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Army says soldier misrepresented rank, injuries


NEW LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. Army says a soldier who returned to a hero's welcome in Wisconsin misrepresented his rank, badges and the origin of his injuries.

About 60 veterans and well-wishers greeted Spc. Jordan Olson with American flags and balloons at the Outagamie County Regional Airport Saturday. Olson was back in the Fox Valley to be treated for injuries he said he received in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan. But, the Army says Olson was not injured in combat.

When Olson returned he said that he was a sergeant. The Army says Olson is a specialist and has not been authorized to wear the Combat Action Badge he had, or a Parachutist Badge from the 82nd Airborne Division.

A phone number for Olson has been disconnected.

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