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Pentagon says Bush service records were destroyed

by Josh K / July 9, 2004 12:55 AM PDT
Pentagon Says Bush Records of Service Were Destroyed

HOUSTON, July 8 - Military records that could help establish President Bush's whereabouts during his disputed service in the Texas Air National Guard more than 30 years ago have been inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon.

It said the payroll records of "numerous service members," including former First Lt. Bush, had been ruined in 1996 and 1997 by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service during a project to salvage deteriorating microfilm. No back-up paper copies could be found, it added in notices dated June 25.

The destroyed records cover three months of a period in 1972 and 1973 when Mr. Bush's claims of service in Alabama are in question.

Hmmmmm. At this time Bush was Governor of Texas and was already on the RNC's "short list" of potential candidates for President in 2000. This would also be around the same time that some police records in Mass and NH "disappeared", school papers were "misplaced" and the explanation of "exuberant youthfulness" was concocted. Coincidence, probably.
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Well, I'm glad that's all settled!
by Dan McC / July 9, 2004 1:03 AM PDT

And it's not at all questionable or suspicious, either!



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This situation created a problem
by MarciaB / July 9, 2004 1:23 AM PDT

for many people who were trying to obtain copies of either their own or a relatives records.

When I was in the process of getting information of my brother's military records and medals, etc., I was warned that this could be a problem because of the dates of service. Thank goodness it wasn't a problem in my case - I was able to receive all records and medals in a short period of time.

I can see no difference in the same thing happening - only with a negative outcome - for someone who just happened to end up as President of the USA.


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Re: This situation created a problem
by TONI H / July 9, 2004 1:57 AM PDT

When my oldest daughter joined the Navy in 1992, she tried to find her father's Navy records (my first husband who died at age 29) in order to gather his medals for a display case....he was discharged in early 1971, died in 1977, and his records haven't been located yet either, even though the three girls received a VA benefit until they were 16 so there must have been something at least somewhere at one time, but they might have used the DD-214 that I had a copy of at that time. Not sure if I still have it as I packed up all of memorablia long ago and it might be in that box still.

Now that my son is also Navy, he is attempting to get them found again for his sisters.


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