Robert E. Lambert doesn’t plan to vote for John Kerry.From his account it is also clear that Kerry could not be the sole source of the accounts used to hand out the medals for that day. People received medals for actions that day that Kerry didn't know about. Lambert says that medal decisions were made at higher levels where any single report would be corroborated by other reports.
But the Eagle Point man challenges claims by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that there was no enemy fire aimed at the five swift boats, including the one commanded by Kerry, on March 13, 1969 on the Bay Hap River in the southern tip of what was then South Vietnam.
Newsweek confirms this point that witnesses other than Kerry had to have filed corroborating reports for Thurlow to get his medal.