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    Default Sleeping Giant

    "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten."

    What is tomorrow?
    Warrior for the working day.

    Es una cosa muy seria. --Robert Capa


    2, 11, 16. And a wakeup.

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    Wish him all the best, if he's still around.

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    Warrior for the working day.

    Es una cosa muy seria. --Robert Capa


    2, 11, 16. And a wakeup.

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    The day that brave Americans were caught with their guard down and "Couldn't believe their eyes."

    Pure reactionary mode


    Edited to add phrase of the day:

    "Veridical Thinking" - The correct perception of an entity, that is, in agreement with the entity's real properties regardless of what you would like to believe.

    Genuine, veracious, not illusory.
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    ~~~

    Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
    1 Corinthians 16:13

    "It is good to be strong, but better to know how to use it."
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    "I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can be careless. But not men." - Vito Corleone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa View Post
    Wish him all the best, if he's still around.

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    He is. Tomorrow is the anniversary of a day that went down in infamy.
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    "A military man can scarcely pride himself on having 'smitten a sleeping enemy'; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten."

    What is tomorrow?
    The day Franklin Roosevelt finally maneuvered us into a war.

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    My first Dec. 7th in the US Army was a Sunday. A cold, dreary morning at Ft. Polk. We were (in uniform of course - it was AIT) walking from the barracks to the mess hall and suddenly I stopped walking when I realized it was Dec. 7. The other guys stopped and asked me what was wrong. I asked them if they realized that on that Dec. 7th in 1941 there were probably a lot of guys walking to the mess hall for breakfast when the Japanese attack hit their bases.

    Very sobering realization for me at that particular time. Thirty four years earlier a lot of good men died and before it was over a lot more would. Made me wonder what was in store for me.

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    It led to the events that Marines STILL speak of with awe and reverence - Iwo , Okinawa , Bloody Tarawa . The Corps had a proud history before WW II , but that war made them legendary . Semper Fi

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    My two great uncles volunteered 8 days after the attack on Pearl. One fought in Italy and jumped in to France on D-Day, and helped relieve the siege of Bastogne. He was consider the old guy.


    Other uncle fought on a number of islands and landed at Iwo Jima. He died late on the second day of fighting.


    No one talked much about either men because those two were the only ones from the family that fought. I think there was a bit of shame from the rest of the brothers for not serving


    However, I came home on leave a bit after my first time down range. My uncle came by the house and asked to take me to lunch. During the meal he asked me what I had experienced. I kind of gave him a whitewash version. He got a bit pissed and asked some pointed questions. After the Q&A. He started talking about the war. We met everyday for the 4 days I was in town. And he told his story.


    To this day that is still one of the most powerful experiences I have had. He died 18 months later.


    Was a terrible time that brought out Great Men.


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    "There is sobbing of the strong,
    And a pall upon the land;

    But the People in their weeping

    Bare the iron hand:

    Beware the People weeping

    When they bare the iron hand."

    From Herman Melville's "The Martyr."

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