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John Forbes Kerry – Patriot or Charlatan?

Thursday, 21 October 2004 12:00 AM

From April 19th until the 23rd of 1971, protestors involved themselves in repeated acts of civil disobedience that included the splattering of red paint, representing blood, on the steps of the Capitol and the Pentagon.

At the time, I was assigned to the Pentagon as the chief of its Audio-Visual News Branch. Regretfully, I was one of the less-fortunate officers tasked to meet those demonstrators on the steps of the Pentagon and accept their animated demands. Those demands were preceded with pushing, shoving, paint-tossing and finally, a full measure of foul language. But the incident I witnessed on the steps of the Pentagon was prelude to an even grander gesture of dissent that took place a few blocks away at our Nation’s Capital.

In the presence of an over indulgent media and with television cameras grinding away, Navy Lieutenant (jg) John Kerry stepped into the national spotlight when he tossed his combat awards – a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart – over a barricade and onto the steps of the Capitol.

At the time. I could only assume this symbolic gesture reflected Kerry’s low opinion of the war, the Naval service and his Country.

Recently, I learned that after thirty three years of distain, Kerry’s combat awards have magically reappeared and hang proudly on the wall of his Capitol Hill office.

But was John Kerry a war hero, an opportunist or a charlatan? Or possibly, all three?

Before deciding, let’s examine another deceptive incident involving Lt. j.g. Kerry. On Sunday, April 18, 1971, “Meet the Press” moderator Lawrence E. Spivak had as his guests two vocal leaders of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Alfred H. Hubbard was introduced as a former Air Force captain and Kerry as a Naval officer.

Both men were touted as being highly decorated and both reportedly wounded as a result of hostilities in Vietnam. Spivak went on to say that Capt. Hubbard served 12 years in the Air Force, was a combat pilot and served two tours in Vietnam.

For 30 minutes, Kerry and Hubbard responded to questions regarding their views on the war and I’m convinced both men were sincere in the opinions they expressed. However, Hubbard was not all he claimed to be.

Following an inquiry of Air Force records by NBC Pentagon correspondent, Robert Goralski, it was learned that Alfred H. Hubbard entered the Air Force in October 1952, re-enlisted twice and was honorably discharged in October 1966.

At the time of his discharge, he was serving as a flight engineer on a C-124 cargo aircraft with the 7th Transport Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, Wash.

The Air Force had no record of Hubbard’s having served in Vietnam.

However, as an aircraft crew member, he could have been in Vietnam for brief periods during cargo loading or off-loading. Significantly, Air Force records showed that Hubbard held the grade of staff sergeant – not captain.

Concerning the claim that he was injured in Vietnam, the records did show him to be disabled and receiving federal compensation. However, the injury was not a result of combat operations.

I doubt if the viewing public would have taken Hubbard’s comments or possibly even Kerry’s comments as seriously had they known Hubbard was neither an Air Force captain, a combat pilot, nor a wounded Vietnam veteran.

As fate would have it, Hubbard drifted into the dustbin of history while Kerry parlayed the notoriety he received leading the demonstrators, appearing on Meet the Press and finally, with his vitriolic testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee into a beneficial political career. A career that began with an unsuccessful bid for Congress, a term as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, followed by twenty consecutive years as the junior Senator from the State of Massachusetts.

Now John F. Kerry carries the banner of the Democratic Party as their nominee for President of the United States. Quite an honor for any American.

Unfortunately, for the tens of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who served their country with honor, Kerry’s Senate testimony denouncing American servicemen as rapists, murderers and war criminals will not be forgotten or soon forgiven.

So before you cast a ballot for this gentleman, you may wish to remember that the real John F. Kerry and the infamous “Hanoi Jane” Fonda have much in common.

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