Joe Biden tells FALSE war story during campaign event about giving a reluctant hero Navy captain a Silver Star in Afghanistan and giving & # 39; my word as a Biden & # 39; while he told his story & # 39; God's truth & # 39; and has almost every detail wrong
- Biden told a campaign audience what turned out to be a made-up story about awarding a medal to an American soldier in Afghanistan
- Said in New Hampshire that he was going to Kunar province to give a silver star to a naval captain who ran off a cliff to pick up a fallen comrade
- Claimed that the voyage took place while he was vice president, and the naval officer said he did not want the medal because his countryman had died
- Biden visited another part of the country while he was still a senator in 2008 and gave a minor prize to a recruited army sergeant
- The soldier had run into a burning car trying to save his platoon mate and said he didn't want the bronze star because he was late and died
- The cliff rapeller was another man who received the honorary medal from President Obama in 2014
- Biden & # 39; s invention of a story comes from sharing real anecdotes when campaign guards are concerned about his mental skills at the age of 76
An expressive and genuine war story that Joe Biden told a New Hampshire audience last week was almost entirely made up, or a combination of unrelated memories, according to an analysis published Thursday.
The presidential leader of the Democratic Party told a crowd at Dartmouth College that during his time as vice president he traveled to Kunar Province in Afghanistan to award a combat medal to a US Navy captain who was 60 feet past a treacherous cliff had been gathered around the body of the fallen comrade.
Ready to pin a silver star on the soldier's uniform, in Biden's version, he stopped when the sailor told him he didn't deserve it.
"He said," Sir, I don't want that damn thing! ", He said last Friday. "" Don't pin it on me, sir! Please, sir. Do not do that! He died. He died! "
Biden added: & # 39; That is God's truth, my word as a Biden. & # 39; it was false.
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice-president Joe Biden told a war story last Friday during a campaign event at Dartmouth College, which turned out to be almost entirely a fictional work adapted from other anecdotes
Biden pinned the Bronze Star Medal for Valor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad Workman at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Eastern Afghanistan on January 11, 2011; the experience is part of the story that the now-presidential candidate assigned to a naval officer in another part of Afghanistan, gets a different medal for another act of courage
The Washington Post traced the players in the dramatic chronicle and found that the former vice-president was wrong in the rank of the soldier and the military branch, along with the type of medal, the location and the time frame of the crucial moment and the act of courage he was worth it.
Biden visited the Afghan province of Wardak in 2008, when he was an American senator, and donated a bronze star to a man recruited by the army. He did not personally pin a silver star to a naval officer – not a senior naval officer.
The recipient, Staff Sgt. Chad Workman, apparently, protested that his courage was not worthy of recognition. He had come across a burning vehicle to save a friend's life, but discovered that his body was already melting & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; I tried to get away & # 39; to the medal presentation, he told the Post.
The Pentagon has no record of an army captain who received a Silver Star during the period covered by the Biden anecdote.
The daring cliff descent in Biden's campaign story was that of another man, Army Ranger Kyle J. White, according to the Post. He received his medal years later in the White House – an honorary medal – from President Barack Obama.
The news that Biden merged different military stories to come up with his own emotional story comes as Republican critics question the mental abilities of the 76-year-old career politician.
If he were elected president, Biden would be 82 years old when he completed his first term.
He has previously told fictional versions of his heroic story during a 2016 World War II commemoration in Australia and later that year during a campaign speech in support of the then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
When retelling Australia & # 39; a naval captain & # 39; about 200 feet down to save his fellow soldier. On the campaign stump for Clinton, the brave daredevil was an army commander who made a crazy dash for his countryman in a burning car.
& # 39; He died. He died, Mr. Vice President, & # 39; Biden recalled the Army Officer: & # 39; I don't want the medal. & # 39;
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