Remember James R. Albertson? You know, that guy Jonn wrote about last month who claimed he was a secret POW in Vietnam for 28 days, and who had received multiple Purple Hearts and a couple of Bronze Stars for “bravery”? And whose son claimed his missions were “classified” – so presumably that’s why he doesn’t show up on any POW lists?
Well, NPRC’s reply to a FOIA request concerning Albertson’s official records came in the mail the other day. And it turns out there’s a different reason he’s not on any POW lists.
His military records show no service in Vietnam. None. Zip. Nada.
His records also show no Purple Hearts or Bronze Stars – with or without “V” device. In fact, Albertson’s records show no personal decorations of any kind. The only decorations he received were one service medal (NDSM) and one unit award (AFOUA).
Albertson served in the USAF from March 1966 to January 1969. He was retired for “physical disability”. His duty assignments were for training; then as a medical service specialist; an “R&S Clerk”; and a “duty status clerk”. His duty stations were Lackland AFB (training), Sheppard AFB (more training), and Athenai Airport, Greece (medical clinic and support group staffs). Sometime in late 1968 or early 1969, he returned to Scott AFB – where he was medically retired.
Greece was Albertson’s sole overseas assignment. For the benefit of those who might be severely geographically-challenged: “Greece” and “Vietnam” ain’t exactly the same place. (smile)
NPRC’s reply to the FOIA on Albertson’s records can be found here; format is Adobe PDF.
It’s sad when folks lie to their families about being some kind of “great war hero”. Their surviving families invariably end up hurt badly when their lies are exposed after their demise.
But what’s even worse is that this liar was able to get away with falsely claiming to be a Vietnam POW for years.