... so long as Kerry considered that a tour in Vietnam it must be so! LOL
He "remembers" being in Vietnam when he heard of the death of Martin Luther King in April, 1968.
"I remember well April, 1968 - I was serving in Vietnam?a place of violence -- when the news reports brought home to me and my crewmates the violence back home - and the tragic news that one of the bullets flying that terrible spring took the life of that unabashedly maladjusted citizen. "
That doesn't go well with the timeline on his own site http://www.johnkerry.com/about/john_kerry/service.html where he truthfully indicates he arrived in Vietnam in November of 1968.
He may have meant while he was off the coast of Vietnam but even that doesn't sound right as The Gridley spent its 4 months from February of 68 to June of 68 traveling from California to Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam, at Subic Bay in the Philippines and in Wellington, New Zealand then returning to California on 6 June.
GRIDLEY operated along the California coast until sailing for the Orient 18 November. She left Subic Bay 2 January 1967 for plane guard duty in the China Sea and the Gulf of Tonkin. After varied duties in the fighting zone, she sailed for Australia en route to the West Coast and arrived Long Beach 8 June to prepare for future action.