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September 21, 2004

Navy Looking Into Kerry's Silver Star Citation?

NewsMax claims that the U.S. Navy has launched a "new probe" into John Kerry's Silver Star citation. "Navy Launches Second Kerry Medal Probe," datelined today, cites Monday's New York Post as its source, but I can't find any reference to that article at the moment.

The U.S. Navy has launched a new probe into Sen. John Kerry's Silver Star citation after the Navy secretary whose signature appears on the document said he never signed the award.

"It is a total mystery to me," former Navy Secretary John Lehman told the Chicago Sun-Times in August.

"I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me," he complained.
The Lehman document is the last of three versions of Kerry's Silver Star citation that have been posted on Kerry's campaign Web site.

On Friday, Navy Inspector General Adm. R.A. Route closed out a superficial probe into the circumstances of Kerry's war decorations, one that verified only that appropriate procedures were followed when the commendations were issued.

For those who aren't aware of the issue, there are three different Silver Star citations for John Kerry's medal. Each is signed by a different person, and each time the language is adjusted to be more flattering to Kerry. Idexer has a very nice chart that compares them.

Posted by dan at September 21, 2004 04:16 PM | TrackBack
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Actually the Navy should stay out of it. This is a political fight at the moment and the investigation could be viewed as the subservient military influencing the election.

My opinion.Probably a day late and a dollar short.

Posted by: Mike H. at September 24, 2004 12:12 PM
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