'Daily Mail' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1198143/Band-Brothers-American-World-War-2-hero-exposed-fraud.html Howard Manoian was a local hero in the Normandy village that he had retired to - feted for his tales of sacrifice in liberating France from the Nazis. The American was happy to tell how he was wounded in action twice after parachuting into nearby Sainte-MÃ¨re-Eglise on D-Day in the fierce battle later depicted in John Wayne's film The Longest Day. Numerous admirers heard how he was shot in the hand and legs by a German machine gun during a fire fight and then again by a Messerschmitt which strafed the field hospital where he was recovering. But now the 84-year-old is unlikely to be showing his face again soon in the regular veteran's bar, The Stop, where for the moment photographs of him in military uniform still adorn the walls. Research into U.S. military archives has revealed the less than illustrious truth of his war record. His unit was not the fabled 82nd Airborne Division, but the 33rd Chemical Decontamination Company.