This was exaggeration to the extreme. Over the years, he added a few Navy Crosses, a couple of Silver Stars, and about four more suicide missions.
He was part of an oral history project that enshrined his BS in the Library of Congress. Truly pathetic that his claims were never checked.
Anyone who had ever been in the military, any branch, would have questioned the E3 to O4 promotion of a 20-year-old. A temporary promotion to Ensign, unlikely but possible. To LCDR, no freakin’ way.