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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Cambodia 'Mission' Never Happened: Shipmates

August 10, 2004
John Kerry's claim that he was ordered to conduct an illegal combat mission in Cambodia on Christmas Day in 1968 is made up, Navy vets charge in a new book. The veterans say Kerry "would have been seriously disciplined or court-martialed had he gone there."

Three of the vets quoted in the book were part of the five-member crew that served on Kerry's own boat: Bill Zaldonis, Steven Hatch and Steve Gardner.

They deny they or their boat were ever in Cambodia. The other two crewmen declined to be interviewed for the book, "Unfit for Command," which raises questions about Kerry's military service.

The issue of Cambodia was first highlighted by Kerry, who made a dramatic speech in the Senate in 1986 recounting his experience aboard a gunboat on a combat mission five miles into Cambodia in 1968. ... FR Reprint.

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