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I think there are men (and women) who truly understand the meaning of honor and others who think it is OK to accept a "reputation boost" that is not deserved. General Scott is definitely in the first category- as are those warriors who win MOHs or other top medals and are genuine when they say they did nothing more than their fellows or that the ones who never came home are the real heroes.
Serving in the 14th AF was an honorable thing. 14th AF personnel fought in the war, people got shot at and killed, flying a fighter or bomber under combat conditions was dangerous even without being shot at, ground personnel worked under appalling conditions to keep the birds in the air. What is there not to be proud of? There is no need to try and share in the glory of another organization which preceded you in the area but was never part of your team. Were the Rangers or the Airborne of June 1944 any more brave than the dogface in a landing craft taking the full brunt of the German guns at D-Day? Folks just need to accept who and what they are, take pride in their own accomplishments, and follow the Commandment that speaks to not coveting that which is thy neighbors.
Aspired to be a fighter pilot but was discharged in the Carter downsizing, not a combat vet but believe those who are deserve all our thanks, but also proud that I have some old USMC uniforms in the closetand have some experiences and memories that most don't have.
Edited by gemiller111 : April 13, 2012, 6:54 am