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September 18th, 2007, 22:53
Originally Posted by magerette View Post
*How accurate this is I don't know, but in a petition circulated before the last election by some veterans who served with him I read he spent three weeks in Nam on a gun boat, almost got his fellow soldiers killed numerous times, then recommended himself for a Purple Heart for a small shrapnel scratch on his arm. My husband, who did 2 tours in Korea and one in Nam says it agrees with his memories of scuttlebutt at the time.
I'm not a big fan of Kerry either (IMO about the best thing that can be said about him is that he's not an utter moron), but the incident you're referring to is widely regarded as one of the most blatant smear jobs ever successfully pulled off on a politician. It's even spawned a term — "Swift Boating."

There's a fairly good (and IMO surprisingly neutral) description of the hoopla on Wikipedia; if you want to do more research, there's plenty to chew on on the Net.

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