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Real Heroes Don’t Take Phonies Lightly

Posted by borg on August 11, 2008

As a continued tribute to this weeks hero article featuring the Tuskegee airmen, FU would like to help expose what we believe to be a fraudulent and despicable low-life who tried to ride on their heroism. There is no excuse for posers… especially when they are trying to be fighter pilots. Please read the following article; it’s kind of long but worth it. 
 
Tuskegee airmen unhappy over false claims by New Castle man, 82
Sunday, July 27, 2008
By Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette
T. Rafael Lee, 82, salutes the crowd June 29 as he is honored 
during the rededication ceremony of the Boulevard of the Allies.
 
Ed Sorace, a wounded Vietnam veteran and retired Pittsburgh police sergeant, knew immediately that something wasn’t right.
 
At the June 29 rededication ceremony of the Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown, he watched as a short, elderly man sporting a fancy blue uniform and a chest full of medals maneuvered through the crowd “like a dignitary.” T. Rafael Lee wore the Air Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and some other decorations, including the Navy SEAL trident commonly called the “Budweiser.” “That’s the one that got my attention,” said Mr. Sorace, 60, of Brookline. “I thought, ‘Wait a second. How ... could he have been all these things?’ “ Mr. Sorace then watched as Mr. Lee took the stage, where Brig. Gen. William Waff of the 99th Regional Readiness Command in Coraopolis honored him as a World War II fighter pilot with the famous all-black Tuskegee airmen. Afterward, Mr. Lee approached and started talking about the military. “I said, ‘I got shot twice in Vietnam, I don’t want to hear your stories,’ “ said Mr. Sorace. “I just walked away.” Mr. Lee, 82, of New Castle, moved on to regale others of his exploits, just as he’d done just a few days before at the Senior Men’s Club at the Sewickley YMCA. There, he appeared in uniform and talked for 45 minutes about his missions with the 99th Fighter Squadron, saying, according to a newspaper account, he was “just happy that I’m breathing and alive.” That’s a bit less dramatic than it sounds, however, because Mr. Lee was never a combat pilot. He was never an airman of any kind. In fact, records show he never even served in World War II.

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