Someone on Free Republic has made an interesting observation about the documentation of John Kerry’s Bronze Star Medal.

Here’s the issue:

The documentation (and I’ve made a copy of that .pdf, Mr. Kerry, so don’t bother altering it on your website) for Kerry’s Bronze Star consists of two sheets of paper. One bears the letterhead of Admiral Zumwalt, who was Chief of Naval Operations from 1 Jul 1970 – July 1974, at which time he retired from active duty.

The second sheet bears the letterhead of the US Secretary of the Navy, and is signed by John Lehman, who was Secretary from 5 Feb 1981 – 10 Apr 1987.

These sheets appear to be duplicates. That is, they both refer to the same thing and discuss the awarding of the Bronze Star to Kerry. Neither letter is dated. But the times of service of Zumwalt and Lehman do not overlap. There is at least a 7 year gap between the issuance of these two letters.

Why the time gap? How could one medal have been issued by two people who were not in the Navy at the same time?

One explanation is that the Bronze Star was lost or discarded, and reissued under Lehman’s auspices in the early 1980’s. That happens to coincide with when Kerry began his political aspirations and union leaders raised questions about his medals having been thrown away.

It is also possible that Kerry genuinely lost the medal at some point, and requested that the military reissue it to him. That’s certainly something the military would do, so that’s not really a big deal.

But what is a big deal is the fact that Kerry will not explain this whole thing clearly and to anyone’s satisfaction. If Kerry just came out and said, “Yeah I threw my Bronze Star away in a political protest 30 years ago, and later I regretted doing that and asked to have the medal reissued to me”, nobody would care. We’d all shrug, say “Oh” and get on with it.

Kerry, however, cannot just come right out and say that. He also has not offered any other plausible explanation for the discrepancy. That makes him a schmuck. I do not question his service in Vietnam. He seems to have served honorably and with bravery, and for that I thank him.

It’s the state of his moral character that I have problems with. The guy is not a straight shooter. His first instinct is to lie, to evade, to equivocate, to throw shit at the wall until something sticks. That’s not a man who should be President of the United States.

5 Responses to “John Kerry's Bronze Star: Going Once, Going Twice…”
  1. CARLOS MARTINEZ says:

    WHY HAVE WE NOT SEEN OR READ THE REAL CIATION
    FOR KERRY’S BRONZE STAR WITH THE V DEVICE FOR
    VALOR? I UNDERSTAND THAT HE PULL SOMEONE OUT
    OF THE CANAL. O.K. THAT GOOD AND WELL.
    I AM A KOREAN WAR VETERAN. AS A BATTLEFIELD
    MEDIC I RECIEVED THE SAME MEDAL FOR SAVING
    THE LIFE OF “EIGHT” FELLOW SOLDIERS UNDER A
    HEAVY CONCENTRATION OF ENEMY ARTILLERY. MY POINT
    IS, I WOULD LIKE TO “COMPARE”.I WOULD LIKE TO
    KNOW IF THE STANDARDS FOR AWARDING THE BRONZE STAR
    FOR VALOR HAVE CHANGED, OR IS IT WHO YOU ARE AND
    WHO YOU KNOW? A COMPARISON OF CITATIONS WOULD BE
    INTERESTING. OVER-AWARDED OR UNDER-AWARDED?

  2. James says:

    Kerry’s Bronze Star and Silver Star citations are available at the John Kerry for President website, as is 140 pages of his Naval records.

  3. Jim Culleny says:

    And you think george Bush is a straight shooter?

    Why doesn’t George come right out and say, Yeah, well, I didn’t really want to go to Vietnam and maybe get my ass shot off; but, hey, I wasn’t the only one. Dick Cheney had other priorities too. And there were plenty of not-so-well-off suckers being drafted to go get their asses shot off.

    Jeez, if anyone else had had my connections …are you tellin’ me they wouldn’t have opted for safe duty too?

  4. Msg USA (RET) Dick Brouillette says:

    What about J Kerry actions of testifying before the Senate. Accusing US servicemen comitting atrosities daily with the sactions of upper command. Repeating false statements from people who were not even in country, or the US Armed services. Then while still in the Navy reserve meeting with the Enemy in Paris while we still had our guys in POW camps in North Vietnam. I can not forgive him for that ever.

  5. kbf says:

    kerry is a liar. you should not get a purple heart for just getting grazed by a bullet. sure it sucks, but he was not even hospitalized for any of his three injuries. swift boat fighting was intense and in close combat, so if you get hurt, you get hurt bad. did he just apply for a heart every time he hit his head on the bulkhead?

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