Chad Garland, a reporter for the Cronkite News, sends us his story on Glen Lacroix. A simple google search of Lacroix’s name turns up plenty of heroic stories. Like the one we found below on ESPN, where he claims to heave met Pat Tillman, and that he was also involved in the rescue operation of Jessica Lynch:
Glen Lacroix and Pat Tillman were part of the team that rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital, served under the same superior officer in the Army Rangers and once talked for seven hours at a military base in Afghanistan in 2004.
Lacroix was even wounded the same day Tillman was killed, shot about 30 miles away, so, yeah, he felt a connection to the most famous of Rangers.
“Unbelievable guy, awesome dude,” Lacroix said from his office at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “It was one of those things where it was what you see is what you get. There was no (nonsense).”
Lacroix is one of 171 Pat Tillman Military Scholars, a program developed by the Pat Tillman Foundation to help servicemen and family members earn degrees or complete certificate programs.
Originally set up to handle the influx of checks being sent to the Tillman family shortly after Pat’s death, the PTF expanded a few years later to pledge $1.25 million to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State. Once that promise was fulfilled, the foundation shifted focus again, this time to help fill the financial gaps in the GI Bill.
PTF has awarded over $4.4 million since its inception seven years ago, $2.2 million going to the Tillman Military Scholars.
Lacroix was a good candidate.
He spent 13 years in the Army, including nine working human intelligence for Special Operations, followed by three more years in civil service intelligence.
Lacroix saw action in some of the most dangerous places in the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo, and spent part of his time as a sniper in war zones. He took shrapnel in Iraq and was shot twice in Afghanistan, including April 22, 2004, the day Tillman was killed.
Upon returning to school in 2009, four years after receiving a medical discharge, he had a hard time adjusting to campus life, unable to comprehend how the students couldn’t follow the simplest of instructions or why the young woman in front of him was crying because she missed her cat while he still had bone fragments of his buddy lodged in his arm.
Ready to walk away, Lacroix instead wandered into the university’s Veterans Education and Transition Services, which had opened the semester before.
It was a move that may have saved his life.
“Honestly, the first day I walked in here, if someone would have said no to me or it’s going to have to wait, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I’d be in a gutter somewhere drinking away my disability every month.”
Taking advantage of his scholarship through the PTF, Lacroix helped the VETS center expand, working as the student director in a place where former military — from Vietnam War veterans to reservists who never saw action — could go to be away from the regular student population, among people like themselves.
An office that saw five veterans a day when it first opened, the VETS center now has 150 or so students filter through daily.
Lacroix plans to keep working at the VETS center while at UA, but has a bigger goal in mind: a former physical therapist aide, he’d like to work at a place where injured soldiers can have their physical and mental wounds healed at the same.
“Every time I got injured, it was always they’d treat body and they’d treat mind, but they’d never treat them both together,” said Lacroix, who’s majoring in psychology and plans to get his doctorate in physical therapy. “Your injuries come as a whole, so your treatment needs to come as a whole — and that’s what I want to do.”
Here is the link the story above, which I am sure ESPN will remove once they see what Chad uncovered. Tillman’s Memory Speak’s Actions Not Words
This is just one of many articles across the internet where Lacroix talks about his many wounds and his actions under fire, only one problem…… He never deployed!
Lacroix was one of 59 Veterans awarded the Pat Tillman scholarship in 2010, the foundation has since pulled his scholarship after learning of his embellishment.
According to the article by Chad the foundation said:
“The Tillman Foundation canceled his scholarship earlier this year, citing “misleading and inaccurate” information in his application, and that statements he made about his service – that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded three times there – are inconsistent with Army records.”
“The Pat Tillman Foundation holds all Tillman Military Scholars to the highest standards of integrity and academic excellence,” McCarthy said in a statement. “As a result, Mr. LaCroix’s scholarship was terminated.”
Lacroix was also the President of the University of Arizona’s Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Office, but has since been replaced, because of his “sudden departure.”
The UA chapter of the Student Veterans of America, of which Lacroix was president, is named “Chapter of the Year” during the national organization‘s annual conference in Washington, D.C. in 2010.
According to Army HRC, contacted by Chad: “The Army has no record that Lacroix was ever deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq or that he received Purple Heart medals for any injuries, Gall said. A Purple Heart recommendation would be “one of the first things that the commanders put through” for a wounded soldier.
His record according to Army HRC:
• October 1992-March 1993: Training at Fort Benning, Ga
• March 1993-October 1995: UN Command Security Battalion, South Korea
• October 1995-November 1997: 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.
• November 1997-March 1998: Counterintelligence training at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
• March 1998-January 2003: 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo.
• January 2003-May 2004: 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, 111th Military Intelligence Brigade, Fort Huachuca
• May 2004-January 2006: 306th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Huachuca
• Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
• Army Commendation Medal (2 awards)
• Joint Service Achievement Medal
• Army Achievement Medal (7 awards)
• Army Good Conduct Medal (4 awards)
• National Defense Service Ribbon (3 awards)
• Korean Service Medal
• Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
• Kosovo Campaign Medal (4 awards)
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Armed Forces Service Medal (2 awards)
• Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (4 awards)
• Army Service Ribbon
• Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards)
• NATO Medal (4 awards)
• Army Superior Unit Award
• Expert Infantryman Badge
• Parachutist Badge
• Canadian Jump Wings
• Air Assault Badge
• Expert Marksmanship Badge, rifle bar, grenade bar and anti-tank weapon bar
So no Purple Heart’s and no indications of any deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan, and he was assigned to a SF unit, but was not a Long Tabber as he claimed in some of the articles.
From Chad’s article:
“He told me that he served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a special operator,” said Ricardo Pereyda, another former president of the student veterans organization and former student director of the VETS office. “He said he was shot a couple of times and he was blown up.”
A 2011 Associated Press story featuring Lacroix includes similar descriptions of his service, and quotes him saying he met Tillman while both were serving in Afghanistan.
It’s not as if Lacroix’s service record with the Army was less than exemplary. Those records show that Lacroix spent more than 13 years as a soldier, serving almost six years as an infantryman, with duty in Korea and Kosovo, before training as a counterintelligence agent at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., from November 1997 to March 1998.
Awards records show that Lacroix earned Army Airborne and Air Assault badges. But while Lacroix served with a special forces unit, Gall said, he did not have the “tabs” associated with being a special forces operator.
“It’s not like he sat behind a desk,” he said. “We just don’t have any documentation” to indicate that he was wounded or served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
For eight-and-a-half years as a counterintelligence agent and trainer, until his discharge in January 2006, Lacroix served in a role the Army describes as responsible for conducting activities “to detect, identify, assess, counter, exploit and neutralize adversarial, foreign intelligence service and terrorist threats.”
“Looking at the things he did, (he was) rated really high as a trainer, an excellent teacher,” Gall said, “but I just don’t show him anywhere as being in combat or receiving a Purple Heart.”
Randle said he could not speak to Lacroix’s time in the service, only to the time he knew him at the university.
“He’s not a monster, he’s not a demon, he’s not a bad guy,” Randle said. “I didn’t know Sgt. 1st Class Lacroix, I knew Glen – and Glen’s a decent guy.”
I agree, he had an exemplary record so why did he have to embellish it and destroy any and all credibility he had! I am sure he could have still accomplished all that he did without the “Heroic stories.”
Seems since this came out, Lacroix has gone into hiding. He would not respond to requests from Mr. Garland to get his side of the story, and others have also reached out to him to no avail.
Our friends at Thisainthell are also following this story as well.
I want to thank Chad Garland for sending us this, and asking for our comments, although we could not get back to him before his deadline. You can see Chad’s full write-up here:
We have sent an inquiry to our contact at Human Resources Command at Fort Knox concerning the three National Defense Service Medals. He assures us it shows on both his ERB and 214, so he is submitting inquiries higher to see how this is even possible. We will let you know when we hear back.
This is the only eligible periods for the NDSM and he has not been in since Vietnam, so something is fishy.
|Korean War||June 27, 1950 – July 27, 1954|
|Vietnam War||January 1, 1961 – August 14, 1974|
|Persian Gulf War||August 2, 1990 – November 30, 1995|
|Global War on Terrorism||September 11, 2001 – present|
We have just spoken to our POC at the HRC at Fort Knox about the three National Defense Service Medals, here is his response:
“You are correct. According to our Awards and Decorations Branch SFC Lacroix
should have received two National Defense Service Medals and not three. Best
guess is the clerk typing up the discharge papers made a typo. SFC Lacroix’s
records are being updated to remove the 3rd award of the NDSM. Thank you for bringing this error to our attention.”