Skip to comments.Swift boat skipper: Kerry critics wrong
Posted on 08/21/2004 8:28:40 AM PDT by palmer
The commander of a Navy swift boat who served alongside Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry during the Vietnam War stepped forward Saturday to dispute attacks challenging Kerry's integrity and war record.
William Rood, an editor on the Chicago Tribune's metropolitan desk, said he broke 35 years of silence about the Feb. 28, 1969, mission that resulted in Kerry's receiving a Silver Star because recent portrayals of Kerry's actions published in the best-selling book "Unfit for Command" are wrong and smear the reputations of veterans who served with Kerry.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
Trib posts are OK if excerpted, as yours is.
I did a google on William Rood and nothing came up. No background, etc.
Does the article reveal a resume that can be verified.
Well, of course, its all settled now. The truth is out. This should silence those Swiftvets for Truth who are a front for the Bushies. (Sarcasm)
He wasn't on Kerry's boat so we are instructed not to believe him.
So now its 254 to 10?
Pretty soon to be named editor in chief, he hopes.
Does he have a SWORN affadavit behind his statement?
Was Rood with Kerry in Cambodia?
"He wasn't on Kerry's boat so we are instructed not to believe him."
Very good. Use their own silly logic against them!
The -ONLY- material point of contention is whether or not Kerry beached the boat in the face of numerically superior enemy.
Is William Rood breaking his own breaking news? If he was there then he can get all documents concerning him and publish them. Insert self, bring documents!
I'd question whether he's a real combat vet. Too many wannabees out there.
This guy works for the Chicago Tribune?
And Rood as a professional tattle tale, hasn't said a word?
My bet this guy has anything substantive to say, he's on a mission to muddy the waters.
I'll reserve judgement until I can read Rood's piece later today (or whenever it becomes available on the web). But I have to say that the reporting of his comments does get to the heart of the one thing that bothers me about the Swifties: Albeit unintentionally, it casts doubts in the minds of the public on the honorable service of a lot of good men and women. It's not a side effect they seek, but I think it's a real consideration. My father is a Purple Heart recepient, and when I think of how this story might make other people wonder whether or not its legitimate because of how easy this story makes it seem to get one fraudulently, it tears me up inside.
Here's more of the Kerry logic:
It's the timing that has me concerned. </sarcasm>
William Rood WRood@tribune.com, Metro Assistant Content Editor
...because his guy might be going down in flames.
It's not rocket science.
Okie dokie Mister Liberal Media. How much is Mama T paying for your lie?
No body is questioning the honorable service of our vets. We're questioning Kerry's misuse of that service for his personal political gain.
Too little. Too late.
But we are beginning to see the outline of the MSM-DNC spin on this election, how it was stolen by Bush dirty tricks. They're beginning to set up their anti-Bush rantings for the next four years.
Don't worry, no one will question a purple heart from someone who doesn't write their own reports or have an agenda to run for office before he enters military service.
Yes, this only deals with the Silver Star incident. There were 3 boats involved. William Rood seems to be the skipper of one of them. The skipper of the 3rd boat has died.
"In the book, O'Neill and Corsi said Kerry chased down a "young Viet Cong in a loincloth clutching a grenade launcher which may or may not have been loaded."
Rood recalled the fleeing Viet Cong was "a grown man, dressed in the kind of garb the VC usually wore." There were other attackers as well, he said, and his boat and Kerry's boat took significant fire. "
O'Niell rebuts the contentions of the article adequately. The bottom line of the article is merely another MSM ad hominem attack, albeit well-couched in pseudofactual statements.
This has nothing to do with the James Rassman incident.
For heroic achievement while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against Viet Cong communist aggressors in the Republic of Vietnam.
On 28 Februrary 1969, Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD was serving as Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 23 in conjunction with two other Patrol Craft Fast, Underwater Demolition Team THIRTEEN and Vietnamese Regional and Popular Force personnel who were involved in an operation on Ca Xau Peninsula as part of Operation SEA LORDS.
While transiting the Bay Hap River, these units came under a barrage of enemy small arms fire from the river bank. The three Patrol Craft Fast immediately responded an charged the Viet Cong positions, taking the enemy under devastating fire. The Viet Cong, caught completely off guard by this tactic, stood up and began running from their positions. The fleeing Viet Cong were taken under fire by the three Patrol Craft Fast and three enemy were killed prior to the insertion of Regional and Popular Force troops.
While Regional and Popular Force personnel conducted a sweep of the area, Patrol Craft Fast 43 remained to provide fire support and Patrol Craft 23 and 94 moved upstram to investiage an area from which gunshots were coming. Arriving at the area, both of the Patrol Craft Fast came under heavy automatic/semi-automatic weapons fire from well fortified positions along the river bank. Patrol Craft Fast 23 and 94 turned and charged directly into the enemy fire while summoning Patrol Craft Fast 43 to come to the area and provide additional firepower.
... (to be continued)
Kerry SMEARED the reputations of men like Rood. Nobody else smeared Rood.
Maybe Rood can clarify whether the wounded 15 year old with the broken rocket launcher was a numerically superior enemy.
when I think of how this story might make other people wonder whether or not its legitimate because of how easy this story makes it seem to get one fraudulently, it tears me up inside.
I understand what you are saying, and the swift vets story does cause more pain to more people who are trying to keep painful Vietnam memories way back in their minds.
But these men are entitled to make their concerns public about a man who came home and TRASHED his fellow military "brothers" in a disgusting way for years.
The net result is your father's service is dishonored by Kerry, and honored by the swiftees.
The great thing about the 2nd Swiftvet ad is that we won't have any of this silly, "my word against their word" stuff going on.
It's Kerry's testimony pure and simple, and how it made the POW's feel when they were imprisoned in Vietnam.
One pretty powerful statement in the ad about Kerry giving the Viet Cong "for free", what the POW took torture for not saying.
Rood's comments are as I expected. It is not a refutation of a material point of contention. It is a minor quibble regarding an irrelevant detail.
The material point of contention is whether or not there was a NUMERICALLY SUPERIOR enemy force. Kerry's Silver Star citation recites that the flotilla routed SCORES of VC. That means at least 20 (one score) enemy force. Does Rood assert there were 20 or more VC? How many? I think his article sas "a few." Oops - he agrees with the Swiftees.
"This story" is Kerry's doing not the Swifties. Why should honorable men who've been blasted as neanderthal baby killers let him get away with his fraud?
Your dad knows how he got his Purple Heart, that's all that matters. Sometimes we worry too much about what other people think.
Kausfiles said the Chicago Trib, so this must be the article that the kerry camp expects to kiss his booboo and make it all better.
Yes, its a disagreement over the details. Rood contends there was enemy fire. The Swiftees insist there wasn't. I'm inclined to side with the majority view.
Good grief where was this guy when Kerry mega-slimed them all?
Nope. Rood is not even rebutting the central charges in the Swiftees' account. He is just taking issue with a peripheral incident. Then again the passage of time can play tricks on one's memories. I don't know if Rood saw what he saw or if its a DNC talking point he's parroting.
Was Rood ever in Country?
Wow, a pro-Kerry journalist. Who'da ever imagined?
You are mixing up details of two separate incidents. The "no enemy fire" incident involved Rassman falling out of a boat, and occured on March 13, 1969. Kerry was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his action in that incident.
The incident Rood is recollecting occured on February 28, 1969. Kerry was awarded a Silver Star for "attacking a NUMERICALLY SUPERIOR enemy while under intense fire." In this incident, Kerry also dispatched a single VC, but that point is irrelevant, as are details surrounding the age, condition, etc. of that single VC.
The three craft saturation the area with gunfire and placed assault parties ashore in pursuit of the fleeing enemy. Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD led one of these assault parties and conducted a sweep of the area while the Patrol Craft Fast continue to provide fire support.
After the enemy had been completely routed, all personnel returned to the Patrol Craft Fast to withdraw from the area. While backing off the beach these craft again came under a hail of enemy fire, this time from the opposite river bank.
Again the three Patrol Craft Fast poured withering fire into the enemy positions and then cleared the area. Later after disembarking personnel and while exiting from the Bay Hap River, the Patrol Craft Fast were again taken under enemy fire.
The three craft returned fire and silenced the enemy. As a result of this operation, ten Viet Cong were killed and one wounded with no friendly casualties. In addition numerous sampans, structures and bunkers were destroyed as well as confiscation of substantial quantities of combat essential supplies.
Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD's devotion to duty, courage under fire and exemplary professionalism significantly contributed to the success of this operation and were keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Lieutenant (junior grade) ROOD is authorized to wear the Combat "V".
For the President
E. R. ZUMWALT, JR.
Vice Admiral, U. S. Navy
Commander U. S. Naval Forces, Vietnam
If there was enemy fire why were there no bullet holes in any of the SwiftBoats or other crewmen shot? Or were the VC just extremely poor shots that day??
As another poster mentioned earlier up the thread, has Rood signed a sworn affadavit?
kf Alert: Watch out for a big Sunday paper** pro-Kerry eyewitness hit (on the Silver Star incident--that's the one with the beached boat and the fleeing VC) ... Timed to vindicate Kerry right before the Republican convention. ... P.S.: Even more reason to have a press conference! ... **Update: Chicago Tribune, where the eyewitness works. ... 6:13 P.M.
(Unless there are 2 employees at the Chicago Trib who were eyewitnesses, this has gotta be it.)
There is a "Bill Rood" who posts stuff like this on Usenet:
Funny, I was one of the 200,000 or so on the Mall on January 18. I didn't
see a single Iraqi. All I saw were Americans, and maybe a few Latin
Americans. I saw young, old, middle class and poor. I saw white, black and
brown. I saw a banner from the Rochester, MN, Mennonite Church that read,
"War is not pro-life."
Before I went, I read an article claiming ANSWER is a front for Workers of
the World Party. Now we're hearing they're Iraqi spies. Which is it? Oh,
I get it. Any slander is OK in attempting to discredit and fragment your
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