Tin soldiers For years it was the war that nobody wanted to remember. But now thousands of Americans who have never seen combat are claiming they are battle-hardened Vietnam veterans. Duncan Campbell reports on the wannabe heroes and the men and women who hunt them down. http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,3604,539932,00.html Why would anyone make up lies about things which can be checked on! The only reason I don't lie is because I hate getting caught
[This message has been edited by Shama Khan (edited August 21, 2001).]
Those people really, really, really piss me off. As for why they do it?? who knows? who cares... As the article said it could be an attempt to make up for something they got out of or weren't able to do. Or it cousl be a deliberate attempt to make themslves out to be something they aren't. You would be amazed at the number of people who perk up and take note of people who have served in the military, especialy war time. From my own personal experience (15 years in the Marine Corps and served in the Persian Gulf war) most war veterans will gladly talk about what they did there... However, most of what they'll talk about is the funny things that happened, the jokes they played, the stupid things other people did. They are much more likely to remember and want to recall the fun times as opposed to the bad. I'm pretty sure this is true of most veterans, I've spoken to quite a few Vietnam, Korean, and World War II veterans and for the most part we end up having a few beers and swapping funny stories about what this private did or about the officer that no-one liked. When they do talk about combat it is quick, and most often (as the article said) they don't know everything. It is so confusing in the middle of things that you would be lucky to know who is laying on the ground 20 feet beside you let alone know all of the details of the movement of companies and batallions over a 3 or 4 day period. These types of false claims should be a crime, it is a direct insult to the men and women who did serve (whether in combat or not), and a slap in the face to those that actually experienced combat. This is just my opinion, I'm not the best speaker or writer, but this really pisses me off!!!
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