Published on Wednesday,
February 18, 1970
John Kerry: A Navy
Dove Runs for Congress
Crimson Staff Writer
Hundreds of opponents to the Vietnam War will meet this coming
Saturday in a Third District Citizens Caucus to choose a Democrat
strong enough in the September primary to oust Philip J. Philbin
(D-Mass.) from the Congressional seat he has held for 26
The leading contenders for the caucus's nomination are Father
Robert F. Drinan, dean of the Boston College Law School; Harrison
Chandler Stevens, who ran as an Independent against Philbin in 1968
and enjoyed the support of many college volunteers; and John F.
Kerry, who favors immediate withdrawal, and was the first
Vietnam veteran to run for Congress with a dovish platform on the
Kerry has the most explicit stand against the Vietnam War and
although his youth is a plus, the fact that he is a political
unknown does not help him. Now 26, he was honorably discharged from
the Navy last month but has been laying the groundwork for the race
ever since November. Occasionally, Kerry makes obvious his recent
return to civilian life and the Third Congressional District. When
he came into the CRIMSON building last Friday, I introduced myself,
saying I was from Waban.
"Waban, where's that?" he asked.
At Yale, Kerry was chairman of the Political Union and later, as
Commencement speaker, urged the United States to withdraw from
Vietnam and to scale down foreign military operations. And this was
way back in 1966.
When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a
year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist
in the Navy. The Navy assigned him to the USS Gridley which
between December 1966 and July 1968 saw four months of action off
the Vietnam coast. In August through November, 1968, Kerry was
trained to be the skipper of a patrol boat for Vietnamese rivers.
For the next five months, until April of 1969, Kerry was the
commanding Lieutenant of a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta. He was
wounded slightly on three different occasions and received a Silver
Star for bravery. His patrol boat took part in Operation Sealords,
mostly scouting out Viet Cong villages and transporting South
Vietnamese marines to various destinations up and down narrow rivers
covered with heavy foliage on either side. One time Kerry was
ordered to destroy a Viet Cong village but disobeyed orders and
suggested that the Navy Command simply send in a Psychological
Warfare team to be friend the villagers with food, hospital
supplies, and better educational facilities.
Immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, Kerry said, would take about
seven months due to complex logistics problems. During that interval
he would allow only "self-defense return of fire."
"Logistic support is now what Nixon is talking about leaving
there and I don't want to see that. I don't think we should leave
support troops there and I don't think we should give Vietnam any
more than the foreign aid given any other one country." He does
not feel there would be a massive slaughter of American,
sympathizers once the United States pulled out.
In America, "everybody who's against the war is suddenly
considered anti-American," Kerry said. "But I don't think
they can turn to me and say I don't know what's going on or I'm a
draft dodger." Referring to the House Armed Services Committee,
chaired by L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.), Kerry said, "I want to go
down to Washington and confront Medel Rivers, who never fought in a
"I as effectively as anyone else in the country, can address
myself to the issue of Vietnam," Kerry said. "I'm very
realistic, though. I'm just going to be one man adding to the work
of men like Lowenstein."
Kerry is a pilot, and on October 14 and 15 he flew Ted Kennedy's
advisor Adam Walinsky by private plane throughout the State of New
York so that Walinsky could give speeches against the Vietnam War.
But Kerry was smart enough not to put down "Moratorium" on
the Navy signout sheet for that Tuesday and Wednesday. The following
month, Kerry was sick and did not engage in the November moratorium
He supports a volunteer Army, "if and only if we can create
the controls for it. You're going to have to prepare for the
possibility of a national emergency, however." Kerry said that
the United Nations should have control over most of our foreign
military operations. "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see
our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the
On other issues, Kerry wants "to almost eliminate CIA
activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems
to care." He also favors a negative income tax and keeping
unemployment at a very low level, "even if it means selective
"I have a somewhat Establishment background," Kerry
admitted modestly. Kerry, whose family comes from Groton, attended
Fessenden, a prestigious private school in West Newton, until he was
old enough to go to St. Paul's. From there he went on to Yale where
he majored in political science.
Kerry's interest in politics began in 1960, when John Kennedy was
running for President. Kerry gave his first political speeches for
JFK and at St. Paul's founded a political group, the John Winant
Society. In the summer of 1962, Kerry worked for Ted Kennedy, who
was then making his first Senate bid. "I wanted to see how the
political machine works."
Latest scanning technology
Here's Looking At You Kid - Months Early
|Images published for the first time seem to show
that babies in the womb smile, blink and cry months before
State-of-the-art scanning equipments being used at some
clinics and teaching hospitals have offered a view of what
appears to be human emotions of babies at six months after
Just what the pictures mean is still a matter of debate,
some saying that pictures caught of babies smiling such as the
one at the right reflect an emotional response while others
say it is a simple simple physical reaction, helping prepare
the baby for the outside world.
Picture of baby at six months after conception
shows what appears to be a smiling baby. This is a snap shot
from a moving video using the latest in scanning technology
Smiles have been captured at 6 months development. But the new
scanning techniques show clear recordings of limb
movement at 2 months, the baby turning and jumping at three
months and intricate movement of fingers at three and a half
months. Babies have been recorded yawning at five months from
Obstetrician Stuart Campbell, who has been using the
Austrian-developed equipment at the private Create Health
Clinic, London, for two years, said: "It is remarkable
that a newborn baby does not smile for about six weeks after
birth. But before birth, most babies smile frequently.
"This may indicate the baby's trouble-free existence
in the womb and the relatively traumatic first few weeks after
birth when the baby is reacting to a strange
Professor Campbell, who is also head of obstetrics and gynecology
at St George's medical school, London, said: "With this
new advance, there are many questions that can now be
investigated. Do babies with genetic problems such as Down
syndrome have the same pattern of activity as normal babies?
"Does the baby smile because it is happy or cry
because it has been disturbed by some event in the womb? Why
does a baby blink when we assume it is dark inside the
The $300,000 scanner that makes this possible costs two to
three times more than conventional equipment. The machine
develops ultrasound so that it can be transformed and shaded
to produce detailed surface features from the baby which move
in real time.
It is already improving diagnosis of abnormalities such as
cleft lip and palate. Professor Campbell said: "One woman
I scanned, whose baby had a cleft palate, wanted to take the
pictures to a surgeon to discuss the surgery after birth.
Parents often don't know what such abnormalities look like so
they have terrible mental images.
"The parents faced up to the reality of what the cleft
palate looked like and bonded with the baby. It helped them
come to terms with the problem long before the birth of the
Professor Campbell said scanner techniques were improving.
"Some mothers say: 'I feel I am almost cheating. I am
enjoying my baby before it is born.'
"The bond between parents and baby is enormous. The
reaction is overwhelming especially with fathers, who rarely
get involved. Before they sat in the corner. Now they really
show emotion. I enjoy scanning and looking at babies. It is so
informative about babies and behavior. Every scan is an