Bowing not necessary, but appreciated :)
To answer your questions I would ask you to read both the after-action report, and the citation given to Kerry a week after the incident. The citation pretty much follows the after-action report.
You can see that the answer to your first question is yes. But your second question is based on something which is not in the citation.
I was planning to use your direct knowledge of the incident to show that the silver star award was specious. I have changed my mind, because I assume that you are being truthful, and loyal. So, I will let it be.
p.s. None of the above changes my opinion that John F. Kerry was, and continues to be, a treasonous b*st*rd.