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Marine returns home to area as a hero (Freepers uncover HOAX!)
FreeRepublic ^ | TankerKC

Posted on 12/14/2001 7:49:34 AM PST by TankerKC

Yesterday, Freeper Holman alerted us to a “fishy” story about a Marine Reservist who was wounded in Afghanistan and had returned to the Dallas area. You can read the original post here. You can also read the original story here, although it is likely to be removed soon.

As you can see from the original link, several Freepers recognized that this story was probably not true and wrote emails to USMC Public Affairs and the reporter.

This morning, I got the following email form the reported at WFAA:

Tank,

Right on dude! Thanks to you and a few others we checked out his story and it was all made up including government documents and fake phone call from the Red Cross informing his wife he had been injured.

Sick, sick, sick. The boy needs help. But in the mean time we will break the story as well as his balls tonight at ten.

Brett

Once again, the power of Freepers is unleashed!


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Thanks to Holman and the other Freepers that uncoverd this.
1 posted on 12/14/2001 7:49:35 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: TankerKC
dittobump
2 posted on 12/14/2001 7:53:23 AM PST by Ed_in_NJ
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To: TankerKC
Great job guys.

BTW, did all this happen (reporting of the first story, debunking by FReepers, public on-air retraction) in less than 24 hours?

3 posted on 12/14/2001 7:59:50 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Ed_in_NJ
BUMP
4 posted on 12/14/2001 8:01:04 AM PST by Jimbaugh
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To: TankerKC
Next time I get the urge to brag about phoney acts of valor I won't do it on FR.
5 posted on 12/14/2001 8:02:05 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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To: wideawake
.....in less than 24 hours?

I'm not sure. I'm not in Dallas, so I can only see what is on their website. Maybe some of our DFW area Freepers can answer. From the email I got, they plan on correcting the original story at 10:00 PM tonight [that will be 2200 for you military types ;) ]

6 posted on 12/14/2001 8:05:40 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: TankerKC
Here is the original in case the story is pulled from the Dallas Morning News website.

Marine returns home to area as a hero
12/13/2001
By BRETT SHIPP / WFAA-TV
It was October 18th. Little Trinity Larez was delivered a bit early into the world, so her father could hold her prior to shipping out to Afghanistan, on an assignment he knew little about.

"I guess she is a new reason to make sure I come back," Sgt. Larez said at the time. "That's what I'm looking forward to, is to hurry up and come back."

Four days later, Larez found himself on the front lines in a war with the Taliban. As a squad leader, he was in charge of escorting Special Operations troops back in from the field.

Two weeks ago, his squad came under fire. Soldiers were wounded. According to an advisory from his commanding officer, Sergeant Larez "was one such casualty."

His injuries, the advisory says, "were sustained while saving a friendly soldier", an Army Ranger. Larez took "two shots to the upper torso" and "fragmentations to the upper thigh." He was temporarily blinded following the detonation of a "nearby concussion grenade."

The advisory goes on to say the Sergeant made "7 additional kills...." and was "instrumental in the capture of several prisoners."

It would be 36 more hours before his wife Pauline would get word of his fate. Minutes after that, his boss at work got the call.

"It shocked me, seriously," said Doug Baum of Bankston Chrysler in Frisco, Larez's employer. "I was really scared for him because his wife called me and she was just crying. She said Thomas was shot three times."

The entire staff at Bankston prayed for Larez, never thinking seriously that when he left, he might not return to fill the corner desk office left vacant for him.

Despite all the trauma and close calls, Marine Sergeant, faithful employee and father Thomas Larez is back at work, already trying to live down his hero status.

"I ran out there and was trying to pull (the injured soldier) into a defense perimeter we set up for him," Larez said. "That's what I was trying to do when I got hit."

Larez says not only his life flashed before his eyes, but his daughter and wife. He says having his daughter back in his arms is an experience worth fighting for.

"I think she recognizes me and sleeps on my chest and stuff," he said. "She looks at daddy kinda funny, recognizing my voice and everything."

Trinity Larez may now also recognize her daddy's smile, which is hard to forget.

7 posted on 12/14/2001 8:06:46 AM PST by ao98
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To: TankerKC
Hey, will you flag me with the followup to this story? Thanks in advance.
8 posted on 12/14/2001 8:09:10 AM PST by wasp69
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To: wasp69
WILCO
9 posted on 12/14/2001 8:19:25 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: TankerKC
The balloon went up at 0620 yesterday (I'm out in Santa Fe on a job) when I read the Dallas Morning News on line. The writer of the story is also a face reporter for the local ABC affiliate (ch. 8). I hoisted the article up a bit later on FreeRepublic and veterans joined the battle. Initially, the repoter was telling us all to go to hell but he was quickly overwhelmed and bayoneted for his resistance.

Here we sit on the objective, eating his chow.

10 posted on 12/14/2001 8:20:06 AM PST by holman
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To: TankerKC
at 10:00 PM tonight [that will be 2200 for you military types ;) ]

And to finish that old joke....

...the little hand will be on the ten and big hand will be on the twelve for you Marines. :=)

(Sorry, I could't help it; I was a squid.)

Seriously though, many thanks to all of you who were involved in flushing out this phoney. Excellent work!

If this guy really is a Marine reservist, he may want to watch his back at his drill weekends for a while (maybe the next 20 years' worth).

11 posted on 12/14/2001 8:26:01 AM PST by Bob
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To: justshutupandtakeit
Next time I get the urge to brag about phoney acts of valor I won't do it on FR.

LOLOLOL!!!!! If there was a prize for funny, you WIN!

12 posted on 12/14/2001 8:29:22 AM PST by WillaJohns
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To: TankerKC
Brett apparently will have to cover his butt for a lousy job of reporting. I'm amazed that the wife went along with this shyster. BTW, Larez is a car salesman. I wonder how many car sales he got from people that believed this hoax!?!
13 posted on 12/14/2001 8:33:52 AM PST by Registered
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To: holman
I just got this:

Good Morning Sir,

We received your email to the webmaster yesterday and the info you had provided to Sgt Niman this morning. Parallel to our track, we were also attempting to verify the story. It does appear that the story was fabricated and our internal resources are taking care of the issue.

Thank you for your interest and keeping us in the loop from the great state of Texas.

Take care and have a great day,

Greg Reeder
Branch Head, MC News and Information
Headquarters Marine Corps (PAMCN)
2 Navy Annex
Washington, DC 20380-1775
Tel: (703) 614-7678
DSN: 224-7679
Fax: (703) 614-1874
Visit us on the web at: http://www.usmc.mil

14 posted on 12/14/2001 8:34:01 AM PST by holman
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To: holman
Here we sit on the objective, eating his chow.

Udaman! </keyboard cleanup>

15 posted on 12/14/2001 8:34:27 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: holman
Bwaaaaaahaaaaha. Send Larez a Christmas Card from FreeRepublic.
16 posted on 12/14/2001 8:37:55 AM PST by Registered
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To: TankerKC
He is probably angling to be a history professor in Boston.
17 posted on 12/14/2001 8:41:00 AM PST by VRWC_minion
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To: Jim Robinson
This is an absolutely stellar example of how FR uses the fair use provision under copyright laws to expose lies and inconsistencies in the reporting of news. This is a thread to bookmark.
18 posted on 12/14/2001 8:42:11 AM PST by Registered
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To: VRWC_minion
Or a Notre Dame football coach.
19 posted on 12/14/2001 8:48:48 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit
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To: TankerKC
A couple months back, we had the story of an Ivy League professor who fabricated his entire Vietnam career.

He continues to be a college professor.

We've seen another story where an Ivy League professor wrote a bestselling anti-gun book, and it turned out that nearly all his sources were fabricated.

He continues to be a college professor.

However, unlike college professors, car salesmen are held to a higher standard of honesty. Don't be surprised if his dealership cans this guy.

20 posted on 12/14/2001 8:49:43 AM PST by JoeSchem
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To: Registered
I'm amazed that the wife went along with this shyster.

It seems to me that the wife was fooled too. Which begs the question: Where was he while he was away from home. I'm sure that there is MUCH more to be told with this story.

21 posted on 12/14/2001 8:54:58 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: TankerKC
**Mega Bump**
22 posted on 12/14/2001 8:57:15 AM PST by TwoStep
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To: holman
Great work, it is much appreciated.
23 posted on 12/14/2001 9:05:22 AM PST by Dakmar
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To: JoeSchem
"We've seen another story where an Ivy League professor wrote a bestselling anti-gun book, and it turned out that nearly all his sources were fabricated."

You aren't by any chance referring to Prof. Michael Bellesiles and his almost-totally-fictional work "Arming America," are you?
Because if so, let me point out that his employer, Emory U. respected though it is, is scarcely "Ivy League."

Or is there yet another liar in academe?

24 posted on 12/14/2001 9:10:27 AM PST by Redbob
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To: holman
Excellent job. Unfortunately most reporters these days have never been in service, so they wouldn't know BS when they heard it. Makes you wonder what else they get wrong, LOL. By the way, did your email go something like "This is S$&% and this is Shinola, try not to mistake the two."
25 posted on 12/14/2001 9:12:17 AM PST by ScreamingFist
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To: TankerKC
bump
26 posted on 12/14/2001 9:23:33 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: TankerKC
For him to come home, some of his higher ups must have been in on it too. They probably got tired of listening to his whining about being away from his newborn. Like the REAL HEROES are doing everyday! He does disgrace to the USMC! Time to boot him out of the reserves and the money he makes from it. My husband served in the Navy and did our country proud!
27 posted on 12/14/2001 9:25:58 AM PST by Thisiswhoweare
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To: TankerKC
If you got this message from WFAA-TV, I'm betting that "Brett" is Brett Shipp. I know him, personally. He is one standup guy.
28 posted on 12/14/2001 9:30:03 AM PST by rdb3
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To: rdb3
Right, it was Brett Shipp.
29 posted on 12/14/2001 9:44:16 AM PST by TankerKC
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To: TankerKC
But in the mean time we will break the story as well as his balls...

Bwa ha ha ha ha

30 posted on 12/14/2001 9:50:47 AM PST by Petronski
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To: TankerKC
Dallas was also a bad place to pull this off. I believe BG Burkett and Glenna Whitley live their. The authors of STOLEN VALOR...
31 posted on 12/14/2001 10:24:06 AM PST by donozark
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To: TankerKC
WELL DONE!
32 posted on 12/14/2001 10:24:14 AM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: TankerKC,All

Stop in and help support our military, their families and Vets!
Come on by and meet some very Patriotic FReepers.
See great graphics and posts and have a few laughs along the way.

New Thread Every Day!

33 posted on 12/14/2001 10:34:10 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: A Navy Vet
Finally got my ID card!!!
Start radio watch training next week.
34 posted on 12/14/2001 10:35:34 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Good deal. Too late now to catch up on your sleep.

Maybe next milennium.

35 posted on 12/14/2001 11:27:18 AM PST by packrat01
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Has anyone contacted the dealership about this fraud. Maybe an Operation Freep is in order?
36 posted on 12/14/2001 11:32:52 AM PST by KingPin
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To: TankerKC
Let me get this straight: the guy paints himself as Sgt. York, and the press puts out a story about it on nothing more than his say-so?
37 posted on 12/14/2001 11:37:39 AM PST by Physicist
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To: Physicist
I know... strange, isn't it? I'm gonna call the press right now, cuz just yesterday I was seriously wounded when I stopped a terrorist attack (before it could happen) here in my neighborhood. I musta killed about 30 of the bad guys!

Now I'm back at work and feeling fine, thanks!

Tee hee ;0)

38 posted on 12/14/2001 11:43:11 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: TankerKC
This reporter can go a long way to make amends if he publicly gives credit to a FreeRepublic.com tipster. Otherwise, he's schlemeil.

Leni

39 posted on 12/14/2001 11:45:00 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal
Bump
40 posted on 12/14/2001 11:59:46 AM PST by 2Jedismom
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
Yeah, I saw on another thread, congrats. You already took the oath so I figured you were in. Get your uniforms yet?
41 posted on 12/14/2001 12:01:51 PM PST by A Navy Vet
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To: A Navy Vet
"Get your uniforms yet?"

I'll pick them up Monday, had to have the ID card to get them 1st. LOL
But actually I am glad to see security in place, especially in this day and age.
42 posted on 12/14/2001 12:30:52 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Redbob
My mistake.
43 posted on 12/14/2001 12:45:58 PM PST by JoeSchem
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To: TankerKC
Hey, try this interesting link.
44 posted on 12/14/2001 12:53:59 PM PST by wideawake
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To: justshutupandtakeit
I was gonna say I took a bullet in the a$$ from osama just before I kicked his butt and p*ssed in his turbin. Okay what was plan b for impressing the chicks?
45 posted on 12/14/2001 12:59:17 PM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: ao98
Little Trinity Larez was delivered a bit early into the world, so her father could hold her prior to shipping out to Afghanistan, on an assignment he knew little about.

Just another little Quibble from a maternal and infant health nurse: Delivering a baby 'early' can be hazardous. It is usually done (by any doctor who cares about his malpractice insurance premium) in this age of litigation only when NOT delivering the baby is more hazardous. I do not believe this part of his story is true either.

46 posted on 12/14/2001 1:24:47 PM PST by maica
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To: VRWC_minion
He is probably angling to be a history professor in Boston.

LOL. History Prof. at some Ivy League deploma mill... Used Car sales in Texas.... ya, that works. They both deal in fiction and fantasy.

47 posted on 12/14/2001 1:33:00 PM PST by Ditto
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To: Registered
This is an absolutely stellar example of how FR uses the fair use provision under copyright
laws to expose lies and inconsistencies in the reporting of news.


AMEN!
Fake military types...take note. It ain't worth the trouble to try to profit from
a manufactured image.

There ought to be some sort of law such as deportation/striping of citizenship
for impersonation of a member of the military.
(I suspect this would be the case in the world of "Starship Troopers"!)
48 posted on 12/14/2001 1:33:14 PM PST by VOA
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To: Redbob
Or is there yet another liar in academe?

A guy named Ellis, big time lefty history prof and award winning author who told all his students he was a hero in Vietnam even thouge he was never there. He got outed eariler this year.

49 posted on 12/14/2001 1:37:10 PM PST by Ditto
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To: TankerKC
I followed the Brett Shipp links and go to a story on Oct 18, 2001:

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10/18/2001

Marine Witnesses Birth Before Shipping Out
As American soldiers begin to turn up the heat on terrorism
overseas, many do so with mixed feelings. They are
confident they will win, but they also long for the
loved ones they leave behind.

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This story was pulled. He obviously was duped back on October 18, and never bothered to investigate any further. When the guy returned he just lapped up whatever this guy lied about.

WFAA-TV News 8 Investigative Unit Journalist Brett Shipp believed hook, line, and sinker that this obvious imposter was a marine. Interestingly, on his webpage, he also says he is "...covering the presidential election recount story....". Well the only people I've seen covering this recount story are liberals. If true, then his habit of believing tall tales from liars, without a spec of suspicion, is just part of this guy's DNA.

50 posted on 12/14/2001 2:01:05 PM PST by HighWheeler
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