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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