Oct 21, 2000 20:38 PDT
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More on Gore's "distinguished" military service...
Subject: FW: Gore in Viet Nam
AL GORE IN VIET NAM
Having posted a little tickler in last week's Digest about Al
Gore's 141 days in Vietnam," The Federalist Editorial Board was
inundated with inquiries from Vietnam vets. Most went something like this:
"Gore claimed in his convention speech: 'I enlisted in the Army
because I knew if I didn't go, someone else in the small town of
Carthage, Tennessee would have to go in my place.' Since he wasn't KIA or
wounded, how was it that his Army tour was far shorter than all the rest=
Our astute veteran readers took the bait!
Gore's campaign launched a multimillion-dollar ad campaign this
Week to tell his "life story." The ads will include references to
his service" in Vietnam-however brief. Gore spent less than five months of=
typical twelve-month tour in Vietnam. He spent every minute of his
"tour" as a "rear-echelon...." (call any combat veteran and they can
complete that phrase for you). He was classified as a military journalist
after telling recruiters he was a newspaper trainee" (read "copy boy")
for the New York Times while a student at Harvard. He was assigned as a
noncombatant "information specialist" to the Army's 20th Engineers Brigade
headquarters at Bien Hoa military base near Saigon. Gore's immediate
supervisor in Vietnam has confirmed that his posting there came with=
instructions to baby-sit him and make sure he was never in any
That fact notwithstanding, Gore has claimed to the Washington Post that he
was "shot at" and "spent most of my time in the field." He later
told the Baltimore Sun that "[I] pulled my turn on the perimeter at night
and walked through the elephant grass and I was fired upon." He has since
backed off these exaggerated claims.
On May 22, 1971, not five months into his "tour of duty," Gore was
given special dispensation and a one-way ticket home to attend
divinity school in Nashville. He dropped out of Vanderbilt shortly
As for the seven months cut from Gore's tour of duty in Vietnam, we
suppose "someone else in the small town of Carthage, Tennessee" had
to finish his tour "in his place."
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