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Ex-Marine who guarded school embellished military record

(Modesto Bee) HUGHSON, Calif. – The Marine Corps veteran who achieved national fame this week for guarding Hughson Elementary School had a far less distinguished service career than he has claimed in public, records obtained Thursday show.

Hughson Unified Superintendent Brian Beck said he asked Craig D. Pusley to leave the school grounds about 10 a.m. Thursday after checking with regional Marine authorities on Pusley’s service. He said Pusley did not argue and simply left.

Beck stressed that Pusley stayed outside the school, except for checking in at the office. “He certainly seemed legit,” Beck said. “It’s just so disheartening.”