Update to the Henry O.
Langrehr Article from 2006 and November 2019
(May 21, 2020)
Interesting that I named the
article “A Story Right "Outta" Hollywood”. I had no
clue that a book would come out 6 months later about
Langrehr. The book is “Whatever
It Takes” by Langrehr and Jim DeFelice.
DeFelice also helped write American Sniper with
Langrehr’s lies start in the
prologue in the first sentence on page 1 in his book
“Whatever It Takes”.
“Tuesday, May 8, 1945: I woke
that day a free man, happy beyond belief to be home
in America”. Langrehr, Henry. Whatever It Took (p.
1). William Morrow. Kindle Edition.
The only problem was that
Langrehr was still in Europe where he said he was
back home already. In the
1949 Iowa Compensation Document it shows when he
left the States and when he returned. This
document was signed by Langrehr. He came back
June 12, 1945 so you can see it would be tough to be
in America May 8, 1945. Nowhere on this Iowa
Document does he mention the 505th.
does mention Co B 307th though.
Langrehr claimed that he was
captured June 29, 1944. In the notes section of his
book it says this;
“Henry’s prisoner of war
records at the National Archive erroneously indicate
that he was captured on June 6, 1944”. Langrehr,
Henry. Whatever It Took (pp. 264-265). William
Morrow. Kindle Edition.
NARA wasn’t wrong as Langrehr
was indeed captured June 6, 1944. If you notice in
the Notes they offer no proof that the was an error.
There are 5 records showing that he because a POW
June 6, 1944 showing that he
became a POW June 6, 1944 then the
307th Abn Engr Bn Co B (Prcht) Manifest
from June 5, 1944, the
August 10, 1944 record and the
May 15, 1945 record all show him becoming a POW
June 6, 1944. Let’s not forget the
NARA official record as well stating he was
captured June 6, 1944.
There is an update. This
is from the Escape & Evade Report. It lists
some of the Soldiers from his plane that were
captured on June 6, 1944 and became POWs.
Langrehr is right there too.
Also attached to this narrative
the records of a soldier who was captured June 10,
1944. The same record set that the writer said
was wrong has a man listed as captured June 10, 1944
and the German Documents saying the same, June 10,
There are many more examples
but I don’t have the time to waste on these lies.
You can look below and read the article from
November of 2019.
A Story Right "Outta"
I’ve heard some rumblings that
is thinking about honoring another soldier. So I
looked into it and the name that keeps popping up is
Henry O. Langrehr. In early 2006 I ran into Henry
O. Langrehr myself.
I reached out to Langrehr and
left a message at the end of 2005. I finally spoke
with him January 24, 2006. I asked him some very
basic questions about what had happened to him after
the jump. Some of his responses were a little odd
but nothing wild. Then about 6 minutes in he
started talking about things that had no basis in
I hardly gave him a second
thought until the end of November 2019. That was a
name I haven’t thought about in years. Langrehr was
in the same company as my uncle Quent who was killed
on D-Day, Company B 307th Airborne
Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Co B 307th Abn Engr Bn
(C)) and it explains why I go after Stolen Valor.
Langrehr said that he wasn’t
captured until the end of June 1944. I then said
that can’t be right as all of the records said that
he was captured on June 6, 1944. I then told him
that a few men who were with him when they were
captured remember that he was with them too. Boom,
the line went dead.
A Stolen Valor in my uncle’s
company makes my skin crawl. I have spoken with
over 20 men from Co B over the years and to have a
liar in their midst is horrifying. That Langrehr is
allowed to lie like this on the Army’s website in
2014 and in the Chicago Tribune this year is
Newspapers and online magazines no longer do any
fact checking at all it seems. It would have taken
about 5 minutes to realize that Langrehr wasn’t what
he appeared to be, but no, that would take work.
Langrehr in his own words
online said that he was the one who landed in
and fell into a greenhouse. Nothing is further from
the truth as he landed miles west of
north of Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte.
Here is a breakdown of Langrehr
interwoven truth and lies.
Henry O. Langrehr 37670377
Possible Fake (563) 242-****
Phone Call Logs Vonage Outgoing
Time of call
Length of call
8 :48:00 AM
I called him out on January 24,
lied saying he wasn’t captured until
June 29, 1944 as
he was captured June 6, 1944.
From the different articles
listed below here are the parts that are true;
Spanhoe Airfield was where the
307th left from on June 5, 1944
Jumped into Normandy
Engineer as they are Demolition Specialists
Bridge was the Objective
The rest is fiction to a large degree. You can
read and hear the lies below.
Des Moines Article June 2014
Langrehr didn’t know Steele
(the soldier from the Movie The Longest Day caught
on the church tower) that day.
Not 505, in the
307th Abn Engr Bn for 6 weeks.
Nobody was wounded in his plane
before the jump
No Planes went down around his
12 did not die in his plane, 5 did and there were 16
in his plane, not 18.
No bridges were blown up on
June 6, 1944 by the 82nd.
He didn’t volunteer, he was drafted
Langrehr along with
three other Co B planes dropped them outside of
Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte about 5 miles west of
the bridge. He was
captured June 6 along with most
of the men from his stick.
From the writer of the article;
“Then one evening in early March, as the prisoners
were marched back to camp, he and a friend
impulsively slipped off. As they were running, a
German policeman spotted them and chased them into a
barn. Langrehr ducked behind the door and picked up
a two-by-four. The policeman stormed in and shot
Langrehr’s friend in the forehead.
The friend, Jim McMillan, died”.
He was wrong there too.
Langrehr mixed up Edward McMillan and
Edward Beckwith along with Robert Hause.
Beckwith was killed in a mine accident on October 26
1944 and Hause was shot in his Barracks October 27,
1944 as a POW.
Clinton Herald June 5, 2019
He was ready to make his 67th
parachute jump. The average for an 82nd
is between 10-15 jumps counting combat jumps.
He wasn’t the first one to
Just look at the manifest for the jump. Langrehr was in the back of the plane. The men
from his stick who did jump first eventually got
back to US lines.
Langrehr was never in Co F 505th
or even the 505 but was in Co B of the 307th
Abn Engr Bn (C).
Langrehr didn’t join on his
birthday when he turned 18 in November 1942. He was
drafted and came into
active service May 10, 1943.
Quad Times 2007 November 2,
He owned his own contracting
business in Clinton for 44 years and raised a
family. He still works, which he says is a blessing
but yet in the Chicago Tribune one he says he was in
the Army for 34 years. Was he a reservist then?
Chicago Tribune May 31, 2019
Says he was in the Army for 34
Army August 11, 2014
The Army didn’t catch on either
Lies In His Own Words
In his own words he said he
fell through a greenhouse in
is not true.
TV6 June 5, 2019
People will look at this and
say, so what he lied, he jumped into Normandy that’s
what counts. It makes a huge difference when
someone steps onto a national stage and lies for
years about their time in combat. Why people like
Langrehr have to lie we don’t know. To be honest we
don’t care why they lie, the point is they dishonor
the 99.9% men who don’t lie about their time in
Langrehr took all of his
narrative it seems from the 1962 The Longest Day
Movie & the movie Private Ryan. A long line of
liars have done that as well,
Blanchard just to name a few.
The bottom line is why not
honor the soldiers who don’t lie on a national
stage? The publications who published Langrehr’s
lies took him at face value. It calls into to
question a newspapers integrity when they publish an
article associated with Stolen Valor.
The article written by
nducted into the Army May
Brian N. Siddall
November 25, 2019