THE DAN RATHER MARINE CORPS DECEPTION
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After we ran our initial story about the Dan Rather deception, as to his military service, it didn't take long for our many Marine Corps readers to "sound off" as to whether or not Danny boy was one of "The few, the proud, the Marines." The resounding verdict was "HELL NO!"
In his 2012 book, RATHER OUTSPOKEN, the then 81 year-old liberal icon and disgraced former CBS anchorman didn't say word one about the Corps in the text, but shockingly in the photos section, there was a headshot of a smiling, young Dan wearing Marine dress blues, including the famed white saucer cap. With the shocking pix came the cutline: "As a young Marine."
Rather has written several biographical books over the past 40 years, but this was the first time the Texan climbed out on a limb and portrayed himself in print as a onetime member of the Corps. It was a risky move, as Dan knows he didn't graduate from boot camp. In our first Rather story, we quoted a Marine Corps League official as stating one must actually graduate from training to earn the coveted USMC emblem, the globe and anchor. Only then, can one be rightfully called a "Marine."
We bear no malice toward an old man, still traumatized after all these years by his failure to achieve such a manly goal. But Rather is proven a rank hypocrite when it comes to his intense criticism of former Vice-President Dan Quayle or President George W. Bush (no friend of ours).
Quayle's powerful daddy helped him get him a safe spot in the Army National Guard during
We quoted B. J. Burkett, author of STOLEN VALOR, as saying his study of what records he could obtain of Rather's brief time in the Corps. indicated he never completed boot camp and was "medically discharged" on May 11, 1954. It must have been a miserable bus ride back to Texas for Dan, as the yet-to-become famous and fabulously wealthy network anchorman contemplated a bleak future.
But, if he washed out at Parris Island, S.C., how does that square with the photo of smiling Dan wearing a dress uniform blue tunic and white cap, as if he was all rarin' to go fight the Commies? We scratched our heads and wondered if a disconsolate Dan had the snapshot taken privately, in any of the many photo shops of Beaufort, S.C. where all sorts of Marine uniforms and caps were available for rent or purchase.
THE REAL ORIGIN OF THE DRESS UNIFORM PIX
The answer, in our EXCLUSIVE copyrighted story here, is as follows:
A certain very senior Marine NCO, long-retired, but around at the same time as Rather, tells us the real story:
"I was a recruit at the P.I. in the early 50's, and you didn't dare call yourself a Marine until you've rightfully pinned the globe and anchor on your collar upon graduation from boot camp.
"As for the photo you ran (on MCC), here's the likely explanation. It was probably posed for the yearbook we all got when we became Marines and went on to further training at Camp Lejuene or elsewhere. All of us had our head shots taken. They'd put a blues blouse on you and a white cover on your head, then snap the photo. Whoever failed to graduate, had their photo shit-canned."
Or, at least, that's what was supposed to happen. Obviously, somehow Dan got possession of the pix and waited nearly 60 years to dare publish it in RATHER OUTSPOKEN.
DOES DAN HAVE TROUBLE TELLING THE TRUTH?
Which brings us to some of the other problems Rather has had with the truth over the years. Whether it was walking out on the start of his own CBS EVENING NEWS broadcast in 1988 because he was irked a tennis match was running overtime, or getting snippy with Nixon at a press conference or old man Bush in a live interview, controversy has followed Rather wherever he has been. "What's the frequency, Kenneth?"
CBS ended up firing the aging anchorman some ten years ago when he came up short on proof that then-President George Bush was AWOL from National Guard duty in the early 1970's. One might call what Rather did reckless - kind of like deliberately running a deceptive photo of himself in a mass-publication book.
Dan's former CBS NEWS colleague Bernie Goldberg is on record as saying Rather claimed he not only enlisted n the Marines once (1954) but had joined up two times! A check of the record by investigator B.J. Burkett shows that Rather was wrong. He'd been part of an Army Reserve unit during the Korean War, while fellow students at Sam Houston University in Texas were facing the draft and a quick trip to the fighting zone.
A PSYCHIATRIST MIGHT BE NEEDED HERE
It would probably take a headshrinker to figure out why Rather remains haunted by his far-ago failure. It's sad to see him at 85, interviewed on the left-leaning propaganda network MSNBC attacking President Donald Trump non-stop from the day he took office. Of course, famed newsman Dan has made a career of attacking only Republicans. If you, dear reader, can come up with the name of any prominent Democrats he has skewered, we'll send you 100 of our MilitaryCoruption.com bumper stickers. They're an exact reproduction of our MCC masthead.
We have been equally critical of BOTH parties - Democrats and Republicans - on these pages over the past 17 years. From editorializing early on against the needless war in Iraq, to calling for arrogant Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to be fired and sleazy Dick "Halliburton" Cheney exposed, we have pierced the pomposity of fakers like John Kerry and dared discuss Barak Hussein Obama's penchant for patronizing a certain men's establishment in Chicago back in his gay old "community organizer" days.
No one gets a free pass here. If you screw the troops or your hurt this nation, we're gonna come after you, no matter how powerful and above the law you think you may be. The pen is still mightier than the sword.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- If doddering old Dan can prove he actually graduated boot camp and was a bonafide Marine, we offer to profusely apologize on these pages. All we ask of him is that he help us tell "the rest of the story" by signing SF 180 which would release ALL of his military records so we can see for sure what the actual reason was the Corps dumped him for being "medically unfit." That term was used to cover all sorts of situations - all the way from being a bed-wetter or homosexual (a big no-no in the Joe McCarthy 1950's) - to a broken leg or some serious injury or allergy. If we had to guess the truth, the answer likely (pardon the pun) "lies" somewhere in between.]
|DAN RATHER "A PHONY," SAYS MARINE CORPS
LEAGUE OFFICIAL - "HE DIDN'T GRADUATE BOOT
CAMP, SO HE CAN'T CALL HIMSELF A MARINE,"
RETIRED GUNNERY SGT AND VIETNAM VETERAN
GARY LAWERYSON OF MAINE: "HE'S FULL OF BS"
AUTHOR OF BOOK "STOLEN VALOR" B. J. BURKETT
CLAIMS DISGRACED FORMER CBS ANCHORMAN
"NEVER GOT OUT OF RECRUIT TRAINING" - WAS
DISCHARGED AS "MEDICALLY UNFIT" IN 1954