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Kerry's Navy Record

>> Wednesday, October 13, 2004

From the OpinionJournal: Is this the real reason Kerry won't release all of his Navy records?

An official Navy document on Senator Kerry's campaign Web site listed as Mr. Kerry's "Honorable Discharge from the Reserves" opens a door on a well-kept secret about his military service.

The document is a form cover letter in the name of the Carter administration's secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor. It describes Mr. Kerry's discharge as being subsequent to the review of "a board of officers." This in itself is unusual. There is nothing about an ordinary honorable discharge action in the Navy that requires a review by a board of officers.

According to the secretary of the Navy's document, the "authority of reference" this board was using in considering Mr. Kerry's record was "Title 10, U.S. Code Section 1162 and 1163." This section refers to the grounds for involuntary separation from the service. What was being reviewed, then, was Mr. Kerry's involuntary separation from the service. And it couldn't have been an honorable discharge, or there would have been no point in any review at all. The review was likely held to improve Mr. Kerry's status of discharge from a less than honorable discharge to an honorable discharge.

A Kerry campaign spokesman, David Wade, was asked whether Mr. Kerry had ever been a victim of an attempt to deny him an honorable discharge. There has been no response to that inquiry.
There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges,bad conduct discharges,as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges.There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S.Senate in 1985,on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry’s medals were reissued.

If true, this certainly explains a lot about the discrepancies in Kerry's service record.


Jody 5:09 PM  

Nothing about John Kerry would suprise me anymore. The only reason stories like this keep appearing is because John Kerry has not been honest about his service. If he would just sign the form & release his papers this could all go away.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit 5:23 PM  

Someone should do a Powerpoint presentation on the FBI files available at wintersoldier.com that very conclusively show that John Kerry's "Vietnam Veterans Against War" organization was in fact a front group of Comintern propagandists operating in direct concert with and under funding by the Communist Party - USA. They shared the same office space, for crying out loud!

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