During a Friday visit to Delaware veterans, President Joe Biden repeated a false story about war on Friday.
Biden shared a story with veterans at a townhall. He was there as Vice President, and was asked to pin the Silver Star on a veteran for saving a fallen comrade who had fallen 150 feet.
Biden said that a young man went up the hill and placed a man on his shoulder. He then brought the guy back up, where he was shot at. “And he reached it and I went to give it to him too.”
The president recounted the story of the soldier who told him that he didn’t want the medal because his friend had been killed.
The president was wrong about his facts.
It was in Afghanistan that the event took place, not Iraq. Biden presented a Bronze star medal, not a Silver Star. The soldier received the award for his heroic act of entering a burning vehicle to save his friend, and not for carrying his comrade 150ft up a hill in the face of gunfire.
Biden was not the only one to be criticized for bringing the story of a soldier he had a terrible encounter with wrong.
Biden presented different versions of the story during the 2020 presidential primaries, but the Washington Post reported that Biden seemed to be mixing three stories into one, making it more dramatic.
The Post reported that Biden managed to get the following information in three minutes: the time, the location, heroic acts, the type and rank of the medal, the military branch and the recipient’s role in the ceremony.
Politifact also rated Biden’s campaign story as “Mostly False” during the campaign.
The emotional component of a soldier who feels that his medal is not justified is true. They wrote that Biden had embellished the story with details to give it an unimpeachable ring, but the facts don’t support this.
Only one truth was revealed in the Biden award of a Bronze Star Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Workman at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 11, 2011.