facebook discussion, Lang made some claims to being in SEAL Team 3, was called out and responded.
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ACTIONS CONDUCTED BY MILITARY PHONIES
We discovered that Steve Lang’s name is actually Gordon Stuart Lang but he seems to prefer to go by “Steve Lang.”
After contacting the UDT/SEAL archives and checking the UDT/SEAL database we found that there is NO record of “Gordon Stuart Lang” or “Steve / Steven / Stephen Lang” ever completing BUD/S Training or assigned to any SEAL teams.
Gordon Stuart Lang’s military records were ordered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The name “Steve Lang” was also accounted for in the FOIA request.
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The DoD Manpower Data Center database was searched every year from late 1984 when Lang would have been 16 to present day with the same result – no dates for active duty in any service came up. Sometimes this database has trouble with Reserve activation to active duty and/or very short enlistments. For instance – boot camp active duty and then the individual returned to a drilling reserve status.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (DoN)
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)
There were several others (i.e. Uttering Forgery (1992), Grand Theft (1992), the below are just a sampling.
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
Steve / Gordon Lang has no record of going to BUD/S and no assignment with a SEAL Team over his career. There is also no listing of a SEAL NEC in his records. In fact, there are not Navy records they could locate.
He served in the National Guard with only a few months of that as active duty.
There is no record of Lang serving in the Marine Corps. NPRC would have picked that up. For the length of time he claimed – 15 years in the Navy, there would not be an opportunity.
The Department of the Navy could not locate any record on his to prove that he even served with them.
There is no record supporting his claim of being a Scout Sniper – Navy or Marine Corps.
There is no record of Lang being awarded a Navy Cross.
Lang’s official military records do not support most all of his claims of Marine Corps and Navy SEAL.
If the claims by Gordon / Steve Lang were used to leverage work, military or civilian promotions, or anything else of value, Lang may be in violation of Stolen Valor laws. State laws may also apply.
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