“There are a dozen different ways of delivering
destruction in impersonal wholesale, via ships and missiles of one sort
or another, catastrophes so widespread, so unselective, that the war is
over because that nation or planet has ceased to exist. What we do is
entirely different. We make war as personal as a punch in the nose. We
can be selective, applying precisely the required amount of pressure at
the specified point at a designated time . . . .
We are the boys who
go to a particular place, at H-hour, occupy a designated terrain, stand
on it, dig the enemy out of their holes, force them then and there to
surrender or die. We're the bloody infantry, the doughboy, the duckfoot,
the foot soldier who goes where the enemy is and takes him on in
person. We've been doing it, with changes in weapons but very little
change in our trade, at least since the time five thousand years ago
when the foot sloggers of Sargon the Great forced the Sumerians to cry
Maybe they'll be able to do without us someday. Maybe some
mad genius with myopia, a bulging forehead, and a cybernetic mind will
devise a weapon that can go down a hole, pick out the opposition, and
force it to surrender or die--without killing that gang of your own
people they've got imprisoned down there. I wouldn't know; I'm not a
genius, I'm an M.I. (Mobile Infantry) In the meantime, until they build a machine to
replace us, my mates can handle that job--and I might be some help on
So here's a well done to all veterans; especially to those I have served with. So here's to the "Raiders" of the 2nd Bn, 47th Infantry, the "Bulldogs" of B Co, 2nd Bn, 47th Infantry, the "Scorpions" of Combat Support Co, 2nd Bn, 47th Infantry, "Bad to the Bone" of HQ Co, 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division (Old Reliables), the "Ready Rifles" of the 1st Bn, 52nd Infantry, the "Mad Dogs" of D Co, 1st Bn, 52nd Infantry, the "Regulars" of the 7th Bn, 6th Infantry, the "Mad Dogs" of D Co, 7th Bn, 6th Infantry (we redesignated), the "Gators" of HHC, 7th Bn, 6th Infantry, the "Warriors" of the 4th Bn, 12th Infantry, and the "Regulars" of the 2nd Bn, 6th Infantry . . . and of course to all of the "Roughnecks" out there!
I've worn the patch of two combat divisions; the 9th Infantry Division (Old Reliables) was my first assignment.
The patch that is permanently on my right sleeve is that of the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides).