View Full Version : Admiral speaks out, disputes Kerry's account of 1st wound

27th August 04, 07:34 AM
Admiral speaks out, disputes Kerry's account of 1st wound

NEW YORK -- Retired Rear Adm. William L. Schachte Jr. said Thursday in his first on-the-record interview about the swift boat veterans dispute that "I was absolutely in the skimmer" in the early morning on Dec. 2, 1968, when Lt. (j.g.) John Kerry was involved in an incident that led to his first Purple Heart.

"Kerry nicked himself with a M-79 [grenade launcher]," Schachte said in a telephone interview from his home in Charleston, S.C. He said, "Kerry requested a Purple Heart."

Grant Hibbard, who as a lieutenant commander was Schachte's superior officer, confirmed that Schachte always went on these skimmer missions and said, "I don't think he [Kerry] was alone" on his first assignment. Hibbard said he had told Kerry to "forget it" when he asked for a Purple Heart.

Link to the full story (http://www.suntimes.com/output/novak/cst-nws-novak27.html)

Typically, you don't have to go and ASK for a purple heart.

This is an ADMIRAL, speaking out here. That and Kerry's own foregunner from PCF-44 calls Kerry deceitful.

27th August 04, 10:01 AM
Typically you wouldnt have to ask for a purple heart aif you really deserved it. You make sure to ask and press for such a medal if you are planning on using those medals for future purposes e.g. getting out of combat as soon as possible.