John Kerry's service records.

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Ben_n_austin111, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Ben_n_austin111

    Ben_n_austin111 Benched

    734 Messages
    0 Likes Received

    Who do you want leading a war?

    John Kerry's Service Record
    View John Kerry's official naval records by clicking here.

    View John Kerry's after-action combat reports by clicking here.

    View The Command History for Coastal Division 11 for 1969

    John Kerry volunteered for service in the Navy during the Vietnam War, where he served as skipper of a Swift Boat.

    Lt. Kerry was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V, three awards of the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

    He is a cofounder of the Vietnam Veterans of America and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Kerry is also a member of the NamVets Association, the SWIFT Boat Sailors Association, and is the honorary co-chair of the United States Navy Memorial Foundation, a Corporate Council Member of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and sits on the Advisory Council for the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project.

    In the years since Kerry returned from Vietnam, he has stood up for veterans and the issues of importance to veterans, like mandatory funding for VA healthcare, and concurrent receipt. John Kerry has made it his life's work to remind politicians that the first definition of patriotism is how a grateful nation treats its veterans.

    John Kerry's Vietnam Service Record:

    February 18, 1966 – Kerry formally enlists in the U.S. Navy

    August 22, 1966 – Kerry reports for Naval Officer Candidate School at the U.S. Naval Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island

    December 16, 1966 – Kerry receives commission as an Ensign

    January 3, 1967 – Kerry reports for duty at the Naval Schools Command at Treasure Island (CA)-Takes 10 week Officer Damage Control Course

    March 22, 1967 – Reports to U.S. Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center (CA). Receives training as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer.

    June 8, 1967 – Kerry reports to USS Gridley-serves in several capacities

    February 9, 1968 – USS Gridley departs for a Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment, to engage in operations in support of the Vietnam War. Ship spends time in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam, at Subic Bay in the Philippines and in Wellington, New Zealand

    February 10, 1968 – Kerry requests duty in Vietnam He lists his first preference for a position as an officer in charge of a Swift Boat (designated PCF for Patrol Craft Fast), his second as an officer in a patrol boat (designated PBR, for Patrol Boat River) squadron

    May 27, 1968 – USS Gridley sets sail for the US

    June 6, 1968 – Kerry arrives in Long Beach the day after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is killed in Los Angeles

    June 16, 1968 – Kerry promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade

    July 20, 1968 – Kerry leaves Gridley for specialized training at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA in preparation for service as commander of a Swift Boat. These unarmored, but heavily armed, fifty foot aluminum hulled patrol boats depended on speed and agility when engaging the enemy.

    November 17, 1968 – Upon completion of his training, Kerry reports for duty to Coastal Squadron 1, Coastal Division 14, Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam.

    December 1968 through January 1969 – Kerry commands PCF-44

    December 2, 1968 – Kerry experiences first intense combat; receives first combat related injury.

    December 6, 1968 – Kerry moved to Coastal Division 11 at An Thoi on Phu Quoc Island

    December 13, 1968 – Kerry moved to Coastal Division 13, Cam Ranh Bay

    December 24, 1968 – Kerry involved in combat during the Christmas Eve truce of 1968. The truce was three minutes old when mortar fire exploded around Lieutenant Kerry and his five-man crew. Reacting swiftly, John Kerry and his crew silenced the machine gun nest

    January 22, 1969 – Kerry and other Swift boat commanders travel to Saigon for meeting with Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV), and Gen. Creighton Abrams, Commander United States Military Assistance Command Vietnam (COMUSMACV)

    Late January, 1969 – Kerry joined his 5 man crew on PCF-94

    Late January through Early March, 1969 – Starting in late January 1969, this crew completed 18 missions over an intense and dangerous 48 days, almost all of them in the dense jungles of the Mekong Delta. Kerry's crew included engineman Eugene Thorson, later an Iowa cement mason; David Alston, then the crew's only African-American and today a minister in South Carolina; petty officer Del Sandusky of Illinois; rear gunner and quartermaster Michael Medeiros of California; and the late Tom Belodeau, who joined the crew fresh out of Chelmsford High School in Massachusetts. Others rotated in and out of the crew. The most intense action came during an extraordinary eight days of more than 10 firefights, remembered by Kerry's crew as the "days of hell."

    February 20, 1969 – Kerry and crew involved in combat; Kerry receives second combat injury – Kerry earned his second Purple Heart after sustaining a shrapnel wound in his left thigh.

    February 28, 1969 – For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict with Viet Cong insurgents in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 February 1969. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry was serving as Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 94 and Officer in Tactical Command of a three-boat mission. As the force approached the target area on the narrow Dong Cung River, all units came under intense automatic weapons and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force less than fifty-feet away. Unhesitatingly, Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry ordered his boat to attack as all units opened fire and beached directly in front of the enemy ambushers. The daring and courageous tactic surprised the enemy and succeeded in routing a score of enemy soldiers. The PCF gunners captured many enemy weapons in the battle that followed. On a request from U.S. Army advisors ashore, Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry ordered PCFs 94 and 23 further up river to suppress enemy sniper fire. After proceeding approximately eight hundred yards, the boats again were taken under fire from a heavily foliated area and B-40 rocket exploded close aboard PCF-94; with utter disregard for his own safety and the enemy rockets, he again ordered a charge on the enemy, beached his boat only ten feet from the VC rocket position, and personally led a landing party ashore in pursuit of the enemy. Upon sweeping the area an immediate search uncovered an enemy rest and supply area which was destroyed. The extraordinary daring and personal courage of Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry in attacking a numerically superior force in the face of intense fire were responsible for the highly successful mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    March 13, 1969 – For heroic achievement while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN engaged in armed conflict with Viet Cong communist aggressors in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 13 March 1969. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry was serving as Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 94, one of five boats conducting a SEA Lords operation in the Bay Hap River. While exiting the river, a mine detonated under another Inshore Patrol Craft and almost simultaneously, another mine detonated wounding Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry in the right arm. In addition, all units began receiving small arms and automatic weapons fire from the river banks. When Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry discovered he had a man overboard, he returned upriver to assist. The man in the water was receiving sniper fire from both banks. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry directed his gunners to provide suppressing fire, while from an exposed position on the bow, his arm bleeding and in pain and with disregard for his safety, he pulled the man aboard. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry then directed his boat to return and assist the other damaged boat to safety. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry’s calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Lieutenant (junior grade) Kerry is authorized to wear the Combat “V”.

    March 17, 1969 – The policy of Coastal Squadron One, the swift boat command, was to send home any individual who is wounded three times in action. After sustaining his third wound from enemy action in Vietnam, Kerry was granted relief under this policy.

    Early April, 1969 – Kerry departs Vietnam

    April 11, 1969 – Kerry reports for duty at the Military Sea Transportation Service, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Brooklyn, NY.

    January 1, 1970 – Kerry promoted to (full) Lieutenant

    January 3, 1970 – Kerry requests discharge

    March 1, 1970 – Kerry’s date of separation from Active Duty

    April 29, 1970 – Kerry listed as Registrant who has completed service
  2. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

    4,668 Messages
    0 Likes Received
    Personally I think both candidates have questions about their respective roles in the Vietnam War and should just agree to drop it - the War on Terror is not the Cold War, and Iraq is not Vietnam. Therefore this requires new methods and new tactics.

    I'm more concerned on how they plan on combating terrorism NOW - not what they did 30 years ago.
  3. Jammer

    Jammer Retired Air Force Guy

    3,656 Messages
    432 Likes Received
    Unlike Kerry, who has refused to release all his military records, Bush has opened them up to public scrutiny. I work with a bunch of activated Reservists and Guards, so to claim what they do for our country is not the same as active duty is sickening.

    Show me where there is any PROOF of Bush deserting and I'll change my mind. And believe it or not, rumor is not proof.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Hunka Hunka Burning BP Staff Member

    66,271 Messages
    11,659 Likes Received

    You know when I was on active duty (years ago) we used to call them weekend end warriors and the like...did not have much respect for them...but when desert storm hit guess who was brought back to active duty...yep those very same guys and cousin was brought back in as well.

    Now after all of that settled down many stayed in reserves and I do not know about the states that any of you live in, but in WV we have had MANY units go over to Iraq and other areas since the whole thing soon as few groups come back (and my cousin is back now) they are sending others over.

    So although at the time of being an Active army guy it was cliche to make fun of the reserves...we learned later that they do play a role and greatly help this country.

    And to be honest we used to think they had it easy because they only had to work so much time out of the year...but when something breaks out like it did then and can actually be harder for the people then the ones on active duty.

    You think these people have careers and other issues that they normally take care of, they only had to alter that a weekend a month and a couple of weeks once a year....but when something happens like desert storm of the recent issues they are swept up and thrown into duty and in many cases it causes a great deal of hardships for these men and women.

    Sure they are aware (or at least should be) that at any time they can be called to active duty...but still anytime someone grows use to doing things in life and then it alters drastically and not only affects you but your family, possibly your job and other areas of concern (bills, housing)...then it would be hard for them....where an active duty person is used to the life of the military.

    Oh well just rambling some. :)

Share This Page