Vietnam Veteran Attacked by Active-duty Marines

By Faye Higbee

Charlotte, North Carolina  – Jack Hughes, 66, is a Vietnam veteran and two time recipient of the Purple Heart. When he landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Sunday, he was confronted by a group of Marines, who shamed him and ripped the buttons off his jacket, accusing him of being a fake.

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Jack Hughes shows the news media the jacket he was wearing when he was attacked. Screenshot via WSOC

“Your ribbons are crooked … you’re a phony.” Yelled one of the Marines as he approached.

Then he “took a swipe” at Jack’s purple hearts. One of the men ripped the buttons off his jacket, which left Jack visibly shaken. According to the report, the men were recording their attack, taunting him in front of  the public.

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“I can’t believe one veteran would do that to someone else.” Jack Hughes

Shameful conduct for Marines

Jack vividly remember having eggs thrown on his uniform when he returned from Vietnam. This incident was totally uncalled for. He produced evidence, including his VA healthcare card at the time, but apparently it wasn’t enough to convince them.

WSOC reported,

Hughes said he tried to explain that he earned two Purple Hearts in battle in Vietnam. He showed Channel 9 a picture he said was of an officer presenting one of the medals in a hospital and telegrams to his parents, informing them that Hughes had been wounded in battle.

 Though the police finally intervened, the incident was only considered “simple assault” so they would not make an arrest. They made the group apologize to the veteran, but Mr. Hughes says that’s not good enough. He doesn’t want it to happen to any other veteran.

Stop these kinds of attacks

From U.S. Marine Veteran R. Ferran:

“These shitbirds (name given to Marines who are unbecoming) who go around attacking anyone they consider a poser has to stop. Marines don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

Yes, we have posers, and they can be exposed at the right time but no one should think of being an expert in exposing people. Our Marine Corps has changed many times through our history, things that were common in WWII with uniforms, medals etc weren’t common in Vietnam or Gulf war and so on.

When we are dealing with old veterans, their memory is also not as good as it used to be and we must remember they haven’t been active for a long time. Let’s take a note of caution and give them the benefit of the doubt when dealing with anyone you feel might be posing as a Veteran. Otherwise, this type of incident will continue to happen.

It is our job to protect one another no matter what differences we may have.”