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October 01, 2004

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TM

A question someone will eventually ask Lipscomb - Lipscomb provides a long explanation of the coding system for communications, and tells us that kerry's the one.

But just below the code for Kerry is the code for Thurlow (I think) preceded by a "(u)" - (I would type it out, but the .pdf is freezing).

So, why doesn't this mean that Thurlow wrote this? I understand that he was not on the cutter from which the message was sent, and that he denies writing it, but still...

rbh

In the article, Lipscomb writes:

If the report had been submitted by the mission commander, in this case Thurlow, according to the operations order, it would have begun with a "C" for commander of the Task Element, and the sender would have been "CTE 194.5.4.4."

Cecil Turner

John O'Neill gave a recent interview that makes many of the same points:

Now what’s the evidence there was no fire? First of all, the report for that day, the After Action Report, was written by John Kerry as the officer in tactical command. He’s refused to state whether he wrote it or not but every other officer at the scene has said he wrote it. In addition it relates primarily to the operation of his own boat. So we know it’s his report. It says there was 3.2 miles, 5,000 meters of fire from both banks. This is like going through Seminary and Cemetery Ridge at a distance of 75 yards. It’s a complete total fabrication, a lie to the Navy that served as the basis of everybody’s citation that day.
As O'Neill points out, much of the report concerns PCF 94's point of view (though I think he's wrong about the OTC, which would appear to be Thurlow). One thing that seems suggestive, the "fire continued for about 5000 meters" implies running a gauntlet . . . and by all reports the only boat that was speeding was Kerry's.

Thomas Drew

Please, folks: let's assume for the sake of argument that all Mr. Kerry's medals are well earned. So what. (1) That was over thirty years ago, and anyway (2) how unseemly it is to be bragging about them, now or ever. Real heroes usually talk a different way. The man's got no class--or rather, he has only class, in a different, insidious sense, going for him. But more important, he's got nothing important to say about the present and the near future. Thanks be to God, it looks like he's going down to defeat.

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