Military and Defense
“The Battling Bastards of Benghazi”
We're the Battling Bastards of Benghazi,
True story and most people will never know it.
Here's an interesting side bar. After the Japanese decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941 , they could have sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to finish what they started. The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River . Remember, we had a 2 million man army and war ships in other localities, so why did they not invade?
After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question. Their answer....they know that almost every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.
The world's largest army... America 's hunters! I had never thought about this....
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin .
Allow me to restate that number.
Over the last several months, Wisconsin 's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.
More men under arms than in Iran .
More than in France and Germany combined.
These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.
That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan 's 700,000 hunters,
Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.
Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of national security.
Food for thought when next we consider gun control.
From the desk of State Representative Jim Sacia ......... April 21, 2011
Sometimes the record needs to be set straight. “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much. Never have the consequences of their misunderstanding been so tragic.” (No More Vietnams by Richard Nixon)
A commonly held myth is most American soldiers were addicted to drugs and guilt-ridden about their role in the war. Here are the facts “91% of Vietnam Veterans say they are glad they served, 74% said they would serve again even knowing the outcome, there is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non veterans of the same age group.” (From a Veterans Administration study in a speech given by General William Westmoreland in July 1986)
Other common misconceptions that need to be rectified – no, a high percentage did not go to prison; less than one half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes; 97% were discharged under honorable conditions, a very similar percentage as ten years prior to Vietnam; Vietnam Veterans’ personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by 18% and they have lower unemployment according to Lt. General Barry McCaffrey in a speech at “the Wall” Memorial Day of 1993.
Many believe that most Vietnam Veterans were draftees. The facts are two thirds of the men who served in Vietnam were volunteers while two thirds of the men who served in WWII were drafted. Approximately 70% of those who were killed in Vietnam were volunteers.
Another common belief is that a disproportionate number of men serving and being killed in Vietnam were poor and they were black. The facts are 86% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian, 12.5% were black, and the balance were other races. The war was not fought by only poor and uneducated, as often reported. At the time, Vietnam Servicemen were the best educated forces our nation had ever sent into combat with at least 79% with a high school education. Those higher educated had a slightly higher risk of dying as they were often infantry officers or pilots.
Of the 58,148 men and women killed in Vietnam, the average age was 23.11 years. 11,465 were under the age of 20. A common myth is that the average age of an infantryman fighting in Vietnam was age 19 when in fact it was 22. The average age of a man fighting in WWII was 26.
A common misconception is that fighting in Vietnam was not as intense as other wars. The facts are the average infantryman fighting in the South Pacific in WWII saw forty days of combat in four years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about two hundred forty days of combat in one year thanks to the mobility of the helicopter.
I will never dispute that the men and women of the WWII era are our greatest generation but the men and women who fought in Vietnam are owed an often overlooked sincere debt of gratitude.
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