“Papa” Joe Blasingame has become a fixture at the Covington National Guard Armory, according to Sgt. Phillip Chappelear, who, along with other Guardsmen, family and friends, surprised Blasingame in April by presenting him with a Georgia Commendation Medal.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Marshall County man accused of wearing
military medals he didn't earn and illegally possessing firearms
has pleaded guilty in a Birmingham court.
Thirty-five-year-old Douglas Lee Weaver had pleaded not guilty
in April to charges of fraudulently wearing the Distinguished
Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Weaver changed his plea Friday.
According to his plea agreement, Arab Police found a .45 caliber
semiautomatic pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun at Weaver's home when
they entered it in September 2009 looking for stolen property.
Authorities later learned Weaver had worn a military uniform to
a Veteran's Day event though he was never in combat and had not
been awarded any of the medals he wore.
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