Blue, you have to be kidding me.
...even a "friendly fire" injury can qualify for a purple heart "as long as the 'friendly' projectile or agent was released with the full intent of inflicting damage or destroying enemy troops or equipment," according to the website of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Of course. Except when it's a freaking scratch according to TWO SOURCES and Kerry didn't really know what he was doing, obviously. If he had blown off his hand because he lit the fuse like a 12 year old on July 4th, he would of gotten a purple heart.
Hibbard's affidavit says that he "turned down the Purple Heart request," and recalled Kerry's injury as a "tiny scratch less than from a rose thorn."
That doesn't quite square with Letson's affidavit, which describes shrapnel "lodged in Kerry's arm" (though "barely.")
Hibbard also told the Boston Globe in an interview in April 2004 that he eventually acquiesced about granting Kerry the purple heart.
Hibbard: I do remember some questions on it. . .I finally said, OK if that's what happened. . . do whatever you want.
Why should Hibbard care once he got stateside, did he have some vendetta against Kerry?
Letson Didn't Record His Memories of Vietnam Until Kerry's Emergence in 2003.
"Letson says that last year, as the Democratic campaign began to heat up, he told friends that he remembered treating one of the candidates many years ago. In response to their questions, Letson says, he wrote down his recollections of the time." [National Review Online, 5/4/04]
Well, when you have someone making crap up, it's their right to dispute it correct? This wouldn't of come up without Kerry making himself out like McArthur on steroids.
Let me remind you this guy had the shortest service in his unit, lasting 4 months and screwed up his own grenade.
And honestly Blue, your taking some questionable political stances here that are notexactly honest. I don't mind you being one of Kerry's DupedO'Crats, but try to keep it even handed.
Kerry is the one hanging his WarJock on the wall, while ignoring his record in the Senate.
Why don't we do this....Let's have Kerry show where his three purple hearts were inflicted. Let's see his forearm. He want's to "roll up his sleeves for America". Surely a wound of any significance would be apparent even after this time, particuliarly the first one. I don't need to see the one when apparently his balls were blown off and he left active duty after 4 months, 16 days in Nam. It was a total political stunt.
But the real amusing thing was, he used it as an anti-war platform before Congress to get himself into the Senate.
Now it's some convoluted war policy without anything more than thinking the Euro's were not raking in billions in Graft from the Oil for Terrorism program. It wasn't "BushCorp" that raked in Billions, and it isn't Halbitron, altho they are making money, they are at least doing more than taking kickbacks from Saddam. It's all so rediculous. We are fighting terrorists in a 2 million person cemetary where they bury weapons and a freaking Mosque armory, and what is his solution? Get the UN and France's approval? They were swimming in milk.