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    Senator Kerry

    We write from our common heritage as veterans of duty aboard Swift Boats in the Vietnam War. Indeed, you should note that a substantial number of those men who served directly with you during your four month tour in Vietnam have signed this letter.

    It is our collective judgment that, upon your return from Vietnam, you grossly and knowingly distorted the conduct of the American soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen of that war (including a betrayal of many of us, without regard for the danger your actions caused us). Further, we believe that you have withheld and/or distorted material facts as to your own conduct in this war.

    We believe you continue this conduct today, albeit by changing from an anti-war to a "war hero" status. You now seek to clad yourself in the very medals that you disdainfully threw away in the early years of your political career. In the process, we believe you continue a deception as to your own conduct through such tactics as the disclosure of only carefully screened portions of your military records. Both then and now, we have concluded that you have deceived the public, and in the process have betrayed honorable men, to further your personal political goals.

    Your conduct is such as to raise substantive concerns as to your honesty and your ability to serve, as you currently seek, as Commander-in-Chief of the military services.

    It is vital that the American public have as much information as possible about candidates for President of the United States. In various ways, you have rightly called upon President Bush to be fully accountable and to provide full disclosure. In the same spirit, now that you are the presumptive nominee of your Party, we believe it is incumbent upon you to make your total military record open to the American people.

    Specifically, we the undersigned formally request that you authorize the Department of the Navy to independently release your military records (through your execution of Standard Form 180), complete and unaltered, including your military medical records. Further, we call upon you to correct the misconceptions your campaign seeks to create as to your conduct while in Vietnam. Permit the American public the opportunity to assess your military performance upon the record, and not upon campaign rhetoric.

    Senator Kerry, we were there. We know the truth. We have been silent long enough. The stakes are too great, not only for America in general but, most importantly, for those who have followed us into service in Iraq and Afghanistan. We call upon you to provide a full, accurate accounting of your conduct in Vietnam.


    Roy Alexander

    Kenneth J. Andrews, Lt.

    Dan V. Armstrong, BM2

    Ray Lewis Ballew

    Alexander Bass

    George “M.” Bates

    Richard Beers

    Paul L. Bennett, Cdr., USN

    Edward J. “Lord Mort” Bergin, Capt., USNR Ret.

    Henry “Buddy” Berman, QM2

    Barry Bogart, EN2

    Bob Bolger Cdr., USN Ret.

    M.T. Boone

    David Borden

    Vern Boyd

    David M. Bradley, LCdr.

    Robert “Friar Tuck” Brant, Cdr. USN (Ret.)

    Kenneth Briggs

    Carlyle J. Brown , EN2

    Kenneth “Buck” Buckholz, GMM3

    Michael C. Burton

    Joe Cahill, Jr., Lt.

    Jack L. Carlson, Lt., USNR

    Billy Carwile, EN3

    Jack Chenoweth

    William Colgan, RD3

    Bill Collins

    Daniel K. Corbett, Lt., USNR

    James M. Corrigan, QM3

    Terry Cosstello

    John H. Davis, Lt.

    William K. Daybert, Cdr.

    James Deal

    John Dooley, Cdr., USN, Ret.
    Dale Duffield , BM1, USN, Ret.

    Robert G. Elder, Lt.

    George M. Elliott, Capt. USNR, Ret.

    Wallace Benjamin Foreman, QM1, USN, Ret.

    William T. Ferris, Capt. USNR, Ret.

    William E. Franke, LT.jg

    Robert L. Franson, BMCS (SW)

    Alfred J. French, III, Capt., JAGC, USNR, Ret.

    Paul F. Fulcomer, RD3

    Ray Fuller, GMG3

    Steve Fulton, Cdr., USN, Ret.

    Mike Gann, Capt., USNR, Ret.

    Steve Gardner

    Bill Garlow

    Les Garrett

    Tony Gisclair

    Robert Gnau, QM2

    Donald Goldberg

    Morton Golde, Cdr. USN, Ret.

    Kenneth Golden

    Gerald L. Good, Lt. USN

    John C. Graves

    Charles E. Green, ENCM, USN Ret.

    Dennis L. Green, GMG

    H.C. Griffin, Jr., Lt. USNR

    I.B.S. (Boyd) Groves, Jr.

    Charles R. Grutzius, Capt. USNR, Ret.

    F.L. Skip “Mustang Sally”

    Gunther, Lt. USN

    Bill Halpin, Lt. USNR, Ret.

    Don C. Hammer, Lt.

    Rock Harmon

    Keith C. Harris, RD2

    Stewart M. Harris, Lt., USN

    Gene Hart, RD3

    Bob Hastings

    Curt Hatler

    John Hecker , RD3

    Chuck Herman, RD3

    Raul Herrera

    Tom Herritage

    Grant (Skip) Hibbard

    Rocky Hildreth

    Roy Hoffmann, Adm., USN, Ret.

    William P. Holden, Capt., USN Ret.

    Wayland Holloway, Lt. USNR

    Robert Hooke, Lt.

    Andy Horne

    John Howell

    Warren Hudson

    Charles W. Hunt, EN3

    Robert Hunt

    Gail E. “Ike” Ikerd, Cdr. Ret.
    John Paul Jones, QM3

    Tom Jones

    Eddie Kajioka ENCS, USN Ret.

    John L. Kipp, Cdr., USN, Ret.

    Thomas H. Klemash

    Kenneth Knipple, EN1

    Robert Koger, QM2

    Mike Kovanen, RD3

    Bob Kreyer, GMG2

    Jack K. Lane, GMG3

    William T. Langham

    William Lannom

    Joseph R. Lavoie, II CWO2 (BOSN), USN Ret.

    Louis Letson, LCdr., USN, Ret.

    Jim Madden, RD3

    William S. Mann, Jr., LT.jg

    Jim Marohn, GMG3

    Douglas Martin, Lt. USNR

    Tom Mason, Lt.

    Donald Matras, EN2 Ret.

    Thomas Mason, Lt.
    Louis Masterson

    Richard McFarland, Lt. USNR

    Kenneth B. McGhee

    James McNeal, ENC

    Larry Meyer

    Jack Merkley, Lt.

    James M. Miller

    Martin Miller, ENC, Ret.

    Marc Milligan, GMG2

    Benjamin A. Montoya, QM3

    Bub Morgan, LT.jg

    Edgar (Ed) M. Morrill, Jr.

    Tom Morrill, EN3

    Wayne H. Moser

    Kurt Moss, Lt. J.G.

    Frank Mueller

    Marc Mulligan, GMG2

    Ed Mundy

    Richard Olsen, Lt.

    John O’Neill

    Albert Owens

    Tedd Peck, Capt. USNR, Ret.

    Robert Phalen, GMG2

    Joseph L. Ponder, GMG-2, USN Ret.

    Charles Plumley

    Chuck Rabel

    Bill Rogers , Lt.

    Jennings Rogerson II, Capt. USMC Ret.

    Patrick Sage GMG3

    Gary W. Sallee, BM2

    Joe Sandoval, GMG3

    Jimmy W. Sanford, RD3

    Robert “Bob” Sattergood

    Jim Schneider, EN2

    Clair J. (Pete) Schrodt, Capt. USN, Ret.

    Jack Shamley

    Patrick Sheedy, Cdr., USN, Ret.

    Paul Shepherd, QM2

    Robert B. Shirley, Lt.jg

    William Shumadine

    Stanley G. Simonson, GMG2
    Darryl Skuce, GMG2
    John J. Skura

    Gerald H. Smith

    Roy Smith

    B. Tony Snesko BM2

    Mike Solhaug

    Jack Spratt, LCDR

    Stirlin Harris, BM2

    Fred E. Stith, USN, (Ret.)

    David R. Stefferud, Capt., USN Ret.

    James Steffes

    Lawrence Stoneberg, Lt. USN Ret.
    Weymouth Symmes

    W.P. (Sonny) Taylor

    James P. Thomas

    Eldon Thompson, LT.jg

    Charles R. Tinstman, ENC

    Gary E. Townsend

    William F. Trainer
    Michael Turley, BM2

    Chris J. Vedborg, RD3

    Jeffrey M. Wainscott, LT. jg

    David Wallace

    Greg Ward, EN2

    Larry J. “Waz” Wasikowski,

    Cdr. U.S. Naval Reserve

    Pete Webster

    Robert T. Wedge, Jr., QM1, USN Ret.

    Steven Weekley, GMG, QM3

    George H. White, II

    R. Shelton White, Lt.
    Gary K. Whittington, EN3

    James D. Wiggins

    Dennis D. Willess, EN3

    Thomas A. Withey, Lt.

    Barnard Wolff

    Thomas W. Wright , Cdr., USN Ret.

    John Wyatt, GMG

    John Yeoman, Lt.

    Ex Officio:

    Verne DeWitt

    David P. Marion , CPT Infantry, US Army

    Benjamin A. Montoya, QM3

    Cordelia Ogrinz, in memory of her brother Alexander J. Ogrinz, III, Lt.

    Rex Rectanus, VADM, USN, Ret.

    Skip Ridley

    Emmett Tidd

    James M. Zumwalt in memory of Elmo Zumwalt, Sr. and Elmo Zumwalt, Jr, his father and brother

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