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The Navy has not decided whether it will investigate John Kerry’s war record after receiving a request to do so by a public interest group, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

In an August 18 letter to the Defense Department, Judicial Watch requested an investigation into the “determination and final disposition of the awards granted to Lieutenant (junior grade) John Forbes Kerry, U.S. Naval Reserve.” The Defense Department passed the request on to the Navy.

Navy Cmdr. Conrad Chun of the Navy Office of Information said the Navy “has not decided what it will do with the request,” but that the inspector general would review it.

Kerry has been under fire from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group of veterans who served in Vietnam at the same time, about whether he earned the Vietnam decorations Kerry has made central to his campaign for the presidency.

He was wounded in action and subsequently awarded three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.

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