Wednesday, August 25, 2004

A Dog Named VC

Via Hugh Hewitt. Apparently Kerry told the Humane Society that he had a dog on his Swift Boat named VC, and it was thrown overboard in a mine blast that was never reported in action reports. The story is from Jim McCaslin at the Washington Times:

VC surfaces
A new four-legged angle -- actually a dog named "VC" -- has suddenly materialized surrounding Sen. John Kerry's swift boat service in Vietnam.
In a 2004 presidential candidate questionnaire for Humane USA, Mr. Kerry was asked whether any pets have had an impact on his life.
"I have always had pets in my life, and there are a few that I remember very fondly," Mr. Kerry replied. "When I was serving on a Swift Boat in Vietnam, my crewmates and I had a dog we called VC.
"One day as our Swift Boat was heading up a river, a mine exploded hard under our boat," he continued. "After picking ourselves up, we discovered VC was MIA (missing in action). Several minutes of frantic search followed, after which we thought we'd lost him. We were relieved when another boat called asking if we were missing a dog."
Said Mr. Kerry: "It turns out VC was catapulted from the deck of our boat and landed, confused but unhurt, on the deck of another boat in our patrol."
J.J. Scheele, program director of Humane USA, confirmed yesterday that her organization did, in fact, receive the above statement from the Kerry campaign.
No military records on Mr. Kerry's Web site, which aides say is a complete accounting, mention a mine exploding under his boat or any dog. The only report of a mine detonating "near" Mr. Kerry's PCF 94 was March 13, 1969, when Mr. Kerry says he was injured and a man knocked overboard.

Unbelievable. Perhaps this should be handled the way the college prefessor handled the four college students who claimed they were late for a test because they had a flat tire. In the joke the teacher puts two questions on their test, the second worth 99 points was: Which tire was flat?

Perhaps Kerry's crew should be separated and asked: What type of dog was it?

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