The Infantry Man please read Go Troops


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Posted by gonefishin1978 on March 28, 2003 at 03:29:28:

Subject: The Infantryman
> >
> >
> > > This has nothing to do with your individual opinions about going to
> > > war with Iraq... those debates are over. At this point, you're
> > > either supporting our soldiers or you're not.
> > >
> > > The Infantryman:
> > >
> > > I cannot help myself from feeling pride and being proud
> > > for
> > > all our service
> > > personnel each time I read this.
> > >
> > > The average age of the Infantryman is 19 years. He is
> > > a
> > > short-haired,
> > > tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by
> > > society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old
> > > enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He
> > > never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car
> > > than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment
> > > either. He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an
> > > average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten
> > > year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either
> >broke
> > >
> > > up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns
> > > from
> >half
> > >
> > > a world away.
> > >
> > > He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz
> > > or
> >swing
> > > and 155mm
> > > Howitzers. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at
> > > home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well
> > > after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain
> > > for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble
> > > it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature
> > > of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively
> > > if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid
> > > like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop
> > > until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without
> > > hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
> > >
> > > He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he
> >washes
> > > one and
> > > wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He
> > > sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.
> > > He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own
> > > hurts. If you're
> >thirsty,
> > >
> > > he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll
> > > even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you
> > > run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons
> > > like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it,
> > > because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a
> > > civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all.
> > > He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his
> > > short lifetime.
> > >
> > > He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped
> > > to
> > > create them. He
> > > has wept in public and in private for friends who have fallen in
> > > combat
> >and
> > >
> > > is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate
> > > through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the
> > > burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't
> > > bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an
> > > odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right
> > > to be disrespectful. Just as his Father, Grandfather, and
> > > Great-grandfather did, he is paying the price for our freedom.
> > > Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man
> > > that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked
> > > nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
> > > Remember him always, for he has earned our respect and admiration
> > > with his blood.
>



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