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Thursday, July 01, 2004

John Kerry's War Record

In my never ending search to uncover and expose John Kerry to any and everyone who will listen, I came across this piece, John Kerry A 'Decorated War Hero?' by Gordon Bishop over at American Daily. Below are some snippits I found rather interesting:
There have been a lot of questions about Senator John Kerry's record in the Vietnam War.


"I was on Mr. Kerry's boat in Vietnam. He doesn't deserve to be commander in chief." John O'Neill, Swift Boat Commander, US Navy, Vietnam. (The Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2004).

According to the April 26 Washington Times, Kerry's "military records do not show Mr. Kerry ever missing a day of duty for injuries. There is a conflict between some of the accounts; and Mr. Kerry's presidential campaign still refuses to release some records."

The Times reported that "Upon inspection of the government documents posted on the Massachusetts Democrat's Web site, other questions arise, such as the conflicting descriptions of official records of the injuries Mr. Kerry sustained on March 13, 1969. It was the commendations he received that day - a Bronze Star and a third Purple Heart - that let Mr. Kerry request a transfer out of Vietnam into a desk job eight months before his tour expired."

Ray Waller, a combat medic in the Marines, told The Times he was surprised that Kerry never missed duty for the "wounds" that earned him three Purple Hearts. Although Kerry has said one of the injuries caused him to lose two days of service, there is no evidence he ever lost time for any injuries, The Times reported.


Grant Hibbard, Kerry's commanding officer at the time, told the Boston Globe that Kerry's injuries were too minor to qualify for a Purple Heart.

O'Neill, the Swift Board Commander in Vietnam, wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "John Kerry and I served most of our time - a full 12 months in my case and a controversial four months in his - commanding the exact same six-man PCF-94, which I took over after he requested early departure."


"John Kerry slandered America's military by inventing or repeating grossly exaggerated claims of atrocities and war crimes in order to advance his own political career as an antiwar activist," O'Neill wrote in the Wall Street Journal article. "His misrepresentations played a significant role in creating the negative and false image of Vietnam vets that has persisted for over three decades."
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For as many news stories as Bishop cites in his article, I sure don't remember hearing them get much play on TV or Radio... Were these stories buried?

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