Did he win three Purple Hearts?

On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:38:09 -0500, Mike Church
wrote:

>Cindy McCain discovered that her husband's great great uncle, Gunther
>McCain, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Tennessee in
>1889.
>
>The only existing photograph shows him standing on the gallows. On the back
>of the picture is this inscription: "Gunther McCain; horse thief.
>Sent to Tennessee Prison 1883, escaped 1887. Robbed the Tennessee Flyer

six
>times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."
>
>After letting the Republican Party's large staff of professional image
>consultants review this discovery, they took the following actions to assist
>John's campaign to become our next president. They decided to crop

Gunther's
>picture, scan it in as an enlarged image, and edited it with image
>processing software so that all that is seen in the final picture is a head
>shot. Along with this enhanced photo, the accompanying biographical sketch
>was sent to the Associated Press:
>
>"Gunther McCain was a famous cattleman in early Tennessee history. His
>business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets
>and intimate dealings with the Tennessee railroad company.
>Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to service at a
>government facility, finally taking leave to resume his business enterprise
>with the railroad. In 1887 he was a key player in a vital investigation run
>by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889 Gunther regrettably

died
>suddenly during an important civic function held in his honor when the
>platform on which he was standing collapsed."
>
>mc
>
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