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  • What the army desperately needs - another Colonel David Hackworth

    10/20/2015 6:00:30 PM PDT · by usdefensewatch · 54 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 9, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    In 1971, Colonel David Hackworth was interviewed on ABC’s, “Issues and Answers.” During the interview, Hackworth, a career Army officer, stated in no uncertain terms that the Vietnam War was a disaster and unwinnable. Furthermore, he chastised his fellow Army officers for poor leadership and ineptness. Hackworth was a decorated combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, who had earned enough medals for a whole battalion. He was instantly ostracized by the defense establishment and forced to retire. Hackworth, who later went on to a distinguished career as a journalist was a polarizing figure who was hated by the...
  • New Arms For A New Iraqi Army (Iraq’s Symbolic Switch: AK-47 Out, M-16 In)

    12/02/2007 3:55:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies · 124+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2007 | Doug Smith
    New arms for a new Iraqi army Soldiers are trading in the iconic Soviet assault rifle, the AK-47, for a U.S. military symbol, the M-16. By Doug Smith Los Angeles Times Staff Writer December 2, 2007 BESMAYA RANGE, IRAQ — The company of Iraqi soldiers pressed together for the dance of valor, singing of their bravery, stomping in the desert sand, thrusting their weapons skyward, just as they might have done not so many years ago to honor Saddam Hussein. But what were those sleek silhouettes they jabbed into the air? Not AK-47s. The iconic Soviet bloc assault rifle that...
  • Medal for mettle, years later: Shiny bronze rekindles vet's memories of war

    10/16/2003 12:25:54 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 3 replies · 145+ views
    registerguard.com ^ | 16 Oct '03 | By Randi Bjornstad
    Exactly how it came about remains a mystery, but Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee recently opened a plain brown padded envelope postmarked Philadelphia and found a Bronze Star inside. "I had to sit down - my knees buckled," the 82-year-old Eugene man said this week. It's been 57 years since he left the Army after serving two years in the South Pacific during World War II. The Bronze Star came with no explanation, no letter. And Tiffee doesn't know exactly why or how he suddenly received the award, bestowed on soldiers for heroism. Rayphord "Tex" Tiffee received a surprise in the mail...