Absolutely cannot wait for this movie to be released. I was going to buy the book……but in this instance, I’m opting for the movie first.
If I had my way of course.
Powerful and needed words from an actual supporter of Veterans….unlike the posers and imposters with their window stickers and their lapel pins.
I implore VSO’s to turn this into a television commercial and buy up as much air times as they can. I’ll donate as much as possible, if they do.
Perhaps it’s time for Bonus Army 2.0. I’ll bet you the ‘eviction operation’ has a far, far different outcome this time around……
Noted Veteran and military expert…oh wait. Noted bombastic oxygen thief, snowflake and generic idiot Marjorie Taylor Greene took to Lou Dobb’s podcast [because, of course] and mewled:
Greene made the remarks after Dobbs questioned the “quality of people” that are in the Defense Department in Biden’s administration and suggested that the military was struggling to attract new recruits because people have “seen the way they’re treated.” – Newsweek
The remainder of the article has similar indefensible tripe. I didn’t even include her reference to ‘satanic‘. There is much wrong with this nation currently, and her type among the reasons.
Much like “back the blue” was shown to be lie on January 6th 2021, the Right generally has as little regard as the Left, for the Armed Forces of this nation. They both instead, use the institution, and those who serve their country, as convenient props.
The Bataan Death March began on April 10, 1942, when the Japanese assembled about 78,000 prisoners (12,000 U.S. and 66,000 Filipino). They began marching up the east coast of Bataan. Although they didn’t know it, their destination was Camp O’Donnell, north of the peninsula.
The men, already desperately weakened by hunger and disease, suffered unspeakably during the March. Regardless of their condition, POWs who could not continue or keep up with the pace were summarily executed. Even stopping to relieve oneself could bring death, so many chose to continue walking while relieving themselves.
Some of the guards made a sport of hurting or killing the POWs. The Marchers were beaten with rifle butts, shot or bayoneted without reason. Most of the POWs got rid of their helmets because some by Japanese soldiers on passing trucks hit them with rifle butts. Some enemy soldiers savagely toyed with POWs by dragging them behind trucks with a rope around the neck. Japanese guards also gave the POWs the “sun treatment” by making them sit in the sweltering heat of the direct sun for hours at a time without shade.
The Death Marchers received almost no water or food, further weakening their fragile bodies. Most POWs only received a total of a few cups of rice, and little or no water. Sympathetic Filipinos alongside the road tried to give POWs food and water, but if a guard saw it, the POW and the Filipino helper could be beaten or killed. Some POWs had the water in their canteens poured out onto the road or taken by the Japanese just to be cruel. Although thirst began to drive some of the men mad, if a POW broke ranks to drink stagnant, muddy water at the side of the road, he would be bayoneted or shot. Groups of POWs were often deliberately stopped in front of the many artesian wells. These wells poured out clean water, but the POWs were not allowed to drink it. Some were killed just because they asked for water. The POWs marched roughly 65 miles over the course of about six days until they reached San Fernando. There, groups as large as 115 men were forced into boxcars designed to hold only 30-40 men. Boxcars were so full that the POWs could not sit down. This caused more to die of heat exhaustion and suffocation in the cars on the ride from San Fernando to Capas. The POWs then walked seven more miles to Camp O’Donnell. At the entrance to the camp, the POWs were told to lay out the few possessions they still had; any POW found with any Japanese-made items or money was executed on the spot.
That was 80 years ago. No Death March survivors are still with us, sadly.
The Army ROTC Department at New Mexico State University began sponsoring the Bataan Memorial Death March in 1989. The memorial march was to mark a page in history that included many native sons and affected many families in the state. In 1992, White Sands Missile Range and the New Mexico National Guard joined in the sponsorship and the event was moved to the White Sands Missile Range.
The full event is 26.2 miles in length.
In 2002, I was fortunate enough to take a team from Ft. Lewis to compete in the Military Heavy category, and a survivor was at the finish line to shake the hand and give a coin to each finisher. A truly humbling experience.
This year, due to real world events support, the entire event was virtual, with participants tracking their race via an app….which worked out surprisingly well. Mrs. CI and myself competed in the 26.2 miler yesterday and did remarkably well……though there’s no shortage of muscular agony this morning.
All it takes is remembering what the actual Death March participants endured…to soften that pain a bit. I finished the day with a Glenfiddich 18….those Battling Bastards of Bataan, got a handful of rice, if they were lucky.
Raise a wee dram in their memory.
The Congressional Naming Commission has released their list of 87 candidate names, to replace the Army Installations [Posts], currently honoring Confederate Generals. It’s long overdue, to rename honorable installations from ineffective and often extremely racist Confederates….to instead honor Americans who have actually performed courageously under fire and many who have given the last full measure.
The full list is here
My top choice is Alwyn Cashe. I would also strike any Flag Officer from the list. It’s time to recognize those who really are the ‘unsung hero’s’. Though, this seems to be a rather contentious issue.
What are your thoughts?
Though I’ll say the same for the men of this nation.
Another interesting article on the topic:
For the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery allowed members of the public to lay flowers at the Tomb. People were allowed within a few feet of the Tomb, normally only accessed by dignitaries laying wreaths on occasions of remembrance, and of course the Tomb Guards and Sergeants of the Guard from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
Like many, I had visited the site over the years and watched the changing of the guard, or just sat in solemn thought, from the marble steps overlooking the Tomb. Nothing was going to stop me from participating in this (literally) once in a lifetime event. Living within driving distance helped quite a bit.
So, reminiscent of countless days serving in uniform, my wife, youngest daughter and I……spent right around 5 hours commuting and standing in line…..for about a 45 second walk across the marble.
Absolutely worth it.
Snapped a couple of photos afterwards.
Not just Veterans Day to be fair, but nearly everything that we (used to) hold in humble reverence.
This week is when we start seeing social media awash in memes and proclamations, exhorting that “if you support Veterans” you’ll share/repost some meme or another……that may or may not actually depict U.S. service members to begin with.
This is garbage.
If you support Veterans, go visit somebody at a care facility; go tidy up a forgotten grave site; attend a short commemoration hosted by a Veterans group, or a church, or the Boy Scouts; give a couple of dollars to a worthy charity. Heck, lobby your elected Representatives to lower the drinking age for serving military, to the age of enlistment. If you’re old enough to fight and die in the name of your country, you should be able to legally crack a cold one.
But good grief, stop proliferating the cycle of lazy, numbed garbage. It’s bad enough that we’re inundated with the commercialization of these remembrance days.
I’m fortunate enough to have the honor of participating in a once in a lifetime event today, and I’ll plan to post about it tomorrow.
A female Montana Army National Guard Soldier graduated from the U.S. Army Sniper Course at Fort Benning, Ga on Nov. 5, becoming the first woman in history to complete the course.
The Soldier began the U.S. Army Sniper Course in Sept. 2021. This intensive seven week course trains selected individuals assigned to sniper positions in the skills necessary to deliver long range precision fire and the collection of battlefield information.
A momentous achievement. This course is not for the faint of heart, will or body. As a graduate of the Army Sniper School in 1992, I can attest first hand on what it takes to complete the course, and graduate to be qualified as a Sniper. Good on her!
We lost a solid military leader today, and an inspiration to many people that I know. If not for the stain of being complicit in the false justifications leading up to the invasion of Iraq…..I wouldn’t be able to think of anything unkind to say about him. Gen. Powell was part of a cadre of officers who helped rebuild the military, the U.S. Army in particular….and the Vietnam War…..and propel the force and strategies for victory in Grenada, Panama and Iraq [Desert Storm].
He will also be remembered for a list of pre-requisites that should be followed [but won’t be] prior to any armed engagement overseas: the “Powell Doctrine”.
The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United States:
- Is a vital national security interest threatened?
- Do we have a clear attainable objective?
- Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
- Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
- Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
- Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
- Is the action supported by the American people?
- Do we have genuine broad international support?
Blue Skies and Airborne All The Way, Sir…….
***To no great surprise, Dear Leader [former POTUS] has issued a public statement on General Powell’s passing, through his spokespuppet:
“He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” – President Donald J. Trump
The insecurities and low self-esteem of a guy [not a Man] who couldn’t be bothered to actually serve his country….is hardly unexpected. Stay classy Donnie….