Skip to comments.Researchers say Sam Garrison no Tuskegee Airman
Posted on 05/11/2012 4:19:31 PM PDT by rw4site
Personal note: Back on June 03, 2011 I posted the story of a Tuskegee airman's death, It is now determined that his story was a hoax.
Original Post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2729241/posts
Today's story: In November 2011, Samuel M. Garrison Jr. was honored posthumously with his name featured on the new Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home.
Garrison died May 26, 2011, at age 88 as a celebrated war hero, a famed Tuskegee P-38 fighter pilot who told mesmerizing stories of long-ago dog fights and downed enemy aircraft.
In the two years before his death, he signed autographs, attended receptions and accepted a mayor's proclamation, all in his honor.
To many, his persona seemed bigger than life when he appeared at various social events sporting a bright red jacket dripping with medals that represent valor and selflessness in the line of duty.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbs19.tv ...
He could have come to Massachusetts and run for senator.
That’s a pretty damming article at the link, about his “Stolen Valor”, outright lies, fraud and deception. Very sad for his daughter to find this out about her dad. RIP, Mr Garrison.
I never knew that any of the active Tuskeegee fighter groups were equipped with P-38’s. That alone would have had me checking this guy’s story.
You have to understand that his biography was a composite....
I also knew that the best plane they flew was the P-51 Mustang.
“The Tuskegee Airmen initially were equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks fighter-bomber aircraft, briefly with Bell P-39 Airacobras (March 1944), later with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts (JuneJuly 1944), and finally with the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944).”
Sad. Sad that someone had the need to present themselves in that fashion, sad that his family and friends had to learn the truth.
I just don’t get how people do that.
Perhaps it is time for Obama to insert himself into the controversy: "Sam Garrison could have been my dad."
I don’t either, my FRiend; I don’t either.
“Perhaps it is time for Obama to insert himself into the controversy: “Sam Garrison could have been my dad.”
DING! post of the night
It’s not that uncommon Sir. Theres a group of us get together once a year here in the Permian Basin, all Vietnam Vets and all served with the 101st. You’d be surprised how many show up for some of our events and claim to be Vietnam vets. It don’t take long to figure them out.
They flew P-339s, P40s, P47s, and P51C and P51Ds. The only major USAAF pursuit craft they DIDNT fly was the P38 Lightning.
To dispute his account of the heroic action proves racism. He, BTW, always wore a hoodie while flying. The P-38 had an ineffective cockpit heater
“The historians have acted stupidly.”
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True story according to Yossarian, as told by Milo Minderbinder, it took place while working for M&M Enterprises.
I think the picture of the P-38 was posted as a metaphor for something that crashed, i.e. the guy’s story.
Ja, but dat fokker vas flying a Messerschmidt.
Go to the link and listen to the interview with his widow. She calls him out and says he will have to answer to God for his lie. She is very impressive.
A little less than a decade ago, I was also the victim of a likely hoax involving a black World War II combat veteran. I got warnings, some of them anonymous tips. After some digging, I didn't have enough proof to do an expose of “stolen valor,” but I sure did have enough to decide to avoid doing a story that could have embarrassed me and the newspaper for which I was working at the time.
Asking to see DD-214s (and the earlier equivalents used in World War II) is helpful but not perfect.
This case of the false Tuskegee Airman seems to be airtight — the records of that unit are maintained well, they have an advocacy organization that researches unit history, and there's no way he would be able to receive the awards he claimed without being in the records. That's not the case with every soldier or every unit. There are legitimate cases where documentation either doesn't exist or is very difficult to locate.
Bottom line when dealing with an elderly person who says he served his country: trust but verify.