Bush never got any medals, but says he wouldn't have thrown them if he had.
Meanwhile John Kerry may well have thrown his medals, which is, of course, a perfectly acceptable thing to do with what can rationally be thought of as a glorified gold watch. Hell, the first time I carted a pocket full of coins to school, the greed of the other kids caused me to throw it all over a fence...seeing it as an imperfect compensation. And surely Kerry's work was more difficult than cleaning up a bedroom.
This is just another trite non-issue, like flag-burning. A substitute for thought.