No record of Minn. TV singer's claimed combat injury

9:22 PM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota National Guard says it has no record of the combat injuries claimed by a man who sang on "America's Got Talent" and the behavior is not new.

Timothy Michael Poe appeared on the NBC show Monday. He told the judges he spent 14 years in the military, and suffered a broken back and brain injury in a grenade blast in Afghanistan in 2009.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Olson said Tuesday that records don't indicate Poe suffered those injuries. Olson noted Poe wasn't given a Purple Heart, which is awarded to those injured in combat.

The Minnesota National Guard sent the following statement to KARE 11 Wednesday morning:

"Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from Dec. 3, 2002 until May 26, 2011, and performed as a supply specialist.

His military records indicate that he served with the Minnesota National Guard in Kosovo from Oct. 10, 2007 until July 15, 2008, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 28, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2009.

Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports. The Minnesota National Guard can also confirm that he was not awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds sustained in combat."

The Minnesota National Guard also says that Sgt. Poe told a Dallas television station that he was shot while serving in Iraq in 2005. Guard officials say they can't confirm that claim either.

The Minnesota National Guard's statement on that incident is:

"The Minnesota National Guard has no local record of Sgt. Poe receiving combat-related injuries, nor is there any official Army record of such in the Army's medical systems of record."

Neither Poe nor NBC returned phone messages.

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