By John Knicely
KIRO-TV – Seattle
SEATTLE — A man who claimed he was a decorated Navy SEAL was buried earlier this month will full honors at a cemetery reserved for military heroes.
But the man was a fake, KIRO-TV in Seattle reports.
The man never served a day in the Navy, and officials at Tahoma National Ceremony in Kent, Washington, were unaware of his bogus claims until KIRO-TV checked the man’s background and explained his phony documentation.
Now, outrage is growing among actual military veterans, and some are calling for his remains to exhumed.
John Marcus Alberti died in April and had no next of kin. A friend went through his belongings and found a military discharge paper called a DD 214. The paper detailed how Alberti served as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam, winning numerous medals for bravery.