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American Legion duped by fake Marine at NC tourney

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SHELBY, NC (AP) -- There are red faces among the smiles after a
record-breaking North Carolina baseball tournament discovered a
speaker wasn't the decorated combat veteran he claimed to be.

The Shelby Star reported Thursday that organizers of the American
Legion World Series learned the man who led a sportsmanship
pledge in Marine Corps dress uniform was a fake.

George Lauve said he served as a Marine sergeant major who
earned five Purple Hearts and a Navy Cross. American Legion
officials say he received none of those honors and served in the
Navy from 1944-46.

A newspaper story about Lauve drew the attention of members at
his American Legion post in Wenatchee, Wash. Lauve declined to
discuss his claims.

The tournament drew more than 86,000 fans, breaking a
70-year-old record.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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