Biden saluted the bravery of the 10th Mountain Division in battle in Italy, before claiming his son ‘Beau’ lost his life in Iraq.
The president said: “Just imagine, I mean it sincerely, I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the conspicuous service medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice—genuine sacrifice they all made.”
A clip of Biden’s comments was posted on Twitter by the Washington Examiner, receiving more than 600,000 views.
Beau Biden, the president’s eldest son, did serve in Iraq with the Delaware Army National Guard from 2008-2009, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.
Following his death in 2015, Beau Biden was posthumously given the Delaware Conspicuous Service Cross, presented for “heroism, meritorious service and outstanding achievement.”
However, Beau Biden died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, rather than in Iraq.
In 2016, Joe Biden suggested Beau Biden’s cancer could have been linked to toxic burn pits he was exposed to during military service in Iraq, and his Colorado remark may have been a reference to this.