The "honorable discharge" on the Kerry Web site appears to be a Carter administration substitute for an original action expunged from Mr. Kerry's record, according to Mark Sullivan, who retired as a captain in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve in 2003 after 33 years of service as a judge advocate. Mr. Sullivan served in the office of the Secretary of the Navy between 1975 and 1977.
On behalf of the Kerry campaign, Michael Meehan and others have repeatedly insisted that all of Mr. Kerry's military records are on his Web site atjohnkerry.com, except for his medical records.
"If that is the case," Mr. Sullivan said, "the true story isn't what was on the Web site. It's what's missing. There should have been an honorable discharge certificate issued to Kerry in 1975, if not earlier, three years after his transfer to the Standby Reserve-Inactive."
Another retired Navy Reserve officer, who served three tours in the Navy's Bureau of Personnel, points out that there should also have been a certified letter giving Mr. Kerry a choice of a reserve reaffiliation or separation and discharge. If Mr. Meehan is correct and all the documents are indeed on the Web site, the absence of any documents from 1972 to 1978 in the posted Kerry files is a glaring hole in the record.
The applicable U.S. Navy regulation, now found at MILPERSMAN 1920-210 "Types of Discharge for Officers," lists five examples of conditions required to receive an honorable discharge certificate, four required to receive a general discharge "not of such a nature as to require discharge under conditions other than honorable," and seven for "the lowest type of separation from the naval service. It is now officially in all respects equivalent to a dishonorable discharge."
Kerry spokesman David Wade did not reply when asked if Mr. Kerry was other than honorably discharged before he was honorably discharged.
Certainly something was wrong as early as 1973 when Mr. Kerry was applying to law school. Mr. Kerry has said, "I applied to Harvard, Boston University, and Boston College. I was extremely late. Only BC would entertain a late application."
It is hard to see why Mr. Kerry had to file an "extremely late" application since he lost the congressional race in Lowell, Mass., the first week of November 1972 and was basically doing nothing until he entered law school the following September of 1973the real r.
A member of the Harvard Law School admissions committee recalled that eason Mr. Kerry was not admitted was because the committee was concerned that because Mr. Kerry had received a less than honorable discharge they were not sure he could be admitted to any state bar. (emphasis mine)
Do you think that this is far-fetched? From a psychological perspective it makes complete sense. I have wondered why in the world Kerry has been completely obsessed with his Vietnam service in the Navy. His repetitive mentioning of his medal and his bravery. His "reporting for duty". His screams of rage when anyone doubted his "patriotism". These are all the red flags of someone who has SEVERE doubts about that service, and now we know why. Kerry postponed his political career until he could get a man like Jimmy Carter to "fix" the situation.
Kerry must have been relatively certain that the details of this would never come out and just to be sure, he has never released any military documents from the period in question. But like the "Tell-Tale Heart" of Edgar Allan Poe, his own feelings of guilt have actually betrayed him. His exaggerated emphasis on that record and oversensitivity that any attack on him "questioned his patriotism".
Kerry IS A LIAR. I HAVE ALWAYS QUESTIONED HIS PATRIOTISM. I BELIEVE THAT ALL HIS 30 YEARS OF POLITICAL ACTIVITY HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO CRIPPLE AND WEAKEN AMERICA (whether consciously or unconsciously), and this is the main reason I could never have supported him under any circumstances for President and Commander in Chief. John Kerry has perpetrated the ultimate lie on the American people. And the mainstream media have let him get away with it. John Kerry is now within striking range of the US Presidency.
If noone else does, I QUESTION THE PATRIOTISM OF THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA. They have consistently ignored this "glaring hole in the Kerry's records"; they have aided and abetted his lying, by never questioning him about it; and they have even covered up for him (see the link in the first paragraph of this post, if you doubt it). This would have been a story of critical importance in this election. The press could have been powerful force working for the people of the country by INSISTNG that John Kerry come clean. But they chose to focus all their journalistic abilities (however small) on trying to turn Bush's honorable service in the TANG into something that could hurt him politically; and to give John Kerry's more questionable activities during and after the Vietnam war a completely free pass--even to the point of ignoring hundreds of men who served with him.
George Bush has never claimed that he should be Commander in Chief based on his TANG service 30 years ago. He bases it on the three years of having no terrorist attacks on our homeland.
Whatever happens tomorrow, I know I will have voted for the right man to lead this country during the difficult times ahead. My conscience is clear.
UPDATE: American Daughter has the full story about Kerry's discharge, including documents at her site. Go take a look!