I'm sure Colonel will flame me for this one, too, but so what, I'm not going to be bullied into not exposing the truth.
"I gave back, I can't remember, six, seven, eight, nine medals," Kerry said in an interview on a Washington, D.C., news program on WRC-TV called
Viewpoints on Nov. 6, 1971, according to a tape obtained by ABCNEWS.
Kerry was asked if he gave back the Bronze Star, Silver Star and three Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat duty as a Navy lieutenant in Vietnam.
"Well, and above that, (I) gave back the others," he said.
Ok, so obviously, Kerry claimed he gave back his medals and ribbons. And before someone says they were ribbons, not medals, chew on this:
He also said he — and the military — didn't make a distinction between medals and ribbons. "We threw away the symbols of what our country gave us
for what we had gone through," he said.
Kerry saw no distinction, so when he says ribbons, he may mean medals. My grandfather's silver star and purple heart "ribbons" were actually
medals, they had a piece of metal hanging from the ribbon.
So now you're thinking "So what, he was doing what he believed." If that was the whole story, I would agree with you completely. However, it
doesn't end there. Throughout his presidential campaign, Kerry has denied that he threw away any of his medals during an anti-war protest in April
"I'm proud of my medals. I always was proud of them," he told Jennings in December, adding that he had only thrown away his "ribbons" and the
medals of two other veterans who could not attend the protest.
But wait...John Kerry said on Viewpoints in 1971 that he threw his bronze and silver stars, and the whole shabang. Interesting. Wonder if there's any
In 1984, when Kerry decided to run for senate, his story changed, though. According to the Boston Globe on April 15, 1984,
union officials had expressed uneasiness with Kerry's candidacy because he had thrown his medals away. Kerry acknowledged the medals he threw away
were, in fact, another soldier's medals. He reportedly invited a union official home to personally inspect his Silver Star, Bronze Star and three
Purple Hearts, awarded for his combat duty as a Navy lieutenant.
So which is it, Mr. Kerry? Did you feel so strongly against the Vietnam war movement that you threw your medals and ribbons over the wall, as you said
in 1971? Or is it you felt kinda sorta, in a wishy washy sense, bad about the war in Vietnam, and honorably
threw someone else's medals over
the wall and took credit for it on TV?
Contrary to urban legend, a lie a day does not
make the competition go away. I'll be watching, John