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John ONeil a fellow swift boats men with Kerry presents this campaign book to right the egregious wrongs he finds in the statements of Kerry regarding his Purple Heart Oneil cites a variety of soldiers on the boats and engaged in combat with Kerry to provide an authoritative overview of the incidents leading to his early-departure aswell as the grand medal William Frankie a swift boat veteran sums up the argument best when he notes That Kerry would seek the Purple Heart for such wounds is a mockery of the intent of the Purple Heart and an abridgement of the valor of those to whom the Purple Heart had been awarded with justification Herein the general premise for this book is laid in which there was nothing justified or righteous about his awarding the Purple Heart but was a mockery of the system and solely an attempt for Kerry to play the game ONeil begins by presenting plausible rationality behind the awarding of the Purple Heart He contends that the normal stay of duty for all personnel is one year which is often unabridged except for death or serious injury However Kerry served only three months Additionally he would be coined playing the system after citing an obscure regulation that permitted release of personnel with three Purple Hearts Herein the presidential candidate would be allowed to leave duty and be the only known historically to win the Purple Heart for self-inflicted wounds In setting up his argument ONeil often refers to the wounds as self-inflicted which bears a poor connotation or purposeful harm to self but this is a fallacy and adds to the spin beneath this attempt to present truth ONeil focuses his depiction on the first awarding of a Purple Heart the incident which would begin the chain of getting the others to undermine the system In analysis he would provide three stories Kerrys from his book the Boston Globes and lastly that
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