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D-Day Hero Makes Shocking Revelation About What Really Happened - Stirs Outrage

Veterans of WWII often elicit a great deal of respect for their actions, particularly when those actions involve D-Day. Unfortunately for one veteran, his respect may not have actually been earned.

George G. Klein was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in the U.S and the Légion d’honneur in France for his part in D-Day. Mr. Klein, now 96-years-old, was supposedly among the elite 2nd Ranger Battalion soldiers who stormed the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944, securing the coast between Omaha and Utah. With the 73rd anniversary this year, Mr. Klein was flown all the way from Illinois to Pointe du Hoc to take part in the festivities and be honored as a “great celebrity” in the event. However, after a closer inspection of the archives, two historians discovered that Mr. Klein was not, in fact, at the D-Day attack at all, but was located in Northern Ireland and would come to France a month after the notorious battle.

Mr. Klein, a World War II veteran, has been caught out in a nearly lifelong lie after it was discovered that his claim of being involved in the famous D-Day attacks was entirely fabricated. Attending the 73rd anniversary celebrations for the famous battle, Mr. Klein was hailed a hero, signing hundreds of autographs and posing for photos with his awarded metals on the French cliffs he claimed to have fought on in 1944. However, when two World War II historians didn’t recognize parts of Mr. Klein’s story, they decided to look in the archives. Gary Sterne and Marty Morgan were perplexed when they found nothing to support the authenticity of Mr. Klein’s tale. The two men failed to find a single record of Mr. Klein’s presence at Pointe du Hoc during the D-Day attack, leading to the startling confession from Mr. Klein.

“George Klein arrived in Normandy in July 1944. I’m in contact with his family with whom I have become friends. They are devastated,” Marc Laurenceau, head the Overlord D-Day association, stated in disappointment. “So are we, as we believed his story. We put in a lot of effort to get him to Normandy.” Mr. Laurenceau and the D-Day association confirmed they crowdfunded around $4,000 in order to ensure that Mr. Klein could attend the celebration, flying him from his home in Illinois to Pointe du Hoc. Despite having to finally come clean, Mr. Klein was quick to point the attention back to the veterans who gave their lives and fought bravely in the D-Day battle: “I’m not a hero. The real heroes are those who have lost life here.”

After returning to his home in Illinois, Mr. Klein came clean, revealing that he was unable to be a Ranger in the D-Day battle after he broke his ankle in 1943. Instead of partaking in D-Day, Mr. Klein was actually located in Northern Ireland as a part of the 46th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Infantry Division. Despite the deception, The Overlord D-Day Association were still highly supportive of Mr. Klein, urging him to “not be ashamed of his real contribution to the liberation of Europe.” Mr. Laurenceau concluded: “Trapped into a lie that shaped him in the eyes of his entourage, and from which he could no longer escape, he finally resolved to tell the truth.”

Source: Daily Mail
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