Posted by kestrel91316 in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 18th 2004, 10:25 PM
As the daughter of a highly decorated career USAF officer, I have taken great personal umbrage at the photo on the GHWB Library website that shows * wearing a ribbon he did not earn. I have demanded an apology from GHWB for posting this on his website. We'll see how bland and meaningless the response, if any, is.
Subj: Re: George W. Bush photograph
Dear President Bush:
A photograph provided online by your presidential library has been brought to my attention. The photograph in question is of your son, George W. Bush, in military uniform and is marked "Bush, George W. 2 Lt." in the lower lefthand corner. Lt. Bush is shown wearing two military ribbons, one of which is the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, which his military records clearly indicate he earned and had the right to wear.
My issue is with the other ribbon he is wearing. This is obviously the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Lt. Bush's TANG records do not indicate ANYWHERE that he earned and had any right to wear this ribbon. He never served in a unit which, during the time he served in it, was awarded this honor. This fact is indisputible.
Military regulations specifically prohibit the wearing of unearned decorations. It is my understanding that the punishment for doing so is/was loss of all pay and benefits, six months in prison, and/or a bad conduct discharge. Clearly the United States Armed Forces take an extremely dim view of anyone who fraudulently wears decorations.
My father, D---- L. R-----, served twenty-two years in the USAF, retiring in 1976 as a Lt Col. During his illustrious career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one bronze service star, the Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with three bronze oak leaf clusters, and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. I will repeat myself. He earned these awards. They don't just blithely hand them out like candy for shell-shocked Iraqi children or as color for junior TANG officer photo-ops.
I am incredibly proud of my father's loyal, heroic service to this nation, and because he is not alive to address this issue I have a daughter's duty to do so in his stead. He placed his life at risk voluntarily and went well out of his way while serving during the Vietnam War in order to perform his duties superlatively. He was completely incapable of mediocrity, as his military records so amply demonstrate.
Your son, George W. Bush, dishonored his uniform, the TANG, and this nation when he posed for that photograph many years ago. The fact that he got away with it at the time and that so many years have passed is completely irrelevant. His despicable act is comparable to spitting on my father's uniform and desecrating his grave. Indeed, it is akin to spitting on everyone who earned this award, and desecrating the graves of all of them who are gone.Time has not diminished the wrong your son perpetrated. You yourself multiply the harm many times over by your tacit approval of the deed demonstrated by the proud display of this photograph.
I am writing to you today to demand that you:
1) Apologize personally to me and my family in writing within fifteen days.
2) Hold a press conference to publicly apologize to this nation within fifteen days.
3) Remove this photographic evidence of fraud from your website. Your son should not receive any accolades for posing with a ribbon he did not earn when he should have gone to the brig for it.
I look forward to your prompt response.
G----- A. R-----
***Format is screwy???? I have deleted personal ID info for security reasons.