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Sen. John Kerry's Purple Heart-burn
http://www.claywaters.com/blogger.html ^ | Clay Waters

Posted on 03/26/2002 4:53:27 AM PST by edmundburk

"Politics in a Time of War" in the latest USNews shows liberal Sen. John Kerry on a war footing with President Bush, as a possible prelude to a presidential run by eternal hopeful Kerry in 2004. Kerry is a Vietnam War hero, as he reminds us every chance he gets. According to US News:

“Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts sat at his Senate office desk next to the bullet-punctured American flag that used to fly from the gunboat he commanded in Vietnam and implied that anybody who tried to question his patriotism was going to run into a buzz saw. "I've got a pretty good sense of what it means to serve your country," Kerry said in cold, measured tones. "I've got a pretty good sense of patriotism. I can go toe to toe with anybody.'"

But the article doesn’t mention a little detail that takes a bit of the shine off the war hero. There is a mention of the bullet-punctured flag, but no mention of his Purple Hearts, which, despite what Kerry himself would have had us believe, he still possesses.

Kerry was a leading voice in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an effort that culminated in a famous 1971 protest where the veterans disposing of their medals on the Capitol steps. Kerry tossed his Purple Hearts. Or did he?

The Boston Globe reported:

Newspaper accounts described Kerry throwing his own medals, and in a speech immediately afterward to the veterans, Kerry said: ‘This administration forced us to return our medals...These leaders denied us the integrity those symbols supposedly gave our lives.'"

But the medals Kerry threw were not his own.

Years later, a reporter noticed the Purple Hearts on display on the wall of Sen. Kerry's office. The medals he threw away weren't his but belonged to two other veterans who had entrusted them to Kerry to make a statement with. He told The Globe the two sets of medals he threw had been handed to him by a wounded veteran in a New York VA hospital and by a World War II veteran from Massachusetts that he had met at a fundraiser. He couldn’t remember their names.

So Kerry made himself look righteous by disposing of something someone else had earned. The perfect liberal.


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1 posted on 03/26/2002 4:53:27 AM PST by edmundburk
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To: edmundburk
For God's sake. It never ends. My husband has two awards of the Purple Heart and one of the Silver Star. I wonder if I could convince him to bring them to DC and toss them at the good Senator who thinks ownership of a medal gives him the right to run a war or the country. Nah. It would be a waste of energy. Better to toss a bottle of catsup.
2 posted on 03/26/2002 5:00:59 AM PST by FryingPan101
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To: edmundburk
A reminder ... this pompous ass wants to be called John F. Kerry.
3 posted on 03/26/2002 5:05:56 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: edmundburk
One wonders what the good Senator was doing during the eight years of the Clinton administration, which harmed both the military and our national security.

Did the cat have your tongue, Senator?

5 posted on 03/26/2002 5:13:04 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mortsahl
I was surprised how critical the liberal Boston Globe was of their hometown boy, actually--pointed out how Kerry had his Vietnam gunboat heroics filmed on Super 8 and how he spends hours watching them. The guy must be really unlikeable.

Kerry was apparently a genuine war hero in Vietnam--a little reckless, but ultimately successful--which gave him street cred opposing the war. But he does like to play war hero when it suits him, like now, when the country's at war.

claywaters.com

6 posted on 03/26/2002 5:17:23 AM PST by edmundburk
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To: FryingPan101
Please thank your husband for his sacrafice for this country.
7 posted on 03/26/2002 5:18:59 AM PST by longhorn too
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To: edmundburk
He may be a hero, but he is also a socialist. One of those purple hearts must have been earned for brain damage.
8 posted on 03/26/2002 5:22:49 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: Piquaboy
Being generous with other people's possessions is a well known trait of Liberals like Kerry.
9 posted on 03/26/2002 5:36:41 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
He's one of *those* people, so even though he won a Purple Heart, it means absolutely nothing.

We all know Democrats by definition can't be courageous or even noble, and that only the brave can win Purple Hearts. So therefore Kerry never won any medals in Vietnam, and any suggestions to the contrary are lies spread by a Liberal media.

10 posted on 03/26/2002 5:45:59 AM PST by altayann
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To: edmundburk
The medals themselves are worthless without the documentation to go with them. The US millitary *sells* medals to anyone that wants to buy one. You need not ever even been in the military. But if there is no record of you ever having been awarded the medals, they are meaningless.
11 posted on 03/26/2002 5:56:05 AM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: altayann
Thats interesting.

But what did you think of the article?

12 posted on 03/26/2002 6:00:02 AM PST by skeeter
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To: edmundburk
better than a chickenhawk though
13 posted on 03/26/2002 6:25:09 AM PST by iamyourdaddytoday
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To: edmundburk
Newspaper accounts described Kerry throwing his own medals, and in a speech immediately afterward to the veterans, Kerry said: ‘This administration forced us to return our medals...These leaders denied us the integrity those symbols supposedly gave our lives.'"

Not only were the medals not his, but the speech he gave to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was ghost written for him by Adam Walinsky, former speechwriter for Robert F. Kennedy. Read all about John Boy in "Stolen Valor" pg. 135-136.

14 posted on 03/26/2002 7:31:00 AM PST by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: *Election President
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15 posted on 03/26/2002 9:47:47 AM PST by Free the USA
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To: iamyourdaddytoday
The list might of had some merit, had it been fair and balanced. Otherwise it's just slanted biased drivel with an agenda. Nice try though.
16 posted on 03/26/2002 10:35:18 AM PST by ProudEagle
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To: edmundburk
Doesn't surprise me one bit that Mr. Theresa Heinz would stoop this low.
17 posted on 03/26/2002 10:37:53 AM PST by jpl
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To: ProudEagle
Remember, the criteria for making the list is

1) Being a War hawk (which eliminates most of the liberals from the outset. I too was wondering why Clinton was missing from the list at first)

2) public figure... obviously

3) Absence from military service.

My only point is that John Kerry did serve, he does know what war is and he is a patriot. Much more so that these war hawks that send american troops into conflicts, but haven't actually served.

18 posted on 03/26/2002 11:51:25 AM PST by iamyourdaddytoday
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To: iamyourdaddytoday
No argument on Kerry. I don't like his politics, but he's definitely no chickenhawk. Neither am I, but I am not one to subscribe to the theory that being a vet automatically qualifies you to be a better leader. This country has had some greats amongst it's civilain ranks too.

I choose to ignore the list simply because he blatantly listed "Republicans" only. A chickenhawk is a chickenhawk, no matter what side of the Senate aisle you sit on. And as a paper man, his objectiveness was sorely missing.

19 posted on 03/26/2002 3:05:28 PM PST by ProudEagle
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To: ProudEagle
No argument on those points... Who (aside from Clinton) do you thing is missing from the list?
20 posted on 03/27/2002 10:02:24 AM PST by iamyourdaddytoday
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To: iamyourdaddytoday
What I'd like to see are some of the reasons these guys gave to excuse themselves from serving. I know Cheney said something like "I had better things to do", Dubya refuses to go into any details about that whole grounded/AWOL thing.

However it is interesting, the folks that seem the most interested in sending in the Troops had no interest in being one of the troops when it was their turn to be sent.

21 posted on 03/27/2002 10:09:41 AM PST by Lord_Baltar
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To: Lord_Baltar
I heard that Tom Delay defended Dan Quayle by saying something to the effect of "Mr. Quayle wanted to serve during vietnam, but all of the slots were taken"

I have no idea if this is true, but really turns my stomach if it is....

22 posted on 03/27/2002 10:29:45 AM PST by iamyourdaddytoday
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To: iamyourdaddytoday
Sadly, it probably is true.

Funny, Delay didn't serve, either, did he?

23 posted on 03/27/2002 10:37:27 PM PST by Lord_Baltar
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To: edmundburk
After reading everyone else's comments about John Kerry's Purple Hearts, I have to also express my opinion. I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran (U.S. Marines 1967-68). By the grace of God, I did not get wounded while I was there even though I was in situations where I thought I was going to get killed. Here's what people might not be aware of regarding "some people" who received 3 Purple Hearts while serving in Vietnam: Most recipients were legitimately awarded this medal. However, it was common knowledge that if you got 3 Purple Hearts, you automatically were guaranteed a ticket out of Nam unless you volunteered to stay. It was also common knowledge that some people (while in a combat situation) did actually create self-inflicted wounds to get a Purple Heart (with the intention to eventually acquire 3 of them). Here's the point, since John Kerry refuses to discuss the details of how he acquired all 3 Purple Hearts and that they were all reported to be from very minor wounds, I am of the mind that his awards are highly suspect of being acquired under fraudulent circumstances. My hope is that someone from the news media would pick up on this and make it as hot a topic as the outrageous assertion that President Bush was AWOL from his National Guard Unit!
24 posted on 02/26/2004 8:20:28 AM PST by MichaelinMilwaukee (Kerry's Purple Heart Awards Should Be Scrutinized)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Courage comes in different forms and seems to me that yours comes in the form of ignorance as you seem to feel that only a certain party has courage or is noble. Remember that education does not confer intelligence !! Inside every Republican is a Democrat....screeeeming to get out !!


25 posted on 07/28/2004 11:52:36 AM PDT by bodyguardingu
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To: bodyguardingu
Courage to pick other peoples' pockets ?
I'll leave that to Wellstone clones like the two Johns.
26 posted on 07/28/2004 12:15:22 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER

If you get a chance to see the picture of Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations committee, take a gander at what he is wearing. He is wearing "Utilities" and on his left side is his ribbon cluster. At no time has the Navy ever authorized the wearing of ribbons on utilities.


29 posted on 08/12/2004 8:03:12 PM PDT by militarycollector
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