June 3, 2000
Edward Daily, the former soldier and Korean War vet who brought up the "No Gun Ri Massacre" has been having credibility problems.
@ He claimed to have a battlefield commission and to have left the service as a captain. No record of a commission can be found and his discharge lists his rank as sergeant.
@ He was not assigned to the cavalry battalion until weeks after No Gun Ri; he was in a maintenance unit just arriving in Korea on the day of the incident.
@ He claims to have a Distinguished Service Cross but this claim was refuted by the Legion of Valor, which declared him a fraud.
@ He claims to have been a POW for a brief time, but no records of this exist. He produced a letter from a chaplain "confirming" his status, but the chaplain (Colonel Frank Griepp) said he had written the letter based on Daily's own claims, and that everything he had said "about Daily came from Daily's own mouth".
@ Daily produced a letter from the Pentagon reporting him missing in action, but the serial number in the letter belongs to a Navy enlisted man.
@ When many military records were destroyed in 1973, Korean War veterans were invited to help rebuild their files by providing copies of whatever documents they had. Daily provided a letter supposedly from the Army Adjutant General's office dated 1950, but it included a zip code. (The Post Office did not invent Zip Codes until 1963.)--Stephen V Cole