Saturday, February 14, 2004
Let's examine John Kerry's three purple hearts he was awarded during his tour in Vietnam. First a word. I'm not diminishing his bravery in the slightest. Just going over to Nam took more guts than I have. He is a hero, and he's braver than I could ever be. It takes a real man, or woman, to lay your life on the line for another.

Purple Heart number one was awarded on Dec. 2, 1968. Kerry, during his first intense combat action, was slightly wounded on his arm.

Purple Heart number two was awarded on Feb. 20, 1969. Kerry earned this purple heart after sustaining a minor shrapnel wound in his left thigh.

Purple Heart number three was awarded on Mar. 13, 1969. A mine detonated near the boat Kerry was in. Kerry sustained a slight wound to his right arm. And you know how many days of service Kerry missed because of these three wounds? Two, and both of those were from the mine explosion.

After his third Purple Heart, Kerry requested to be sent back home because under Navy law a soldier who is wounded three times is allowed to return the United States. He didn't have to. He could have stayed and finished his tour of duty, but he decide to turn his back on his "band of brothers" and go home. And the rest is history.

Again, I'm not diminishing what Kerry did in Nam, only that we shouldn't think that he received his purple hearts because of some life threating wounds.

The Only Thing Necessary For Evil To Triumph
Is For Good Men To Do Nothing