Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stolen Valor From WWII

William Manchester made up most of his wartime record. When he did it, it was more difficult to verify military records than it is today. In doing so, he has tarnished what was his actual service and left us with no recourse but to question everything he wrote.

Forged his fake Navy Cross Citation.

Faked a Silver Star award.

Embellished his wartime experiences in Goodbye, Darkness.

Wrote his own commendation that appeared to be from a general.

Fabricated a combat injury.

Fabricated a Purple Heart award.

And so on.

Yes, he could write and write well. But I'm more likely look for historical truth in Steven King's offerings now.

He even lied about being valedictorian of his college class.



Jenifer Marchesi said...

REALLY disappointing!!!!!

Borepatch said...

Seems he made his entire career off of this.

matism said...

So what you're saying is that he is the John Kerry Heinz of WW II?

waepnedmann said...

I loved his work. Except Darkness. It kind of creeped me out.
I read everything except the book on Krupp. I got about three-quarters through it and got sidetracked and did not finish it.
The Krupps are a good example of the weirdness into which the rich and famous and their offspring devolve.

LindaG said...

Don't know him or his books, but your word for him is a polite choice.

Hubby and I went to a flea market in Mississippi last year. We saw a guy with a Mach 3+ patch on his jacket. Having spent 1974-1979 at Beale AFB, we tried to strike up a conversation with him.
And quickly realized his patch was just that. A patch. He was completely clueless about anything to do with the SR-71. Kind of disappointing as they were the best years in our Air Force career.