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The Chickenhawk Hall of Shame

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Alan Lee Keyes
Chickenhawk First Class with Distinguished Fleeing Cross
August 7, 1950
home state:
missed opportunity:
Vietnam War
preferred activity:
Singing in the Cornell Glee Club
Running for President
Alan Keyes claims he got death threats at Cornell because he wouldn't support demonstrators who seized a building on campus. And you can't really blame him for supporting the war. His father fought in Korea, did two tours in Vietnam, retired as a Command Sergeant Major, and was buried at Arlington under a stone listing a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Purple Heart on it. But Alan coasted through his own war years with student deferments and a high lottery number — and there is no hereditary exemption from chickenhawk status.