The strange story of how an Army Military Police Officer with no special forces training was able to join an elite Green Beret unit in Vietnam.
In 1975 Laurence Tureaud earned a letter of recommendation from his drill sergeant, joining the Military Police corps and earning the position of squad leader at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
It seems that Mr. Tureaud under a different name and as a SPEC6 Sergeant served in a Spec Ops A-Team. A press release stated:
“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them….maybe you can hire The A-Team.”
Even stranger years later under another assumed name (Clubber Lang) Mr. Tureaud was involved in an altercation with a Philadelphia heavyweight boxing champion when the champ was announcing his retirement. A later fracas at the arena is attributed to medical complications to the boxers manager, Mickey Goldmill. No police charges were ever filed in either incident.
The Giant Killer team contacted Mr. Tureaud to get a statement on all these assumed name aliases. Mr. Trudeau only replied with the statement, “I pity the fool that doesn’t call me Mr. T.”
Thank you Mr. T for your service in the military and of course we are referring to your real service.
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