You probably remember that we noticed that the president of the Korean War Veterans Association, James Ferris was wearing awards he didn’t earn. When we notified the Syracuse Post Standard of this after they wrote an article about Ferris going to the White House, they sent a reporter to Ferris’ house in Liverpool NY to confront him. Ferris told the reporter, as well as the board of the KWVA that he had been wearing his brother’s medal to honor a deathbed promise. One of those medals was the Combat Action Ribbon, another was the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. We discovered from Albany that neither James nor Francis Ferris had been awarded the New York State medal and we just got Frank Ferris’ records, and he hadn’t been awarded the CAR either;
Frank served in the Marines from January 1944 until May 1946 and he went back into service from 1957 until 1965 and spent his entire career as a cook, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s awful difficult to imagine that somehow he earned a Combat Action Ribbon that wasn’t somehow annotated on his records. So it looks like James Ferris not only lied in wearing medals he didn’t earn, he also lied to the reporter and the KWVA Board about his brother’s awards.