NEVER DEPLOYED "COLONEL" WILSON
DEFERRMENTS THROUGH 1972 THEN "SHEPHERDED" INTO RESERVE BILLET TO AVOID VIETNAM
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
Joe Wilson, real name "Addison" presents himself as a hard boiled combat veteran, retired Army colonel and all around tough guy. He belongs to "white supremist" organizations, fought hard to keep the Confederate flag in South Carolina and, when an aide to the notorious racist Strom Thrumond, abused and threatened Thurmond’s half-African American daughter in an attempt to shut her up.
His real record is Vietnam. Born in 1947, Wilson was prime material for the Vietnam War. After taking deferment after deferment for college and law school, in 1972, Wilson was glided into a coveted Army Reserve billet, protecting him from service in Vietnam. He quit in 1975 with the fall of Saigon and transferred to the National Guard where he was a Judge Advocate, a "lawyer."
Wilson has one of the worst records in Congress, having voted against Veteran funding 11 times. The only "veteran" Wilson has helped is himself.
Though ending up with full health insurance and a fat military retirement, Joe Wilson, like Senator Lindsay Graham, both passed more qualfiied serving officers who were deployed to combat and moved into high paying positions as full Colonels, all done using political clout. This gives both Wilson and his good friend and reportedly highest ranking gay officer in the US military, Lindsay Graham, substantial "double dip" retirements without ever having to actually serve in the real military and, especially, not during the Vietnam War.
Wilson’s opponent in the upcoming election is Rob Miller, 13 year US Marine with 2 combat tours in Iraq. Wilson missed his chance at combat due to more important considerations involving "personal skin."
Wilson, close friend and confidant of Fox Enterainment reality show host Glenn Beck is a strong advocate of private health care. In fact he received over $ 400,000 in political donations from the health care industry in support of his position. Insiders say that Beck helped stage the Wilson "impromptu theater" during the Presidents address to Congress, offering full support from Fox News in exchange for Wilson’s violation of traditional Southern good manners, something Wilson has little familiarity with.
Wilson has spent a lifetime on the public payroll running his mouth while others have done the fighting.
Much has been made of late about Wilsons ties to White Supremist and neo-Klan groups. As one of the 7 legislators who stood against all others to keep the sessionist flag as the state frag of South Carolina and as former staffer to the former anti-civil rights activist Strom Thrumond, Wilsons racist views are well known and well established.
What some of us would like to have seen established is a biography that included miltiary service during the Vietnam War instead of deferrment after deferrment then hiding out in an "undeployable" Army Reserve unit until the second the Communists moved into Saigon.
This tells me all I need to know.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.