Stolen Valor Apr 30, 2010 18:26:48 GMT -5
Post by sloanrodgers on Apr 30, 2010 18:26:48 GMT -5
Wolfpack's scenario is thankfully rare and ultimately exposed in most instances.
I investigated a first sergeant once who spent that period of his enlistment that mirrored the Vietnam War at Fort A. P Hill, VA. He wore a 82d Airborne Combat Patch and Combat Infantry Badge, and had not seen one day of combat anywhere, yet my investigation revealed that he had worn these items on his uniform for years as determined by sworn witness statements. He was allowed to retire, and he was extremely lucky. When faced with the body of evidence his only statement was that by wearing the patches and badges he thought he would impress his troops. His only saving grace in my mind was that he claimed no Purple Heart or decorations for valor. I suppose in his case he could bring himself to only go so far.
Well, I still believe there is a line a false story-teller would have to cross before you
notify the word police. Someone pulling out their Medal of Honor or the clippers used
on Old Saddam would probably be tip-offs. I have known combat veterans all my life
and they're usually very closed-lipped about their violent existence in their particular
war. I've also met a few braggart phonies and they give themselves away fairly easy
and then have nowhere to go with there lies.
Another problem that compounds this issue are the actions of war-time military leaders
and bad record keeping. We have all heard stories of commanders issuing medals after a
battle or to wounded in a MASH, but failing to note the medal on a DD214. Other service
records can also be misleading. Phonies know about this loophole and obviously take full
advantage of it.