ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Tim Poe America’s Got Talent scandal about Poe’s National Guard military service is prompting investigation. Tim Poe’s service in the Minnesota National Guard was announced during Monday’s taping of America’s Got Talent (NBC). But did Tim Poe lie to viewers about his military service?
On America’s Got Talent, Tim Poe made a series of assertions about the National Guard. First he said he served fourteen years. That’s not true, claims the National Guard. In a news statement by Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesman for the Minnesota National Guard, Poe didn’t serve fourteen years. “Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from Dec. 3, 2002 until May 26, 2011″.
Next, on the show Poe told fans “I had volunteered for a team to go out and clear buildings and help out with the wounded. There was a guy who come up with a rocket-propelled grenade.” He added “I saw it coming down, and by the time I turned and went to jump on top of my guys, I yelled ‘grenade’ and the blast had hit me.”
Olson says that’s also untrue. “Sgt. Poeâs official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat.”
Third, Poe stuttered during the telecast. Poe’s ex-wife tells the New York Post that Poe has never stuttered before. “There were no combat injuries… I think he developed a âfeel sorry for meâ stutter.â NBC is not yet commenting about the mater.