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Man Charged for Wearing Medals Prosecutors Say He Didn't Earn
JSOnline via AP ^ | June 23, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP

Posted on 06/23/2006 1:49:55 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A 60-year-old man faces a federal trial for wearing military medals or decorations that prosecutors say he did not earn.

William James Richardson, of North Fond du Lac, is charged with a misdemeanor of knowingly wearing a badge authorized by Congress for the country's armed forces without authorization, the federal court in Milwaukee said.

Trial was set for Aug. 3 by Judge Aaron E. Goodstein at a hearing on Tuesday.

No plea has been entered yet.

Richardson said that former members of the Fond du Lac American Legion, of which he is a member, have been harassing him. He said they're making a bigger deal out of his case than is necessary.

"They're trying to make a federal case out of a misdemeanor case," he said.

He would not say whether he wore medals he did not earn.

John Stateson, a World War II veteran, served on the Fond du Lac American Legion firing squad with Richardson. He said he reported Richardson to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Richardson tried to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"He wasn't a veteran of foreign wars," Stateson said.

He said he believed Richardson served in the U.S. Army for two months in Germany but was not eligible to be a member of the VFW.

Bud Ruckman, a former member of the Fond du Lac American Legion, said he had spoken with Richardson several times because he felt Richardson was wearing medals that he had not earned for years.

"I confronted him and said, 'Bill, you're wrong,'" he said.

Stateson said Richardson continued to wear the medals in public, including a Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award for valor.

Ruckman said that Richardson was still a member of the Fond du Lac American Legion. He said he and five other members left the group or transferred because they did not agree with a decision to allow Richardson to stay on as a member.

Stateson and Ruckman said wearing medals that have not been earned is a disgrace to veterans of war and people who have lost loved ones in wars.

"That's a mockery. That's a slap in the face," said Ruckman, a World War II and Korean War veteran. "He's a disgrace to the families who lost family members."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Wisconsin
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Overkill? I mean, maybe the old guy is just a tad mentally ill or something. An FBI case over this? Come on.
1 posted on 06/23/2006 1:49:56 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Was this John Kerry? John Kerry arrested?/s


2 posted on 06/23/2006 1:51:50 PM PDT by oxcart (Journalism [Sic])
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I wonder if Kerry is next? lol


3 posted on 06/23/2006 1:52:32 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Overkill? - NO


4 posted on 06/23/2006 1:52:44 PM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
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5 posted on 06/23/2006 1:53:09 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What's John Kerry doing in Wisconsin??


6 posted on 06/23/2006 1:54:25 PM PDT by hardworking
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
John Fing Kerry was arrested?? Why do they always wait until Friday to make these announcements?
Will there be associated crimes like treason, impersonating a human being and assaulting a secret service agent while skiing?
7 posted on 06/23/2006 1:55:19 PM PDT by newnhdad (All your government branches are belong to us!! not for long if this cr@p keeps up.)
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To: oxcart

my thoughts exactly.. LMAO


8 posted on 06/23/2006 1:55:35 PM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How about we do something more relevant to our time than this old man...let's start by finding what, if anything, treason means in this day and age. The New York Times and the person who leaked the SWIFT data mining operation should be so charged on Monday morning.


9 posted on 06/23/2006 1:55:43 PM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Overkill? I mean, maybe the old guy is just a tad mentally ill or something. An FBI case over this? Come on.

He's only 60 and has apparently been pretending to have been awarded medals which he hadn't earned. Mentally ill? Perhaps, but definitely not that old a guy.

Since he has been accused of breaking is federal law, it's got to be handled by the FBI or some other federal agency.

10 posted on 06/23/2006 1:56:43 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Diana in Wisconsin


Let me guess. The guys name is Murtha, right?


11 posted on 06/23/2006 1:58:05 PM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Overkill? I mean, maybe the old guy is just a tad mentally ill or something. An FBI case over this? Come on.

How old does one have to be to start getting away with pleading "old"? The article reports a witness saying "...Richardson was wearing medals that he had not earned for years.." How old was the guy when he started doing it? Where does one draw the line which says "beyond this age you can be forgiven for doing stupid crap"?
12 posted on 06/23/2006 1:58:58 PM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
John Stateson, a World War II veteran, served on the Fond du Lac American Legion firing squad with Richardson.

Now that a SERIOUS Legion post. My post has an honor guard that fires salutes at funerals, and they're pretty quick to suspend members who get out of line at the bar, but they haven't resorted to firing squads yet. ;~))

13 posted on 06/23/2006 1:59:20 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
An FBI case over this? Come on.

Sure why not! It's about time we make a poster boy out of one of these phonies.

14 posted on 06/23/2006 2:00:36 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I thought this was an article about Kinky Friedman wearing his father's medals.


15 posted on 06/23/2006 2:00:59 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Or Mayor Nagin...


16 posted on 06/23/2006 2:01:15 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: contemplator

As I read the article, it appeared to me that the guy reported him to the FBI when he tried to join the VFW.

Probably just cr@ppy, confusing and hard to understand reporting as always from the AP. *Rolleyes*


17 posted on 06/23/2006 2:02:20 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

At least he has a bright future as a Democrat candidate.


18 posted on 06/23/2006 2:02:42 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Famous last words: "what does Ibtz mean?")
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To: Bob

Why wasn't the FBI interested in prosecuting whoever forged the National Guard memos that cost Dan Ratherbiased his job?

There was forgery of an officer.


19 posted on 06/23/2006 2:02:48 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Did they arrested John Murtha?


20 posted on 06/23/2006 2:05:28 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("Conspiracy theories are the products of feeble minds." - A. Horvet)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

You need to do some research about military posers. I think the only thing wrong is that current punishment is not nearly enough, surely not overkill.


21 posted on 06/23/2006 2:05:39 PM PDT by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and secure the border!!!)
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To: Ditto
Now that a SERIOUS Legion post. My post has an honor guard that fires salutes at funerals, and they're pretty quick to suspend members who get out of line at the bar, but they haven't resorted to firing squads yet. ;~))

LOL!

They must take things pretty seriously in that post!

22 posted on 06/23/2006 2:06:40 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (Gal.4:16))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Did they arrested John Murtha?


23 posted on 06/23/2006 2:07:04 PM PDT by Big Guy and Rusty 99 ("Conspiracy theories are the products of feeble minds." - A. Horvet)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

OK,, all you clowns making jokes about this can kiss my butt.

Fakes, frauds and wannabees that wear unearned, unrecorded, unjustified medals deserve a beating, including sKerry.

But as much as I hate that traitor, he at least has a papertrail leading to his false earning of them. The fraud in this story just decided to pin them on himself.


24 posted on 06/23/2006 2:07:22 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Tammy8
You need to do some research about military posers. I think the only thing wrong is that current punishment is not nearly enough, surely not overkill.

I agree wearing an unearned medal is very wrong, but shouldn't the disgrace of being caught at it be enough?

The reason one would do that is to get unearned appreciation, but if caught, all he gets is embarrassment and disgrace.

25 posted on 06/23/2006 2:11:51 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (Gal.4:16))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin


Kerry, party of one, your courtroom is ready.


26 posted on 06/23/2006 2:13:24 PM PDT by msnimje (There is no way we can lose if we stay in Iraq and no way we can win if we cut and run.)
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To: Tammy8

"You need to do some research about military posers."

I'm retired Army, ODS Vet with a chest full of medals when appropriate. I've seen plenty of "posers" over the years, with or without the medals. ;)


27 posted on 06/23/2006 2:13:38 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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...he at least has a papertrail leading to his false earning of them...

Even the Bronze Star with the "V?"
28 posted on 06/23/2006 2:14:58 PM PDT by msnimje (There is no way we can lose if we stay in Iraq and no way we can win if we cut and run.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I've heard of lots of Vietnam posers, but this is the first WWII I've seen.


29 posted on 06/23/2006 2:18:40 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: fortheDeclaration
..but shouldn't the disgrace of being caught at it be enough?

NO! The disgrace is to all those that honored and respected this man specifically because of the false medal.

30 posted on 06/23/2006 2:20:44 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1
but shouldn't the disgrace of being caught at it be enough? NO! The disgrace is to all those that honored and respected this man specifically because of the false medal.

But now that he has been exposed, that respect and honor has now turned to disgust and shame, the very opposite of what he wanted.

I do agree that we cannot have people wearing medals they did not earn since it demeans the medal.

31 posted on 06/23/2006 2:24:35 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (Gal.4:16))
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To: Ditto

Yeah: Thats p[retty cool. My Post doesnt have a firing squad either. What we do have is a lockbox where all the DD214 records of members are kept. A quick look there should tell them what medals this guy is entitled to wear. If he is wearing medals he isnt entitled to he should be removed from the rolls,or informed to get his DD214 up to date.


32 posted on 06/23/2006 2:25:30 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: msnimje

sKerry is a piece of crap. His position in politics have allowed him to falsify everything he's ever done.

How would you like me to reply to his bullshit "V"? It's bullshit, but he's got the world steppin and fetchin to do something about it.


33 posted on 06/23/2006 2:25:57 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: colorado tanker

The guy is 60 years old If he fought in WW2 it was as a sperm in his Daddy's bag.


34 posted on 06/23/2006 2:27:57 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Glad to see one Veterans organization is taking "Stolen Valor" seriously. This is only one of many instances of men who have claimed to be war heroes, who apparently were never even in war. How stupid is this man, as the awards of the DSC are easy to trace. The DSC, AFC, and NC are second only to the CMH.

I served with a fellow officer in combat, who was later thrown out of the Army when he was caught wearing a Silver Star that he was never awarded.

The wearing of any unauthorized medal(s) is a disgraceful act. Urge your elected officials to pass the Stolen Valor Act. I do not feel sorry for this man. He deserves a fine, jail time, plus months of community service working for real combat veterans in our VA hospitals.

Real heroes rarely even talk about details of their combat service.


35 posted on 06/23/2006 2:28:14 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: JoeSixPack1

Where did this guy get his medals, do you have any idea?


36 posted on 06/23/2006 2:28:57 PM PDT by MissEdie
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To: sgtbono2002

Born in 1946 probably? New recruits looks younger to me each year, but I've never seen one that was still a gleam in his father's eye!


37 posted on 06/23/2006 2:34:19 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: MissEdie

Money talks, so who knows. The sale of most medals is thinly regulated and not the issue. Having them and falsely representing yourself as earning them is the issue.


38 posted on 06/23/2006 2:36:42 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1

The INTERSTING word in this case -- is EARNED..

No one disputes that Kerry and Murtha were AWARDED decorations -- the dispute arises around the doubt they were justly EARNED.

Awarded yes... Earned?

Neither will sign the SF180 granting UNRESTRICTED access to the public of their full Military and Medical records.

The stench arises primarily from the number of Purple Hearts with NEITHER "hero" carrying a scar or record of field or out of theater Hospital stay. These were "Angel Kiss wounds" huh?

I would bet granny's rum bearing cow, that 80% of veterans in country, bled more than either of the bastards and didn't apply or get recommended for a Purple Heart...

Certainly smells like they MUST have something to hide...

Semper Fi


39 posted on 06/23/2006 2:37:33 PM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Tammy8
I think the only thing wrong is that current punishment is not nearly enough,

I would say that not enough of these posers are punished. But the punishment need not be inordinately severe, just severe enough that they not do it again.

Most of these guys are pathetic, to be sure, but they need not be locked up with violent criminals.

40 posted on 06/23/2006 2:39:15 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (At least drunken sailors spend their own money, Congress doesn't.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Fond du Lac?

They lie about the size of the fish they catch upn there too.


41 posted on 06/23/2006 2:40:14 PM PDT by toddlintown
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To: river rat
No one disputes that Kerry and Murtha were AWARDED decorations -- the dispute arises around the doubt they were justly EARNED.

Bingo!

Semper Fi

42 posted on 06/23/2006 2:40:35 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This is the way I look at it -

There are people who spent years from home, have malaria, lost limbs, eyesight or even their life. They are decorated with awards for their actions, participation or just the hardship and sacrifice they endured or gave for the cause. People who want lie about this and pretend to be something they are not, that's just not cool in my book.

I'm not saying to lock this guy up. But exposing frauds is OK.


43 posted on 06/23/2006 2:41:10 PM PDT by Red6
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maybe the old guy

I'm 67 and extremely physically fit. I would bet more fit than you at any age.

What is this old guy crap but ageism?
44 posted on 06/23/2006 2:42:26 PM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: contemplator
How old does one have to be to start getting away with pleading "old"? The article reports a witness saying."

Well, it's older than 67 (my age)...I keep trying it and my kids won't let me get away with it, darn!

45 posted on 06/23/2006 2:43:34 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (500 WMDs, home-grown terrorists, BUSH is doing his job per the NYT...what a tragedy for the left!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Overkill? I mean, maybe the old guy is just a tad mentally ill or something. An FBI case over this? Come on.


During a war, I don't think people should be getting "war hero" treatment that they don't deserve. Maybe FBI is a bit much, but maybe this will stop people from lying.


46 posted on 06/23/2006 2:44:24 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Beckwith
maybe the old guy

I'm 67 and extremely physically fit. I would bet more fit than you at any age.

What is this old guy crap but ageism?

You may want to check your aim. I wasn't the one who made the "old guy" comment. I responded to it.

47 posted on 06/23/2006 2:45:03 PM PDT by Bob
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To: river rat
80% of veterans in country, bled more than either of the bastards and didn't apply or get recommended for a Purple Heart...

My brother-in-law (First Inf. 7th Cav. 66-68) would be a case in point. Three wounds: Pun-gee through foot (no infection), grenade fragments (cuts, no stitches) and a bullet crease on forehead (stitches required). When he was being stitched up for the bullet crease he asked about a purple heart and was told:

"No, not this one. Now if it had been a couple of inches deeper..."

He also said there is no way he could accept a PH after seeing what other guys went through to get ones for far more serious wounds.

48 posted on 06/23/2006 2:48:54 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (At least drunken sailors spend their own money, Congress doesn't.)
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To: Beckwith

Mandelbaum.


49 posted on 06/23/2006 2:50:09 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: MissEdie

Army surplus stores. They are easy to get.


50 posted on 06/23/2006 2:58:36 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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