Veteran’s Day

I spent four years as a captain in the JAG corps, three of those years in South Korea.I never fired, nor heard, a shot fired in anger. Still, I met many brave officers and enlisted men who had.

Here’s the Ballad of the Green Berets:

Back in civilian life, I met some Lady Astor types, as memorialized in this song:

How many people who are now alive because soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen died so that they might live?


On 2012 for the first time as we observed Veteran’s Day, there was no one to take our salute. Florence Green, a member of the Women’s Royal Air Force, died on 4 February 2012 two weeks short of her 111th birthday, at King’s Lynn. She was the very last veteran of World War I.

And now they’re all gone, the doughboys, Tommies, the Diggers, the Canucks, and the Kiwis. And the men of the Second World War are following swiftly.

These are the men that have kept us free. For this holiday is about brave men.

The Great War, of course, is when the United States made its debut as the great world power. From our entry in 1917 until today is fairly termed “The American Century” for as the Pax Britannica ended in 1914 and chaos ensued between the wars as we hid in our continent and from 1945 the 

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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1 Response to Veteran’s Day

  1. Barry Sadler was still around Ft. Bragg when I arrived to the 6th SFGA, in 67 as a butter bar. The 7th was still there as that was Sadlers group In fact what was now left of the 5th and 3rd state-side were all up on Smoke Bomb Hill Most people from the 7th weren’t too awful happy with Barry over the popularity of his hit song nor his Corvette. I met him once in a bar in Fayettenam Fayetteville as it was known, he was really over the hill with 3/2 beer. I had heard that shortly after I met him he left the Army and moved to Tucson AZ.Years later I heard that he moved to Guatemala that would make sense because it was the 7th,s AO. All I can say is that his song,and the beanie sure got me lots of drinks and chicks and out of a lot of tickets Salud Barry! Cpt.Gary Gillis Pond duty 10/67-2/70

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