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Biden Incorrectly Describes Uncle’s WWII Details, Criticizes Trump’s Record in Pittsburgh Speech

During a speech in Pittsburgh, President Joe Biden faced criticism on Wednesday for providing inaccurate information about his uncle’s death in World War II. 

Biden sought to pay tribute to his uncle, 2nd Lt. Ambrose J. Finnegan Jr., while also drawing parallels with the alleged negative remarks about fallen service members made by former President Donald Trump.

During his speech, Biden discussed the story of his uncle’s demise, claiming that Finnegan was “shot down in New Guinea” and that cannibals might have played a role in the area. 

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– WASHINGTON, DC – APR 15: National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, as seen on April 15, 2017. It is a memorial of national significance dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. — Photo by sainaniritu

However, official documents from the U.S. government do not attribute Finnegan’s death to hostile action or mention cannibals as a factor.

Despite the discrepancy, Biden highlighted his family’s tradition of visiting the gravesite of deceased relatives and praying. 

He also criticized Trump, saying he was unfit to serve as commander-in-chief.

In 2015, Biden’s eldest son, Beau, who served in the military, passed away from brain cancer, which the president believes may have been linked to his son’s deployment in Iraq. 

Trump has refuted accusations that he insulted fallen service members, stating that the allegations are untrue.

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According to the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Biden’s uncle died in May 1944 while traveling on an Army Air Forces plane that crashed in the Pacific Ocean near the coast of New Guinea. 

The agency reports that Finnegan has not been associated with any recovered remains and is still unaccounted for.

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates made a statement confirming Biden’s pride in his uncle’s service, but did not address the inconsistency between Biden’s account and the agency’s records. 

Bates underlined Biden’s commitment to honoring veterans and their families.

During his speech, Biden also misstated when his uncles enlisted in the military, claiming that they joined “when D-Day occurred, the next day,” when in reality, they enlisted several weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur sent his condolences to Finnegan’s family by telegram, which was carried by a local newspaper. 

In his book Promises to Keep published in 2008, Biden briefly mentioned his uncle, describing him as a flier who was killed in New Guinea.

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