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Retired 'Navy SEAL' praising Trump on Fox News was a fake

21 October 2017, 01:00 | Marta Robbins

'Navy Seal' Vet That Praised Trump on Fox News Made Up Service History

John Garofalo falsely claimed he was a Vietnam veteran a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a decorated war hero who was awarded two Purple Hearts

Fox News Channel has removed a false story from its website, saying it was duped by an artist the network highlighted as a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a much-decorated war hero. "Heroes are the ones that didn't come home".

The video's description said: "Despite health issues, Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient John Garofalo, 72, created a hand-cut, four-ft, 150-lb. glass and bronze presidential seal as a gift for President Donald J. Trump".

John Garofalo in the retracted Fox News segment.

"Records show Garofalo did serve in the Navy from September 6, 1963, to September 6, 1967, as an aviation boatswain's mate ― aircraft handling, or ABH, a job that involves overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft", the Military Times reports.

This is not the first time Fox News has been snookered by a fake Leathery Military Man. It also makes you wonder what else FOX News is getting totally wrong, or at the least misconstruing on objective.

His sole decoration was a National Defense Service Medal, which is awarded to any service member who serves honorably during a "national emergency", including during the Vietnam War.

Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue.

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Apparently, Llenas told Shipley that he was working on confirming Garofalo's claims and had submitted a request for his military records-which, while I didn't go to journalism school, is something that I'm reasonably sure you're supposed to do before putting something on the air, not afterwards.

In its correction, Fox News said, "Over the last two weeks, we've worked with Garofalo's family and the National Personnel Records Center to get to the bottom of a military past that Garofalo had claimed to be covert". Problem is he never served in Vietnam and he was never a Navy SEAL. He posted a short video on October 9 saying Garofalo was "a total phony". "He served in Spain and he gifted two presidential seals to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush", the correction said.

"We apologize to our viewers, especially veterans and servicemen and women", the statement read.

"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told Navy Times about his lie.

A Fox spokesman told the Navy Times it would run an on-air correction on Sunday.

"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told the newspaper in a telephone interview.

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