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Marine guarding school apologizes for posing as marine sergeant


(Digital Journal) -Craig Pusley, a man standing guard outside Hughson Elementary  School, Modesto, Calif., claimed falsely that he is a Marine Sergeant, reports  say. He admitted that he had only borrowed fatigues from a friend and that he is  only a “private first class.”
According to Christian  Post, Pusley has apologized for the damage and controversy that his action  has caused. He explained that he only wanted to help make students feel safe  after the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hooks Elementary School, Newtown,  Connecticut. According to the Christian  Post, he said he feels “horrible” about the negative publicity he brought to  the Marine Corps.

A photo of Pusley standing guard  outside the Hughson Elementary School was posted to various websites.  In the  photos, he wore the insignia of the rank of sergeant. According to the Christian Post, when he was asked why he was standing guard outside the  school, he said he wasn’t going to allow children in the neighborhood live in  fear of coming to school.  He told a reporter: “I just want to have a word to  this community that I stand between them and any danger.”

The Modesto Bee reports Pusley  said: “I’m part of a Marine Corps fraternity, and I started noticing online  postings that if Marines stood in front of schools, we never would have had the  Connecticut problem. When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all  enemies, foreign and domestic. I just want to be sure all these kids go home  safe for Christmas.”

NY  Daily News reports that Pulsey, who has a 3-year-old son, stood guard in  combat fatigue but was not armed. He said he does not need a weapon: “I don’t  have a fear in the world that if someone came here, I’d have the strength and  the ability to protect.”

Although, media reports said Pusley,  28, left the Corps as a sergeant after deploying  to Iraq and Afghanistan, Navy  Times reports that Marine officials say he graduated from boot camp at  Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, but was in the service less than a year.   According to  Navy Times, Pusley is not a Marine Sergeant and he has never risen above the  rank of private first class. His official designation is “basic Marine.”

However, Pusley told Marine  Corps Times that he never lied about his military service. He claimed that  the reporter who first interviewed him got her story wrong.  He said: “There’s a  lot of fabrication to this story that didn’t come out of my mouth. All I know is  that I talked to a Modesto Bee lady, and everything went crazy.”

Military  Times, however, reports that Mick Rubalcava of Modesto News,  provided a video of Pusley saying he is a sergeant and that he served in  Afghanistan. He claimed he was wounded in Afghanistan.

Pusley claimed that he’s still in the  Marine Corps Reserve with “123 Weapons.”  According to Military Times,  this refers to the “Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines.” Pulsey told Marine  Times that he left the Corps in 2008, after serving a year because officials  said he went on unauthorized absence. Military Times reporter confirmed  that story.

Navy  Times also points out that photographs show him wearing the rank insignia of  a sergeant. He said he borrowed the uniform from a friend and that he was not  aware of the implication of the insignia. He said: “I feel horrible about this.  My intention was for the kids. I don’t understand why everyone has to find a  negative in every situation.”

But the Christian Post reports  that his claim that he borrowed the uniform from a friend only complicates  issues for him because such an act is against Marine Corps policy.

He has offered to stand guard in front  of the school without wearing Marine Corps uniform. But Navy Times  reports that Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett, said: “This is not  the right thing. Not the right time. And not the right place. The uniform  doesn’t make the man. It’s your character that defines you.”

Military  Times reporter comments: “We come across people in Pusley’s predicament  frequently… Donald Laisure… in 2009…  claimed to be a retired four-star  general who earned the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and an Air Medal in a 54-year  career that included service in Vietnam, Panama and the Persian Gulf War. In  reality, he served less than a year on active duty before leaving the service as  a private. California records also show he was once married to convicted  murderer Susan Atkins, the ex-wife of serial killer Charles Manson.”

Digital  Journal also reported that a Marine and father in Nashville, Staff Sgt.  Jordan Pritchard, stood guard outside his childrens’ school, Gower Elementary  School, in fatigue without a weapon.

He said: “I feel like this is something  I had to do.”


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