04 September 2009

J. R. Rustin

ZUI this article - "Chipley Native - Medal of Honor Recipient - Dies" - from the Foster Folly News*:
James Relius "Dick" Rustin (1929-2009), went to be with the Lord on August 29, 2009. He was born on November 29, 1929 in Chipley, Florida. He had a life span of 79 years which included a much honored military career.

For two years he served with the U.S. Marine Corp, then transferred into the U.S. Army where he served for 20 years. As well as serving in the Korean War and World War II, Dick was awarded many military honors including the Medal of Honor.

However, the Army's Medal of Honor page does not list a medal awarded to anyone named Rustin in either World War I or Korea (or for that matter, Vietnam). And if Mr Rustin was in fact born on 29 Nov 1929, he was only 15 years old when World War II ended, making his service in that war highly unlikely.

Something seems amiss....

* "A Washington County Florida Community Newspaper"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I noticed that, too. No entry for a Rustin at the Medal of Honor Society archive either.