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Rockntractor
07-30-2011, 11:02 PM
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July 30, 2011
Secrecy Surrounds Silver Star Medal Revocation
By Gary Larson

Are Senator John F. Kerry's medals also in danger of being revoked? Don't count on it.

"San Diego -- In a highly unusual move, the Navy secretary has stripped a Silver Star awarded to a retired captain and Vietnam swift boat veteran who is serving a federal prison sentence after admitting to child pornography." -- Navy Times, July 25, 2011

Except for a few intrepid news and opinion outlets, plus Navy Times, a respected military newspaper, a cone of liberal silence descended around shocking news that a Silver Star medal for gallantry was yanked from a high-ranking Navy officer back in August 2010. No why is given; it is shrouded in the mist of military bureaucracy.

What is clear: so far, the revocation of the third-highest honor in the pantheon of military medals is unrelated to the conviction of retired Navy Capt. Wade Sanders for possessing horrid child pornography. He is serving a 37-month sentence in a federal prison for that felony crime, perpetrated in 2008, also largely unknown until now.

Military medals for gallantry are not lightly revoked. Recipients are entitled to recognition due for their heroic self-sacrificing deeds as portrayed in medal citations. Medals are a way for a grateful nation to thank its real-life heroes for risking their lives in uniform. Knowingly false reporting for medal consideration is a court-martial offense.

All the more reason higher grades of medals, leaving out "good conduct" stuff, ought to be based on facts, not fancy, nor on exaggerated tales of faux bravery. Fudging facts is off-limits. I know. As additional duty back in the sixties, I wrote medal citations from after-action reports. To be frank, at times I doubted the total veracity of walk-on-water heroics in those field reports. Sometimes, albeit rarely, I requested additional info from commanders. Some were irked by that. "Damn headquarter types," grumbled one light bird, rebuffing my request as unpatriotic, or something dastardly.

Revoking Sanders' Silver Star is no small or laughing matter. It is all the more noteworthy because he introduced his fellow swift boat vet and Navy pal John F. Kerry at the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston. That was when Kerry portrayed himself as a national hero "reporting for duty," with a smart salute. Sanders served as Kerry's point man, and he proved to be a tenacious attack dog. Sanders tired his best to "take down" the noble, ultimately successful efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth.
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Strange in many ways.

medic92
08-02-2011, 08:41 PM
Strange but not surprising really.

The number of people who lied or exaggerated their exploits in order to receive awards that would help their career was pretty high. Career advancement was also part of the problem in Vietnam. So many officers wanted combat billets on their records they had to reduce the tour of duty for officers so there was rarely any real continuity in unit leadership.

That was close to a thread hijack!

I'm more curious about the ripple effect this revocation might have. How does it affect the person(s) who nominated him for the award? Does it taint their credibility?

megimoo
08-02-2011, 10:02 PM
Strange but not surprising really.

The number of people who lied or exaggerated their exploits in order to receive awards that would help their career was pretty high. Career advancement was also part of the problem in Vietnam. So many officers wanted combat billets on their records they had to reduce the tour of duty for officers so there was rarely any real continuity in unit leadership.

That was close to a thread hijack!

I'm more curious about the ripple effect this revocation might have. How does it affect the person(s) who nominated him for the award? Does it taint their credibility?

This issue,with Kerry at least,has been pretty much hashed over by Corsi ..Kerry had the typewriter,he admitted that he wrote his own combat reports,he inflated his battle conduct..His reports of combat were proven bogus by eyewitnesses ..

His sole purpose was to prepare a fictional military Hero Legend so he could run for political office when he got out but they dumped him with an undesirable discharge under less-than-honorable conditions, as unfit for military service.

Five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry's medals were reissued. W. Graham Claytor,Carter's secretary of the Navy,reissued his Discharge.

Obama's Secretary of the Navy is covering Kerry's ass as they did under Carter when they changed his discharge from an undesirable to a Convenience..The man always has always been a fraud..

AmPat
08-02-2011, 10:10 PM
Strange but not surprising really.

The number of people who lied or exaggerated their exploits in order to receive awards that would help their career was pretty high. Career advancement was also part of the problem in Vietnam. So many officers wanted combat billets on their records they had to reduce the tour of duty for officers so there was rarely any real continuity in unit leadership.

That was close to a thread hijack!

I'm more curious about the ripple effect this revocation might have. How does it affect the person(s) who nominated him for the award? Does it taint their credibility?

Depends on why the revocation. If for post combat child pornography actions, the person who nominated him cannot be held responsible for actions not yet taken. I'm more interested in why this is not plastered all over the news. Could it be the liberal media wants to keep a lid on yet another filthy fellow liberal ?
If it were a Conservative it would be six weeks of headlines.

megimoo
08-03-2011, 12:56 AM
Wade Sanders is an attorney from in San Diego, California and a retired United States Navy Captain who served as Deputy Assistant United States Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs during the Clinton Administration. He was formerly California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi's senior adviser for veterans and military affairs. As an attorney, he specialized in the legal practice of corporate governance and ethics, as well as employee owned companies and lobbying for major corporations. In December 2008 he pled guilty to one charge of possession of child pornography.

Naval career

A combat veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as Swift Boat skipper, PCF-98 and retired reserve Navy Captain, Sanders served nearly thirty years of active and reserve Naval service and received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and in 1992 was awarded the Silver Star.

In August 2010, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stripped Sanders of the Silver Star. According to a Navy spokesperson,.....

..... "Had the subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself been known to the secretary of the Navy in 1992, those facts would have prevented the award of the Silver Star."......

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