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This article brought back some really bad memories from 35 years ago. I managed to miss serving in Vietnam by all of two weeks, but the people in the Army that I served with had tales that would curl my hair.

Granted, this article was intended to boost Kerry’s campaign, but even so, I have to have a little more respect for the guy. At least he served in the trenches, unlike most Democrats running for the job.

1 posted on 01/14/2004 12:14:38 PM PST by Publius
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To: Publius
Whoa!! Kerry served in Viet Nam??!!

(Sorry. Some one had to say it.)
2 posted on 01/14/2004 12:16:49 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan ( If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?)
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ALL these guys deserve a great deal of respect for their service. Even the ones with whom we disagree.
3 posted on 01/14/2004 12:20:45 PM PST by Paradox (Cogito ergo boom.)
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ALL these guys deserve a great deal of respect for their service. Even the ones with whom we disagree.
4 posted on 01/14/2004 12:20:45 PM PST by Paradox (Cogito ergo boom.)
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While I salute his service, I will not fall as far as to say that I admire this guy or even "respect" him at all. Just because he served, he does not gain my respect. I served with many that I do not and did not respect. There are others I would kill for.
5 posted on 01/14/2004 12:21:26 PM PST by RetiredArmy (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American Way! Toby Keith)
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I credit him with serving, but this is just so much self-serving flatulence. All this shows me is that he once had honor, but that he is not above exploiting others' pain for his own political gain.
6 posted on 01/14/2004 12:32:57 PM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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Crap...now I find out I was on operations with this dim wit...makes me glad they only gave my platoon rides on their PBRs and we didn't have hang with them very long...

Third Surg was a nice hospital...air conditioned..inflatable surgical hospital...and not 'make shift'
Dong Tam was the 9th IDs base camp...third Surg was our hospital...(it is still a medical facility to this day...and a giant snake farm)

Some of his other 'facts' seem way drawn out..and as inflated as that hospital...

As far as silent patrolling on the "canals" with a 'swift boat'....no way a swift boat is gonna fit in a typical canal in the Mekong Delta...

And silent patrolling on tributaries...one of our jobs was to set up night ambushes along these
tributaries...down along these estuaries and small tributaries...all of Vietnam was a "Free Fire Zone" from 8PM at night to 6AM the next morning....anything moving and we blew it away..

Coming around by my platoon in the middle of the night in the pitch black dark with a running motor and we could see who it was...would have earned you a couple of claymores..a few HE M-79 rounds a long burst from two M-60s at the minimum...

This whole piece is so disjointed to me ..and bizarre...and example..."the worst thing in the whole world is looking for a dead body cause you never know what you may find"????? HUH?

The sailors and 9th Div troopers who comprised the Mobile Riverine Force Flotilla One were some great troops.... As far as dead bodies were concerned...there were a whole lot worse things in that delta if you were paying attention to them...imo
9 posted on 01/14/2004 12:54:01 PM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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"Kerry blamed the Johnson Administration. The very week Pershing was killed, General Earle G. Wheeler, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his eleventh inspection tour of South Vietnam. Kerry suspected that Wheeler would return with the same message as always, telling the American people that their great nation was winning another war, and write up some overoptimistic reports for the White House."

Well, It's easy to see Kerry's problem.

He wanted to be a general, and was in the wrong branch of the service.

Face it. John F. Kerry was never taught, God - Family - Country.

The man has no soul.

10 posted on 01/14/2004 12:54:27 PM PST by G.Mason ("The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home" - Confucius)
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Where does the whimpering socialist part come in?
15 posted on 01/14/2004 1:34:54 PM PST by onedoug
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...by the time he got to Vietnam, Pershing had remade himself into the perfect paratrooper, rock-solid in body and stalwart in spirit. And now he was gone—and for what?...

What a ridiculous question.

Pershing died fighting Communism, the greatest evil the world has ever known. I give thanks every day for the freedoms won by the sacrifice of men like him.

16 posted on 01/14/2004 2:15:18 PM PST by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.theinterviewwithgod.com/popup2.html)
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I have not dug into this lengthy article. Does it touch on John Kerry's activities after his service while the Vietnam War was still going on?

Seems that they only told half the story.

John Kerry confessed to warcrimes back in 1971 but in a 2001 interview with Tim Russert claimed that the "genocide" claims were the words of an angry young (lying) man.

To lie before Congress and to the press about war attrocities in a time of war gives aid and comfort to the enemy and it weakens morale. That is treason.

John Kerry needs to clarrify if he is an undicted war criminal or a traitor.

Our military still has fifth columnists who aid the other side (one was recently arrested as a spy, another tossed a grenade into an officer's tent). Service alone (especially during the draft) does not alone make one a hero or even mean that they served proudly.

Benedict Arnold was a military hero for both sides in the same war.

24 posted on 02/26/2004 12:34:59 PM PST by weegee (Election 2004: Re-elect President Bush... Don't feed the trolls.)
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”They related to us how they had seen armed VC walking around with impunity but that because the VC had been well equipped and it was late in the day they [had] refrained from making contact. I noticed that the prisoner wasn't with them and the Green Beret winked at me when I asked and said that he had tried to escape. With a smile on his face they boarded the boats and we left the area. For a few nights I wondered about the man—not what—but how they had done it and then one night we got drunk back at the base and I found out that he had been knifed by one of the Nungs and then sliced up and left with a note of warning to the VC

Kerry didn't report this violation of ________?

Seems like a war crime to me.

28 posted on 02/26/2004 3:31:14 PM PST by secretagent
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IMHO....he manipulated the system for his future ambitions. What he did when he came back deserves much more scrutiny, thought and investigation. He is a self-serving egomaniacal calculating danger to this country. NOT to be trusted. It seems that everything he does is measured toward his goal of the Commander-in-chief and has been all his life.
29 posted on 02/26/2004 4:08:22 PM PST by mrtysmm
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