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Posted on 08/26/2004 5:17:05 AM PDT by renotse
I served as a combat surgeon in DaNang, (U.S. Naval Support Hospital) from Dec. 10, 1967, through Dec. 11, 1968. While there, I evaluated and treated hundreds of severely wounded combatants. During my year in DaNang, a few combatants urged me to verify small abrasions as "wounds" so they could get a Purple Heart. Each freely admitted trying to acquire Purple Hearts as rapidly as possible to take advantage of the policy allowing those with three Purple Hearts to apply to leave Vietnam early. I refused them. But some went shopping for another opinion. Unfortunately, we had some antiwar physicians in Vietnam who were happy to become accomplices in these frauds. Most with valid Purple Hearts didn't need to apply to leave Vietnam: The seriousness of their wounds demanded it. Lt. John Kerry's collecting three Purple Hearts within 100 days all for wounds too minor to require hospitalization recalls the distasteful memories of having to deal with those few miscreants in DaNang.
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...trying to acquire Purple Hearts as rapidly as possible to take advantage of the policy allowing those with three Purple Hearts to apply to leave Vietnam early....Unfortunately, we had some antiwar physicians in Vietnam who were happy to become accomplices in these frauds...
...The highly unlikely occurrence of being wounded three times within 100 days, in the very beginning of a tour of duty, and all three wounds being so minor that none required hospitalization, would seem sufficient cause for further investigation.
Martin L. Fackler is one of the top experts and writers on the subject of bullet wound ballistics. (Think ballistic gelatin tests, for example...)
I live in Scottsboro, Alwhere Dr Louis Letson Practices and have heard him talk about being in Viet Nam many years ago. He likely will not let this drop. I commend him for that.
How DARE anyone question the word of the world famous Purple Heart Hunter! (We really need somone good with a photo editing program to give us a Purple Heart Hunter parody of Crocodile Hunter)
I'll bet all the major news networks will have this guy on to comment on the controversy.
The Doctor is a true patroit, hope they can use him against Kerry, sounds like he would swear to it under oath.
It is interesting that all of this is due to the extremely hurtful words spoken by kerry in testimony with the anti-war vets way back when.
Kerry trashed his fellow service men and attempted to break the resolve of the American people ( and actually succeeded here. )
Now HONOR IS BEING RESTORED to so many wonderful Vietnam Vets as many come forward to set the record straight.
The liberal anti-war, aging hippies who have never learned that freedom is NOT free, who have never been able to understand that freedom JUST DOES NOT FEEL TOO GOOD when others, our neighbors, suffer under vicious and grotesque dictatorships, that using our power to help free those oppressed is a way to ENSURE a STABLE PEACE in the future, especially as terrorism has reared its ugly head EVERYWHERE, are watching their historical lies and re-writes of history CRUSHING DOWN around their feet.
At the same time, our precious veterans, whom we all owe so much, are being elevated to the place where they belong in our nation. That place being a place of HONOR, RESPECT and DIGNITY.
NOTE TO KERRY:
Take your baby killers and go crawl back into your make believe world of America 'the bad'.
Seems to me, Senator Kerry, that your days of spreading your delusional and truly pathetic lies are coming to an end.
As far as I know, you are a war criminal. Did you really shoot penned animals and light up a deserted village? If you did, and justice reigns, you should be standing before a court of military law. Not running for President.
You helped destroy so many, and NOW, exposed, you are helping to HEAL this NATION regarding Vietnam.
This entire episode in our history is a miracle for many.
Doctors in Nam had to deal with all kinds of malingering. I have bad astigmatism, and it was changing every few months when I was young. I went for an eye exam while i was in Vietnam, and the examining doctor was simply incompetent. He couldn't deal with astigmatism. Because he couldn't determine my prescription he accused me of malingering.
I said I didn't need glasses to do my job, but it would be nice not to see double images. He gave me a lousy prescription.
I didn't finish my thought. I'm sure many doctors actually saw soldiers who were trying to be sent home. I just wanted a decent pair of glasses.