Army Vet Papotia Reginald Wright’s resume was impressive. He was honored with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and a slew of other medals as an elite Green Beret. All of which got him into swanky galas and even field access to the New York Giants.
However, the only thing that Wright was accomplished at is being a fraud.
Wright never served with Special Forces, or for that matter, in any combat role. He never rose above the rank of “specialist,” according to military documents obtained through FOIA by Guardians of the Green Beret.
Wright lied about how long he was in the Army. He claimed he served 25 years when he was only enlisted from 1982 to 1990, according to official documents.
Wright had spent most of his time as a driver, far from any battlefield. He worked in Alaska, Egypt, Georgia and Texas, according to his papers.
Wright became a prominent figure in the local military community while living his lie. He started an organization to help vets in Brooklyn last year, calling it the ‘8th Special Forces Regiment New York Honor Guard.’
On his bio on the group’s website, which has since been taken down, he wrote:
“In August of 1982, [Command Sergeant Major] Wright was ordered to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he became a member of the U.S. Military Special Operations Command for over 25 years.”
“CSM Wright circumnavigated the world while performing his duties when it pertained to defending America and her citizens for his actions.”
He even dressed the part. Photos show Wright at the Giants game and other events in his phony Green Berets uniform, complete with a Special Forces patch and Purple Heart medal. He was arrested in 2015 in South Carolina for obtaining property by false pretense.
“He started to appear before football games and all that and the flags and all that,” he said. “He sort of blew my mind a little bit when I found out that bugle he was blowing was a recording.”
He also said Wright had not paid his rent at the Armory building in Park Slope, where the group’s offices are located.
“What he’s been doing is supposedly setting up burial details,” Miskel said. “So that he could train a group of people to basically stand at the casket, fold the flag, play the bugle.”
“I thought it was not a bad idea at all… he said it was run out of West Point,” he added. “I don’t know why West Point.”
Since he was exposed Wright’s group has stopped posting on Facebook.
“Information has been posted on the internet which we were not aware of until this month of November 2017. As a result, we will look into the matter, therefore we will be closing our social media until further notice,” reads a post from Nov. 29.
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