Army Major gets 5 months for faking awards

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  1. Just_A_Mom

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    In today's Army Times online at:
    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/02/army_fakersentence_080219w/

    Interesting that he was tried in civilian court instead of being held for court martial.

    Major gets 5 months for faking awards
     
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    I don't know much about this guy's credibility as a reporter, but I like what he says:

    http://www.dba-oracle.com/t_fake_military_heroes_medals_uniforms.htm

     
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    And yet another....

    Former Sailor Accused of Faking Awards, Rank....

    http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/03/navy_fakerquestions_030308/

     
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    "banned" the newspaper?


    Seems like some people, especially junior members don't always see WHY this is law and what many of these awards mean to the people who actually EARN them, and those of us who look up to the Medal of Honor recipients, or Navy Cross, or Dist. Fly Cross or any number of awards/medals.
     
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    It's not limited to junior members. Jeremy Boorda enlisted as a seaman in the Navy back in the 1950s and rose through the ranks, gaining a commission. Somewhere along the line he was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal. Just like it's name, it was awarded for him doing a good job. However, awarded with a little bronze 'V' about 1/4" tall, it becomes a medal for valor in combat, a completely different award. Boorda bought a 'V' at the Navy Exchange and. unauthorized, began wearing it. He probably forgot about it. In the mid nineties, he became the top admiral in the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the first to do so rising from the rank of seaman, the first to do so who was not a Naval Academy graduate. A reporter picked up on the unauthorized 'V'. Rather than face an afternoon news brief to explain his actions, he went to his home at the Navy Yard during lunch and blew his brains out.
     
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    Read the article - the high school principal is a ret Army Lt Col - he thought the whole story was fishy and when the article came out he banned the newspaper from the school...

    here is more:
    unbelievable.
     
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    Right, I read the article...and I understand the LtCol is a retired Army officer, however I wouldn't be advocating for the banning of newspapers because an alum lied to get in a story. Banning it won't make it any less rediculous in the first place.
     
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    I see what you are saying and you make a good poinT - perhaps it was extreme. If you are thinking "freedom of the press" there really is no freedom of the press in high schools, so I don't think it was illegal.
    I won't second guess the decision to "ban" the paper for that day -the prinicpal knew the story was false - I can see that he would not want this former student to be held up as a hero in school falsely because of it.
    Hopefully - the principal went further and made it a "teaching moment".
     
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    Oh no, I wasn't suggesting it was illegal. I just think that the story is out there, and he is 100% sure it is false, does it do any good to shield the students from that. I wonder if it was reported a "banned" but in all actuality he just removed copies that may have been present. When I heard banned, I was thinking that he would take action against students who brought the article in, and to that end, I don't think it would be right. Of course, I am thinking with a "college" education in mind, and I have forgotten how restricting (and many times for good reason) a high school can me.
     

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