I had hoped that John Kerry would have left his military record low-key and presented only his record of accomplishments during the last 30-plus years. But no, he chooses to present himself as a war hero in about 90 percent of his acceptance speech. Our Vietnam experience is a special memory etched in our minds and not to be tarnished ever again. So with Kerry trying to paint a patriotic picture of himself, I must speak the truth.
John Kerry's limited four months and 12 days tour of duty in Vietnam was far overshadowed by his turncoat 18-month performance in the United States in 1971-72. He joined the ranks of "Hanoi Jane" Fonda to protest the war effort. Fonda betrayed America and befriended the North Vietnamese enemy. Kerry joined her anti-war cause in 1971. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that those of us serving in Vietnam, including our POWs and MIAs, were murderous war criminals who had committed unspeakable atrocities. He stood before the TV audiences and claimed that the 500,000 men and women in Vietnam and in combat were all villains and there were no heroes. I tear up thinking about how awful the torture of our POWs must have gotten when the enemy heard John Kerry's damning remarks. I can never forgive or forget what he did to our brave soldiers' spirits. John Kerry's 1971 book, "The New Soldier," had Kerry's thugs posing in a parody of the Iwo Jima flag raising with the U.S. flag displayed upside down.