Greg Valentini is a homeless vet in Los Angeles who took part in the initial invasion of Afghanistan and participated in the assault on Tora Bora that sought Osama bin Laden.
Now to be completely ironic, the article was written by a rather distinguished Harvard graduate history professor at UC Irvine by the name of Jon Weiner, who, irony of irony, lists this in his C.V.
Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud and Power in the Ivory Tower. New York: New Press, 2005.
I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.