Kerry's War Wound Called 'Fingernail Scrape'

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    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry insisted on being awarded his first Purple Heart in Vietnam event though his injury amounted to no more than a "fingernail scrape," his commanding officer at the time now says.

    Retired Lieutenant Commander Grant Hibbard tells the Boston Globe that he can still recall Kerry's wound, and that "it resembled a scrape from a fingernail," the paper said.

    "I've had thorns from a rose that were worse," Hibbard insisted.

    Still, the former Navy man remembered that Kerry insisted on receiving a Purple Heart for the wound he said was incurred during a Dec. 3, 1968 skirmish with Viet Cong near Cam Ranh Bay.

    "He had a little scratch on his forearm, and he was holding a piece of shrapnel," Hibbard told the Globe. "People in the office were saying, `I don't think we got any fire,' and there is a guy holding a little piece of shrapnel in his palm."

    Much to Hibbard's chagrin, Kerry persisted in his quest for a war decoration for the scratch.

    "I finally said, `OK, if that's what happened . . . do whatever you want.'" Hibbard said. "After that, I don't know what happened. Obviously, he got it, I don't know how."

    Kerry's campaign refused to say whether he remains certain that his skimmer boat had come under fire or whether he recalls his superior officer raising doubts about whether he was entitled to the Purple Heart.

    While a Kerry aide provided a copy of a medical report showing treatment for the wound in question, The Naval Historical Center "could not locate a copy of the original card for the incident," the Globe said.

    Kerry was awarded two additional Purple Hearts for subsequent wounds that have also been described as minor. He then invoked a little used regualtion that entitled a triple Purple Heart winner to return to the U.S.

    Former Sen. Max Cleland, a Kerry supporter who lost three limbs in Vietnam, was never awarded a Purple Heart.

    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/4/14/103222.shtml
     
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    Maybe Kerry should throw that Purple Heart at Cleland!
     
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    or the GOP should give him another one for the severe lashing they gave him.
     
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    Oh poor lying JOhn kerry.
     
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    no no no, max cleland
     
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    Max was injured. Yeah. He stupidly picked up a live grenad at camp. Props to the man, but it's not that heroic. I'd' say the public investment in max as a warrior was a net loss, after factoring in health care costs.
     
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    That is bullshit. Everyone who serves honorably in the Armed Forces is a gain to our country. Economics aside, the millions of veterans of our Armed Forces (of whom I hardly consider myself worthy to be grouped with) deserve our thanks, not a berating due to excessive health care costs.
     
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    I know. A thanks, yes. Maybe some kind of medal. But i do think medal inflation has occurred to some extent.
     
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    I closely listened to you buffoon last evening. As long as he can read a scripted document he does present an adequate presentation. His handling of the off the cuff press questions left much to be desired. If I gave a presentation and question and answer session with the stumbling over words that he exhibited I would either put the audience to sleep or defeat their participation in a give and take presentation. Apparently this site is propagated with a slue of wet behind the ears pragmatists who have to live their lives and experience the harsh realities of life. As a therapist I don’t wish to waste my time conversing with a group of narcissistic individuals or personality tainted individuals who whether due to past learning or rigid inflexibility cannot exercise compassion or muster up empathy. In fact you are flaunting your lack of common sense and ignorance by supporting this reclusive and self-righteous regime that refuses to earn up to any personal weaknesses. Apparently our society is moving toward the theory that you must be a team player and back up the people in control in spite of your conscience nagging at you and admitting that we are only human and our dictates are not infallible. Talk about a grandiose posturing or an omnipotent delusional stance.
     
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    Really? -And how does that make you FEEL?

    How is your home life?
     

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