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The incredible shrinking medals of Lt. John Kerry
Star Newspapers (Chicago) ^ | Sunday, May 9, 2004 | Michael J. Bowers Star columnist

Posted on 05/09/2004 8:22:24 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

I once was impressed by John Kerry's war record, but no more. For one thing, I'm puzzled he served in Vietnam just four months. Did he fight simply to decorate his resume?

By most accounts, he already was planning to be the next president from Massachusetts with the initials JFK. So why would he join a war that he opposed, unless it was to earn political credibility?

Then there's his first Purple Heart, the one he earned on Dec. 2, 1968, near Cam Ranh Bay. The more you learn about it, the more you snicker.

According to a report by Byron York at the National Review, the doctor who treated Kerry — Louis Letson — is now living in Alabama and has written down his recollections of the event.

Kerry sought medical care for an arm wound, attributing it to a firefight. Letson writes: "What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm. The metal fragment measured about 1 centimeter in length and was about 2 or 3 millimeters in diameter."

So, "I simply removed the piece of metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. … It did not require probing to find it, did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound."

Letson concluded: "The wound was covered with a Band-Aid."

A Purple Heart for a Band-Aid? Sounds like a Purple Hoax to me.

Actually, Kerry's request for a medal makes sense when you remember why he was in country in the first place. Might he have seen the scratch as possibly his one and only chance to collect a medal? How could he pass it up?

Ah, you say, but what about his Bronze Star and Silver Star? Fair question. Here is what I have learned:

Kerry earned his Bronze Star on March 13, 1969, when a mine detonated near his boat in the Bay Hap River.

A Green Beret fell overboard. Amid fire from both banks, Kerry turned his boat around, reached the soldier and pulled him to safety.

He earned his Silver Star on Feb. 28, 1969, when the Viet Cong fired a B-40 rocket at his boat. Kerry's bow gunner knocked down the enemy with fire from his twin .50-caliber machine guns.

But the man got back up and started running away. Kerry jumped out of his boat, chased him down and finished him off.

I won't quibble. I've never been to war. If the Navy brass says Kerry deserved these two stars, I'll take their word.

Unfortunately, Kerry's bravery ended when he returned to the States. To me, two disreputable moments stand out.

The first was on April 23, 1971, when Kerry and 800 other veterans tossed their medals over a fence in front of the Capitol.

Now when a veteran makes such a gesture, you have to give him tremendous credit for conviction. But Kerry did not throw away his medals; he just pretended. Pretended!

The medals he threw belonged to other men. His own were in safekeeping in New York. He has them today, framed handsomely.

This is not bravery. This is cheap theater — opportunistic, hypocritical and deceitful.

The second disreputable moment came the same week, when Kerry spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

According to Kerry, our soldiers "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."

The matter of Lt. William Calley notwithstanding, few believed many of our soldiers were heinous criminals.

On "The Dick Cavett Show" on June 30, 1971, a fellow veteran, John O'Neill, wondered how Kerry had seen so many atrocities in just four months. O'Neill served 18 months and saw zero atrocities.

Kerry now seems to realize how inflated and harmful were his accusations. On "Meet the Press" some weeks ago, he conceded his use of the word "atrocities" was inappropriate.

"I mean, if you wanted to ask me have you ever made mistakes in your life, sure," Kerry said. "I think some of the language that I used was a language that reflected an anger. It was honest, but it was in anger, it was a little bit excessive."

So, adding it all up, here's what Kerry's count looks like to me:

He got two real Purple Hearts, but they're negated by his fake Purple Heart.

He got a Bronze Star, but it's negated by his fake medal toss.

He got a Silver Star, but it's negated by his fake atrocity tale.

Sorry, Lieutenant. Your story is over. Pack it up and go home. We already have the leader we need in the White House.

George Bush never won any medals, and he never was the target of an enemy bullet. But he has something more important going for him: He never slandered our soldiers. He honors them. So for me, this makes him the only decent choice for commander in chief in November.

Michael Bowers is a copy editor and page designer for The Star. His column appears every other Sunday. He can be reached by e-mail at mbowers@starnewspapers.com.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: kerry; ketchupboy; medals; unearnedpurpleheart
On Fox News this morning, I saw the tape of Teresa the Ketchup Queen attacking Vice President Cheney as unpatriotic. Not a pretty sight.
1 posted on 05/09/2004 8:22:24 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: AbsoluteJustice; Barnacle; BeAllYouCanBe; BillyBoy; Bismarck; cfrels; cherry_bomb88; chicagolady; ..
CHICAGOLAND PING (nice job as always, Mike)
2 posted on 05/09/2004 8:23:23 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
what about those "action" pictures of himself that he had taken after the war and has used in his TV commercials? When did that happen? Did he do it simultaneously with protesting the war, so he could later exploit his service? Has there ever been any information posted here about those pictures?
3 posted on 05/09/2004 8:26:12 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Chi-townChief
This is not bravery. This is cheap theater — opportunistic, hypocritical and deceitful.

This writer certainly has a way with words! Good opinion piece. Will it get very wide distribution in the Chicago area?

4 posted on 05/09/2004 8:30:34 AM PDT by ride the whirlwind (And we will defend the peace that makes all progress possible. - George W. Bush)
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To: lady lawyer
what about those "action" pictures of himself that he had taken after the war and has used in his TV commercials?

And does he note in the commercial that these are not 'actual footage,' or is there ground to be gained pointing out that these are staged shots being passed off as real?

5 posted on 05/09/2004 8:33:11 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Hey, I wouldn't touch Camryn Manheim's uterus on a bet.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Kerry is AWOL on the truth!
6 posted on 05/09/2004 8:33:31 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (FMCDH)
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To: ride the whirlwind
www.WinterSoldier.com Everything about sKerry's anti-war past. Best on the web.
7 posted on 05/09/2004 8:34:05 AM PDT by BillyCrockett
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To: Chi-townChief
From the piece:

"The metal fragment measured about 1 centimeter in length and was about 2 or 3 millimeters in diameter." "

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Reference.....for the metric impaired.

One inch is equal to 2.54cm....So Mr. Ketchup's "frag"ment was less than 1/2 inch in length..and about the width of the space betweenthe two periods at the end of this sentence..

So basically about half a tooth pick....

FRegards,

8 posted on 05/09/2004 8:34:37 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I'm a man. I can change. If I want to. Maybe)
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To: Chi-townChief
I think it's safe to say that the VAST majority of the veterans, many of whom are military retirees, who are here in FreeRepublic regard JFK as a medal hound. A dangerous breed of dog that in the quest for his next bone will get you killed avoid being assigned to his unit at all costs.
9 posted on 05/09/2004 8:35:01 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Chi-townChief
Effin' served in the Navy to preserve his political viability.
10 posted on 05/09/2004 8:36:28 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: lady lawyer
"what about those "action" pictures of himself that he had taken after the war and has used in his TV commercials? When did that happen? ... Has there ever been any information posted here about those pictures?"

who took the video? While he was still stationed there? (4 months?) did he just get dressed up one day and after breakfast, go in some convenient jungle adjacent to the headquarters building and walk around while a buddy filmed him? I could have filmed the same scenes dressed up and walking around in Florida ...
there has to be more info about this video somewhere...
11 posted on 05/09/2004 8:37:16 AM PDT by bitt
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To: lady lawyer
I'd like to know about those bogus pictures too. Kerry is a cheese puff! Full of air and very cheesy.
12 posted on 05/09/2004 8:38:37 AM PDT by EggsAckley (........"I looked out and saw rifles everywhere. That's when I felt safe." .........)
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To: Chi-townChief
Did he fight simply to decorate his resume?

Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner!

13 posted on 05/09/2004 8:39:34 AM PDT by DakotaGator (To be a Democrat is to practice self-deception daily.)
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To: Chi-townChief
"He earned his Silver Star on Feb. 28, 1969, when the Viet Cong fired a B-40 rocket at his boat. Kerry's bow gunner knocked down the enemy with fire from his twin .50-caliber machine guns."

"But the man got back up and started running away. Kerry jumped out of his boat, chased him down and finished him off."

I'm sure all sort of people get up after being hit with a .50 caliber machinegun. The idiot comedy that is Kerry's war record continues.

14 posted on 05/09/2004 8:43:20 AM PDT by Reactionary
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To: lady lawyer; bitt; EggsAckley
>>"what about those "action" pictures of himself" <<

I read somewhere that he took a camera and went back to the same place and "re-created" the scene. I believe he did this shortly after the "action".
15 posted on 05/09/2004 8:49:14 AM PDT by sd-joe
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To: All
Just a couple of questions
1- when are ALL the military records( including all the fitness reports) going to be made public?
2-Was he proud of his service in Vietnam?
If yes, why did he throw the medals away?
Was he proud of the atrocities he committed?



















16 posted on 05/09/2004 8:59:17 AM PDT by genghis
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To: Chi-townChief
The matter of Lt. William Calley notwithstanding, few believed many of our soldiers were heinous criminals.

What should also be noted is who stopped further killing. It was other Americans whom landed in choppers and drew arms on Calley's troops. Calley was an aberration. The Americans that stopped the killing are the norm.

17 posted on 05/09/2004 9:00:43 AM PDT by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash, Geologist, Pharmacist (REFUSE TO ATTEND A GUNFIGHT WITH A CAL. LESS THAN FORTY))
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Back then, military service of one form of another was REQUIRED to be president. Let's look at Klintoon's predecessors:

Hoover: In charge of US famine relief in Europe after World War I
FDR: Assistant Sec'y of the Navy, World War I
Truman: Army Captain, World War I
Ike: Well we know about him
Kennedy: PT 109 etc.
Johnson: Served in WWII
Nixon: Same
Ford Same
Carter: WWII era West Point grad, Navy officer
Reagan: Served during WWII
Bush I: Pilot, WWII

So when Kerry decided to run for president (as Gore did) when he was 11 years old, he knew that miltary service, especially in a shooting war, was a prerequiste. Getting a few medals, even better. IMO, that's the only reason he went to Vietnam.

18 posted on 05/09/2004 9:14:58 AM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John (http://www.bluestatesforbush.com)
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To: ride the whirlwind
"This writer certainly has a way with words!"

Mr. Bowers is one of our very own Freepers. But the circulation of the Star is limited to the far south side and south and southwest 'burbs.

19 posted on 05/09/2004 9:21:06 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
According to Kerry, our soldiers "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."


20 posted on 05/09/2004 9:21:55 AM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: Chi-townChief
This post and the several encouraging posts acommpanying it are pure, unadulterated and unrelenting lunacy individually and collectively. This same unsavory tactic was employed against Senator McCain during his challenge to Gov. Bush in the 2000 primary. The awarding of a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and most emphatically, the Silver Star is each governed by criteria set out in regulation and must be authenticated up the command chain.

Each of these egregiously unseemly posts and the editorial piece does more harm than good to the purpose for which it is offered. The Navy 0-3 was wounded and conducted himself with the courage expected of an officer leading other men into battle. Condemnation 34 years later of what was acknowledged at the time of the event as courageous leadership and bravery is a tacit admission that there is a lack of real issues on which to challenge the candidate. It also raises the spectre that these posters will stop at nothing in their fervent attempt to do the obvious.

21 posted on 05/09/2004 9:39:15 AM PDT by middie
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To: Chi-townChief
To me, as a Disabled Vet, I say that once F'in Kerry threw his (or anyone's) medals over the fence those medals or ribbons represented his earned medals. Kerry made the statement that he gave the medals back to the Government. By his own words he no longer possesses those medals that were earned by committing atrocities. Therefore I believe he has forfeited his right to claim that he earned them in battle and cannot speak about them as his.
22 posted on 05/09/2004 9:47:53 AM PDT by wattsup (wattsup)
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To: middie
Let's put it this way: Ketchup Boy opened the door by implying, "I'm the big war hero, the president was an unpatriotic guardsman, and, if anyone wants to challenge me on that, bring it on!" And now, we're coming through that door; and not only us unworthy civilians but the people with whom Kerry served as well.
23 posted on 05/09/2004 9:47:55 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
For one thing, I'm puzzled he served in Vietnam just four months. Did he fight simply to decorate his resume?

This seems to be a natural conclusion, one that many people are coming to simultaneously.

24 posted on 05/09/2004 9:48:37 AM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: middie
With all due respect, sir......you're full of it. Kerry is a scumbag and so is McCain. Any man that says otherwise is a scumbag too.
25 posted on 05/09/2004 9:51:00 AM PDT by Godebert
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To: middie
I admire all service performed to the US, but I abhor a faker.

If he wangled these medals and milked the system to get out early while plenty of my friends stayed and took the heat, then I am incensed. If he took fake videos of himself for future commercials, then I am incensed. If he tries to play down the service of the President (who flew jets at his own peril) and thousands of other NG servicemen, I say he is asking for trouble. His protests and behavior while 200,000 servicemen were still in country is reprehensible. Why anyone would think his 4 months in combat 34 years ago qualifies him for CIC, I question.

I think it all adds up to a person who is not to be trusted to be President. Apparently plenty of people agree.
26 posted on 05/09/2004 10:01:20 AM PDT by bitt
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To: middie
The Navy 0-3 was wounded and conducted himself with the courage expected of an officer leading other men into battle. Condemnation 34 years later of what was acknowledged at the time of the event as courageous leadership and bravery is a tacit admission that there is a lack of real issues on which to challenge the candidate. It also raises the spectre that these posters will stop at nothing in their fervent attempt to do the obvious.

Spoken like a real 0-6 REMF, squid... or a lawyer.

From an E-5 jarhead that's a compliment...ROFL.

Why don't you just go on and sue Walmart and tell yourself that you're doing "some good" for the little guy, like your hero John "Effin'" Kerry. Anybody in his unit was safe, medal hounds look for the requirements to be fulfilled and look for safe opportunities to meet them... and then rush for after-action reports to verify their bravery.

Kinda interesting that he went outside chain of command to get his Purple Heart.... How would you handle someone in your outfit that went over your head to get his Purple Heart. I mean, you were an O-6 and had a command of ????? sailors and Marines under you..

I'm sure itwas no big deal for a junior officer to go over you to your unit commander or to operations chief to get a medal.

That's the difference between a warrior and a wanna be.

27 posted on 05/09/2004 10:01:22 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is .)
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To: middie
The Navy 0-3 was wounded and conducted himself with the courage expected of an officer leading other men into battle.

You are in error. Kerry was a Navy 0-2 until two days before he left active duty:

Early April, 1969 – LTJG (0-2) Kerry departs Vietnam

April 11, 1969 – Kerry reports for duty at the Military Sea Transportation Service, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Brooklyn, NY.

January 1, 1970 – Kerry promoted to (full) Lieutenant (0-3).

January 3, 1970 – Kerry’s date of separation from active duty

28 posted on 05/09/2004 10:05:12 AM PDT by StayAt HomeMother
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To: middie
http://www.marinemedals.com/day.htm

if you want to see someone that didn't run back to his CO that day for a good report but waited over 30 years till someone ELSE!!!! remembered he should have recieved a medal read this.... too see a "real" hero.

Kerry's interview with Dick Cavett made me want to puke. "Effin" snotty nosed, holier than thou puke..

29 posted on 05/09/2004 10:12:00 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is .)
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To: wattsup
It would be one thing if he still had his medals in his drawer and never spoke of them (like my dad and many nam vets) but the fact that he has them on wall after making the pretense of tossing them tells me all I need to know about the mans charector.
30 posted on 05/09/2004 10:12:10 AM PDT by winodog
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To: middie
Kerry and McCain both raised the military issue. I agree that it would have been unseemly to raise it if they had kept quiet about it. But that is most certainly not the case.

I won't get into the question of whether McCain cooperated with the Vietcong while he was a POW, because I don't know if it was true or not. But he DID abuse his reputation as a war hero to use his position on the POW-MIA committee to betray our POW-MIAs and ignore numerous sightings of MIAs in Vietnam. And Kerry did exactly the same thing, later profiting from the deal he made when we settled with North Vietnam without any accountability on their part.
31 posted on 05/09/2004 10:21:06 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Chi-townChief
I decided that John F***in' Kerry was a liar way before the medal controversy...it was when he called Vietnam Nixon's War...how convenient...he leaves JFK and LBJ, the 2 Democratic presidents that got us involved in Vietnam...he's a manipulator of the truth just like BJ Clinton...slimeball to the max.
32 posted on 05/09/2004 10:37:37 AM PDT by foreshadowed at waco
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To: VRW Conspirator
Kerry is AWOL on the truth!

He's also AWOL from his duties as a Senator...which sadly, is probably a good thing. But it shouldn't be a positive to NOT be voting. That's the way of it when you're the most liberal Senator in the entire Senate.

33 posted on 05/09/2004 10:41:41 AM PDT by highlander_UW (A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. - Robert Frost)
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To: BillyCrockett
See #7
34 posted on 05/09/2004 10:44:39 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: A.A. Cunningham
until he realized that "war heros" didn't sell well
as political candidates in the People's Republic of
Massachusetts", and so began his career as a war
protester/committer of atrocities.

in fact, this could be considered his first flip-flop.
35 posted on 05/09/2004 10:52:41 AM PDT by smonk
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To: bitt
interesting. isn't florida one of the places
that reminds him of viet nam? the bayou country
in Louisiana seemed to evoke memories of his
carefree days -- all 90 or so of them -- in the
mekong delta.

what a poseur.
36 posted on 05/09/2004 10:55:35 AM PDT by smonk
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To: Chi-townChief
BTTT
37 posted on 05/09/2004 11:54:14 AM PDT by hattend (Only Libs can find mandatory death in the Constitution (see abortion and T. Schiavo))
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To: middie
You are wrong- senator 'paper-cut' USED the system for his own benefit, which is a dishonor to others
38 posted on 05/09/2004 1:03:09 PM PDT by Mr. K (`,,`,,this is like liberal logic,,`,,`))
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To: middie
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1128379/posts

Purple Heart ... just like Kerry's

39 posted on 05/09/2004 2:19:14 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is .)
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To: Dick Vomer
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1128064/posts

another Purple Heart ..... just like Kerry.. He got hit by metal, got treated and came back to his unit.

Wow!! you're right, John Kerry is an "Effin" hero.

40 posted on 05/09/2004 2:24:17 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is .)
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To: Chi-townChief
John Kerry is Al Sharpton with a honky horn..
41 posted on 05/09/2004 2:27:17 PM PDT by hosepipe
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To: Chi-townChief
So Kerry served in Vietnam - who knew? Wow, four whole months, most of the time trying to get out. Gets a Purple Heart for getting a 1/4" cut. Then throws away his ribbons over a fence in protest. You'd think he'd want to bury his "service record", not brag about it.

Almost Clintonian in that he believes he can spin lies any way he wants to without getting caught.

42 posted on 05/09/2004 2:31:47 PM PDT by searchandrecovery (USSA - United States of Socialist America.)
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To: Chi-townChief; All
I keep hearing Kerry referred to as "Lt. John Kerry" (Rank=O3) (...like in the above article), but I thought he was only a Lt.(jg) (Rank=O2)

Does anybody know whether Kerry was ever actually promoted to Lt.("O3"), or is this all just more Kerry-style military puffery???

Just wondering.

43 posted on 05/10/2004 12:02:33 AM PDT by Seadog Bytes ("Benedict Arnold was also a hero....before he became a traitor.")
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To: Eala
Excellent. Thank You!!!
44 posted on 05/10/2004 12:07:40 AM PDT by Seadog Bytes ("Benedict Arnold was also a hero....before he became a traitor.")
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To: Chi-townChief
Is there any way to find out how many other servicemen took the the 3 Purple Hearts and out option during the Vietnam War? I heard John O'Neill say that there is no record, nor could any of the other vets remember, anyone else from their unit getting out early using this.
45 posted on 05/10/2004 12:18:44 AM PDT by bootyist-monk (<--------------------- Republican Attack Machine)
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To: Seadog Bytes; MeekOneGOP; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; potlatch; ntnychik; Travis McGee; onyx; ...

Oct 15, 1969

Where was Ltjg. John Kerry?

Where was Adam Wilinsky?

-- check Harvard Crimson


46 posted on 05/10/2004 12:35:25 AM PDT by devolve (................... (..........................Hello from Sunny South Florida!..................)
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To: lady lawyer; Chi-townChief; jla; All
what about those "action" pictures of himself that he had taken after the war and has used in his TV commercials? When did that happen? Did he do it simultaneously with protesting the war, so he could later exploit his service? Has there ever been any information posted here about those pictures?

--lady lawyer

Excellent point.

bout those John-Kerry-Does-Vietnam reinactment pictures...

No one seems to be focusing on the level of psychopathy that would be necessary for someone--and especially someone with supposedly so much disgust for the event--to have done this. Even if we discount Kerry's cynical, sick, self-serving motive, the John-Kerry-Does-Vietnam reinactment pictures are, by definition, sick.

That the man watches them ad nauseam, that he whips them out for guests at the slightest provocation, (like unfailingly soporific vacation slides), only confirm the diagnosis.

And no one seems to be focusing on the rank dishonesty of John Kerry to use his fake "reality TV" pictures in any John Kerry sales pitch.

Of this you can be certain: Bush v. Kerry is not their premiere showing. John-Kerry-Does-Vietnam reinactment pictures doubtless had top billing in prior Kerry races.

John Kerry is not honest. John Kerry is not well.

John Kerry lacks the moral authority to be president. Especially now, with the prisoner-abuse scandal.

America cannot afford to elect a president who is a self-professed war criminal.



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Makes sense. War criminals, by definition, lack the requisite moral authority to address such war-related -- ah -- issues.

By contrast, the response from Kerry's leftist colleagues has been so disproportionate -- and so predictable -- that it approaches farce of farce, even if we discount demonstrated Democrat willingness to trade American blood and national security for reacquired power.

The Democrats, apparently not adherents of Aesop, have "cried Bush" far too many times to be to be anything but preposterous. (Thank you, Howard Dean.)

Are the reflexively self-serving, America-hating, power-hungry Dems simply clueless actors? Or are they part of a larger orchestrated effort to muddy up Kerry's Vietnam-atrocities swamp?


47 posted on 05/10/2004 2:21:38 AM PDT by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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49 posted on 05/10/2004 6:06:59 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is ONLY ONE good Democrat: one that has just been voted OUT of POWER ! Straight ticket GOP!)
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