Nathan Phillips, Fake Marine

Stolen Valor at its Finest

by Thomas Wictor

Tue, January 22, 2019

Nathan Phillips likes to bang his drum and moan.

He also likes to lie about his service in Vietnam.

"You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role. So I thank you for taking that point position for me.”

Here’s a piece from the Austin American-Statesman, November 23, 2000, page 16. “A Day of Mourning,” by Rowan Philp of the Washington Post.

Since Phillips was born on February 22, 1955, he would’ve joined the Marines in 1972.

Here’s what the Marines were doing in Vietnam in 1972, from "U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The War That Would Not End, 1971-1973”.

"By July 1971, less than 500 U.S. Marines, mostly advisors, communicators, and supporting arms specialists remained in Vietnam.

There’s no such thing as a “recon ranger” anyway, but by 1972, the US Marines were no longer engaged in combat in Vietnam. This is part of the “Vietnamization” of the war. Americans remained to advise, not to fight. In 1972, the only US Marine combat troops were supporting arms specialists, meaning men who fired mortars and other crew-served weapons.

Nathan Phillips said he went on patrol as the point man—the first marine in the column.

He did so in his pathetic fantasies.

The man is a liar. He lied about his service in Vietnam, and he lied about what the young Trump supporters did.

It took me exactly three minutes to expose Nathan Phillips as a liar. I appear to be the only person who made the effort.

About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.


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