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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    A purple rain of protest 

    Ohioblog has a son. Call him Kenneth Blog. He's named after the winner of a Purple Heart, my childhood best friend.

    When the Republicans attending their party's national convention decided it would be fun to distribute and wear purple heart bandages to cast aspersions on the Vietnam wounds of Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry, they failed to take into account the many other good men and women who have paid for their Purple Hearts with good red blood.

    Morton Blackwell of Arlington, Va., distributed the bandages that read: ``It was just a self-inflicted scratch, but you see I got a Purple Heart for it.''

    Robert N. Lichtengerger took offense. He's the national commander of the Military Order of The Purple Heart.

    Sgt. Kenneth Burl Berry of Nowata, Okla., would object, too, but he can't. A helicopter gunner in Vietnam, K.B.'s Purple Heart was awarded posthumously to his parents, Jewel and Roy Berry.

    K.B. lies beneath an flat, military-style headstone in a little cemetery on the cusp of the small town in which he was a football hero. He does not rest well today.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 12:22 AM

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