James Webb has entered the race to receive the democratic nomination for the 2006 Senate race in Virginia. I have personally been a fan of Mr. Webb’s for a long time.
Here is a short run down of who he is: Mr. Webb graduated from the Annapolis in 1968 and accepted a commission in the USMC at the height of the Vietnam War. He deployed to Vietnam where he served a Platoon and Company commander. During his service in Vietnam, Webb was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts.
After leaving the Corps due to injuries sustained in combat in 1972, Webb enrolled in Georgetown Law School. By the time he graduated, he had also written the transcript for Fields of Fire, one of the definitive novels about Vietnam. Webb was instrumental in the creation of the Vietnam Memorial and was the driving force behind the statues that are part of that monument. Webb served as Secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan, but resigned when policies calling for reduction of the Navy were forced on his position. Webb is an accomplished warrior, author, reporter, executive, and lawyer. Additionally, Webb has championed the rights of veterans and Vietnamese refugees for decades.