For those foo'ers that don't know me yet, I'm the guy with the nut-case wife :S
We were watching a documentary about Vietnam and Korean wars on the history channel. It was that famous footage of the US evacuating the embassy by helicopters... all chaos. Then, out of the blue, my wife told our son: "That's what your grampa used to do. He was one of those helicopter pilots rescuing people on that war..." and she went on for a few minutes as my face went WTF?
I've known this family for 15 years. I know everything there is to know about my father in law. He WAS NOT a 'rescue pilot' in the war. He was not a pilot, EVER. He was a regular army guy, during non-conflict times, that never made it to Sargent. He went to a few bases during his short service and got out when foreign policy was getting nasty. My respect for serving his country and all... but for God's sake!
I had an argument with the wife about this. I want my son to learn about his family history, but learn the truth and nothing but the truth. My dad never made it past the 8th grade and he was a janitor his whole live. He never went to the war because he failed the military entrance exam thingie. Not pretty or glamorous but it's the truth. I love my dad, even tho he was nothing 'especial'. I love him because he was a good dad to me and that's all I need. He was always there for me.
I went on the internet and printed the time-lines for both wars. Then I made a small list of family events and dates to show my wife that his dad was not part of the military when the conflicts occurred. Still, she insists that her dad was there, rescuing people from Saigon. I wonder if she came up with this on her own, or maybe her old man told her the fake stories. Maybe her dad was trying to make up excuses for not being there. But still, the dates just don't match.
I should had gotten out of this problem when it was still easy, before the children.