"but what do we really know about the circumstances of HIS medals?"
Yes, we do. Don't slander a real American patriot, please. Just because he's not in step with Bushbots doesn't mean his wartime past is in question.
Trying to convince Bushbots is a waste of time here...you have to agree with neocons 100 percent of the time or you're, in their opinion, one of the RATS. Despite the fact that George 43 has admitted that he only met the absolute minimum qualification of his NAG commitment in his last two years for "good years"; he is somehow a hero while authentic military heroes like John McCain, James Webb, Bob Kerrey, and, yes, even John Murtha are traitorous cowards.
Of course the criticism is fueled mainly by the shrill neocons who never spent one second in a uniform of their country: i.e. Rush Limpbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, et al.