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Murtha's War Hero Status Called Into Question
cnsnews.com ^ | 1/13/05 | By Marc Morano and Randy Hall

Posted on 01/13/2006 11:53:53 AM PST by paltz

(CNSNews.com) - Having ascended to the national stage as one of the most vocal critics of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq, Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman John Murtha has long downplayed the controversy and the bitterness surrounding the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for military service in Vietnam.

Murtha is a retired marine and was the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress. Since 1967, there have been at least three different accounts of the injuries that purportedly earned Murtha his Purple Hearts. Those accounts also appear to conflict with the limited military records that are available, and Murtha has thus far refused to release his own military records.

A Cybercast News Service investigation also reveals that one of Murtha's former Democratic congressional colleagues and a fellow decorated Vietnam veteran, Don Bailey of Pennsylvania, alleges that Murtha admitted during an emotional conversation on the floor of the U.S. House in the early 1980s that he did not deserve his Purple Hearts.

"[Murtha] is putting himself forward as some combat veteran with serious wounds and he's using that and it's dishonest and it's wrong," Bailey told Cybercast News Service on Jan. 9. Murtha served in the Marines on active duty and in the reserves from 1952 until his retirement as a colonel in 1990. He volunteered for service in Vietnam and was a First Marine Regiment intelligence officer in 1966 and 1967.

Murtha and Bailey, once allies, were forced to run against each other in a Democratic congressional primary in 1982 following redistricting. Murtha won the election.

Murtha has, in the past, publicly dismissed any questions about whether he deserved his two Purple Hearts, noting during his 1994 congressional campaign that "I am proud of my service in Vietnam."

In his Friday, Jan. 13, response to the Cybercast News Service investigation, Murtha again defended his military record.

"Questions about my record are clearly an attempt to distract attention from the real issue, which is that our brave men and women in uniform are dying and being injured every day in the middle of a civil war that can be resolved only by the Iraqis themselves," Murtha wrote in an email response.

"I volunteered for a year's duty in Vietnam. I was out in the field almost every single day. We took heavy casualties in my regiment the year that I was there. In my fitness reports, I was rated No. 1. My record is clear," Murtha added.

However, another source, World War II Navy veteran Harry M. Fox, previously indicated that Murtha in 1968 personally asked Fox's boss, then-U.S. Rep. John Saylor (R-Pa.), for assistance in obtaining the Purple Hearts, but was turned down because Saylor's office determined that Murtha lacked sufficient evidence of wounds. Murtha later challenged Saylor for his House seat in 1968 and lost. Fox said he personally viewed Murtha's military records in 1968 as Saylor's aide.

When Saylor died in 1973, Fox attempted to succeed his boss in Congress, but was narrowly defeated by Murtha in a 1974 special election.

"Pretending to be a big war hero and boasting about having medals is a slap in the face to our veterans who were seriously wounded or killed in action," Fox was quoted as telling the Uniontown Herald-Standard in the newspaper's Nov. 1, 1996 edition. "He campaigned as a war hero and I've never seen any documentation that he earned any of these honors," Fox reportedly stated.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Murtha's congressional communications director provided Cybercast News Service with a copy of a letter from the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, citing Murtha's request of Sept. 26, 1967, seeking Purple Hearts. Cybercast News Service did not authenticate the letter.

"The records of this Headquarters show that you are entitled to the Purple Heart and a Gold Star in lieu of a second Purple Heart for wounds received in action against insurgent Communist Guerrilla forces on 22 March and 7 May 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam," according to the letter signed by an individual identified only as A. Gardoni. Gardoni's title is not listed on the letter.

Cybercast News Service attempted to contact Fox for this article, but learned that the health of the 81-year-old was too poor to allow him to communicate. But in a 1996 newspaper article, Fox questioned whether Murtha deserved his Purple Hearts, alleging that there was insufficient evidence of injuries and that Murtha was never confined to a hospital.

"Of course Congressman Saylor wanted to help if he could, but there was nothing in the service record to indicate the wounds were of any severity and the documents specifically indicated that next of kin was not notified in either instance," Fox told the Herald-Standard in 1996. "We were amazed that Mr. Murtha was asking for Purple Hearts for superficial lacerations," he added.

Murtha's accounts of his Vietnam War wounds may also conflict with the available U.S. Marine medical records obtained by the media.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 12, 2002, reported that "Marine Corps casualty records show that Murtha was injured in 'hostile' actions near Danang, Vietnam, on March 22, 1967, and May 7, 1967.

"In the first incident, his right cheek was lacerated, and in the second, he was lacerated above his left eye. Neither injury required evacuation," the Post-Gazette reported.

But an Oct. 26, 1994, article in the Herald-Standard quoted Murtha as describing two different injuries.

"I was wounded in the arm with shrapnel from a bullet that hit the motor mount of a helicopter. In the other, my knee was banged up and my arm was banged up when a helicopter was shot down from a very few feet," Murtha told the Herald-Standard.

A June 1, 1967 report in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat quoted a letter that the newspaper indicated was sent by Murtha to his wife that same year. The letter apparently detailed yet another version of how Murtha qualified for one of his Purple Hearts. According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Murtha's injuries involved his being "struck in the ankle" by a "shot that ricocheted off the helicopter."

Murtha, a 16-term congressman from southwestern Pennsylvania and the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, drew national attention on Nov. 17, 2005, when he called for an immediate withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

The Vietnam veteran even took a swipe at President Bush and Vice President Cheney, neither of whom have actual combat experience.

"I like guys who've never been there, who criticize us who've been there," Murtha said. "I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and sent people to war and then don't like to hear suggestions that what may need to be done."

Murtha discussed his own combat experience as a marine intelligence officer in his 2004 autobiography, "From Vietnam to 9/11: On the Front Lines of National Security."

"I had been awake more than twenty-four hours by the time we landed. A few hours into the battle, an on-again-off-again event, I could no longer keep my eyes open. I curled up next to a bunker and fell into a deep sleep for about an hour. Even the noise of frequent gunfire didn't wake me up. (One of my fellow officers told me the next morning that when he hadn't seen me for an hour or so, he assumed I was dead,)" Murtha wrote of one of his Vietnam combat experiences on page 14 of the 2004 paperback edition of his book. Murtha's two Purple Hearts are referenced on the back of the book.

In addition to his Purple Hearts, Murtha received the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry and the Bronze Star with combat "V" for service in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. Murtha also served in the Marines during the Korean War but did not serve in Korea, according to his book.

'He's a phony and a liar'

Bailey said during the time Murtha was being investigated for his role in the Abscam FBI sting in 1980, Murtha made a confession on the House floor.

... you admitted, back in our corner, that you didn't earn your purple hearts (sic) (you indicated you had small scratch on your cheek that wasn't even directly related to an APC [Armored Personnel Carrier] that ran over a small antipersonnel mine that was behind you). The other purple heart [sic] you even declined to explain," wrote Bailey in an open letter dated May 5, 2002.

Bailey is also a decorated Vietnam combat veteran. He served in the U.S. Army's 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and was awarded a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars.

"At the time (of Murtha's alleged admission), you were feeling particularly vulnerable because it wasn't too long after you had called me crying and sobbing, thanking me for 'saving your life' before the ethics committee (on Abscam-related charges). There was no doubt in my mind that you were expressing to me that you did not believe you did anything sufficient to earn the purple heart [sic] and that you didn't want to be active in my efforts to laud Vietnam veterans that served with us," Bailey wrote in his May 2002 letter.

"You may deny that all you wish -- but you and I know that that conversation took place," he added.

In the Jan. 9 interview with Cybercast News Service Bailey affirmed the contents of his 2002 letter.

"The issue here is this idea or pretense that [Murtha] knows combat and he's got two Purple Hearts. He's a phony and a liar," Bailey said.

Bailey also questioned why Murtha has thus far declined to release his full military records in order to clear up the controversy.

"The Marine Corps ought to be able to produce all the orders, the medical stuff, the citations and the orders granting [the Purple Hearts] and everything else. Where is that stuff?" he asked.

According to a May 16, 2002, edition of the Washington, Pa., Observer-Reporter, Murtha "produced military paperwork indicating he was entitled to the awards," and a Murtha spokesperson was quoted as saying that "the media for years has investigated 'and found nothing.'"

But Murtha's paperwork did nothing to sway Bailey's opinion.

"You may fool a few reporters into believing that merely because you got some perfunctory paperwork made out by a friend, that that means you earned the purple hearts [sic]. But even if you were awarded the medals later, there should be affidavits from witnesses. These things should be easy to get," Bailey wrote in his letter while demanding an apology from Murtha for questioning his credibility.

Murtha could end the controversy at any time, Bailey added, simply by calling a press conference and producing the evidence of his wounds.

"Explain where you were and what you were doing when you got the purple hearts.[sic] Explain who was with you and treated your wounds, but most important, Jack, describe your wounds or the lack thereof, as you did for me, years ago," Bailey wrote.

"Unless the Marine Corps gives out medals for unsubstantiated noncombat-related telltale scratches, procured for use in political campaign -- then show me the money, Jack," Bailey added.

Murtha: 'I'm proud of my service in Vietnam'

During the 1994 congressional campaign against GOP opponent Dr. William Choby, Murtha's two Purple Hearts became a political issue.

"Explain your Purple Hearts. He (Murtha) used them to get elected," Choby charged in 1994.

In responding to the charges, Murtha claimed that he "didn't ask for the Purple Hearts.

"I'm proud of my service in Vietnam. I don't know if he (Choby) served in the service at all. I left my family and my business to serve in Vietnam. My family made great sacrifice for me to make that service in Vietnam, so I'm very proud of that," he told the Uniontown Herald-Standard in the newspaper's Oct. 26, 1994 edition.

"I am disappointed that a guy (Choby) would say something like that when I volunteered in the reserves and I felt it was important that I go. What's the point in all this? It's irritating," Murtha added.

Choby also challenged the validity of Murtha's Bronze Star with Combat 'V' during the 1996 congressional campaign.

"I find it very curious that Combat 'V' doesn't even exist in any of the materials he had distributed," Choby was quoted as saying in the Herald-Standard of Oct. 13, 1996. "His military record improves over the years," he added.

The Murtha controversy is reminiscent of the flap surrounding the war record of 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. But while critics like the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacked Kerry in 2004 because of his anti-war activism of the 1970s, Murtha's three chief accusers all made their allegations years and in some cases decades before Murtha emerged last November as a prominent anti-war activist.

Choby told Cybercast News Service on Jan. 5 that Murtha's entire political career is based on his war record. "Without that credibility of those combat medals, he would have never been elected to office," Choby said.

(Monisha Bansal also contributed to this article.)

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To: kellynla

Afternoon K,
If he has nothing to hide sign the 180. Why should he be afraid of the truth unless he is a bonafide liar like kerry.

One should never have to ask for an award their heroism/actions should stand on it's own merit.

This individual may have been a Marine, but like Lucy, he's got some splainin to do.

His is a phoney like Kerry and just because of his rank and branch does not eliminate him from being a liar/fraud.

Sign the 180 fatboy your status as a marine does not impress me. The truth will stand by itself.

Saying What Needs To Be Said,
NSNR-Retired Army M.p. Corps


101 posted on 01/13/2006 1:07:13 PM PST by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: paltz; Admin Moderator

Please pull up this thread from breaking news and future threads related to this issue should be put in a garbage can somewhere. We do want FR to go hysteric about a very dumb move and attack the old man service regardless if it has issues with it. Murtha is causing immense damage to the democrats with his "cut and run" statements about Iraq and it is absolutely moronic to go after his service in Vietnam.


102 posted on 01/13/2006 1:07:54 PM PST by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: Javelina

"It's none of their business."

Au contraire!
If a person claims to be a former combat Marine and is running for public office then your combat military record should be a matter of record. And if you don't want it to be then you have no business riding on that record.

It's clear to me that Murtha "requesting" a PH is BS and his refusal to release his records is disconcerting to say the least that he is hiding something.


103 posted on 01/13/2006 1:07:59 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: paltz

He doesnt like the war so lets attack his purple heart. Im not a fan of it and im no fan of that guy one bit.


104 posted on 01/13/2006 1:08:04 PM PST by smith288 (The older I get, the dumber I become as im wise enough to acknowledge how much more there is to know)
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To: paltz

Leave Murtha's military record alone. There's no justification for blowing the whole wad over something that happend decades ago. Murtha served his country in the military admirably. Focus on Murtha's work in Congress, starting with his voting record, and conflicting recent press and media statements.


105 posted on 01/13/2006 1:08:32 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Tucker Carlson could reveal himself as a castrated, lesbian, rodeo clown ...wouldn't surprise me")
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

"If he has nothing to hide sign the 180."

I couldn't agree more.


107 posted on 01/13/2006 1:11:40 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: jjmcgo
What is the experience of people on this board who were awarded Purple Hearts? Did the military inform you that you were getting one or did you have to beg, like Kerry and Murtha?

I was wounded in April 1968. I honestly didn’t think of a Purple Heart – to many other things on my mind. I was first notified when it was presented to me sometime in late 1969 in Okinawa.
108 posted on 01/13/2006 1:11:42 PM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: paltz

"'He's a phony and a liar' "

He's a damn traitor too!


109 posted on 01/13/2006 1:12:28 PM PST by conservativewasp (Liberals lie for sport and hate our country.)
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To: RexBeach

OOPS! Look what the Republicans just stepped in and smeared all over the nice white rug...


110 posted on 01/13/2006 1:13:36 PM PST by Lunatic Fringe (North Texas Solutions http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: stylin19a
There are a few documents that have no title.

That really surprises me but I suppose that it can happen. It must be the exception, though and not very common. (I'd especially expect to see one on a letter attesting to the awarding of medals.)

111 posted on 01/13/2006 1:13:44 PM PST by Bob
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To: Lunatic Fringe
_____________________________________

"OK, Republicans, Just don't cry about
these tactics when you're back in the minority."
__________________________________________________

Since when did asking a question become a tactic?
Not asking because you are afraid of the repercussions
is a "tactic".

The pursuit of truth is transcendent over self-serving pragmatism. If you are a man.

Open your records Murtha, if we are wrong we will apologize.
112 posted on 01/13/2006 1:14:32 PM PST by the final gentleman
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Murtha has become a media whore. He has shown that he will pimp himself for a few minutes on air.


113 posted on 01/13/2006 1:14:47 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: kellynla

My uncle's two purple hearts from Vietnam were sent along with his remains to my grandmother. It was no secret that politically motivated individuals from blue blood families could do a quick tour over there and then come right back to the States with a few medals in tow. At least during WWII the soldiers that wanted to leave were man enough to shoot themselves in the leg or arm instead of making up some BS about ricochets and shrapnel.


114 posted on 01/13/2006 1:14:52 PM PST by willyd (No nation has ever taxed its citizens into prosperity)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


115 posted on 01/13/2006 1:15:41 PM PST by E.G.C.
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To: paltz
Forget all this.
Just keep referrring to Murtha as an Ex-marine. (Caital E small m)

It's worse than casting aspersions on the legitimacy of his parents marriage.
116 posted on 01/13/2006 1:15:42 PM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: GSWarrior
Is this a wise place to go?

No! Murtha is making a GeeHaw out of himself currently so his record is a moot point. Duke Cunningham is a prefect example that records do not exonerate one from bad actions.

117 posted on 01/13/2006 1:16:49 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Javelina

Your confusing your "enemies" with your constituency.
If a person is running for public office and claiming to be a combat Marine then his/her military service should be made public. I take offense to these so called "heroes" claiming medals and service that were not legit!

Just imagine if Kerry's military records had been made public thirty five years ago; chances are he wouldn't have been in office all these years!!!


"I think it's ridiculous that this is even an issue."

Well it's not "ridiculous" to those of us who legitimately received a PH. And it is outrageous that frauds like Kerry were given a PH for wounds received while NOT IN COMBAT!

Chow time!
Gotta Go!

have a good one!

Semper Fi,
Kelly


118 posted on 01/13/2006 1:19:25 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: GunnyBob
Murtha should sign the SF180 and release his OQR. A sharp investigator; calling B.G. Burkett, could probably locate his service number and with that you wouldn't need his approval to get everything, except his medical records, with a FOIA request.

If he's telling the truth he ends up being bolstered, if he's lying then he gets exposed for being a fraud as does the medal inflator.

119 posted on 01/13/2006 1:20:06 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Bob

agh...I didn't quite state that right...
it's not that the documents have no titles, it's the signatures on the documents have no titles.

and I agree...any document realated to an award should have a title with the signature.


120 posted on 01/13/2006 1:20:38 PM PST by stylin19a (God does not apply to your alloted time, the hours spent playing golf.)
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To: jveritas
Sorry to disagree with you.

It appears that Murtha would not be a member of Congress if it were not for his military record.

This guy decided to speak out on this war (which I believe is just)and he should be subject to as much scrutiny as anyone else in a debate.

His comments were subversive, and helpful to our enemies.

I think that a lot of people do not realize the implications of calling this war illegal and/or immoral. That view implies that our Troops are involved in something that is contrary to their training concerning the Geneva Convention and other treaties.

Murtha's actual military record would help with a real determination of his credibility.
121 posted on 01/13/2006 1:24:16 PM PST by Radix (Welcome home 3 ID!)
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To: Baynative

PING! Seen this???


122 posted on 01/13/2006 1:29:53 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Radix

Murtha's wounds were allegedly to his face and the scars should be visible for all to see. Look closely at a picture of him...there are no scars.


123 posted on 01/13/2006 1:31:04 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: stylin19a
agh...I didn't quite state that right... it's not that the documents have no titles, it's the signatures on the documents have no titles.

No problem. I was sure that was what you were talking about.

124 posted on 01/13/2006 1:31:13 PM PST by Bob
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To: paltz

Sounds like he was elected in a political vacuum and became popular enough to remain in office, his reputation growing with each campaign and the telling of his story.


126 posted on 01/13/2006 1:41:52 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: K-oneTexas

Any disinterment is messy.


127 posted on 01/13/2006 1:43:21 PM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Distinguished Service Medal, Pennsylvania's highest honor, 1977.

Meritorious Service Medal, Pennsylvania's second-highest honor, 1976.

Since when are the DSM & MSM "Pennsylvania's highest military honors"?


128 posted on 01/13/2006 1:48:26 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: kellynla

I agree that he is suspect.


129 posted on 01/13/2006 1:49:02 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrats would rather whine than win)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks for the ping, brother.

Murtha has sure told alot of different versions about what should be easy events to remember.If he has a conscience, he has to be a very tormented man.

130 posted on 01/13/2006 1:50:13 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: kellynla

Of all the ribbons and medals that any member of our military can earn, there are two that stand out above all the rest.

The Congressional Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.

These two are rightly held in more esteem than all the rest because of what it takes to earn either of them, and just as those that have falsely claimed to have earned a Congressional Medal of Honor are vilified so also is it right to question those that may have earned a Purple Heart irregualarly or fictiously.

To do any less cheapens the awarding of the Purple Heart, it is this country's award for sacrifice, an award for painful wounds and loss of limbs and even death as a direct result of armed conflict with the enemies of our nation and it's freedoms, and should not be soiled by giving to those that cut themselves shaving or had rice enter their buttocks as a result of their own carelessness with hand grenades.

George Washington was very clear on who deserved this award , those wounded or killed in battle by the enemy and no one else, that's why due to the irregularity of Muthra's awards , they do deserve a second look.

If he is ashamed of them, then there is something about how he got them he doesn't want known.

And that is worth questioning....


131 posted on 01/13/2006 1:58:57 PM PST by usmcobra (30 years since I first celebrated The Marine Corps Birthday as a Marine)
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To: colorado tanker
"I, for one, found Murtha's comment that if he had his career to do all over again today he would NOT enlist in the Marine Corps to be quite shocking."

Noooo, I think he said he would NOT enlist TODAY. Two totally different things.

132 posted on 01/13/2006 1:59:49 PM PST by jackibutterfly (.)
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To: Old Professer

Lyndon B. Johnson loved to wave his Silver Star around on the soapbox.
Some wag described his decoration as "The least deserved, but most appreciated medal ever awarded."
Believe he earned the star by flying as a passenger in a cargo plane in the Pacific theater, but sure he made up with rhetoric, as a US Rep at the time, in the citation what he lacked in valor.
Kerry, same thing. He made his service an issue, like Sheehan waved her brave son's bloody shirt. It's an issue because he opened the door, not his critics.


133 posted on 01/13/2006 2:04:18 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: jackibutterfly
That's what I said. And it is shocking. The man did 37 years in the Corps through war and peace and today he'd just flip the Corps the bird???

What the heck is a Congressman and Marine Corps retiree doing trying to discourage kids from enlisting in the Corps??? I know several Marines who think the man is a disgrace.

134 posted on 01/13/2006 2:07:23 PM PST by colorado tanker (I can't comment on things that might come before the Court, but I can tell you my Pinochle strategy)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
murtha : Pay attention
You have been hanging around to long with cut and run hanoi kerry



Yep, I agree.
135 posted on 01/13/2006 2:09:51 PM PST by Gucho
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To: Wristpin
A picture may not be helpful.Any scarring may well be long gone.It appears that the PH's were awarded for facial "lacerations",he was treated and returned to duty probably immediately or in short order.There is apparently no record of hospitalization.

And all of that was 40 years ago.

136 posted on 01/13/2006 2:12:11 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

big bump.


137 posted on 01/13/2006 2:13:38 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy since 1992!)
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To: Bommer
Hmmm. Medals for being wounded and a democrat refuses to release his records...

As Yogi Berra once said....

.."this sounds like deja vu all over again"

138 posted on 01/13/2006 2:15:58 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("fake but accurate": NY Times)
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To: smoothsailing
He's got no conscious. No conscious at all. And now he's ending his pathetic career as a traitor to the military he wimped out on years ago.

Murtha's just another disgusting lying coward democrat.
139 posted on 01/13/2006 2:16:25 PM PST by demkicker
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To: smoothsailing

I find it incredibly coincidental that Murfa and Kerry have Five Hearts between them with nary a visible limp, scar or other disability. Hmmmmmmmm.........


140 posted on 01/13/2006 2:17:55 PM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: paltz
Lets NOT go there, because the fact is, there are probably thousands of honorable, good men who's PH or other medal could be called into question. I don't here Murtha talking about his heroism, he hasn't written a book about it, they aren't producing a little movie about it, ala JF'n Kerry. Kerry and his camp were BEGGIN to be debunked.

Leave Murtha's past alone, unless it was criminal or something. We dont need to go there to refute what he has to say TODAY.

141 posted on 01/13/2006 2:17:57 PM PST by Paradox (What "tax cuts for the rich". They are paying more taxes now than ever!)
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To: paltz

Here we go again,

... same old shiite again,

... marchin' down the avenue,

... one more fake 'n then we're thru..........

Sound off!

One-two!


142 posted on 01/13/2006 2:19:58 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: paltz

I wonder how many Purple Heart recipients requested them? I would imagine very few.


143 posted on 01/13/2006 2:22:13 PM PST by GodGunsGuts
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To: GodGunsGuts

BTTT


144 posted on 01/13/2006 2:24:43 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: paltz

Murtha and Kerry, two peas in a pod.


145 posted on 01/13/2006 2:25:21 PM PST by Pragmatic_View
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To: kellynla

You know that I am one of your biggest freeper fans...

so, I have been really thinking about this..and my first instinct was to say, "NO..we don't want to go there"...'

then I saw your posts...and I thought, "why should WE be worried about these reports..,"

but, I think the only way this could be used at all...and not hurt the GOP..would be if he continues to say negative things about the military, re; do not join, etc.

Otherwise, we get caught up in the past...because he has a future that could find him in jail...he has possible bribery/fraud charges being brought against him...and there will already be sympathy, BUT if he uses his "veteran" status as an excuse NOT to be prosecuted...

There is the example of Duke Cunningham...AND this..that could be used...but, I think for now...we let him stink up his own room~


146 posted on 01/13/2006 2:27:40 PM PST by Txsleuth (Thank you to all that donated on the Freepathon...next time more monthlies!!)
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To: tumblindice

Actually, LBJ volunteered to be an observer on a bombing mission in the Pacific. His plane had some kind of mechanical problem and turned back. The other planes on the mission were bounced by Jap fighters and IIRC one of the other observers was injured or killed. His plane wasn't anywhere near the action. He deserves praise for volunteering for a combat mission but certainly not a Silver Star.


147 posted on 01/13/2006 2:28:43 PM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: tumblindice

Yep, it looks like both Murtha and Kerry learned well from LBJ: Get the medal and write your own ticket to congress, just fake the documentation any way you can then hide behind the privacy of military records. Check it out:

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/johnson.silver.star/story/storypage.html


148 posted on 01/13/2006 2:29:58 PM PST by poncho67
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To: GSWarrior
Don't DO THIS!! There is NO need. Murtha is a has-been politician.

DON'T DO THIS!!

149 posted on 01/13/2006 2:29:59 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: jjmcgo

I don't have a PH.

When a person arrived at his unit, he filled out some paperwork. One document was a release form that permitted the Army to publish, in your hometown newspaper, information pertaining to decorations or awards. The PH was probably not included - as some would consider a wound as sensitive and deserving of privacy. I'm not very sure anyway.

The best I recall is that a medic could put a person in for a PH, as well as the Battalion surgeon. The recipient would probably be made aware of this decision immediately.

Some may not realize that alot of these records are available in the National Archives.

A friend was looking up orders for a buddy of mine who had lost his citation for a Bronze Star with V device, and found a medical report about me for a non combat wound I received.
So it's likely that a medical report can be found in the Archives detailing the extent of Murtha's wounds.


150 posted on 01/13/2006 2:30:18 PM PST by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970. Forget? Hell.)
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