Purple Heart Commentary from Vietnam Docs

Horsefeathers – DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET: THE PURPLE HEART SCAM

When I served as a Navy psychiatrist from 1967-69 at St. Alban’s Naval Hospital I heard the war stories of hundreds of courageous, wounded men. Astonishing tales of selfless sacrifice were told by modest men who suffered from uneasy doubt about whether they’d done enough, and were subsequently troubled by depression and anxiety. They were invariably reluctant to talk about themselves and never, ever boasted of what they’d done. They possessed dignity, and in fact tended to be too self demanding and self-critical.
In addition to these men, who often suffered the guilt of survivors, there were of course the schemers and scammers, the sociopaths, troublemakers and cowards. There were the prevaricators and the braggarts—and all of them somehow found their way to the psychiatrist…

The rest of his precis is good, and then he links to a Washington Times OpEd on the same topic.