Kerry smeared a hero: my dad

The Soldier in the picture is Sgt. Jack Gell. The baby is his daughter Carol. That was the last day his family saw Sgt. Gell alive. Care to guess how Carol feels about John Kerry's bid for president? Here's a little taste:


I don't blame Kerry for my father's death, and I don't much care if he shamelessly chased after medals. But I do care that when he returned from Vietnam he gave aid and comfort to the enemy while our soldiers were still dying. I care that he smeared my father and a generation of our armed forces with false charges of war crimes while posing himself as a hero. I care that Kerry's false charges encouraged our enemy who was pressuring our POWs in inhumane ways to confess to imaginary war crimes. I care that he went to Paris to meet with the Viet Cong in 1970 while still an officer in the Navy Reserve, returning to publicly advocate for their position and against America's position.

This isn't about politics. It's about honor and betrayal and protecting our country. And for me it is deeply personal, as it is for countless vets. Thirty-nine years later, my mother still cries on Nov 14. Thirty-nine years later, we miss my father every day. Thirty-nine years later, Kerry poses as a hero. As children of Vietnam veterans, many of us feel an unwelcome emotional strain as the arguments about what really happened in Vietnam are tugged back and forth, often by people who were not there. We deeply resent the suggestion that our fathers were war criminals as that theme inevitably seeps into the argument.


As long as I have breath and Kerry seeks the office of president, I will speak out against him. Others like me are too many to count.

Go read the whole thing. Please. You'll have to go through a painless registration process to get to it, but it's worth it. Trust me.

(I've also posted this item on The Mudville Gazette, where I'm honored to be allowed to guest-post in Greyhawk's absence.)

Hat tip: Kerry Haters

Update: My good blogfriend Sergeant America at Johnny Four Months has reminded me that he also posted on this, before Kerry Haters did. I'm not sure how my site ended up with the LGFalanche and not his or The Mudville Gazette. I've had more site traffic in the last 14 hours than in the previous 6 weeks. Thank you, Charles.


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Wow, Bill you got a link from Little Green Footballs! Nice! I was stunned to see all the traffic at Kerry Haters coming from your blog.

And you know the great thing? This article that appeared as a guest column in the Atlanta paper is getting read all over the world now. That's what really makes me happy.

Jeez, a link from LGF. You've caught the attention of the big boys now!

At 12:51 AM, Blogger zeppenwolf said...

Ouch. A very painful letter. It's hard, sometimes, to remember that the sacrifices made are just that real.

"...arguments about what really happened in Vietnam are tugged back and forth, often by people who were not there."

Which reminds me of the bottomless "outrage" over Abu Ghraib, most of which coming, I suspect, from people who have never been closer to a war than the local cinema.

At 2:19 AM, Blogger Karridine said...

Good on ya, Bill!

I served VietNam ERA, doing almost 3 years in Korea, on mountaintops just south of the DMZ, 1964-68; I was hand-picked by NSA to cover the follow-on to the USS Pueblo, being a Korean-linguist and all...

But none of this mattered to the 'peace protesters' flinging bags of shit and spitting on me as I returned from Korea ("Babykiller!" splat!) at Sea-Tac Airport...

No one said 'Thank you' and there were no parades. We were scorned, reviled and abused.

I wear that abuse as a Badge of Service, for my beloved America. Kerry's scurrilous, cowardly and mean (small) attacks only serve to distinguish, clearly, Americans from the gutless few who would twist the American dream into 'The Root-Cause of All the World's Suffering'

Kerry has not the power to make ME suffer! America is bigger than he will EVER know, and Americans are stronger and more honest than he can fathom!

I've thought about this a lot, recently. I post as Carridine, and sell anti-Kerry songs and pro-American ditties and commentary at www.cdbaby.com/cd/kdean1

because years ago my Air Force father and his loving wife named me Kerry Dean, not realizing those names would be hijacked by leftists intent on vilifying Americans in these days!

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Rick Moran said...

Saw her speech at the vets for truth rally in DC. Takes a lot of guts to stand up and trash someone who may (we hope not) be President. I knew somone whose dad was killed in Nam when he was about her age and the scars are still there. Looks like she found the best way to heal was deal with the scumbag who smeared her father.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger jtb-in-texas said...

Isn't funny that Kerry, who shamelessly consorted with the enemy while still in the Navy Reserve, has the audacity to claim the President betrayed America?

BTW, what's the statute of limitations on Treason?

At 9:48 AM, Blogger flehman said...

Word so mean thing and they can open old hurts and wounds even many years later!

See my thoughts from a few days ago here
Fritz's Thoughts

At 11:05 AM, Blogger mrspeedmaster said...

I'm a Vietnamese (South VN) American and I agree with you!! Because of Kerry's hurtful words and actions, my family had to flee Saigon. 30+ years later, I still remember the pain and anguish of his actions. About 5 years, I return to find out, I would have been sent to re-education camp because my parents were part of the South Vietnam elite middle class. I see the pimps and peddlers and think to myself, that could have been me.
Children of the middle clas south were prohibited from education past 6 grade. This is not heresay or rumor but actual legislated fact.

They used Kerry's propaganda speech as part of the emotional torture to even the Vietnamese. My wife (she's VN) tells me they showed his testimony in classrooms to indoctrinate future communist and distill hate toward Americans. The only vets that support Kerry are VC (Viet Cong) Vets!

Vietnamese Americans, if you read this, research your roots and vote against Kerry. Listen to what your relatives in concentration (re-education) camps have to say about Kerry. South Vietnamese patriots also had POWS, see what they have to say.

Ask people who know Madam Nguyen Binh has to say about the Paris meeting with Kerry. There is a lot of information about Kerry's action in VN. Ask you relatives in VN what they know about COllier's International (Kerry's cousin's investments) and raise the issue to the media.
I know 90% of little Saigon in CA is voting Bush/Cheney.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger C said...

Good bit. John Kerry is nothing but a loose cannon who has desired power from day one. He'd step over his dead mother's body for a little more power. No surprise he would sell out truly courageous comrades. The man should have been thrown in prison for sedition long ago.

Good stuff!


At 12:00 PM, Blogger Woodchuck said...

I really hate reading the comments of people who believe that Kerry is actually an ALTERNATIVE to Butsch.
Let's seeeeeee..............
Do I want Yale graduate and Skulled and Boned member
number 1 or do I want Yale graduate and Skulled and
Boned and Boned and Boned member number 2?
Tough decision ;-)
Want fries with that?
How stupid do these people think we are?
A: incredibly
I want this resident of the White House removed post
haste but not so we can replace him with an "elected"
(Now there's another entire can of worms!) carbon copy!
US out of Iraq now!
Not 5 months from now; NOW!!
These people are not our enemies.
How many Iraqis attacked us?
Now for the rabit trail:
Consider how we Americans would react if another country
were able to do to us what we have done to Iraq?
OK, that's enough to think about for now

At 12:47 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Those who opposed the war in Vietnam were not necessarily bad people. I believe that they were serious, sincere people, as is Sen. Kerry, who were willing to believe that the ends justified the means. To this day I don't know what we should have done about that war. I generally think that we should have found a way to win it, but it was getting very expensive in lives and treasure. People who resisted the war, however, were often just as patriotic as anyone else. Kerry was lying in pushing his antiwar propaganda, but lying is not unknown in support of political causes.

Showing the bloody shirt of the past will not help us solve the problems of today. Leave the memories of Vietnam alone!

"The moving finger writes
and having writ
moves on. Nor all our piety and wit
can bring it back, nor all our tears
erase a line of it." --some old Iranian named Omar

At 1:03 PM, Blogger bathman said...

"How many Iraqis attacked us?"

Hey, Woodchuck -

How many Germans attacked us?
How many Koreans attacked us?
How many Bosnians attached us?

At 1:55 PM, Blogger C said...

jj USA, tell it to John Kerry. He brought up Vietnam. Let him lie in the bed of sedition he made.

At 1:53 AM, Blogger Smoke Eater said...

OK, do I believe John Kerry is a "horrible human", NO. Do I believe he is "fit for command", NO?
Do I think he is a mis-lead man, YES!

My vote is based on this, and as such, is being cast on November 2, 2004 for PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH!

1. Kerry's record in the Senate (MOST LIBERAL)
2. Kerry's claim that attacking a stanse on war is
"un-patriotic" while simultaneously attacking the
President for HIS stance on the war.
3. Saying that raising ANY question on his Vietnam era
service is "un-patriotic" and DEMANDING that the
Swiftboat Vets for Truth be "silenced" (censored)
BUT HIS REFUSAL to even say anything about the 527's
that support him!
4. His VIOLATION of his oath as a UNITED STATES NAVY
OFFICER during his "protesting" of the war and his
visit to France to meet the NV reps.

Do I think he should be tried for treason, that's a tough one, but I'm not really "fit to decide that". We have enough people in the D.O.D. who can, but I resent HORRIBLY his words after returning from that war where he basically said that if you fought in that war, or supported it in any way, you are basically a CRIMINAL! My FATHER served during Vietnam (thankfully he was NOT sent to Vietnam, or I may not be here today), but KERRY'S OWN WORDS AND DEEDS have labeled him a "criminal" and I DO NOT ACCEPT THAT! My father has made a point to strive for ONE THING since 1977, to be sure to teach me the difference between right and wrong, and he lived up to the Aaron Tippin song "You've got to stand for something (or you'll fall for anything), and I can say 100% TRUTHFULLY that I have THREE men I count as my hero today, my Father, my Mother's Father, and my Mother's Uncle, for their service to this country, and for their UN-DYING WILL to be sure that they instilled in the younger generation a will to see this country DO THE RIGHT THING!

We SWORE as a country that we would NOT stand by and watch people be denied their RIGHTS as humans. I am reminded of some famous words by Thomas Jefferson:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

And Sadaam Hussein (as well as his ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION") DENIED THESE RIGHTS to their country's people. Therefore, we have the DUTY to depose him. Clinton called for this during his EIGHT YEARS in the White House, but DID NOTHING to enforce it.

EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA (who is a legal citizen and not a convicted felon) has the right to vote who whomever they choose, and that is what sets America apart from other nations, therefore, I cannot MAKE you vote for Bush, but likewise, you cannot MAKE me vote for your candidate, and we need to RESPECT each other's right to their vote, but also each other's RIGHT to speak our minds and hearts!

I am sorry if this was long-winded, but I felt this needed to be said.

To the family and friends of Sergeant Gell, I say only THANK YOU for his service, and your love and support of him while serving. I am saddened by your loss, and I wish for and dream of a world where soldiers no longer die for their country, but one day will not even be needed, but that day is so far away, I may never see it with my "earthly eyes".

At 3:48 PM, Blogger ThaiVet1970 said...

There is no statute of limitations on treason. Charging Kerry with treason requires only a U.S. District Attorney with the balls to file the charges. The same holds true for Hanoi Jane Fonda and all that bunch. I understand and accept the right to dissent in a free society, but you can cross over that line into treason very easily. The names in this comment have crossed over the line. It's past time to hold them fully accountable.


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