The candidates in the Democratic presidential primary were asked who the enemy they were most proud of making during their careers.
Webb says it was “the enemy soldier that threw the grenade that wounded me, [sly smile] but he’s not around right now to talk to.”
Yeah, we’re about 99% sure that Webb just insinuated that he’s already killed his greatest enemy on national television.
Webb is a Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War, earning the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Webb later served as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration.
Here’s the citation for Webb’s Navy Cross:
On 10 July 1969, while participating in a company-sized search and destroy operation deep in hostile territory, First Lieutenant Webb’s platoon discovered a well-camouflaged bunker complex which appeared to be unoccupied. Deploying his men into defensive positions, First Lieutenant Webb was advancing to the first bunker when three enemy soldiers armed with hand grenades jumped out. Reacting instantly, he grabbed the closest man and, brandishing his .45 caliber pistol at the others, apprehended all three of the soldiers.
Accompanied by one of his men, he then approached the second bunker and called for the enemy to surrender. When the hostile soldiers failed to answer him and threw a grenade which detonated dangerously close to him, First Lieutenant Webb detonated a claymore mine in the bunker aperture, accounting for two enemy casualties and disclosing the entrance to a tunnel.
Despite the smoke and debris from the explosion and the possibility of enemy soldiers hiding in the tunnel, he then conducted a thorough search which yielded several items of equipment and numerous documents containing valuable intelligence data. Continuing the assault, he approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy threw another grenade. Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body.
Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker.
Webb is currently polling very poorly in the Democratic primary which seems to be a race to the far left.
Webb’s campaign had hoped his position would improve following last night’s debate, but many viewers thought Webb looked uncomfortable and many of his answers sounded rehearsed.