Stolen Valor: Vet’s image to be stripped from bus after service is questioned


The Polk Transit Authority will be removing Ed Cameron’s image — highlighted in red above — from the Purple Heart Bus that was adorned to honor Polk veterans who have earned the distinction. (Halifax Media Group)

LAKELAND – The picture of a veteran featured on a Polk Transit Authority bus will be peeled off because of questions about his service.

The bus features pictures of seven Purple Heart recipients, but accusations have been raised about a 62-year-old man who says he was wounded in Vietnam and rose to the rank of major in the Marines.

“He’s an imposter, and we’re taking the picture off,” County Commissioner Melony Bell said. “I can’t imagine anyone doing this.”

For years, Ed Cameron told his fellow VFW and American Legion members in Lake Wales that he received two Purple Hearts after he was shot while members of a platoon he commanded were killed during battle, according to members of the Lake Wales VFW.

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