Robert sends a link to a discussion in the Orange County Register over an obituary of Patrick Shayne Murphy who claimed to be an Air Force Pararescueman. Apparently, the folks in the discussion can’t find him listed in the tiny database of PJs.
Pat was trained as a pararescue man and medic, known in the Special Forces by the moniker “PJ”. As a PJ he served as part of a helicopter rescue crew highly trained for the retrieval and treatment of downed American pilots in the jungles of Southeast Asia (i.e., Vietnam Cambodia, Laos and the China Sea), thereby saving many lives. His time in the service of his country had a profound impact on him.
Understandably, the family is trying to defend the deceased from his detractors, an uncomfortable position to be in, I’m sure. But they’re using things like the fire at the National Archives to explain why he’s not listed in their database. The fire only affected the section of records which contained Korean War veterans’s records, so since this guy had served in the Vietnam War, his records should be intact. They also say that they have a maroon beret as proof. Yeah, berets don’t prove much of anything, other than the fact that he had the money to buy one somewhere.
Since there are so few PJs it almost doesn’t make sense to pretend to be one, neither does it make much sense to argue with the community about a supposed member. they all know each other.
But, Stolen Valor is a victimless crime.