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Monday, August 23, 2004

Kerry campaign removes 20 pages of documents from website

April 24, 2004
Senator John F. Kerry has shrapnel in his left thigh as a result of an injury sustained in the Vietnam War, according to medical records displayed by his presidential campaign yesterday. The records include notations for wounds for all three Purple Hearts, as well as for two bouts of pneumonia and "a minor non-specific urinary tract infection."

The shrapnel still in Kerry's thigh stems from a Feb. 20, 1969, attack for which he was awarded his second Purple Heart. Kerry has said none of the three Purple Heart wounds cost him more than a couple of days of service. Kerry was able to leave combat six months early under Navy regulations that allowed a thrice-wounded sailor to depart Vietnam early. Asked yesterday whether the thigh bothers him, Kerry told reporters on his campaign plane: "Only when it rains."

The Kerry campaign removed a 20-page batch of documents yesterday from its website after The Boston Globe quoted a Navy officer who said the documents wrongly portrayed Kerry's service. Edward Peck had said he -- not Kerry -- was the skipper of Navy boat No. 94 at a time when the Kerry campaign website credited the senator with serving on the boat. The website had described Kerry's boat as being hit by rockets and said a crewmate was injured in an attack. But Peck said those events happened when he was the skipper. The campaign did not respond to a request to explain why the records were removed. ... FR Reprint.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brief comment about 'minor non-specific urinary tract infection.' This sounds suspiciously like 'non-specific urethritis,' which in a young male is most likely a sexually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhea, or chlamydia. There really isn't any other diagnosis we think of for a 25 year-old male with bladder or urethral symptoms. No big deal, just a point of passing interest.
--posted by a family practice doc, rural Washington state.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to post a correction to family doc's post.
Officers may be afflicted with "non-specific urinary tract infection".........enlisted men merely catch a dose of clap.

6:43 AM  

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