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I Joined the Army instead of the Marines
Nick

Posted on 04/15/2006 2:06:04 PM PDT by LittleJohnnyEdwards

You may remember a few months back around Novemeber, I was going to join the Marines. I finally told my parents and they freaked but they comprmised. I talked to both the Marines and Army I felt the Army gave me the best opportunity to serve my country in the way I want.I joined the Delay Entry Program in which I was able to move up a rank before going to boot camp. I'll be a signal support specialist, I leave two weeks after my graduation for boot camp. I look forward to serving in Iraq or Afghanistan that's why I joined. For me I couldn't sit back and agree with a war, and have other people fight for our country. After four years of service I plan on going to Texas State university and earn a Sports Marketing degree. If I still feel our country still needs men like me, i'll go in as officer.


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To: Michael Goldsberry

I asked the mods to zot it...and yes I do know JimRob was a sailor.

I was just trying to keep the rivalry alive.


51 posted on 04/15/2006 2:26:12 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Congratulations, we can never repay you but we will be praying for you.

Pray for W and Little Johnny Edwards


52 posted on 04/15/2006 2:27:08 PM PDT by bray (Racists for Rice '08)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
"No i'm not related to edwards at all I just haven't changed my screen name."

I am so proud of you. My nbr 1 son just left the Army, and nbr 2 son is gearing up for his AIT at Sill in a few weeks.

Perhaps you'll hook up with each other some day. You never know. Stranger things have happened.

Be careful and again, thank you!

53 posted on 04/15/2006 2:27:39 PM PDT by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

You made my day, To have served, will be something you will possess all your life.


54 posted on 04/15/2006 2:29:02 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: marmar; Old Sarge; Conspiracy Guy; MeekOneGOP; Fedora; Slings and Arrows; Watery Tart; ...

Ping!


55 posted on 04/15/2006 2:29:34 PM PDT by bad company ((The UN 1967 Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT.))
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

HOOAH!

This proud army mom thanks you:)

One piece of advice I'll pass on- from my Screamin' Eagle son to any and all who decide to enlist. Before boot camp- get in shape. There will be enormous challenges ahead- if you arrive in really good physical condition- it's one less thing to deal with. Don't leave home without being to do a minimum of 50 sit-ups and push-ups easily- and be able to easily run 5 miles.

Godspeed:)


56 posted on 04/15/2006 2:31:39 PM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
Good luck and God Speed.

But Sports Marketing? Ugh. Maybe the Army will beat a more sensible career/college choice into you. ;)
57 posted on 04/15/2006 2:31:54 PM PDT by birbear (I took an IQ test and I flunked it of course. I can't spell VW, but I drive a Porsche.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
Little Johnny Edwards

Young man, you are no longer Little Johhny Edwards!

You are John Edwards, soldier, and proud of it!

58 posted on 04/15/2006 2:32:02 PM PDT by aShepard (And all of us are proud of you!)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

God Bless!

Remember, colleges make scientists, writers, businessmen, and engineers.

But, the military makes men!


59 posted on 04/15/2006 2:32:42 PM PDT by burzum (A single reprimand does more for a man of intelligence than a hundred lashes for a fool.--Prov 17:10)
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To: aShepard

My Names not Little Johnny Edwards it's Nicolas Cordoba I was making fun of john edwars.


60 posted on 04/15/2006 2:33:30 PM PDT by LittleJohnnyEdwards
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
It matters not what branch you serve, it only matters that you serve ... Big Johnny Edwards.

I, and many, salute you, wish you well and thank you.




61 posted on 04/15/2006 2:34:29 PM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Pay attention here partner. Two things you have to remember to get along in the Army. Be on time and look sharp. Do those two things and it will make your tour much easier.


62 posted on 04/15/2006 2:34:46 PM PDT by bad company ((The UN 1967 Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT.))
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Better selection of MOS's in the USArmy ;-)


63 posted on 04/15/2006 2:35:17 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Donald Meaker

Cite, please, on where the Corps was part of the Army until 1834.


64 posted on 04/15/2006 2:38:17 PM PDT by IGOTMINE
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To: I got the rope

Lovely... if you like oppressive heat and humidity. I lived on Ft. Jackson for several years. My dad was the Command Sargeant Major for the 3rd Battalion. South Carolina has a lot of history. Make sure to tour Columbia while there. A trip out to Charleston would also be worthwhile.


65 posted on 04/15/2006 2:39:06 PM PDT by Doc-Joe
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

"South Carolina Fort Jackson"

That's where I trained in 1979. I was in the first Co-Ed platoon, an experiement to see if we gals could hack it with the guys. Piece of cake, LOL!

Fort Jackson was a dump then, and is probably a dump now, but that smell of Carolina Pine at 4am and that red dirt that you can't get out of your clothing and your knees and elbows no matter how hard you scrub...will be with you always. :)

Good luck to you! I had twenty great years with the Army and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. You lucky Young Buck! I'm jealous.

God Bless You! He's obviously already given you a fine brain if you were smart enough to Go Army. ;)


66 posted on 04/15/2006 2:39:07 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
Mr. Cordoba:

Drop and give me ten pushups!

Now, recover!

Thanks in advance for your service to the nation. Twenty four years in the Big Green Machine hasn't hurt me one bit, but it has at times challenged the best - and more than I thought I could give - from me.

Now drop and give me ten more!

V/R,

ReaganCowboy

67 posted on 04/15/2006 2:39:47 PM PDT by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

My son chose Army 5 years ago (just before 9-11), There exists a greater variety of MOS selections. Basic is, well, easy, but you can choose an ever-toughening path (which I would recommend). Pick the hardest job they'll let you do, and go for it. SF and Rangers are every bit as tough as the Marines. Go Airborne!


68 posted on 04/15/2006 2:40:39 PM PDT by cookcounty (Army Vet, Army Dad.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Remember to do as your told, and take your training seriously. You'll never forget what you learn...the Army will make sure of it.

Take care...and thank you for your service.


69 posted on 04/15/2006 2:41:36 PM PDT by I got the rope
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

You rock!


70 posted on 04/15/2006 2:42:26 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

God-Speed, and thanks!

71 posted on 04/15/2006 2:43:16 PM PDT by CowboyJay (Rough Riders! Tancredo '08)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

From our house to you, we are proud and thankful for you,and all who serve this great country. God bless you, Johnny. We'll be keeping you, and your family, in prayer.

If you are going to have a ping list, please add my name for updates.


72 posted on 04/15/2006 2:44:08 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Donald Meaker; MudPuppy; tet68; A.A. Cunningham

what a pantload of bogus hokum.

The MARINE CORPS was NEVER a part of the Army.

And Lt Pressley O'Bannon was a MARINE officer, not an Army officer.


73 posted on 04/15/2006 2:48:44 PM PDT by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

good show...make sure that you sign up for the kicker, on top of the MGIB...the return is very good-did you request a CONAP agreement? It would guarantee your admission into TX St. University (or UT, for that matter) after you finish your active duty committment. Austin Community College offers a host of on-line options for core classes, which might be attractive to you, especially since it sounds like you might possibly be in district. Many of those credits are directly transferable to Texas State/UT...shoot me an email if you're interested...either now, or after your basic/AIT...


74 posted on 04/15/2006 2:49:44 PM PDT by nicko (CW3 (ret.) CPT, you need to just unass the AO; I know what I'm doing- Major, you're on your own.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards


Hooah
Thank you for your service
I spent 20 years in the Army and do not regret a single day. God bless and keep your head down...
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"


75 posted on 04/15/2006 2:51:26 PM PDT by tonyf62
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To: IGOTMINE
Cite, please, on where the Corps was part of the Army until 1834.

Weren't the Corps formed in a Philly tavern to protect privateers before there was a ground army?

76 posted on 04/15/2006 2:53:03 PM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Green to Gold is the best program the Army came up with. BTW, you may also want to look at a program that they used to have when I was in. It would allow an enlisted active duty soldier after meeting certain qualifications, to become a reserve officer while on active duty. This would give you a head start on your officer rank if you can swing it.

Secondly, RIGHT OUT OF AIT... (that is most important) when you get to your first duty station, look into having training evaluated for college credits. It will also help if you will take the ACT and CLEP and other tests. I did a wonderful bit by getting a test specific study guide and would push myself to read / study at least 1 hr every night. You can knock out a good 30+ credit hrs that way.
Later, in your enlistment, after you have done all the ACT and CLEP test, try and take evening college classes.

You could be well on your way to having an Associates completed by the end of your first tour - though, for gaming the system, I would NOT pull the trigger on actually getting the AS degree. The reason is, with the Green to Gold program, with less than an AS degree, you can still get the full 4 year program. This would allow you to either finish or come very close to finishing a double major. Almost anything mixed with a business degree will give you a heads up in the market place. I'm even seeing a number of people who do the hiring actually PREFER a double BA/BS to a masters.

Just a thought.

And thank you for your service -- from a former 11B


77 posted on 04/15/2006 2:53:10 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards; LucyJo

Make that "God bless you, Nicolas Cordoba"! :)


78 posted on 04/15/2006 2:53:47 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: aShepard
Ur Right

Young man, you are no longer Little Johhny Edwards!

Little Johnny Edwards is an ambulance chasing lawyer with beautiful Breck hair...

79 posted on 04/15/2006 2:55:19 PM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured.)
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To: Donald Meaker

November 10, 1775 is the celebrated birthday of the US Marines. After several attempts by the American colonies to work out some sort of reconciliation between the Crown and the American people, the Colonial Congress decided to take a sterner attitude. A committee of the Congress drafted a resolution to create a new military unit, called the Continental Marines.


Captain Samuel Nicholas This resolution was drafted in a popular Philadelphian inn called Tun Tavern, and was later approved by the entire legislative body. The owner of the tavern, Robert Mullan, was named a Marine Captain, and the owner of another tavern, Samuel Nicholas, was designated commandant of the Continental Marines.


80 posted on 04/15/2006 3:00:15 PM PDT by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured.)
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To: IGOTMINE

The Marine Corps Birthday was celebrated then until between the world wars.

http://hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/HD/Historical/Docs_Speeches/OrganizationofUSMC.htm

That law was put into effect on 11 July. Before then, the Marines were part of the Army except when detached for sea service.

Presley O'Bannion was recruited as an Army Officer, then detached to the Navy with some 8 other guys and 300 mercenaries.


81 posted on 04/15/2006 3:01:06 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
I look forward to serving in Iraq or Afghanistan that's why I joined.

My salute & prayers go with you.

I hope your immediate family & relatives are really proud of you because I AM.

82 posted on 04/15/2006 3:06:08 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: IGOTMINE

"SEC 4. And be it further enacted, That the officers, non-commissioned officers, privates, and musicians, aforesaid, shall take the same oath, and shall be governed by the same rules and articles of war, as are prescribed for the military establishment of the United States"

http://hqinet001.hqmc.usmc.mil/HD/Historical/Docs_Speeches/Establishingamarinecorps.htm

The Marines were part of the Army, unless on active sea service. So when O'Bannon landed, he was under the Articles of War, and fought as a unit of the Army.


83 posted on 04/15/2006 3:06:19 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

You have our thanks and our gratitude. You honor us, but mostly you do honor to yourself. Thanks again.


84 posted on 04/15/2006 3:08:49 PM PDT by Bahbah (Harry Reid is a Liar;Ted Kennedy is a BIG FAT Liar: edited by tiredoflaundry)
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To: llevrok

It was celebrated after the 1st World War. before then, they celebrated a variety of days, to include when the Marines were reestablished after the Revolutionary War, and when the Marines were Separated from the Army.


85 posted on 04/15/2006 3:09:01 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Good luck. You have lots of freeper prayers going with you!!!


86 posted on 04/15/2006 3:09:16 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: llevrok

All that is true. The Marines were also dis-established after that, to save a bit of money.


87 posted on 04/15/2006 3:10:04 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Ya made the right choice! :-)


88 posted on 04/15/2006 3:11:26 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards; 4woodenboats; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; abletruth; Accountable One; ...
Prayer ping.

Please post your replies to LittleJohnnyEdwards


LittleJohnnyEdwards, My prayers going up for you while you serve our country. Allow me to thank you on behalf of my family. God's protection for you...God's peace for your family.  

Blessings,
trussell


If you want on/off my prayer ping list, please let me know. All requests happily honored.

89 posted on 04/15/2006 3:12:14 PM PDT by trussell (Work for God...the retirement benefits are great!)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
Yes, ARMY!!

Now drop and give us all 10 in advance! :)

God speed, thank you, and welcome to the Band of Brothers!

DTogo (Army)

90 posted on 04/15/2006 3:12:32 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Congratulations.
Any man or woman serving in any of our armed forces, including the reserves, National Guard or Coast Guard, can be proud of their service.

That said;
Stop anybody on the street and ask them to name a famous soldier, general or battle.
95% of the time, they'll name a soldier or battle of The United States Army, the SENIOR service.

Ask them to name a famous president and you will overwhelmingly receive the name of a soldier.

The United States Army: Winning WARS, not PR campaigns.


91 posted on 04/15/2006 3:16:20 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Donald Meaker
The Marine corps (shores of Tripoli and all that) was part of the Army until 11 July 1834. The young lieutenant who took Tripoli was a US Army officer.

Incorrect. The Corps has never been part of the Army and O'Bannon was a Marine. You continue trying to propagate this revisionist crapola and have been caught, again.

92 posted on 04/15/2006 3:19:44 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards; trussell
Thanks, LittleJohnnyEdwards, for choosing to serve our country.


93 posted on 04/15/2006 3:19:48 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation Easter and Passover ~)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

I do remember your previous thread. :~ )

Best of luck to you.

And THANK YOU!

Keep in touch


94 posted on 04/15/2006 3:20:41 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards; onyx

Thank you, THANK YOU!! Prayers for you in this journey of courage, Johnny!


95 posted on 04/15/2006 3:21:26 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraqi LIBERATION Vet! THANKS, son!!.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards
http://www.pattonhq.com/speech.html

Lt. General George S. Patton, Jr. (Somewhere in England June 5th, 1944)

"Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American."

The General paused and looked over the crowd. "You are not all going to die," he said slowly. "Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men. Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen."

"All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call "chicken shit drilling". That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a fuck for a man who's not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn't be here. You are ready for what's to come. A man must be alert at all times if he expects to stay alive. If you're not alert, sometime, a German son-of-an-asshole-bitch is going to sneak up behind you and beat you to death with a sockful of shit!" The men roared in agreement.

Patton's grim expression did not change. "There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily", he roared into the microphone, "All because one man went to sleep on the job". He paused and the men grew silent. "But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did". The General clutched the microphone tightly, his jaw out-thrust, and he continued, "An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horse shit. The bilious bastards who write that kind of stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don't know any more about real fighting under fire than they know about fucking!"

The men slapped their legs and rolled in glee. This was Patton as the men had imagined him to be, and in rare form, too. He hadn't let them down. He was all that he was cracked up to be, and more. He had IT!

"We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world", Patton bellowed. He lowered his head and shook it pensively. Suddenly he snapped erect, faced the men belligerently and thundered, "Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we're going up against. By God, I do". The men clapped and howled delightedly. There would be many a barracks tale about the "Old Man's" choice phrases. They would become part and parcel of Third Army's history and they would become the bible of their slang.

"My men don't surrender", Patton continued, "I don't want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he has been hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight back. That's not just bull shit either. The kind of man that I want in my command is just like the lieutenant in Libya, who, with a Luger against his chest, jerked off his helmet, swept the gun aside with one hand, and busted the hell out of the Kraut with his helmet. Then he jumped on the gun and went out and killed another German before they knew what the hell was coming off. And, all of that time, this man had a bullet through a lung. There was a real man!"

Patton stopped and the crowd waited. He continued more quietly, "All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain. What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn't like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The cowardly bastard could say, "Hell, they won't miss me, just one man in thousands". But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would we be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like? No, Goddamnit, Americans don't think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war. The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn't a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the 'G.I. Shits'."

Patton paused, took a deep breath, and continued, "Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men. One of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a telegraph pole in the midst of a furious fire fight in Tunisia. I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like that. He answered, "Fixing the wire, Sir". I asked, "Isn't that a little unhealthy right about now?" He answered, "Yes Sir, but the Goddamned wire has to be fixed". I asked, "Don't those planes strafing the road bother you?" And he answered, "No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!" Now, there was a real man. A real soldier. There was a man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty might appear at the time, no matter how great the odds. And you should have seen those trucks on the rode to Tunisia. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they rolled over those son-of-a-bitching roads, never stopping, never faltering from their course, with shells bursting all around them all of the time. We got through on good old American guts. Many of those men drove for over forty consecutive hours. These men weren't combat men, but they were soldiers with a job to do. They did it, and in one hell of a way they did it. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable."

The General paused and stared challengingly over the silent ocean of men. One could have heard a pin drop anywhere on that vast hillside. The only sound was the stirring of the breeze in the leaves of the bordering trees and the busy chirping of the birds in the branches of the trees at the General's left.

"Don't forget," Patton barked, "you men don't know that I'm here. No mention of that fact is to be made in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell happened to me. I'm not supposed to be commanding this Army. I'm not even supposed to be here in England. Let the first bastards to find out be the Goddamned Germans. Some day I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, 'Jesus Christ, it's the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton'."

"We want to get the hell over there", Patton continued, "The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit."

The men roared approval and cheered delightedly. This statement had real significance behind it. Much more than met the eye and the men instinctively sensed the fact. They knew that they themselves were going to play a very great part in the making of world history. They were being told as much right now. Deep sincerity and seriousness lay behind the General's colorful words. The men knew and understood it. They loved the way he put it, too, as only he could.

Patton continued quietly, "Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin", he yelled, "I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"

"When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do!"

"I don't want to get any messages saying, "I am holding my position." We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!"

"From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard. I don't give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that."

The General paused. His eagle like eyes swept over the hillside. He said with pride, "There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, "Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana." No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, "Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!"

96 posted on 04/15/2006 3:23:52 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Congratulations and God bless you! My son is also going into the Army, after ROTC at Alabama.


97 posted on 04/15/2006 3:26:30 PM PDT by bamabaseballmom
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Thanks for your service!


98 posted on 04/15/2006 3:27:08 PM PDT by Wheee The People
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To: LittleJohnnyEdwards

Hooah! .... God Speed and Good Luck.


99 posted on 04/15/2006 3:31:53 PM PDT by Yasotay
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To: ohioWfan

A blessed and joyous Easter to you, dear FRiend.
I know you will add him to the military FReeper's prayer list.


100 posted on 04/15/2006 3:32:16 PM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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