Interview Subjects

David Alston – Gunner’s Mate, PCF-94, Vietnam Veteran
David Alston enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school, and eventually became a Gunner’s Mate on PCF-94. In late January, 1969, Alston along with the skipper of the boat sustained injuries and were taken off the boat. Soon thereafter, John Kerry was named the new skipper of PCF-94. Alston returned to the boat in early March and served with John Kerry until Kerry’s reassignment in early April 1969.

Alston is currently a minister in Columbia, South Carolina.

Danny Barbiero – Yale Roommate, Vietnam Veteran
Daniel Barbiero is one of John Kerry’s oldest friends and a fellow Vietnam veteran. The two were introduced during their junior year at St. Paul’s School and were later roommates at Yale.

Barbiero served as a US Marines Corps Captain in an Infantry Battalion in Vietnam in 1968.

Currently he is the President of Beacon Financial Services (Beacon FS Ltd.) in Melville, NY. He is married with ten children and eight grandchildren.

Douglas Brinkley – Official Kerry Biographer
Douglas Brinkley is the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. Other recent publications include Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation with Stephen E. Ambrose.

Brinkley is Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans. He lives in New Orleans.

Harvey Bundy – Yale Roommate
Harvey Bundy roomed with John Kerry and Danny Barbiero at Yale.

Harvey Bundy’s uncles, coauthors of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, William Bundy as well as his smart younger brother Mc-George Bundy both served to foreign policy advisor to the Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (1961-69). William Bundy influenced John Kerry to enlist in the Navy.

Today Harvey Bundy is a principal at Chicago's William Blair & Co.

Sen. Max Cleland (D-Georgia, 1997-2003) – Fellow Senator, Vietnam Veteran
Max Cleland is a Vietnam war veteran and a former Democratic Senator from Georgia.

Cleland volunteered for duty in Vietnam as a Captain with the US Army in 1967. On April 1968, Cleland was seriously wounded in combat, causing him to lose both legs and one arm.

In 1977, when he was 35 years old, President Carter appointed him Administrator of the U.S. Veteran's Administration, where he instituted the revolutionary "Vets Center Program," which for the first time offered psychological counseling as well as physical care to combat veterans.

After recuperating from his injuries, he was elected to the Georgia State Senate and later became Georgia's Secretary of State. In 1996, Cleland was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served as chairman of the Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, and was a member of the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee.

Today he is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington Semester Program, where he also serves as a fellow in the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies. He is the author of Strong at the Broken Places and Going for the Max!: 12 Principles for Living Life to the Fullest.

Bester Cram – VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran
Bester Cram is a Marine Corps and antiwar veteran. His first meeting with John Kerry occurred prior to Dewey Canyon III.

Cram joined the Marine Corps in 1966 and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. In the fall of 1969 he applied for status as a Conscientious Objector, but his military contract had expired before any ruling was made. Cram became a member of VVAW shortly after being discharged.

Bester Cram is the founder and creative director of Northern Light Productions. In 2001, he co-directed a documentary about VVAW called Unfinished Symphony: Democracy and Dissent.

Chris Gregory – VVAW Anti-War Activist, Vietnam Veteran
Chris Gregory served as an air evacuation medic for the US Air Force in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. He served in the Air Force from 1964-1968 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

By 1970 Gregory had become an active organizer for the VVAW and met John Kerry through their joint involvement in the veterans’ anti-war movement.

Today Chris Gregory provides legislative and press initiatives, government and public relations services to a diverse group of organizations and individuals, including Northeast Energy Efficiency Council, Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse and The Denver Association for the Retarded, among others.

Richard Holbrooke – US Ambassador to the UN (1999-2001) – Colleague, Contemporary
Mr. Holbrooke began his career in 1962. After studying Vietnamese, he was sent to Vietnam and, in the following six years served in a variety of posts related to Vietnam -- first in the Mekong Delta as a provincial representative for the Agency for International Development (AID), and then as staff assistant to Ambassadors Maxwell Taylor and Henry Cabot Lodge. In 1966 he was re- assigned to the White House, working on the Vietnam staff of President Johnson. In 1967-69, he wrote one volume of the Pentagon Papers, served as a special assistant to Under Secretaries of State, and simultaneously served as a member of the American Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam. In 1977, President Carter appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, a post he held until 1981. He is also a former ambassador to Germany.

Ambassador Holbrooke is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Citizens Committee for New York City, and the Economic Club of New York. He is also co-author of Counsel to the President, the memoirs of Clark Clifford, as well as numerous articles on foreign policy.

Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska, 1988-2001) Fellow Senator, Vietnam Veteran
Bob Kerrey is a Navy Seal veteran and a former colleague of John Kerry’s in the US Senate.

Kerrey represented the State of Nebraska in the United States Senate for 12 years (1988-2001). Before that, he served as Nebraska's Governor for four years. Under political attack in 2001, Mr. Kerrey conceded that his unit had killed several civilians in a February 1969 firefight.

Bob Kerrey is currently the President of New School University in New York City. He is the author of a memoir, When I was a Young Man.

Joe Klein – Author
Joe Klein writes a regular column, titled In the Arena, on national and international affairs for TIME magazine. He is also the author of Primary Colors, a best-seller inspired by the 1992 political race, and Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam, which was published in 1984.

He is an occasional contributor to The New Yorker, where he served as Washington correspondent beginning in December 1996.

Michael Medeiros – Rear Gunner, PCF-94, Vietnam Veteran
Michael Medeiros served with John Kerry in Vietnam, as the Rear Gunner of PCF-94.

Medeiros joined the Navy reserves in 1965, and performed active duty service from September 1967 to June 1969. In February of 1968, he volunteered for service in Vietnam, and served on a swift boat from May 1968 until May 1969.