Jeff Smith 4 p.m., March 30
Navy Reportedly Revokes Silver Star of Imprisoned La Jollan Wade Sanders
Politico, the Boston Globe, and multiple other online sources are reporting today that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has revoked a Silver Star awarded to retired captain, Vietnam swift boat veteran and La Jollan Wade Sanders, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He briefly ran for Congress here as a Democrat in 2000.
The story of the medal revocation reportedly ran first in the Navy Times July 18.
According to today's Boston Globe account:
"Sanders received the medal not while he and [Sen. John] Kerry were in Vietnam, but in 1992."
The Globe quoted the Navy Times: “Sanders in 2008 pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography after an FBI investigation led to his San Diego home and the discovery of pornographic videos on his computers.
"He received a 37-month sentence as part of a plea deal; he has maintained he isn’t a pedophile and was researching the subject for a book he planned to write. It’s not clear whether Sanders conviction played a role in him losing his Silver Star.”
Politico's Ben Smith notes Sanders is "best known as the man who introduced John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and, ironically, vouched for the authenticity of Kerry's service."
"Had the subsequently determined facts and evidence surrounding both the incident for which the award was made and the processing of the award itself been known to the Secretary of the Navy in 1992, those facts would have prevented the award of the Silver Star," [Mabus spokeswoman Pamela] Kunze was quoted by Smith as saying, via the Navy Times.
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