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Brian Williams Offers Clarification About 2003 Iraq Incident

Brian Williams: 'In an Effort to Honor and Thank a Veteran, I Made a Mistake' 0:55

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on Wednesday's program offered a clarification of the events that led to his news team being protected in Iraq by the Third Infantry in 2003 — and his recent honoring of one of the Army vets who was there.

In a piece last week on Nightly News, Williams took Sergeant Major Tim Terpak, who just retired with three bronze stars, to a New York Rangers hockey game, where the vet was honored with a standing ovation by some 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden.

In honoring Terpak, Williams told the story of his helicopter being hit by an RPG, but that wasn't accurate.

On Wednesday's Nightly News, Williams admitted, "I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago."

Williams and his team were actually in one of the aircraft following a Chinook helicopter that was hit.

In fact, in the original Dateline special on the incident, Williams even says, "On the ground we learn the Chinook ahead of us was almost blown out of the sky," acknowledging he was not in the lead helicopter.

Dateline Special: Operation Iraqi Freedom 5:26