TACOMA (CBS Seattle) – John Marcus Alberti died in April with no known next of kin. A friend going through his belongings found a discharge paper that said he had served in Vietnam as a Navy SEAL, winning numerous citations for bravery.
On the strength of that document, Alberti was buried July 24th with full military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery.
The problem was, the document was fake, reports KIRO-TV.
Navy SEAL veteran Don Shipley is dedicated to exposing fake Navy SEALs.“The guy couldn’t even spell Saigon,” he told the station.
The director of Tahoma National Cemetery said they accepted Alberti, believing the fake military discharge paper was real.
In previous cases, bodies have been removed from national cemeteries after officials determined the deceased were not eligible. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman tells the station the agency is still investigating Alberti’s case.
“He needs to get out of there,” said Shipley. “He’s buried among heroes.”
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