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Published on Oct 15, 2007
As a Navy SEAL squad leader, Senator Kerry leads his men and the audience to a tiny island on a daring and dangerous mission in Vietnam to try to capture enemy troops alive. They are inserted by swift boat and quietly go in on small rubber rafts. After climbing the backside of a mountain, they "ran smack into" the enemy and a nighttime fire fight breaks out, Seriously wounded, Kerry recalls the thing he remembers most was "smelling my own flesh burning." His injured right leg leaves him immobile, so he radios for his other units to trap the enemy in a cross fire and "managed to kill all of them." Although Kerry received the Medal of Honor for his heroic leadership, he unassumingly states that he "took if for the all the guys that got nothing for their heroic actions. It's theirs not mine. I don't own it."