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Service record of ex-Marine standing guard at school in question

HUGHSON, CA - Discrepancies have turned up in the service record between what a veteran standing guard outside a Hughson elementary school said and his U.S. Marine Corps official record.

Craig D. Pusley, 28, said he felt he had a responsibility to help protect Hughson Elementary School in light of the devastating Connecticut school shootings last week in which 20 schoolchildren and six staff were slain. So on Wednesday, dressed in full fatigues and combat boots but unarmed, Pusley said he would spend the next 30 days in front of the school to help protect it.

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The school principal and parents appreciated the gesture.

However, Pusley's claims he attained the rank of sergeant and had served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan are not indicated in U.S. Marine Corps records. According to his Marine service record, Pusley served just under nine months in the Corps from April 2007 to July 2008. His rank was Private, First Class, and he was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, his only duty/command station.

He received a National Service Defense Medal and was discharged, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Efforts to contact Pusley Thursday have so far been unsuccessful. He was at Hughson Elementary earlier Thursday but left, News10 was told.