A few days ago, Joe Biden was on the campaign trail in New Hampshire where he told a story about a time during his Vice Presidency where he traveled to Afghanistan “so he could put the Silver Star on the chest of a Navy captain who had rappelled down a 60-foot ravine under fire and brought back the body of an American soldier.”
However, there was one problem with the story: it never happened.
According to The Washington Post:
Biden visited Kunar province in 2008 as a U.S. senator, not as vice president. The service member who performed the celebrated rescue that Biden described was a 20-year-old Army specialist, not a much older Navy captain. And that soldier, Kyle J. White, never had a Silver Star, or any other medal, pinned on him by Biden. At a White House ceremony six years after Biden’s visit, White stood at attention as President Barack Obama placed a Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, around his neck.
The Post concluded, “The upshot: In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony.”
But instead of admitting he got the details wrong, Biden doubled down on the story, telling South Carolina paper The Post and Courier, “I don’t understand what they’re talking about, but the central point is it was absolutely accurate what I said. He refused the medal. I put it on him, he said, ‘Don’t do that to me, sir. He died. He died.’ ”
“The story was that he refused the medal because the fella he tried to save —and risked his life saving — died,” Biden continued. “That’s the beginning, middle and end. The rest of you guys can take it and do what you want with it.”