By MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret)
You should know, dear reader, we are not among those who despised ADM Jeremy "Mike" Boorda. In fact, we did and always will admire this fine man, who went all the way from Seaman to Chief of Naval Operations. No one has done it before, and it's very likely no one else will accomplish such a feat in the future.
FEW BELIEVE "OFFICIAL STORY" OF HOW BOORDA DIED
The "official story" - that Boorda committed suicide because he was shamed over wearing two attachments to ribbons that he may or may not have earned - is ludicrous on its face. In the 12 years MilitaryCorruption.com has been on line, we have not run into one Navy enlisted member or officer who buys that steaming kettle of fish.
EVERY INDICATION THAT BOORDA
Let's go back to 1996 and study the circumstances that led to the tragedy of Mike Boorda's untimely death.
DEARLY LOVED DISABLED SON AND FAMILY
It isn't widely known that one of Boorda's four children, David, suffered from Cerebral Palsy. The admiral dearly loved his first-born son. A caring and thoughtful man toward strangers, Boorda would not leave his beloved wife Bettie behind in such a way to end up sole caregiver to their disabled eldest son.
" . . . WE'LL JUST TELL THEM THE TRUTH."
Part of the "official story" is Boorda became unhinged when he learned muckrakingNEWSWEEK columnist David Hackworth and another reporter from the news magazine were coming on May 16th to confront him about the wearing of "unauthorized" V for valor devices on two of the CNO's combat medals.
JAMES WEBB, BOORDA'S BITTER ENEMY
Yes, Boorda had been publicly attacked by the sometimes surly former Navy Secretary James Webb. In a blistering speech given at the Naval Academy, the blunt-speaking Vietnam veteran tore into Boorda for many of the Navy's ills.
THERE ARE LIES, AND DAMNED LIES
have to give the Pentagon propagandists a lot of credit for getting their version of events sold to the media and public.
WHO REALLY WROTE (TYPED) BOORDA'S
The story even quoted from one of two notes that Boorda allegedly typed up (but curiously didn't sign). One was said to be addressed to his family, the other "To my sailors." It is that one that we reproduce below:
TWO BULLETS TO THE TORSO, NOT ONE
One Navy veteran who doesn't believe that for a moment is a retired chief medical corpsman now living in Florida.
WHY NOT RELEASE AUTOPSY REPORT?
It has been 16 long years and the Navy still refuses to release the autopsy report. Why? If Boorda shot himself like the official story goes, what's to hide? The results would confirm the single shot to the sternum that ripped through the admiral's body and exited his back, doing terrible damage to the internal organs, including the heart as it tore into his torso.
WHY A .38 REVOLVER AND SHOT TO THE STERNUM?
The death gun is said to have been a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver given the CNO by his son-in-law to "protect" him and his family from possible "intruders." Wouldn't you think with all the Marines and Navy personnel at the Washington Navy Yard, many with loaded weapons of their own, that Admiral Boorda and his family in historic Tingey House wouldn't have to arm themselves?
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