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The American Soldier

MG Robert E Lee Bullard

MG Robert E Lee Bullard

 

WW I Commander

Major General Robert E. Lee Bullard recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal in WW I … who commanded the First Division, First Corps and Second Army in that war said this of the American Soldier:

“In every army, there are two kinds of soldiers: those who do things because they are ordered to, and those who are always looking for things to do.  It is the latter kind that leavens any army.  And this kind prevails in the American Army to a greater extent than in any ever known.”

HONORS ANOTHER GENERAL

At the age of six, he asked his parents to change his name to Robert Edward Lee Bullard in honor of the Civil War General Robert E. Lee.  He graduated from West Point in 1885 with a Cullum Number* of 3084. He was an  Infantryman who first served on the western frontier, in the Philippines and Cuba, in Mexico before serving in WW I.

General Bullard went on later to write a book –

Fighting Generals: Illustrated Biographical Sketches of Seven Major Generals in World War I

*NOTE: The Cullum number is a reference and identification number assigned to each graduate of the United States Military Academy. It was created by Brevet Major General George W. Cullum, USMA Class of 1833, who, in 1850, began the monumental work of chronicling the biographies of every graduate.

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GEN Eisenhower’s D-Day Words to the Troops

2016 JUN 6 –

 

It was seventy-two years ago that GEN Dwight D Eisenhower  issued the words below to the troops ready to execute D-Day…

 

A eisenhower letter 6 JUN 1944

MORE PHOTOS MORE MESSAGES …   MORE

This and more photos can be viewed in the exhibit prepared by the US National Archives.

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The Rendezvous in World War I

The WW I  Soldier

We often forget about the sacrifices that were made for conflicts that began and sometimes finished “Over There..”  Yet the individuals who stood up when called or some that stood up without being called but answered to an internal calling, are often forgotten…  here’s one American who headed to join the  French Foreign Legion in 1914.

I Have a Rendezvous with Death

Alan Seeger, 18881916

I have a rendezvous with Death   
At some disputed barricade,   
When Spring comes back with rustling shade   
And apple-blossoms fill the air—   
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.   
   
It may be he shall take my hand   
And lead me into his dark land   
And close my eyes and quench my breath—   
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death   
On some scarred slope of battered hill,   
When Spring comes round again this year   
And the first meadow-flowers appear.   
   
God knows ‘twere better to be deep 
Pillowed in silk and scented down,   
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,   
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,   
Where hushed awakenings are dear...   
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,   
When Spring trips north again this year,   
And I to my pledged word am true,   
I shall not fail that rendezvous.
Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger

Seeger’s  Destiny

He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme at Belloy-en-Santerre on July 4, 1916, famously cheering on his fellow soldiers in a successful charge after being hit several times by machine gun fire.

A President’s Favorite Poem

Seeger’s poem “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” was a favorite of John F. Kennedy, who often asked his wife to recite it.

 

WHAT’S NEXT …

To learn more about Alan Seeger and others who stood up in 1914,  consider the following book …

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Belonging

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Belonging

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Happy ANZAC DAY 2016 – 25 APR

ANZAC Day

Celebrating the Australian and New Zealand Military

Since WW I the Australian and New Zealand military have stood together to take the fight to the enemy.  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. And each year since the 1920s there has been a commemoration of the valor and fight that these troops have offered in the battles and wars of the world.

They fought to take the Gallpoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies.

 

Some words from the current Special Forces Association National President, Jack Tobin:

April 25, is ANZAC Day, the Australians and New Zealanders have been beside us in every conflict since World War II, many of us worked with them in Vietnam, when allies were scarce, but the ANZACs were there, with “no worries mate” ringing across the radios. After the tragedy of 9/11, when America went on the offensive in Afghanistan, the Australians and New Zealanders were the first to join us, taking the fight to the enemy.
 
At the SFA Conferences and Conventions, we parade the Australian flag, not only to honor our Chapter in Australia, but it also to honor our long tradition of warriors marching together.
 
Having spent time in Australia and New Zealand, and having served with ANZACs in Afghanistan, I can tell y’all that the bonds have never been tighter, that our cousins “down under” are ready, as always, to stand with us, and we should be proud of that relationship, we could find no better friends or better warriors.
 
So, if you have a moment on Monday, remember the ANZACs, in your thoughts and prayers.
 
Lest we forget, Lest we forget.
 
Jack

More About ANZAC Day

Here You can read more about  ANZAC Day  and learn of the continuing support that the Australian and New Zealand armed forces offer in the battles faced today.
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The Purpose of Life

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“The purpose of life is to unlearn what has been learned,

and to remember what has been forgotten.”

-Sufi Saying

 

 

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Don’t Quit

John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit

— John Greenleaf Whittier

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Some Civil War Generals of the Union Army

Photography was limited in the years of the US Civil War, it was also rather challenging since the lighting had to be just right and if the content included people, they had to stand rigid for minutes on end to make sure that the image didn’t come out blurred…  Hence, sketches were more readily done.

Here are thirteen of the generals from the Union Army with the Capitol building – the dome unfinished – and the American flag flying in the background.  The image was drawn by Augustus Tholey, a noted artist of the day.

civil war generals

 

From left to right they are the following –

MG Oliver Otis Howard – “The Christian General” – Founder of Howard University

MG Philip Kearny

MG George Henry Thomas – “Rock of Chickamauga”

MG Ambrose Everett Burnside – “Burn”

MG Winfield Scott Hancock

LTG Winfield Scott

MG George Brinton McClellan

MG William Starke Rosecrans – “Old Rosy”

MG Joseph Hooker

MG Lew Wallace

MG Benjamin Franklin Butler

MG George Armstrong Custer

MG John Alexander Logan – “Blackjack”

MORE About Union Generals of the Civil War

With the great number of troops from all the responding military units, there were hundreds of officers of general rank.  One source cites that there were over 1,600,  although that number includes those who were brevets awarded either during or after the war.  Ezra Joseph Warner compiled and published the companion volume to his work on Confederate Generals –  Generals in Gray – Lives of the Confederate Commanders published in 1959.   It was entitled Generals in Blue – Lives of the Union Commanders and was released in 1964.  Both books have been since their release been considered “the few indispensable books on the American Civil War.”   The Union Commanders book cites that there were 583 Union Generals.  (The Confederate Commanders book cites that there were 425 Confederate Generals.)

Each of the books can be purchased from Amazon …

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Air Warrior Courage Foundation 2015 Re-Cap

2015 was a grand year for the veterans assisted by the foundation… many successful events were planned and held across the Washington DC area at such places as Walter Reed Military Medical Center …  Stony Creek Fishing and Recreation Center.

 

2015 Activiteis of The Air Warrior Courage Foundation

 

About The Air Warrior Courage Foundation

The Air Warrior Courage Foundation was formed by military aviators to “care for our own.”  We work closely with the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association to do that. We focus on active duty, guard, reserve and retired military personnel and their families needing financial assistance for medical, educational, and other extraordinary expenses not covered by other military, veterans’, or charitable institutions.

The foundation is a non-profit veterans assisting veterans organization with a four star rating from the Charity Navigator and awards from Independent Charities of America (CFC/ICA#11450).

What YOU Can Do …

Donations are being accepted on the Air Warrior Courage Foundation website 

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator

 

Independent Charities of America

Awarded in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014

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BE YOU!

God Bless America“See who you are.
Own who you are.
Be who you are.
Don’t apologize.”
— Jerry K.

 

 

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