Williams has a Walter Mitty complex.
According to Williams’ original story, he was aboard a chopper that was shot down by an RPG during the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. After the alleged crash, he was supposedly “rescued, surrounded, and kept alive by an armored mechanized platoon from the Army’s Third Infantry”.
He pushed this story on Letterman in 2013.
He retold this lie after he was reunited with the Sergeant who was in charge of his news crew.
Williams was forced to recant the entire wild-assed story after the Soldiers he was with refuted his version of events.
From the Stars and Stripes:
In an interview with Stars and Stripes, he said he had ‘misremembered’ the events and was sorry.
The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.
“I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
I know what it was. It’s your overblown sense of importance and the opportunity to exploit Soldiers and project yourself into their heroism to fuel your delusions of wartime adventures.
……Williams and his camera crew were actually aboard a Chinook in a formation that was about an hour behind the three helicopters that came under fire, according to crew member interviews.
That Chinook took no fire and landed later beside the damaged helicopter due to an impending sandstorm from the Iraqi desert, according to Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Miller, who was the flight engineer on the aircraft that carried the journalists.
“No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft,” he said Wednesday.
The helicopters, along with the NBC crew, remained on the ground at a forward operating base west of Baghdad for two or three days, where they were surrounded by an Army unit with Bradley fighting vehicles and Abrams M-1 tanks.
Miller said he never saw any direct fire on the position from Iraqi forces.
The claim rankled Miller as well as Soldiers aboard the formation of 159th Aviation Regiment Chinooks that were flying far ahead and did come under attack during the March 24, 2003, mission.
One of the helicopters was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades — one did not detonate but passed through the airframe and rotor blades — as well as small arms fire.
“It was something personal for us that was kind of life-changing for me. I know how lucky I was to survive it,” said Lance Reynolds, who was the flight engineer. “It felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”
Reynolds said Williams and the NBC cameramen arrived in a helicopter 30 to 60 minutes after his damaged Chinook made a rolling landing at an Iraqi airfield and skidded off the runway into the desert.
He couldn’t even come clean with the whole truth when he apologized:
Since the 2003 incident, Williams has said on different occasions that he “came under fire” and that his helicopter was forced down due to the attack. Former and active-duty Soldiers who were on the same mission had said the anchor’s aircraft landed in the Karbala area because of a blinding sandstorm and not hostile fire.
Williams’ admission and his insistence that he had made an innocent mistake drew sharp criticism on social media, which subjected the veteran newsman to enormous ridicule, including posts depicting him in other historical events.
……Despite Williams’ effort to contain the damage, some former Soldiers thought there were still discrepancies between his account and their own memory of the events.
(David Luke, a former Soldier and flight engineer with the 159th Aviation Regiment) said it was “misleading” for Williams to say his aircraft was following the stricken Chinook. Luke told Stars and Stripes that Williams’ Chinook was headed south, back toward Kuwait, when it passed another formation from a separate aviation company flying north.
After the two formations passed each other, Luke’s crew heard on the radio that a northbound aircraft had been hit by RPG and small-arms fire, presumably from gunmen in a white pickup truck they had seen minutes earlier. Soon after the attack, Luke said his helicopter and the one carrying Williams were forced to change course because of the sandstorm and land near a makeshift supply camp — Objective Rams — where the stricken helicopter had also put down.
In case this episode doesn’t convince you that Williams is a self-absorbed liberal douchebag, here’s more examples: Aside from the latest stunt, Williams thinks Americans just don’t get the wonderfulness of ObamaCare, that we’re somehow enjoying the ‘fruits of the Clinton economy’,
And wouldn’t you know it, Brian (Walter Mitty) Williams sits on the board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Williams is also one of the news anchors who gleefully reported on Hillary’s tall tale about a sniper attack in Bosnia.
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