Sunday, August 08, 2004

Swiftboat Veterans for Truth

Captain's Quarters reprints the response of Swiftboat Veterans for Truth to attempts by the DNC to silence them. I thought that the ad itself was devastating, but the facts behind it, as laid out in the response are even more so. The whole thing is worth reading, but here are some of the hilights:

The injury for which Kerry received his first Purple Heart was a tiny fragment of shrapnel from a grenade Kerry fired in the absence of enemy fire. His initial request for the medal was denied and he reapplied some three months later after all of the personnel actually familiar with the event had left Vietnam.

Kerry's account of the wound for which he received his third Purple Heart (and ticket out of Viet Nam): "I got a piece of small grenade in my ass from one of the rice bin explosions." Kerry had thrown a grenade into a rice bin and stayed too close, resulting in rice and shrapnel embedding in his buttocks.

Kerry's claimed his rescue of Special Forces soldier Jim Rassman, for which he won the Bronze Star, was under heavy enemy fire. Rassman was in the water after the boat on which he was traveling hit an underwater mine. Personnel on the other boats present claim that Kerry had initially fled the scene and only returned to join the other boats, which had stayed at the side of the disabled boat to defend it and rescue its crew, after it was clear that there was no additional enemy fire. None of the other boats reported any fire and more interestingly, it appears that no one else on the other boats, which had rescued the bulk of the crew of the disabled boat either received or requested medals for their actions.