Biden Claims His Father Asked Him To Present His Uncle With A Medal... Just One Problem
Is he crazy or a natural liar? My guess is both! Biden recently stated that after becoming Obama's Vice President, his father urged him to honor his uncle by delivering him a Purple Heart for his service during the Battle of the Bulge.
According to Biden's speech on December 16th, his uncle was awarded a purple heart but never received it:
"On the Finnegan side of the family, four brothers. Every single one volunteered the very next day, on Monday, to join. My uncle, Frank Biden, joined. My father was working in the shipyards.
The fact of the matter is that, you know, it wasn’t a second thought. They just showed up. And there’s a generation, represented by you, Ray, that doesn’t look for accolades.
You know, I — my dad, when I got elected vice president, he said, “Joey, Uncle Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge.” He was not feeling very well now — not because of the Battle of the Bulge. But he said, “And he won the Purple Heart. And he never received it. He never — he never got it. Do you think you could help him get it? We’ll surprise him.”
So we got him the Purple Heart. He had won it in the Battle of the Bulge. And I remember he came over to the house, and I came out, and he said, “Present it to him, okay?” We had the family there.
I said, “Uncle Frank, you won this. And I want to…” He said, “I don’t want the damn thing.” (Laughter.) No, I’m serious. He said, “I don’t want it.” I said, “What’s the matter, Uncle Frank? You earned it.” He said, “Yeah, but the others died. The others died. I lived. I don’t want it.”
Biden became Obama's vice president in 2009, which is significant because his father died in 2002. His unfortunate uncle died in 1999, so what the heck is he on about?
Was Frank meant to be awarded the Purple Heart? Doesn't look like it.
Traces of War, a website on the history of global conflicts, says about 1.1 million World War II veterans received a Purple Heart, but its list of Purple Heart recipients does not include Frank Biden. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor also keeps a list of those honored with the award, but Frank Biden does not appear on that website, either.
The whole story is bologna or seems to be. According to records Seven months after the Battle of the Buldge began, Frank Biden was discharged. So it's plausible he fought in that war, but it can't be proven.