Dear Governor, DeSantis:
As a Floridian and a constituent, I thought this might be a good time to send you a letter about my late father, Captain Guy Cane, USN retired. Dad graduated from the United States Naval Academy, class of “54”. He was a Navy test pilot who served two tours in Vietnam, receiving the Silver Star and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. In his naval career, he completed over two hundred night carrier landings.
My father was awarded one of his Distinguished Flying Crosses for his actions in Vietnam, helping to save the life of a helicopter pilot who had been shot down over the jungle. Dad flew circles over the crash site, protecting the pilot from Vietcong soldiers on the ground until helicopters could arrive and rescue him. Dad knew his own aircraft was running low on fuel, he expected to have to ditch in the Gulf of Tonkin, but he remained flying above the site until help arrived. When he finally landed on the aircraft carrier his tanks were literally empty. Perhaps, in another letter I’ll tell you how he got the other Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star.
Recently Donald Trump made some comments about Americans who served in the military and I would like to hear your thoughts as they apply to my father. You are an elected representative of the people of Florida, and I, as your constituent and taxpayer, feel it’s only fair that you respond.
As a supporter of Donald Trump you know he referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who died at Belleau Wood as “suckers and losers” He said about John McCain, another Naval pilot , shot down over Vietnam, “He’s not a war hero, I like people who weren’t captured.” He referred to former President George H. W. Bush as a “loser” for being shot down by the Japanese in World War II.
In 2017 Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Donald Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery where John Kelly’s son Robert is buried. Kelly is buried in Section 60, just one section over from my father, in section 59.
Marine First Lieutenant Robert Kelly was killed in 2010 in Afghanistan at the age of 29. According to the Washington Post, “Trump was meant on this visit, to join John Kelly in paying respects at his son’s grave and to comfort the families of other fallen service members. But according to sources with knowledge of this visit, Trump, while standing by Robert Kelly’s grave, turned directly to his father and said, “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?”
You, Governor DeSantis, campaigned for Trump to the point of dressing up your children in Trump “Make America Great Again” clothing. You received Trump’s repeated praises and endorsement. You railed against your opponent for calling Trump “vile” over his comments about grabbing women by the “pussy”.
Having stood with Donald Trump for so long, where do you stand on his comments about servicemen?
You are neither a hero nor dead, but you are silent, as silent as our military heroes buried under their crosses in Arlington and Belleau Wood. The time for silence is over and I ask you, as the Governor of the great State of Florida, is Donald Trump correct, was my father, as Trump says “a sucker and a loser”?
Speak up Governor DeSantis, we can’t hear you.
Peter Guy Cane.