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“[Paul H. Dunn told a] tale about his best friend, who ‘died in his arms during a World War II battle, while imploring Dunn to teach America’s youth about patriotism.’ Then there was the riveting account of ‘how God protected him as enemy machine-gun bullets ripped away his clothing, gear and helmet without ever touching his skin.’ Another inspirational yarn explained ‘how perseverance and Mormon values led me to play major-league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.’ Unfortunately, none of these stories were true. Dunn’s ‘dead’ friend was still alive; only the heel of his boot was ever touched by a bullet; and he never played for the Cardinals.”

Abanes, One Nation Under Gods (New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2003), 427.