May 8, 2008

Navy releases McCain's military record

Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: The Navy released John McCain military resord today in response to a Fredom of Information request (FOI) by the AP . The following is a Summary of AP post:
From his five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp to his tenure as the Navy's liaison to the Senate, John McCain's Navy record boils down to a series of unadorned paragraphs that bestow upon him some of the nation's top military honors. The Navy recently released McCain's military record -- most of it citations for medals during his Navy career . . . McCain was awarded a Silver Star Medal . . . Navy Commendation Medal . . . Legion of Merit with a combat "V" and one gold star, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star Medal with a combat "V" and two gold stars.
While the press may have found John McCain's record rather boring, I found it heroic! They summarized that McCain received 17 awards and decorations. I doubt if the press knew how to count the clusters on those ribbons. John McCain also received the Purple Heart (for combat injuries and injuries from torture) and the National Order of Vietnam (from the Republic of Vietnam).

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