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Originally posted by zatara
He also says to be an ex-seal while he never did the training but did assist seals in a combat situation. For as I know he is not an official seal and does he lie about this....why?
From September 11, 1969 to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era, he served in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Ventura was part of Underwater Demolition Team 12 (UDT). The UDT was merged with the US Navy SEALs in 1983, 8 years after Ventura was no longer in the Navy.
He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal but was not in combat thus did not qualify for the Combat Action Ribbon. Responding to comments Ventura made on the campaign trail and in his autobiography indicating that he was a US Navy SEAL, Commander Bill Salisbury, a San Diego attorney and former 16 year SEAL veteran wrote an article for the San Diego Reader questioning Ventura's SEAL credentials. In response, on a Minnesota Public Radio interview from December 14, 1999 then Governor Ventura's office confirmed that Ventura was never a member of the SEALs and his spokesman stated that Ventura has "never tried to convince people otherwise"