The Kurtz chronicles, take 2

A reader has forwarded us the link to the Vietnam Veterans Against Kerry page with a photograph of the likely candidate for recognition as Kerry’s lucky hat. Below is the photo of Kerry directing VVAW’s massive pro-Hanoi demonstration in Washington in April 1971.
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Another reader has forwarded us the link to the press release announcing Kerry’s reunion with Jim Rassman. The reader writes:

It seems to me in that one version, Lurch’s best buddy is on a Swift Boat BEHIND Lurch’s boat and in the WSJ version he is ON Lurch’s boat. Here’s the press release version:

On March 13, 1969, Rassman, a Green Beret, was traveling down the Bay Hap river in a boat behind Kerry’s when both were ambushed by exploding land mines and enemy fire coming from the shore. Kerry was hit in the arm, while a mine blew Rassman’s boat out of the water. With enemy fire coming from both sides of the river and swift boats evacuating from the area, Kerry’s crew chose to turn their boat toward the ambush to save Rassman.

Here’s the WSJ version:

While returning from a SEA LORDS operation along the Bay Hap River, a mine detonated under another swift boat. Machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river, and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John’s swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath.

The reader asks, not unreasonably: “What am I missing here?”

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