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Iowa vet says Silver Star paperwork is legitimate

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DES MOINES (AP) ó Some military groups are questioning whether a Vietnam veteran from Marshalltown earned a Silver Star presented to him in a June ceremony.

The Des Moines Register reports Sen. Tom Harkinís office presented 64-year-old Dennis William Myers this summer with the military honor, which is awarded for courageous behavior while in action. Two military groups say Myers duped the senatorís office in providing what they say was fake certification to obtain the medal.

Military records from the National Personnel Records Center show Myers was on active duty in the Navy from 1968 to 1972.

Myers denies the allegations over the document he submitted. He says the paperwork came from a private California business that issues certificates.

A message left with a spokeswoman for the senatorís office wasnít immediately returned Wednesday.

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