The Daily Kos excerpts Kerry's newly released Navy records:
On Feb. 28, 1969, Kerry's craft and two other boats came under heavy fire from the riverbanks. Kerry ordered his units to turn into the ambush and sent men ashore to charge the enemy. According to the records, an enemy soldier holding a loaded rocket launcher sprang up within 10 feet of Kerry's boat and fled. Kerry leapt ashore, ran down the man and killed him.
Kerry and his men chased or killed all the enemy soldiers in the area, captured enemy weapons and then returned to the boat only to come under fire from the opposite bank as they began to pull away. Kerry again beached his boat and led a party ashore to pursue the enemy, and they successfully silenced the shooting. Later, the boats were again under fire, but Kerry initiated a heavy response that killed 10 Viet Cong and wounded another with no casualties to his own men.
The accompanying link to a side-by-side comparison of Bush's and Kerry's Vietnam requests is pretty funny (if facile). In the next Kos post, about John O'Neill (the guy who started publicly questioning Kerry's war record), there's a great quote from a Nixon aide who helped groom O'Neill in the '70s, about Kerry: "Let's destroy this young demagogue before he becomes another Ralph Nader."