HARKIN IS A 'PHONY SOLDIER!'
By B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley
"During a 1992 bid for the presidency, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) claimed that he had served as a pilot in Vietnam. His claim had surfaced eight years before, during a 1984 bid for reelection to the Senate, when Harkin boasted that he had served one year in Vietnam flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions.
Challenged by Sen. Barry Goldwater, Harkin did a quick shuffle, claiming that he had actually flown combat sorties over Cuba during the sixties. Harkin finally admitted he had not seen combat but had served as a ferry pilot stationed in at Atsugi, Japan, flying aircraft to be repaired from Atsugi to the Philippines.