7/30/04 10:00 AM EST
Book Challenges Kerry's Vietnam Military Record
While the Democratic nominee was receiving mostly favorable press for his duty in Vietnam over 30 years ago, the Washington Times reports this morning that a "group of former sailors who served with" John Kerry in Vietnam "are telling a different story. Rather than depicting Mr. Kerry as a war hero, they are quoted in a new book accusing him of exaggerating and falsifying his experiences." The group says "that of 23 crew members photographed with Mr. Kerry more than 30 years ago in Vietnam, only one supports his presidential campaign. They will announce a nationwide campaign by 'Swift Boat Veterans for Truth' to tell the American public about what they say is Mr. Kerry's true war record." The book "quotes Mr. Kerry's fellow combatants as saying two of his Purple Hearts came from friendly fire, not the enemy."