BATTLE OF THE VIETNAM WAR
By MAJ GLENN MacDONALD
It was a long time coming, but at last we Vietnam vets can put at least one ghost from the past behind us – the specter of self-proclaimed “hero” John Kerry slandering and smearing us as war criminals before a Congressional committee and the entire world.
His hateful and harmful claim that U.S. troops committed atrocities “on a daily basis,” that we “ravaged the countryside of Vietnam like the hordes of Genghis Khan,” helped launch his political career in 1971.
Kerry got a “free pass” during this year’s election campaign by the mainstream media, most of whom were “in the tank” for the Massachusetts Democrat. They failed in their duty to demand of Kerry that he produce all of his military records, including the medical ones that might shed light on the extent of his much trumpeted war wounds. Just sign the SF 180, senator. That’s all it takes. But he refused. Why?
Everyone knows George Bush’s then-congressman daddy got him safely into the National Guard during the Vietnam war. [This web site did not support either candidate in the past election.]
How many times did Dan Rather of CBS regurgitate Kerry’s demands for all the paperwork in Bush’s files to be released? How come the obvious “double-standard,” Dan? Why didn’t you ask Kerry to come clean with all his documents?
Even the Democratic candidate’s own web site contained clues to how far he and his flunkies would go to perpetuate the myth of his extraordinary “heroics” during his brief 120-day stay in the combat zone.
FRAUDULENT ENTRIES ON KERRY’S DD-214?
What military veteran wouldn’t spot “in a nanosecond” such inconsistent and incriminating entries as Kerry had on his DD214, claiming award of the Silver Star “with V device?” There is no such award given by the armed forces of the United States.
Or his Bronze Star citation, signed by a secretary of the Navy who didn’t take office until ten years after Kerry left the service!
And how about his listed Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) “with four battle stars?” That’s a neat trick, since Kerry’s 120 days “in-country,” makes it impossible for him to have qualified for that number of battle stars. They are awarded for individual military campaigns, spread out over a particular time span. But what the hell? Four battle stars listed on a political web site is more impressive than two! The vast majority of voters wouldn’t know the difference anyway.
But we do!
WHAT A REAL “PURPLE HEART” IS
We never got a Purple Heart for being “wounded” in the buttock by a “grain of rice” from an exploding sack, or a miniature “bb-sized” projectile under the skin of the forearm as the result of firing an M-79 too close to the shore and getting “blow back.”
The requirement for a PH is to be “in armed conflict with the enemy.” In other words, you have to have received the “wound” in actual combat. But Kerry tripped himself up. As reported in his adoring biography, written by Kerry shill Douglas Brinkley, the Massachusetts senator penned in his “war diary” that he and his men wondered what it would be like when they did come under enemy fire. This was written nine days after Kerry put in for his first Purple Heart “wound.”
A calculating politician like him would be sure to know about the obscure regulation which granted service members an “early exit” from Vietnam (before completion of the required 12-month tour of duty) if they had already accumulated three Purple Heart wounds.
Kerry knew this, and played the “system” like a violin. And he was incredibly lucky. In World War II, genuine hero Audie Murphy got the Silver Star for heroically fighting off a platoon of Germans while he fired a machine gun at them from atop a burning U.S. tank. Kerry got his award for leaving his boat to shoot a fleeing, unarmed Viet Cong youth, clad in a loincloth, “in the back.” Some say the Cong had just fired a B-40 rocket at Kerry’s craft. Even so, it seems unusual that such a high award would be given to anyone who routinely killed an enemy combatant. That was part of the everyday job.
A MATTER OF HONOR
We had comrades, many now dead, who would never claim a Purple Heart for such superficial injuries as Kerry had. It would be a violation of their code of honor. But then, they never took a color 8mm camera to “battle” with them, to record “heroics” for a future political campaign. Most of their exhibits of valor are known only to God, and those of us left to bear witness.
Too many of our buddies lost arms, legs, eyes, minds. They suffered the agonizing pain of “sucking chest wounds” and disfiguring and disabling injuries so horrific, we won’t begin to describe them here.
But “war hero” John Kerry gets three Purple Hearts in the space of four months and yet doesn’t spend one day in a field hospital being treated for his “wounds.” How curious! Don’t hold your breath waiting for CBS, The New York Times or any other “mainstream media” to ask the obvious questions. They won’t.
The many problems with Kerry’s DD214, which could bring a heavy fine and even jail time if proven an official document had been altered, won’t be investigated because of who the senator is. But perhaps the more fitting “punishment” for this sickening self-promoter is to be denied the prize he wanted so much – the Presidency.
WE WIN THE FINAL “VICTORY” OVER JOHN KERRY
Thank God “Hanoi John,” will never be “commander-in-chief.” Real war heroes in our nation’s VA Hospitals won’t have to endure the insult of looking up on the wall and seeing his portrait hanging there.
Kerry’s career on the national political stage is over. A moderate Democrat, without all his baggage, could have beaten Bush. But the present party “leadership” has a death wish. They nominate far-out liberals that a majority of the American people cannot support. And then they wonder why they keep losing elections?
Old war wounds were opened up, and many a Vietnam vet recalled Kerry’s calumny of us; his traveling “anti-war” road show with fellow leftist Jane Fonda; his votes in Congress against military weapons systems necessary to protect our troops in combat.
Now the “last battle of the Vietnam War” is over, and we – the veterans who fought there and gave our best for our country – are at last victorious.
MilitaryCorruption.com and those who work here, render a heartfelt “salute” to the courageous Swift Boat Vets, more than 250 of them, who risked smears and ridicule from the Kerry media to get out the TRUTH about “Hanoi John.” To the many other organizations and groups of vets who similarly fought this good fight, we say God Bless you, SEMPER FI and thank you for all you have done.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The author of this article is a multi-tour (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969) combat veteran of the Vietnam war. A “Mustang officer” and NCO before he was old enough to vote, MAJ MacDonald served over a span of 33 years, retiring from the Army Reserve in 1999. A 100%-disabled (combat-related) veteran, the former field-grade officer has dedicated the remainder of his life to helping his fellow vets as well as our men and women presently in uniform. MAJ MacDonald is co-founder of MilitaryCorruption.com along with the beloved, late BG Peter E. Genovese, USAR (Ret).]