by James G. Shockley, Major, USMC (ret.)
Dear Ken Miller & Gary Marbut,
You are both wrong on what you say about Zinke in regard to his DD-214, and the significance of his being promoted to only a commander in the Navy. As most people on this list know I am a member of the NRA (life member), Montana Shooting Sports, a Republican politician who served in the Montana Legislature for 14 years (with a conservative voting record), and a retired Marine.
It is alleged that somehow only making commander means that Zinke was not a first rate officer and that somehow his DD-214, if all of it were available, would indicate that his service was not honorable, or admirable, or perhaps successful. Gary said that he retired an O-4 (lieutenant/commander); not accurate, but probably a typing error. Zinke retired an O-5 (commander), just read the DD-214 at issue at block 4a; “CDR” means “commander. [Read more…]