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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Sunday, August 29, 2004

    Despite what it might seem, there really is only one version of the truth 

    Can't let this one slide: During Jerry Corsi's Unfit for Command signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Montrose, one book buyer waiting in line launched into an attack on Vietnam military service. He not only condemned the service of John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate, but that of former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland, whose legs and one arm were blown off by a grenade.

    The war service critic said Cleland suffered his injuries ``while playing around with his own grenade.” Now, as Paul Harvey says, the rest of the story:

    Just days after Capt. Cleland, a U.S. Army communications officer, at the battle of Khe Sahn had ``exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades…assist injured personnel to covered positions (and) organized his men …to repair the battalion communications equipment damaged by enemy fire,” Cleland, disembarking from a transport helicopter, retrieved a grenade he believed had fallen from his web gear. The grenade actually had been dropped by a soldier new to the war who had improperly prepared it for easy detonation.”

    And the grenade did what it was prepared to do, changing life forever for a man just ``playing around.”

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:10 PM

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