I, Jim W. Tarpley, sincerely wish to apologize to the Jefferson Star, Earlene, and the reporter that interviewed me, and my son on the phone.
I received a phone call from the Jefferson Star sometime in September. I am extremely hard of hearing, with dementia, and, couldn’t understand what the call was about, so I gave the phone to my son and left the house to take care of chores. Later he told me what it was about, said he took care of it – most of the stuff he told the reporter was what he had heard over the years, and, misunderstood.
Our Team had a reunion in 1967 in Sacramento, California, that’s where our confrontation with Hanoi Jane (Jane Fonda) took place – The first half of my interview was with my son as the reporter knows – I met the reporter later in Idaho Falls Idaho, had a nice visit, never claimed and never have claimed to be a Navy Seal, they didn’t even have Navy Seals at that time. It appears the two of us really screwed up the interview. If I would of had the opportunity to review the article, it, would have been entirely different, I have great respect for the Navy Seals, the U.S. Navy and all veterans, especially the ones on my team and in the V.F.W. post I belong to. I am proud to be a veteran now, as the Veterans administration, our local V.A. Clinic are first class and take good care of me. I am so sorry this article has caused so much trouble.
Therefore, I have to retract the Veteran of the month article in the Sept. 30, 2020 of The Jefferson Star as not documented and misinformed. I also wish to apologize to the Navy, the Navy Seals, my past Teammates, my brothers in the V.F.W., and, all other veterans of that time, I truly hope this puts this matter to rest. I also wish to the thank all veterans for their service, and, The Jefferson Star for the great job they do for the community and the veterans.
Sincerely Jim W. Tarpley