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Norfolk-based sailor sentenced for wearing unearned medals


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk-based sailor has been sentenced to 45 days’ confinement for wearing medals that he didn’t earn on his uniform.

Seaman Matthew Cottom also received a reduction in rank to seaman recruit. His pay will be cut in half for two months.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1L16EQr ) reports that Cottom was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in a court-martial to wearing unauthorized insignia and ribbons on his uniform. The medals included a Purple Heart.

One incident occurred during Military Appreciation Day at the University of North Carolina on Oct. 4, 2014. The other occurred in July 2014 while Cottom attended a church service in his home town, Saltillo, Mississippi.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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