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Happy 239th Birthday, US Army!
14 June 2014 | me

Posted on 06/14/2014 4:19:10 AM PDT by paterfamilias

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation's defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.

They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for action; not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness; the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

General Douglas MacArthur, Farewell Speech at West Point May, 1962.


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1 posted on 06/14/2014 4:19:10 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: paterfamilias

First to fight U.S. Army.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 4:21:33 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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First to fight U.S. Army.
I    don't   think   so.
3 posted on 06/14/2014 5:44:56 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

The army did more amphjbious assaults in ww2 than the marines.


4 posted on 06/14/2014 6:09:06 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: paterfamilias
Bttt.

5.56mm

5 posted on 06/14/2014 6:38:22 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: paterfamilias

HBTY


6 posted on 06/14/2014 6:44:51 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: paterfamilias

Happy Birthday US Army, and condolences for having to endure the worst CIC in history.


7 posted on 06/14/2014 6:47:06 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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Happy 239th birthday, United States Army

The United States Army was established - as the Continental Army - on June 14, 1775.

The Caisson Song (Original US Army Song) - Singalong with Lyrics

Stripes - Graduation Scene - Bill Murray
8 posted on 06/14/2014 9:49:47 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: oh8eleven

Don’t look for advertising slogans, especially from the Marines and their fake histories, look at history itself.

If you look to the Marine Corps for history you would believe that the Germans called them Devil Dogs, and that they created the “Windtalkers” the Indian radio code men, and much more false promotional claims.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 11:47:21 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: bravo whiskey

The USMC has one of the most glorious fighting traditions in the annals of warfare. As long as we admire courage, fortitude and devotion to duty names like Belleau Wood, Wake, Tarawa, Peliliu, Iwo Jima, Chosen Resovoir, Hue and Fallujah will echo loudly throughout the halls of military glory.

But in every major war, it is the US Army that takes and holds the most ground, kills and captures the most enemies, endures the most casualties and does most of the ground fighting, but for no other reason that is the only ground combat organization large enough to do all the tasks necessary in a big war.

Both of our grand ground combat outfits have covered themselves with enough glory so that we might appreciate and contexualize their respective contributions in total.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 4:50:13 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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“The USMC has one of the most glorious fighting traditions in the annals of warfare. As long as we admire courage, fortitude and devotion to duty names like Belleau Wood, Wake, Tarawa, Peliliu, Iwo Jima, Chosen Resovoir, Hue and Fallujah will echo loudly throughout the halls of military glory.

But in every major war, it is the US Army that takes and holds the most ground, kills and captures the most enemies, endures the most casualties and does most of the ground fighting, but for no other reason that is the only ground combat organization large enough to do all the tasks necessary in a big war.

Both of our grand ground combat outfits have covered themselves with enough glory so that we might appreciate and contexualize their respective contributions in total.”

Well said. This Army and Marine Corps Dad thanks you.


11 posted on 06/14/2014 5:04:07 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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