|Wednesday, 17 September 2003||6:53 PM|
First American Marines: Gen John Glover & His Marblehead Mariners
|Wednesday, 17 September 2003||4:27 PM|
|The Marines' Perfect War|
|Tuesday, 16 September 2003||7:52 AM|
|Civil War Rank Insignia|
|Monday, 15 September 2003||6:01 PM|
|But the backbone of the Army is the Non-commissioned Man!|
The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own;
'E keeps 'is side-arms awful: 'e leaves 'em all about,
An' then comes up the Regiment an' pokes the 'eathen out.
All along o' dirtiness, all along o' mess,
All along o' doin' things rather-more-or-less,
All along of abby-nay, kul, an' hazar-ho,
Mind you keep your rifle an' yourself jus' so!
The young recruit is 'aughty -- 'e draf's from Gawd knows where;
They bid 'im show 'is stockin's an' lay 'is mattress square;
'E calls it bloomin' nonsense -- 'e doesn't know, no more --
An' then up comes 'is Company an'kicks'im round the floor!
The young recruit is 'ammered -- 'e takes it very hard;
'E 'angs 'is 'ead an' mutters -- 'e sulks about the yard;
'E talks o' "cruel tyrants" which 'e'll swing for by-an'-by,
An' the others 'ears an' mocks 'im, an' the boy goes orf to cry.
The young recruit is silly -- 'e thinks o' suicide.
'E's lost 'is gutter-devil; 'e 'asn't got 'is pride;
But day by day they kicks 'im, which 'elps 'im on a bit,
Till 'e finds 'isself one mornin' with a full an' proper kit.
Gettin' clear o' dirtiness, gettin' done with mess,
Gettin' shut o' doin' things rather-more-or-less;
Not so fond of abby-nay, kul, nor hazar-ho,
Learns to keep 'is ripe an "isself jus'so!
The young recruit is 'appy -- 'e throws a chest to suit;
You see 'im grow mustaches; you 'ear 'im slap' is boot.
'E learns to drop the "bloodies" from every word 'e slings,
An 'e shows an 'ealthy brisket when 'e strips for bars an' rings.
The cruel-tyrant-sergeants they watch 'im 'arf a year;
They watch 'im with 'is comrades, they watch 'im with 'is beer;
They watch 'im with the women at the regimental dance,
And the cruel-tyrant-sergeants send 'is name along for "Lance."
An' now 'e's 'arf o' nothin', an' all a private yet,
'Is room they up an' rags 'im to see what they will get.
They rags 'im low an' cunnin', each dirty trick they can,
But 'e learns to sweat 'is temper an 'e learns to sweat 'is man.
An', last, a Colour-Sergeant, as such to be obeyed,
'E schools 'is men at cricket, 'e tells 'em on parade,
They sees 'im quick an 'andy, uncommon set an' smart,
An' so 'e talks to orficers which 'ave the Core at 'eart.
'E learns to do 'is watchin' without it showin' plain;
'E learns to save a dummy, an' shove 'im straight again;
'E learns to check a ranker that's buyin' leave to shirk;
An 'e learns to malce men like 'im so they'll learn to like their work.
An' when it comes to marchin' he'll see their socks are right,
An' when it comes: to action 'e shows 'em how to sight.
'E knows their ways of thinkin' and just what's in their mind;
'E knows when they are takin' on an' when they've fell be'ind.
'E knows each talkin' corp'ral that leads a squad astray;
'E feels 'is innards 'eavin', 'is bowels givin' way;
'E sees the blue-white faces all tryin 'ard to grin,
An 'e stands an' waits an' suffers till it's time to cap'em in.
An' now the hugly bullets come peckin' through the dust,
An' no one wants to face 'em, but every beggar must;
So, like a man in irons, which isn't glad to go,
They moves 'em off by companies uncommon stiff an' slow.
Of all 'is five years' schoolin' they don't remember much
Excep' the not retreatin', the step an' keepin' touch.
It looks like teachin' wasted when they duck an' spread an 'op --
But if 'e 'adn't learned 'em they'd be all about the shop.
An' now it's "'Oo goes backward?" an' now it's "'Oo comes on?"
And now it's "Get the doolies," an' now the Captain's gone;
An' now it's bloody murder, but all the while they 'ear
'Is voice, the same as barrick-drill, a-shepherdin' the rear.
'E's just as sick as they are, 'is 'eart is like to split,
But 'e works 'em, works 'em, works 'em till he feels them take the bit;
The rest is 'oldin' steady till the watchful bugles play,
An 'e lifts 'em, lifts 'em, lifts 'em through the charge that wins the day!
The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone --
'E don't obey no orders unless they is 'is own.
The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began
But the backbone of the Army is the Non-commissioned Man!
Keep away from dirtiness -- keep away from mess,
Don't get into doin' things rather-more-or-less!
Let's ha' done with abby-nay, kul, and hazar-ho;
Mind you keep your rifle an' yourself jus' so!
|Monday, 15 September 2003||5:50 PM|
|"Soldier an' Sailor Too"|
"Soldier an' Sailor Too"
As I was spittin' into the Ditch aboard o' the Crocodile,
I seed a man on a man-o'-war got up in the Reg'lars' style.
'E was scrapin' the paint from off of 'er plates, an' I sez to 'im, "'Oo are you?"
Sez 'e, "I'm a Jolly -- 'Er Majesty's Jolly -- soldier an' sailor too!"
Now 'is work begins by Gawd knows when, and 'is work is never through;
'E isn't one o' the reg'lar Line, nor 'e isn't one of the crew.
'E's a kind of a giddy harumfrodite -- soldier an' sailor too!
An' after I met 'im all over the world, a-doin' all kinds of things,
Like landin' 'isself with a Gatlin' gun to talk to them 'eathen kings;
'E sleeps in an 'ammick instead of a cot, an' 'e drills with the deck on a slew,
An' 'e sweats like a Jolly -- 'Er Majesty's Jolly -- soldier an' sailor too!
For there isn't a job on the top o' the earth the beggar don't know, nor do --
You can leave 'im at night on a bald man's 'ead, to paddle 'is own canoe --
'E's a sort of a bloomin' cosmopolouse -- soldier an' sailor too.
We've fought 'em in trooper, we've fought 'em in dock, and drunk with 'em in betweens,
When they called us the seasick scull'ry-maids, an' we called 'em the Ass Marines;
But, when we was down for a double fatigue, from Woolwich to Bernardmyo,
We sent for the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
They think for 'emselves, an' they steal for 'emselves, and they never ask what's to do,
But they're camped an' fed an' they're up an' fed before our bugle's blew.
Ho! they ain't no limpin' procrastitutes -- soldier an' sailor too.
You may say we are fond of an 'arness-cut, or 'ootin' in barrick-yards,
Or startin' a Board School mutiny along o' the Onion Guards;
But once in a while we can finish in style for the ends of the earth to view,
The same as the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
They come of our lot, they was brothers to us; they was beggars we'd met an' knew;
Yes, barrin' an inch in the chest an' the arm, they was doubles o' me an' you;
For they weren't no special chrysanthemums -- soldier an' sailor too!
To take your chance in the thick of a rush, with firing all about,
Is nothing so bad when you've cover to 'and, an' leave an' likin' to shout;
But to stand an' be still to the Birken'ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew,
An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
Their work was done when it 'adn't begun; they was younger nor me an' you;
Their choice it was plain between drownin' in 'eaps an' bein' mopped by the screw,
So they stood an' was still to the Birken'ead drill, soldier an' sailor too!
We're most of us liars, we're 'arf of us thieves, an' the rest are as rank as can be,
But once in a while we can finish in style (which I 'ope it won't 'appen to me).
But it makes you think better o' you an' your friends, an' the work you may 'ave to do,
When you think o' the sinkin' Victorier's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
Now there isn't no room for to say ye don't know -- they 'ave proved it plain and true --
That whether it's Widow, or whether it's ship, Victorier's work is to do,
An' they done it, the Jollies -- 'Er Majesty's Jollies -- soldier an' sailor too!
|Sunday, 14 September 2003||9:18 PM|
|Sunday, 14 September 2003||5:41 PM|
|The Man In Black...|
|Sunday, 14 September 2003||10:14 AM|
|The Marine Corps/Tabasco Connection...|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||3:18 PM|
|Who was Baron Von Steuben?|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||2:30 PM|
|Unforgettable John Wayne...|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||2:28 PM|
|Charged w/Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines...|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||1:19 PM|
|USMC Battle Cries!|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||10:06 AM|
|Notes On USMC History, Politics, Inter-service Rivalry, etc.|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||9:56 AM|
|A Few Good Men|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||9:01 AM|
|George C. Scott...Marine Sgt & Damn Fine Actor...|
|Saturday, 13 September 2003||7:16 AM|
|What Are Chevrons?|
|Friday, 12 September 2003||12:53 PM|
|When College Students Were Appointed GySgt Rank...|
|Friday, 12 September 2003||12:21 PM|
|GyG'sMailbag: From Zac's Mom...|
|Friday, 12 September 2003||9:38 AM|
|The Brevet Rank|
|Thursday, 11 September 2003||1:46 PM|
|War Diary... -Oliver North|
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Oliver North (back to web version)
May 2, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's good to be home. After covering Operation Iraqi Freedom for more than two months for Fox News Channel, Radio America and this column, I've now had the opportunity to reflect on what my colleagues and I saw and how it was reported, and see some of the effects of that reporting back here at home. It's also an opportunity to correct a few misperceptions -- some of them, my own.
First, my personal error in understanding. Every old soldier wants to believe that the best of the best were those he served with under fire. I must confess I felt that way when I went off to cover the U.S. Marines and our Army in Iraq. I should have known better, for I spend much of my life among them for my television series, "War Stories." But even I had to see for myself how they perform under the most adverse of circumstances: combat.
Now, having lived with them for 67 days, it is evident. The soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines serving in Iraq are without parallel. There has never been a brighter, better trained, better equipped group of men under arms than those who responded to our country's call in this war. No military force in history has ever gone so far, so fast, with so few casualties as this group of young Americans.
And while "major combat operations in Iraq have ended," as President Bush said this week aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, Iraq is still a very dangerous place for tens of thousands of young Americans.
Second misperception: Too many of the "embedded" reporters became "flag waving advocates" and failed the ultimate test of objectivity. Time Magazine's James Poniewozik, among others, scalded those of us who covered the war from the U.S. perspective, branding us "biased" for the way in which we reported the swift victory over the vaunted Republican Guards and the Saddam Fedayeen. And Harper's magazine publisher John MacArthur, citing the event in which we covered a U.S. Marine scaling a giant statue of Saddam and draping the black metal sculpture with Old Glory, accused not only the embedded media -- but the U.S. military as well -- of being "propagandists" for the Bush re-election campaign. But the reality is considerably different.
Most of us simply allowed the young Americans fighting the war to tell the story in their own words. That they are honored to be in the service of their country, proud to liberate a repressed people, and modest about their courage and military prowess was evident -- not because we had lost our objectivity, but because that's the way the troops really are. That may come as a shock to the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper's and Time magazines -- but it doesn't surprise the people of America, who raised these young men and women to those values.
Misconception No. 3: If we don't discover weapons of mass destruction or find the body of Saddam Hussein, the war was wrong. As expected, some in the "Blame America First Crowd" are already saying so. But those who do weren't there the night after the battle at Saddam's Baghdad Palace.
Just a few hours after the fierce fight along the Tigris, I was riding out of the city with an infantry battalion commander, headed north toward Tikrit. Seated beside me was the sergeant major of the Marine unit -- a tough, grizzled veteran of two wars and a good number of gunfights in between.
The armed convoy paused at an intersection, and suddenly the street was full of cheering Iraqis, waving signs "America No. 1," Good for Bush" and "Marines equal Liberty." No reporter could have missed the fact that the people were cheering -- not jeering. They were throwing flowers -- not stones or grenades. Suddenly, a little girl was at the sergeant major's side. She reached up, handing him a hand-drawn American flag and said, in perfect English, "We love you."
As I watched, this hard old sergeant major brushed away a tear and explained -- "a little dust in the eyes." Later, after we had exited the city, he turned to me and volunteered, "This is proof," he said holding up the child's rendering of the stars and stripes, "that we're doing the right thing here in Iraq." The old warrior was on the mark -- and every one of his colleagues serving in Iraq knows it. So do most of the Iraqi people -- finally freed from a brutal dictatorship. But it's probably too much to hope that the American media elite would come to the same conclusion.
Bill Mauldin, the late, great, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist of World War II, once wrote, "Peace is the absence of shooting." Well, in Iraq today, young Americans are still being shot at. And it's likely that the "Reconstruction Phase" of this conflict will produce more of the same -- sharp, harsh gunfights in which young men in harm's way are tested.
Unfortunately, now that the embedded correspondents have returned home, it also appears that we are also going to have "more of the same" when it comes to the reporting on the effort of America's armed forces still in Iraq. Those who now have their quills in barrels of poison ink have the forum. Expect fewer interviews with heroes -- and more criticism of their commander in chief.
Oliver North is host of Common Sense Radio with Oliver North and founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance. Both are TownHall.com member groups.
©2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
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|Wednesday, 10 September 2003||4:06 PM|
|A Montford Point Marine|
Reflections on Veterans Day, 2002
By Mackubin Thomas Owens
Posted November 11, 2002
Master Gunnery Sergeant Rogers was one of the most remarkable Marines with whom I ever had the honor to serve. He was a "Montford Point Marine," named after the base in North Carolina where African-Americans who enlisted during World War II and served in all-black units in the segregated Marine Corps of the era, mostly in combat service support jobs, were trained. One of his first assignments was to help transport the bodies of dead Marines back across the beaches of Okinawa during the ferocious battle for that island in 1945. As distasteful as his early experiences may have been, he persevered, the Marines were the first service to integrate in the early 1950s, and Master Gunny Rogers had a long and distinguished career in the Marine Corps, lasting well into the 1970s.
|Wednesday, 10 September 2003||9:43 AM|
|That Flag In Iraq|
|Tuesday, 9 September 2003||8:20 PM|
|Marines' Secret Execution... by Lee Miller|
June 1, 2001
The following information is provided in response to inquiries and requests for information received.
I first learned of the book, "The Marines' Secret Execution," from the author several months ago. At that time I sent out the author's provided pre-publication information (URL) to several individuals for purposes of information and discussion. Since then there has been both discussion and inquiries from Marines, and others, regarding the book. The book deals with the Marine Raiders, Guadalcanal, and the alleged execution of two Marines there in 1942.
In some cases, the responses were of a negative nature from those who disagree with the author's claim that an execution of two Marines had taken place by the Marine Corps, on Guadalcanal, in 1942. Others suggested that the author was not a Marine at all as he claimed, but then others stated that they had ascertained, through official records, that he indeed had served in the Corps.
Conversely, others inquired, expressing interest, as to how to contact Mr. Miller for more information, or how his book could be obtained.
My own interest was tweaked by these events, and I attempted to research this subject as best I could. I am presently in the process of reading the book at the present time.
I have also exchanged e-mail with the author, Lee O. "Dutch" Miller, who steadfastly maintains that the information in his book is factual.
Now, after much brouhaha, from several sources, his book is available.
Mr. Miller presently has a webpage on the WWW providing information regarding his book, together with his E-Mail address for those who wish to contact him:
E-Mail: Lee O. Miller:
Lee Miller on Tarawa On The Web...
Thus far in my reading, the book is both controversial and shocking, as promised! The book is written in a novel-like style, and is presented in e-book format. There are differences in certain things covered in the book, differences from accounts of things that I have previously read elsewhere. I am well aware, however, from my own experience, that in many cases, multiple writings on a certain topic may differ considerably on many points from one writer/writing to another--e.g., events, names, dates, etc.
The book's well known main theme of the executions may at first appear to overshadow the rest of the story, but it is well written, and quite interesting, a multi-faceted story. Mr. Miller is clearly a talented writer, and he demonstrates this as he unfolds the story of his own experiences, and that of other Marines and events involved as well.
What is my own conclusion regarding this book? Did these events actually occur as the author describes them? Was there a coverup, and, if so, how and why? How can the truth, in any case, be positively determined now at this late date? I do not know, and I cannot suggest answers to these puzzling questions. Of course, I have my own opinions, as will others, but in the final analysis there is no way I can prove or disprove the claims of either the author or his critics. I leave it to each and every interested individual to decide for himself, just as I must do.
Now that this book is available and before the public, it is no longer just a potential book that "might be" published; therefore it must be dealt with accordingly.
Hopefully, someone else may yet come forward who has knowledge related to this story and who may offer more information; or, possibly, someone who has the means to research much deeper into the facts will do so.
In all fairness to Lee Miller, his supporters, and those who oppose his book, I have tried to summarize here all information regarding this that I have been able to collect, and to provide information to those who would like to learn more of Mr. Miller and his story.
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|Tuesday, 9 September 2003||5:23 PM|
|Thomas Jefferson's Revolution: Life, Liberty and property...|
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Thomas Jefferson's Revolution
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. - Thomas Jefferson
No doubt you will recognize the popular wisdom of Thomas Jefferson regarding Liberty, but are you familiar with what he said in a letter to John Adams, late in his life? "To attain all this (universal republicanism), however, rivers of blood must yet flow, and years of desolation pass over; yet the object is worth rivers of blood, and years of desolation." - September 4, 1823
The history of the American Revolution is usually portrayed as a struggle for independence. The hidden story is that the brief experiment with a Republic, was crushed before it ever had a chance to succeed. Autonomy from the Crown, didnt guarantee Liberty for citizens. When Jefferson penned the decisive essential declaration, he drew heavily on the doctrines concerning the general principles of liberty and the rights of man which Locke set forth in his work; Of Civil Government. In particular, in the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson copied Locke's words, "Life, liberty and property" which were subsequently changed to "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" . While property has a very narrow meaning in modern society; back then, it intended a profound significance and limiting factor on government.
The desolation that Jefferson referenced, is a recognition of a prevailing annihilation that natural man has towards a state of rule. The STATE is government administered by coercion. Inborn rights are intrinsic within ones nature. Independence of Englishmen from England, was a reluctant alternative for many colonists. When the revolution was won, the war for the entente began. The Federalist Papers are viewed by most Americans as constitutive arguments to justify a new constitution. The erroneous case that the Articles of Confederation failed, is a study in the road to surrender.
Few truly understand the nature of the 1776 Revolution. Concealed from memory is that Jefferson did not attend the convention nor was he a contributor to the U.S Constitution, primarily drafted and guided to ratification (whos legality is still suspect) by James Madison. In private writings to Jefferson, Madison tips his hand and admits a shortcoming to the new constitution - Congress was not given a negative (veto) over state laws.
From James Madison Explains the Constitution to Thomas Jefferson, we get the rational of Madison.
It was generally agreed that the objects of the Union could not be secured by any system founded on the principle of a confederation of Sovereign States. A voluntary observance of the federal law by all the members could never be hoped for. A compulsive one could evidently never be reduced to practice, and if it could, involved equal calamities to the innocent and guilty, the necessity of a military force, both obnoxious and dangerous, and, in general, a scene resembling much more a civil war than the administration of a regular Government.
Hence was embraced the alternative of a Government which, instead of operating on the States, should operate without their intervention on the individuals composing them; and hence the change in the principle and proportion of representation.
This ground-work being laid, the great objects which presented themselves were:
1. To unite a proper energy in the Executive, and a proper stability in the Legislative departments, with the essential characters of Republican Government.
2. To draw a line of demarkation which would give to the General Government every power requisite for general purposes, and leave to the States every power which might be most beneficially administered by them.
3. To provide for the different interests of different parts of the Union.
4. To adjust the clashing pretensions of the large and small States. Each of these objects was pregnant with difficulties. The whole of them together formed a task more difficult than can be well conceived by those who were not concerned in the execution of it. Adding to these considerations the natural diversity of human opinions on all new and complicated subjects, it is impossible to consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle.
Devastation of Sovereign States was a stated goal in the formation of this new union. The Bill of Rights, especially the ninth and ten amendments, were mere window dressing to sooth the normal and healthy suspicions of sane citizens. Tyranny is the standard rule for rulers, and constitutional provisions intended to consolidate control, is not a formula for independence.
Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Jeffersons sympathy for the French Revolution marked a shape contrast with the Alexander Hamilton faction of the Federalists. The wisdom within a non interventionist foreign policy of a John Adams, in the tradition of George Washington, did not fit the despotic vision of Hamilton. The irony is that during a Jefferson administration a naval flotilla was sent to subdue Barbary pirates and the Louisiana Territory was acquired. Such examples fostered a strong centralized government. However, Jefferson did slash Army and Navy expenditures, cut the federal budget, eliminated the tax on whiskey so unpopular in the West, yet reduced the national debt by a third. When Hamilton bargained with Jefferson for the trade-off that allowed for the central government to assume the revolutionary war debt, the fate of the independent States was ceded on the slippery slope of federal seduction.
The liberty of each individual is diminished proportionately with every increase in the range, scope and power of government. The promise of the American Revolution was the ability to limit government, so it could be controlled. Today there is a disconnect from that reality. Rational society knew that repression was the inevitable result from the concentration of civic functions under the auspices of expanding government. The men at Concord Bridge, understood this fact of nature. Now, that insight is lost to most and represents basic evidence for the mastery of the U.S. Constitution as a delusional substitute for genuine individual liberty.
The property of the citizen has become a claim of the federal government. The Sovereign States that Madison resented, have become feudal fiefdoms of an imperial empire. The happiness which is one of those certain unalienable Rights, has been lost and replaced with a personal isolation in search of individual dignity and social justice. The masses have been transformed into Hamiltonian Federalists, as the principles of Jefferson are ignored, forgotten and betrayed.
Jeffersons passion for a restrained central government was a core principle foreseen as a primary reason for separation from England. His concept of an independent and self reliant society was abandoned with the rush to regiment a flawed national identity. The pivotal question is why bondage is accepted with such ease, and so few are willing to be true to the revolution and risk - Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor. Heed well, the tradition and sagacity of the Man from Monticello. "As revolutionary instruments (when nothing but revolution will cure the evils of the State) [secret societies] are necessary and indispensable, and the right to use them is inalienable by the people." -Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1803. FE 8:256
Where are you when circumstance demands that a new revolution is justified to save the purpose of the original nation?
About the Author:
Federal Observer contributor, Sartre is the pen name of a reformed, former political operative. This pundit's formal instruction in History, Philosophy, and Political Science served as training for activism, on the staff of several politicians and in many campaigns. We invite you to visit his website at: Breaking All The Rules.
|Tuesday, 9 September 2003||8:39 AM|
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering
if they've made a difference. The Marines don't
have that problem."
|Monday, 8 September 2003||5:17 PM|
|Better Than A Sergeant? Ask Chesty Puller!|
BETTER THAN A SERGEANT?
The following is from Col Alexander's, "A Fellowship Of Valor" The Battle History Of The U.S. Marine Corps. This book is from the History Channel's presentation of the same title.
THE NCO WEAPON
The command responsibilities routinely given United States Marine NCOs would be entrusted to lieutenants or captains in the Soviet Army. Marine officers recognize the NCO's special abilities and accord them respect and room to operate on their own. New Marines principally learn Marine Corps values and traditions from their NCOs. It's why in the heat of battle, with officers dead and units fragmented, Marines have found formidible fighting leadership at any level.
That's why the legendary Colonel Lewis "Chesty" Puller reacted so calmly during the battle for Peleliu's Bloody Nose Ridge when an excited subordinate reported, "We've had such heavy losses we have nothing better than sergeants to lead our platoons!" "Let me tell you something, son," replied Puller quickly, "in the Marines, there is nothing better than a sergeant!"
The following is from LtCol Jon Hoffman's new book"Chesty...." Random House, 2001, page 365
"...The colonel put his arm around the platoon leader (who was wearing an NCO's jacket) and congratulated him: 'Great work, Sergeant.' Rickert recognized Devine and pointed out the mistake. Chesty was chagrined; he spat, said only 'Lieutenant?' and walked off. Devine, a mustang, was not upset. 'I knew, as most junior officers around me did, that he preferred sergeants to second lieutenants, but all the same, the junior officers were strong for him too.' A similar story circulated later about a captain who wanted to obtain a battlefield commission for one of his men because the NCO was 'better than a sergeant.' Chesty supposedly replied; 'Captain, there's nothing better than a sergeant.'35"
|Monday, 8 September 2003||2:48 PM|
|Outstanding Marines Site!|
by an oldtime Marine...stories WW I/WW II/Korea/Vietnam...
|Sunday, 7 September 2003||1:28 PM|
|Will The Real American Please Stand Up!|
|Sunday, 7 September 2003||10:22 AM|
|Gen George Patton (Lewie's cousin) On Loyalty...|
|Sunday, 7 September 2003||10:12 AM|
|Chesty Puller On Espirit de Corps, Loyalty...|