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Posted: 3/9/2010 4:46:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2010 4:48:37 AM EDT by sprayandpray]
Found this in the local paper and thought the hive might appreciate it ....


The Army said a New London soldier who returned to a hero's welcome Saturday misrepresented his badges, rank and the origin of injuries that sidelined him from service.

Spc. Jordan Olson led family members and veterans to believe he suffered kidney injuries in a roadside blast while serving in . He returned home Saturday for further medical evaluation, and was greeted at the Outagamie County Regional Airport by about 60 veterans and well-wishers waving flags and banners and holding balloons.

Several readers questioned Olson's account after the story was posted Saturday on www.post crescent.com (and subsequently printed Sunday in the Green Bay Press-Gazette), and The Post-Crescent of Appleton began investigating his claims early Sunday.

After numerous exchanges by phone and e-mail with Army officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, Maj. Mike Garcia issued a statement on behalf of the Army.

"I have no explanation for the discrepancies in Spc. Olson's answers nor can I explain the rank and patches/badges he is wearing on his uniform," Garcia wrote in an e-mail.

According to the Army, Olson:

  • Is a specialist assigned to the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigades, not a sergeant as he told The Post-Crescent on Saturday. Also, there is no promotion in the works for Olson that would allow him to claim that rank.
  • Was deployed to Afghanistan with his unit last October. His field artillery battery is attached to an engineering unit near Kandahar, where it is conducting route clearance operations.
  • Was not injured in combat.
  • Returned briefly to Joint Base Lewis-McChord before heading to Wisconsin for his leave.
  • Has no reason to wear an 82nd Airborne Division patch. His battalion is not attached to the division.
  • Has not been awarded the Parachutist Badge, according to his military records. Additionally, there is no mention in his records that he attended U.S. Army Airborne School.
  • Has not been authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge.
  • Numerous calls to Olson since Sunday have not been returned.

    His mother, Shari Bernhagen, said Monday she has not seen much of her son. She said he spent Sunday night with his maternal grandparents and the rest of the time with his fiancee.

    She lamented the situation and said it had become a "mess." She also stressed she stood by her son and was proud of him for his service. Bernhagen noted that her family made no requests for the homecoming and was just as surprised to see a throng of people at the airport.

    "My primary thing was to see my son and make sure he was OK. That's what I went to that airport to do," Bernhagen said Sunday.

    More than 50 veterans — members of the VFW, American Legion and the Patriot Guard Riders — greeted Olson upon his arrival.

    Garcia, on behalf of the Army, thanked those who came to support Olson. He said Olson's unit will decide how to address the situation when he returns from leave. "Nonetheless, Spc. Olson is a soldier who has served his country since entering the Army in 2007, and he has deployed to Afghanistan," Garcia wrote. "This is something his community and his family can be proud of."

    VFW and Patriot Guard Rider leaders said the questions about Olson do not diminish the welcome home celebration, and their purpose is to show appreciation for all returning soldiers.

  • So far most of the comments in the local paper seem to be " He served , he deserves a hero's welcome. not really sure how I feel about that. It is based in truth, but when you start lying about what you did , seems to me you start to disrespect those that HAVE done what you are claiming to have done.....
    Link Posted: 3/9/2010 4:48:58 AM EDT

    He beat you to it. Dupe.
    Link Posted: 3/9/2010 4:51:57 AM EDT

    Originally Posted By dbd870:

    He beat you to it. Dupe.

    Well then , lock it ....

    Thats what happens when you post pre-coffee.............
    Link Posted: 3/9/2010 4:52:42 AM EDT
    I'm not saying this kid is right, but the Army couldn't find it's ass with both hands.

    I went to Airborne, and passed, but it's not listed on my ERB. My MOS is still listed as 11C1P however. And some pogue looking at my records wouldn't know if I was a SPC promotable or not. This could be a big fucking misunderstanding, and they're smearing this kids name into the dirt. If he's lying, well fuck him, they should have more to go on than "The Army says....". Who exactly are they talking to?
    Link Posted: 3/9/2010 5:57:46 AM EDT

    heres another one...fake pathfinder, fake CIB...etc.........
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