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Former Navy SEAL questions American Legion vetting process, has speech canceled | Wisconsin State Journal

Former Navy SEAL questions American Legion vetting process, has speech canceled | Wisconsin State Journal

A former Navy SEAL scheduled to speak to the state American Legion convention in Oshkosh was abruptly barred from the dais after he raised questions about the Legion’s willingness to ensure members aren’t lying about their service.

Derrick Van Orden, a 26-year military veteran and resident of Butternut in northern Wisconsin, pointed to two veterans in particular who were allowed to serve as state Legion officials — including one who served as a state commander — despite having lied about or misrepresented the extent of their service.

Van Orden said he was the one who let the state Legion know its then-historian, Howard “Gordy” Clewell, had exaggerated his service during the Vietnam era by claiming to have been in Special Forces. He had actually been stationed in Germany as a social worker.

Source: Former Navy SEAL questions American Legion vetting process, has speech canceled