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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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1 posted on 01/13/2006 11:53:54 AM PST by paltz
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To: paltz

Is this a wise place to go?


2 posted on 01/13/2006 11:55:26 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: paltz

I think this approach will backfire. Best to deal with Murtha in the present, not the past.


3 posted on 01/13/2006 11:55:46 AM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: GSWarrior
No it is not. If you want to call him on something call him on his record in Congress or what he says today. If any question is to be made on his war record it should be by DOD/USMC.

Hopefully Republicans will not get behind this because it will lead only to disaster.
4 posted on 01/13/2006 11:58:25 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: paltz

Not a smart move.


5 posted on 01/13/2006 11:58:55 AM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: paltz
I don't think this is a good idea. Hitler served with honor in WWI, but that doesn't mean something didn't jar itself loose upstairs, if you know what I mean. Just because Murtha served with honor in Vietnam doesn't make him the savior of our nation.
6 posted on 01/13/2006 11:59:13 AM PST by oldleft
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To: paltz
I don't think this line of argument is a good idea at all.

There are plenty of reasons to honor Murtha's service record AND to criticize his inconsistent and pro-defeat statement in the global war on terrorism.

7 posted on 01/13/2006 11:59:37 AM PST by 68skylark
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To: paltz

Why do this? He's showing his true character now, just leave his mil service alone.


8 posted on 01/13/2006 11:59:46 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on.)
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To: GSWarrior

Murtha should get John F'n Kerry to vouch for him.


9 posted on 01/13/2006 11:59:53 AM PST by 43north (Liberals are obsessed by the vulgarity of their lives & the obscenity of their behavior.)
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To: dirtboy

All's fair in 'love and war'. I hear ya on going down this path.

I'll take the guy with a Silver Star and 3 Bronze over 2 Purple Hearts anyday.

Sign the DD180, Mr. Murtha.


10 posted on 01/13/2006 12:00:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GSWarrior
Is this a wise place to go?

Only if it can be proved he never served.

11 posted on 01/13/2006 12:00:09 PM PST by bkepley
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To: paltz

bump.


12 posted on 01/13/2006 12:00:38 PM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: paltz

ROFLMAO...him and Kerry should get together and swap war stories. By the time they are done...they would have been both killed and raised from the dead.


13 posted on 01/13/2006 12:00:50 PM PST by MadeInAmerica
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To: Phantom Lord

This looks like something Democrats would do. Not good.

Should contest with Murtha in current times, not decades ago.


14 posted on 01/13/2006 12:01:57 PM PST by RexBeach
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To: paltz
The military decides what is and isn't worthy of a purple heart. Once that decision is made, I don't think it's up to the public to second guess. This is not a good idea.
15 posted on 01/13/2006 12:02:16 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: paltz

Should not go there.


16 posted on 01/13/2006 12:03:20 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: dirtboy

I agree...too close to the Kerry background
stories.


17 posted on 01/13/2006 12:03:54 PM PST by Grendel9 (u)
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To: oldleft

Agreed. His congressional record provides enough to call him on.


18 posted on 01/13/2006 12:04:13 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: paltz

I say we go after his high-school records.


19 posted on 01/13/2006 12:05:16 PM PST by Lazamataz (I have a Chinese family renting an apartment from me. They are lo mein tenants.)
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To: GSWarrior

If he's a fraud, he needs to be exposed.


20 posted on 01/13/2006 12:06:13 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: paltz

That would be something if it could be proven that Murtha is as phony as Kerry concerning this subject.


21 posted on 01/13/2006 12:06:54 PM PST by Radix (Welcome home 3 ID!)
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To: paltz

Kerryitis wounds.


22 posted on 01/13/2006 12:07:01 PM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: paltz

Are ol' Jack's PH's some more of those Band-Aid PH's??? LOL


23 posted on 01/13/2006 12:07:39 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: paltz

He's proven he's a nutcase now while in office we got enough to go on - we don't need to go after his military service that will only backfire on us.


24 posted on 01/13/2006 12:08:05 PM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: MadeInAmerica

Murtha was shot in the Butt on one of his CUT AND RUN mlsson.Like Skerry.


25 posted on 01/13/2006 12:08:30 PM PST by jocko12
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To: paltz

How sad when it comes to this.


26 posted on 01/13/2006 12:08:53 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: GSWarrior
NO! Leave it the heck alone. PLEASE.

Do not make truth-tellers out of liars. Drop it refute him on the facts.
27 posted on 01/13/2006 12:08:58 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: paltz
...according to the letter signed by an individual identified only as A. Gardoni. Gardoni's title is not listed on the letter.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Huge red flag here, folks.

Has anyone who's ever been in the military ever seen a piece of official correspondence that didn't list the signer's title? I certainly never did.

28 posted on 01/13/2006 12:09:10 PM PST by Bob
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To: MadeInAmerica

"...him and Kerry should get together and swap war stories. By the time they are done...they would have been both killed and raised from the dead."


"Fake, but accurate -- film at 11:00"
-Dan Rather reporting
-Mary Mapes investigating and writing


29 posted on 01/13/2006 12:09:27 PM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: GSWarrior

"Is this a wise place to go?"

Absolutely!
These "war heroes" put their "combat service" out in front and rode that reputation into Congress for decades.

Any Marine worth his salt would be proud to have the world see their war record. I AM!

Semper Fi,
Kelly


30 posted on 01/13/2006 12:10:04 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: paltz
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.

Sheesh, is there not one actual hero in the who stupid Dim party?

31 posted on 01/13/2006 12:10:20 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: paltz

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?


32 posted on 01/13/2006 12:11:10 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: jocko12

How many Purple Hearts did you receive in Viet Nam?


33 posted on 01/13/2006 12:11:14 PM PST by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: paltz

As I suspected all along......you bet you were right to go there. Simple for him to prove....just sign a form 180....and let the truth be known. Anyone who refuses to do that can be doing nothing but hiding the truth....and at this point that appears to be the case.....


34 posted on 01/13/2006 12:11:27 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Most Americans are so spoiled with freedom they have no idea what it takes to earn and keep it.)
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To: paltz

I agree with the other posters, stay away from the VietNam stuff. He has to sleep on this knowing one way or the other. Just go after his bananas idea of an immediate pullout and what effect that has on morale as well emboldens the terrorists into thinking we will be pulling out soon if they can simply hold on long enough!


35 posted on 01/13/2006 12:12:42 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: GSWarrior
Is this a wise place to go?

No it isn't. Better to stick with the present debate. 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.

OTOH, this is very interesting. Stolen Valor showed there are large numbers of Americans who exaggerate or make up Vietnam experiences. Politicians seem not to be immune from that.

36 posted on 01/13/2006 12:15:22 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: paltz

Just another medal hound 'Rat.


37 posted on 01/13/2006 12:16:03 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: GSWarrior
Is this a wise place to go?

No, the 1st words out of any dems mouth will be that Murtha is being attacked akin to what the Swifties did to Kerry.

Not that what the Swifties did to Kerry was wrong but just that what the dems are going to say.

38 posted on 01/13/2006 12:16:46 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Bob

I agree with those who think that we shouldn't (don't need to) go here.

Murtha's modern-day antics are impeaching his "expertise" quite nicely, thank you.


39 posted on 01/13/2006 12:17:20 PM PST by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: GSWarrior

Exactly.

This guy is doing a good enough job on himself.


40 posted on 01/13/2006 12:17:58 PM PST by Howlin
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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 don't have one....but the way they are awarded is that there is a write up at the unit of the individual and then signed by medical personnel...and then it is processed. Very strange that years after...one applies for a PH.

41 posted on 01/13/2006 12:18:04 PM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Most Americans are so spoiled with freedom they have no idea what it takes to earn and keep it.)
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To: paltz
good afternoon.
"Bronze Star with Combat 'V'"

Is it an uninformed reporter calling it a Combat V as opposed to a Valor V or is that how Murtha or his handler described it?

Michael Frazier
42 posted on 01/13/2006 12:18:30 PM PST by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: jocko12

They were holding hands.


43 posted on 01/13/2006 12:20:03 PM PST by conservative barking moonbat
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To: paltz
I don't believe in denigrating anyones war record. However, if that person gets up in front of the public, or news media, and uses his war record to attack the administration then he is open to attack.
44 posted on 01/13/2006 12:20:09 PM PST by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: paltz

I don't think we should go down this line again. It was relatively effective with Kerry because his conduct was so public upon his return from Vietnam.

That being said, the book Unspoken Valor has dealt with the number of people who have medals they did not deserve and it would be interesting to see if Murtha's name was in there, but only interesting from the standpoint of knowing who we're dealing with -- not actually using information against him.


45 posted on 01/13/2006 12:21:07 PM PST by Peach
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To: paltz

SPEAKING OF RELEASING HIS MILITARY RECORDS- DID J EFFIN KERRY RELEASE HIS LIKE HE PROMISED TO ON RUSSERT'S SHOW??


46 posted on 01/13/2006 12:22:30 PM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help...)
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To: dirtboy
I think this approach will backfire. Best to deal with Murtha in the present, not the past.

Agree completely. It would be a murky examination anyway, and therefore he would get the benefit of the doubt (as he should). And he could say he was being attacked at the direction of Karl Rove and play victim.

As you said, respond to Murtha on the merits of his argument. Or the lack thereof.

47 posted on 01/13/2006 12:22:45 PM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: onedoug

ping


48 posted on 01/13/2006 12:23:33 PM PST by windcliff
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To: paltz

Murtha's "requesting" PH's is BS!

Anyone who served in combat knows that PH's are awarded at the time of the injury based on whether the person received the injury while in combat. Not, days, weeks, months, years later!!! We covered this in detail with the Traitor Kerry.
This sounds too much like Kerry's BS!

And I take offense to ANYONE "requesting" a Purple Heart! PERIOD
Purple Heart commendations aren't Boy Scout merit badges.
They are not "requested"; they are EARNED and AWARDED at the time of injury.

Semper Fi,
Kelly


49 posted on 01/13/2006 12:25:14 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi!)
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To: paltz

It may not be a wise place to go, publicly, but it is interesting how this tactic of building up a phony military record is used by anti-war liberals like Kerry, and now possibly Murtha, to perpetuate "heroic" lies about themselves.


50 posted on 01/13/2006 12:26:32 PM PST by Wuli
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