09/24/2018 by militaryphonies
James Michael Lindsey, who goes by ‘Michael,’ comes to us from Haskell, TX.
Michael was recently selected as an Everyday Hero…
The article says that Lindsey “was a medic in the U.S. Army when the Humvee in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device, killing three of the soldiers and badly injuring Lindsey.”
Then, in the aftermath of the explosion, the article says that Lindsey saved someone’s life by performing a tracheotomy…
People contacted Military Phony and said that there were aspects of this story that didn’t add up. Some knew Lindsey’s situation very well.
Michael Lindsey’s official military records were requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER
NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER (NPRC)
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DISCUSSION and SUMMARY
Lindsey retired in 2011 and since he only served for just shy of five (5) years, it would make sense that it was a medical retirement.
But there is no Purple Heart listed under the Awards section, which would indicate that he was wounded.
On his Gravatar account, he speaks about a head injury that he got in Iraq…
Lindsey was stationed out of Fort Carson Colorado and did, in fact, serve in Iraq. There is reliable data that exists for recent conflicts. Research shows that there were a total of seven (7) men killed in Iraq in 2009 that were from Fort Carson CO. They are listed here:
Source: Iraq Coalition Count – http://icasualties.org/Iraq/Fatalities.aspx
Five men were killed when they were struck by a suicide truck bomb. Two others were killed in non-hostile vehicle accidents.
There is no incident as was described in the paper – an IED.
We reached out to both the newspaper and Michael Lindsay.
We told the newspaper that we had Lindsey’s military records and there is no Purple Heart listed. They expressed an interest in getting the story right and requested proof.
Michael Lindsay was contacted as well and to his credit, he came clean about the story.
One thing that seemed odd about this is that the Purple Heart statement was not attributed to anybody as a quote — it was just a declarative statement that Lindsey had a Purple Heart. It was not attributed to the reporter, Lindsey’s friend, or Lindsey himself. However, Lindsey was quoted throughout the article which leads one to believe he was interviewed. It was odd that he had no awareness of what he claims his friend said.
He said that he wrote a letter to the paper but never sent it because his previous chain of command advised against it.
Lindsey was given the contact information for the newspaper and he promised he would call them and set the record straight. We hope that he does.
There will be a considerable amount of unraveling of who said what to who and why, but we are hopeful that the citizens that read that newspaper will know the truth, as uncomfortable as that might be. It is only right.
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PHOTOS and SOCIAL MEDIA
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- FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/michael.lindsey.106
- TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MikeL1633
- GRAVATAR: http://en.gravatar.com/2317816
This Ain’t Hell: https://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=81970