Michael Kelly is a Navy veteran who served our country in Vietnam.
Michael Kelly responded to a post in IMOwired entitled, “Liberals” Mourn Deceased “Hero” John McCain By Attacking Trump. The heavily researched article outlined at great length McCain’s history as a career traitor.
We’re all still dealing with the hypocritical “outrage” from the Left regarding the damned-if-he-does, damned-if-he-doesn’t response from President Trump regarding the passing of the man who conspired to destroy him. The Left once loathed McCain, but since he turned against Trump, they’re gushing over him and weaponizing his death to attack the President.
One of the stories that is often “debunked” by the Left is the USS Forrestral Incident. By showing off on the USS Forrestral, McCain cost 134 sailors their lives and severely wounded 161 others. McCain’s Daddy and Grand-Daddy were 4 Star Navy Admirals, so he got a slap on the wrist and the incident was buried.
There are many servicemen who witnessed this fiasco.
Had McCain not had his family connections, he would have been tried in a court of law. Multiple servicemen who were present during the event would have been called upon as highly credible witnesses.
Yet because The Powers That Be let McCain off the hook so he could build a career based on a “hero” status, the same servicemen whose testimony implicates McCain in the Forrestral incident are disregarded as kooks.
Whose word do you trust more?
The following facebook post written by Michael Kelly* stood out as a superb dismantling of the “McCain war hero” hoax.
I am a former Navy Airborne Electronic Warfare Officer and a 100% Disabled Vietnam Vet. I am only sorry he lived as long as he did.
A “war hero” doesn’t finish 894th out of 899 and still get stationed at a Navy champagne unit and promoted ahead of all but two of his 898 other classmates.
A “war hero” doesn’t crash three U.S. Navy jets out of sheer incompetence and ineptitude, including two during non-combat training sessions.
A “war hero” doesn’t get written up on drunk-and-disorderly, fraternization, disobeying orders, and insubordination charges more than two dozen times in less than three years. Any other Naval Aviator would have been out of the service and on the street in short order.
A “war hero” doesn’t make repeated pro-North Vietnam propaganda broadcasts and come out of captivity weighing just a few pounds less than when he went in while other POWs came out having lost 30%-40% of their pre-captivity bodyweight.
A “war hero” doesn’t get promoted to squadron commander of the air field named after his own grandfather immediately after crashing his third airplane. A “war hero” doesn’t have all the military records that cover his time in Vietnam and all disciplinary actions against him censored and sealed “as a matte r of national security.”
A “war hero” doesn’t get 28 medals awarded all after-the-fact “for bravery” for no other reason than being shot down and captured and then go on a celebrity public relations tour because he’s the son of two acclaimed Navy admirals.
A “war hero” doesn’t repeatedly cheat on the wife who’s back in the states waiting for him, and then cheat on her more when he returns to the states, and then divorce and abandon her.
A “war hero” doesn’t systematically vote against every single pay and benefit increase for military and veterans throughout his entire political career, all the while claiming to be “the soldier’s Congressman,” and then take credit for the passage of a G.I. benefits bill he that voted AGAINST.
A “war hero” – McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom. McCain’s second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. “Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula,” Timberg wrote, “he took out some power lines [reminiscent of the 1998 incident in which a Marine Corps jet sliced through the cables of a gondola at an Italian ski resort, killing 20] which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral.”
McCain’s third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. Timberg reported that McCain radioed, “I’ve got a flameout” and went through standard relight procedures three times before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain landed on a deserted beach moments before the plane slammed into a clump of trees.
McCain’s fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when McCain’s A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms an d a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.
For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.
“McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat,” explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs — the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. “Since McCain got 28 medals,” Bell continues, “that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat.
I spent ten years flying in the Navy and ended up with nine medals/ribbons including my Vietnam service, which was about normal for officers who didn’t have their Admiral father writing commendations for them.
We called McCain “Songbird” and you will have a hard time finding any Vietnam era Naval Aviator who does not loathe him…and dying doesn’t clear the slate.
Isn’t it time that men like Michael Kelly who honorably served our country deserve to have their accounts respected?
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*This statement may need to be edited. After writing this article I saw this post elsewhere. Still waiting for confirmation that it was written by Mr. Kelly or if he just posted it.
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