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Kerry in Vietnam


This is not a Second Amendment issue, but does go to the heart of John Kerry as an opportunist. Controversy swirls, directly related to his active service in Vietnam and the period after. Specifically:

  1. the appropriateness of his Purple Hearts. Kerry's medical records related to the three Purple Hearts have not been released, and Kerry says that they will not be released. See The Boston Globe.     Also check out the Chicago-Sun Times for an article on the first Purple Heart.

  2. his using those questionable awards to leave Vietnam after only 4 months. It is now known that Kerry was not aware of the 3 and out rule until informed by his peers. Apparently they wanted him out of Vietnam. Read the events here. If you are still in the mood for a moment of humor, go here.

  3. and the whole protest period after his return to the US where he did/did not throw his medals/ribbons and his speeches had a direct and negative impact on veterans at home, were used against POWs in Vietnam and motivated the North Vietnamese. What makes these actions all the more appalling is the fact that John Kerry was still on active duty while acting against the best interest of the country, other service members and even his old shipmates.

John Kerry received three Purple Hearts in Vietnam. Medical attention amounted to a Band-Aid. A more complete article on the Purple Heart issue and his early exit from Vietnam can be found at 'Kerry Purple Heart Doc Speaks Out' and 'Kerry faces questions over Purple Heart'.


   The best synopsis of Kerry's Vietnam service and the Swiftvets case against him is printed at the Richmond Times Dispatch.



   Fitness Report Analysis

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The Kerry campaign has made a big deal of the Fitness Reports he received while in the Navy. They are difficult to read, but it is possible. If you have never dealt with a Fitrep, there is some information you need. Read the analysis here.



  Peer Actions Against Kerry During the Vietnam War


www.americanthinker.com ran an article on May 13, 2004 finally explaining some of the events around John Kerry's Vietnam experience. The bottom line is that Kerry was perceived as an opportunist,  and out of control in free fire zones. His actions were considered counter to the best interests of the Swift Boat mission. In the end, after hearing about Kerry's third Purple Heart, his peers told him to leave. More information can be found here.



Veteran and Vietnamese Outrage


Many other veterans feel the need to express their outrage directed to John Kerry and his fitness to be Command-In-Chief. Don Bendell, in particular, is a veteran with passion and eloquence. I have a copy of one of his letters to Kerry here. I suggest you go on to www.donbendell.com and examine his other writings. On the Links page are pointers to pages expressing other veterans feelings.


At this point, even Vietnamese that have immigrated to this country are against John Kerry. They are not listed to be FOR anyone in particular, but they are definitely against Kerry.


KERRY LIED . . . while good men died




Unfit for Command


John O'Neill, a Swift boat commander in Vietnam during 1969 - 1970 who commanded PCF-94 right after Kerry, writes this examination of the character of John Kerry.


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See more at www.swiftvets.com.


I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign, and that it has been inserted in what I feel to be the worst possible way. By that I mean that yesterday, during this Presidential campaign, and even throughout recent times, Vietnam has been discussed and written about without an adequate statement of its full meaning

John F. Kerry

Congressional Record -- February 27, 1992 (Page: S2479)

I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of honesty.
retired Rear Admiral Roy Hoffmann,

Chairman, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, 2004

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