U.S Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Craig Pusley stands guard as kindergarten student Liset Corona, 5, walks to her class at Hughson Elementary School on
U.S Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Craig Pusley stands guard as kindergarten student Liset Corona, 5, walks to her class at Hughson Elementary School on Wednesday morning Dec. 19, 2012 in Hughson, Calif. Pusley plans to stand guard here during the start and end of the school day for 30 days. He says he plans to have his son Canon, 3, attend the school next year. (AP Photo/The Modesto Bee, Ed Crisostomo)

Former Marine guards Calif. school

HUGHSON, Calif. -- A former Marine applauded for voluntarily showing up to guard a central California elementary school apparently misrepresented his service history.

Craig Pusley showed up for a second day of guard duty Thursday at Hughson Elementary School but departed mid-morning as questions arose about his military background.

On Wednesday, Pusley told the Modesto Bee he was a sergeant in the Marine Reserves and had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Marines spokesman Captain Gregory A. Wolf said Pusley never served overseas and was discharged in 2008 as a private after serving less than a year. He also is not in the reserves.

Pusley did not respond to calls for comment from The Associated Press.