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Ex-SEAL Known for Exposing Stolen Valor Takes on Nathan Phillips - 'Was Refrig Mechanic'

Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist who was filmed banging a drum in the face of a high school student in Washington on Friday, might not have been the type of veteran that he made himself out to be.

According to former Special Forces members, while Phillips called himself a “Vietnam times veteran” he never corrected those who called him a “Vietnam veteran.”

Jim Hanson, an Army Special Forces veteran and president of the Security Studies Group think tank, tweeted a video by former Navy Seal Don Shipley, who is known to shed light on cases of “stolen valor.” (A profile of Shipley published by the Washingtonian magazine in 2015 was headlined “If You’re Lying About Being a Navy SEAL, This Man Will Catch You.”)

Shipley secured what he said were Phillips’ military records and said the Indian from the Omaha Nation and former U.S. Marine was never deployed overseas and was, in reality, a refrigerator mechanic.

In a Vogue magazine piece published in April 2018, Phillips described himself as a Marine “recon ranger.”

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“The truth on #NathanPhillips … per DD214 fm #DonShipley A poseur assassin,” Hanson tweeted. “Not a Vietnam vet Served in USMC 72-76 Drumroll please Refrigerator mechanic not a ‘Recon Ranger.’

“& the big finish 3 AWOLS Thanks for your service Nate Now shut up NSFW but awesome.”

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While Phillips himself apparently never said that he served in Vietnam, he talked about his time in the service in conjunction with the hardships faced by Vietnam veterans and didn’t correct those who insinuated that he served overseas, Shipley said.

Hanson posted several more videos in which Phillips talked about his time in the Marines and the hardships he faced, as well as phrasing about “coming home.”

“#NathanPhillips didn’t serve in Vietnam But talks like he did He says he’s a ‘Vietnam times veteran’ & ‘When I come home, those times, I got spit on & called a baby killer,” Hanson tweeted.

“Come home? & He has never corrected any story calling him a Vietnam vet”

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Hanson intimated Phillips was intentionally misrepresenting himself to bolster his own credibility.

“He’s cagey when trying to mislead people into believing he’s a Vietnam Vet(.) He always adds ‘times’ to his Vietnam Veteran claim(.) But then says things to lead normal folks to think he is an actual Vietnam Vet(.) Here he talks about getting out after the war ended.”

“He knows he will confuse most people & they will think he is a Vietnam Vet(.) #CNN was fooled and gave him the chyron he wanted.”

Phillips previously turned down an offer to meet with the students he had confronted at the Lincoln Memorial.

However, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips has since changed his mind and said that he will represent the “Indigenous Peoples March to Covington Catholic High School for a dialogue about cultural appropriation, racism and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures.”

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Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose main goal is to keep the wool from being pulled over your eyes. She believes that the liberal agenda will always depend on Americans being uneducated and easy to manipulate. Her mission is to present the news in a straightforward yet engaging manner.
Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose professional career has been focused on bringing accuracy and integrity to her readers. She believes that the liberal agenda functions best in a shroud of half truths and misdirection, and depends on the American people being uneducated.

Savannah believes that it is the job of journalists to make sure the facts are the focus of every news story, and that answering the questions readers have, before they have them, is what will educate those whose voting decisions shape the future of this country.

Savannah believes that we must stay as informed as possible because when it comes to Washington "this is our circus, and those are our monkeys."
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