Allegations surfaced that a chapter officer misappropriated funds and made false claims about his military record
24 August 2015 - The New Mexico Military Order of the Purple Heart suspended its Farmington chapter in the spring after allegations surfaced that chapter officer David Shrum misappropriated funds and made false claims about his military record.
Steve Rose, a former state commander of the order, told The Daily Times he confronted Shrum in March over "outlandish" claims of valor made by the 68-year-old Blanco man.
Rose said Shrum, himself a former commander of the New Mexico order, provided him a "DD Form 214," or military discharge form, listing more than a dozen medals Shrum claimed to have been awarded while serving in the U.S. Army.
Shrum claims on the DD 214, provided to The Daily Times by the military order, that he received the bronze star, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Silver Star, prestigious medals given to soldiers for heroism or gallantry in military action.
However, according to Shrum's military records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request sent to the federal National Archives and Records Administration, Shrum received no awards for heroism.
According to the records, Shrum is not even a Purple Heart recipient, a requirement to become a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. read more>>>