For anybody who has only recently read these posts going back to 2014 and somehow got to this point and is lost in the maze of comments and doesn't get exactly what the controversy is, let me see if I can sum it up.
Urban Miyares in 2014 posted to the 6/31st facebook page asking if there was anyone who remembered him from 1968. This was on March 7, 2014.This post shows his photo from someplace likely other than Vietnam. One statement I saved earlier seems to have been deleted...unless I just didn't find it again. https://www.facebook.com/groups/6666527 ... 893424462/
Hi All -- I served in the 6-31, 9th Infantry Div. during the summer of 1968 in Vietnam and was assigned to a number of platoons during that timeframe when I was medivac'd (Aug. 1968) back to the states without any of my gear, photos, journal, etc. Hoping that someone out there remembers me and can fill in the blanks, and possibly have photos, of me in country with them. Thanks, Sgt. Urban Miyares.-- Urban@DisabledBusiness.com
He also posted a link to his Skyball presentation that exhibited his story for all to consider on March 17, 2014.https://www.facebook.com/groups/6666527 ... 586149462/
A quick search of his paid speeches, including the Skyball, revealed that he was repeating an unbelievable story....and even more unbelievable when it became known that he had actually been assigned to the 6/31st through freedom of information revelations and was also found to have been penciled in for Alpha Company.
What was found out about him by Jerry White and Karl Lowe was this:
A review of Miyares military records, made available via the Freedom of Information Act, does show that Miyares was assigned to Alpha Company for a period of a 3 - 4 weeks in the Summer of 1968. According to statements made by Miyares, he was very sick, from un-diagnosed diabetes, for several weeks, when first assigned to his platoon, thus he was unable to go to the field. He stated that the Aug 12, 1968 incident occurred on his first operation in the field. This, therefore, might explain why no one from Alpha Company remembers Miyares and why Miyares remembers no one from his time in Vietnam; because, apparently he served with his platoon for only a few days. The details of his military service are provided below:
1 Aug 1967: Service Date
6 Oct 1967: Graduated Basic Training, Ft Jackson, SC
15 Dec 1967: Graduated AIT, Ft Polk, LA
17 April 1968: Graduated NCOC, Ft Benning, GA
20 April 1968: Assigned as Sqd Leader (OJT), Ft Polk, LA
21 Jun 68: In route to USARPAC ( edit, 6/3/17. Date left FT Polk, unknown actual depart US date)
26 July 1968: Assigned as Team Leader, Alpha Company, 6/31st, 9th Infantry Division.
23 Aug 1968: Enroute to CONUS, VA Hospital, Phoenixville, PA.
27 Dec 1968: Discharge Date
Investigations included interviews with the commanding officer and the 1st sergeant of Alpha at the time of the alleged incident and both insisted they never heard of him. The 1st sergeant even reported still having his old rosters from the time....none showing Miyares.
Miyares, as a new instant NCO E5, assigned about a week and a half to Alpha at the time his story of August 12, 1968, reports he was promoted to Platoon sergeant after being a squad leader during this short period of time. If you note the record, from time listed as assigned to Alpha to the time he was enroute to a hospital in Phoenixville PA was only a few days short of one month.
He reports an August 12, 1968 contact involving enemy mortars and machine guns that resulted in his whole platoon being wiped out. That never happened. He reports that he passes out from a diabetic seizure as the fight begins in a fight that never happened.He reports that he, and all of the casualties of the platoon, were taken to a First Division facility for graves registration processing. A ridiculous story. He reports that he was found alive, after two days in a body bag, among the dead bodies by a 1st Division medic named Brian Leek. Totally unbelieveable.
This is a link to a TEDx address that he made posted to the internet in 2015. Take a look and listen and make up your own mind about what you think of him and his story. Keep in mind that Jerry had extensive contact with Miyares in 2014 and Miyares had at one point agreed that his "somebody told me" self serving statements were mostly either false or completely unlikely. He had promised Jerry to modify his story significantly in 2014. It looks like he hasn't. And now, although we have no idea what's in it, he says he has an autobiography nearing publication. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3b55 ... tcity_tech