Veteran at George Williams College disciplined for calling out stolen valor
Ryan Lonergan is an Iraq War veteran who had served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 2006 through 2014.
Now a student at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Lonergan was approached last Tuesday in a campus dining hall by a gent “who saw his tattoos and asked [him] if he had served.”
After Lonergan affirmed his service, the man then informed him that he, too, had served — that he was a Marine Infantry Officer who had “attended Spartan Academy in Arizona.”
While Lonergan initially was a bit surprised that the guy approached him and offered up various personal information, what really made him suspicious were the man’s “insane stories and the fact that he would so freely share them with a stranger …”
“But the real tip off that he was lying came when he could not explain the GPS systems in military Humvees. I asked him open ended questions that only I knew the answers to. Plus he told me that he earned his commission as an officer with an associate degree — I have never heard of that before.”
Knowing that the student was indeed a fraud, Lonergan pulled him aside but still within view of fellow students and berated him for his stolen valor.