Skip to comments.Kerry is a Fraud -War Hero Manufactured (My Title)
Posted on 03/03/2004 9:57:59 PM PST by Soliton
Following is an email I sent to gary
Thursday, February 26, 2004
You should try to interview Gerald Nicosia, the author of "Home to War, a History of the Viet Nam Veterans' Movement." Crown Publishers, NY, NY. The book attempts to paint Kerry in a positive light, but from a leftists prospective. In doing so it reveals several interesting things:
Kerry received notice that he would be drafted, so he "enlisted in the Navy, to see for himself what was going on and at the same time to stay out of combat". Pg 70, para 3.
There is also a precedent for Kerry releasing his FBI files mentioned in the Acknowledgements:
"Special thanks to John Kerry, David Attlestone, and a number of pro bono lawyers who banged on the door of the FBI (with letters and phone calls) for ten years, till it finally coughed up the ten foot stack of surveillance files on Viet Nam Veterans Against the War, which I had applied for through the Freedom of Information Act in 1988." Pg 667, para 3.
The book answers more questions, mostly on pages 70-72.
Q. If he joined the Navy to avoid combat duty, why volunteer for dangerous swift boat duty?
A. When he volunteered, swift boats were used for surveillance and were considered safe duty. The deployment to go up the rivers began two weeks before Kerry returned from five months of training in California.
Q. Did Kerry get special treatment when being awarded medals?
A. Kerry was put in for the Navy Cross, but Admiral Bud Zumwalt intercepted the paperwork because it would require congressional approval and awarded the silver star because he could authorize it himself. He then rushed the ceremony through as an "Impact Award" to "boost morale".
Other things I have found but not verified:
Kerry requested a graduate degree deferment that was rejected before volunteering.
Kerry was connected to Ted Kennedy, and so was Zumwalt.
Zumwalt later ran for the Senate in 1976 as a Democrat.
Zumwalt and Kerry pushed the Agent Orange investigation thru congress.
I am not a Republican nor involved with any campaign. I just hate to see Kerry get away with claiming to be a hero.
I would like to volunteer as a researcher, if you could use the help.
Also FYI, this book was favorably reviewed by David Hackworth and Oliver Stone.
Who submitted Kerry's name for the Navy Cross?
Kerry requested a graduate degree deferment that was rejected before volunteering.
According to a Harvard Crimson feature on Kerry in 1970:
When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.
pp. 70-71: [In reference to Project RAW, Valley Forge]: "But by all accounts, the man who most stirred the vets was one of their own, Lieutenant (j.g.) John Forbes Kerry, a Silver Star winner who had gotten an early discharge to run for Congress from his native Fourth District in Massachusetts."
"Kerry had had an action-filled tour as a swift-boat commander in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded in an ambush, gaining three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, in addition to the Silver Star, which by all rights should have been a Navy Cross. But Admiral Elmo 'Bud' Zumwalt Jr. had intercepted the paperwork for Kerry's Navy Cross and changed it to a lesser award so that he could approve it himself (the Navy Cross requires congressional approval) and pin it on Kerry a few days later, as an 'impact award,' to boost morale.
Kerry could not help but sense the irony of his being a war hero, since he had not wanted to fight in the war at all. Before Vietnam, he had led a life of privilege. His father, a lawyer, had worked in the foreign service, and John had been schooled at St. Paul's and Yale, with summers in Europe. Exceedingly tall and rangy, Kerry was a good athlete, and at Yale he had distinguished himself as an orator; in fact, he delivered the senior oration at his graduation in 1966, criticizing the draft and the war. He had been planning to pursue his graduate studies abroad when he received a notice from his draft board that he would soon be called. Though he questioned the policy behind the war, he did not see either jail or exile as a reasonable alternative for himself; besides, he says he 'believed very strongly in the code of service to one's country.' So he enlisted in the Navy, to see for himself what was going on and at the same time to stay out of combat. To that end, he volunteered for assignment on one of the swift boats--short, fast aluminum craft that were used for patrol duty off the Vietnam coast. Two weeks before he arrived in Vietnam, the Navy began changing the deployment of the boats, sending them up the rivers instead to ferret out pockets of Viet Cong that were guarding the waterways for their own use. Still, Kerry shrugs off the attribution of heroism. In the action of February 1966 for which he was awarded the Silver Star, he maintains that he simply got tired of being ambushed. 'The riverbank just erupted with small weapons fire,' he recalls. 'We were caught in it. So I turned all the boats right into it and we charged the riverbank--beached right in the positions, ran ashore, and ran right over the ambush. Then I took one boat upstream with me, and we took [were hit by] a B-40 rocket on the boat, and I guess I just got pissed off again, and I went straight into the rocket position. I wanted to see some of the enemy and fight 'em. So we did, and we beat the hell out of 'em. We went into this village and captured a lot of weapons and people and VC flags.'"
Stationed in New York a few months later, in the spring of 1969, Kerry, showing the same gumption, went directly to Admiral Walter F. Schlech Jr. to request the early discharge. Before he had gone to Vietnam, he had spent hours debating the value of the war and the help we were allegedly giving the Vietnamese people, but once in combat 'the answers hit [him] pretty hard, right in the face.' He was appalled by 'the lack of strategy, the stupidity of many of the missions, the apparent lack of political will by this country to pursue [the war], the lack of a commitment to the men who were fighting in the field, [and] the absurdity of some of the losses that we were incurring,' as well as 'the corruption within the [South Vietnamese] government.' 'Everything added up,' he says in hindsight, explaining how 'this kid coming back from nowhere,' who 'wasn't known from Adam,' suddenly found it in his heart to run for Congress in order 'to make an antiwar statement.' Schlech, who disagreed with Kerry's position on the war, agreed to set him free from the Navy. 'To his enormous credit,' remembers Kerry, 'he understood where I was coming from, and he said, 'That's a fair request. You've served honorably, and you've done your duty, and I think you have a right to exercise your judgment.' Kerry's discharge came through on January 1, 1970."
"Kerry never did run for Congress that fall, but it wasn't because he got cold feet. His immediate target was the incumbent Democrat from the Fourth District, Philip Philbin, who had been consistently hawkish about the war. Kerry had felt that a highly decorated Vietnam vet such as himself running against Philbin would 'make clear the need to take action...lend to the debate and help in the process of ending the war.' But a coalition of antiwar forces had already come up with a redoubtable opponent to defeat Philbin in the Democratic primary, Father Robert F. Drinan, S. J., the dean of Boston College Law School and a widely known critic of the war. Kerry immediately pulled out of the race to make way for Drinan, and eventually became chairman of Drinan's campaign."
"While working for Drinan, Kerry, who was still 'so anxious to tell the story...just burning with this anger' to make the public aware of 'what was going on,' began speaking about his war experiences to various civic groups...."
This is extremely damning to Kerry's lies about Bush wanting to avoid service. It needs to go far and wide.
As a real Massachusetts native, I'm getting pretty tired of JF'nK's claim to nativity. It's a small thing, but in the end it's another Rat lie.
Yep! I couldn't have said it better myself! Take a look at this... found it this morning. Kerry the "war hero" in art! It warms the heart.
Ha! Love the silver star with (never awarded) V for valor!