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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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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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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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Remembering Patton

We Lost A Hero Today – Patton Dies

It was 21 December 1945 when GEN George S. Patton Jr. died from the injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.  Seven decades have passed since that day.  He was buried with full military honors on Christmas Eve day at The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg in Belgium.

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Remembering Those Who Never Came Home to the USA

It’s 2014.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of D-Day – one of the most bloodiest days in World War II, few are aware that many who served in World War I, World War II and other wars never returned to the United States of America – USA.   They are either at rest in 25 Cemeteries, most of which are on foreign soil – France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Philippines,Luxembourg, Mexico, Italy, Panama, Tunisia and Netherlands or memorialized within the monuments in the cemeteries.   Under the care of a little known independent agency of the United States of America known as the American Battle Monuments Commission, those at rest are well cared for.

Among them who never made it home to the USA are Theodore Roosevelt, Jr – son of the President and General George S. Patton, Jr.

It began in 1923 after World War I and it is responsible for Permanent American Military Burial Grounds in Foreign Countries of those who have never returned to the USA.   Here is a better description of what the American Battle Monuments Commission does from the words on it’s website:

ABMC administers, operates, and maintains 25 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,908 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries to include 30,922 of World War I, 93,236 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 14,907 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery, Corozal American Cemetery and Clark Veterans Cemetery. Another 94,000 names of the missing are memorialized at the World War I and II cemeteries overseas and at the East Coast, West Coast and Honolulu Memorials in the United States: 4,452 names from World War I; 78,979 names from World War II; 8,200 names from the Korean War, and 2,504  names from the Vietnam War.

ABMC also maintains 26 memorials, monuments and markers worldwide. Three memorials in Washington, D.C. – the American Expeditionary Forces Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial – were established by ABMC and are now administered by the National Park Service.

What follows below is a slideshow of 24 of the cemeteries and below that is a list of the cemeteries with country and which war.

Battle Monuments Slide Show

Cemetery Country Conflict
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War II
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial United Kingdom World War I
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial United Kingdom World War II
Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial Panama Panama Canal
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War I
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Italy World War II
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War II
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Luxembourg World War II
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Philippines World War II
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Mexico City National Cemetery Mexico Mexican War
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands World War II
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Tunisia World War II
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial Italy World War II
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I

 

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Army Day – April 6th

Army Day Army Day can be traced back to a little-known Defense Test Day, which was observed only twice: once in 1924 and once in 1925. Congress then disallowed any further observances of this day. In response, the Military Order of the World War under Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day.  Army Day was first celebrated on May 1, 1928. That date was chosen in hopes of dampening Communists’ celebration of Workers’ Day, which also occurs on May 1.  But, starting in 1929, Army Day was changed to April 6, the anniversary date of the United States’ entry into World War I.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Arlington National Cemetery - Caisson with Old Guard SoldiersThe last living WWI from the United States passed away in February 2011.  Since his passing marks the end of an era, efforts were made to allow him to lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda.  Instead, the pleas of the people have gone unanswered and he will lie in honor in an obscure chapel, which most people don’t know even exists at Arlington National Cemetery’s Amphitheater.   In my opinion, not really fitting for “the last one”

As the grandson of someone who closed his newly established business after he “legally” emigrated from Poland to serve as a machine gunner in France during WW I,  I believe in my heart of hearts that we have forgotten the sacrifices of the millions who were involved in the War … and those that have followed.

The supposed current  leaders of the United States have forgotten the lesson from the Father of Our Country who said:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

– George Washington

Perhaps if those who are in power served in the military, they would understand the sacrifices made by those who serve and their families.

I personally consider each one of them irresponsible, uncaring and totally unpatriotic – I am proud to say that I’ve voted for none of them and given the opportunity, would not vote for them… ever.

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Patton’s thoughts about the country

General George S. Patton  Upon his return to the United States, these were his words…

George S Patton Jr's Thoughts about the USA

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Remembering

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day 2010

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Sometimes we forget the sacrifices..

Today 11 NOV is Veterans’ Day – I thank all  who have given of themselves for their service.

There are nearly 125,000 Americans who are buried on foreign soil among 24 cemeteries in places such as Tunisia in North Africa, Flanders Field in Belgium… Continue Reading…

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