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.
A federal law that prohibited people from wearing military medals they didn’t earn is unconstitutional for the same reason as a law that made it a crime to lie about earning a medal, a federal appeals court ruled Monday: It’s a falsehood that is protected by freedom of speech.
After his year-long tour with the Air Force in Vietnam, Jim Reischl went back to Minnesota, became a government cartographer, married twice, had a son and suffered Agent Orange-related health problems. But he never forgot his "first lady."