Jack Hughes, who we have verified is a Vietnam War Marine veteran and who has earned at least one Purple Heart Medal was cornered by two men who claimed to be active duty Marines at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport;
“All of a sudden he jumps up and he’s got a camera in my face screaming ‘your medals are crooked. You’re a fake. You’re not a marine,'” an emotional Hughes told WBTV. “He kept screaming at me, telling me I was nothing, that everything I had was fake. I was a fake and phony.”
The Gastonia man said it happened Saturday, shortly after he and his wife had just landed. He went to St. Louis to take part in a Veterans Day program at their grand-daughter’s school.
Hughes said he was wearing his suit jacket with medals and ribbons. As he entered Concourse C, he said the man approached him with a camera, insisting that Hughes was an impostor.
Hughes tried to show them his VA card to prove that he is indeed a veteran, but the pair smelled blood in the water. Finally police intervened.
I don’t need to tell you that this isn’t the type of behavior that we condone here at TAH and I doubt if any of you would act like this. But, it is strange that the website “Popular Military” are the folks most responsible for the dissemination of this story, because they’re the folks most responsible for this kind of confrontation. They post videos over there of any kind of so-called Stolen Valor confrontation. They encourage that behavior – you know, even though there are no veterans on the staff at Popular Military – they bought the website from a group of veterans. But, chasing a homeless guy into traffic because he’s wearing ACU trousers isn’t really stolen valor enforcement. Popular Military will publish any video that is sent to them with total disregard for content. That’s why I didn’t link them in this article.
The best stolen valor videos are the videos where the thief is allowed to talk – like that “Sergeant Colonel” video we posted last week. or the George Feck video, where we recorded Feck while he told his tall tales about “gay spray”, after we had his FOIA which we posted with his recording. But, this random harassment of people in the airport needs to stop. This isn’t a business for amateurs.
I don’t know if I’ve told this story before, but when I was a private and flying out of Savannah airport, I was confronted by a Marine NCO who accused me of wearing stuff that I wasn’t authorized. This was the days between the end of the National Defense Service Medal for Vietnam and before the Army Service Ribbon came out – so I was wearing no personal awards, besides my jump wings and my marksmanship badge. The unit I was assigned to had four or five unit citations and that was his complaint – I was wearing decorations that hadn’t been awarded since the second world war. Clearly, I was authorized to wear those awards, but the Marine NCO who didn’t understand the Army system wouldn’t listen to an Army private, but the fact that he didn’t understand nor would he listen – that didn’t stop him from locking me up at attention while he humiliated me in the busy airport. Finally, an NCO from my unit straightened him out.
I guess my point is that folks should stay in their lane.
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