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Nathan Phillips was never deployed to Vietnam

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Nathan Phillips was never deployed to Vietnam

The Washington Post issued another retraction after falsely claiming that Native American activist Nathan Phillips who confronted student Nick Sandmann served in the Vietnam War.

Turns out he didn’t, but this lie was used previously to help raise money for a documentary about his life.

The Washington Post issued the correction to their story about the activist, saying that while he served in the U.S. Marines, he was never actually deployed to Vietnam.

The WAPO update reads:

“Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.”

Over $6,000 was raised in 2012 for a documentary about Nathan Phillips life in which he claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.

In a video about the documentary, director Maria Stanisheva said that her documentary was about Nathan Phillips’ belief that he could pray cancer away from his wife.

Stanisheva explained in the documentary that Nathan Phillips had been sent to a Catholic boarding school at the age of five.

“Nathan’s past is a difficult one. He was forced out of his family at the age of five to be integrated into a Catholic school — like so many other Native Americans — not being allowed to see his family for ten years,” Stanisheva stated.

Stanisheva then goes on to say that “he was then a Marine in Vietnam — and right after that he became an alcoholic for 20 years.”

Yet the mainstream media continued this lie about his service for quite a while, until they were pressured to finally tell the truth.

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