Most likely, he is fake. There has been a rash of scammers pretending to be US servicemembers in the last few years. See here
You can verify if he is real by sending him a request for his name, DOB, and SSN (Social Security Number, all US Citizens/permanent residents have it). Then you can run it through the official database here
. Chances are, it will not match up. Or, he will give some phony reason for not being able to provide it but do not believe him. If he claims 'confidentiality,' remind him that he is asking for money, so you have the right to ask him for his personal information.
You can even test this. Tell him you want to send him a present and ask for his address. His address should be:
Base, Camp or Embassy Name
APO AE 09xxx-xxx
It never goes to a foreign country's office. APO is treated as domestic mail. So if the address that he gives you is than what is above he is not who he claims to be.
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