Art sends us a few links to the story about Herbert Williamson, the CEO of an oil exploration company in Texas who has been speaking to veterans’ groups in the area like in the picture above advertising himself as a decorated Vietnam veteran and retired colonel. The San Antonio MySA did a little digging;
In sworn depositions for the lawsuit, he said he was in the Army from 1970 to 1973, rising to the rank of chief warrant officer, second class. He also claimed to have served one year in Vietnam, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross in 1971 as a scout helicopter pilot.
But Connecticut Army National Guard records indicate he served in that state from January 1971 to August 1972, working as a communications wireman at the rank of private first class.
“Our records don’t reflect that he went to Vietnam, or that he received any decorations,” said Lt. Col. Tim Tomcho of the Connecticut Army National Guard. He noted that Williamson was honorably discharged when he moved to Maryland, where he joined the Maryland Army National Guard.
Documentation was similarly lacking to support claims by Williamson, 63, that he was awarded a Purple Heart and served 30 years in the Army Reserve, retiring in 2003.
“I did not find a record for Herbert Williamson having served in the Army or Army Reserve,” said Mark Edwards, media relations chief at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command.
Of course, when he’s confronted with military records, Williamson goes all secret squirrel on the reporter;
Asked Monday about the apparent inconsistencies, Williamson said, “There are other things you are unaware of that I can’t comment on.”
His lawyer, Richard Mosty, suggested that Williamson may be unable to speak about his service because of its being classified.
So classified that he’s talking about it every chance he can? The military can’t find records of his Bronze Star and Purple Heart, so those are classified, too? Here’s a lesson for all of you prospective posers (none of whom read this blog, apparently) awards aren’t classified, the citations may be, but not the awards themselves. The fact that you were in Vietnam along with several thousand others wouldn’t be classified. What you did there might be classified, but not the fact that you were there.