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Patriotism and Valor? On Which Side?

This was sent me this morning - thought those of you interested in military history mught find it interesting. One of the few Republicans on the list who has actually served in the military is Colin Powell.

Military record of current U.S. political leadership:


* Dennis Hastert: did NOT serve.

* Tom Delay: did NOT serve.

* Roy Blunt: did NOT serve.

* Bill Frist: did NOT serve.

* Mitch McConnell: did NOT serve.

* Rick Santorum: did NOT serve.

* Trent Lott: did NOT serve.

* Dick Cheney: did NOT serve. Several deferments, the last by marriage.

* John Ashcroft: did NOT serve. Seven deferments to teach business.

* Jeb Bush: did NOT serve.

* Karl Rove: did NOT serve.

* Saxby Chambliss: did NOT serve. "Bad knee." The man who attacked
Cleland's patriotism & compared him to Osama bin Laden.

* Paul Wolfowitz: did NOT serve.

* Vin Weber: did NOT serve.

* Richard Perle: did NOT serve.

* Douglas Feith: did NOT serve.

* Eliot Abrams: did NOT serve.

* Richard Shelby: did NOT serve.

* Jon Kyl: did NOT serve.

* Tim Hutchison: did NOT serve.

* Christopher Cox: did NOT serve.

* Newt Gingrich: did NOT serve.

* Don Rumsfeld: served in Navy (1954-57) as aviator & flight instructor.

* G.W. Bush: six-year Nat'l Guard commitment (in four).

* Ronald Reagan: due to poor eyesight, served in a non-combat role
making movies.

* Bob Dornan: Consciously enlisted after fighting was over in Korea.

* Phil Gramm: did NOT serve.

* John McCain: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple

Heart & Distinguished Flying Cross.

* Bob Dole: an honorable veteran.

* Chuck Hagel: two Purple Hearts & a Bronze Star, Vietnam.

* Duke Cunningham: nominated for Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Stars,Air Medals, Purple Hearts.

* Jeff Sessions: Army Reserves, 1973-1986

* Colin Powell: LONG career in military management.

* Wayne Gilchrest: USMC in Vietnam; wounded in action.

* Don Nickles: Biography does not list military service.

* Dana Rohrabacher: did NOT serve.

* John M. McHugh: did NOT serve.

* JC Watts: did NOT serve.

* Jack Kemp: did NOT serve, due to "knee problem", although

continued in NFL for 8 years.

* Dan Quayle: Journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard.

* Rudy Giuliani: did NOT serve.

* George Pataki: did NOT serve.

* Spencer Abraham: did NOT serve.

* John Engler: did NOT serve.

* Lindsey Graham: National Guard lawyer.

* Arnold Schwarzenegger: AWOL from Austrian army base.

* G.H.W. Bush: Pilot in WWII. Shot down by the Japanese.

* Tom Ridge: Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam.

* Sam Johnson: Combat in Korea & Vietnam, POW in Hanoi.

* Ted Stevens: WWII pilot, DFCs, two Air Medals.

* John Warner: Served in the Navy during WWII as a RM3

* Heather Wilson: Air Force 1978-1989

* Gerald Ford: Navy, WWII


* Sean Hannity: did NOT serve.

* Rush Limbaugh: did NOT serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst.')

* Bill O'Reilly: did NOT serve.

* Michael Savage: did NOT serve.

* George Will: did NOT serve.

* Chris Matthews: did NOT serve.

* Paul Gigot: did NOT serve.

* Bill Bennett: did NOT serve.

* Pat Buchanan: did NOT serve.

* John Wayne: did NOT serve.

* Bill Kristol: did NOT serve.

* Kenneth Starr: did NOT serve.

* Antonin Scalia: did NOT serve.

* Clarence Thomas: did NOT serve.

* Ralph Reed: did NOT serve.

* Michael Medved: did NOT serve.

* Charlie Daniels: did NOT serve.

* Ted Nugent: did NOT serve.


* Richard Gephardt: Air National Guard, 1965-71.

* David Bonior: Staff Sgt., Air Force 1968-72.

* Tom Daschle: 1st Lt., Air Force SAC 1969-72.

* Al Gore: enlisted Aug. 1969; Vietnam Jan. 1971, army journalist,
20th Engineer Brigade.

* Bob Kerrey: Lt. j.g. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam.

* Daniel Inouye: Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, WWII.

* John Kerry: Lt., Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with
Combat V, Purple Hearts.

* Charles Rangel: Staff Sgt., Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea.

* Max Clel&: Captain, Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam.

* Ted Kennedy: Army, 1951-1953.

* Tom Harkin: Lt., Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.

* Jack Reed: Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91.

* Fritz Hollings: Army officer in WWII, receiving the Bronze Star & 7 campaign ribbons.

* Leonard Boswell: Lt. Col., Army 1956-76; Vietnam, DFCs, Bronze
Stars & Soldier's Medal.

* Pete Peterson: Air Force Captain, POW. Purple Heart, Silver Star & Legion of Merit.

* Mike Thompson: Staff sergeant, 173rd Airborne, Purple Heart.

* Bill McBride: C&idate for Fla. Governor. Marine in Vietnam; Bronze Star with Combat V.

* Gray Davis: Army Captain in Vietnam, Bronze Star.

* Pete Stark: Air Force 1955-57

* Chuck Robb: Vietnam

* Howell Heflin: Silver Star

* George McGovern: Silver Star & DFC during WWII.

* Bill Clinton: Did NOT serve. Student deferments. Entered draft but received 311.

* Jimmy Carter: Seven years in the Navy.

* Walter Mondale: Army 1951-1953

* John Glenn: WWII & Korea; six DFCs & Air Medal with 18 Clusters.

* Tom Lantos: Served in Hungarian underground in WWII. Saved by
Raoul Wallenberg.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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