I am quoting here from an open letter to John Kerry from Don Bendell from Canon City, Colo., who was a Green Beret officer in Vietnam, and a best-selling author with over 1.5 million books in print:
After spending only four months in the country of Vietnam, you testified before Congress in 1971 with these exact words about incidents you supposedly witnessed or heard about from other Vets: "They personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam."
I was a Green Beret officer in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 on a Special Forces A-Team on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Sure, there were a couple of bad apples, but I saw none, and if I did, as an Army officer, it was my obligation to stop it, or at the very least report it. Why is there not a single record anywhere of you ever reporting any incidents like this or having the perpetrators arrested? The answer is simple. You are a bold-faced, unprincipled liar, and a disgrace, and you have dishonored me and all my fellow Vietnam veterans.
Medals do not make a man -- morals do!
Don Castleman, Payson