Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Old soldiers never die

Jim Martin, at 93, celebrated the anniversary of D-Day with a tandem parachute jump. He parachuted into France ahead of the D-Day invasion. “This was much nicer. No one was shooting at me.”

One of the serious problems in planning the fight against American doctrine, is that the Americans do not read their manuals, nor do they feel any obligation to follow their doctrine. 
- From a Soviet Junior Lt's Notebook

Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation. - Edward R. Murrow (Radio news journalist, WWII broadcast.) 

Bea Cohen, at 102, threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium. Her family fled Romania when she was 4, after the start of WWI. She joined the Army after Pearl Harbor was bombed.   

You can always count on the American’s to do the right thing but only after they have tried everything else. - Winston Churchill

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Richard Overton, at 108, is thought to be the oldest living US veteran. He served in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed and also fought at Iwo Jima. When asked about his secret to long life, he reported that he has a 91-year-old girlfriend, smokes cigars, drinks whisky and cuts his grass. "Stay out of trouble, I guess, tend to your own business.”

We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction! - General Oliver Smith

The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis. - General Douglas MacArthur

Joe Bell, at 95, was filmed while watching a San Jose race benefiting the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. - General Douglas MacArthur

But they shouldn't just fade away. They become the voice of reason and the voice wisdom. We need that, now more than ever. 

Thank you for your service.

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