But the distinction that the medal was issued by a private organization and not the federal government is not made on his campaign website (external - login to view), which asks the question: “Who is John Spodofora?”
“Mr. Spodofora is a Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Navy with 7 years active duty ... and a Vietnam War Medal of Valor recipient,” the website reads.
There is no question Spodofora, 66, served in the Navy for seven years from 1966 to 1973, at the time of the Vietnam War.
A public record of his military service obtained from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, indicates Spodofora was assigned to submarine duty and was in the Caribbean and Mediterranean seas, but there is no documented evidence he ever served in Vietnam.
Spodofora contends there is a good reason for that: He was a spy, a self-described “spook,” he said.
“There are two issues here,” Spodofora said. “One, I was in Naval intelligence. Two, I have Vietnam veteran status from the (Department of Defense) ... I never said I was stationed in Vietnam.”
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A little 'info' about our Ramboesque manly-man:
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