I'll say it again: Whatever the circumstances that led up to his Vietnam service, John Kerry voluntarily put himself in harm's way for the USA and deserves our respect and thanks for doing so. What repels me is his apparently calculated and repeated embellishment of his service record, coupled with his post-active service incarnation as a war protester who did much damage to the American cause and to American soldiers still serving (or in captivity).
Here's more damning evidence of the embellishment. Admiral Schachte has submitted this statement. Read this appalling story and ask yourself if you think Mr. Kerry ought to be commander in chief.