When I first heard this I was at a TEA Party in Lowell. I couldn’t believe it. The US Navy – OUR US Navy – has decided to name a still-to-be-built amphibious transport after career scumbag Penn Congressman John Murtha – who served briefly in Vietnam – and retired as a Colonel from the Marine Reserve.
Navy and Marine veterans in the crowd were visibly shaken at the news. I damn near puked!
Murtha’s lack-luster Marine career began in 1952 – Korean War days – but he served stateside and was discharged in ’55. But he stayed in the USMC Reserve and later volunteered of duty in Vietnam – where he won the usual Bronze Star and two John Kerry Purple Hearts. In 1969 he ran for the Pennsylvania State Legislature and in ’74 won a seat in the newly created 12th District due to the death of the incumbent – John Saylor.
Murtha liked government. Let him explain:
Murtha was always thumping his chest and proclaiming himself a “Combat Marine” – always claimed to be looking out for the troops. You should also know about his airport, – you paid for it!
But his true colors showed most clearly in 2005 – when in a hysterical knee-jerk reaction to an unsubstantiated news story – he hysterically accused seven Marines from 3rd Bn 1st Marines of killing unarmed civilians in Haditha. All charges were later dropped – after lengthy investigations, except for SSG Wuterich. Real Marines and real combat veterans from all of our wars have not forgiven Murtha for this unpardonable high-profile stab in the back. You civilians need to understand how very illegal it was for him as a retired Colonel – in Congress – to influence an ongoing military criminal investigation. He knew better!
We fully understand where it was coming from, Murtha spent his “combat time” in a bunker. And he was always “anti Bush / anti-war”.
I urge you good readers to take the time and send a written letter to the SecNav Ray Mabus:
Secretary of the Navy
The Honorable Ray Mabus
Office of the Secretary of the Navy
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350-2000
Ask him to either reverse this onerous decision, – or to resign. We need clearer minds and more honorable men leading our military. Real Marines will be loathe to serve aboard – or even set foot aboard this ship. Marines everywhere – you all deserve better!
/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!