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Vets outraged over allegedly stolen valor from "Marine"

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U.S. military documents obtained by CBS News show Allen enlisted in the Navy in 1968, but was discharged after eight months because of a knee injury. There is no evidence that he ever served in the Marines. U.S. military documents obtained by CBS News show Allen enlisted in the Navy in 1968, but was discharged after eight months because of a knee injury. There is no evidence that he ever served in the Marines.

(CBS) – For more than a decade, Gregory Allen has run a "boot camp"-style gym in San Rafael, California where, he said, he'd prepared more than 100 recruits for military service. He also said he's a retired Marine Corps lieutenant, honored with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. But a watchdog's tip to authorities revealed something else: Allen never served in the Marines.

"I thought he was a squared away, straight up guy," retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Sammons said.

Sammons knew Allen for a decade, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

"I did my own due diligence. I proved ... he was, in fact, a fraud," Sammons said. "I suppose you could say I was shocked."

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