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FACT CHECK: No, Fred Rogers Was Not A Sniper In Vietnam

An image shared on Facebook claims American television host Fred Rogers was a (USMC) sniper who recorded 55 confirmed kills during the .

Verdict: False

There is no record of Rogers fighting in the Vietnam War. He was working as the host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” through much of the war.

Fact Check:

The Facebook post, which has garnered over 1,000 reactions, appears to show a drawing of a shirtless Rogers holding a rifle. “Did you know? Fred McFeely Rogers A.K.A. Mr. Rogers was a USMC sniper in Vietnam,” the post claims. “His military record states: 55 confirmed kills and over 100 probables.”

This claim has no factual basis. Rogers, known to many as Mister Rogers for his role in the children’s show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” was born in 1928, according to Britannica. He graduated from Rollins College in 1951 and then wrote, produced and served as

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