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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The incredible shrinking medals of Lt. John Kerry

    05/09/2004 8:22:24 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 48 replies · 1,537+ views
    Star Newspapers (Chicago) ^ | Sunday, May 9, 2004 | Michael J. Bowers Star columnist
    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...
  • Kerry's wound not from battle, Navy doc told [Story is growing legs!]

    05/06/2004 7:26:30 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 37 replies · 267+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | By Stephen Braun
    <p>WASHINGTON - A former Navy doctor who says he treated Sen. John Kerry for the wound that led to his first Purple Heart in Vietnam said Tuesday that several of Kerry's crewmates told him at the time that the injury did not occur in battle. Dr. Louis Letson, a retired Alabama physician who was medical officer at the Naval Support Facility at Cam Ranh Bay, said the crew's "confided" story contradicted Kerry's own report in December 1968 that he was wounded during a river firefight between his Swift boat and Vietcong gunmen ashore.</p>
  • New allegations surface about Kerry war wound

    05/06/2004 4:06:19 AM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies · 206+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 5, 2004 | Stephen Braun
    WASHINGTON — A former Navy doctor who says he treated Sen. John F. Kerry for the wound that led to his first Purple Heart in Vietnam said Monday that several of Kerry’s crewmates told him at the time that the injury did not occur in battle. Dr. Louis Letson, a retired Alabama physician who served as medical officer at the Naval Support Facility at Cam Ranh Bay, said the crew’s “confided” story contradicted Kerry’s own report in December 1968 that he was wounded during a river firefight between his Swift boat and Vietcong gunmen ashore. The doctor’s account surfaced Tuesday...
  • Crew Contradicted Kerry Over Battle, Doctor Alleges

    05/05/2004 10:17:43 AM PDT · by kellynla · 75 replies · 198+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 5, 2004 | Stephen Braun
    WASHINGTON — A former Navy doctor who says he treated Sen. John F. Kerry for the wound that led to his first Purple Heart in Vietnam said Tuesday that several of Kerry's crewmates told medical personnel at the time that the injury did not occur in battle.
  • Purple Heart wound treated with Band-Aid: Doctor recalls hearing Kerry boast he'd be next JFK

    05/04/2004 11:09:23 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 36 replies · 210+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, May 5, 2004
    The wound that made John Kerry eligible for the first of three Purple Hearts was not severe enough to warrant consideration, according to the physician who treated him in December 1968. Louis Letson, now a retired general practitioner in Alabama, said he has "a very clear memory of an incident which occurred while I was the Medical Officer at Naval Support Facility, Cam Ranh Bay," according to National Review Online editor and columnist Rich Lowry. Kerry's Purple Heart and the two others he won later allowed him, under Navy regulations, to request and receive leave for the United States after...
  • Kerry's Vietnam Doc: Wound Accidentally Self-Inflicted

    05/04/2004 9:43:25 PM PDT · by kattracks · 22 replies · 361+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 5/04/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The Navy medic who treated Sen. John Kerry after he sustained his first battlefield wound in Vietnam said Tuesday that he thought that the injury had been inadvertently self-inflicted - raising new questions about why Kerry sought a Purple Heart after the incident. Contacted by National Review Online, Dr. Louis Letson recalled that Kerry insisted during treatment that he was injured by enemy fire while his swift boat was patrolling the Mekong Delta on Dec. 2, 1968. However, "some of his crew confided that they did not receive any fire from shore," the Navy doc told NRO. Instead, his...
  • Kerry Purple Heart Doc Speaks Out

    05/04/2004 2:47:46 PM PDT · by rwfok · 322 replies · 2,092+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 04, 2004 | Byron York
    Some critics of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry have questioned the circumstances surrounding the first of three Purple Hearts Kerry won in Vietnam. Those critics, among them some of Kerry's fellow veterans, have suggested that a wound suffered by Kerry in December 1968 may have made him technically eligible for a Purple Heart but was not severe enough to warrant serious consideration, even for a decoration that was handed out by the thousands. Whatever the case, Kerry was awarded the Purple Heart, and, along with two others he won later, it allowed him to request to leave Vietnam before his...
  • John F. Kerry's Awards At A Glance

    04/29/2004 7:38:53 PM PDT · by ranair34 · 12 replies · 260+ views
    Bush Country ^ | 042904 | Pass 'Doc' Meza
    By: Pass 'Doc' Meza Vietnam Veteran Of Five Proudly Served Tours Since becoming the Democratic Party presumptive nominee likely to challenge President G. W. Bush in the forthcoming November 2004 Presidential Election, he has had problems defending his Senatorial Voting Record. Aside from that, he has had to defend his “Other Record”, the Real Record of his Liberal Leaning Left Ideology, the betrayal of the Vietnam Veterans through his portrayal of them as murders and rapists. His involvement in the Vietnam Veterans Against The War and his slanderous lies that resulted from the “Winter Soldiers Investigations” sponsored by Hanoi...
  • Kerry's C.O. Says First P.H. Was Not Authorized by Him

    04/28/2004 9:59:40 AM PDT · by kellynla · 384 replies · 622+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4/28/2004 | self
    John Kerry's commanding officer was just interviewed on Fox News. According to Lt. Commander Grant Hibbard when Kerry showed up in front of him requesting a Purple Heart, Hibbard saw that he had a "scratch"(Hibbard's word) on his forearm. And because, according to Hibbard, there was no report of enemy action on Kerry's patrol that day and the "scratch" did not receive medical attention from a medical officer, Hibbard declined Kerry's request for a Purple Heart.
  • Reference: Kerry's Medal and Wound Records

    04/24/2004 11:10:29 PM PDT · by hobson · 24 replies · 431+ views
    compiled | 4/25/2004 | me
    Medal/Wound Records Date Medal Signed By/Date Action Wound Treatment 12/2/1968 Purple Confimation: Donald A. Still, Chief Staff Officer / 2/28/1969 (stamped date) Certificate:Charles K. Duncan, Chief of Naval Personnel  / 8/10/1969 According to Kerry's own description in Douglas Brinkley's Tour of Duty, the Dec. 2, 1968, mission behind what he has claimed to be his first Purple Heart was "a half-assed action that hardly qualified as combat." slightly wounded on his arm,"Shrapnel in left arm above elbow. "He had a little scratch on his forearm, and he was holding a piece of shrapnel," Mr. Hibbard said. Shrapnel removed and...
  • Kerry Doctor Issues Summary of Military Medical Records;

    04/23/2004 4:35:44 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 55 replies · 648+ views
    Kerry Doctor Issues Summary of Military Medical Records; Navy Did Not Include Kerry Medical Records with Official Naval Records 4/23/2004 3:47:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Political Reporter Contact: Michael Meehan of John Kerry for President, 202-712-3000 WASHINGTON, April 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today the Kerry Campaign released a letter from Dr. Gerald J. Doyle, Kerry's doctor for the past 18 years, summarizing 35 pages of Kerry's personal copies of his military medical records. When the U.S. Navy sent Kerry his official Naval records, his military medical records were not included. Kerry reconstituted the military medical records from his...
  • Kerry's Medical Records Don't Jive

    04/22/2004 6:27:10 AM PDT · by The Bandit · 107 replies · 441+ views
    Wash Times ^ | Charles Hurt
    <p>The military records that Sen. John Kerry posted on his Web site yesterday raise new questions about the actions he took to earn several prestigious war medals and whether he deserved them.</p> <p>The Navy awarded Mr. Kerry three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star in just four months of commanding a gunboat along rivers in Vietnam. It's an extraordinary record, say many veterans, and one that raises questions on its face.</p>
  • Records on medals spark questions

    04/21/2004 10:13:11 PM PDT · by kattracks · 61 replies · 258+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/22/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The military records that Sen. John Kerry posted on his Web site yesterday raise new questions about the actions he took to earn several prestigious war medals and whether he deserved them.</p> <p>The Navy awarded Mr. Kerry three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star in just four months of commanding a gunboat along rivers in Vietnam. It's an extraordinary record, say many veterans, and one that raises questions on its face.</p>
  • Kerry Campaign Posts Navy Records Online

    04/21/2004 5:50:17 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 15 replies · 241+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 4/21/04 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON - John Kerry (news - web sites)'s campaign is posting his military records on the Internet as his critics question the combat injuries that earned him three Purple Hearts and an early exit from Vietnam. The first records posted Tuesday night on Kerry's campaign Web site documented the awards that have been a highlight of Kerry's biography as the Democrat seeks to oust President Bush (news - web sites) in November. During nearly five months as the commander of a Navy swiftboat in the Mekong Delta, Kerry was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement, the Silver Star for...
  • Kerry camp shows records detailing Purple Heart wounds

    04/21/2004 6:04:27 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 37 replies · 333+ views
    Newark Star Ledger (AP) ^ | 4/21/04 | NEDRA PICKLER
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Amid questions about his military records, John Kerry's campaign yesterday provided documentation of Vietnam War injuries that included shrapnel wounds to his arms, legs and buttocks that earned him three Purple Hearts.</p> <p>Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said the campaign was in the process of compiling the rest of Kerry's naval record and planned to begin posting it on Kerry's Web site by day's end. Kerry said all his military records are available to the public during an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."</p>
  • On Kerry’s Honor: The symbols of service should mean something

    04/21/2004 6:00:02 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 2 replies · 187+ views
    NRO ^ | 4/21/04 | Kate O'Beirne
    “I've had thorns from a rose that were worse," says Grant Hibbard, John Kerry's former commanding officer about the wound the senator received on December 2, 1968, that earned him his first Purple Heart award. Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported that Hibbard is among the Vietnam veterans who are questioning the awards that sent John Kerry home early from Vietnam. The controversy prompted Tim Russert to ask Kerry this past Sunday whether he would release all of his military records, including medical records and his officer evaluations. Kerry assured Russert that they're already publicly available at his headquarters....
  • Kerry Camp Offers Some Military Records

    04/20/2004 2:48:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 1,606+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/20/04 | Nedra Pickler - AP
    WASHINGTON - Amid questions about his military records, John Kerry (news - web sites)'s campaign on Tuesday provided certification of his medals from the Vietnam War, including three Purple Hearts for combat injuries. Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said the campaign was in the process of compiling the rest of Kerry's naval record and planned to begin posting it on the Internet by day's end. Kerry said all his military records are available to the public during an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Meehan said the Massachusetts senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee requested a copy of his record...
  • Kerry campaign provides military records

    04/20/2004 5:48:11 PM PDT · by kattracks · 500 replies · 1,027+ views
    AP | 4/20/04 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid questions about his military records, John Kerry's campaign on Tuesday provided documentation of Vietnam War injuries that included shrapnel wounds to his arms, legs and buttocks that earned him three Purple Hearts. Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said the campaign was in the process of compiling the rest of Kerry's naval record and planned to begin posting it on Kerry's Web site by day's end. Kerry said all his military records are available to the public during an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."Meehan said the Massachusetts senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee requested a copy...
  • Kerry: My Vietnam Med Records Already Public

    04/18/2004 2:16:48 PM PDT · by kattracks · 52 replies · 836+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/18/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry claimed on Sunday that he's already released his medical records, including those that would prove he deserved three Purple Hearts in Vietnam - though reporters have been clamoring for weeks for Kerry to make the documents public. Asked if he would "agree to release all your military records," Kerry told NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, "I have. I've shown them." In the next breath, however, Kerry pulled back from the claim that he had publicly released his Vietnam records, telling Russert, "They're available to you to come and look at. . ....
  • TESTING KERRY'S MEDAL

    04/15/2004 12:23:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 64 replies · 239+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/15/04 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>April 15, 2004 -- John Kerry was facing questions about his celebrated war record yesterday after his former commanding officer in Vietnam said Kerry didn't deserve his first Purple Heart medal because his injuries were just a scratch. Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard, who was division commander of then-Lt. j.g. Kerry's Navy unit, told The Post he opposed Kerry's petition for the Purple Heart, awarded to service people wounded in combat, for an encounter with Viet Cong smugglers Dec. 2, 1968.</p>
  • JOHN KERRY, WAR HERO?

    04/15/2004 12:17:31 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 352+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/15/04
    <p>April 15, 2004 -- Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry has never been forthcoming about how he earned three Purple Heart medals in Vietnam - and the reason for his reticence appears now to be coming clear. At least the first of the decorations - awarded for wounds suffered in combat - was received in circumstances that can best be described as dubious.</p>
  • Kerry faces questions over Purple Heart

    04/14/2004 10:30:11 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 23 replies · 207+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 04/14/04 | Michael Kranish
    Kerry faces questions over Purple Heart By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff, 4/14/2004 WASHINGTON -- John F. Kerry's tour of duty in Vietnam, distinguished by Silver and Bronze stars and the close-range killing of an enemy fighter, is highlighted in his campaign ads and cheered on the trail. Even the campaign of President Bush, who did not see combat, hasn't tried to make an issue of his opponent's service record. But as the presidential campaign heats up, some Vietnam veterans are using the Internet and talk radio to question the Democratic candidate's military record. They complain that Kerry's three Purple Hearts...
  • Kerry's War Wound Called 'Fingernail Scrape'

    04/14/2004 10:06:50 AM PDT · by kattracks · 144 replies · 800+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 4/14/04 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry insisted on being awarded his first Purple Heart in Vietnam even though his injury amounted to no more than a "fingernail scrape," his commanding officer at the time now says. Retired Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard tells the Boston Globe that he can still recall Kerry's wound, and that "it resembled a scrape from a fingernail," the paper said. "I've had thorns from a rose that were worse," Hibbard insists. Still, the former Navy man remembered that Kerry insisted on receiving a Purple Heart for the wound he said was incurred during a Dec. 3,...
  • Kerry Faces Questions Over Purple Heart (Boston Globe)

    04/14/2004 4:32:00 AM PDT · by bitt · 130 replies · 1,341+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 04/14/2004 | Michael Kranish
    "But as the presidential campaign heats up, some Vietnam veterans are using the Internet and talk radio to question the Democratic candidate's military record. They complain that Kerry's three Purple Hearts were for minor wounds and that he left Vietnam more than six months ahead of schedule under regulations permitting thrice-wounded soldiers to depart early...."