A military chaplain is charged with faking a heroic record with the elite Green Berets and Army Rangers in the Vietnam War, base officials say.
A court-martial is planned Aug. 7 for Maj. Gary Probst, 37, an LDS chaplain and the highest-ranking officer on the base in recent memory to face such action, post officials said.Prosecutors will show Probst never served in Vietnam with the Marines or the Army, never earned the Bronze Star or 14 other insignia he wore and was not an expert field medic or explosives expert as he claimed, said Army Capt. Martin Eckert. He faces a dishonorable discharge and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
He was a student at Brigham Young University during the early 1970s, when he claimed he was in the Marines and Army, Eckert said.
Probst joined the Army in 1980 as a chaplain and served at Fort Gordon, Ga., and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, before coming to Fort Lewis in 1987, Eckert said. He has been reassigned to other duties pending the court-martial.