Swift Veterans Letter to John Kerry

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  1. freeandfun1

    freeandfun1 VIP Member

    Feb 14, 2004
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    Swift Veterans Letter to John Kerry

    Dated: Tuesday, May 04 2004 @ 10:00 PM PDT

    Senator Kerry,

    We write from our common heritage as veterans of duty aboard Swift Boats in the Vietnam War. Indeed, you should note that a substantial number of those men who served directly with you during your four month tour in Vietnam have signed this letter.

    It is our collective judgment that, upon your return from Vietnam, you grossly and knowingly distorted the conduct of the American soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen of that war (including a betrayal of many of us, without regard for the danger your actions caused us). Further, we believe that you have withheld and/or distorted material facts as to your own conduct in this war.

    We believe you continue this conduct today, albeit by changing from an anti-war to a "war hero" status. You now seek to clad yourself in the very medals that you disdainfully threw away in the early years of your political career. In the process, we believe you continue a deception as to your own conduct through such tactics as the disclosure of only carefully screened portions of your military records. Both then and now, we have concluded that you have deceived the public, and in the process have betrayed honorable men, to further your personal political goals.

    Your conduct is such as to raise substantive concerns as to your honesty and your ability to serve, as you currently seek, as Commander-in-Chief of the military services.

    It is vital that the American public have as much information as possible about candidates for President of the United States. In various ways, you have rightly called upon President Bush to be fully accountable and to provide full disclosure. In the same spirit, now that you are the presumptive nominee of your Party, we believe it is incumbent upon you to make your total military record open to the American people.

    Specifically, we the undersigned formally request that you authorize the Department of the Navy to independently release your military records (through your execution of Standard Form 180), complete and unaltered, including your military medical records. Further, we call upon you to correct the misconceptions your campaign seeks to create as to your conduct while in Vietnam. Permit the American public the opportunity to assess your military performance upon the record, and not upon campaign rhetoric.

    Senator Kerry, we were there. We know the truth. We have been silent long enough. The stakes are too great, not only for America in general but, most importantly, for those who have followed us into service in Iraq and Afghanistan. We call upon you to provide a full, accurate accounting of your conduct in Vietnam.


    Daniel Aguilar, OSC, USNR-R
    Pat Alexander
    Roy Alexander*
    Robert Anderson, EN2, USN (Ret.)
    Kenneth J. Andrews, Lt.*
    Arturo Arias, QM2, USN (Ret.)
    Daniel V. Armstrong, BM2*
    Douglas Armstrong, Capt., USN (Ret.)
    Harry Ball, Cdr., USN (Ret.)
    Ray Lewis Ballew*
    Sonny Barber, USN (Ret.)
    John Bare
    Alexander Bass*
    George "M." Bates*
    Richard Beers*
    Paul L. Bennett, Cdr., USN*
    Edward J. “Lord Mort” Bergin, Capt., USNR (Ret.)*
    Henry “Buddy” Berman, QM2*
    Herb Blume, Lt.
    Barry Bogart, EN2*
    Bob Bolger Cdr., USN* (Ret.)
    M.T. Boone*
    Benny Booth
    David Borden*
    Carl Bowman
    Vern Boyd*
    David M. Bradley, LCdr.*
    Robert Bradley, Lt. USNR - inactive
    Robert “Friar Tuck” Brant, Cdr. USN (Ret.)*
    Kenneth Briggs*
    Carlyle J. Brown, EN2*
    Donald Brown, RD3
    Kenneth "Buck" Buchholz, GMM3*
    Michael C. Burton
    Tom Burton
    Joe Cahill, Jr., Lt.*
    Jack L. Carlson, Lt., USNR*
    James Carter
    Billy Carwile, EN3*
    Virgil Chambers, RD3
    Jack Chenoweth, Capt., USNR, (Ret.)*
    William Colgan, RD3*
    Bill Collins*
    Daniel K. Corbett, Lt., USNR*
    James M. Corrigan, QM3*
    Terry Cosstello, Capt., USN (Ret.)*
    Tom Costarino
    Toi Dang, GM3
    John H. Davis, Lt.*
    William K. Daybert,Cdr.*
    James Deal*
    Richard Dodson, Capt., USN (Ret.)
    John Dooley, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Dale Duffield, CWO USN (Ret.)*
    Robert G. Elder, Lt.*
    George M. Elliott, Capt. USNR (Ret.)*
    Bill Eshelman
    Claude Farmer, Cdr., USNR (Ret.)
    Michael Fasold
    William Ferris, Capt., USNR (Ret.)
    Wallace Benjamin Foreman, QM1, USN (Ret.)*
    William T. Ferris, Capt. USNR (Ret.)*
    James Foster, GMG1, USN (Ret.)
    William E. Franke, Lt.jg*
    Robert L. Franson, BMCS (SW)*
    Alfred J. French, III, Capt., JAGC, USNR (Ret.)*
    Paul F. Fulcomer, RD3*
    Ray Fuller, GMG3*
    Steve Fulton, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Mike Gann, Capt., USNR (Ret.)*
    Steve Gardner*
    Bill Garlow*
    Les Garrett*
    Tony Gisclair, BOSN2*
    Robert Gnau, QM2*
    Donald Goldberg*
    Morton Golde, Cdr. USN (Ret.)*
    Kenneth Golden*
    Gerald L. Good, Lt. USN*
    Roy Graham
    John C. Graves*
    Charles E. Green, ENCM, USN (Ret.)*
    Dennis L. Green, GMG*
    H.C. Griffin, Jr., Lt. USNR*
    I.B.S. (Boyd) Groves, Jr.*
    Charles R. Grutzius, Capt. USNR (Ret.)*
    F.L. Skip "Mustang Sally" Gunther, Lt. USN*
    Louis Hahn ETCM (SW) USN (Ret.)
    Bill Halpin, Lt. USNR (Ret.)*
    Don C. Hammer, Lt.*
    Rock Harmon*
    Keith C. Harris, RD2*
    Stewart M. Harris, Lt., USN*
    Stirlin Harris, BM2*
    Gene Hart, RD3*
    Bob Hastings*
    Curt Hatler*
    John Hecker, RD3*
    Chuck Herman, RD3*
    Raul Herrera*
    Tom Herritage*
    Grant "Skip" Hibbard*
    Bill Hickey
    Rocky Hildreth*
    Gary Hite
    Jim Hoffmann, RD3
    Roy Hoffmann, Adm., USN (Ret.)*
    William P. Holden, Capt., USN (Ret.)*
    Wayland Holloway, Lt. USNR*
    Duane Holman, QM2
    Robert Hooke, Lt.*
    Bill Hoole
    Andy Horne*
    John Howell*
    Warren Hudson*
    Charles W. Hunt, EN3*
    Robert Hunt*
    Gail E. "Ike" Ikerd, Cdr. (Ret.)*
    Bert Jeffries, QM3
    Richard Jenkins
    John Paul Jones, QM3*
    Tom Jones*
    Eddie Kajioka ENCS, USN (Ret.)*
    John L. Kipp, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Thomas H. Klemash*
    Kenneth Knipple, EN1*
    Robert Koger, QM2*
    Mike Kovanen, RD3*
    Bob Kreyer, GMG2*
    Jack K. Lane, GMG3*
    William T. Langham*
    William Lannom*
    Alan Lapat
    Joseph R. Lavoie, II CWO2 (BOSN), USN (Ret.)*
    Louis Letson, LCdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Jim Madden, RD3*
    William S. Mann, Jr., Lt.jg*
    Jim Marohn, GMG3*
    Douglas Martin, Lt. USNR*
    Tom Mason, Lt.*
    Donald Matras, EN2 (Ret.)*
    Thomas Mason, Lt.*
    Louis Masterson*
    Donald Matras, EN3
    Richard McFarland, Lt. USNR*
    Kenneth B. McGhee*
    James McNeal, ENC*
    Errol Meleander, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Jack Merkley, Lt.*
    James M. Miller*
    John Miller, ENC (Ret.)
    Martin Miller, ENC (Ret.)*
    Marc Milligan, GMG2*
    Benjamin A. Montoya, QM3*
    Edward Morgan, Capt. USN*
    Edgar (Ed) M. Morrill, Jr.*
    Tom Morrill, EN3*
    Wayne H. Moser*
    Kurt Moss, Lt. J.G.*
    Frank Mueller*
    Marc Milligan, GMG2*
    Ed Mundy*
    Van Odell, GMG1
    Richard Olsen, Lt.*
    Richard O'Mara, RD2, USN
    John O'Neill, Lt., USN, (Ret.)*
    Albert Owens*
    Tedd Peck, Capt. USNR (Ret.)*
    Richard Pees, Lt., USNR
    James Penkert, ENC
    Thomas Petersik
    Robert Phalen, GMG2*
    Charles Plumley*
    Joseph L. Ponder, GMG-2, USN (Ret.)*
    Chuck Rabel*
    Bob Reller
    Steve Renfro, RD3, USN (Ret.)
    Don Renshaw, EN2, USN PCF 93
    Frank Rockwell
    Bill Rogers, Lt.*
    Patrick Sage GMG3*
    Gary W. Sallee, BM2*
    Burke Salsi, RD2
    Joe Sandoval, GMG3*
    Jimmy W. Sanford, RD3*
    Robert Scattergood*
    Jim Schneider, EN2*
    Clair J. (Pete) Schrodt, Capt. USN (Ret.)*
    Jack Shamley*
    Patrick Sheedy, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    Paul Shepherd, QM2*
    Robert B. Shirley, Lt.jg*
    William Shumadine*
    Stanley G. Simonson, GMG2*
    John Singleton, ENC
    Darryl Skuce, GMG2*
    John J. Skura*
    Gerald H. Smith*
    Bob Smith, GMG2
    Gerald Smith
    Roy Smith*
    B. Tony Snesko BM2*
    Mike Solhaug*
    Dennis Spranger
    Jack Spratt, LCDR*
    David R. Stefferud, Capt., USN (Ret.)*
    James Steffes*
    Fred E. Stith, USN (Ret.)*
    Lawrence Stoneberg, Lt. USN (Ret.)*
    Weymouth Symmes, RDM*
    Tony Taylor
    W.P. "Sonny" Taylor*
    Dewey Thedford
    James P. Thomas*
    Eldon Thompson, Lt.jg*
    Larry Thurlow, Lt.jg
    Joseph Timmons, RD3, USN
    Charles R. Tinstman, ENC*
    Gary E. Townsend*
    William F. Trainer*
    Mark Tuft, Capt., USN (Ret.)
    Michael Turley, BM2*
    Chris J. Vedborg, RD3*
    Jeffrey M. Wainscott, Lt.jg*
    David Wallace*
    Greg Ward, EN2*
    Larry J. “Waz” Wasikowski, Cdr. U.S. Naval Reserve*
    Pete Webster*
    Robert T. Wedge, Jr., QM1, USN (Ret.)*
    Steven Weekley, GMG, QM3*
    George Wendell, En1, USN (Ret.)
    Bruce Wentworth, Lt., USNR
    George H. White, II*
    R. Shelton White, Lt.*
    Gary K. Whittington, EN3*
    James D. Wiggins*
    Tom Wilkins
    Thomas A. Withey, Lt.*
    Bernard Wolff*
    Thomas W. Wright, Cdr., USN (Ret.)*
    John Wyatt, GMG*
    John Yeoman, Lt.*

    Ex Officio (other military):

    Ross Barker, Capt. USN (Ret.)
    Joe Cantrell, Lt.jg, USNR
    Allan Clapp, ETR3, USN
    George Clatterbuck, CMSgt. USAF, Ret.
    Tony DeLuna
    David Desiderio, Cdr., USCG (Ret.)
    Verne DeWitt, MR1
    Jim Fitzgerald
    Monte Gluck
    Don Higgins
    Larry Hobson
    Robert Johnson
    Walter Jones, USMC
    Adrian Lonsdale, Capt., USCG (Ret.)
    David P. Marion, CPT Infantry, US Army*
    Larry Meyer*
    Benjamin A. Montoya, QM3*
    Denny O'Brien
    Cordelia Ogrinz, in memory of her brother Alexander J. Ogrinz, III, Lt.*
    Rex Rectanus, VADM, USN (Ret.)*
    Skip Ridley*
    Jennings Rogerson II, Capt. USMC* (Ret.)
    John Slagle, Special agent, USBP (Ret.)
    Patrick Stevenson, Army Special Forces (Ret.)
    Emmett Tidd, Vice Admiral, USN, (Ret.)*
    Leslie "Butch" Vorphal, RD3, USN PCF 3
    Steve Watts, Army
    Dennis D. Willess, EN3, Army Infantry*
    Raymond Wroten, SSgt., USMC (Ret.)
    James M. Zumwalt in memory of Elmo Zumwalt, Sr. and Elmo Zumwalt, Jr, his father and brother*
    * = signed original letter, presented May 4, 2004
  2. musicman

    musicman Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2004
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    And President Bush should condemn these men WHY?
  3. Annie

    Annie Diamond Member

    Nov 22, 2003
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    I agree. Considering that Campaign Finance Reform was bad law, the dems have chosen to use a 'protest' to silence free speech, only regarding that which hurts their candidate. I think Bush made a mistake in saying they should condemn all, instead of working through better law. In fact, at least the Swiftboatvets have used their names and taken responsibility, more than can be said of Moveon.

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