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Researchers say Sam Garrison no Tuskegee Airman
CBS19 KYTX, Longview/Tyler, TX. ^ | May 11, 2012 | Coretta Williams

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 ...


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KEYWORDS: hoax; stolenvalor
Just Damn!
1 posted on 05/11/2012 4:19:36 PM PDT by rw4site
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To: rw4site

No comment.


2 posted on 05/11/2012 4:25:24 PM PDT by davisfh
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To: davisfh

wow


3 posted on 05/11/2012 4:33:29 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: rw4site
Photobucket
4 posted on 05/11/2012 4:33:33 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: rw4site

He could have come to Massachusetts and run for senator.


5 posted on 05/11/2012 4:33:45 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: rw4site

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.


6 posted on 05/11/2012 4:41:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: rw4site

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.


7 posted on 05/11/2012 4:43:14 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: rw4site

You have to understand that his biography was a composite....


8 posted on 05/11/2012 4:43:22 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: rw4site

That’s racist


9 posted on 05/11/2012 4:46:42 PM PDT by onona (RIP Levon, another good man gone.)
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To: Tallguy

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 (June–July 1944), and finally with the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944).”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Airmen


10 posted on 05/11/2012 4:49:38 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: carriage_hill

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.


11 posted on 05/11/2012 4:51:13 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: rw4site
It is disgusting to see white Republican racists try to deny this American hero the respect he earned with his years of military service.

Perhaps it is time for Obama to insert himself into the controversy: "Sam Garrison could have been my dad."

12 posted on 05/11/2012 4:52:09 PM PDT by TChad
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"Equally puzzling to some is the fact ... the group he claimed as his own, has no records of him. And no one remembers him."

Strangely obama-like.

13 posted on 05/11/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: rlmorel

I don’t either, my FRiend; I don’t either.


14 posted on 05/11/2012 5:15:33 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: TChad

“Perhaps it is time for Obama to insert himself into the controversy: “Sam Garrison could have been my dad.”

DING! post of the night


15 posted on 05/11/2012 6:35:05 PM PDT by max americana
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To: rlmorel

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.


16 posted on 05/11/2012 6:43:27 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Tallguy

They flew P-339s, P40s, P47s, and P51C and P51Ds. The only major USAAF pursuit craft they DIDNT fly was the P38 Lightning.


17 posted on 05/11/2012 6:58:46 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank
Garrison plane-jacked the P-38 from the Luftwaffe. They had captured one intact and were using it to deliver pizza from Naples to Luftwaffe bases in Rumania and Bulgaria, keeping them warm on the plane's exhaust manifolds.

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

18 posted on 05/11/2012 7:06:36 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: TChad

“The historians have acted stupidly.”


19 posted on 05/11/2012 8:05:58 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: Kenny Bunk

were using it to deliver pizza from
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True story according to Yossarian, as told by Milo Minderbinder, it took place while working for M&M Enterprises.


20 posted on 05/11/2012 8:27:08 PM PDT by xrmusn (#6/98# Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: Tallguy; EGPWS

I think the picture of the P-38 was posted as a metaphor for something that crashed, i.e. the guy’s story.


21 posted on 05/12/2012 3:00:36 AM PDT by Former War Criminal (Who am I? Why am I here?)
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To: xrmusn

Ja, but dat fokker vas flying a Messerschmidt.


22 posted on 05/12/2012 4:06:17 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: rw4site

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.


23 posted on 05/12/2012 5:52:30 AM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: davisfh; All
Thank you for your note, which is very sad.

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.

24 posted on 05/12/2012 7:37:37 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: rw4site

Bumper Post


25 posted on 05/12/2012 12:42:56 PM PDT by rw4site (Little men want Big Government!)
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