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David Hackworth, Vietnam vet and military analyst, dies at 74
Newsday.com ^ | May 5, 2005 | MATT APUZZO

Posted on 05/05/2005 10:48:38 AM PDT by AgentEcho

Retired Army Col. David Hackworth, a decorated Vietnam veteran who spoke out against the war and later became a journalist and an advocate for military reform, died Wednesday in Mexico, where he was receiving treatment for bladder cancer, his wife said. He was 74.

"He died in my arms yesterday morning," his wife, Eilhys England, said Thursday.

Hackworth, a syndicated columnist for King Features, advocated a streamlined military and improved conditions for troops.

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1 posted on 05/05/2005 10:48:38 AM PDT by AgentEcho
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To: AgentEcho

He served his country honorably regardless his politics.


2 posted on 05/05/2005 10:50:09 AM PDT by Semper Paratus (-)
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To: AgentEcho

Hack had puzzled me in recent years. But now is not the time to speak ill of him.


3 posted on 05/05/2005 10:50:19 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: AgentEcho
Sorry to hear this news. Hack was a patriot, a misguided one, but still a very brave and patrotic person. One of the few on the left I had deep respect for.

He did write some excellent books. "Steel my soldiers heart" was an excellent read.

4 posted on 05/05/2005 10:50:36 AM PDT by NEBUCHADNEZZAR1961
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To: AgentEcho

He was a good Army Officer, cared about his men. Wonder why he was in Mexico for treatment?


5 posted on 05/05/2005 10:50:56 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley Rocks!)
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To: AgentEcho

May he rest in peace.


6 posted on 05/05/2005 10:51:27 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Semper Paratus
He served his country honorably.
7 posted on 05/05/2005 10:51:33 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: AgentEcho

an honorable man - in spite of the fact that he opposed many of the causes that FreeRepublic stands for ...........


8 posted on 05/05/2005 10:51:33 AM PDT by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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To: Semper Paratus

Very true.


9 posted on 05/05/2005 10:51:49 AM PDT by verity (A mindset is an antidote to logic.)
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To: AgentEcho

RIP , Col Hackworth


10 posted on 05/05/2005 10:52:00 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Reagan79

Most likely Mexico because they'll do risky things with advanced cancer that the FDA prohibits. Many people head south when their American doctors tell them that all treatment options have been exhausted.


11 posted on 05/05/2005 10:52:18 AM PDT by keepingtrack
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To: AgentEcho

prayers


12 posted on 05/05/2005 10:52:43 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: AgentEcho

I was thinking, just yesterday, that I had not seen him on anything in a long while.


13 posted on 05/05/2005 10:52:51 AM PDT by Paul Atreides (FACT: More atrocities have been perpetrated with a hot glue gun, than with a hand gun)
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To: AgentEcho

Rest in Peace


14 posted on 05/05/2005 10:53:29 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Some stories have more spin cycles than my Kenmore washer!)
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To: AgentEcho

And when he gets to Heaven
To St. Peter he will tell
'One more grunt reporting, sir,
I've served my time in Hell.'


15 posted on 05/05/2005 10:53:37 AM PDT by Terabitten (I have a duty as an AMERICAN, not a Republican. We can never put Party above Nation.)
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To: Reagan79
Wonder why he was in Mexico for treatment?

Not uncommon. He was getting treatment that Americans were unwilling to perform.

16 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:11 AM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: rface

This man arranged for CBS News to get the pictures from Abu Ghraib. I'm not sure he was honorable, and I'm not sure I can shed a lot of crocodile tears for him. I'll just say that at least he can't cause any more trouble, and may he rest in peace. Amen.


17 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:12 AM PDT by johnb838 (Free Republicans... To Arms!)
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To: AgentEcho

Never agreed with his politics, but my Dad served under him in 'nam and came home alive. God speed Colonel, God speed.


18 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:21 AM PDT by trubluolyguy ("Sure dolphins are friendly and smart, friendly and smart on rye bread with mayo")
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To: AgentEcho

Well Just Damn!

The Hack was a political pain.

On the other hand, he was always concerned about the welfare of the average grunt in the field.

He was a good man and a good soldier.

74 is too young.


19 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:27 AM PDT by Al Gator (Remember to pillage BEFORE you burn!)
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To: Paul Atreides

And this it what it takes to get Hannity off that damn runaway bride story and shed tears for a person worthy of them........


20 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:48 AM PDT by chambley1
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To: AgentEcho
God Bless Him ...

Hack was the very embodiment of warrior. I've read most of his books and have a signed copy of his book 'Steel My Soldiers' Hearts'. Great man and great American warrior.

21 posted on 05/05/2005 10:54:57 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: AgentEcho

Disagreeing with him politically I no less extend sympathies to his family. Col. Hackworth was an officer in the United States military. Rest in Peace, sir.


22 posted on 05/05/2005 10:55:32 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Hillary's Chappaquiddick. Check it out at: www.Hillcap.org)
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Is he the one with the raspy voice that was always on Fox?


23 posted on 05/05/2005 10:56:06 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: AgentEcho

Prayers for the family.


24 posted on 05/05/2005 10:56:43 AM PDT by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: keepingtrack
Most likely Mexico because they'll do risky things with advanced cancer that the FDA prohibits

Too bad, I would rather see Advanced American medicine used experimentally......but for the lawsuits.

25 posted on 05/05/2005 10:56:49 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: dirtboy; rdb3; VaBthang4; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Maybe the medication and cancer threw his thought process off. I didn't realize he was suffering this kind of illness....I might have been more understanding of some his recent out-of-character statements.

Whatever else may be said, he did stand up for the low-ranking soldier to the very end.


26 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:00 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: AgentEcho
Rest in peace, soldier.
27 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:27 AM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: pbrown

Your thinking of Col Hunt


28 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:30 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Some stories have more spin cycles than my Kenmore washer!)
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To: BlueNgold

Prayers sent from TX.


29 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:32 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who's bringing the chips?)
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To: AgentEcho

Hack developed the Non-Commissioned Officers School at Fort Benning during the Vietnam War.
I graduated from Class 29-68 on July 2, 1968.
Rest in Peace


30 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:36 AM PDT by Infantry Grunt 1968-69
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To: pbrown

No


31 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:47 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: AgentEcho
His politics in recent years, particularly after 9/11 confused me, but on the whole, he was a great patriot to this nation.

Rest In Piece Hack.

32 posted on 05/05/2005 10:57:57 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Don't hate me because I'm a player)
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To: AgentEcho

Rest in peace Hack.


33 posted on 05/05/2005 10:58:34 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: 1Old Pro

I think Steve McQueen was down in Mexico prior to his death for the same reasons--experimental cancer therapy.


34 posted on 05/05/2005 10:58:51 AM PDT by keepingtrack
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To: keepingtrack

And I know of no one who those quacks in Mexico have cured. But I know of several people those bas***ds have killed with their snake oil treatments.


35 posted on 05/05/2005 10:58:52 AM PDT by JRochelle
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To: AgentEcho

Prayers for the repose of his soul.


36 posted on 05/05/2005 10:58:57 AM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: pbrown

That's Colonel David Hunt.


37 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:16 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Don't hate me because I'm a player)
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To: xzins
I might have been more understanding of some his recent out-of-character statements.

Sometimes I think that, when people enter the celebrity news culture, it really affects their ability to think through and judge what they are saying. You get face time for being controversial, so you tend to gravitate towards the hyperbolic. I think that might be part of what happened with Hack.

38 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:23 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: monkapotamus

Thank you.


39 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:26 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: johnb838
I just kinda separated the man from his politics.

A good man died.

40 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:40 AM PDT by Enterprise (Abortion and "euthanasia" - the twin destroyers of the Democrat Party.)
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41 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:43 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Some stories have more spin cycles than my Kenmore washer!)
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Rest in Peace Brother


42 posted on 05/05/2005 10:59:58 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Never Forget)
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To: Al Gator

I'm sorry to hear of his passing, Bladder cancer had to be very painful. Yes, 74 is too young.


43 posted on 05/05/2005 11:00:34 AM PDT by auboy
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To: AgentEcho

Colonel Hackworth was one of our most decorated servicemen in the history of our country. Rest in peace, soldier, and thank you from a grateful nation.


44 posted on 05/05/2005 11:00:37 AM PDT by jpl
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To: AgentEcho

Wow, I didn't know he was sick.


45 posted on 05/05/2005 11:00:41 AM PDT by skeeter ("What's to talk about? It's illegal." S Bono)
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To: tiredoflaundry
Your thinking of Col Hunt

Yes, that who I was thinking of. Couldn't put the name with the face. Thanks.

46 posted on 05/05/2005 11:01:03 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown

Rest in Peace, Colonel. I disagreed with his politics but respected the heck out of his service in uniform.

IIRC, the one on Fox with the raspy voice is named Hunt.

47 posted on 05/05/2005 11:02:20 AM PDT by RebelBanker (To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!)
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To: AgentEcho
He took his death like a man, without whining to us all about it. I'll give him that much.

RIP Hack.

48 posted on 05/05/2005 11:03:22 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: johnb838

Is it your opinion that the behavior of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib should have continued? It is the responsibility of the media to expose atrocious behavior even if it makes our govt. or military look bad. The media was not responsible for the Abu Ghraib scandal, but the military was.


49 posted on 05/05/2005 11:04:39 AM PDT by evolutionary
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To: AgentEcho

God Bless the Col.

He served his country, and should be honored as a hero.

We disagreed on many things, but I know where he would have stood if the enemy were at the gates.


50 posted on 05/05/2005 11:05:14 AM PDT by jbstrick (insert clever tagline here)
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