February 23, 2004
My good friend and ACTUAL Vietnam veteran, Recondo 32, does not like John Kerry. First of all, he says everything that greyhawk does. I heard almost these exact same words from Recondo (ex-LRRP, where you really DID fight) at the blog-meet Saturday:
(1) Kerry was in-country less than four months and collected a Bronze Star, a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. I never heard of anybody with any outfit I worked with (including SEAL One, the Sea Wolves, Riverines and the River Patrol Force) collecting that much hardware that fast, and for such pedestrian actions. The Swifts did a commendable job, but that duty wasn't the worst you could draw. They operated only along the coast and in the major rivers (Bassac and Mekong). The rough stuff in the hot areas was mainly handled by the smaller, faster PBRs.
(2) He collected three Purple Hearts but has no limp. All his injuries were so minor that he lost no time from duty. Amazing luck. Or he was putting himself in for medals every time he bumped his head on the wheel house hatch? Combat on, the boats were almost always at close range. You didn't have minor wounds, at least not often. Not three times in a row. Then he used the three Purple Hearts to request a trip home eight months before the end of his tour. Fishy.
(3) The details of the event for which he was given the Silver Star make no sense at all. Supposedly, a B-40 was fired at the boat and missed. Charlie jumps up with the launcher in his hand, the bow gunner knocks him down with the twin .50, Kerry beaches the boat, jumps off, shoots Charlie, and retreives the launcher. If true, he did everything wrong.
(a) Standard procedure when you took rocket fire was to put your stern to the action and go balls to the wall. A B-40 has the ballistic integrity of a frisbie after about 25 yards, so you put 50 yards or so between you and the beach and begin raking it with your .50's.
(b) Did you ever see anybody get knocked down with a .50 caliber round and get up? The guy was dead or dying. The rocket launcher was empty. There was no reason to go after him (except if you knew he was no danger to you just flopping around in the dust during his last few seconds on earth, and you wanted some derring-do in your after-action report). And we didn't shoot wounded people. We had rules against that, too.
(c) Kerry got off the boat. This was a major breach of standing procedures. Nobody on a boat crew ever got off a boat in a hot area. EVER! The reason was simple: If you had somebody on the beach, your boat was defenseless. It coudn't run and it couldn' t return fire. It was stupid and it put his crew in danger. He should have been relieved and reprimanded. I never heard of any boat crewman ever leaving a boat during or after a firefight.
Something is fishy.
Ask Recondo 32 about John Kerry. He uses words other than "fishy" to describe than man's war record. Do Democrats or other Kerry supporters know a word that starts with "bull" and sends with "shit?" If not, they should have been at the blog meet. Recondo 32 climbed his high horse and rode it all over the barn.
This is HIS prediction, not mine: John Kerry's Vietnam War record will sink him like a crab trap with a big rock in it. Kerry won POLITICAL medals, not actual combat medals. He rode those pussy-boats on the big rivers and never saw an actual in-bush combat operation in his life. As Recondo said, "The lying bastard SHOULD have thrown his medals into the Potomic. He didn't deserve a goddam one of them."
That's just the opinion of ONE Vietnam veteran I know. He has a lot of reinforcements.