A Fake Warrior and the Wall That Heals, the UPDATE!


lyons_truck_150By Larry Stimeling, Staff Writer

Here is an update on last month’s story about James Richard Lyons, the driver of the truck that carries the Wall That Heals from one location to another.

James, as you may recall, has claimed to be a gunny in the Marines who enlisted in the Navy and served 4 tours in Vietnam from 64 to 68 even though he was in high school in 66. Here, as Paul Harvey would say is the rest of the story.


lyons_james_12_320James Richard Lyons no longer works for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

After the story ran on VeterasToday.com "A Fake Warrior and the Wall that Heals" James was relieved of duty and Cary Dees replaced him.

Cary was the driver for many years and was replaced by Lyons at the begining of this tour schedule.

Jan Skruggs and the VVMF did not hesitate to replace Lyons. I hope that when it comes time to find another driver, they do an extensive background check to make sure they do not hire another wannabe.

As for Mr Lyons, he should be prosecuted for his actions under the Stolen Valor Act. No one should be allowed to claim he was awarded a Purple Heart or a Silver Star they did not earn! ‘Nuff said!

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