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A man who claimed he was a decorated Navy SEAL was buried earlier this month will full honors at a cemetery reserved for military heroes.
But the man was a fake, KIRO-TV in Seattle reports.
The man never served a day in the Navy, and officials at Tahoma National Ceremony in Kent, Washington, were unaware of his bogus claims until KIRO-TV checked the man’s background and explained his phony documentation.
Now, outrage is growing among actual military veterans, and some are calling for his remains to exhumed.
John Marcus Alberti died in April and had no next of kin. A friend went through his belongings and found a military discharge paper called a DD 214. The paper detailed how Alberti served as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam, winning numerous medals for bravery.
The document even said he was honored by President John F. Kennedy.
The friend, who believed Alberti served because of the document, took the paper to American Legion Post 78 in Auburn, Washington. Officials there worked with the Tahoma National Cemetery. Click here to download a PDF of Alberti's bogus military document.
On July 24, Tahoma National Cemetery gave Alberti a ceremony with full military honors. Post 78 originally posted pictures of the ceremony on its Facebook page.
But the paper has some glaring mistakes.
Navy SEAL veteran Don Shipley is dedicated to exposing fake Navy SEALs. “Not to me. I saw it."
“The guy couldn't even spell Saigon,” Shipley said.
For true military heroes to be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery, the cemetery needs a certified military discharge paper. But Alberti's fake discharge paper was good enough to fool the American Legion and cemetery staff.
Alberti was first exposed in 2008 by the POW Network. Alberti was homeless at the time and staying with a couple in Kent. They sought out the POW Network, saying he told them stories of being a prisoner of war.
The POW Network did a check to confirm his service and found Alberti was a phony. At one point, the network posted his name on its other site, fakewarriors.org.
But in 2012, that site took down the names of those who’d been exposed as phonies.
KIRO-TV spoke to the director of Tahoma National Cemetery, who said the cemetery accepted Alberti, believing the fake military discharge paper was real.
In other cases, bodies have been removed from national cemeteries after officials determined the deceased were not eligible. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman said the agency is still investigating Alberti's case.
“He needs to get out of there,” Shipley said. “He's buried among heroes.”
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:48:50 -0700
Statement from American Legion Post 78
Prior to the interment of John Marcus Alberti and the Auburn-Reporter's published op-ed - written by a friend of Alberti - a Google search of his name produced little information aside from innocuous items such as FaceBook and LinkedIn pages. It was not until we were contacted by Don Shipley on Saturday (7/26) that we became aware of the "stolen valor" issue. On Sunday (7/27), a search of Alberti's name on the Fakewarriors.org website produced absolutely ZERO results.
Auburn Post 78 had no knowledge of, nor contact with, Alberti prior to his death in April 2014. Alberti died on 4/18/2014 and his body was turned over to the King County Medical Examiner's Office in Seattle. In late April, Alberti's girlfriend of about 7 years contacted our Post service officer for assistance as Alberti had no known family and she was not legally his next of kin. She provided the Post with a copy of a DD214, that she apparently found in his possessions with a VARO Seattle "true copy" stamp and signature on the back. The DD214 was taken to Tahoma National Cemetery to schedule interment. A representative there researched him on their system and determined he was eligible to be interred at TNC.
At this time, all postings and pictures regarding Alberti have been removed from the websites and Facebook pages over which we have control. We at Auburn Post 78 are extremely distressed that we may have played a role in interring a "fake warrior" in our National cemetery; however the last we heard, the folks at TNC say he is an eligible Navy veteran (disclaimer: being eligible to be buried in the National Cemetery does not in any way imply that the service/training/awards listed on the DD214 are correct).
Adjutant, Auburn Post 78
Tucked in the foothills west of Vacaville is Rescue Ranch - a sanctuary for farm animals often saved from certain death.
It’s a ranch that is now home to 499 hens and 1 rooster saved from an egg farm on Friday.
“I’ve been to this egg farm before,” said Rescue Ranch manager Jan Galeazzi, “they live in very cramped metal cages about the size of a sheet of paper with about two to three birds per cage. They live there their entire lives.”
The hens were considered spent, or no longer profitable, by the egg farm and were set to be euthanized.
“Gassing is the traditional way that they depopulate egg farms,” Galeazzi said.
Rescue Ranch is run by the non-profit Animal Place which has a policy of not identifying the egg farms that choose donation over euthanization.
“We like to continue to work these relationships with farmers so we can save lives so I can only say its somewhere in California.”
She says the rescued chickens are typically in poor health but quickly recover.
The chickens will be put up for adoption in the coming weeks and Galeazzi says she expects all of them to find a new home.
“500 chickens? That’s no big deal around here. We’re used to dealing with thousands of chickens.”Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:33:20 -0700
Chevron's five-year quest to carry out a $1 billion upgrade of its troubled 1960s-era oil refinery, the largest in Northern California, was facing a decisive vote Tuesday by leaders of a San Francisco suburb.
Richmond, an industrial working-class suburb, plans to hold its City Council vote Tuesday evening in a large amphitheater to handle what is expected to be a big, heated public turnout on the refinery's future.
The refinery complex has weathered a series of toxic releases and other accidents over the years, environmental officials say, including a pollutant-laced 2012 fire that forced 15,000 Bay Area residents to seek treatment for breathing problems.
Chevron Corp. seeks the Richmond City Council's approval for technological upgrades that would allow the refinery to process higher-sulfur crude oil, among other changes. Oil company officials earlier this month agreed to a plan backed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris that would cap the plant's greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce levels of sulfur processing as part of the overhaul.
Chevron officials hope those concessions will be enough to persuade the Richmond council to reject still-tougher health and safety requirements that city planning officials have recommended.
Council members appeared split going into the vote, expected late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Swing voters on the council were pushing for Chevron to increase pledges of $60 million in community investments over 10 years.
The Chevron refinery was built before the pollution-curbing requirements of the federal government's 1970s Clean Air Act. Richmond has poverty levels nearly twice those of the U.S. and California as a whole, and Chevron's taxes make up about a third of the city's budget. Environmental groups and some residents say Richmond bears the brunt of toxic releases by the refinery complex.Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:20:33 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories