Before I go any further, note this: John Kerry could answer these accusations instantly by signing Standard Form 180 that releases all of his military records. So far, he’s refused to do that, and the Navy says they are still holding about 100 pages of unreleased information.
Sign the Standard Form 180, Senator Kerry. If you want to be Commander in Chief of the military, people have a right to know your military record. All of it, not just the parts you’ve released.
The New York Sun (registration required) today has uncovered evidence that John Kerry’s discharge from the Navy was not an honorable one, and it was retroactively changed to honorable in 1978 by an act from Jimmy Carter. It would also explain why John Kerry’s medal certificates had to be reissued (Kerry claims he lost them), but a dishonorable discharge would have revoked all of Kerry’s medals. Five months after John Kerry joined the Senate, all of his medals were reissued.
Kerry’s own website indicates that his honorable discharge was received in 1978 after a review from a board of officers. The Navy doesn’t typically require a review by a board of officers for an honorable discharge. The board used as an “authority of reference” Title 10, US Code Section 1162 and 1163 which refers to involuntary discharges. This implies that John Kerry was originally dishonorably and involuntarily released from the Navy.
It’s not so hard to believe that John Kerry received a dishonorable discharge. He was a leader of Vietnam Vets Against the War from 1970 to 1972 and meeting with the North Korean enemy in May 1970. And then Carter granted general amnesty for draft dogers and war protesters in 1977, and then Kerry retroactively received an honorable discharge in 1978, and then had his medals reissued in 1985. That’s not hard to believe at all.
And John Kerry could answer this once and for all by signing Standard Form 180.
Update: Captain’s Quarters has additional information on various types of discharges, including Undesireable Discharges and Adminstrative Discharges.