David Meier, 67, is a mayoral candidate that claims he was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Vietnam War. Meier also states that he reached the rank of Brigadier General during his time in the service. Area veterans began questioning Meier’s claims and, so far, have not found any evidence supporting his claims.
As reported by East Village Magazine, Meier is running for mayor in the city of Flint, Michigan. He has made various statements about his background, most notably that he is a United States Medal of Honor recipient.
The director of operations at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Victoria Kueck has asserted that Meier’s claims may be false. Kueck stated, “He is not a Medal of Honor recipient according to any official roster.”
Multiple other area veterans are also doing their own research into Meier’s claims.
Meier has stated that he was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1973 for his actions in 1969 at An Loc, Vietnam, and that he received the award from President Richard Nixon.
However, that is the same story of another Medal of Honor recipient, Army Master Sergeant James Leroy Bondsteel.
Details about Bondsteel’s citation is available through multiple websites.
When East Village Magazine reached out to Meier regarding the inconsistencies, he reportedly claims to have been a “CIA soldier” who was embedded in Vietnam between 1965 and 1975. His covert operations allegedly began when he was 15 years old.
He also said that his commanding officer would enter his home during the night and “stick a needle in my arm and when I woke up, I would be in Vietnam.”
Meier continued, “I usually wasn’t gone very long at the beginning, and my parents hardly missed me and didn’t care. Many times, when I came home, the CIA would make me submit to electromagnetic convulsive shock therapy so I couldn’t remember anything.”
When asked about Bondsteel’s award, Meier claimed that “Sgt. Bondsteel was the platoon leader of the unit I was assigned to,” and that “officers in the 1st Infantry Div were not sure that a CIA soldier would be eligible for a Medal of Honor, so they wrote two of them to be sorted out later.”
Meier claims, “The war ended, and everything got confusing, and they awarded two Medal of Honors for the same action. Sgt. Bondsteel was very embarrassed to receive the award because he and all his friends knew that he didn’t do it.”
Sgt. Bondsteel died in 1987 during a traffic accident. He was from Jackson, MI.
As of this writing, there are 72 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. Kueck asserted, “and we know the names of every one. This gentleman [Meier] is not a Medal of Honor recipient.”
Kueck added that “this is not the first time” a person has falsely claimed to have received the award and “probably won’t be the last.” However, in Meier’s case, Kueck states, “This is a whopper of a story.”
She also said that the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, a nonprofit chartered by Congress, works with authorities when a person makes false claims about receiving the Medal of Honor. Fraudulent claims about receiving the award can be charged as a felony under the Stolen Valor Acts of 2005 and 2013 if the individual making the statements benefits from the falsehood.