Pravda West: Washington Post uses Soviet officer to promote Veterans Day“Honor your veteran in a special way,” reads the somber ad promoting a special section of death notices scheduled for the Veterans Day edition of the Washington Post Magazine to be published Nov. 9.
It features a composite death notice of a naval officer imposed over an image of the Iwo Jima Memorial. It reads: “In Remembrance of Gramble. Norman Gramble, U.S. Navy 1943-1946.”
But a closer look at the man shows that he isn’t from the U.S. Navy, but is likely a Soviet military officer.
A worker in the Post’s death notice department said the ad was a composite, and it appears the picture was taken from the photo-hosting website Shutterstock. Its version of the photo includes instructions on how to download it in English and Russian.
The Post cropped the photo so just the officer's face and hat show, but the Shutterstock photo shows all of his communist medals, 13 in all, and many with dates from the 1960s and 1970s when the Kremlin was threatening the United States with nuclear attack.
A Navy expert said the mistake reminded him of when a Russian warship was used at a Democratic National Convention in a tribute to the U.S. military and Parade Magazine used a Nazi battleship in a feature about a Navy cook.
“It seems to me that someone hasn't done their homework, unless we prefer to honor foreign veterans rather than our own,” said Bill Panagopulos, president of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Md.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.