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Subject: Re: Soldier's Letter to Kerry
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 07:52:12 -0400
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did he write a similar letter to Bush about his military service?
"John Meridith" wrote in message
> "pedro martori" wrote in message
> Soldier's Letter to Kerry
> Dear Senator (JF) Kerry:
> Since it has become clear that you will probably be the Democratic Nominee
> for President, I have spent a great deal of time researching your war
> and your record as a professional politician.
> The reason is simple, you aspire to be the Commander in Chief who would
> my sons and their fellow soldiers in time of war. I simply wanted to know
> you possess the necessary qualifications to be trusted in that respect.
> You see, I belong to a family of proud U.S. veterans.
> I was a Captain in the Army Reserve, my father was a decorated Lieutenant
> World War II; and I have four sons who have either served, or are
> serving in the military.
> The oldest is an Army Lieutenant still on active duty in Afghanistan after
> already being honored for his service in Iraq.
> The youngest is an E-4 with the military police. His National Guard unit
> just finished their second tour of active duty, including six months in
> Guantanamo Bay.
> My two other sons have served in the National Guard and the Navy.
> In looking at your record I found myself comparing it not only to that of
> father and my sons, but with the people they served.
> My father served with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe. They
> landed on Utah Beach and fought for 317 straight days including the
> Cherbourg Peninsula, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the
> You earned a Silver Star in Vietnam for chasing down and finishing off a
> wounded and retreating enemy soldier.
> My father won a Bronze Star for single handedly charging and knocking out
> German machine gun nest that had his men pinned down.
> You received three purple hearts for what appears to be three minor
> scratches. In fact you only missed a combined total of two days of duty
> these wounds.
> The men of my father's unit, the 87th, had to be admonished by their
> commanding officer because:
> "It has been brought to our attention that some men are covering up wounds
> and refusing medical attention for fear of being evacuated and permanently
> separated from this organization..."
> It was also a common problem for seriously wounded soldiers to go AWOL
> hospitals in order to rejoin their units.
> You used your three purple hearts to leave Vietnam early.
> My oldest boy came home from Iraq with numerous commendations and then
> proceeded to volunteer to go to Afghanistan and from there back to Iraq
> My sons and father have never had anything but the highest regard and
> respect for their fellow soldiers.
> Yet, you came home to publicly charge your fellow fighting men with being
> war criminals and to urge their defeat by the enemy. You even wrote a
> that had a cover which mocked the heroism of the U.S. Marines who raised
> flag on Iwo Jima.
> Our current crop of soldiers has a philosophy that no one gets left
> and they have practiced that from Somalia to the battlefields of the
> Yet, as Chairman of a Senate Committee looking into allegations that many
> your fellow servicemen had been left behind as prisoners in Vietnam, you
> chose to defend the brutal Vietnamese regime. You even went so far as to
> refer to the families of the POWs and MIAs as Professional malcontents,
> conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos.
> You shouldn't be proud about maiming Iraq and Afgan women and children;
> old men. What about the brutal French regime in Viet Nam?
> As a Senator you voted against the 1991 Gulf War, and have repeatedly
> against funds to supply our troops with the best equipment, and against
> money to improve our intelligence capability.
> I find this particularly ironic since as a Presidential Candidate you are
> highly critical of our pre-war intelligence in Iraq. However, you did vote
> to authorize the President to go to war, but have since proceeded to do
> everything you can to undermine the efforts of our government and our
> to win. Is this what our fighting men and women can expect of you if you
> their Commander in Chief?
> Will you gladly send them to war, only to then aid the enemy by
> the morale of our troops and cutting off the weapons they need to win?
> Our Country is at war Senator, and as has been the case in every war since
> the American Revolution, a member of my family is serving their country
> during the war. Now you want me to trust you to lead my sons in this fight
> for the presidency?
> Sorry, Senator, but when I compare your record to those who have fought
> died for this Nation, and are currently fighting and dying, the answer is
> not just no, but HELL NO!
> Michael Connelly
> February 14, 2004
> Dallas, Texas
> Forward this to EVERYONE you know--we can NOT afford to have this man as
> President of the United States!! For God's Sake. Search your heart. We
> cannot afford to elect a whimp and liar or pretender. Just look at how the
> previous leaders show their respect. Their vile words and empty values
> me so sad.
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