Two years (1951-53) vacationing with the Army in Paris, France at the height of the Korean War while most of your fellow soldiers are fighting for their lives in Korea hardly qualifies one for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Especially, when you consider that the recipient of such favorable treatment was the son of big-shot Democrat operative Joe Kennedy and the president at the time was Harry Truman. Dan Rather was so busy looking into Bush’s Air National Guard service he totally missed this one.
Must admit, Dan also missed looking into the ultimate COWARD, Joe “5-Deferment” Biden who (along with Dick Cheney) did everything short of maiming himself to avoid being drafted during Vietnam (neither had the guts for maiming – I guess it’s a prerequisite for VP).
By contrast, Kennedy, Cheney and Biden make "W" look like a war hero! (For the record, Bush flying antique Air National Guard Convair F-102s was probably in more danger than I was during an extended CIB-earning tour in Vietnam!).
One final observation, wasn't it his brother JFK that escalated Vietnam into a war; then made it ours by allowing Diem to be assassinated and bringing in hawks McNamara, Rusk and Bundy to expand it. Of the 58K killed in Vietnam, 37K of them were killed under the war leaders brought in by JFK and retained by LBJ.