Skip to comments.Man lied about military medals, won trip to Las Vegas, feds say
Posted on 01/14/2011 7:56:27 PM PST by moonshinner_09
After being struck in the face and head by shrapnel while on patrol in Iraq in 2005, Aaron Joshua Lawless performed first aid on a fellow soldier and returned enemy fire with a damaged gun, before being struck by an explosive device an ordeal that earned him a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
At least, that's how Lawless recounted his time in Iraq to his employer, a Maryland gun store, and the Glock gun-manufacturing company, which decided to honor Lawless as its 2008 "Glock Hero." The 25-year-old and his wife received a trip to Las Vegas, two Glock guns and a crystal glass trophy, a package worth $3,505.91.
But almost none of Lawless' claims of valor on the battlefield is true, according to agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who filed a criminal complaint Thursday in federal court in Maryland.
Lawless did serve in the Marines, according to his military records but only for 35 days. He was discharged in June 2003 for not disclosing an injury to his right knee before joining the corps, the affidavit said.And Lawless served in Iraq in 2006 as a soldier, but was sent home in July of that year for severe headaches, the affidavit said. His military record indicates that at no time did Lawless suffer from battle injuries or receive the high-level military honors he claimed, according to an ATF agent's interview with Lt. Col. Pat L. Kerbuski, at the time the deputy chief of staff for the 101st Airborne Division.
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...and the John Kerry jokes and references will begin in 3...2...1...
Seriously, lies of that sort need to be prosecuted more often—when they are told by both the plebians and the patricians.
The Stolen Valor law was passed in 2005. Enforce it.
Read the 1998 book of the same title.
I was wondering how the ATF became involved in this, and I see that’s covered farther on in the story. Possession of an unregistered machine gun with no serial numbers sounds pretty serious to me. I’m surprised the gun store owner would hire him if he knew that.
And how does he get membership in the American Legion without a copy of his DD 214 (or marines equivalent)?
That is to say, most honest and trustworthy folks would like to believe others are the same.
A it turns out, many are not
trustworthy or honest.
Yes, but since this loser was never in a foxhole, he wouldn't know what that means.
Can't we have this guy visited by a bunch of grumpy old vets with baseball bats to adjust his good knee?
Count me in!
Looks like his injuries were caused by birth.
Poor thing. /s
Won’t bother me one bit when he goes to jell.
I thought some goofyass federal “judge” decided a few months ago that posing as a military hero wasn’t a crime anymore.
It is very sad indeed when your life is built on a lie.
He's just getting ready for a political run in Massachusetts. Is he a stool stuffer two?
From his looks, this boy deserves watching. Lawless, Laughner.
I wonder what took so long for a Stolen Valor law to be passed. It seems so obvious...
You are right. The judge said this law violated free speech. Reference: http://www.tonysrants.com/military/activist-judges-overturn-stolen-valor-call-it-a-violation-of-free-speech/
I thought a judge overturned that law.
I wonder if he’ll eventually show up in one of those anti-war “soldier” groups.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
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