One man’s database helps uncover cases of falsified valor
It certainly looked real. It had the right font, right seal. It was even signed by the secretary of the Navy.
But Doug Sterner, self-appointed guardian of the nation’s military decorations, immediately suspected that there was something fishy about the Marine’s citation for the Navy Cross, one of the military’s most prestigious awards.
First of all, it said that the president “takes pride” in presenting the prize. “Pride,” Sterner knew, is typically used only when the recipient is dead.