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Ex-Rep. Cooley Updates War Record

March 12, 1998

SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ A former congressman convicted of lying about his war record has unveiled his re-edited military resume.

For his congressional comeback, former Republican Rep. Wes Cooley says in a proposed voters’ guide that he is a ``veteran, Korea conflict.″

Cooley’s 1996 re-election campaign was derailed when he said in a similar pamphlet statement that had been in the ``Army Special Forces, Korea.″

But Cooley could never prove he was in Korea, and all other evidence pointed to the fact that he never left the United States during his Army service.

Convicted of lying in the pamphlet, Cooley was placed on two years’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and pay $7,110 in fines. By law, his felony conviction does not prevent him from running.

This time, Cooley’s planned Voters’ Pamphlet statement in his congressional comeback effort lists military service without saying he actually served in Korea.

Cooley said Tuesday that his statement for the 2nd District congressional race merely means he served in the Army during the Korean War and is silent on the issue of whether he was in Korea.

``I’m not going to get into that,″ he said when asked if he still believed he served in Korea. ``According to the government, I am a veteran of the Korean conflict.″

Cooley, whose war records were destroyed in a fire, refused to admit he had made an error with the statement that led to his conviction.

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