Thursday, August 09, 2007

A War non-Hero

What is just as shameful as an act of libel against our troops during war time?

Falsely claiming to be a war hero and Medal of Honor recipient.

The FBI began investigating McClanahan after he told local residents about his impressive collection of medals, which would have made him one of the most highly-decorated soldiers in history. By comparison, fellow Texan Audie Murphy--the most-decorated U.S. service member of World War II--received two Silver Star, (and more than 30 other medals), earned in 27 months of combat service across Sicily, Italy and France.

Fortunately, the good folks of Amarillo, Texas (McClanahan's home town) weren't buying, and they called the feds. Falsely claiming that you've won the Medal of Honor is a felony, punishable by up to a year in jail. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, McClanahan was facing two counts of false claims about the receipt of military medals, and additional charges of making false statements to obtain a bank loan. Under an agreement with prosecutors, the former corporal will plead guilty to the Medal of Honor and bank fraud charges. A sentencing date has not been set.

He's been Beauchamped.

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