Skip to comments.Kerry's Vietnam Betrayals Should Haunt Him
Posted on 10/24/2004 10:49:37 AM PDT by USMCVIETVET
Kerry's Vietnam ghosts won't go away
By Robert J. Caldwell October 24, 2004
In a race appropriately dominated by questions of presidential leadership, the war on terror, Iraq and the economy, Vietnam nonetheless continues to haunt Democrat John Kerry. For this, Kerry has only himself to blame.
It is Kerry who quite deliberately made his brief four months on Navy Swift Boats in Vietnam in 1968-69 his signature credential to be commander in chief 35 years later. It is Kerry and his surrogates who repeat constantly the mantra that he "defended this country as a young man." It was Kerry who presented his "band of brothers" the seven (out of eight) members of his Swift Boat crew who support him for president as a backdrop at the Democratic National Convention.
Yet, the echoes of Vietnam also have grievously wounded Kerry's presidential aspirations, and rightly so.
A month of largely unanswered attacks by other Navy Swift Boat veterans on Kerry's war record and his subsequent anti-war, if not anti-American, radicalism helped President Bush build a lead in September. The Swiftees' anti-Kerry critique, detailed in their best-selling book "Unfit for Command" and publicized in television ads, raised profound questions about Kerry's fitness for the presidency. Against the seven supportive members of Kerry's Swift Boat crew, more than 250 Swift Boat combat veterans who served alongside Kerry in the same units denounce him as unfit to be commander in chief. Among them are 17 of the 20 officers in Kerry's chain of command in Vietnam.
Now, the anti-Kerry Swiftees are being joined by a second aggrieved group, former American prisoners of war. In North Vietnam's fetid prisons, they were subjected to years of torture and tormented by their interrogators with propaganda from America's anti-war movement. These highly decorated ex-POWs denounce Kerry for giving aid and comfort to a vicious communist enemy. In some cases, they recall being threatened with trial and execution by interrogators quoting Kerry's outrageous accusations.
In 1971, Kerry testified under oath before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that U.S. forces in Vietnam were guilty of systematic war crimes, including rape, murder, mutilation and pillage with the full knowledge and complicity of their entire chain of command.
Virtually all of America's former Vietnam prisoners of war also believe with good reason, as North Vietnam's army commander has since said publicly that the anti-war movement Kerry helped lead in the early 1970s encouraged Hanoi to fight on despite the odds. That prolonged the imprisonment of American POWs.
Ralph Gaither, a Navy pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam and spent, as he notes, "seven years, three months and 23 days" as a prisoner of war, is unsparing about the radical protest movement Kerry helped lead in the early 1970s.
"My imprisonment was extended by the anti-war movement. The war would have ended sooner if the (North) Vietnamese had not believed that the anti-war movement would win in the United States. It prolonged the war. I had friends die during this time. One was beaten to death, one died on a hunger strike and a third of malaria," Gaither says.
George 'Bud' Day, an Air Force pilot who won the Medal of Honor for his heroic resistance in North Vietnamese captivity, says this of Kerry:
"This man committed an act of treason. He lied, he besmirched our name and he did it for self-interest. And now he wants us to forget. What he stands for is wrong."
Leo Thorsness, another former POW and Medal of Honor winner, says the North Vietnamese threatened to execute him if he did not confess to war crimes.
"John Kerry and that whole movement made our lives more difficult. The things he said were just devastating because he was using words like 'war criminal.' He (was) saying the same things we were being tortured to say. I was told by them the penalty for this was death," Thorsness says.
James Warner, a Marine pilot who spent years in North Vietnamese captivity, recalls that John Kerry's 1971 accusations against the U.S. military were quoted and thrown in his face by a table-pounding interrogator at a punishment camp for resistant POWs.
"'This naval officer admits you are all war criminals. These words prove you all deserve punishment,'" Warner remembers his interrogator shouting. "He (Kerry) abandoned his comrades. His allegations were utterly absurd. To be charitable, at a minimum, he showed abominable bad judgment."
Mike McGrath, now a retired Navy captain, was a POW in North Vietnam for six years. Torture broke his back, dislocated both shoulders and broke an arm and a leg. "I nearly died," McGrath says. "They wanted us to make statements against the war."
Of John Kerry's lurid litany of accusations in 1971, McGrath says, "I agree with the Swiftees. I was ashamed that a Navy lieutenant would give such testimony. I'm disappointed this guy did the wrong thing. He shouldn't be commander in chief."
The testimony of these and other American POWs from the Vietnam War is the basis for a documentary entitled "Stolen Honor" that the Kerry campaign is trying, shamefully, to suppress.
Politics aside, no one can question the right of these men to be heard. No one can doubt the authenticity of their words.
How could this not be a legitimate issue as John Kerry, the unrepentant anti-war activist whose slanderous testimony did so much damage, seeks the presidency, and with it, the command of America's armed forces?
"Experience proves that the man who obstructs a war in which his nation is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history. Better for him, individually, to advocate war, pestilence, and famine than to act as obstructionist to a war already begun." - Ulysses S. Grant
An Open Letter to Senator John Kerry and a Statement of Solidarity with our
Swift Boat Brothers-in-Arms from Special Forces Vietnam Veterans
The undersigned Special Forces Vietnam Veterans support our Swift Boat brothers-in-arms and believe that John Kerry is unfit to be our Commander-in-Chief or to lead our nation as President. The Kerry presidential campaign has raised the significance of this deeply-felt and long-standing issue. While many, if not a majority, of the signatories of this request are Republicans and Bush supporters, many are not. Those who are Democrats have been effectively disenfranchised by Kerrys candidacy.
For most of us the question of his fitness to serve as Commander-in-Chief, or in any other office of honor and high public responsibility, was settled permanently in the negative thirty-three years ago. He slandered and dishonored all Vietnam Veterans in false and exaggerated testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. By throwing away the symbols of his honors, he insulted all veterans of all wars by debasing the milestones of their valor.
He has unrelentingly opposed issues vital to veterans. He has supported measures that have led to genocide of our former allies, the Montagnards, and the enslavement of the people of Vietnam. He has blocked efforts to enact Human Rights legislation to help alleviate their condition. He has taken action which led to the abandonment of American POWs in Vietnam that most of us believe were left behind. His stated plan to double special operations forces rapidly in response to todays threats demonstrates his lack of understanding of what makes a Special Forces soldier and his failure to understand that the available conventional armed forces manpower pool is insufficient to provide the necessary qualified personnel without seriously degrading standards.
By Lieutenant Kerrys own request, he returned to the United States after completing only one-third of his tour. He did this by seeking and receiving three Purple Hearts for wounds of questionable cause and severity. He was the commander of a military unit, in this case a Naval combatant craft, and he abandoned his crew to the fight to return to a life of ease. By the standards expected of a Naval line officer of the United States, even with the most charitable interpretation, this is contemptible.
There are serious questions concerning the circumstances of Lieutenant Kerrys first Purple Heart, and perhaps about his other decorations, as well. These questions prompt us to call him to sign Standard Form 180 to authorize the full release of all records pertaining to his service. If his awards failed to measure up to the standards required, he should formally request that these awards be rescinded and removed from his record.
No apology, especially a Jane Fonda-type, insincere or tepid apology is acceptable. No legislative abridgement of our freedom of speech or because one candidate or the other does not wish to discuss the matter will halt the discussion of these issues. We have the American right to discuss these issues. We fought for that right.
We call upon the American people to reject his effort to become Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces and we urge other Veteran groups to join our solidarity with the Swift Boat critics of Senator John Kerry.
This statement is signed by the following 356 Special Forces Vietnam Veterans. 12 Special Forces veterans indicated that they did not wish to sign and their names are being withheld to preserve their privacy. Both of these lists have been cross referenced in the Special Forces in SE Asia Database to verify that they served with Special Forces in SE Asia.
Rank Name Unit Assignment Date
LTC (RET) STEVEN J ABDALLA HHC, 5TH SFGA 03/70 - 03/71
SGT JAMES E ACRE CCS MACV-SOG 4/69 - 4/70
CPT (RET) WILLIAM J ADAMS 5TH SF GROUP 11/69-11/70
MAJ (RET) HERMANN ADLER 5TH SFGA B-52 (PROJECT DELTA) 66-67//69-70
CPT (RET) WILLIAM L ALBRACHT 5TH SFGA, II MIKE FORCE 08/69 - 08/70
COL (RET) ROBERT L AMICK JR A-108, B-3, C-1 FEB/66-FEB/67
LTC (RET) WILLIAM R ANDREWS MACV/SOG/OP-33 04/68-04/69
SSG (RET) DONALD ANGLIN 5TH, RIGGER O6/71-O3/73
LTC (RET) JOSEPH J ANGSTEN JR A-361, B36 NOV 68 - NOV 69
MAJ (RET) JOHN B "BARRY" ARCHER DET. A-102 & 1ST MOBILE STRIKE FORCE, 5TH SFGA 11/69-12/70
1LT MICHAEL C ASH 5TH SFGA MACV SOG 10/69 - 11/70
SGT (RET) THEODORE D ASLUND 5SF 09/68
COL (RET) ROY W BAHR CCN/CCC,MACV-SOG MAR 68-MAR69
SP5 (RET) STEWART L BAKER S2, C-4 04/69-08/70
SGT JAMES H BALDWIN CCN - TFAE1 APRIL 71 - FEB72
MSG (RET) GEORGE L BEACH 5TH SPECIAL FORCES NOV.67-OCT.68
MSG (RET) GENE C BELL 5TH SFG 61-72
SSG (RET) FRANK L BELLETIRE CCC-FOB. 2 68 TO 69
CPT DONALD R BENDELL SR. ODA-242, CO B-5TH SFGA 05-68-03-69
MSG DON W BENESH RECON, CCC, 5TH SFGA 09/69 -09/70
SGT MARTIN T BENNETT TF2AE 08/70-08/71
MSG (RET) JOHN B BICE 403 RR SOD 10/66 - 10/67
MAJ (RET) ROBERT H BLAIR A-133; 1STSFG 06/62 - 07/65
CPT GEORGE A BLAKEY JR B-20 MOBILE STRIKE FORCE, 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP 68/69
SSG JOHN M BLEVINS JR A-415; A-412 05/67-06/68
SFC (RET) ALLEN R BODKIN CCS 06/68 - 05/69
COL (RET) JOHN N BOGART C-4 10/65 - 07/66
SFC (RET) JOSEPH M BOSSI PROJECT 404 04/69-04/70
MAJ (RET) ROBERT H BOST CCS 05/69-05/70
LTC (RET) LEONARD A BOULAS DET. B 52 PROJECT DELTA 07/64-11/65
SGM (RET) WILLIAM G BOWLES 1ST & 5TH SFG(A) 61/62/63/ 09/68-11/69
MAJ (RET) GEORGE G BOYD SOA/CCN - RT OKLAHOMA 11/69 - 12/70
MAJ (RET) JOHN J BRADFORD NHA TRANG MIKE FORCE, 5TH SFG 10/665 - 07/66
SP5 JERRY H BRAUDRICK A-104, C CO, 5TH SF, RVN 01/1965 TO 01/1966
SGM (RET) RONALD D BROCKELMAN C 1 MIKE FORCE & B-53 SOG 11/64-12/66&11/69-01/71
SGT RICHARD N BROKHAUSEN TF1AE, RECPN COMPANY ?? ?70/ MAR 72
SGM (RET) ROBERT E BROPHY MACV-SOG 05/66-05/67
LTC (RET) ROBERT K BROWN A-334; S-5 SFOB 02/69 - 09/69
SGT (RET) THOMAS C BROWN 5TH SPECIAL FORCES 5/66 - 67
LTC (RET) ALVIN H BUCKELEW TEAM OAK, PROJECT GAMMA 10/66-10/67
LTC (RET) JOHN P BURDISH III B-52/MEDICAL 02/68 - 10/69
CPT CLARENCE A BURRELL 5TH SFG, SFOB 07/69-08/70
LTC (RET) LEWIS H BURRUSS JR A-503 10/68
SGT PETER J BUSCETTO CCS 68-70
CPT (RET) JAMES E BUTLER CCN-RECON/MACSOG 08/70-01/72
SSG (RET) ROBERT D BYRNE B 55 MIKE FORCE JAN 70 - MAR 70
WO2 (RET) JAMES J CAREY A-232 & A-231 FEB 68 - APR 69
SGM (RET) RANDOLFO CESANI 5TH SFGA 67-68 & 69-70
MSG (RET) ROBERT A CHAREST B-56 SIGMA 5THSFG ABN 07/67-06/68
MSG (RET) STEVEN W CLARK 403SOD, 5THSFGA 10/68 - 06/69
SFC GEORGE E CLARK RCNDO;B-55 11/67-04/70
MAJ (RET) JOHN E CLECKNER II A 222-102, SFOB 1966-1969
CPT (RET) NEIL P COADY CCC 03/69-07/70
SGT VERNON E COLE C-2 09/26/68
LTC (RET) KEITH W COLLIVER STDAT-158, SPECIAL MISSION FORCE 01/7211/72
COL (RET) HENRY J COOK III A-402, A-403 67-70
SGM (RET) WILLIAM COOMBS S-4 LSC, 5TH SFGA 10/66-04/70
MAJ (RET) ROBERT A COSTA A-503, C-4(S-3),CO E, S-3 11/66-11/67,11/68-11/69
COL (RET) ANDREW J COTTINGHAM JR 5TH GROUP/WRAIRSF/FEST(ABN) 09/66-08/67
SFC (RET) STEPHEN L CRAIG DETACHMENT A-104 SEPT 1969 - SEPT 70
LTC (RET) WILLIAM J DADEK CCS 07/70-03/72
MSG (RET) GARY L DALTON 5TH SFGA,HQ/OMEGA PROJECT B-50/FANK CMD ITG 12-65-11-66/6-71-5-72
WO2 (RET) RONALD C DAVIDSON CCS/CCN 03/71-02/72
SGT JOSEPH A DAVIES DET. A-351 & DET. A-334, 5TH SFG (AIRBORNE) 04/66-05/67
MAJ (RET) MAURICE T DAVIS JR 5TH SFG/ SOG SEP 68/SEP69
COL (RET) JOHN J DEACY B-36, 3RD MSFC, CO.A, 5TH SFG (ABN) 11/67 - 05/69
SGT NORBERT C DEBOLT CCN 08/70-8/71
CPT (RET) ROBERT C DEES A-402, D CO, 5TH SFG(A) 01/70 - 12/70
MSG (RET) GERALD E DENISON MACVSOG FOB 2 9-67 10-68 3-71 11-71
SGM (RET) PHILIP F. D. DEVLIN 5TH SFGA, B52 & B51 01/70 - 12/70
1LT (RET) JOHN F DICK JR IDC,NHA TRANG 10/01/1968-12/30/1969
SP4 DENNIS W DOBBS DET. A-238 BUON BLECH 10-67 - 10-68
SP5 DAVE DOVER FOB 2 MACV/SOG , DAK SEANG, DUC CO 3/67 - 1/68
SFC (RET) ALOYSIUS A DOYLE MGF, MSF, SMAG 12-63 TO 03-72
SFC (RET) LYLE D DRAKE B-55 (A-503) MIKE FORCE OCT 69 - OCT 70
MAJ (RET) THOMAS R DRINKARD SOG 07/67 -07/68
MSG (RET) JOHN F DRYDEN 3 A TEAMS, 5TH SFG 11/66 - 08/68
CPT (RET) LEE C DUNLAP 1ST SFG,MACVSOG,5TH SFG 06/67-03/68-05/69-05/70
SP5 (RET) STEVEN R DUNLOP [SHANAHAN] A-236 BUPRANG & A239 DUC LAP 11/10/69-11/10/70
MAJ (RET) ALVIN E DUNNEM A-749A 08/63-01/64
COL (RET) MICHAEL J DWYER TF2AE 06/71-06/72
MSG (RET) GLENN E DYKE A-232 11/64-11/65
SGT (RET) JOHN R DYKE JR 5TH SFG(ABN) CO D 9/66 TO 11/67
CSM (RET) MERLYN D ECKLES B-56 09/66-10/67
MAJ (RET) RANDAL ELLIOTT DET A-239 5TH SF GROUP 08/66-03/67
SSG (RET) THOMAS G EMBRY EAGLE FLIGHT 03/65 - 11/65
MSG (RET) RICHARD L ESTES CCN 4/68- 4/69
MAJ (RET) AGUSTIN R FABIAN SOA B-52 07/69-07/70
SGT ROBERT J FAIR 5TH MOBILE STRIKE FORCE 08/68 - 08/69
LTC (RET) SAM M FELTENSTEIN II A-251 03/69-03/70
LTC (RET) KENNETH D FERGUSON 5TH SFGA JUL/63-AUG/66
CPT (RET) GREG R FINLEY 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP 06/67 - 03/69
CPT (RET) PETER FITTS A-416 06/68- 11/68
SP4 JOHN J FITZPATRICK HHC (PUB INFO OFF), 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GP (ABN) 06/68 - =6/69
MSG (RET) RAYMOND F FLAHERTY 5TH SFGA JUNE 66 - MAY 67
COL (RET) ALLAN F FLEMING JR C&C 08/67-04/69
MSG (RET) GLENN R FORSYTHE 5TH, 7TH, & 10TH SFGA 11/63-07/79
MAJ (RET) RONALD P FORY RECONDO SCHOOL/COC 07/69-07/70
MSG (RET) EDGAR E FOSHEE B-52 1964-1965
MAJ (RET) TERRY A FOX B-40, 5TH SFG 07/69-05/70
SFC (RET) WILLIAM K FOXWORTH S3, HHC. 5TH SFGA DEC 67-DEC 68
SGM (RET) TRUMAN L FOY LSFG(ABN) 5SFG(ABN) 11/65-11/66 10/69-10/70
1LT (RET) CHARLES J FRALEY III B-43 A-432 2/68 -3/69
WO3 (RET) WILLIAM O FREYSER MULTIPLE MULTIPLE
MSG (RET) HARRY E FRIBERG A-503,A-102, MACVSOG 12/65-12/66, 09/70-09/71
MSG (RET) RAYMOND M FROVARP FOB-1, 3 & 4 & TF1AE 8/67-08/68;1/71-1/72
COL (RET) CHARLES H FRY DET A-217, 5TH SFG 01/67 - 07/67
MSG (RET) ALLEN E GANEY B-CO 5TH SF A-255 OCT 67 - 68
SGT BRUCE H GARDNER DET B52 5TH SF 1ST SFG 06/65-10/666
COL (RET) A LINCOLN GERMAN JR CDR., DET A-224/B-23/C-2 11/65-11-66 & 1/70-1/71
CPT (RET) ROBERT E GILBERT 5TH SFG 10/68 - 10/69
CSM (RET) CLIFFORD J GISSELL 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GP 09/68-09/69
COL (RET) GEORGE R GIVENS CO. A, CCN, 5TH SFGA 11/68 - 06/70
CSM (RET) EDWARD H GLEASON JR SOG, CCN, 1ST SFGA 67-75
SGT NICHOLAS J GODANO B-56 05/68-02/69
SSG JOHN W GOOD SOA CCC 02/70 - 03/72
LTC (RET) DAVID K GORDON CCN SOG 07/69 - 10/69
SGM (RET) FRANCIS M GRAHAM A-414, B-11 11/63-05/64--06/69-05/70
SSG (RET) DONALD A GREEN SOA CCC, 5TH SFGA 09/69 - 07/71
SGT MICHAEL D GREER MACV USARV 1/72-12/72
MAJ (RET) JAMES M GRIMSHAW 5TH SFG 03/66 - 03/67
1LT WILLIAM E GRITZBAUGH A-104, ETC. 11/69-11/70
SSG AARON W GRITZMAKER A-100 MAY66-525MAY67
MSG (RET) GEORGE E GROOM CO B 1ST SFG 04/6- 12/61
MAJ (RET) DONALD P GROSS 5TH SFG, RECONDO,PRU SEP 66-DEC 69
MSG (RET) JOSE GUERRA A-102 11/67 - 11/68
CPT MACK W GWINN JR SOG CCS 09-12-70
COL (RET) MAYO A HADDEN III DET B-52, 5TH SFGA 12/66-12/67 6/69-5/70
LTC (RET) REGINALD W HALL HQS S2 SECTION 12/67-02/70
SGM (RET) JEROME F HAMPTON RCNDO; C-2 01/70-12/70
SGT JOHN A HANSCOM A-242, B-24, CO.B, 5SFGA 04/69 - 04/70
MAJ (RET) PHILLIP L HANSON 46TH SPECIAL FORCES COMPANY SEPT. 1970 - SEPT. 1971
WO4 (RET) JOHN W HARRISON HQ 5TH SPECIAL FORCES NOVEMBER 1968
SGT JAMES C HARRISON B-56 07/67-07/68
MAJ (RET) JOHN R HAUCK A312, A324 MAR 1966-FEB 1970
MSG (RET) ROBERT F HEAD 5TH SFG./CSD/MACV-SOG 05/66-05/67 05/68-05/69
LTC (RET) GEORGE D HEIB B-4510 46THE SFCA JUL 67-JUN 68
SSG MICHAEL C HEINRICY 5TH SFG MACVSOG CCN 8/70 8/71
MSG (RET) PATRICK J HEMINGER CCN 06/70-06-71
COL (RET) ROBERT L HENDERSON DET C3, 5TH SFGA OCT 64-OCT 65
MSG (RET) PHILLIP M HERBERT C&C DET, FOB 1 05/67 - 04/68
SGT TONY R HERRELL FOB-3,-1,& -4 04/68-04/69
WO3 (RET) GEORGE W HEWITT SOG - CCS/CCN 12/69 - 12/70
SGT CHARLES W HIGHTOWER CO D, DET B43, A433 APRIL 66 THRU NOV 68
MSG (RET) MELVIN HILL SOA CCN 05/66-05/67 03/70-10/71
SSG (RET) TERRY L HILL 403RD SOD, 5TH SFG 03/68 - 10/69
MSG (RET) ROBERT M HINES SR MACV MAY68-MAY69
SGM (RET) CHARLES F HOAGLAND JR 5TH SF, MIKE FORCE II CORPS 08/67-08/68-08/71-05/72
LTC (RET) LEON M HOPE MACSOG 10/70-04/71
SGT (RET) EVERETT L HOUSTON USA SF CCN 01/69- 11/69
SSG CHESTER B HOWARD B-52, 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP 6/1969 - 6/1970
MSG (RET) HUGH R HUBBARD NUMEROUS 1962-1972
MAJ (RET) THOMAS O HUMPHUS RANGER SEC, DET. B-52, 5TH SFGA 02/68 - 08/69
MSG (RET) CARLOS M INOT C CO., 5TH SFG(A) 11/67 - 11/68
SGM (RET) HAROLD JACOBSON 1SFG/CSD 61-63
MSG (RET) JAN JANOSIK 46THCO/WHITE STARE/B31/36/COMBODIAN PROGRAM 60/61/65-66/68/71-72
SGT DEAN A JARVIS B-36 A-363 (UITG) 07/71 - 04/72
SGM (RET) JERRY L JEFFCOAT 403 SOD, PLEIKU JUL 67 - AUG 68
MSG (RET) HENRY D JENNINGS 5TH SFG & MACVSOG SEP66TO JUNE 69
COL (RET) EDWARD M JENTZ MACSOG OP-35 JUN 1966 - JAN 1967
MSG (RET) ROBERT B JOHANSEN DET B-50, CCS 04/67-08/68
LTC (RET) ROBERT W JONES JR 5TH SF GP HGS & DET B-55 12/69 -12/70
SP5 (RET) STEVE E KABEL DET A-414, 5SFGA, 1SFGA 11/69 - 10/70
SGT TERRY N KAISER B-55 1966-1968
CPT (RET) LARRY M KEIL CCS 01/69-0170
SGT ALAN N KELLER FOB-2 05/66-04/67
SGT LESLIE W KELLEY A-106 07/69 - 07/70
WO4 (RET) LARRY D KELLY CCN 1/71-12/71
1LT (RET) KENNETH A KELSCH 5TH SFG, SOA 08/68-9/89
SGT (RET) GEORGE E KENNEDY B 15 5TH SFG (I CORP MIKE FORCE) JUNE1968 -APRIL 1969
SSG (RET) FRANK E KENNEMUR A411 DEC
1LT LESLIE C KENNEY II HHC 11/67-07/68
1LT JON R KER A-245 0169-0469
CPT (RET) DONALD L KING A-421 & B16 MSF 09/64-65 & 05/69-70
SSG STEPHEN J KIRK MACVSOG CCN FOB#1 JUNE 67-MAY 68
SGT (RET) ERNEST H KIRK DET. A415, B-41, 5SFGA 17 SEP 69-17 SEP 70
SP4 (RET) GARY P KLESITZ A255-B COMPANY-5TH SFG 10/69-10/70
MAJ (RET) HENRY P KOHN JR B-56, PROJECT SIGMA, 5TH SFG (ABN), 1ST SF (CCS) 05/68 - 05/69
SGT (RET) CHARLES J KOSCINSKI A-726 1964 JULY-NOVEMBER
SGT (RET) MICHAEL J KRAWCZYK FOB 1 CCN 10/68-05/69
SP5 GARY F LAMBERTY 403RD SOD 03/69 - 10/70
SGT BRUCE R LANG CCN 1971; PROJECT 404 1970 03/70 - 9/71
CPT (RET) JAMES P LATTIMORE A-232, B-20 MSF, 5TH SFGA 11/68 - 11/69
SSG (RET) JOHN B LAWSON B CO, B55, B53, SOG36 05/67 - 12/69
SGT (RET) JOSEPH L LENHART 5THSFGA,C4,A402,A416 07/67 - 07/68
SP5 GARY L LEONARD 5TH SF, TFIAE (CCN) 07/70 - 10/71
SGT DOUGLAS L LETOURNEAU CCN 10/68 - 10/69
SGM (RET) JAMES W LEWIS A-304,A-432,5TH SF JAN 67-DEC67
MAJ (RET) MICHAEL D LINNANE DET A 244 12/98-12/99
COL (RET) ROBERT W LOCKRIDGE A-334, 1ST SFG (ABN); HQ 5TH SFG(ABN) 11/64-05/65;12/66-11/67
LTC (RET) LANCE O LOLLINI 5TH SFG, HHC 68,69
SFC THOMAS B LONG JR A-255 12/65-12/66
SFC (RET) RILEY E LOTT JR 4TH CORP MIKE FORCE 12/64-12/68 7/69-7/70
MAJ (RET) WILLIAM T LUEDERS 7TH SF JAN 60 - DEC 63
MAJ (RET) DONALD E LUNDAY 5TH SFG, MACSOG 11-66-10/67,72/73
MAJ (RET) JAMES D MACDONALD C-4 10/67-05/69
MSG (RET) EDWARD H MACDOUGALL MACV SOG, 5TH SFGA 1965-66...1968-69
SGT (RET) ROBERT B MACPHEE 6TH SFG,5TH SFG A103,MACV MY AN IV CORPS 3/67-9/67, 10/67-10/68
LTC (RET) EUGENE E MAKOWSKI DET A-111, CO C 5TH SFGA 11/67 - 10/68
CPT (RET) LARRY T MANES MACSOG/5TH SFG. 09-62--07-72
CSM (RET) REGINALD T MANNING A-322;B-32 01/69-01/70
SSG (RET) JAMES J MARABLE CO D 5TH SFGA 1ST SF 08/1969-08/1970
MAJ (RET) BOBBY H MARLER A-110, FANK/UITG 06/66-05/67 06/71-03/72
LTC (RET) HENDERSON R MARRIOTT III SMAG 71-72
SGT BARTON N MARSHALL 5TH SFG, II CORPS MIKE FORCE (PLEIKU) 03/67 - 03/68
MSG (RET) DEAN M MCBRIDE 5TH SFG MACVSOG CCS 1977
CPT (RET) GARY L MCCLENDON A 121 B 210 04/62-10/62 02/63-08/63
LTC (RET) PAUL J MCDILL 5SFGA, I CORPS MIKE FORCE 68-69
MSG (RET) BENNIE R MCDONALD DET. "A-411" CO. D, 5TH SFGA 01/67----01/68
MSG (RET) JOHN C MCGOVERN 5TH SFG, CCN, FOB1 FOB3 JAN. 1968- JAN. 1969
SGT TERRY L MCINTOSH A--414, CO D, 5TH SFGA 1968 - 1969
1LT JAMES D MCLEROY A-106; FOB-4 CCN 06/67-07/68
1LT (RET) CHARLES W MCMENAMY A-503 07/66-02/67
MSG (RET) LARRY S MCMILLIN SOG/ RECONDO/B40/A-421 05/66-05-67/10-69-5-70
MSG (RET) PATRICK D MCTAMANY A-415, 5TH SFGA 03/68 TO 03/69
SGT PATRICK W MEADE A-233 5TH SFG 08/66-09/67
CPT (RET) KEITH J MESSINGER JR CCN (RT VA) & MLT1 OCT 70-OCT 71
CSM (RET) GRADY F MILES 1ST,5THSFG,SOG,FOB2 APR60 FEB 72
LTC (RET) RICHARD S MILLER XO B32, S2 C3, 5SFGA 01/68-01/69
LTC (RET) MICHAEL A MILLER CCN; SFOB 10/69-09/69
CPT (RET) RICHARD L MILLER A-311/A-333 10/65-10/66 10/68-10/69
CPT TRAVIS W MILLS MACV-SOG 05/68 - 12/69
MSG (RET) DAVID S MITCHELL 5TH SFG, SOA RECONDO 06/69 - 06/70
CPT (RET) JAMES P MONAGHAN NUMEROUS NUMEROUS
SGT LEONARD D MOREAU B-56 11/67-10/68
MAJ (RET) BOYD F MORRIS 5TH SF GRP 1963, 68-69, 71, 73
MAJ (RET) JAMES F MORRIS C-2; SFOB; TDY 06-67-04/68
SFC (RET) MILLARD W MOYE JR CCC 12/70-12/71
SGM (RET) STEVEN A MOZIAN B-52 2/69-8/70
CSM (RET) ROBERT F MULCAHY 4THBNMSF 04/69-05/70
SGT (RET) JACKIE W MULLINS A-413 02/68-05/69
MAJ (RET) WILLIAM G MULLINS SR DET 12/68-12/69
SFC (RET) JOHN R NEWMAN CCC,5TH SFG(A) 06/70 - 06/71
SFC (RET) CLIFFORD M NEWMAN MACV SOG 08/69-08/71
CPT (RET) ROBERT L NOE CCN/S1 5SFGA/A105 1SFGA DEC68-APR74
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SGM (RET) ROLAND NUQUI B50/B36 RECON 09/66-09/67;03/69-03/70
MSG (RET) LLOYD G ODANIEL 5TH SPECIAL FORCES, SOG, PROJECT 404 11/65-6/73
SFC (RET) WILLIAM V OLDS 403RD 08/1967-04/1969
SGT JOHN A ONEILL JR UITG/FANK LHTC 04/71-03/72
CPT (RET) JOHN M OSHEA A-326, B-32, CO. A, 5TH SFGA 6/69-6/70
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SGT JOSEPH F PARNAR CCC 5/68-4/69
SFC (RET) JAMES D PARRIS B-57 5TH SFG 06/69-12/70
SGT (RET) LARRY R PAYNE 10, RT MICHIGAN, CCN 03/68 -03/69
LTC (RET) LYNWOOD M PELOT JR MACSOG OP20 06/70-06/71
COL (RET) RAYMOND A PENDLETON DET. A-253 07/66 - 08/67
LTC (RET) JOHN R PERCHARD JR COC 5SFGA A103 CO113 MSF 05/67 - 05/68
SFC (RET) ROBERT L PERKINS A-321, 0966 0470
SFC (RET) BRUCE E PERRY CCS 05/68-06/70
SP5 (RET) CHARLES J PESTA DETACHMENT B-36 JANUARY TO JUNE
SP4 JOHN E PETERS FOB I; CCC 4/68 TO 3/69
SGT DANIEL J PIERELLI B-23 03/69-04/70
SSG RONALD B PIPER B-36 3RD MOBILE STRIKE FORCE 05/68-11/68
MSG (RET) WARREN A POCHINSKI A 343, B 34, C 3. (CO A) 01/66 - 12/68
SP4 (RET) PAUL W POSEY JR A-344, 04/67-12/67
CPT JON C POTTER SOA B50/CCS 06/68-06/69
SFC (RET) DONALD T PRESLER A-301 BEN CAT 11/64 - 11/65
MSG (RET) EULIS A PRESLEY SOA 01/67-12/70
CPT (RET) DAVID J PRISTASH TEAM XO 12/66 - 4/68
SGM (RET) ROBERT A PRONIER B57 6/69-6/70
SGT (RET) ROBERT D PRYOR A-344 12/68 - 06/69
MAJ (RET) DONALD L PUGH A-321 , A-324 ,302,322, B-35 9/65-9/66;1/68-2/69
MAJ WILLIAM S RATCLIFFE A-235 10/67 - 12/68
CPT (RET) THOMAS H RAU B-20 II CORPS MIKE FORCE 06/69 - 04/70
LTC (RET) CARL J REGAN 1ST SFG, 5TH SFG 1962 -1964
SGT MICHAEL T RHODE DET A-322; 5TH SFG 05/68-09/68
SFC KENNETH J RICHTER 5TH SFG(A) A-219 MIKE FORCE 12/66 - 12/67
SGT WILLIAM R RIMONDI JR 5TH SPECIAL FORCES; CCN 04/71-09/71
MSG (RET) JAMES G RINGLAND III FOB1 05/67-06-68
SFC (RET) RONALD L ROBERTSON 14TH ENG BN, FT ORD NOV 78-JAN 80
SGT JON L ROEMER DETACHMENT B52 11/67 - 11/68
SGT (RET) GORDON L ROTTMAN A-333 04/69 - 05/70
SGM (RET) ANTHONY L RUBIO A-233,B-50,RECONDOSCHOOL, B-36 11/66-11/67,03/69-03/70
SP5 JEFFREY L RUSSELL ODA 362 ODA 364 FANK 3/72 - 2/73
COL (RET) EDWARD S RYBAT FOB-1;FANK 67-68;70-71
1LT (RET) DAVID F RYDER JR B-52 04/68 03/69
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MAJ (RET) STEVEN R SCHOFIELD MACVSOG, CCN 0368-0768
1LT (RET) GEORGE H SCHWINGHAMMER A-231 10/69-12/70
SSG MICHAEL G SCOTT 5TH SFGA, 1ST SF,CCN.B-52,FANK 12/67 05/69
CSM (RET) DOUGLAS C SEAL 403D RRSOD,5TH SFG 08/69-08/70
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MSG (RET) ANDREW D SHEPPARD A-331;B-52; C-4;FANK 1965-71
1LT STEPHEN G SHERMAN C-2 S-5; SFOB S-5 5TH SFGA 08/67-08/68
SP4 LONNIE T SHOULTZ JR DETACHMENT A-108, 5TH SFGA 2/66 - 12/66
SGT WALTER R SHURLING A-108 5TH SFGA 12/69 - 12/70
SSG LARRY E SILLS 46THSFCA, HALO/SUCBA DET ODA21 AUG 72 THRU AUG 73
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MAJ (RET) CLYDE J SINCERE JR MACVSOG; II CTZ MSF 06/66-6/69
MG (RET) JOHN K SINGLAUB MACSOG 05/66-08/68
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SGT (RET) TERRENCE W "FISH" SMITH 5TH SFGA MACVSOGCCNRECON 69-70 71-72
WO2 (RET) LOUIS SMITH JR FOB II 05/1966
LTC (RET) DAVID C SMITH SOG 03/67-05/68
MSG (RET) LEON P SONNENBERG CCS/CCN/B-53/FANK PTTB 09/69 - 11/72
MAJ (RET) STEVEN V SOSA MIKE FORCE,C-1 10/64-11/65
MSG (RET) MAX D SPEERS DET A321 BEN SOI RVN MAR66-MAR 67
SFC (RET) HERBERT J ST GEORGE B-50 (PROJECT OMEGA) 5TH SFGA 05/67 05/68
MSG (RET) ANDRE J ST LAURENT B-52/B-36/CCC/B-53 07/65-03/72
SGT JOHN M ST. MARTIN JR CCC RECON 12/68-08/69
SFC (RET) DONALD A STEBBINS B-40 A-402 11/68-05/70
SP5 ROBERT J STEPANIAN 5SFG DET A104/A105 3/68-3/69
SGT GEORGE J STERNBERG JR CCN 08/67-12/68
SFC (RET) LEE H STEWARD 46 SFA 1967---1968
SGM (RET) JIMMIE L STEWART 5TH SFG, MACVSOG (FOB-2/FOB-1) 05/66 - 04/67
MSG (RET) KENNETH D STICKNEY B35 CO A, 5TH SFG (ABN) 9/62-3/63 8/67-6/68
CSM (RET) RONNIE STRAHAN 7TH,5TH,6TH,10TH SFG 06/66 - 07/91
SGT ROBERT L STRANGE CCN 09/67-09/68
LTC (RET) DARR F SULLIVAN JR A-412, C-4, 5TH SFGA 07/65-07/66
SP5 (RET) JOHN L TALBOT 5TH SFG(ABN), SMAG 06/70 - 07/71
MAJ (RET) JAMES T TAYLOR A 749, A342, A302 06/65-02/66
SGM (RET) DONALD J TAYLOR 5TH SFG AND MACV SOG 01/66 - 03/72
SGT ROBERT W TAYLOR 5TH SFG SOA CCN 08/69 - 08/70
SFC DOUGLAS L THOMAS MAC/SOG CCS/CCN 4/69-1/72
SSG LYNN R THOMPSON CCN RECON 09/66-02/72
COL JOHN N TOBIN B 55, 5TH SFGA 05/69-05/70
MSG (RET) LAUGHLIN J TODD CCC RT CA 05/70-05/71
SFC (RET) LARRY L TRIMBLE FOB 4 07/68 - 07/69
CPT (RET) CHARLES F TRUCKS CCN; TF1AE 04/70-04/71
CPT (RET) DANIEL D TURNER SON TAY RAIDERS 08/70 - 11/70
CPT STEPHEN N TWINING B-55 A-504 4/70-2/72
MSG (RET) DONALD E VALENTINE 5TH SF GRP [ABN] 12/64-12/65 & 3/68-8/68
MAJ (RET) HARLAN E VAN WINKLE ODA341, 5TH SFG(ABN) 09/69-05/70
CSM (RET) JOSE E VASQUEZ DET. A-502, 5TH SFG (ABN) JAN 1967-FEB 1968
SGT MICHAEL J VERMILLION B-52 (DELTA), CCC MACVSOG 01/70 - 01/71
MSG (RET) DONNIE C VICKERS OPN.SGT.& 1ST SGT RECON CCS SOG 3/67-3/68,10/70-10/71
CPT (RET) JOHN D WAGHELSTEIN CDR, ODA -101 07/65-07/66
MSG (RET) JOSEPH A WASKAS 5TH SF GROUP(ABN) 10/1967 - 04/1969
MAJ (RET) THOMAS R WASKOVICH SOA / CCC 1/69-12/69
SGM (RET) PATRICK N WATKINS JR MACVSOG 67-68-71-72
SGM (RET) WILLIAM D WAUGH VARIOUS A TEMAS, MIKE FORCE, SOG 1954-1973
1LT (RET) RICHARD C WEIGOLD MACVSOG--CCS 06/68 - 05/69
MSG (RET) LEWIS H WELLS JR 5TH SF SOG 03/71 TILL 2/72
SSG (RET) HENRY D WETHERINGTON A-322,B-32,C-3, 5TH GROUP 10/67 - 10/68
CSM (RET) JAMES D WHEELER SOA (CCN), 5TH SFGA MAY 70-APRIL 72
SSG (RET) LAURIE W WHITLARK 5TH SFG(A) 07/67-07/68,,04/69-08/70
SFC (RET) FRANKLIN P WHITMORE CCN 1969 - 1970
SSG (RET) GENE H WILLIAMS 5TH SFG (ABN) & MACV SOG 07/66 - 10/68
MAJ WARREN W WILLIAMS SOG, OP-35 DECEMBER 1968
SFC (RET) WARREN R WILLMAN CCS 06/68 - 07/69
SGM (RET) DAMIAN P WILSON 403RD RRU, 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (ABN) 11/67 - 11/68
CPT (RET) GARY G WINETEER A-242, A-244 10-66/10-67
SSG ROBERT B WOODHAM CCN 08/70-01/72
MSG (RET) JASON T WOODWORTH 1ST, 5TH SFG, SOG 06/63 - 01/69
CSM (RET) HARRY B WORD JR A-503 , B-52 66-67-68=69
MSG (RET) GARY L WRIGHT UITG/FANK 72-73
CPT (RET) EDWARD K YARBROUGH IV 5TH SF GROUP 4/66 -4/67
SGT RAYMOND K YARBROUGH C-3 - BIEN HOA 8/66 - 6/68
CPT KLARE W YAVASILE B-57 (03/68-02/69)
OH MY WORD WHO PUT that LYING TRAITORS HAND UP THERE TOUCHING REAL AMERICAN HEROS?? that is SHAMEFUL!!
The anti-American activities of this Communist loving turd Kerry won't go unpunished, trust me. I beleive there is a major story about to break about how he lost his security clearance, was monitored by the FBI, and how he received a less than honorable discharge which was later converted because of his political contacts. Hanoi John Kerry will go down in flames before the Novermber election.
What a third-rate, low-rent, phony, a**hole this guy is! How, he could even be in contention for the Presidency, is a wonder to me. May God help us!
The Democrat party should have been able to select from themselves a better man for America.
About the graphic:
My guess is that Kerry's hand is strategically placed to obscure the well-deserved
"digitus indignitus" being given to him by one of the shadowy grunts.
Kerry did what he could to screw the grunts he left behind in Vietnam when he hi-tailed it
out of there back to New York City...he'd try to silence the dead if he could.
But, as has been said before "even the very stones would cry out".
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One must have a conscientious to feel remorse. Kerry has none. It's why he makes a good democrat.
That is why I have a side of me that wants to pull some fool out of his Kerry/Edwards bumper stickered-up car and beat the living crap out of him and say "that was for the real heroes of Vietnam, now vote for whoever you want to, but scrape that sticker off your bumper it sickens me"
But no ,....I just have to suffer in silence as I pass the rows of Kerry/Edwards lawn signs. Now our soldiers will have to suffer Kerry's insolence some more ,win or lose , because of the "perfect storm" they have planned to challenge the election. Our soldiers overseas will suffer when Al Jazeera claims that no democratic election can be legitimate...
Steam is escaping from my ears
Any details on this breaking story?
I want to hear about them....
I guess they don't realize that this isn't going to go away if Kerry should happen to win. These Vets won't let this go this time.
THANKS to all who serve(d)!!!!!!
This picture is disgraceful. Kerry has NEVER shown ANY remorse.
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Presidential Proclamation of Pardon
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Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick
Correction: His brief 3 months and 18 days - give or take. One month was spent in training for the Swift Boats.
The photo-op of John Kerry with his hand on the wall - just before or just after this was taken, a Vietnam Vet called to him and said he (Kerry) didn't belong there to get away. Well the VV was taken away - but the story got out just the same and I think Kerry flipped him off. Lovely man this Kerry.
"Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick"
ROTF.....he's almost done:)
Response: True enough but reality has him within striking distance of the Presidency of the United States!
Kerry mocked all VN Vets over 30 years ago with his treason and he's mocking the entire US today by running for President.
John Kerry is a boy without a conscience. He has no core values. That is why nothing bothers him and he can say anything to anyone to try to garner a vote. Simply stated, he is as evil a peraon as Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Joe Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Tse Tung, Kim Il Jung, Fidel Castro, etc.
If his memories don't haunt him we and the Sift Boat Veterans will!
As an aside Kerry is in a very tight race in MA to keep his Senate seat. Here's hoping that Kerry not only loses the Presidential race by a wide margin but his Senate seat as well. Pray for it! Work for it!
That pic is supposed to be Kerry hanging his head in shame...even though the original print of 'Reflections' was for a different message.
Just watched the video. WOW. John F Kerry owes the Viet Nam Veterans! He owes them the truth. He owes the citizens of the USofA the truth.
Lying for political gain? I suggest he take the next plane to France and withdraw his candidacy for President and vacate his Senate seat.
Kerry doesn't deserve to be called a U S Citizen. And he surely doesn't belong anywhere near the White House OR Congress.
John F Kerry and Benedict Arnold -- 2 Americans famous for being Traitors!!
He does not feel sorry one split second,He probably laughs about getting away with all these lies and how the public believes everything he says!
Why is this race so close?This is so outrageous!!!!
However, there are stories a few years ago about Kerry's nightmares and how THK commented that she feared for her life .. apparently he would run through the house screaming and pounding on the walls.
I would suspect there is a little conflict there Kerry has never dealt with.
EXCUSE ME .. WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS PERSON TO BE SITTING IN THE OVAL OFFICE ..??
Write your news paper!
One thing is for certain, whether or not later generations ever come to understand what John Kerry did to the reputations of those who served with honor is not really the issue. The issue is whether John Kerry himself fully understands that there is nothing he can do, nothing, that will wipe the slate clean for a man who would put political ambition above the reputation of his Country's military forces.
Clinton, the draft dodger and loather of the military, was bad enough. I will go to my grave still wondering how this country could elect such a person to the highest office in the land, not once, but twice.
John Kerry has done something even more despicable. He has sacrificed all the things that honorable men hold dear, and he has done it for something as cheap as personal political gain. I don't know how he can look at himself in the mirror in the mornings, knowing what so many people truely think of him.
I will definitely write my newspaper(S) and drop off the letters tomorrow.