Monday, October 25, 2004

How John Kerry Saved lives in Viet Nam

Here are statistics from the Combat Area Casualty File (CACF) as of November 1993. The CACF is the basis for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall):

Average age of 58,148 killed in Vietnam was 23.11 years. (Although 58,169 names are in the Nov. 93 database, only 58,148 have both event date and birth date. Event date is used instead of declared dead date for some of those who were listed as missing in action) [CACF]



Deaths Average Age
Total 58,148 23.11 years
Enlisted 50,274 22.37 years
Officers 6,598 28.43 years
Warrants 1,276 24.73 years
E1 525 20.34 years
11B MOS 18,465 22.55 years

John Kerry was instrumental in saving American lives in Vietman by going before Congress. Some of those saved may be the very soldiers now complaining about his actions to stop the war.

2 Comments:

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry is super rich to be the president of people like me. Now Kerry and Teresa Heinz want kiss black folks.. like me, for our votes and if they are elected, they will go back to their elite circle with rich friends. What Kerry has done for black people lately? Vote for Nadar even if he will loose.

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Why John Kerry is My Hero.
During the Vietnam War I was in high school. I watched everyday as more and more of the upper classmates were DRAFTED Something I believe the young people of today have no concept of: What is was like to have NO CHOICE. Most of my young friends had no connections (as Bush so obviously had) and no money (so no college) and no choices, except to go to Canada and be a draft-dodger and ruin your life.

Day after day I watched as many of those very young men NEVER CAME HOME FROM VIETNAM! TENS of THOUSANDS of YOUNG MEN DIED! (Remember for a time the 18 yr olds couldn't even vote, we had to be 21, we changed that law:) Day after day I worked (volunteering) with those who did come home.

The men who were missing arms and legs, men who were wounded in ways which meant they could never have children, men whose minds were so wounded that one knew they were forever changed and would never be what they could have been.
These men were hardly even out of their teens and most were just 18. As a young woman I equated what was happening with the ruin of my future, too. The men I loved and cherished were never going to be able to blissfully marry and have the American Dream, and some would never have even one year of life in their 20's.

As my mother, sister and I marched against the war, my younger brother enlisted, we were horror struck, but supported him with all our hearts. (And now support his son as his son serves in the Airforce. Bless you Michael. May ^i^'s watch over you. But I will fight to keep my daughter from being drafted.)

Nothing we common folk could do seemed to change anything, again we were dealing with a lying government... WHOSE SONS WERE SAFELY IN COLLEGE OR THE NATIONAL GUARD! (Those were the guys forced to tear gas unruly demonstrators, don't ever forget 4 dead in Ohio, etc...) The horror never struck home to our policy makers, we felt they just saw all these very young men as chess pieces on a board that they had a right to put directly in the line of fire.

John Kerry was a voice out of the darkness, he could testify to the truth in ways that the government could not dismiss as just another good-for-nothing hippie or useless draft-dodger!

He was an educated young man who had volunteered to serve his country honorably, had achieved an Officer standing, had experienced the truth about Vietnam and was NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK THE TRUTH! (Those who have not read his testimony before congress only know 'spin'.)

The testimony John Kerry offered helped the war to end!

If not for him and young men like him-- who knows how many more young men would have died, been mutilated for life (both physically and mentally). Who knows how much longer that war would have gone on.

John Kerry is my Hero today because of his courage beyond his military service. His courage to fight against a corrupt government. His courage to stand-up against horrible odds, and with no thought for his own reputation or safety, fought the very good fight.

No-one today can honestly say that the Vietnam War was a good war and I don't see one person doing that doing that.

Very few people who had any standing or power stood up against the Vietnam War, while it was going on.

John Kerry did.

Very few people with any standing or power have stood up against the Iraq war.

John Kerry is.

John Kerry is my hero.

He shows a courage that is way-beyond the courage it takes to stand in front of flying bullets.

(Which courage Bush never had.)

I believe John Kerry shows the type of courage that the Founders of our Country showed, the courage to stand up for what is RIGHT regardless of the consequences.

I intend to vote the way the 9-11 WIDOWS are voting (God bless them!) I will vote for John Kerry a man who has been my hero for a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Faith Pau'lele O'Neill

VOTE YOUR HOPES!
VOTE YOUR HOPES!
VOTE YOUR HOPES!

Lele walea akua la
'Go easily with spiritual assistance'
Amana, ua noa
'Let it be so'

Abigail Smith Adams
1744-1818
A prolific letter writer, patriot, abolitionist, and early feminist, she witnessed the gathering storm of the American Revolution and saw the battle of Bunker Hill from a hilltop near her home.
"...remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.... If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation."

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.

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NOW GO GET OUT THE VOTE!

 

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