Nathan Phillips -‘Vietnam Veteran’ Never Deployed to Vietnam; Threats Continue Against MAGA Teens

We reported previously that it didn’t seem correct that Nathan Phillips was calling himself a “Vietnam Veteran” when the dates were off. Turns out that Phillips did indeed serve in the Marine Corps…but never deployed to Vietnam. He served from 1972- 1976. He isn’t a Combat Marine, but we don’t have access to his discharge papers to determine how he was discharged.

Update: According to the Gateway Pundit, a Navy SEAL who investigated him stated that Nathan Phillips was a mechanic who went AWOL three times. He also enlisted under a different name: Nathaniel Richard Stanard.

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The Washington Post put out a retraction that read:

“Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.” Washington Post update

The “quiet” retraction was just another in the litany of retractions from both the Washington Post and New York Times over various issues.

Phillips also reportedly told a documentary filmmaker that he was a Vietnam veteran, which helped them raise over $6,000 on Kickstarter in 2012, according to The Gateway Pundit. Whether or not a documentary was actually completed is unclear based on the fund raising site. And we don’t really know if that’s what he actually told Maria Stanishev the filmmaker: Vietnam War or Vietnam era.

According to “This Ain’t Hell” the jury is still out on what  Phillips actually told people about his service- did he say “Vietnam War Veteran” or “Vietnam Times” (which would be a Vietnam era veteran). TAH has filed for his military records. The mainstream media is great at changing the words people say, but it does appear that his service may have been misrepresented.

In the meantime, the vile outrage against the “MAGA Teens” has continued, although a handful of people who condemned the boys have apologized.  Mr. Phillips has not apologized for getting in the face of the students, even though the full video of the encounter showed that’s what he did.

Covington Catholic High School had to close on Tuesday amidst “security threats” against their students.

Though Twitter pulled down a few of the death threats, they left others up. It appears that this controversy, though strongly debunked by Saturday night, isn’t going away anytime soon.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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