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KERRY BACKTRACKS ON PURPLE HEART
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ^ | August 24, 2004 | Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

Posted on 08/24/2004 1:03:52 PM PDT by Nick Danger

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 24, 2004



KERRY CAMPAIGN BACKTRACKS ON FIRST PURPLE HEART AWARD

Campaign Says May Have Been Self-Inflicted



Washington—In a reversal of their staunch defense of John Kerry's military service record, Kerry campaign officials were quoted by Fox News saying that it was indeed possible that John Kerry's first Purple Heart commendation was the result of an, unintentional, self-inflicted wound."



"GARRETT: And questions keep coming. For example, Kerry received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered on December 2, 1968. But in Kerry's own journal written nine days later, he writes he and his crew, quote, "hadn't been shot at yet," unquote. Kerry's campaign has said it is possible this first Purple Heart was awarded for an unintentional self-inflicted wound -- Brit." (Special Report with Brit Hume Aug.23, 2004)



A recent television ad from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth featured Doctor Lewis Letson who treated Kerry for his minor injury and Grant Hibbard who served as John Kerry's direct commander on the mission where he claimed his medal. Both men say Kerry did not deserve the medal given the fact that Kerry received a very minor wound requiring no more than band-aid treatment and because the wound was not a direct result of hostile fire, a requirement for a Purple Heart commendation.



"When Grant Hibbard and Doctor Letson appeared in our ad, they were attacked and vilified by the Kerry campaign but now we see news reports saying the Kerry campaign is now sheepishly acknowledging that what we said was true," said Admiral Hoffmann, founder of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. "John Kerry's own journal reinforces the fact that neither Kerry nor his crew had seen hostile enemy action. John Kerry's first Purple Heart medal is based on fiction."



Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is calling on the Kerry campaign to apologize to Grant Hibbard and Doctor Letson as the men did nothing more than come forward to speak the truth about the situation involving John Kerry's first Purple Heart medal.



This is not the only incident in which Kerry campaign officials have changed their story concerning Kerry's prestigious war medals. The incident on the Bay Hap River in which Kerry received his third Purple Heart and Bronze Star has also been the subject of considerable waffling by Kerry officials. 
During the Democratic National Convention, Kerry used the Bay Hap River incident to suggest that he alone returned to rescue Jim Rassmann—a Special Forces solider—who was on Kerry's boat and was tossed into the river.  Kerry described this incident to the American people as "No man left behind."



However Kerry officials were forced to acknowledge that Kerry's boat actually left the scene when another swift boat—operating on the other side of the river—was damaged by an underwater mine.  Kerry officials now admit that Kerry's boat returned after several minutes to pull Rassmann from the water while three other swift boats remained on site to render assistance to the injured crew of the one damaged boat.  Campaign officials once claimed that Kerry returned to the scene under withering hostile fire to rescue Rassmann after all the other swift boats left.  But other accounts from eyewitnesses of that day confirm that the other boats stayed on site and that Kerry returned to the scene, facing no enemy fire, only seconds before another swift boat was preparing to retrieve Mr. Rassmann from the water.



"John Kerry's stories are falling apart," added Hoffmann. His statements don't even match up with his own journal entries.  We are going to continue telling the truth about John Kerry's military service record so that the American people can make their own decisions about John Kerry's qualifications to be the next Commander in Chief."

Direct media inquiries to media@swiftvets.com


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004electionbias; backtrack; blamethemessenger; dirtytricks; goodbye; jumpedtheshark; kerry; kerrycampaign; kerrylies; lyingliar; mediabias; militaryrecord; nanananaheyhey; purpleheart; sbv; sbvt; smearcampaign; stickaforkinhim; swiftboat; swiftboatvets
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To: JLO

That "developing" has been up all day. SBVs had Fox quoting Kerry's team as backtracking, but they didn't quote the quote.


51 posted on 08/24/2004 1:28:24 PM PDT by creepycrawly
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To: LowOiL

And kerry is shooting off his mouth today about telling the truth. This guy really needs an intervention by someone in the mental health community.


52 posted on 08/24/2004 1:28:30 PM PDT by surrey
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To: evets
Best pics. . .worth thousands of words!

MM is right and Chrissy is wrong.

Sweet victory.

Chrissy will never apologize or say he was mistaken. Never. The coward.
53 posted on 08/24/2004 1:28:48 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: lugsoul; All

See my post #34.


54 posted on 08/24/2004 1:29:14 PM PDT by JLO (M)
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To: lepton

bookmark bump


55 posted on 08/24/2004 1:29:34 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Nick Danger

Here comes the Fat Lady! (Warming up...she's getting ready...)


56 posted on 08/24/2004 1:29:47 PM PDT by Prost1 (Why isn't Kerry in jail?)
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To: Prost1
Kerry Lied and Good Men Died

Kerry Fled while Good Men Bled

Absolutely true! Thanks.

57 posted on 08/24/2004 1:30:01 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: Nick Danger

Bump!


58 posted on 08/24/2004 1:30:12 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Nick Danger
MELTDOWN!!!
59 posted on 08/24/2004 1:30:27 PM PDT by brewcrew
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To: colorado tanker

He alone stayed and the other boats fled - lie #3


60 posted on 08/24/2004 1:30:46 PM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Nick Danger

Thanks Nick, great work! BTTT


61 posted on 08/24/2004 1:31:19 PM PDT by Libertina (Abandoning Vietnam: 3.5 million died, (2.5 in Cambodia killing fields), 1.4 mil refugees)
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To: Nick Danger
And Kerry is crumbling. . .from Drudge:

"Brant was skipper of the #96 and # 36 boat and spent time with Kerry in An Thoi. Kerry and Brant slept in the same
quarters, and Brant used to put Kerry back to bed at night when Kerry was sleepwalking.

Brant received a call from Kerry at his home in Virginia while he was watching the Olympics on TV.

KERRY: "Why are all these swift boat guys opposed to me?"

BRANT: "You should know what you said when you came back, the impact it had on the young sailors and how it was
disrespectful of our guys that were killed over there."

[Brant had two men killed in battle.]

KERRY: "When we dedicated swift boat one in '92, I said to all the swift guys that I wasn't talking about the swifties, I was talking about all the rest of the veterans."

Kerry then asked if he could meet Brant ["You were one of the best"] -- man to man -- face to face.

Brant declined the invite,. . ."

By the way. . ."SLEEPWALKING!" How can you tell?
62 posted on 08/24/2004 1:31:23 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Nick Danger
  1. It is time to demand that the self-confessed war criminal JOHN FORBES KERRY be turned over to the Hague to stand trial for Vietnam war crimes along side of alleged war criminals like Milosevic.
  2. It is time that the sociopath William Jefferson Clinton be turned over to the Hague to stand trial for Bosnian war crimes along side of alleged war criminals like Milosevic. Specifically, Clinton should be tried for ordering:
    • the bombing of the aspirin factory in the Sudan to cover his high crimes and misdemeanors as President of the United States,
    • the bombing of the Chinese Embassy, a neutral party, to cover his high crimes and misdemeanors as President of the United States,
  3. Indict the democrat party as a criminal organization under the RICO statutes.

63 posted on 08/24/2004 1:31:36 PM PDT by Che Chihuahua (The only good liberal is a dead communist.)
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To: Nick Danger
Well, think about him (kerry) getting sent home..I believe it was one of those situations where it would be worth it to have to do more work and get rid of him..instead of him being a hazard to your team. I would rather carry more weight then to have to deal with a person you can't trust. Especially when there is a clear and present danger.
64 posted on 08/24/2004 1:31:57 PM PDT by marmar (Faith is a beautiful thing.....)
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To: All

ANYBODY BUT KERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


65 posted on 08/24/2004 1:32:26 PM PDT by cousair
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To: Gunrunner2
By the way. . ."SLEEPWALKING!" How can you tell?

If rich available women are involved, he's wide awake. Anything else, he's sleepwalking.

66 posted on 08/24/2004 1:33:51 PM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: zip

ping


67 posted on 08/24/2004 1:33:57 PM PDT by Mrs Zip
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To: BushisTheMan
Excellent point.

The WashPost probably didn't know they were exposing a Kerry lie. I don't think the lamestream reporters have even read this stuff.

68 posted on 08/24/2004 1:34:12 PM PDT by colorado tanker (shove it!)
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To: xm177e2
Not if that sort of thing happened regularly to the Swifties.

I have not heard or read anything that would suggest they ever had extended fights. For one thing, the aluminum hulls would have been riddled. Another more obvious reason is it's pretty hard to survive against machine guns.

Now this is pretty far off the wall, and my own speculation, but if you were in charge of three or five boats and twenty or more guys, and one boat is sinking, and another (according to Kerry) damaged by a mine, and you have half a dozen seriously injured sailors, and you are suffering sustained, withering fire -- wouldn't you consider calling in air support?

69 posted on 08/24/2004 1:34:16 PM PDT by js1138 (Speedy architect of perfect labyrinths.)
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To: Che Chihuahua
It is time to demand that the self-confessed war criminal JOHN FORBES KERRY be turned over to the Hague to stand trial for Vietnam war crimes along side of alleged war criminals like Milosevic. It is time that the sociopath William Jefferson Clinton be turned over to the Hague to stand trial for Bosnian war crimes along side of alleged war criminals like Milosevic.

No, it's not.

70 posted on 08/24/2004 1:34:33 PM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: MJY1288

Worst of all, Kerry was a turncoat, defaming his own country, and the USA does not need him.


71 posted on 08/24/2004 1:34:55 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: TomGuy

Not that it will matter, but I sent O'Reilly an email today suggesting that, if he was the great investigative reporter he made himself out to be, he would take the time to check the facts instead of give Kerry a free ride.


72 posted on 08/24/2004 1:35:03 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Gunrunner2
...Brant used to put Kerry back to bed at night when Kerry was sleepwalking.

Someone should have told Kerry that sleepwalking is actually a way to get out of military service.

73 posted on 08/24/2004 1:35:20 PM PDT by Egon (Kerry in 1970: Don't suppose he voted FOR assasinating our leaders, before voting against it...)
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To: colorado tanker

He was a willing volunteer. Draft board denied him a deferment. #4


74 posted on 08/24/2004 1:36:46 PM PDT by alydar
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To: Nick Danger

Target Practice........


75 posted on 08/24/2004 1:37:02 PM PDT by marmar (Faith is a beautiful thing.....)
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To: Egon
Someone should have told Kerry that sleepwalking is actually a way to get out of military service.

Kerry probably knew that and was trying to pull a Klinger...

76 posted on 08/24/2004 1:37:05 PM PDT by dirtboy (Forget Berger's socks - has ANYONE searched his skin folds for classified documents?)
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To: Nick Danger

BTTT


77 posted on 08/24/2004 1:37:57 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: CWOJackson
No matter. Thursday he's going to have a press conference demanding his 4th Purple Heart for this latest self-infliect Vietnam War wound.


78 posted on 08/24/2004 1:38:04 PM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.©)
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To: MJY1288

Make it unfit for military service. A person with a dishonorable discharge could be fit for service. A person unfit is worthless.


79 posted on 08/24/2004 1:38:39 PM PDT by usslsm51
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To: Nick Danger

Will sKerry return his first Purple Heart with apologies to the American people and his fellow vets? Will he offer to provide the 8 months of combat service he skipped out on? I'll bet we could find a humvee with his name on it on the outskirts of Fallujah.


80 posted on 08/24/2004 1:39:07 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Jean Fraude Kerrí pour le Presidenté--Non!)
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To: atomicpossum

LOL! That's a good one.


81 posted on 08/24/2004 1:39:29 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: TomGuy

Wait until it becomes more widely known that Kerry had his silver heart citations rewritten to omit the fact that he shot that kid in the back behind the hooch. I guess Kerry forgot to tell Rood that part, because that's the only thing that Rood verified, except the enemy fire.


82 posted on 08/24/2004 1:40:33 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Nick; Dawn_USAF; CheneyChick; ODC-GIRL; The Sailor; kjfine; Old Sarge; USAF_TSgt; darkwing104; ...

Uh, Oh, hehehe PING!!!!


83 posted on 08/24/2004 1:40:37 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Jane and Hanoi Kerry sitting in a tree, sitting in a tree F-R-E-N-C-H-I-N-G)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
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Nasty McPhilthy


Now it turns out that archieved Naval Records disclose that JOHN KERRY did not receive his "Honorable Discharge" from the Navy, until March 12, 2001.


Sounds like Kerry received a "Revision-A" USN release.


The only question ? Where are the Original Papers, circa 1972 ?


Is it possible the Switfies will bring this News to bear on the absolutely happless Kerry 2004 campaign ?


And where the Hell are Bill Clinton, Stephanoplous, General Wesley Clark, et al (LOL) ?


Patton@Bastogne

Free Republic Member since 1998.


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84 posted on 08/24/2004 1:41:31 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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To: MJY1288

That is not what they should do at all, this is better.

Because it took three PH for him to leave, and he only has two PH, send him back to Vietnam for good.


85 posted on 08/24/2004 1:42:24 PM PDT by stockpirate (Real issue is Kerry attended meeting where VVAW discussed killing 7 US Senators! 11/71)
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To: OrioleFan

re: O'Reilly

Thank you! I detest what that guy "who's lookin' out for the little folks" is saying and doing on this whole issue...covering for Kerry along with the rest of the liberal media

He picks and chooses those issues on which he "looks out for the little folks".


86 posted on 08/24/2004 1:43:11 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: Nick Danger
Little Wolfie Blitzer will be on soon. I wonder how he's gonna spin this? My bet is on a deliberately short, confusing, distorted report followed by a Kerry rep to smear and distract from the facts followed by a fade to a commercial and a return to another topic.
87 posted on 08/24/2004 1:43:38 PM PDT by finnigan2
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To: Patton@Bastogne

"Free Republic Member since 1998"

NEWBIE! LOL


88 posted on 08/24/2004 1:44:24 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Hanoi Jane and Hanoi Kerry sitting in a tree, sitting in a tree F-R-E-N-C-H-I-N-G)
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To: MJY1288

Big time DITTO.

Cambodia lie exposed, now this.


89 posted on 08/24/2004 1:44:58 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry -- the standard bearer for the unbearable)
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To: QQQQQ
Will Christ Matthews apologize to Michelle Malkin?

Michelle is too pretty and too smart to care about what Chrissie Mathews says.

90 posted on 08/24/2004 1:45:36 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: onyx

Kerry's lies are too numerous to mention, but I thought I'd throw another one out there to chew on while Drudge develops the story on Kerry's newest lie.

Another Kerry lie was exposed by the Boston Globe in April 2004:

The Kerry campaign removed a 20-page batch of documents yesterday from its website after The Boston Globe quoted a Navy officer who said the documents wrongly portrayed Kerry's service. Edward Peck had said he -- not Kerry -- was the skipper of Navy boat No. 94 at a time when the Kerry campaign website credited the senator with serving on the boat. The website had described Kerry's boat as being hit by rockets and said a crewmate was injured in an attack.

But Peck said those events happened when he was the skipper. The campaign did not respond to a request to explain why the records were removed.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1197480/posts


91 posted on 08/24/2004 1:47:07 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Nick Danger

So, if he didn't really earn the one ... then he only has two... and he shouldn't have left when he did.

Hmmmmm..........

Does that mean we can send him BACK to Vietnam?


92 posted on 08/24/2004 1:47:59 PM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: finnigan2

Excellent synopsis of what will probably happen...actually, it happens so often, just that way, that I'm surprised I didn't put it together as succinctly![ :) ]


93 posted on 08/24/2004 1:48:03 PM PDT by krunkygirl
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To: onyx

The "may have" business makes it look like a trial balloon to me. I'm betting he will see how this plays before actually going on the record either supporting or denying the statement.


94 posted on 08/24/2004 1:48:28 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Bogus claim
The dd214 denotes an honorable discharge.


http://www.johnkerry.com/pdf/jkmilservice/DD214.pdf


http://www2.swiftvets.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4871


95 posted on 08/24/2004 1:48:56 PM PDT by boxerblues
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To: Nick Danger

My husband has a theory... he seems to think that the Dems know Kerry will never win, so let him lose... thus paving the way for Hillary in 08.. any thoughts?


96 posted on 08/24/2004 1:48:59 PM PDT by Awestruck (The artist formerly known as Goodie D)
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To: Nick Danger; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; blam; Dog; Coop; Ragtime Cowgirl; ...
Zackly. The Navy should put him on a SwiftBoat and have him finish out his tour patrolling the Tigris and Euphrates around Baghdad.

ROFL!!!

97 posted on 08/24/2004 1:49:56 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: MJY1288

We should also demand that he be sent back to Vietnam to serve the rest of his tour of duty!


98 posted on 08/24/2004 1:50:42 PM PDT by rotstan
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To: ravingnutter

***As someone said this morning...it could still be considered enemy fire...John Kerry is his own worst enemy. Had to clean my keyboard and my monitor after that one, LOL!***

ROFLOL


99 posted on 08/24/2004 1:51:29 PM PDT by baseballmom (Michael Moore - An un-American Hatriot)
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To: Peach
I read that yesterday.
I hope this is the start of his campaign's hemorrhage.
I want a bloodbath, not a mere landslide. LOL
100 posted on 08/24/2004 1:52:07 PM PDT by onyx (JohnKerry -- the standard bearer for the unbearable)
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