Pro-Trump Navy Veteran John Garofalo claimed on Fox News that he was a Vietnam War veteran who served on the first Navy seals team. It turns out that these claims were a complete fabrication according to the Navy Times.
“The Vietnam War veteran served seven years as a member of the nation’s first Navy SEAL team,” Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas said. “He was awarded 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts.” Llenas later called the 72-year-old New York State resident a “tough, tough man.” He was listed twice during his service in Vietnam as missing in action,” Llenas noted at the segment’s close. “God bless John Garofalo,” an anchor said. “We certainly hope maybe the president is listening.”
Garafalo was lying though.
But when Navy Times contacted Garofalo Thursday, Garofalo admitted he had lied and never served in Vietnam, never received a Purple Heart and was never a SEAL.
The closest Garafalo got to Vietnam was Spain.
Records show Garofalo did serve in the Navy from Sept. 6, 1963, to Sept. 6, 1967, as an aviation boatswain’s mate ― aircraft handling, or ABH, a job that involves overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft.
The closest he ever got to Vietnam was a tour in Rota, Spain.