Tuesday, May 18, 2004
11 veterans protested Kerry using this picture; two are deceased and four do not wish to be involved in any manner; only two are believed to support Kerry
According to Newsmax.com, many veterans who served on swift boats with John Kerry said in a press release that they don't want him publishing their photos.
"Many of us don't want to be included in that picture because we have a rather unsavory feeling about this fellow," Kerry boatmate Bob Elder told nationally syndicated radio host Linda Chavez.
The Swiftboat Veterans for Truth called on Kerry, in a press release, to stop use of the photo.
(May 17-Alexandria, VA) Today, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group of more than 220 Swift Boat veterans from the unit in which John Kerry served, call on Kerry to stop the unauthorized use of their images in national campaign advertising.
For example, the photo in Kerry’s national campaign ads contains 20 officers, including Kerry, 11 of whom signed a letter condemning Kerry yet their image is being widely used in his own campaign. It was taken on the island of An Thoi on January 22, 1969. These officers together with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth call upon him to cease the unauthorized use of their photo by his campaign. They are jointly submitting the attached letter to John Kerry. (Photo, letter to Kerry, link to authorized use of the photo and earlier letter to Kerry below.)
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s sole purpose is to bring the truth about John Kerry’s service to the American public and is not affiliated with any political organization. It includes more than 220 Swift vets, virtually the entire chain of command Kerry reported to and a large majority of peers who served with him during his short and controversial stay in Vietnam. The group’s purpose has struck a cord with the American public with more than two million hits on its website Swiftvets.com
You can read the entire press release at www.swiftvets.com
Update: Others discussing this story, Say Anything, and A View from the Right. . The always resourceful Joe Shockley, at Daily News Brief, is on this story.