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The Things They Carried

the things they carried“The things they carried were largely determined by necessity.  Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.”

Outlaw Platoon

“A year before, I had been a partying college student, obsessed with The Lord of the Rings and hte Harry Potter books.  Getting to class and writing to papers had been pretty much the limit of my responsibilities.  Now I was a leader in a combat zone, entrusted with the role after the army had invested millions of dollars in my training.  Any decision I made could have unseen consequences.  I second-guessed myself constantly, concealed it from the men, and did my best to absorb every lesson thrown my way.”

Who Would You Follow Up That Hill?

Bunker Hill, Trenton, Antietam (Sharpsburg for you southerners), Cold Harbor, Gettysburg, Argonne , Iwo Jima, Midway, Utah Beach, Inchon, Hamburger Hill, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan should mostly be familiar to you as sites where America found glory while many of its sons and daughters gave their last full measure.

These famous battles could not have been won without dedicated military leaders.  You know the guys who would lead the charge up that hill, up the beach, or across that field.  It always intrigued me about how soldiers follow their leaders even though many know that death awaits.  Medals are often given to those that die or are wounded, but not enough is given to those who simply follow and fight.