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  • Schachte ready to re-engage in Kerry Purple Heart dispute

    05/04/2006 1:13:03 PM PDT · by Phil Harmonic · 95 replies · 3,049+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | May 4, 2006 | Ron Brinson
    Two years ago, Charleston's Billy Schachte was caught in the undertow of presidential campaign debates over the circumstances of John Kerry's first Purple Heart. He had commanded Kerry's first Vietnam combat mission and his recollection of the experience was very much different than Kerry's published account. Today, this tussle over truth and confusion simmers on just beneath the public's attention. That's likely to change soon. Television news veteran Marvin Kalb and his daughter are working through a Harvard-based grant to publish a book that will include commentary on the effectiveness and the credibility of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,...
  • A challenge to those who claim that the SwiftVets' have been "debunked" or are "unsubstantiated"

    09/26/2004 6:24:34 PM PDT · by OESY · 13 replies · 1,247+ views
    BeldarBlog ^ | September 25, 2004 | Beldar
    My lawyer readers will immediately recognize this as an invitation to Kerry supporters to make a motion for partial summary judgment on the SwiftVets' claims. This short paragraph from a New York Times article perfectly illustrates the liberal media's widespread characterization of the results to date of the SwiftVets' campaign (boldface added): Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which drew national attention with advertisements making unsubstantiated attacks against Mr. Kerry's military service, has less money and uses several strategies to stretch its dollars, said one of its leaders, John O'Neill. To find a similar example from the blogosphere, one need look...
  • Purple Heart News

    09/18/2004 12:51:50 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 9 replies · 711+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/29/2004 | NRO
    Please Note: This Was Released on 27 Aug 2004. It was published in National Review Online's "The Corner" on 28 August 2004. Here is the original link: http://www.nationalreview.com/document/document200408280010.asp Here is the reproduced text: EDITOR'S NOTE:A new voice has been added to the debate over the circumstances surrounding Sen. John Kerry's first Purple Heart. William Schachte, who was a lieutenant in the Navy during Kerry's Vietnam tour — and who later rose to the rank of Rear Admiral — has released a statement describing the events of December 2-3, 1968, when Kerry received a minor shrapnel wound for which he was...
  • Veteran who questioned Kerry's injuries denies ties to GOP leaders

    09/02/2004 11:16:30 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 14 replies · 749+ views
    The State ^ | 9/1/04 | TOM INFIELD
    A retired rear admiral who claims that Sen. John Kerry didn't deserve the first of three Purple Hearts he received in Vietnam defended himself Wednesday from Democratic suggestions that he's motivated by business ties with top Republican leaders. "They are looking to do anything to smear my name," said Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr., of Charleston, S.C., who before he retired in 1993 was acting judge advocate general of the Navy. A Vietnam veteran, he issued a statement last week saying a December 1968 incident in the Mekong Delta in which Kerry was wounded on the arm didn't involve...
  • A Swift Shift in Stories (SBVT Schachte has lobbying ties)

    09/01/2004 7:01:06 AM PDT · by lelio · 55 replies · 1,964+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/2004 | Dana Milbank
    Four days ago, retired naval Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. seconded accusations made by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth seeking to discredit Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry's record in Vietnam. But since then, Democrats have discovered that Schachte is also a long-standing supporter of President Bush and a lobbyist whose client FastShip Inc. recently won a $40 million grant from the federal government. ... Kerry has said Schachte was not on the boat that night, adding another mystery to the disputed events of 36 years ago. But other events are not in dispute. According to a...
  • The Fourth Man on the Boat

    08/30/2004 2:52:33 AM PDT · by kattracks · 33 replies · 1,889+ views
    NEW YORK -- Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident that led to his first Purple Heart. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 [grenade launcher]," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart." Schachte, also a lieutenant junior grade, said he was in command of the small boat called a Boston...
  • Adm. William Schachte: 'No enemy fire' (full transcript of interview with NBC's Lisa Myers)

    08/28/2004 1:36:00 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 67 replies · 2,392+ views
    NBC News ^ | Aug. 27, 2004 | Lisa Myers
    One of John Kerry's superior officers disputes the circumstances Kerry claims led to the awarding of his first Purple Heart NBC's Lisa Myers conducted the following interview with Rear Adm. William L. Schachte (USN Ret.) in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 24, 2004. Portions have been edited for clarity. Myers: When did you first meet John Kerry? Adm. William Schachte (U.S. Navy, ret.): In Vietnam in 1968. I was – like everyone, by the way, serving on small boats in combat in Vietnam – I was a volunteer. When John reported aboard, I was then the lieutenant and the senior, second...
  • Nobles and knaves Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. for sticking to his guns

    08/28/2004 11:50:06 AM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 12 replies · 1,312+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 August 2004 | Staff
    Nobles: Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr., for sticking to his guns in the midst of a political firestorm. There is perhaps no greater display of courage than confronting the powerful in their quest for power. Adm. Schachte claims to be the mysterious "fourth member" of a skimmer that was on night patrol on Dec. 2, 1968, with then-Lt. John Kerry when the latter received the injury that earned him his first Purple Heart. For alleging that Mr. Kerry didn't deserve his Purple Heart, Adm. Schachte has been vilified by Kerry attack dogs recently in a smear campaign designed...
  • Purple Heart News: William Schachte speaks. [Statement of RADM William L. Schachte, Jr. USN (Ret.)]

    08/28/2004 11:29:10 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 40 replies · 1,664+ views
    National Review ^ | August 28, 2004 | RADM William L. Schachte, Jr. USN (Ret.)
    Editor's Note: A new voice has been added to the debate over the circumstances surrounding Sen. John Kerry's first Purple Heart. William Schachte, who was a lieutenant in the Navy during Kerry's Vietnam tour — and who later rose to the rank of Rear Admiral — has released a statement describing the events of December 2-3, 1968, when Kerry received a minor shrapnel wound for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. What follows is Schachte's statement, in full. – Byron YorkStatement of RADM William L. Schachte, Jr. USN (Ret.) August 27, 2004 As was true of all "Swiftees," I...
  • Retired rear admiral contends Kerry wound not from enemy fire

    08/28/2004 1:10:44 AM PDT · by ambrose · 26 replies · 736+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 8-28-04 | Michael Kranish
    Retired rear admiral contends Kerry wound not from enemy fire By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff | August 28, 2004 WASHINGTON -- William L. Schachte Jr., a retired rear admiral, yesterday said he was on the same small boat as Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry during a 1968 river mission in Vietnam but did not witness any enemy fire during the event for which Kerry received his first Purple Heart. In response, Kerry and two other men who said they were on the mission stood by their statements that Schachte was not on the boat with them and thus was...
  • Navy Documents for 1st Purple Heart PROVE Kerry is lying (VANITY)

    08/28/2004 3:57:32 AM PDT · by igoramus987 · 62 replies · 2,252+ views
    28 August 2004
    Schachte said that there was no after action report on the first Purple Heart incident, because there was no hostile fire. This time the Navy "documentation" backs up the Swift Vets. No hostile fire = No After Action Report No After Action Report = No hostile fire So if there was no After Action Report, it means that there was no hostile fire, and Kerry fradulently got the 1st Purple Heart. Kerry claims that he was the OinC (Officer in charge) with two other enlisted men. If Kerry was the OinC on the mission as he claimed he was, and...
  • Statement of RADM William L. Schachte (SCHACHTE SPEAKS!!!)

    08/28/2004 3:55:17 AM PDT · by The G Man · 102 replies · 3,543+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/28/04 | Adm. William Schachte
    Statement of RADM William L. Schachte, Jr. USN (Ret.) August 27, 2004 As was true of all "Swiftees," I volunteered to serve in Vietnam and was assigned to Coastal Division 14 for a normal tour of duty. I was a Lieutenant serving as Operations Officer and second in command at Coastal Division 14 when Lieutenant (junior grade) John Kerry reported to us in mid-November, 1968. Lt. (jg) Kerry was an Officer-in-Charge (O-in-C) under training in preparing to be assigned as one of our Swift Boat O-in-C's. At some point following President Johnson's announcement of the suspension of bombing in North...
  • Kerry under fire again (Kerry said he was five miles across Cambodia border in 1979 letter 2 Herald)

    08/27/2004 7:16:03 PM PDT · by ambrose · 63 replies · 2,614+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 8-27-04
    Kerry under fire again: War record faces new assaults By David R. Guarino Read Guarino's Road to 1600 Blog Saturday, August 28, 2004 NEW YORK - Vietnam-era controversies continue to dog John Kerry [related, bio] and define the combustible race for president, helping give President Bush [related, bio] a new head of steam as his renominating convention opens here Monday. The ragtag Swift Boat Veterans for Truth launched another new Internet ad yesterday, piling new criticism on Kerry - even as Democrats began to hope the three-week dust-up was fading from the headlines. And a retired admiral came forward, alleging...
  • Admiral comes forward to dispute Kerry medal

    08/27/2004 6:07:10 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 8 replies · 809+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 27, 2004 | WorldNetDaily.com
    Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. has come forward to dispute John Kerry's contention that his first Purple Heart resulted from enemy fire. Schachte, who spoke to columnist Robert Novak, says he was in command of the small boat, a "skimmer," when the incident occurred on Kerry's first combat mission.
  • Lisa Myers: Reality Check on Swift Boat Debate

    08/27/2004 6:03:48 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 65 replies · 3,615+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 27, 2004 | Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit
    Lack of documented proof hasn't stopped critics from questioning John Kerry’s medals After a month of charges and countercharges about John Kerry's record in Vietnam, his critics have not come up with documented proof to back up their primary charges. It's a tangled case of conflicting memories, and lingering questions. There's a new challenge from Adm. William Schachte (USN, ret.), who contributed to two Bush campaigns. Schachte raises questions about Kerry's first Purple Heart. "I was in command of those missions and I was in the boat that night," he says. In an interview with NBC News, Schachte claims Kerry...
  • Lisa Myers Report on Kerry's 1st Purple Heart w/Commander of Boston Whaler coming up on MSNBC

    08/27/2004 4:13:33 PM PDT · by dc-zoo · 49 replies · 1,019+ views
    MSNBC | dc-zoo
    Lisa Myers Report to be aired shortly on Hardball.
  • Swift boat interview [Batman: Thunk!]

    08/27/2004 6:34:08 AM PDT · by Calusa · 23 replies · 1,558+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/27/04 | Robert Novak
    NEW YORK -- Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the Swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident which led to his first Purple Heart. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 (grenade launcher)," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart." Schachte, who also was then a lieutenant junior grade, said he was in command of the small Boston...
  • Admiral speaks out, disputes Kerry's account of 1st wound

    08/27/2004 5:44:55 AM PDT · by Vn_survivor_67-68 · 19 replies · 1,109+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 27, 2004 | ROBERT NOVAK
    Admiral speaks out, disputes Kerry's account of 1st wound NEW YORK -- Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident that led to his first Purple Heart. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 [grenade launcher]," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart." Schachte, also a lieutenant junior grade, said he was...
  • Eyewitness: Kerry's Purple Heart Not Deserved

    08/27/2004 6:07:55 AM PDT · by kattracks · 54 replies · 1,429+ views
    NewsMax .com ^ | 8/27/04 | Carl Limbacher
    A retired admiral who was with John Kerry when they were patrolling the Mekong Delta in a Boston Whaler skimmer on Dec. 2, 1968 has come forward with an account challenging Kerry's claim that he was wounded by enemy fire that day - an action for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. There was no fire from the enemy," said William L. Schachte Jr. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 (grenade launcher)." Schachte's account, first obtained by commentator Robert Novak for his Friday column, is the first from an eyewitness that challenges the circumstances of Kerry's Dec. 2...
  • Admiral speaks out, disputes Kerry's account of 1st wound

    08/27/2004 2:43:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies · 1,691+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 27, 2004 | Robert Novak
    NEW YORK -- Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident that led to his first Purple Heart. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 [grenade launcher]," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart." Schachte, also a lieutenant junior grade, said he was in command of the small boat called a Boston...
  • ENEMY NEVER WOUNDED KERRY: ADMIRAL

    08/26/2004 11:27:43 PM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 889+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/27/04 | ANDY SOTIS
    August 27, 2004 -- An officer who served with John Kerry yesterday finally broke his silence about the Swift vets controversy - and said Kerry accidentally wounded himself before requesting his first Purple Heart. In a detailed new account that is certain to fuel the growing controversy, eyewitness William Schachte Jr., a retired rear admiral, told columnist Robert Novak for today's papers that he was "astonished" to hear Kerry's version of the events of Dec. 2, 1968, when Schachte was in command of Kerry aboard a skimmer boat on the Mekong River. Schachte said that Kerry: * Wasn't wounded by...
  • ENEMY NEVER WOUNDED KERRY: ADMIRAL

    08/26/2004 11:17:36 PM PDT · by ambrose · 25 replies · 984+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8.27.04
    ENEMY NEVER WOUNDED KERRY: ADMIRAL August 27, 2004 -- An officer who served with John Kerry yesterday finally broke his silence about the Swift vets controversy - and said Kerry accidentally wounded himself before requesting his first Purple Heart. In a detailed new account that is certain to fuel the growing controversy, eyewitness William Schachte Jr., a retired rear admiral, told columnist Robert Novak for today's papers that he was "astonished" to hear Kerry's version of the events of Dec. 2, 1968, when Schachte was in command of Kerry aboard a skimmer boat on the Mekong River. Schachte said that...
  • Robert Novak: Swift Boat Interview (Another John F'n Kerry lie exposed!)

    08/26/2004 9:47:08 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 160 replies · 7,904+ views
    Town Hall ^ | August 27, 2004 | Robert Novak [Creators Syndicate]
    Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the Swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident which led to his first Purple Heart. "Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 (grenade launcher)," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart." Schachte, who also was then a lieutenant junior grade, said he was in command of the small Boston whaler or skimmer,...
  • Batman rips Robin: Adm. Schachte disputes Kerry's 1st Purple Heart claim in new Novak column

    08/26/2004 2:42:58 PM PDT · by mcg1969 · 307 replies · 12,059+ views
    Beldar Blog ^ | August 26, 2004 | William Dyer
    I'm told that now coming across the newswires is a new column from Bob Novak that contains extensive quotes from Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. Schachte, call-sign "Batman," has broken his press silence to insist that he was indeed aboard the Boston Whaler or "skimmer" in the early morning mission on December 2, 1968, out of which Sen. John Kerry's first Purple Heart was awarded. Schachte maintains that Kerry's minor arm wound was not sustained while under enemy fire, but was indeed the result of Kerry — code-named "Robin" on this mission — being careless in firing an...