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Silver Star Mystery


On John Kerry’s website, one can read the document awarding him the Silver Star for his actions on Feb. 28, 1969. Strangely, the document is signed by Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. Yet the Secretaries of the Navy in 1969 through 1974 were John Chafee and John Warner. Not until 1981 did John Lehman become Secretary of the Navy. Does anyone have an explanation for why Kerry’s Silver Star award letter appears to have come at least 12 years after the incident in question? Certainly the naval bureaucracy can move slowly, but a 12 year delay seems strange.


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