Kerry's splinter and slander

  1. A letter to the editor of USA Today printed in the Friday, June 25, 2004 edition, and can be found on Page 8A.

    Criticism of Kerry's Purple Heart is Just

    Retired U.S. Army colonel David Hackworth defends presidential candidate John Kerry's Purple Hearts. He correctly notes that they are awarded for a wound that necessitates teatment by a medical officer and that is received in action with an enemy (The meaning of a Purple Heart,"The Forum, June 16).

    I was the commanding officer to whom Kerry reported his injury on Dec. 3, 1968. I had confirmed that there was no hostile fire that night and that Kerry had simply wounded himself with an M-79 grenade round he fired too close. He wanted a Purple Heart, and I refused. Louis Letson, the base physician, saw Kerry and used tweezers to removie the tiny piece of shrapnel--about 1 centimeter in length and 2 millimeters in diameter. Letson also confirmed that the scratch was inflicted with our M-79.

    We admire Col. Hackworth, but he, above all people, knows why it is unacceptable to nominate yourself for an award. It compromises the basic military principle that we survive together. To promote yourself is to denigrate your team. I hope Col. Hackworth will rethink his characterization of Kerry's swift-boat comrades as "grousers" passing on "secondhand bilge". In our case, this is firsthand knowledge, and our integrity is unquestioned.

    Kerry orchestrated his way out of Vietnam and then testified, under oath, before Congress that we, his comrades, had committed horrible war crimes. This testimony was a lie and slandered honorable men. We, who were actually there, believe he is unfit to command our sons and daughters.

    Grant Hibbard, retired commander
    U.S. Navy, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

    Louis Letson, M.D.
    Retired lieutenant commander
    Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve
    Scottsboro, Ala.
  2. 46 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    I didn't know that Kerry asked for a Purple Heart. It's an interesting letter Beachnurse, thanks for posting it.

  4. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from mkue
    I didn't know that Kerry asked for a Purple Heart. It's an interesting letter Beachnurse, thanks for posting it.

    My pleasure...
  5. by   elkpark
  6. by   MrsWampthang
    I wasn't going to vote for him anyway, but with all the things I have read about him just on this board, it has only made it more obvious that this man doesn't deserve to be in the White House! :angryfire

  7. by   fergus51
    Back in 1964 Bob Dylan wrote a lyric for the song "It's Alright Ma
    (I'm Only Bleeding)." At one point in it he asks whether nothing in American life is "really sacred." When retired U.S. Naval officers, thirty-five years after the fact, start whining to the press that a war wound wasn't big enough to warrant a Purple Heart -- and the Boston Globe goes along for the ride -- you realize Dylan's prophecy. Today the tabloids truly are king. Call me na-ve, or too pro- veteran, but it seems to me we should be thanking every Purple Heart recipient for their duty to country, not demanding of them explanations for why their wounds weren't bigger or fatal. Only somebody craven -- or with a political agenda -- could stoop so low. Ridicule Kerry on his liberal Senate record, or so-called aloofism, or even his outspoken Vietnam Veterans Against the War protests, but leave his old battle scars alone.
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    I thought that summed it up well. Why would anyone criticize a soldier who risked his life for his country because his wound wasn't big enough? The answer is pretty simple: partisan politics at its worst.
  8. by   julieftRN
    Kerry dodged the draft until he found out that he needed military background if he ever wanted to get into politics. So he signed up and served in Nam for 2 1/2 months. I know one of his purple hearts was due to shrapmetal from a rifle that he shot. Could it possibly be that he did this on purpose because he didnt want to be there to begin with? Thats what his fellow shipmen say.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    Please check the facts first befor denigrating a veteran.
    Otherwise I will post links to the Presidents service record again.
  10. by   julieftRN
    I have checked the facts from Veterans that served with Kerry. I believe the website is Men who were on the boat actually give specifics about his accident and the dates of his service from the US Goverment. So who are we supposed to believe, reporters or actual people who served with him. I will take the one on one experience over what some lousy reporter has to say. They know how to stretch the truth.
    Last edit by julieftRN on Jul 2, '04
  11. by   OC_An Khe
    Let's see, the person responsible for awarding Kerry the purple heart in the above instance was who? Not Kerry but the person who wrote the letter. If anything it would be Dr Leston. If he felt the award wasn't justified then why did he sign off on the award? It was his dereliction of duty.
  12. by   Mkue
    Kerry Flip-Flops on Terrorism

    I can't believe this guy Kerry.

  13. by   donmurray
    A week is a long time in politics. A month old clipping proves what?
  14. by   Mkue
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    A week is a long time in politics. A month old clipping proves what?
    Proves that Kerry will do anything and say anything according to how he is perceived by voters/polls even to the point of flip/flopping on terrorism. But who really notices his flip/flops or even cares? He's not Bush.