In episode 1040 of the Veteran News Podcast another case of “stolen valor” will be featured. Stolen valor is described in a book with the same title by B.G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley as the phenomenon of individuals making claims of service in Vietnam and the receipt of medals for heroism and extraordinary achievements which are false. This sorry subject has been mentioned in previous episodes of this podcast in the past (see episodes 243, 522, 535 and 834). Most all Vietnam Veterans agree this is an especially egregious thing to do and is a slap in the face to all those who served in the real thing and received real awards and accolades.
Unfortunately another example of this despicable behavior has popped up on no less than the Fox & Friends show on Fox TV. In early October of 2017 Navy veteran John Garofalo appeared on Fox News, showing off a massive presidential seal he carved for President Trump while receiving praise for his service in Vietnam as a SEAL. The piece was broadcast nationally and featured cascading shots of all Garofalo’s medals. Online, it went viral, racking up 1.5 million Facebook views on Fox’s Facebook page.
It sounded too good to be true and it was. It turns out that Garofalo fabricated the whole story about his service in Vietnam. He claimed to be a member of the first Navy Seal team and that he served in Vietnam and while there earned twenty two medals including two Purple Hearts. It was all a lie.
Thank goodness for the work people like B.G. Burkett, Glenna Whitley and Don Shipley are doing to shine the light of truth on those how would besmirch Vietnam Veterans with false claims of valor. Shipley is a retired SEAL who seeks out bogus military service claims and was the first to obtain official records disputing Garofalo’s story.
Listen to episode 1040 and discover the whole story about this latest example of “Stolen Valor” brought to light in a story found in The Military Times website titled: FAKER! Man admits he lied to Fox News about Navy SEAL service by: Geoff Ziezulewicz