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To be or not to be a Marine

Just going to drop this here as questions are starting to be raised about whether or not the asshole who got in that kid’s face over the weekend could actually have served as seems to be his claim in a Marine combat unit in Vietnam.

Briefly, it’s unlikely he’s old enough to have made it to Vietnam before all the Marine combat units left the country.

NoMan2000 on Twitter: Time for a full thread on Nathan Phillips.

Phillips sort of BSes around the subject by vaguely saying he served in Vietnam “in Vietnam times” rather than “in Vietnam”.  Which sounds like more evidence that he’s just another Stolen Valor jerkoff.

Edit to add:  The Washington Post is walking back the claim that Phillips served in Vietnam.  Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the correction:

Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

H/T: Instapundit.

I wouldn’t bet money on it, but I suspect that if in fact he did serve, he ended up with a General or a Bad Conduct Discharge.  Would like to see his DD-214.

Edit to add:  The DD-214 has been released.  He served 1972-1976 in the Marine Corps Reserve, was never deployed, his MOS was a refrigeration mechanic, his only decoration was an Expert Rifleman badge, he was UA/AWOL at least three times (I saw four times claimed in another post that I can’t find now), and he was discharged (note, not “honorably discharged”) as an E-1.

You can draw your own conclusions.