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Honor those who served with care for their wounds, meaningful work, and acceptance

Posted by Charles II on May 26, 2013

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7 Responses to “Honor those who served with care for their wounds, meaningful work, and acceptance”

  1. Thanks again, Charles.

    Is that a “ruptured duck” I see at the bottom?

  2. Jim said

    Detachment 101. Headquarters. I suppose there was quite a story here with these. Do you happen to know it and are you able to discuss it?

    • Charles II said

      You know your insignia, Jim.

      It’s not my story to tell. But I can say that it’s the same old story of every war: of how idealistic young men go to serve their country, endure hardship and danger, and come back to be treated like crap.

      World War II vets got treated better than those of most wars, but far from all of them were well-treated. All vets deserve to be treated well.

      Above all, we should honor the values they fought for by treating our Bill of Rights like it means what it says. It was a disgrace for WW II vets to return to a society where Jim Crow was legal. It’s a disgrace for Afghan vets to return to a country that breaks the law to wiretap its entire citizenry, uses DHS to suppress peaceful demonstrations, uses terror in interrogations and considers mass civilian casualties of poorly planned assassination attempts to be acceptable collateral damage.

      • anonymous said

        Jingpaw Rangers got my attention. I used google to identify the headquarters insignia.

        The irregular warfare waged we waged in CBI during WWII must have influenced US assessments of French military and political capabilities in French Indochina, and our lack of intervention at that time. Why our WWII CBI experience didn’t dissuade our own later involvement in Indochina is an enduring question.

        There apparently was an underestimation of the US assets required to make the French oil spot strategy work for the US in South Vietnam, and to militarily resist the irregular campaign against South Vietnamese and US targets in South Vietnam. This may have been due to overestimating the supposed force multiplier effects of our new technological warfare capabilities.

      • Jim said

        That was Jim above, not anonymous.

        Jingpaw Rangers got my attention. I used google to identify the headquarters insignia.

        The irregular warfare waged we waged in CBI during WWII must have influenced US assessments of French military and political capabilities in French Indochina, and our lack of intervention at that time. Why our WWII CBI experience didn’t dissuade our own later involvement in Indochina is an enduring question.

        There apparently was an underestimation of the US assets required to make the French oil spot strategy work for the US in South Vietnam, and to militarily resist the irregular campaign against South Vietnamese and US targets in South Vietnam. This may have been due to overestimating the supposed force multiplier effects of our new technological warfare capabilities.

      • Charles II said

        The oil spot strategy didn’t work for the French and hasn’t worked for us.

        I think the only effective counterinsurgency strategy is to be supporting efforts to do what the majority of people in a country work. Well, that and outright genocide.

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