posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 10:39 AM
Originally posted by Trustfund
John "Winter Soldier" Kerry - three scratches and three Purple Hearts and out of Vietnam in four months.
The criteria for the Purple Heart call for its award for any injury received during combat requiring treatment by a medical officer; the military
makes no distinction regarding the severity of the injury. Under military regulations, the Purple Heart can also be awarded for "friendly fire" wounds
in the "heat of battle," so long as the fire is targeted "under full intent of inflicting damage or destroying enemy troops or equipment."
Oh, my then I should have like 500+ Purple Hearts - I have busted my face (literally broken facial bones) on a car while seeking cover, cut myself on
rusty pieces of metal while maneuvering (stitches), broken a finger during a dramatic entry, gotten burns on my arm from a fast rope, I have been
"treated by a medical officer" for combat related boo-boos more times than I can count. However, I have 1 Purple heart - for a gunshot wound. No
credible Soldier (or Sailor in Kerry's case) is going to apply for a Purple Heart for a scratch even though they can.
Kerry was badge and medal hunting in Vietnam plain and simple, he wanted as a well connected kid to get in rack up some political cred and leave while
exposing himself as little as possible. If you honestly think that was not the case - I fear your naiveté knows no bounds. We have these people in
the military even today. Guys who fly into the base (and never leave) for 2 days so they can get combat pay for the month and get all the campaign
medals for a certain action. No one respects them.
I give him kudos for even signing up to go, that would have been enough for me to appreciate his service; we need cooks, and admin officers and supply
officers and such - none are more or less important than the shooters. Without the geek who can keep my #ty laptop running in 120 degree heat and
generator power spikes I am back to the 19th century and carrier pigeons. I recommended my computer guy for a Bronze Star - he could work miracles.
People associate the Bronze Star with Valor but it is not - it is the equivalent of a Meritorious Service Medal for War time actions. Was he at times
my hero - damn right. When I had to send a classified report and my coms were down I'd wake his young ass up and in 10 minutes he'd have me back up
and running. He never fired a shot never left the compound but he was as much a part of the war as all of my Special Operators. Hell, he was more
useful to me than the Airforce Controllers I had - they were just a tactical liability. Poor field craft and out of shape overweight couldn't even
carry their own equipment.
What cheapens his service is his duplicitous use of it by being both anti-service but at the same time covers himself in the veil of "hey I did my
part". Can't have it both ways John, you are either proud of your service or not.
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