Howard Manoian pretended he had been part of a dramatic D-Day mission
An American veteran who said he parachuted into Normandy as part of the D-Day landings in June 1944 has been exposed as a liar.
Howard Manoian, 84, had been awarded the prestigious French award the Legion d'honneur for bravery.
He claimed he had landed in Sainte-Mere-Eglise in France - the setting of a fierce battle immortalised in the John Wayne film The Longest Day.
But his military records reveal he spent the war behind the front line.
Mr Manoian was a local war hero in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, with a plaque erected in his honour.
He said he had served with the famous 82nd Airborne Division, and would tell vivid tales of his parachute mission.
"Even in the aeroplane I was wondering what it was going to be like. They are going to start firing at us when we get near the land," he said.
"One planeload jumped and
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