January 22, 2019

IS ANYONE SURPRISED BY THIS? Vietnam Veteran status of Native American at center of viral encounter in D.C. in question. “According to multiple news accounts, the activist is 64 years old, which means he would have been 18 years old in 1973, the last year any U.S. combat units were stationed in Vietnam. Mr. Phillips also claims to be a Marine veteran, although the last Marine combat units left Vietnam in 1971. A careful reading of Mr. Phillips‘ own descriptions does not make clear if he ever set foot in Vietnam. Instead, he has used much more careful language claiming he is a ‘Vietnam times veteran,’ an ambiguous phrasing that led many media accounts to conclude he was a combat veteran.” Well, of course, they wanted to conclude that because it boosted the storyline they were trying to sell.

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