Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 57

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/cache.php on line 384

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 541

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 541

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 541

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 541

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 560

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 659

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 659

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 659

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 659

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/classes.php on line 684

Strict Standards: Non-static method sem_admin_menu::init() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-content/plugins/sem-admin-menu/sem-admin-menu.php on line 358

Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method sem_admin_menu::ob_add_menu() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 164

Warning: ob_start(): non-static method sem_admin_menu::ob_add_menu_callback() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-content/plugins/sem-admin-menu/sem-admin-menu.php on line 86

Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method sem_admin_menu::kill_gzip() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Unsung Glory #9
Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::add_css() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 164

Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::add_js() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 164
You are viewing the Archives for 2007.......If you want the current page, CLICK HERE.......

I’ve been fighting a nasty bug all weekend so I did not do any research on this weeks intended Unsung Glory and I was tempted to skip it for this week. But seeing as I’ve been told that there are people who actually look forward to this feature I decided against it.

Instead I will relate a story I read many years ago about heroism which can come in some unsuspecting packages. I am writing from pure memory here so I do not have names, dates or places, for which I apologize. If any of the fine LC’s are familiar with the story and can fill in the blanks please do so.

There is a stereotypical image of Marines as being bullnecked tree trunks of men who eat concertina and piss napalm. In many respects the image is deserved, but Marines come in all shapes and sizes. Rear Admiral Jay Stark said on the Corps 220th Birthday in 1995 “Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and always go for the throat”.

The brand new 2nd Lieutenant who assumed command of a Marine rifle platoon in Viet Nam definitely would have been looked upon as a Doberman according to Adm. Stark, but probably a Dobie pup. He was slight of build, short of stature, had a baby face, and with his horn rimmed BC glasses looked more like a nerd who had just graduated high school than a leader of combat Marines.

The grunts who he assumed command of looked to their platoon sergeant and grimaced. It is said that a platoons most dangerous threat was a 2nd Lt. with a map. Judging the new lieutenant by his less than masculine appearance, the grunts figured he would also have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, in addition to the normal incompetence associated with all 2nd lieutenants.

But he settled in slowly, listened to his platoon sergeant and took the time to learn about his men. Hallmarks of a good leader, but he still needed to “face the elephant” and he looked more like he would cry than lead.

He led the platoon on several uneventful sweep and clear operations. He hadn’t gotten them lost yet, and they received their resupplies on time, but he had yet to hear a shot fired in anger. He continued to be an unknown, and therefore untrusted commodity.

Then on another uneventful sweep they walked straight into a linear ambush by an NVA force. The  Marines instinctively dove for cover and began returning fire.

The rookie lieutenant quickly sized up the situation and yelled an order that froze the Marines where they stood; “Fix Bayonets!”

The disbelieving grunts stared at the lieutenant and then looked at their platoon sergeant for guidance. He hesitated, and then unsure why, he yelled out “You heard the Lieutenant! Fix Bayonets!”

After some fumbling, M7 bayonets were pulled from scabbards and affixed to the hot muzzles of M-16’s.

Then came the second command that the Marines couldn’t quite believe; “Charge!”

But charge they did. Rising as one the 30 odd Marines rose from cover and ran beak neck at the startled enemy, menacing bayonet tips leveled at waist height. Rebel yells, whoops, and Banshee like screams drowned out the sound of a slacking enemy fire.

Terrified by the sudden and aggressive bayonet charge, a tactic unheard of in the jungle fighting of Viet Nam, the NVA soldiers broke and ran before the onrushing Marines, leaving several dead and wounded behind. Those few who stood their ground soon learned that the Marines bayonet skills, though rusty, were still as sharp as their Ka Bar knives.

What works once will work again, and indeed the platoon pulled of successful bayonet  charges on at least three other occasions, earning the platoon a fearful reputation among their foes. The baby faced boy lieutenant had proven his self to the  combat hardened Marines and they never again questioned his orders. Courage did indeed come in unassuming packages, and the size of the man was no indicator of the size of his heart.

Courage however is no suit of armor amid the impersonal carnage of combat and the bespectacled lieutenant was felled by an anonymous bullet a few months after his arrival in country. In a tour as short as his height, he had won over his Marines and proven him self as fierce and aggressive a warrior as any who had ever worn the Eagle Globe and Anchor.

14 Responses to “Unsung Glory #9”
  1. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    ..but the size of the fight in tha Dawg!

    *klink!*!

  2. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Good story. This is turning out to be one of my favorite thread topics. Keep the stories coming. :em03:

  3. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    “Give ‘em the cold steel boys !!!”

    Brig. Gen. Lewis A. “Lo” Armistead ANV-CSA

    Still effective now, as it was on that terrible day in July of 1863. That brave and honorable soldier died rallying his Virginians with cap held high on the tip of his saber, while placing his hand on the hot steel barrel of a Union cannon in the name of “Old Dominion”.

    That the USA produces men such as these, stands in testament to a nation under Divine Protection and Blessings.

    [Crunch-Check yer email brudda, news from the front-JB]

  4. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    That the USA produces men such as these, stands in testament to a nation under Divine Protection and Blessings.

    Truer words have rarely been spoken JB. There are so many historical examples of Providential intervention and inspiration it can not be ignored. We should never have won Independence. We should have been destroyed during the War of 1812. But instead the British Army which burned DC was ravaged by a HURRICANE which helped to quench the fires. Divine Protection indeed.

    (Thanks for the bulletin too JB. EXCELLENT news! :em69: And a return dispatch is being sent this week brother.)

  5. Thresher Redux Comment by Thresher Redux

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Carl,

    When you find out his name, please post it. Such valor shouldn’t remain anonymous. Hope you feel better.

    Gaige

  6. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    IF I can find his name Thresher. I agree it shouldn’t remain anonymous, but I read it along time ago in I think Soldier of Fortune. Thats why I’m hoping an LC may have more info.

    And I’m feeling much better now (obscure Night Court reference there)

  7. Thresher Redux Comment by Thresher Redux

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    And I’m feeling much better now (obscure Night Court reference there)

    I’m actually Googling Night Court now, so I know what the Hell you’re talking about, old man. :em93:

  8. Mike M Comment by Mike M

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Thats why I’m hoping an LC may have more info.

    Well, Crunchie, this LC tried, but I couldn’t run anything down for you with certainty. There is this account of a pretty dicey sounding action that took place in Quang Ngai province (south of Chu Lai) where the author says they fixed bayonets. A platoon commander is mentioned in the story, but it doesn’t say whether he gave the order. The overall circumstances of the engagement sounds a bit different too . Also, I checked The Wall website and his name isn’t listed there as a casualty.

  9. Xystus Comment by Xystus

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    The ancient spear still has its occasional uses.

  10. Unregistered Comment by Admiral of the Imperial Seventh Fleet

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Mac? Next case please……(obscure Night Court reference tossed right back at ya….)

  11. Unregistered Comment by Admiral of the Imperial Seventh Fleet

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    This link will take care of that theme song that just popped into your head.

  12. Unregistered Comment by red_sleeves

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Don’t mean to get off topic, but the Lt, bayonet, and Vietnam part reminded me of retired Army Colonel Rick Rescorla, who as an Lt in Vietnam, led a bayonet charge against the NVA at LZ x-ray.

    He was later killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 11SEP2001.

  13. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    As usual, great story! Thank you, and yes, keep them coming! I realize I might be throwing out of left field here, but should I come across a like story about a Canadian serviceman, would you consider printing it..?

  14. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Strict Standards: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, non-static method emotions::filter_text() should not be called statically in /home/misha/public_html/2007/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 59

    Suer thing Hardclimber. Be glad to.