Sunday, April 21, 2024
More
    HomeUnited StatesU.S ArmyA Museum Proudly Displayed an American Flag Rescued from the Fall of...

    A Museum Proudly Displayed an American Flag Rescued from the Fall of Saigon. But the Soldier’s Story Wasn’t True.

    A Museum Proudly Displayed an American Flag Rescued from the Fall of Saigon. But the Soldier's Story Wasn't True.

    ANTIOCH — A U.S. flag neatly folded and encased in the military room of this 's museum ended up there because, as the story went, it was draped around an soldier as he climbed on a helicopter from atop the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

    He was among the last American troops to leave , he said, and brought the flag that kept him company during combat home with him.

    The precious possession was later presented with great fanfare to the Antioch Historical Society during a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation barbecue fundraiser nine years ago, on the cusp of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

    “We were so excited about it at the time. It seemed like a really good deal,” recalled Laura Jacques, a longtime volunteer and past president of the Antioch Historical Society.

    But the flag will now be removed from the wing of the museum where other decorated Antioch soldiers' keepsakes are on display after records show it was probably never in Vietnam — and neither was the man who claimed to carry it.

    Military records obtained by this newspaper show the flag-bearing former U.S. Army sergeant, Michael Thomas Greenawalt, was in fact stationed in , working as a desk clerk during the Vietnam War.

    While the records from the National Archives and Records Administration do not show the complete personnel file on his service from 1972 to 1985, not up for debate are historical records that say the U.S. Marines — not Army…

    Continue Reading This Article At Military.com

    Stay Connected

    34,572FansLike
    4,123FollowersFollow
    1,739FollowersFollow

    Latest articles

    AlphaDog Hosting Ad

    Related articles

    Leave a reply

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here
    Captcha verification failed!
    CAPTCHA user score failed. Please contact us!