Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record

Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record

A man who claimed to be a Vietnam veteran and Navy SEAL in a Fox News segment earlier this month has admitted to lying about his service and faking his awards, including two Purple Hearts.

Fox reported that Garafalo, 72, also received two purple hearts along with more than a dozen medals during his service. "And we certainly hope maybe the president is listening".

"Fox News not withdrawing that story drove me nutty", Shipley told the Military Times.

There's only one problem.

Although he served in the Navy during the time of the Vietnam War, his service lasting from 1963 to 1967, the NY resident got nowhere near Southeast Asia, his work as an aviation boatswain's mate bringing him only as close as Spain. Navy SEAL team, and a decorated war hero who was awarded two Purple Hearts.

Retired SEAL Don Shipley was the first to dispute Garofalo's story, going so far as to contact Fox News about a retraction the day after they ran it on October 8.

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"Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", Fox News wrote in a correction posted on its website. "What I did I'm ashamed of, and I didn't mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs".

So what's true in Garofalo's story? The 72-year-old served in the Navy from 1963 to 1967 as an aviation boatswain's mate, and was deployed for a while in Rota, Spain.

A glass artist who appeared on Fox News claiming to be a Navy SEAL who earned two purple hearts so he could show off a giant glass sculpture he made for President Donald Trump has been exposed as a fraud. Garafalo did serve in the military, but his hero status is about as real as Kylie Jenner's face.

A Freedom of Information request shows "Naval Special Warfare Command having no records of Garofalo in the history of the elite units' ranks", according to Navy Times.

"Garofalo is used to working under pressure", Fox News' Bryan Llenas had said in a voice over in the original segment.

"We apologize to our viewers, especially veterans and servicemen and women", Fox concluded.


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