The New York Times today published two more examples of Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal suggesting that he served in the Vietnam War.
In one, unearthed by the Stamford Advocate’s search through its archives, Blumenthal says he “wore the uniform in Vietnam.”
“I wore the uniform in Vietnam and many came back … to all kinds of disrespect,” Blumenthal said at a Veterans Day parade in 2008. “Whatever we think of war, we owe the men and women of the armed forces our unconditional support.”
(You can read the original story here.)
The Times found another example in the Milford Mirror, in a story about a Memorial Day parade in 2007. From the Times:
As people gathered around a bandstand to give praise to fallen veterans, the article said, Mr. Blumenthal recalled his days during the Vietnam War.
“In Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said, according to the article, “we had to endure taunts and insults, and no one said, ‘Welcome home.’ I say welcome home.”
Although Blumenthal served for six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, he was never deployed overseas. The Times reported earlier this week that, on several occasions, Blumenthal had made it sound like he saw combat in the Vietnam War.
Blumenthal defended himself in a press conference after the story was published, saying he had “misspoke” on occasion, but that such misstatements were “absolutely unintentional.”