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Swifty boats and purple hearts by Ed Iverson
Lahontan Valley News: Opinion Section ^ | August 11, 2004 | Ed Iverson

Posted on 08/11/2004 6:58:57 PM PDT by bwteim

Swifty boats and purple hearts

by Ed Iverson

http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040811/Opinion/108110009

August 11, 2004

Kerry is busily featuring his Vietnam military record. Everyone knows that Bush is committed to a strong national defense and that as long as the focus is on the military threat to our country, Bush wins. I can only assume that Kerry is attempting to convince us poor schlubs that he is a fine warrior-guy; and that the nation will be safe with him as commander in chief. Verrry tricksy!

The following information is from a piece I read back in February. The source is reliable and it is confirmed by the recent complaints and revelations of former Swift Boat sailors. I pass it along now because Kerry has invited an examination of his military record by making it a central issue in the campaign. The following points at least deserve an explanation from the Kerry bunch.

Kerry's Vietnam tour lasted less than four months. In that very short time he collected a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. This is a record unmatched by any Swift Boat personnel and would be extremely rare for units where commendations are much more common (The SEALs, the Sea Wolves, and The River Patrol Force, etc.). Just last week, we heard former Swift Boat sailors argue that collecting that much hardware so fast, and for such pedestrian actions, simply lacks credibility.

Three Purple Hearts but no limp! His injuries were so minor that he lost no time from duty. Amazing luck! Was he putting himself in for medals every time he bumped his head on the wheel house hatch? What! Combat on the boats was almost always at close range. Sailors didn't have minor wounds. At least not often. Not three times in a row. Then he used the three purple hearts to request a trip home eight months before the end of his tour. Lucky Jack Kerry? Still, very fishy.

The details for which Kerry received the bronze star make no sense. He beached the boat after taking fire and went ashore to dispatch a combatant that, according to the report, had to have been already dead. According to existing rules of engagement, he did everything wrong. Military procedures for Swift Boats prohibited beaching the boat and going ashore during or after a fire-fight. He should have been relieved and reprimanded. Instead, he was put up for a bronze star. Something is fishy.

Here we have a JFK wannabe who is hardly in Vietnam long enough to get a good tan, collects medals faster than Audie Murphy in a job where lots of medals weren't common, gets sent home eight months early, requests separation from active duty a few months after that so he can run for Congress, finds out war heroes don't sell well in Massachusetts in 1970 so reinvents himself as Jane Fonda, and throws his ribbons in the dirt with the cameras running to jump start his political career.

He winds up in the Senate a few years later where he takes every possible opportunity to gut defense spending, and is on record as saying that the CIA is irrelevant after the Berlin Wall came down.

If all this is does not create anxiety about Kerry "reporting for duty," then consider this: He voted against the Gulf War...a big mistake since that turned out well. He decided not to make the same mistake twice so voted to invade Iraq in 2003. But oops, that didn't turn out so well so he now says he really didn't mean for Bush to go to war when he voted to allow him to go to war. I certainly don't want this guy reporting for duty as our commander in chief. Do you?


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hypocracy; kerry; militaryrecord; opinion; purpleheart; swiftyboats; vietnam
Concise summary of events handy to send to fence straddlers.
1 posted on 08/11/2004 6:58:59 PM PDT by bwteim
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To: bwteim

Excellence! bump


2 posted on 08/11/2004 7:01:32 PM PDT by an amused spectator (FOXNews: Because We Already Know What Teddy Kennedy's Opinion Is)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Petronski; Howlin

FYI


3 posted on 08/11/2004 7:02:22 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: an amused spectator

Thought so too - guy writes from the gut.

"Here we have a JFK wannabe who is hardly in Vietnam long enough to get a good tan "


4 posted on 08/11/2004 7:04:03 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: CheneyChick

PING

Do you have anxiety about Kerry "reporting for duty"?


5 posted on 08/11/2004 7:05:25 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Kerry received the Silver Star for beaching his boat and killing the wounded VC who fired the rocket. He got the Bronze Star for fishing the Green Beret out of the water after he fell out of Kerry's boat.


6 posted on 08/11/2004 7:08:07 PM PDT by AF68
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To: LiberalBassTurds; Seadog Bytes; ALOHA RONNIE

PING


7 posted on 08/11/2004 7:09:24 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim

Kerry reminds me of Gruber on the old McHale's Navy show. Gruber was always out to get a purple heart for the smallest scratch hoping it would get him out of the Navy sooner.


8 posted on 08/11/2004 7:12:44 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: AF68; The Bandit

Right. I just went back and looked again at

Evidence Suggests Kerry's Silver Star Was Not Earned (UPDATED and more damning)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1133600/posts
by The Bandit.


9 posted on 08/11/2004 7:19:56 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Kirkwood

Carl Ballantine played Gruber.....
He was an old vaudvillian style act, as a magician.
Not only did he play the purple heart scam, he was always scheming. Very much like our F'in hero.
Another of McHales merry band was Gavin MacLeod who played Joseph 'Happy' Haines


10 posted on 08/11/2004 7:22:52 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (So many questions for Kerry - so few answers from Kerry)
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To: bwteim; Kirkwood
Kerry reminds me of Gruber on the old McHale's Navy show. Gruber was always out to get a purple heart for the smallest scratch hoping it would get him out of the Navy sooner.

Excellent point. Everyone should start referring to Kerry as "Gruber". Send it to Rush. It may not mean much to the younger folks, but to Baby Boomers, the idea might catch on. (Note, I changed my tagline).

11 posted on 08/11/2004 7:24:07 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Kerry: Gruber from McHale's Navy TV - Always after a Purple Heart)
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To: bwteim

I knew a sailer in the Navy with acne so bad that he could qualify for a purple heart every day if you used the Kerry Heart Hound standard for what constitutes a Purple Heart.

I used the acne image because this Hanoi John Kerry is so sickening I wish we could pop him like so much puss from the body politics.


12 posted on 08/11/2004 7:27:19 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: ProudVet77; Kirkwood
Play some twilite theme music, ready?

1) I was not familiar with Gruber background, so I started Googling
2) Then you put in your details to Kirkwood, (thanks) so I went to IMDB where I found following:
"In addition to being an actor, Ballantine is an accomplished magician. - show more"
So I clicked Show More

music louder now.... "Trade mark"
"Supposed tricks of magic, which always flop."
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0050535/
http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0050535/bio
So, here finally, is the tie back to the Flip Flop......;)

14 posted on 08/11/2004 7:30:20 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: jonrick46

Thanks, but I may have to pass on eating for the next week due to your image... ;)


15 posted on 08/11/2004 7:32:37 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: bwteim; Mo1; nicmarlo

Another good article. Poor John F'n. He's being victimized by all these mean people. And it's Bush's fault.


16 posted on 08/11/2004 7:34:13 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: Kirkwood
"Kerry reminds me of Gruber on the old McHale's Navy show."

Well, I never really watched that, but I can see a parallel with Corporal Klinger.

17 posted on 08/11/2004 7:35:41 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: jonrick46

18 posted on 08/11/2004 7:38:03 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: sweetliberty

Another victim, indeed!


19 posted on 08/11/2004 7:38:32 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: sweetliberty

But you could never get p*ssed at Klinger, right? There was humor even in his pathetic attempts to exit early. Not so with our long faced John boy. No humor there.


20 posted on 08/11/2004 7:40:45 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: sweetliberty

FOFL!


21 posted on 08/11/2004 7:41:36 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: sweetliberty

22 posted on 08/11/2004 7:46:52 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: AF68

Three other guys were fished out by two other boats during that action -- none of the personnel on them got any medals.


23 posted on 08/11/2004 7:47:02 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: sweetliberty

It comes down to who do you trust with your life

A known liar like Kerry

Or a known leader like Bush

I pick President Bush


24 posted on 08/11/2004 7:47:57 PM PDT by Mo1 (Kerry & Edwards .... they will leave no Special Interest Group behind)
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To: bwteim
"There was humor even in his pathetic attempts to exit early."

True, and Klinger DID have integrity, a foreign concept to John F'n.

25 posted on 08/11/2004 7:50:40 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: Mo1
"I pick President Bush"

Where's your sense of adventure, Mo? You mean you don't like the thought of having terrorists blow up the mall where you're shopping with the kids? John F'n will talk to them and encourage them to dialogue. Of course, I don't either, but I thought maybe it was just me. < /sarcasm >

26 posted on 08/11/2004 7:54:48 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left." (Eccl. 10:2))
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To: Lawgvr1955; jigsaw

Good idea, lawgvr.

jigsaw, new tagline!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1188088/posts


27 posted on 08/11/2004 7:59:15 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: sweetliberty

That seems to be the case. All show, no go - or a magician whose tricks always flop (see 14)


28 posted on 08/11/2004 8:01:54 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: sweetliberty

Kerry's thinks we should hug a terrorists.. peace love not war

Sorry .. I'm sticking with the cowboy ..


29 posted on 08/11/2004 8:26:33 PM PDT by Mo1 (Kerry & Edwards .... they will leave no Special Interest Group behind)
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To: bwteim

bttt


30 posted on 08/11/2004 8:28:54 PM PDT by jla (http://www.ronaldreaganmemorial.com/memorial_fund.asp)
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To: bwteim

Very good. Thank you.


31 posted on 08/12/2004 12:05:20 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes ("Benedict Arnold used to be a "war hero" too ...before he became a Traitor.")
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To: jla
Thanks, jla, and I appreciate your link on your page to http://johnkerryisdangerousforamerica.blogspot.com/
32 posted on 08/12/2004 12:22:17 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Seadog Bytes
No, thank you for your FReepmail encouragement ;)
33 posted on 08/12/2004 12:27:08 PM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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