Originally Posted by njbil
Thurlow and Chenoweth are certain Kerry played no role in saving PCF 3 or its crew. When they, as well as several other Swiftees who were there, first saw the Kerry campaign ads they believed the events portrayed in the ads (as well as in Kerry's campaign biography and the medal citations) had to be different and involve different people. They were horrified when they realized Kerry had received medals for the incident they remembered.
Thurlow's "horror" at Kerry's medal would be more credible if he hadn't recieved a Bronze Star himself after that same battle. In fact, Thurlow's Bronze Star citation
(pdf) says that "...all units began receiving enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire from the river banks." A Bronze Star is given for courage under fire. If Thurlow really heard "not a shot", then his own Bronze Star is just as invalid as Kerry's.
Not only do the Swift Boat Veterans Who Weren't On Kerry's Boat But Were In The General Area Or Heard About It From Guys Who Were In The Area not have any documentary evidence to back up their claims, a lot of what they say is actually contradicted the the avilable documents.