CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1996
Re "Navy's Top Admiral Dies in Apparent Suicide Shooting," May 17: It's a damn shame the media must focus on an unimportant and trivial matter that can and did ruin a person's life and career. I am a decorated combat veteran of the Korean War; I served and fought there during 1950-1951. I in no way feel that Adm. Jeremy Michael Boorda's wearing of the Vietnam combat ribbon lessened his abilities to lead or diminished his accomplishments. Perhaps he wore the ribbons because he was proud of the men and women of the Navy who served their country during the Vietnam conflict.
May 22, 1996 |
Adm. Jeremy Michael Boorda was eulogized Tuesday by President Clinton as a military leader who had a "deep sense of honor which no person should ever question." Boorda, the Navy's top officer, killed himself Thursday amid questions about whether he had earned the right to wear certain combat decorations on his uniform. During a memorial service at Washington National Cathedral, Clinton did not mention Boorda's suicide.
May 20, 1996 |
Adm. Jeremy Michael Boorda was buried in the shadow of the Pentagon, where he had worked since April 1994 as the Navy's top officer. On a sweltering spring afternoon, family members held a private ceremony at the grave in Arlington National Cemetery a few hundred yards from the Pentagon. Boorda, 56, chief of naval operations, committed suicide after learning about a media inquiry into whether he had improperly worn decorations. "Adm.
May 19, 1996 |
President Clinton spent a tearful hour and a half Saturday consoling the widow of Adm. Jeremy M. Boorda and their four children in the family's home at the Washington Navy Yard. The visit ended with Clinton and the family holding hands in prayer for Boorda, the Navy's top officer, who shot himself outside the house on Thursday. "It was a very personal and emotional visit," said White House spokesman Brian Cullen. "As overwhelming as it was for the family, they were grateful he was there."
May 18, 1996
Navy officials find it hard to connect Adm. Jeremy Boorda's death to the medals issue, although some report the top officer had expressed anxiety.
May 18, 1996 |
Military officials and colleagues of Adm. Jeremy Michael Boorda strained Friday to understand why questions raised about his service decorations would have prompted him to take his own life, as apparently indicated by suicide notes he left behind. Amid an outpouring of sympathy over the personal tragedy that befell the Navy's former top admiral, civilian officials and military personnel in the Pentagon's offices and hallways were at a loss to explain how Boorda could have reacted so strongly.