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To: goldworldnet who wrote (6070)1/1/2017 12:06:38 AM
From: goldworldnet
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ROLLCALL 2017 Silicon Investor Patriots

New contributions from:
  • Carolyn
  • Gottfried
  • Ken Adams
  • LindyBill
  • Peter van Steennis
  • relewis
  • robert a belfer
  • Vendit™
  • vireya
  • Neeka
ROLLCALL 2017 Silicon Investor Patriots

Neeka — 5th Great Grandfather — Capt. Increase Graham Child (1740-1810) Connecticut Soldiers, French and Indian War, 1755-62, later the Continental Army during numerous battles of the American Revolution 1775-83 Biography-1 & Biography-2
Alan Smithee (Brother-in-Law, Lieutenant, US Special Forces Green Beret, Viet Nam appx. 1967-1968)
ManyMoose (cousin - Special Forces Medic, Vietnam era and Central America)
unclewest (Army 1962/1982 - SFTG, 5th SFGA, 3rd SFGA, Berlin Detachment "A", Instructor Jump School)
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Alan Smithee (Father, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.). Served in Korea, Haiti, Okinawa and Vietnam)
Carolyn (Friend - Cy Meyers WWII on Iwo Jima. Currently a PCO in WA - Veterans Tribute)
cjac (Son: USMC, 1989/2001 active, Gulf War, crew chief on C-20)
D. Austin (Father WWII Marine at Iwo Jima - Marine 3rd Division)
DMaA (Uncle - Marine Ranger WWII (recon work on Jap held islands prior to invasion)
Gina Verner (cousin, Marine in Vietnam and Reserve)
Glenn Petersen (Uncle - U.S. Marines, 1941-1945, survivor of Iwo Jima)
Glenn Petersen (two cousins - U.S. Marines, served in Vietnam)
goldworldnet (Dad also) Myself: MOS 2911-Telephone Switchboard Repair (Active 1yr - Reserve 5yr)
greenspirit (nephew-soon to return from Afghanistan)
jallen (Great grandfather namesake John was with 1ST Maine at Gettysburg, father in Korea and Vietnam)
JDN (USMC as Forward Observer (F.O.) radio operator in Vietnam)
JDN (Brother #3 - Battlefield commission for capturing a Japanese General on Okinawa)
Ken Adams (1955-59, reserve 4 more years. 7th Engineer Battalion, Construction Surveyor & Construction Draftsman)
KLP (great uncle US Marines WWI - killed in action)
LindyBill (Current active duty Marine friend of LindyBill)
ManyMoose (Father, USMC 1938-1946, Staff Sergeant, Recruiter, Navigator-Bombardier PBJ - Mitchell B-25)
ManyMoose (Brother, USMC Vietnam, Aircraft Maintenance and door gunner)
Rick Slemmer (USMC 1972-1979)
RinConRon (Dad is a WWII Marine 1942-45, Guadalcanal and Saipan)
Roebear (Son and Daughter in law serving as Marines in Iraq)
simplicity (other brother-in-law: USMC, 1965-1969)
SULLY (Father WWII Marine at Iwo Jima - 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division)
unclewest (Niece - with the MEU on the East flank from Kuwait to Baghdad)
cjac (Dad, Army WWI transfered to Navy)
DMaA (Father - Navy radio man WWII)
Don Rhodes (east coast sailor, precluded V.N. duties)
Don Rhodes (4 cousins Vietnam era)
Geoff Altman, USN, Avionics Technician First Class, 1982-2002 Retired)
Geoff Altman (Dad, Pilot, LCDR USNR)
Geoff Altman (Mother, Aircraft Mechanic, AD2 USN)
Geoff Altman (Brother, LT. Instructor Pilot USN, same brother: USAR Veternary Doctor, Major.)
goldworldnet (Uncle Bill - Navy SEAL UD specialist, multiple Vietnam tours, Commander)
Hawkmoon (Father, US Navy veteran)
JDN (Brother #2 WWII veteran)
Jorj X Mckie (Dad served in the Navy during WWII)
KLP (Son Navy Pilot - "Top Gun"- his CO said...P-3)
KLP (Father's cousin killed in the Battle of Java Sea on the USS Houston)
ManyMoose (Uncle, Navy Seabees, Dutch Harbor, Alaska)
Oral Roberts (Submariner - Shellback & Bluenose - Medically retired)
quehubo (USN Veteran of cold war serving during the great years of the Reagan presidency)
relewis (Father was in the Navy in WWI)
robert a belfer (USN, STGC - retired - "Sonar Technician - Surface" "Chief Petty Officer")
Ron M (USN Civil Engr Corps Viet Nam 69/70)
Tech Master (Field Corpsman)
PROLIFE (Son, Navy communications on Saratoga Carrier in Gulf War 1)
Ruffian (Dad - US Marines in WW2 - Tulagi and Guadalcanal)
Ruffian (Eight Uncles in WW2 - multiple branches of service)
simplicity (Dad: Navy Radioman First Class in World War II )
Still Believing (Both Grandfathers in US Navy, WWII)
Triffin (Uncle: US Navy WWII & Korea)
Triffin (Grandfather: US Navy WWI & WWII)
Vendit™ (Son currently US Navy on the GHW Bush aircraft carrier. (CVN 77) Two Mid East deployments.
vireya (Son) US Navy pilot now deceased in mission 21 Mar 1991
aladin (Father: WW2 North Africa, Sicily & Italy - transfered Army Air Corp in England 1944 - served on B-17's over Germany - served Korean War; 32 years retired 1969)
aladin (Paternal Grandfather: US Army, Spanish American War, WW1 - seriously wounded in France)
aladin (Maternal Grandfather: honorable mention Canadian Army - WW1 - France and Belgium)
cjac (Granddad: Spanish-American War, Calvary)
D. Long (Father: US Army, Vietnam)
D. Long (Uncle 1: US Army, Airborn, Korea)
D. Long (Uncle 2: US Army, Korea)
D. Long (Uncle 3: US Army, Vietnam)
D. Long (Grandfather: US Army, mechanized infantry, WWII France, Italy, Austria)
D. Long (Great Grandfather: US Army, infantry, WWI France)
D. Long (Great Great Grandfather: Civil War)
D. Long (Great, etc. Granduncle: US Army, infantry, Civil War)
DMaA (Uncle - Army MP - Present at Japanese surrender and guarded numerous high ranking jap Generals and Admirals)
DanDerr (West Point)
Farmboy (1972-1992, Ret. Master Sgt. - 3 yrs Korea, 6 years Africa/Mid East W/DIA on Embassy and other duties)
Gina Vener (mother, Tec5 US Army, WWII)
Glenn Petersen (Father - U.S. Army 1941-1946, stationed in India)
goldworldnet (Wife's Dad WWII Vet)
goldworldnet (Step Dad stationed in Alaska)
GROUND ZERO (Army 313th ASA Group, 101st Airborne)
Hawkmoon (Army 14 years active/reserve CavScout/Humint'r, 2 years DOD contractor in Iraq)
Hawkmoon (Uncle, Army, Vietnam veteran)
ISH (Germany - 581st ambulance company - Army Medic - 2nd Gen at Landstuhl)
ISH (fishin buddy Owen-enlisted at 16, Pacific theater WWII and Korea / 1st brother killed in WWII, 2nd brother killed in Korea)
JDN (Brother #1 Navy WWII tranfered to Army-Korea)
Jorj X Mckie (Uncle) Sgt. Francis Joseph Dietz - Purple Heart - 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, Died March 18, 1945 in the Battle of the Bulge Buried at the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg
KLP (Great-great... Grandfather was killed as Army Union/Civil War)
KLP (Great-great... Uncle 24 y/o, joined an Union Iowa Regiment - injured at Pleasant Hill, LA...died as POW)
KLP (more family - War of 1812, Rev War, French and Indian War, Civil War both sides, and at least 2 in King Phillips War)
LindyBill (US ARMY: Shop Clerk, 48th Ordnance co, DS, 54/56 Germany. Grandfather, Major, Philippines, Doctor, Med Corps. 1901)
Many Moose (Father-in-law, US Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, 306th Bomb Group (First over Germany), First Pilot, B-17, Shot down on 13th mission, POW 2 years, Stalag 3)
ManyMoose (Son-in-law, US Army in service, Major, MD, forensic pathologist - Ft. Lewis Washington)
ManyMoose (Brother-in-law, 1st Lt. US Army, Vietnam era)
Murrey Walker (1966-1968 1st Lt, Army Air Defense - Korea (67-68), last 7 months as Battery Commander, Battery B, 2 Bn, 7th Artillery, 39th Artillery Brigade)
Neeka (Great Uncle U.S. Army WW2)
Neeka (Great Grandfathers in both the Union Army Civil War and Revolutionary War)
PartyTime (Honorably discharged non-combatant conscientious objector)
PatiBob (Father- Army, WWII, demolitions expert. Spent 3 years in a German POW camp)
Peter van Steennis (Army Reserve 1964-70)
PROLIFE (Dad in Germany in WWII)
relewis (active duty U.S.Army at Ft Benning, Ga 1958-60 and active USAR 1960-62)
robert a belfer (Father - Ben Belfer US Army in Europe during WWII, enlisted at age 37)
Robet A. Miller (E-5 computer analyst discharged in 1968)
sandintoes (Father was in the Army Air Corps)
sandintoes (Son was in the Army Engineering division)
sandintoes (Nephew Roger, helicopter pilot, and has already served three tours)
simplicity (Great-Great Grandfather: General Joseph Kershaw, Confederate Civil War General who fought at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Sayler's Creek)
stillholding (father served as foot soldier in WWII...lost all his teeth in North Africa)
Still Believing (Grandfather's cousin, was 4 star General in US Army)
Tech Master (Dad was U.S. Army Chemical Corps)
Tech Master (Great Uncle "Georgie" ... purple hearts in WWII (Italy and France) and in Korea)
Triffin (Father: WWII & Korea [3 purple hearts-2 bronze stars-2 silver stars-1 Legion of merit]
Triffin (Grandfather: US Army Medic WWI)
unclewest (step-brother, SFC(P) Billy S, is a Bradley Platoon Sgt., just back from 2nd Bde, 4th ID. Medical returnee due to wounds)
vireya (US Army Security Agency 1955-58)
William Brotherson
cjak (USAF ADC, 1961-1965)
Bridge Player (brother - WWII bombardier flew 34 missions over Germany)
D. Long (Cousin: US Air Force, MP, Britain)
Don Rhodes (cousin career officer Vietnam era)
MrLucky "aka Elwood Blues" (4 years USAF with 1 year overseas - also Arctic Bluenose)
Geoff Altman (Sister, USAF Captain Nurse.)
greg s (Strategic Air Command, Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer, '70's)
lightshipsailor (Son "Jim" ret. LCOL 2009) Last assignment was as a manager in the A-10 Warthog modernization program where he remains as a civilian employee of the USAF.
ManyMoose (Father-in-law, USAAF 1941, Flight Officer, B-17 pilot 12 1/5 missions, POW Stalag 3 two years)
ManyMoose (Brother-in-Law, USAF, Lt. Col.(ret), B-52 pilot, Combat missions during Vietnam War, Instructor Pilot SAC)
Ron M (Father---WWII-Carpetbaggers USAAC-OSS)
sandintoes (Brother was in Air Force)
Stan (Tactical Air Command. Imagery Interpreter Specialist - Vietnam Era)
simplicity (brother-in-law: Lt. Col. USAF, Vietnam, Pentagon)
Tech Master (Brother USAF)
Tom Clarke (Father 25 years USAF)
Tom Clarke (Brother USAF and Air Force Reserve)
Tom Clarke (Brother USAF and Air National Guard)
unclewest (Nephew, USAF CPT, headed to Iraq (2x) in a few weeks. His sister, a USAF LT, is in flight training now.)
Vendit™ (Father was USAF during WWII)
William H Hueb
haqihana (49th Armored Division 8 years - activated for the Berlin Wall Crisis)
PROLIFE (NG 1972-1978)
Still Believing (Cousin National Guard)
lightshipsailor (USCG) active duty from January 1955 until January 1959 - discharged in 1963 as radioman 2nd class (E-5)
vireya (Father - WWII Coast Guard)
Neeka (Dad WWII Pacific theater, German POW transport, Korean War)
SULLY (Father WWII Merchant Marine)
jallen (Grandfather was with AEF in WWI)
RinConRon (Grandfather was WWI AEF in France, 1917-1918)
kumar rangan (Ms Lilian Carter - friend of family)
D. Long (was a volunteer fireman in PA )
ManyMoose (forester for 38 years starting 1962 as a fire lookout. Last year of service 2003 as Regional Inventory Specialist)
TideGlider (Police - State Special Investigations Supervisor)
Wharf Rat (Director of Respiratory Therapy at the Palo Alto VA 10 years)
William Brotherson (Fire Marshall)
ManyMoose (draft designation 1Y, turned down by USMC, Vietnam era)
Alan Smithee
albert kovalyov
Augustus Gloop
Big Black Swan
Brian Sullivan
Bridge Player (4F)
CF Rebel
country bob
D. Austin
D. Long
Gina Vener
Glenn Petersen
Hoa Hao
Honor First
Joe Btfsplk
John Carragher
Jorj X Mckie
Justin C
kumar rangan
Little Joe
Nadine Carroll
Neil H
Patrick Slevin
Paul Smith
Peter Dierks
richard surckla
SI Ron (Hall Monitor)
steve harris
Still Believing
Tim Fowler
Tim Lamb
Tom Clarke
Victor Lazlo

...and Thanks and Gratitude To All Others This List Has Missed !

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From: TimF1/12/2017 10:19:15 PM
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The Marine Corps Is Looking For A Few Good Nerds: Gen. Neller
By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on December 09, 2016

WASHINGTON: No thank you, Donald Trump. While the President-Elect wants to boost Marine Corps combat units by 50 percent — with 12 new battalions of infantry and one of tanks — the Commandant of the Marine Corps respectfully suggested that there are other additions the Marines need more. Don’t think good old-fashioned grunts: Think warrior nerds.

So what’s on General Robert Neller‘s Christmas list? Cyber specialists, electronic warfare troops, intelligence analysts, targeteers, engineers, anti-aircraft troops, and artillerymen with anti-ship missiles. The Marine Corps grew to 202,000 for Iraq and Afghanistan by adding combat troops, Neller told the US Naval Institute conference on Wednesday, but for a future war against increasingly sophisticated adversaries — try Russia or China — what the Marines need more of is high-tech support troops. That’s the portion of the force Neller plans to plus up with the 3,000 extra Marines in the latest draft of the annual defense bill, and that’s what he wants to keep adding to, even if he has to take Marines out of other jobs to do it.
“First things first, before we start growing more infantry or armor or things like that, y’know, the battlefield has changed,” Neller told reporters after his USNI remarks. “If we were still fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, in a stability/insurgency operation, I’d say, yeah, we’d probably need more infantry battalions….But if we’re looking down the road of the future, the capabilities we need more of now, in my mind, are those areas that I talked about: information, cyber, intelligence analysis, communication, air defense, deception, engineering….things like that.”

Those “are the things that we’re really going to need for the future,” Neller continued, “and if you don’t have those things, whatever formation you put on the battlefield is not going to be as survivable or combat effective.”

Even against relatively low-tech enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, infantry Marines relied on electronic warfare to jam remote detonators for roadside bombs, GPS satellites to help them navigate, drones to scout ahead, and wireless networks to transmit intelligence, orders, and plans. Now both Russia and the Islamic State have used their own remote-controlled drones in combat, putting a new premium on long-neglected jamming and anti-aircraft capabilities. Russian and Chinese hackers have hit networks from the Pentagon to the defense industry to the Democratic National Committee, inspiring massive investments in cyber defense. Even Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthi rebels now have anti-ship cruise missiles, forcing the Navy and Marines to rethink how they land and support troops ashore.

“We’re fighting in space, we’re fighting in the cyber domain, we’re fighting in the information domain,” said Neller, asking USNI audience members to raise their hands if they, like him, had had their identity stolen.

Warfare is changing even in the traditional Marine Corps domains of land, air, and sea. “We’re not just going to be able to sail around and go where we want to go and do what we want to do” — as we have since the Soviet Union fell — “because of the range and accuracy of anti-ship or coastal defense cruise missiles, the ability of mines to actually hunt you and find you,” Neller told reporters, previewing the driving concerns of the impending Littoral Warfare Concept. “If you’re in a small sea like the Arabian Gulf, or the Med, or the Black Sea, or the Baltic, the munitions have the ability to shoot all the way across.”

“It cuts both ways,” Neller continued. The golden rule of warfare, after all, is do unto others as they would do unto you, but do it first. “I would love to have an anti-ship cruise missile I could shoot out of a HIMARS launcher,” Neller said, “so if the Marines were to go for example to seize and secure an advanced expeditionary amphibious base, and the adversary had ships, rather than attack them with an airplane, I’d like to have some way to defend from shore.”

The secretive Strategic Capabilities Office is already working with the Army on an anti-ship seeker for the ATACMS missile, which can be fired from the HIMARS launchers already in service with both the Army and the Marines. SCO is also working on Hypervelocity Projectiles (HVPs) that can be fired from a conventional Army or Marine howitzer but which attain such velocity they could be used to shoot down incoming missiles. And Raytheon has developed an anti-ship version of its Excalibur precision-guided artillery shell. While Neller declined to name any of these technologies, he did say both that he was interested in new munitions that offered new ways of using existing weapons and that he was working with the SCO.

New equipment is important, but new training is critical. Wargames at 29 Palms in California now include urban combat, with “subterranean areas” like sewers and subways coming soon, Neller said. There are enemy drones, with (simulated) enemy airstrikes in the works; (simulated) artillery fire if the Marines stay in the open too long; and jamming and hacking of command-and-control networks.

In the future, “you’re going to have fight for information, you’re going to have to fight to see, you’re going to have to fight to not be seen,” Neller said. If you don’t want your riflemen fighting blind, deaf, and dumb, you need cyber/electronic warriors, intelligence analysts, and other support troops currently in short supply. “So,” he said, in addition to those traditional (combat arms) capabilities, you’re going to have to grow these other (supporting) capabilities.”

That said, “we follow orders,” Neller emphasized. Growing 13 more combat battalions would require a large-scale, long-term expansion of Marine Corps recruiting, training, and infrastructure, he said, but “if that’s what we’re told to do, we’ll go out there and do our very best to do it.”

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To: TimF who wrote (6177)1/17/2017 8:16:29 PM
From: goldworldnet
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I went to Marine Basic Electronics School many years ago at 29 Palms.

I can say the Instructors were fantastic teaching a bunch of Jarheads. :)


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To: goldworldnet who wrote (6178)1/17/2017 8:27:44 PM
From: TimF
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I'm probably going to go to Twenty Nine Palms for work in March. Never been there before but I have been in the Mojave (China Lake)

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To: TimF who wrote (6179)1/17/2017 8:56:29 PM
From: goldworldnet
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LOL... used to catch rattlesnakes for fun on the desert roads after dark. :)


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To: goldworldnet who wrote (6180)1/18/2017 12:04:48 AM
From: goldworldnet
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I also want to debunk some BS about rattlesnakes here.

One guy told me that rattlesnakes couldn't spit up food because of their curved fangs.

That's totally untrue and they can spit out their food and bite you.


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To: Neeka who wrote (6163)4/14/2017 7:58:41 PM
From: sandintoes
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Message 30913183

Here you go, in case you didn't find it/

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To: sandintoes who wrote (6182)4/14/2017 8:05:57 PM
From: sandintoes
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Well duh put it on the same board..meant to go on the Git thread..
I was just reviewing the names on the board..that's a lot of sacrifice for out country.

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From: TimF7/3/2017 2:47:32 PM
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With the Old Breed
by Richard Reinsch

I’ve been reading With the Old Breed, Eugene Sledge’s classic account of his experiences in the battles of Peleliu and Okinawa. Many have come to know his story from the successful 2010 HBO Series The Pacific that relied in part on his diary of these two battles. Sledge enlisted for the duration of the war +6 months in 1943 and, owing to his intelligence, was part of a military training program at Georgia Tech. There he could have earned his degree and joined the war effort in a highly skilled position of some kind, remote perhaps from actual fighting. However, he withdrew from the program, as many of his fellow classmates did, and joined the Marines to fight as a rifleman. And so he did. The narrative “Sledgehammer” provides is compelling, horrific, and fascinating. A member of the famous 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, he describes the landing on Peleliu:
Huge geysers of water rose around the amtracs ahead of us as they approached the reef. The beach was now marked along its length by a continuous sheet of flame backed by a thick wall of smoke. It seemed as though a huge volcano had erupted from the sea, and rather than heading for an island, we were being drawn into the vortex of a flaming abyss. For many it was to be oblivion.
The accounts of the island battles are appalling. There is little redeeming value, Sledge concludes, from these sojourns into hell. But the “Old Breed” must abide, he says.

And who are the Old Breed for Sledge? At one level, this was simply the nickname given to the First Marine Division that had served in the earliest engagements of the Pacific campaign at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. That much is true. Their lineage is great, stretching back to World War I. Sledge is proud of being a part of this unit of men, and it comes blaring through the text. No punches are pulled in his description of the fighting.

In particular, the chapter “Of Mud and Maggots,” that details the final push on Okinawa amidst driving rains, knee-deep mud, maggots on rotting Japanese and American corpses, is brutal to read. Sledge recounts that on one occasion the rain fell viciously, and he saw a dead Marine, half-submerged in water. Rain drops danced around him (it being too dangerous to remove corpses from the field as Japanese soldiers would shoot stretcher-bearers, among other tricks.) In that moment, Sledge recalls his boyhood in Mobile, AL. There he remembered watching the bullfrogs jump with the splashes of water from the falling showers. Every man, he tells us, had to survive with his imagination or face insanity.

The Old Breed for Sledge is a paean to what has gone before him, to that which exceeds him. He is there to play his part, to serve with courage. One could have been swallowed up in the “chamber of horrors,” but he places himself within a web of honor that he did not make, even though his service seems utterly damned. The notion is exemplified in “Haney” who fought in WWI and reenlisted, serving in a preparation phase with Sledge. Here, he made a lasting impression on our protagonist because he refused to compromise on any matter of training. After serving with incredible bravery at Guadalcanal, Haney had to be carried from fighting at Peleliu. He had endured too much and could fight no more. No one questions Haney’s retreat, even the Old Breed are “born of a woman,” Sledge tells us.

Sledge is at turns bitter at his training officers in boot camp and in later preparatory phases. Camp was humiliating and physically exhaustive. Failure at a task led to a visit from the screaming instructor. You operated without requisite sleep. However, in a footnote he criticizes those who now critique the Marines for being too extreme, too inhumane in their training. Sledge knows that in the mud of combat, the discipline and the supports such training gives your will are all that a Marine possesses. It comforted him, he reports, that the man in his foxhole, and in surrounding foxholes, had received the same treatment.

So, we have a display of gratitude, piety even for a tradition that allowed men from a democratic society to best the Imperial Japanese forces on a field of their own choosing. Indeed, it was the Japanese refusal to surrender that made each battle a war of attrition. Failure was not an option; and, Sledge reports that prisoners were rarely taken, by the Marines, that is.

Sledge, I think, is the classic Southerner, he is a Christian Stoic in the War. Born in the early 20s, obviously he sits between two eras of South. He would return from the War and be a part of the rising new South. However, Sledge’s account of war is divorced from civic theology or any boosterism for the “Good War.” Rather, he was a young man who knew that America needed men like him to fight. He was merely responding to the crush of reality as it fell on his country. Sledge played his part, greatly sacrificial, and he did not seek vindication, only to tell the story of the Old Breed, of duty and holding on to something truer and more beautiful than war, even though fighting and killing had to be done. This Memorial Day 2013, after two inconclusive wars, we might recall Sledge and his Old Breed, the men he loved, as an example of those America must be able to call upon when then are no good options left.

Editor’s note: This essay was originally posted on Memorial Day 2013.

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To: goldworldnet who wrote (6150)9/1/2017 1:29:15 PM
From: ManyMoose
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Wow, Josh! That's a wonderful thing you are doing. I was surprised to see my name several times, even though I'm not a veteran. I'm proud of my family who are veterans, with one exception.

If you don't mind, please remove the entry for my son-in-law, soon to be an ex. He has been nothing but a world-class jerk.

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