Saturday, August 21, 2004

Rood Supports Swift Vets

I doubt William B. Rood read Unfit for Command before he dashed off his article condemning the Swift Vets.

As Daily Pundit notes, he actually endorses most of the charges made against Kerry in the book.

Here's Kerry's Silver Star commendation, cited in Unfit for Command:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Coastal Division ELEVEN emerged in armed conflict with Viet Cong insurgents in An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 February 1969. Lieutenant (junior grade) KERRY was serving as Officer in Charge of Patrol Craft Fast 94 and Officer in Tactical Command of a three-boat mission. As the force approached the target area on the narrow Dong Cung River, all units came under intense automatic weapons and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force less than fifty feet away. Unhesitatingly Lieutenant (junior grade) KERRY ordered his boat to attack as all units opened fire and beached directly in front of the enemy ambushers. This daring and courageous tactic surprised the enemy and succeeded in routing a score of enemy soldiers. The PCF gunners captured many enemy weapons in the battle that followed. On a request from U.S. Army advisors ashore, Lieutenant (junior grade) KERRY ordered PCFs 94 and 23 further up the river to suppress enemy sniper fire. After proceeding approximately eight hundred yards, the boats were again taken under fire from a heavy foliated are and B-40 rocket exploded close aboard PCF 94; with utter disregard for his own safety and the enemy rockets, he again ordered a charge on the enemy, beached his boat only ten feet from the VC rocket position, and personally led a landing party ashore in pursuit of the enemy. Upon sweeping the area in an immediate search uncovered an enemy rest and supply area which was destroyed. The extraordinary daring and personal courage of Lieutenant (junior grade) KERRY in attacking a numerically superior force in the face of intense fire were responsible for the highly successful mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


The Swifties argue in Unfit for Command that this recommendation was misleading because it did not note that the beaching tactic had been planned in advance in case of any ambush; that the boats were full of South Vietnamese troops with American advisors, making any claim of a 'superior enemy force' highly suspect; that the routing of enemy troops on the beach was mainly by South Vietnamese and Army, not "PCF gunners"; and that Kerry's only encounter with VC on the beach was a lone grenadier already wounded in the leg by M-60 fire.

The only point Rood's article contradicts is the lone VC. Rood says there was firing from the tree line, spider holes, and the opposite bank.

In fact, Rood indirectly endorses the Swifties' argument that Hoffman and others up the chain of command were given incorrect information:

There's at least one mistake in that citation. It incorrectly identifies the river where the main action occurred, a reminder that such documents were often done in haste and sometimes authored for their signers by staffers. It's a cautionary note for those trying to piece it all together. There's no final authority on something that happened so long ago—not the documents and not even the strained recollections of those of us who were there.


Rood emphasizes that there were only three officers present that day: Rood, Kerry, and the late Lt. j.g. Donald Droz. So who inaccurately described the action to Adm. Zuwalt?

The Swifties think they know the answer.

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