Nathan Phillips not a Vietnam War veteran, but a refrigerator technician?
It has come to light that Native American activist Nathan Phillips may have been lying for years about being a Vietnam war veteran who served as a recon ranger.
According to military records unearthed by retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley, Phillips was a refrigerator technician in Nebraska in the reserves — he went AWOL (absent without leave) three times while stationed in California and was discharged as a private.
Phillips was an adoptee who enlisted under the name Nathaniel Richard Stanard.
Dates of Service:
May 20, 1972 – November 3, 1972
August 12, 1974 – May 5, 1976
Place of Enlistment: Topeka, Kansas
Branch of Service: United States Marine Corps Reserves
Military Education: Basic electrician
Decorations and Awards: Expert Rifle badge
Served two days as a rifleman in Topeka.
Was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he worked as a ReferMech (refrigerator mechanic).
Update: Above is newly found video of Nathan Phillips lying about being a Vietnam vet. He is speaking in January 2018.
“I’m a Vietnam Vet. I served in Marine Corps 72 to 76. I got discharged May 5, 1976. I got honorable discharge and one of the boxes shows peacetime or, what my box says is that I was in theater. I don’t talk much about my Vietnam times.”