Native American Nathan Phillips seems to have gotten more media attention than he bargained for after he’s been exposed claiming to be a Vietnam vet.
Phillips became a hot topic when media outlets reported that students of Covington Catholic High School had surrounded and harassed the older man.
It turns out however, that this wasn’t the case at all. Phillips actually approached and waded into the group of boys setting up the media fracas.
Before the truth of the story came out, Phillips had been heralded as an outstanding veteran of the Vietnam war.
Phillips would later attempt to clarify that he never said he was a Vietnam vet but that he served in “Vietnam Times.”
However that has now been shown to be a lie as multiple interviews form Philips past show him implying that he was active in Vietnam.
A Facebook live session features Phillips as he states, “I’m a Vietnam vet and I served in the Marine Corps, 72 to 76. I got discharged May 5, 1976. I got honorable discharge, and one of the boxes in there it shows that it was peacetime, or what my box says is that I was in theater. I don’t talk much about my Vietnam times.”
Syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen also pointed out that Phillips has shared posts featuring his “Vietnam War Veteran” medallion and another showing a certificate of a “Warriors Medal of Honor” from the “Native American Nations of the United States of America.”
All items that mislead viewers into giving Phillips credit he didn’t earn.
Outlets like the Washington Post have been forced to scramble as they issue retractions and make edits to remedy their misinformation.