An 89-year-old veteran who has presented himself for years as one of the nation's most decorated World War II -- most recently in a talk Saturday aboard the USS Hornet -- admitted Wednesday that he lied about his service.
The New Mexico Military Order of the Purple Heart suspended its Farmington chapter in the spring after allegations surfaced that chapter officer David Shrum misappropriated funds and made false claims about his military record.
Federal prosecutors now say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000 — about three times what investigators cited when they first charged him with fraud in 2014.
"I've never awarded so many medals to one individual in my 12 years of Congress," U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry said last week. Some of the medals were earned for acts of heroism that are still labeled as classified.