Man convicted of wearing military medals he never earned

For two area war veterans, the guilty verdict handed down Tuesday for a 60-year-old North Fond du Lac man charged in federal court for wearing military medals he did not earn is well deserved.

Rudy Jaeger of Brownsville and Bud Ruckman of Fond du Lac testified Tuesday at the Federal Building in Milwaukee during the one-day trial for William James Richardson, who was found guilty of wearing military medals of valor not issued to him by Congress.

Richardson wore the medals while serving on the Fond du Lac American Legion firing squad. Richardson can be seen in the picture on the right.

“It’s nice to have it all over, and it’s the nice that the truth was brought to light. Hopefully, it sets a precedent for those doing what he was doing,” Jaeger said.

Nationwide, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been cracking down on individuals who claim to be war heroes but actually are not and the topic has gotten significant media attention in recent months.

Jaeger said he was commander of the Fond du Lac American Legion when numerous complainants told him Richardson was posing as a phony war hero and fabricating stories about his involvement in the military.

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