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John Kerry eRumors
during the 2003/2004 Presidential Run-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor A collection of various
eRumors about John Kerry during the 2004 presidential season.
John Kerry is a Vietnam Veteran-Truth! According to Kerry's bio and
published reports, he is a Yale grad who enlisted in the Navy and
served in Vietnam earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three
John Kerry was in Vietnam for only four months-Truth!
The eRumor, as indicated, is taken
from a guest editorial by Vietnam veteran Terry Garlock that was
published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 29, 2004.
Kerry became a vocal critic of the Vietnam war and his image as a
boat commander who became a protester made him an anti-war
He joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War
His 1971 book The New Soldier was a collection
of his and other anti-war Vietnam veterans writings and pictures.
The book became best known, however, because of its cover.
It pictured an anti-Vietnam war protest with a American flag flying
Some felt it was mocking the famous picture of the raising of the
flag my Marines at Iwo Jima during World War II.
During his unsuccessful run for Congress in 1972, critics accused
him of having desecrated the flag with the book cover
Regarding Kerry's medals, there was an emotional ceremony on 23,
1971, in which about one thousand veterans who were against the
Vietnam war shed their military medals by throwing them over a fence
barricade onto the steps of the capitol building in Washington D.C.
One of them was John Kerry and it was thought that he had forsaken
his Vietnam medals.
The 1988 issue of Current Biography Yearbook says that Kerry
explained that the medals were not his but those of another veteran
who asked him to throw them on his behalf.
Critics of John Kerry say he either created a false impression by
throwing the borrowed medals or spent a long time letting a false
impression remain before he admitted that he still had his medals.
Defenders say Kerry never misrepresented the medals because he did
not claim that they were his and openly displays them in his office.
Regarding Kerry's allegedly publicly supporting the POWs in Vietnam
being used as bargaining chips, we have not been able to find that
If anybody knows what that is in reference to, let us know.
Last updated 2/4/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: John Kerry: an opinion
Another view of John Kerry and his post-Vietnam
An excerpt of Garlock's editorial which can be read in its
entirety at the
web page above.
A young Kerry, however, broke faith with his brothers when he
the United States. With the financial aid of Jane Fonda, he led
visible protests against the war. He wrote a book that many
be pro-Hanoi, titled "The New Soldier."
The cover photo of his book depicted veterans in a mismatch of
uniforms mocking the legendary image of Marines raising the
atop Mount Suribachi in the 1945 battle for Iwo Jima, holding the
flag upside down.
Kerry publicly supported Hanoi's position to use our POWs as a
chip in negotiations for a peace agreement.
Kerry threw what appeared to be his medals over a fence in front
Capitol building in protest, on camera of course, but was caught
years later when his medals turned up displayed on his office
Many good and decent people opposed the Vietnam War. Many of us
it hated it, too. I know I did.
But like Fonda's infamous visit to Hanoi in 1972, Kerry's public
encouraged our enemy at a time they were killing America's sons.
after the war was done, interviews with our former enemy's leaders
confirmed that public protests in the United States, like Kerry's,
significant role in their strategy.
Many of us wonder which of our brothers who died young would be
had people like Fonda and Kerry objected to the war in a more
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