Monday, August 23, 2004

'Liddy' Dole gets a letter from a constituent

Since your husband chose to sound off about John Kerry's Purple Hearts, would you please remind Bob Dole how he got HIS first Purple Heart?

In a 1988 campaign-trail autobiography, here's how Dole described the incident that earned him his first Purple Heart: "As we approached the enemy, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. I took a grenade in hand, pulled the pin, and tossed it in the direction of the farmhouse. It wasn't a very good pitch (remember, I was used to catching passes, not throwing them). In the darkness, the grenade must have struck a tree and bounced off. It exploded nearby, sending a sliver of metal into my leg--the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart."

As a constituent, I'd appreciate it if you'd refresh your husband's memory. Thanks.

Linda L. Whitener


At August 24, 2004 at 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if any other Americans were hurt - or killed - by this grenade.


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