Since He Brought It Up…

I wasn’t going to say anything, but since Bob Dole decided to go partisan and falsely criticize fellow veterans, let’s take a quick look at his own war record as well: TedEllis.net — Dole’s War Record

It was in the first of these night patrols that Dole received the wound for which he was awarded his first Purple Heart. He ruefully confesses in his 1988 autobiography that his wound was self-inflicted: “As we approached the enemy, there was a brief exchange of gunfire. I took a grenade in hand, pulled the pin, and tossed it in the direction of the farmhouse. It wasn’t a very good pitch (remember, I was used to catching passes, not throwing them). In the darkness, the grenade must have struck a tree and bounced off. It exploded nearby, sending a sliver of metal into my leg — the sort of injury the Army patched up with Mercurochrome and a Purple Heart.” The wound was so minor that he led another patrol two nights later. He does not mention that others were also injured by his misguided throw — which Woodruff’s account attributes to an enemy machine gun.

Full disclosure: The author of that article from The Nation was my late, great uncle Robert, who served with Dole in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during WWII. It reveals many more distortions regarding Dole’s WWII record, and is worth a read. Robert Ellis also authored an excellent book regarding his service during WWII called See Naples and Die. His son, my cousin Ted Ellis hosts the page containing the article on Dole’s war record.