Founders of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry

On the campaign trail, Sen. John Forbes Kerry regularly mentions his Vietnam War combat experience, during which he received three Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

However, the Massachusetts Democrat doesn’t like to talk much about how he received the awards or the time after he returned home when he was rubbing shoulders with Hanoi Jane Fonda as a much-celebrated organizer for Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), one of America’s most radical pro-communist groups.

Sen. Kerry, the “noble statesman” and “highly decorated Vietnam vet” of today, is a Far cry from Kerry, the radical, hippie-like leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in the early 1970s.

Soon after Kerry, as a Navy Lieutenant (junior grade) commanding a Swift boat in Vietnam, was awarded the Silver Star, he used an obscure Navy regulation to leave Vietnam and his crew before completing his tour of duty.

After returning home, he quit the Navy early and changed the color of his politics to become a leader of VVAW. Kerry wasted no time organizing opposition in the United States against the efforts of his former buddies still ducking communist bullets back in Vietnam.

Kerry participated in the so-called Winter Soldier Investigation where his fellow protesters accused his fellow GIs of war crimes.

Kerry’s betrayal of American prisoners of war, his blatant disrespect for the families of our missing in action, Vietnam veterans, the military, his support for communist Vietnam and his waffling over the issue of use of force in Iraq proves he is a self promoting Chameleon Senator who cannot be relied on to protect the best interests of the United States.

Although Kerry voted to support military intervention in Iraq he is now claiming that he only approved the threat of force by the United States.

The Constitution for the United States of America declares: “The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

Read the following and decide for yourself if you trust this man to be our Commander-in-Chief.

oung John Forbes Kerry grew up well connected in the upper-class due to his Forbes and Winthrop roots.

Kerry is said to have idolized John F Kennedy, with whom he and his family socialized.

Kerry, who often alluded to having the same initials as President Kennedy, is pictured on the left sailing with President Kennedy.
John F. Kerry, on a yacht standing directly behind President John F. Kennedy. {Kerry and Kennedy}
{Kerry and Kennedy} Kerry (right) with President Kennedy (seated) 1962
Kerry attended Yale University. Before graduating in 1966, he tried to defer his draft status for a year by writing to his local recruitment board seeking permission to spend a further 12 months studying in Paris, according to The Harvard Crimson newspaper, which had followed a youthful Mr. Kerry in Boston as he campaigned for Congress in 1970.

In the course of a lengthy article, “John Kerry: A Navy Dove Runs for Congress”, published on February 18, 1970, The Harvard Crimson reported: “When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy.”

Like John F. Kennedy (who served on a World War II patrol boat, PT 109), Kerry sought to become a naval officer.

After training, Kerry volunteered for Vietnam. He served a relatively uneventful six months, far removed from combat, from December 1967 to June 1968, in the electrical department aboard the USS Gridley, a guided-missile frigate that supported aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

His ship returned to its Long Beach, Calif., port on June 6, 1968. Five months later, Kerry went back to Vietnam, securing an assignment as “swift boat” skipper.

Kerry commanded his first swift boat, No. 44, from December 1968 through January 1969. He received no medals while serving on this craft.

While in command of Swift Boat 44, Kerry and crew operated without prudence in a Free Fire Zone, carelessly firing at targets of opportunity racking up a number of enemy kills and some civilians. His body count included– a woman, her baby, a 12 year-old boy, an elderly man and several South Vietnamese soldiers.

“It is one of those terrible things, and I’ll never forget, ever, the sight of that child,” Kerry later said about the dead baby. “But there was nothing that anybody could have done about it. It was the only instance of that happening.”

Kerry said he was appalled that the Navy’s ”free fire zone” policy in Vietnam put civilians at such high risk.

Kerry experienced his first intense combat action on Dec. 2, 1968. He was slightly wounded on his arm, earning his first Purple Heart.
In late January 1969, Kerry joined a five-man crew on swift boat No. 94 completing 18 missions over 48 days, almost all of them in the Mekong Delta.

Kerry earned his second Purple Heart after sustaining a minor shrapnel wound in his left thigh on Feb. 20, 1969.

February 28, 1969:
When Kerry’s Patrol Craft Fast 94 received a B-40 rocket shot from shore, he hot dogged his craft beaching it in the center of the enemy position. To his surprise, an enemy soldier sprang up from a hole not ten feet from Patrol Craft 94 and fled.

The boat’s machine gunner hit and wounded the fleeing Viet Cong as he darted behind a hootch. The twin .50s gunner fired at the Viet Cong. He said he “laid 50 rounds” into the hootch before Kerry leaped from the boat and dashed in to administer a “coup de grace” to the wounded Viet Cong. Kerry returned with the B-40 rocket and launcher.

Kerry was given a Silver Star for his actions. Silver Star Award
{short description of image} Kerry and crew stand together in An Thoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 1969, after presentation of Kerry’s Silver Star. He also received a Purple Heart for a minor wound. From left: Del Sandusky, John Kerry, Gene Thorson, Thomas Belodeau. Kneeling from left, Mike Medeiros, Fred Short.
On March 13, 1969, a mine detonated near Kerry’s boat, slighting wounding Kerry in the right arm. He was awarded his third Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for valor.

PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) 94 crew in March 1969,
from left, Gene Thorson, David Alston, Thomas Belodeau, Del Sandusky, and John Kerry.
Kerry crew

When later asked about the severity of the wounds, Kerry said that one of them cost him about two days of service, and that the other two did not interrupt his duty. “Walking wounded,” as Kerry put it. “Walking wounded,” as Kerry put it.

After his third Purple Heart Kerry requested to be sent home. Navy rules, he pointed out, allowed a thrice-wounded soldier to return to the United States immediately.

Commodore Charles F. Horne, an administrative official and commander of the coastal squadron in which Kerry served, filled out a document on March 17, 1969, that said Kerry had “been thrice wounded in action while on duty incountry Vietnam. Reassignment is requested … as a personal aide in Boston, New York, or Wash., D.C. area. In April 1969, having engineered an early transfer out of the conflict because of his three minor wounds, John Kerry left his crew behind and returned home to a sweet assignment as an aide to Rear Admiral Walter F. Schlech, Jr.

In October 1969, while Kerry was still on active duty assigned to Admiral Schlech, Kerry was flying Adam Walinsky (Robert F. Kennedy’s former speech writer), around New York state to deliver anti-war speeches.
BY Jan. 3, 1970, Kerry had become so inspired by Walinsky’s anti-war beliefs that he petitioned Admiral Schlech, “to tell his boss that his conscientious dictated that he protest the war, that he wanted out of the Navy immediately so that he could run for congress.”
Admiral Schlech consented and Kerry received an honorable discharge from the Navy six months early.
Kerry, a decorated veteran who seemed to be a clone of former President John F. Kennedy, right down to the military service on a patrol boat made a 1970 bid for Congress in Massachusetts’ Third District. Kerry’s candidacy was soon rejected by the Third District caucus members.
In June 1970, Kerry joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Kerry remained low-key in VVAW activities until September 7,1970 when he accepted a prominent roll in VVAW’s Operation RAW (Rapid American Withdrawal.)
Operation RAW called for “Vietnam Vets to march 86 miles between two Revolutionary War sites- Morristown, New Jersey and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania- engaging in gorilla theater all the way . . . the spectacle of this ragtag band of ex soldiers was bound to get the media’s attention and it did.”

At Valley Forge, Kerry rubbed elbows with actress Hanoi Jane Fonda (VVAW’s most prominent promoter) and apparently was taken with the power of her rhetoric.
Fonda “standing on the bed of a pick-up truck, denounced the Nixon administration as being a beehive for cold blooded killers.”
It was at Valley Forge with Fonda that Kerry grabbed the ears of the VVAW. Kerry stepped on to the back of the pick up and yelled into a microphone “we are here because we above all others have earned the right to criticize the war on southeast Asia . . . We are here to say that it is not patriotism to ask Americans to die for a mistake or that it is not patriotic to allow a president to talk about not being the first president to lose a war and using us as pawns in that game.” Hanio Jane Fonda and Hanoi John Kerry
A youthful John Kerry is pictured in the background direcly above Hanoi Jane Fonda’s head during Operation RAW at Valley Forge

From Valley Forge, Kerry and Fonda headed for Detroit, MI and their next propaganda scheme — the Winter Soldier Investigation.
From January 31 to February 2, 1971, over 125 self-proclaimed Vietnam veterans testified at a Detroit Howard Johnson’s about wholesale rape, torture, and murder they claimed U.S. soldiers committed in Vietnam.
From Detroit, Kerry took his VVAW to the Nation’s capital and the Washington Spring Offense.
Pictured right – VVAW supported demonstration at the Capitol, one of many that became known as the Washington Spring Offense.- April – May 1971. VVAW Protest
Kerry Kerry, pictured left, directing VVAW’s massive pro-Hanoi demonstration in Washington. – April 1971
As a national leader of VVAW, Kerry campaigned against the effort of the United States to contain the spread of Communism. He used the blood of servicemen still in the field for his own political advancement by claiming that their blood was being shed unnecessarily or in vain.

Under Kerry’s leadership, VVAW members mocked the uniform of United States soldiers by wearing tattered fatigues marked with pro-communist graffiti. They dishonored America by marching in demonstrations under the flag of the Viet Cong enemy.

Pictured right, April 1971, VVAW demonstration – Washington, D.C. VVAW demonstration
VVAW demonstration Kerry organized one of the most confrontational protests of the entire Vietnam War called Operation Dewey Canyon III.

It began April 18, 1971, with nearly 1,000 Vietnam vets gathered on the Washington, D.C., Mall for what they called “a limited incursion into the country of Congress.

Pictured left, VVAW demonstrators armed with toy rifles, stage guerrilla theatre with mock “search and destroy” missions and massacres of civilians.
Sen. Ted Kennedy and protest leader Kerry discuss the demonstration. Ted Kennedy_Kerry
Over the fence On April 23, 1971, Kerry led members of VVAW in a protest during which they threw their medals and ribbons over a fence in front of the U.S. Capitol.
“We came here to undertake one last mission, to search out and destroy the last vestige of this barbaric war,” Kerry told the cheering mass. There is no picture here because lawyers representing John Kerry’s interest threatened our Internet server with legal action unless the picture was removed. CLICK HERE to visit another server and see pictures Kerry supporters are trying to hide.
Kerry At a jammed Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on April 23, 1971, Kerry took his case to Congress. In a room crammed with television cameras, Kerry, dressed in green fatigues decorated with a Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Purple Heart ribbons, gave testimony that defined him and made possible his political career.

In a political style, reminiscent of John Kennedy’s memorable “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Kerry asked, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam – How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”
Much of Kerry’s speech before Congress painted his fellow GIs as so brutal that, today, they could easily be mistaken for Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen killers.

He reported to Congress that U.S. soldiers had “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.”

By the following day, April 24, the publicity from the 22nd and 23rd helped draw at least 250,000 demonstrators to the Mall in a massive protest.
Kerry, wearing his combat jacket, addressed the rally from the Capitol steps.

In less than a week, Kerry was transformed from little-known former swift boat skipper to a national icon for a movement that advocated against U.S. involvement in Vietnam and for the communist Vietnamese.
Kerry was a supporter of the “People’s Peace Treaty,” a supposed “people’s” declaration to end the war, reportedly drawn up in communist East Germany.

It included nine points, all of which were taken from Viet Cong peace proposals at the Paris peace talks as conditions for ending the war.

One of the provisions stated: “The Vietnamese pledge that as soon as the U.S. government publicly sets a date for total withdrawal [from Vietnam], they will enter discussion to secure the release of all American prisoners, including pilots captured while bombing North Vietnam.”

In other words, Kerry and his VVAW advocated the communist line to withdraw all U.S. troops from Vietnam first and then negotiate with Hanoi over the release of prisoners. Had the nine points of the “People’s Peace Treaty” favored by Kerry been accepted by American negotiators, the United States would have totally lost all leverage to get the communists to release any POWs captured during the war years.

VVAW supported demonstration, Washington Spring Offensive, April – May 1971 Vet Cong flag at Capital Building

Several weeks later, Kerry was featured in a on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Correspondent Morley Safer, in the segment portrayed Kerry as an eloquent man who had a “Kennedyesque” future. “Do you want to be president of the United States?” Safer asked Kerry.
“No,” Kerry replied. “That’s such a crazy question when there are so many things to be done and I don’t know whether I could do them.”

VVAW VC Flag Vice President Spiro T. Agnew said that Kerry, “who drew rave notices in the media for his eloquent testimony before Congress,” was using material ghosted for him by a former Kennedy speech writer (Adam Walinsky).

Pictured left, VVAW supported demonstration during the Washington Spring Offensive, April – May 1971. Notice the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong flags.
{short description of image} During Memorial Day weekend, Kerry joined a throng of antiwar protesters on the green in Lexington, Mass., where he and hundreds of others were arrested.
Kerry ran for election to the U.S. House in 1972 during which he found it necessary to suppress reproduction of the cover picture appearing on his own book, The New Soldier. His political opponent pointed out that it depicted several unkempt youths crudely handling an upside down American flag to mock the famous photo of the U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima. There is no picture here because lawyers representing John Kerry’s interest threatened our Internet server with legal action unless the picture was removed. CLICK HERE to visit another server. Scroll down to see a picture of the book cover Kerry supporters are trying to hide.
Kerry graduated from Boston College Law School in 1976, then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County.

He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1982

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984

Re-elected to the Senate in 1990 – Kerry, as co-chairman of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, proved himself to be a masterful chameleon at burying the POW/MIA issue

In 1991, the United States Senate created the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs to examine the possibility that U.S. POW/MIAs might still be held by the Vietnamese.

As chairman of the Select Committee, Kerry proved himself to be a masterful chameleon portraying to the public at large what appeared to be an unbiased approach to resolving the POW/MIA issue.

But, in reality, no one in the United States Senate pushed harder to bury the POW/MIA issue, the last obstacle preventing normalization of relations with Hanoi, than John Forbes Kerry.

In fact, his first act as chairman was to travel to Southeast Asia, where during a stopover in Bangkok, Thailand, he lectured the U.S. Chamber of Commerce there on the importance of lifting the trade embargo and normalizing relations with Vietnam.

During the entire life of the Senate Select Committee, Kerry never missed a chance to propaganderize and distort the facts in favor of Hanoi. C. Stewart Forbes, Chief Executive Officer of Colliers International (Kerry’s cousin), was awarded a contract worth billions designating Colliers International as the exclusive real estate agent representing Vietnam.

In December of 1992, not long after Kerry was quoted in the world press stating “President Bush should reward Vietnam within a month for its increased cooperation in accounting for American MIAs,” Vietnam announced it had granted Boston, Massachusetts based Colliers International, a contract worth billions. Colliers International became exclusive real estate agent representing Vietnam.

That deal alone put Colliers in a position to make tens of millions of dollars on the rush to upgrade Vietnam’s ports, railroads, highways, government buildings, etc.

Sydney H. Schanberg, associate editor and columnist for New York Newsday and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist veteran of the Indochina War whose book, The Death and Life of Dith Pran, became the subject of the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields, chronicled some of Kerry’s more blatant pro-Hanoi biases in several of his columns. In a Nov. 21, 1993 column, Schanberg wrote, “Highly credible information has been surfacing in recent days which indicates that the headlines you have been reading about a ‘breakthrough’ in Hanoi’s cooperation on the POW/MIA issue are part of a carefully scripted performance. The apparent purpose is to move toward normalization of relations with Hanoi.

“Sen. John F. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, is one of the key figures pushing for normalization. Kerry is currently on a visit to Vietnam where he has been doing two things:

(1) praising the Vietnamese effusively for granting access to their war archives and
(2) telling the press that there’s no believable evidence to back up the stories of live POWs still being held.

“Ironically, that very kind of live-POW evidence has been brought to Kerry’s own committee on a regular basis over the past year, and he has repeatedly sought to impeach its value.

Moreover, Kerry and his allies on the committee – such as Sens. John McCain, Nancy Kassebaum and Tom Daschle – have worked to block much of this evidence from being made public.”

Kerry In the Senate debate itself, Kerry, rather than embarass Vietnam by demanding the truth, launched a highly publicized diversionary investigation of the POW/MIA families and activists, who were demanding an honest accounting.

Kerry labeled them “professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos” who were only involved in the POW/MIA issue for money.

Pictured left, Sen. John Kerry in Hanoi seated under a bust of Communist Vietnam’s deceased leader, Ho Chi Minh.

Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs January 1993 Final Report The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs published in its January 1993 Final Report (page 6) that American servicemen were left behind alive and in captivity.

Kerry’s Select Committee staff, in order to soft pedal this abandonment, added in the report “We acknowledge that there is no proof that U.S. POWs survived.”

Kerry’s “no proof” assertion, was an outright lie. It was an effort by Kerry’s pro-Hanoi staff to bury our POW/MIA’s and further open the doors to trade with Vietnam.

Kerry maintained there was “no proof U.S. POWs survived,” but never produced evidence proving the left behind POWs were dead, or who was responsible for their deaths or where their remains were located.

Kerry never demanded that Vietnam explain.

Kerry was re-elected to the Senate in 1996

Pictured right with Sen. Ted Kennedy, Kerry was re-elected to the Senate in 2002.

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