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Native-American Activist Nathan Phillips Wasn’t a Vietnam Vet and Went AWOL Three Times

Native-American activist Nathan Phillips – a name now nationally known due to his confrontation with some high school students at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., last weekend – has many things in his background you might be surprised to learn.

We already know he has misrepresented his time in the U.S. military. In April, he told Vogue: “You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role.”

“Vietnam times?” What does that even mean? Is Phillips a Vietnam vet or not?

“In fact, Phillips spent most of his time in the Marines as a refrigerator technician after initially being an anti-tank missileman for four months,” Washington Examiner reports. “Phillips, then named ‘Stanard,’ was not deployed outside the U.S. and never saw combat, according to the Marine Corps.”

That’s not exactly a Vietnam veteran.

Phillips also went AWOL more than once:

Military records provided to the Washington Examiner show that Phillips served in the Marine Corps Reserve between 1972 to 1976 and held the rank of private, E-1, on April 18, 1975. According to records obtained by former Navy SEAL Don Shipley, Phillips was listed as Absent Without Leave (AWOL) three times.

Three times?

How did the story that Phillips was a Vietnam veteran even happen to being with?

“The Lakota People’s Law Project, some of whose members participated in the Indigenous Peoples’ March with Phillips and later encountered the Covington students who had taken part in the March for Life, described Phillips as a Vietnam veteran.” Washington Examiner reports. “That was incorrect, but Phillips himself appeared not to have claimed he was in Vietnam…”

Yet in 2000, Phillips told The Washington Post he had been “a Marine Corps infantryman,” without mentioning that in that role he was primarily a refrigerator repairman.

So Nathan Phillips isn’t actually a Vietnam veteran, but did serve in the Marines – which he went AWOL from a number of times.

Why aren’t more media outlets reporting these important facts?

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • They were visiting DC for a rally and were being harassed for what? Being white and smiling? They didn't do anything wrong. Shame on you for disparaging these boys. Sounds to me like you are the racist.

  • They didn't do anything wrong. They were set up, and he made the confrontation worse.

  • They didn't do anything wrong. They were set up, and he made the confrontation worse.

  • Marjorie posting: The Democrats KNOW if they throw enough money, or threaten them with their life, at any under-educated low IQ person, they can get them to do ANYTHING.

  • personally i never cared about his veteran status
    its for the fact that these boys are not learning anything about different ppl
    their ignorance of others is cemented &they go back to their lives thinking that they didnt do anything wrong
    #FriendsDontLetFriendMAGA
    #TrumpIsARacist

  • This is one of the demorats best examples of their heroes , he was actually in the marines, the fact that he was awol three times in his only enlistment is actually a plus for demorats , they usually claim armed forces service for individuals never in the military , he is actually a step or two above the typical demorat , who knows there may eventually be one whom served honorably for an entire enlistment !

  • This is one of the demorats best examples of their heroes , he was actually in the marines, the fact that he was awol three times in his only enlistment is actually a plus for demorats , they usually claim armed forces service for individuals never in the military , he is actually a step or two above the typical demorat , who knows there may eventually be one whom served honorably for an entire enlistment !

  • Phillips is just following in the wake of that senator from connecticut, who also claimed he was in many viet-nam battles, all claims were lies.. These are are your typical lying democrat/socialist/communist tactics, encouraged by our lame stream media. I served in the US Army Infantry 64-70, I was in an Infantry Regiment, Infantry Battalion, Infantry Company. I was an E-1 one time, when I first joined. Phillips must have done some terrible things in his service to be discharged as an E-1, many years after his enlistment. If phillips was a Recon Marine we would never had heard of phillips after his first mission, which would have been a complete failure. Would the Marines let phillips take his war drums on recon missions ? This is all part of the "take Trump down" movement, funded by communist.

  • Phillips is just following in the wake of that senator from connecticut, who also claimed he was in many viet-nam battles, all claims were lies.. These are are your typical lying democrat/socialist/communist tactics, encouraged by our lame stream media. I served in the US Army Infantry 64-70, I was in an Infantry Regiment, Infantry Battalion, Infantry Company. I was an E-1 one time, when I first joined. Phillips must have done some terrible things in his service to be discharged as an E-1, many years after his enlistment. If phillips was a Recon Marine we would never had heard of phillips after his first mission, which would have been a complete failure. Would the Marines let phillips take his war drums on recon missions ? This is all part of the "take Trump down" movement, funded by communist.

  • This is one of the demorats best examples of their heroes , he was actually in the marines, the fact that he was awol three times in his only enlistment is actually a plus for demorats , they usually claim armed forces service for individuals never in the military , he is actually a step or two above the typical demorat , who knows there may eventually be one whom served honorably for an entire enlistment !

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