Monday, June 12, 2006

Here We Go Again: Another Purple Heart Controversy

Decorated Vietnam combat veteran Don Bailey, who served with the Army's 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and was awarded a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars, is calling Rep. John Murtha's service record (specifically his Purple Hearts) into question...

Lest you think this has anything to do with Murtha's recent comments about Iraq --it was back in 2002 that Bailey wrote this open letter to Murtha concerning the conflicting account of events:

"At the time (of Murtha's alleged admission), you were feeling particularly vulnerable because it wasn't too long after you had called me crying and sobbing, thanking me for 'saving your life' before the ethics committee (on Abscam-related charges). There was no doubt in my mind that you were expressing to me that you did not believe you did anything sufficient to earn the purple heart [sic] and that you didn't want to be active in my efforts to laud Vietnam veterans that served with us."

"You may deny that all you wish -- but you and I know that that conversation took place." (Read the entire letter)

"...Another source, World War II Navy veteran Harry M. Fox, previously indicated that Murtha in 1968 personally asked Fox's boss, then-U.S. Rep. John Saylor (R-Pa.), for assistance in obtaining the Purple Hearts, but was turned down because Saylor's office determined that Murtha lacked sufficient evidence of wounds. Murtha later challenged Saylor for his House seat in 1968 and lost. Fox said he personally viewed Murtha's military records in 1968 as Saylor's aide.

When Saylor died in 1973, Fox attempted to succeed his boss in Congress, but was narrowly defeated by Murtha in a 1974 special election." (source)

After Kerry and now this, one has to wonder --were medals given for every bump and scratch during the Vietnam war to help rebuild the moral the protestors were eroding with their spitting and "baby killer" chants?!

"Pretending to be a big war hero and boasting about having medals is a slap in the face to our veterans who were seriously wounded or killed in action," Fox was quoted as telling the Uniontown Herald-Standard in the newspaper's Nov. 1, 1996 edition. "He campaigned as a war hero and I've never seen any documentation that he earned any of these honors," Fox reportedly stated.

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