Washington Post Issues Key Correction: Native Elder Nathan Phillips Did Not Serve in Vietnam


As information was coming out about Native American elder Nathan Phillips, it was initially reported he was a Vietnam War veteran. The assumed fact was widely citied by people that were coming to his defense after encountering Nick Sandmann and other high school students.

In a correction to their initial story published on Sunday, the Washington Post said that while he had served in the Marine Corps, he did not deploy to Vietnam:

Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

During an interview with CNN, Phillips said he was a “Vietnam-times veteran,” with the accompanying chyron misquoting him as saying “I am a Vietnam veteran…”

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for Townhall.com and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.