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Posted on 10/01/2005 10:03:29 PM PDT by SAMWolf
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George C. Marshall Awards Dinner
October 27, 2004
CSA, Mr. Secretary, General Sullivan, all of our distinguished guests, families and friends of the Army and all our Soldiers.
Tonight we should honor and pay tribute to the legacy of the American Soldier. Before and during our 229-year history as a Nation, millions of Americans have worn the uniform of the American Soldier.
Each of those soldiers who have served, have a story as unique as the towns and cities from where they come. Soldiers who come from all across this great country, her territories, and in many cases, other countries, to wear a United States Army uniform in her defense.
Tonight I want to take this opportunity to reflect and share a few stories of the men and women who have served our Nation proudly. Some of these stories you may have read or heard about, and some you have not. Some of these are famed stories that have become folklore to our service.
The history of the American Soldier transcends officer and enlisted, Private and General, man and women. The history of the American Soldier is filled with countless names and stories, adventures and heroes. The stories Ill share with you tonight embody the Soldiers Creed and the Warrior Ethos.
Statue of Deborah Sampson Gannet (Sculptor Lu Stubbs)
Sharon Public Library, Massachusetts
Take Deborah Samson of Plympton, Massachusetts. She epitomized the first paragraph of the Soldiers Creed; I am an American Soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army values.
In October of 1778, motivated by the burning desire of freedom, Deborah disguised herself as a young man and volunteered for service in the American Army.
She enlisted to serve in the War of Independence under the name of Robert Shirtliffe. Deborah became Robert, and for three years, she served.
She was wounded twice. Inevitably, she was found out and discharged from the Army.
Her American soldier spirit was so immense, George Washington himself, along with our congressmen and senators at that time, sponsored and passed a bill to ensure she was afforded the same pension, lands, and benefits provided to the men who served during that war.
While touring the White House at the Presidents invitation, she was asked if she served as a soldier in an attempt to move forward womens rights.
She stated; I was heeding the call of freedom. That call, calls to both man and woman alike.
1SG Powhatan Beatty
The story of the American Soldier continues in the spirit of Civil War era, 1SG Powhatan Beatty of the Union Army. 1SG Beatty was a member of Company G, 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.
1SG Beatty embodied the spirit of the Warrior Ethos, which is the second paragraph of the Soldiers Creed; I will always place the mission first; I will never accept defeat; I will never quit; and I will never leave a fallen comrade.
1SG Beatty took command of his company during a siege at Fort Harrison, Virginia. With all the company officers dead and while wounded himself, 1SG Beatty ran over 600 yards while under intense direct fire to reach his unit colors.
Once he secured the colors, he then organized his unit and led a successful and important raid on this key position. 1SG Beatty knew the importance of sacrifice, and commitment.
For his actions that day, he received our Nations highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Known as an ordinary man, who under extraordinary conditions was immortalized, a hero.
That same soldier spirit came by a seemingly and most unlikely hero who embodied the third paragraph of the Soldiers Creed. I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough. Trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself. I am an expert and a professional.
Sergeant Alvin C. York
Born in a log cabin in rural Tennessee in 1887, Sergeant Alvin C. York supplemented his familys subsistence in farming, by hunting. Sergeant York became an expert marksman very early in his life. Hes quoted as saying he never thought growing up he would have anything other than possum in his crosshairs.
Two months after the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, York was drafted. Soon after he was deployed overseas, and on 8 October 1917, he and 15 other soldiers were dispatched to seize a German held rail point.
In the fog of war, Sergeant York and his team found themselves deep behind enemy lines. Confronted by a superior enemy force, who were armed with machine guns, half his team; including his commander, were immediately gunned down.
Sergeant York reacted and began picking off the enemy machine-gunners one at a time with his carbine. He then individually charged the machinegun nests. The enemy thinking they were outnumbered by the volume of accurate fire and not knowing what to make of this crazy man, the enemy commander surrendered.
Sergeant York and the remaining six American soldiers took 90 enemy prisoners of war in that one engagement. By the end of that day, Sergeant York had single-handedly taken a total of 132 enemy prisoners.
Those heroic actions were also embodied by another group of men and women. You dont have to go much further than our World War Two veterans to understand and appreciate their contributions. In May this year we dedicated the World War Two memorial here in Washington, D.C., fittingly on Memorial Day. It was a long-overdue thank you to the men and women known as the Greatest Generation.
All my buddies at Fort Bragg regularly tell, the tale of a young 325th Glider Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division soldier named PFC Martin.
PFC Martin epitomized the forth paragraph of the Soldiers Creed; I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American Soldier.
During the Battle of the Bulge on 23 December, 1944, many units positioned in the Ardennes Forest were forced to pull back to subsequent fighting positions. These units pulled back in an attempt to get ahead of, and stop the bulge created by the German Armys attack to split the Allied Forces and capture the Port of Antwerp.
A Sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The tank destroyer pulled up beside the foxhole to speak to the young paratrooper. That lone GI, PFC Martin, looked up and asked the commander of the tank destroyer; Are you looking for a safe place?
The commander of the tank destroyer simply replied; Yeah in a rather timid voice. PFC Martin quickly replied; Well buddy, he said with a North Carolina drawl, Just pull your vehicle in behind me. Im the 82nd Airborne and this is as far as those bastards go!
PFC Martin was a source of pride and inspiration to generations of paratroopers that followed. A story they still love to tell to this day.
Through Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, Somalia, and the Balkans, our soldiers continued the proud traditions of their forefathers.
As our Army met the coming of the new millennium with optimism and hope, it soon found itself changed forever. 11 September 2001, a day that is frozen in our memories and equaled only by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
This attack came not by a state, a territory, or an official government. This attack came from a new enemy that lives to hate our freedoms. This enemy was met head-on by the greatest Army the world has ever known. Our Army met this enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan and in the streets of Baghdad.
The enemy was met by our soldiers today just as the enemy was met by soldiers from eras gone by. Every generation has their heroes and ours is no exception. Our soldiers today embody the Warrior Ethos just as those stories I have told of the past.
Master Sgt. Anthony S. Pryor
Master Sergeant Anthony Pryor, a team sergeant with company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, deployed to Afghanistan in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom.
On a cold Thursday morning, MSG Pryors unit was conducting a mission to flush out Al Qaida and Taliban members held up in a small Afghan town in the eastern mountains close to the Pakistani border.
During a raid of a suspected enemy stronghold, MSG Pryor single-handedly eliminated four enemy soldiers, including one in unarmed combat, all while under intense automatic fire and with a crippling injury.
His commanding officer described the events that day. He said at the end of the mission, MSG Pryor came running up wanting to know if everybody was okay. The man was bleeding and broken and all he wanted to know was if his soldiers, were ok.
Asked what his thoughts were about the engagement, MSG Pryor said, I just did what I had to do.
PFC Jessica Lynn Nicholson, 21, a 1st Armored Division soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, was recently awarded the Army commendation medal for valor and courage in the face of enemy action in Baghdad, Iraq.
Without knowing, without intent, MSG Pryor upheld the proud and courageous traditions of the American Soldier. MSG Pryor was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day. Soldiers like PFC Jessica Nicholson, a 21-year old with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division serving last year in Baghdad, Iraq. Like Deborah Samson over 200 years ago, PFC Nicholson demonstrated she was a warrior and a member of a team.
While manning a checkpoint with members of her unit, PFC Nicholson single-handedly apprehended a man twice her size trying to get into the Green Zone in the center of Baghdad with hidden grenades.
Later, as the word spread of her heroic actions, she told reporters; I just reacted, and the training took over. PFC Nicholson was trained and proficient in her Warrior Tasks and Drills. She is an expert and a professional.
Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski, V Corps deputy commander, pins the Soldier Medal on to Staff Sgt. Eric Hartman during a ceremony at Wiesbaden Army Airfield Oct. 5. Sgt. Douglas Holm stands at attention to his left.
The enemy was also met by soldiers like SSG Eric Hartman and SGT Douglas Holm, assigned to V Corps, 159th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), of the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
On 19 August 2003, the United Nations building in Baghdad was destroyed by an enemy truck loaded with explosives. Just minutes before the bombing, SSG Hartman and SGT Holm had just returned from another MEDEVAC mission.
When these professionals received the call of this explosion, both soldiers grabbed their teams and took off to help. Without regard for their personal safety, the soldiers entered the dangerously unstable building to search for victims trapped under the rubble.
These soldiers spent the next six hours pulling victims from the collapsed structure and performing life-saving triage on-site.
When asked about their bravery, SGT Holm said; We would have done the same for anybody. SSG Hartmans quote; I didnt do anything another crew member wouldnt have done.
These Sergeants were awarded the Soldiers Medal for their actions on that day. Two extraordinary soldiers who embodied the Soldiers Creed and the Warrior Ethos.
Maj. Matt Breeding, an activated Army Reservist assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the anti-terrorism force protection officer, works around the clock in Baghdad to help train the new Iraqi Army. Breeding is working with the U.S. Department of Justice and the new Iraqi government to put more police on the streets of Iraq in hopes of bolstering the security of the country.
We have heroes in many ways in the Global War on Terror. Finally, we have Soldiers like Major Matt Breeding, a citizen soldier out of Oldtown, Maryland. Major Breeding is a 27-year veteran of the Military Police Corps and a 22-year veteran as a Maryland State Trooper.
Major Breeding was originally mobilized and deployed here, to the Washington, D.C. area as an Anti-terrorism expert. His extraordinary work drew national attention from law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Following his D.C. experience, Major Breeding volunteered to deploy to Iraq to help coordinate Military Police training and aide in the stand-up of Iraqi Security Forces.
Major Breeding knew his civilian experience would help keep American Soldiers safe. Soldiers were the centerpiece of his formation. At this moment, this American Soldier is probably still on-duty after a 16-18 hour workday in Iraq.
He is working hard to work his soldiers out of a job, one Iraqi recruit at a time. Major Matt Breeding is a guardian of freedom, and the American Way of life.
There are millions of stories throughout our history as important and meaningful as the ones Ive shared with you tonight.
Their cast of players line the fields at Arlington and Normandy, and countless other memorial grounds around the world.
As I speak to you right now, soldiers man the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, stand at checkpoints in Afghanistan and help the victims of hurricanes in Florida.
Some of these soldiers names are lost to history and some to war. Their efforts . . . will never be forgotten.
The Association of the United States Army has made a superb choice in making the American Soldier this years recipient of the George C. Marshall award.
I accept the award on behalf of the American Soldier, past, present, and future. God bless the American Soldier, God bless Americas Army, and the country we so dearly love, our United States of America.
God bless you all. Thank you.
SMA Kenneth O. Preston
| "We all are allowed to sleep at peace in our beds because of rough men willing to go in harm's way "
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stewart Mill
"We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, of overwhelming power on the other."
- George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff
It's the 7th one on the page, short commercial first then the full video.
Good morning, snippy and everyone at the Freeper Foxhole.
Good morning Sam, Snippy and every one.
Good Sunday morning to everyone.
Thanks for your service, SAMWolf. You are truely a great American.
|October 2, 2005
When We Speak Foolishly
When former law professor Phillip E. Johnson had a stroke, he was so afraid of being mentally and physically impaired that he wished the doctor would give him a painless death. He said, "That was a foolish thought, of course, but not the last foolish thought I was to have."
In my own pastoral ministry, I've heard some of God's children express thoughts worse than Johnson'seven rebellious words against God.
Psalm 39 offers comfort to people who regret the thoughtless things they've said in times of despair. David was gravely ill and desperate when he wrote the psalm. At first he kept silent lest he speak foolishly (vv.1-3). But when he could contain himself no longer, he prayed a wonderful prayer (vv.4-9).
But in verses 10 and 11 his tone began to change. According to the British scholar Derek Kidner, David spoke foolishly when he said, "Remove Your gaze from me, . . . before I go away and am no more" (v.13). David expressed a hopeless attitude toward death, and said to God, in effect, "Leave me alone." Kidner comments that God included this prayer in the Bible to reassure us that when we say things out of desperation He understands. And when we tell Him how sorry we are, He graciously forgives. Herb Vander Lugt
Our tongue can be our own worst enemy.
How about an interesting color pic from WW-II today, eh?
Hope y'a;; have a great day
Good Sunday morning texianyankee. We are blessed to have many great American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen here and many who just love and respect them. We've tried to honor them here for almost three years. God Bless them all near and far, past and present.
You and your blushing face. LOL.
I realize this is about all American Services but I just had to pick on you.
Now if we're talking Sailor I've got a whole list! ;-)
Cool picture. We can't forgot all those Dogs that were great American Soldiers, too. God surely loves dogs and so do we.
On This Day In History
Birthdates which occurred on October 02:
1452 King Richard III, of England (1483-85)
1715 Peter II, czar of Russia (1727-30)
1737 Francis Hopkinson, US, writer/lawyer (design Stars & Stripes)
1800 Nat Turner Virginia, leader of major slave rebellion
1847 Paul von Hindenburg, German Field Marshall during World War I and second president of the Weimar Republic.
1851 Ferdinand Foch believed to be responsible for Allies winning WW I
1869 Mohandas K Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), Porbandar Kathiawad India, pacifist
1871 Cordell Hull US Sec of State (1933-44), lowered tariffs (Nobel 1945)
1879 Wallace Stevens Reading Pa, poet (Ideas of Order)
1890 Julius "Groucho" Marx NYC, comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life)
1891 H V Porter basketball pioneer, created fan shape backboard
1895 Bud Abbott Asbury Pk NJ, comedian (Abbott & Costello)
1921 Robert Runcie archbishop of Canterbury
1928 Clay Felker St Louis, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire)
1928 Spanky McFarland actor (Little Rascals)
1929 Moses Gunn St Louis Mo, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft)
1932 Maury Wills baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
1938 Rex Reed Ft Worth Tx, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge)
1939 Yuri N Glazkov cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
1945 Don McLean singer/songwriter (American Pie, Vincent)
1948 Donna Karan Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977)
1950 Persis Khambatta Bombay India, actress (Star Trek, Megaforce)
1951 Mike Rutherford rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
1951 Sting AKA Gordon Sumner, rocker (Police-Roxanne)/actor (Dune)
1952 George Meegen England, walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska
1954 Lorraine Bracco actress (Someone to Watch Over Me, Dream Team)
1962 Esai Morales actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba)
1964 Sherry Arnett St Louis Mo, playmate (Jan, 1986)
1965 Jill Powell Jacksonville Fla, actress (Marcy-As The World Turns)
1970 Kelly Ripa actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children)
I wonder what message he's reading. ;-)
LOL. Thanks Valin, that's one of my favorite quotes.
I'm no one special, just consider myself an American and appreciate it more than a lot of people do today.
I know what it cost those before us to start this Country and keep it Free, Snippy and I just wanted to share their stories with others.
LOL! "Soldier" in this sense is the generic "American Military" ;-)
Good morning EGC.
Good morning Gail.
Thank you Mayor.
Sam Serling and his son, Rod
Rod Serling Was A Seasoned WWII Veteran And Was Awarded The Purple Heart
Joined the United States Army on January 16th, 1943
Was a paratrooper and served in the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Pacific theater
Was disappointed at being sent to the Pacific [Being Jewish, he wanted to fight the Germans instead]
Was wounded by a Japanese anti-aircraft artillery weapon while on the ground
The weapon was converted by the enemy for close quarters city fighting
Experienced ghastly and bizarre incidents during combat in WWII
Shot and killed a Japanese soldier who was standing on third base in a baseball stadium
The incident occurred at the Rizal Baseball Stadium in Manila, Philippines
Manila was the 2nd worst city, behind Warsaw, Poland, in all of WWII for civilian mortality
Removed thousands of pounds of dynamite from elaborate underground tunnels constructed by the Japanese
Saw his best friend decapitated by a food crate dropped on him from a U.S. resupply plane
Returned home from active duty January 13th, 1946 with the following decorations:
Philippines Liberation Medal [w/battle star]
Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal [w/battle star]
American Campaign Medal
National Defense Medal
Overseas Service Bar
After WWII, he tested experimental parachutes for the U.S. Army at $500 per jump!
This side out.
ooh, that would be good to know.
Geez Louise. You'd have to pay me a million and I'd still have to think about it.
Good morning, folks. Just got back from shopping. Took our black lab out to the lake. He had a great time.
Thanks for serving Bump!
I've got to get our yellow lab to behave better or find a deserted lake. LOL. I know he'd love it but at only 13 weeks old he just isn't taking to behaving yet.
Oatmeal? We don't need no stinkin' oatmeal!
LOL. And all they were doing was sowing their oats.
Ya' let folks put a pile of stuff on a tennis court, and see what happens? Gotta be Darksheare's fault.
I've been trying to read any of the markings, without luck.
Dunno, what're the military applications?
Gotta be Darksheare's fault.
Boy! Have I got that down to a science. ;-)
LOL! That was the same thought that I had. GMTA.
Snppy and I picked up a Yellow Lab pup for the Store. He's turning out to be quite a hand full at times. I forgot how much work a puppy is.
Did Ya notice what the dog was wearing?
"Load this end first"
The dog gas mask of World War I covered the dogs entire head and consisted of eight layers of chemically treated cheesecloth. It had two cellulose eye lenses to allow the dog to see, ear pockets for the ears, space for the jaws to work, and a wide neckband with straps to tie around the neck. During the war, the Bureau of Mines and the Chemical Warfare Service conducted tests and experiments on the mask. Use by U.S. armed forces was limited. Little or no experimental work was done between the wars.
During World War II, military working dogs were used in the theaters of war. Several experimental dog protective masks were examined. The E12R8 and the E43R3 proved the most successful. The facepiece of the two masks were similar except for the filter attachment. The E12R8 used a filter mounted on the front of the mask. The E43R3 used two Navy-civilian mask canisters mounted on the sides.
Ultimately, the E43R3 was standardized as the M6 dog gas mask. This mask used a reclaimed, coated canvas duck muzzlepiece equipped with one large, glued- in, slightly bulged cellulose acetate eye lens. The M6 fitted over the face and muzzle of the dog. The outlet valve was located directly under the muzzle. It used two M12 (E40R1) filters¾one filter positioned on either side of the mask under the eye lens. A three-strap harness held the mask on the dogs head. The M8 (E10R1) carrier stored the M6 when not in use. Thus, the mask was known as the Mask, Gas, Dog, M6-12-8. During the war 1,409 were produced.
Military working dogs were still used during the Vietnam War. The dogs needed respiratory protection, but the M6 mask was no longer useful. Dogs procured by the armed forces could not wear the M6 mask. Even if the M6 masks were the correct size and proper fit, only 32 were available and they were in poor condition. New masks were needed. This meant either procure the M6 again (which was not acceptable, because of its small size) or design, develop, test, adopt, and procure a new mask. One requirement for a new dog detection system included respiratory protection, which eliminated the stand-alone dog protective mask program. The M6 dog gas mask was declared obsolete in 1969.
LOL. You make him sound like an ornament or display. Folks, we got a dog to love and take care of and thought it would be nice since now no one can tell us not to bring our dog to work. The cat stays in the store, the dog comes home at night. :-)
Picking up a bicycle with her teeth.
Yer welcome, and Sam I think we all have that speaking foolishly thing down to a science.
We must remember to think before we speak, especially in politics.
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