I haven't found any evidence this tool played dress-up other than to try to impress people at a reunion. Back during the height of the Iraq war there were more than enough phony soldiers popping up with the anti-war crowd. Anyway, get a load of the photo taken on Coronado. I'm surprised the weight of "his" medals didn't cause him to fall over.
A Palm Springs man who has never served in the military is expected to surrender to authorities Thursday to face charges of wearing military medals he did not earn, authorities said today.
Steve Burton, 39, has agreed to surrender at the U.S. District Court in Riverside. He was charged Friday by federal prosecutors in L.A. with the unauthorized wearing of military medals after he was allegedly seen and photographed wearing military uniforms and decorations.
The FBI was contacted by a Navy commander after she attended her high school reunion and saw Burton wearing a Marine Corps uniform displaying several medals, including the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and others, according to an affidavit filed in United States District Court.
The Navy Cross is the highest medal the Navy awards and is the second highest award given for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor.
Suspicious, the commander asked to be photographed with Burton. The photo was used in the investigation. The FBI said it also found that Burton had made Internet postings about being a Marine and had written about his “combat experience” as well as his “service” in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also allegedly posted a picture of himself standing on a beach at Coronado wearing a Marine dress uniform with three rows of medals.