Did John Kerry Lie About His War Record?

Did John Kerry Lie About His War Record?

Democractic Candidate Refuses to Release All of His Vietnam War Records.

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry has never been forthcoming about how he earned three Purple Heart medals in Vietnam – and the reason for his reticence appears now to be coming clear.

The day after John F. Kerry said he would make all of his military records available for inspection at his campaign headquarters, a spokesman said the senator would not release any new documents, leaving undisclosed many of Kerry’s evaluations by his Navy commanding officers, some medical records, and possibly other material.

Kerry, in an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” was asked whether he would follow President Bush’s example and release all of his military records. “I have,” Kerry said. “I’ve shown them — they’re available for you to come and look at.” He added that “people can come and see them at headquarters.”

But when a reporter showed up yesterday morning to review the documents, the campaign staff declined, saying all requests must go through the press spokesman, Michael Meehan. Late yesterday, Meehan said the only records available would be those already released to this newspaper.

“He is releasing all military records he has released to The Boston Globe,” Meehan said in a telephone interview. In a follow-up e-mail, Meehan said it was those particular records to which Kerry was referring on “Meet the Press.”

Kerry’s commanding officer at the time, retired Lt. Cmdr. Grant Hibbard, told The Boston Globe that Kerry basically awarded himself a Purple Heart after receiving a superficial scratch in what Hibbard said was not even a firefight.

This is what we really know about John Kerry’s “war record”. John Kerry served approximately 4 1/2 months in Vietnam — a little more than one-third the normal 12-month tour. Within a 90-day period, Mr. Kerry allegedly received three injuries that resulted in Purple Heart awards. All three wounds were minor and did not require medical attention.

Tedd Peck, one of the Navy’s Coastal Division 14 officers, says that John Kerry pressured his squadron executive officer to “put him in” for his first Purple Heart after the squadron commander indicated he thought the injury was so minor it didn’t rise to the level of an award.

What is the real story about Mr. Kerry’s war record and why won’t he release his service records like all the previous Presidential candidates? What is he hiding?