[Note: this page, created in May 2004, became the prototype for the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth home page]
Senator John Kerry has made his 4-month combat tour in Vietnam the centerpiece of his bid for the Presidency. His campaign jets a handful of veterans around the country, and trots them out at public appearances to sing his praises. John Kerry wants us to believe that these men represent all those he calls his "band of brothers."
But most combat veterans who served with John Kerry in Vietnam see him in a very different light.
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was launched on May 4, 2004 at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington. More than 250 Swift boat veterans contacted by the group have agreed to sign an open letter to Senator John F. Kerry that challenges his fitness to serve as America's Commander-in-Chief. Signers of the letter include the entire chain of command above Lt. John Kerry in Vietnam: Lt. Commander Grant Hibbard, Lt. Commander George Elliott, Captain Charles Plumly, Captain Adrian Lonsdale USCG, and Rear Admiral Roy Hoffman.
Click here to read what John Kerry's commanding officers and fellow Swift boat veterans have to say about him.
This photograph of John Kerry with 19 other Coastal Division 11 Swift boat officers is featured in a new Kerry campaign ad called Lifetime. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth contacted surviving members of this group to find out how many actually support Kerry. Click on the photo to see the results.
Click here for a morphing video of the two images.
Here's the breakdown: Of the 19 Swift boat skippers pictured, 12 oppose Kerry, 4 are neutral, two have died, and 3 now support Kerry. Of the four officers not present for the photo, 3 oppose Kerry and one is neutral.
The Kerry campaign and allied news organizations have denounced Swift Boat Veterans for Truth as a partisan "smear" operation, citing PR representative Merrie Spaeth's past work for the Republican Party. But are these combat veterans really just helpless pawns doing the will of political operatives? WinterSoldier.com's Scott Swett attended the press conference and the veterans' planning session the night before. Swift Boat Veterans and the Media Iron Curtain is his behind-the-scenes report.
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