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Mary Lynn Jones wrote in her [http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=17888 article] "Kerry and His Merry 'Band of Brothers'", published by AlterNet February 19, 2004:
- "The fabled moment of the 2004 presidential campaign came when James Rassmann appeared at an Iowa rally in January to thank John Kerry for saving his life in Vietnam 35 years ago. An emotional Rassmann described an injured Kerry who put his own life at risk – 'he could have been shot and killed' – to turn his boat around and pull him out of the water. Even though he's a longtime Republican, Rassmann said, he plans to vote for his Kerry this fall. 'I'd be very, very surprised if anything he told you was not the truth,' he declared with conviction."