America’s warriors have won the most important victories it is possible for soldiers to win. Professionally, warriors, you have achieved a combat record that is second to none in all history. You have fought tough enemies all around the world. When the politicians with stars on their shoulders and calluses on their behinds stayed out of the way, you won. Not only did you win battles and wars, you won the most important battles it is possible for a human to win: your honor and humanity remained strong and bright through it all.
We all know that nothing is perfect. We’re not here today to judge anyone, least of all America’s warriors. The overwhelming majority of your record is this: our enemies wished they had never had to engage with you, and the helpless citizens of oppressed nations blessed your names to whatever gods they prayed to. You have earned the fear of your enemies, the respect of soldiers from friendly nations, and the gratitude of those who, before you came, had never experienced justice and mercy in a military uniform. And the gratitude and respect of every true American.
Anyone who has any doubt about the respect other nations’ soldiers have for the US military should shut up and read this entire page: “We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while … we live with them and got to know them … If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all – always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes … ” There is much more on that page, descriptions which combat soldiers appreciate more than movie fans. If you haven’t read it, do so. If you have read it, do so again. American warriors, you have set the high-performance mark in the military world.
I remember hearing Ravi Zecharias tell how he asked a Mideast citizen if America did the right thing in going to war in his country. The man replied, “Yes. Before [America] came, we had problems and no hope. Now we have hope.” That has always been the minimum result of the presence of America troops in foreign nations.
The future looks grim for all people of good will, warriors no less than civilians. While we still have the chance, I know I speak for everyone here at the Positive Heartbeat when I say, “Walk proud, warriors!” All who are Americans in heart and mind salute you. We are proud of you!
You have been one of the greatest forces for good in all of history.
The American economy paid for two World Wars which stopped tyranny cold. In its tracks. But it was the American military who put the economic powerhouse into action on battlefields around the world. You waded in mud and blood, endured trench warfare, gas attacks, artillery bombardment, and you stayed in the fight until it was won. Almost all of the veterans of the two World Wars were “just ordinary Americans”, who had been engaged in strengthening and building the most powerful, freest, most nearly perfect nation the world has ever seen. I know we never were perfect. But show me another nation that comes close to the mark America reached for all its citizens.
American warriors hallowed the ground of many nations with their life’s blood, fighting not only for the freedom of America, but for people whose language they didn’t even speak. Other nations and cultures were spared the brutality of tyranny for decades because of American warriors’ courage and sacrifices.
(note from Duckie~ When I first met Mr. Pat, a walking Museum “artifact” and WW2 Hero, who was one of the Iron Men of Metz, he told me many stories, and shared photos with me of things back then, and the many memorials and celebrations he and WW2 buddies went to over the decades, including Pilsen. I have a couple of photos which shows the respect still given to American Soldiers, with the newest generations still learning to respect those who liberated their towns. I just wanted to share a couple here, I think it’s fitting)
Here’s just one story, but if you do a search for Plezn still remembers American troops, you will find a bunch of them.
The Mideast is as well off as it is because of the awesome US military. If not for you, American warriors, the Saudi princes would have been beheaded and their country assimilated by Iraq. You rescued Kuwait from the brutality of saddam’s machine of destruction. You kept a huge chunk of the world’s oil supply from being controlled by one evil dictator. People who think that’s not important have no right to complain about high gas prices. America could have been devastated financially if not for Desert Storm. Which by the way was a logistical nightmare out of which was crafted a strategic and tactical symphony of supreme beauty.
“A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, German, and French forces. At morning tea the Frenchman complained that the conference should be conducted in French since it was being held in Paris. The German replied that, so far as he could see, the reason that it was being held in English was as a mark of respect to the other attendees, since their troops had shed so much blood so that the Frenchman wouldn’t be speaking German.”
This is a worthy read… You could hear a pin drop
Vietnam. The war that began to divide America. A war that the politicians weren’t committed to winning, which eventually cost 50,000 American warriors their lives, and cost many more lifelong disability. According to a friend who served there, up until the last day we could still have won. But the politicians would not allow it. The war was unpopular by then, and you know, elections. America’s warriors did not quit. It was the politicians who quit.
The Mideast wars have introduced another level of ugliness – “insider killings” (which happened in Vietnam too), brain damage and loss of limbs from IEDs, and “serial deployments” which increase stress and mental and emotional fatigue to astronomical levels. Again, America’s warriors have shown themselves to be morally and mentally superior to the dwarfs who have been given command over them. The warriors are still loyal and trustworthy American citizens.
But that’s far from all. Some of this I’m sure has been posted on the Heartbeat before, but by thunder it is worth reposting: America’s warriors are also the world’s largest disaster relief force.
09-26-2018: “At the peak of the response, more than 12,000 National Guard and federal military personnel supported the hurricane response efforts, rescuing people and pets, transporting first responders and delivering food and water.” ” ‘We brought together all the resources of the federal side of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps,’ [Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Forces Land Component Command] said.”
“Army Sgt. Demetri Robinson recalled rescuing three men and a cat. ‘They were so glad we also saved the cat.’ “
“Humanitarian assistance and disaster response are core DoD capabilities, but they are always conducted in a supporting role to assist other U.S. Government agencies. DoD has the assets and experience to deploy necessary relief personnel and resources to all corners of the globe at a moment’s notice—there is no actor better prepared to respond in times of crisis.
Operation Tomodachi (Operation Friend): “True friends aren’t the ones who make your problems disappear. They are the ones who won’t disappear when you’re having problems.” (06:50)
Operation United Assistance: facing the deadliest disease: US response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa: “The Army is sending about 700 soldiers from the 101st as part of the effort, including members of the division headquarters staff, sustainment brigade, combat support hospital and military police battalion, Volesky said. Another 700 troops will be deployed from multiple engineering units to build 17 100-bed medical treatment units and a 25-bed hospital.”
When a French engineer at an international conference of engineers sneered at President Bush sending an aircraft carrier in response to the devastating Indonesian tsunami, “A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: ‘Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?’ You could have heard a pin drop.” (op.cit.)
There’s more I could say, but I’ve said it before, in other columns like this one. This one is longer than most, because it will be the last RED post before the Positive Heartbeat closes. I wanted to make is a good one.
There’s one victory that all warriors must win, and that is the battle for their souls. We all have a deadly enemy of our souls: the devil. I strongly urge all warriors, especially American warriors whom the devil hates with a white-hot fury: you have fought so long and so hard. Before it is forever too late, turn your life over to the one Commanding Officer you can always trust, the Warrior Who left His throne in Heaven to die for your sins before you even knew you were in danger. Make sure, make certain, that you are enlisted in His service. Because your eternal destiny depends on it.
One more note from Duckie. I just want to say RED Fridays have meant a lot over the years, for many reasons. I may not have written one for a while, but I’ve always appreciated others’ writing and highlighting any story about our Troops and Veterans. I always will have a spot in my heart for all who’ve served and those still giving so much now. I’m honored and blessed through a few friendships over the years and will never stop caring and praying for ‘my boys’. Our porch here has tried to keep the RED message and also honor those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice.
God bless and keep all our warriors, and thank you. God bless our Veterans, and let them always know how many love and appreciate their selfless service.
I’ve always heard Psalm 91 referred to as the Soldier’s Psalm, and from the first time I heard this song years ago, it became my steady prayer and reminder for our troops in harms way. Understandably it’s not a song that’s typical listening style for our troops, but a sweet reminder of the God Who loves them and set the selfless, Sacrificial example for all of us.
Have a safe and blessed RED Friday all.