Ed Driscoll

Navy Challenges Kerry Records

This may be a first:

The Kerry campaign has repeatedly stated that the official naval records prove the truth of Kerry’s assertions about his service.

But the official records on Kerry’s Web site only add to the confusion. The DD214 form, an official Defense Department document summarizing Kerry’s military career posted on johnkerry.com, includes a “Silver Star with combat V.”

But according to a U.S. Navy spokesman, “Kerry’s record is incorrect. The Navy has never issued a ‘combat V’ to anyone for a Silver Star.”

Has any branch of the service ever publicly called a presidential candidate a liar before?

On the other hand, has anybody who ever did this while in the service ever run for the White House before?

Update: Speaking of the Navy, retired Rear Admiral William Schachte has released a statement describing the events of December 2-3, 1968, when Kerry received a minor shrapnel wound for which he was awarded the Purple Heart:

In March of this year, I was contacted by one of my former swift boat colleagues concerning Douglas Brinkley