REAL MILITARY HISTORY
I posted this earlier in reponse to Dick Deckard's "The Anti-War Herd.......' post but I do not want it to get buried and not read by all. I imagine that it will get responses from all the site trolls, and if I'm not already on it, get me on the JTTF's watch list. Am I in fear, NO! No one whould be afraid to rise up and yell "NO, NOT IN MY NAME" AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS! It is a sad day when those that question our government's actions, based on lies and deceptions, are branded "domestic terrorists".
Military History? Dick, you have to be kidding, that is on the same level as Military Intelligence... ... ... .
I normally don't waste my time replying to trolls' cut-and-paste right-wing rag articles whose only purpose is to take up space on the server, but this time I will.
How about this for "military history", which you will only get truthfully from a soldier who was an eye-witness, reported on sites like this, as it has never been allowed to be published and distributed in print.
I am extremely ashamed that it took me so long to wake up in the '70's after I had already been a peace activist for over 6 years. I was notified by the FBI that I had been drafted in April '72 with my lottery # 7 (not my lucky #) while working as a cook in N. Cal. I accepted the bus ticket for the next mornings' ride to the L.A. AFFES station induction into the Army, rather than go to jail. I was assigned to Ft. Carson,Co. after basic training in an experimental O.J.T. and soon became an "acting Sgt." Tank Commander/Section Sgt. in a just-back-from-'Nam Cavalry unit. The Sheridan Tank was to me a big -boy's toy; fast lots of noise and dust, firing laser-guided Shillelagh missiles. I was not allowed, along with the other 2 Native Americans, to go to the aid of the National Guard at Wounded Knee in Feb 1973, yes the Army was there, not just National Guard, again, not in your history books. I guess that they were afraid that we might "go renegade", seize an APC and drive it over to the "bad guys", our brothers. After a year, I volunteered for jump school, going through Ft. Benning training with the first 2 WACS, who became parachute packers in 18th Airborne Corps and I went to 4/68th Armor Battalion, where I stayed for another year, still enjoying the "game-playing", the hearing-loss-causing months in the field and the good drugs that are always so easy to get around any military base in the world. Then, still blind to the reality of WAR, I re-enlisted in order to go to Korea, always having been interested in the Orient, having grown up in a Japanese neighborhood in S. Cal. This is where I finally woke up.
I had been "playing the game" real well, became the unit's ( A Troop, 4/7th Cav) NBC NCO ( Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Non-Commissioned Officer) with a Top-Secret Crypto Security Clearance, ( my past membership in "bad organizations" was not found by Military Intelligence). It was all still a game, even better drugs made available by the N. Korean drug dealers that openly operated around our base near the DMZ until the Summer of '75.
HERE IS THE GOOD STUFF
Again, Dick, you will not find this in any of your history books, nor will you be able to get any information on it from a Freedom Of Information Act request.
An American Officer was attacked by a N. Korean soldier at Panmunjom, which is where the Cease-fire was signed during the Korean WAR (sometimes called a Police Action), the N. Korean guard using an axe to wound the U.S. Officer, who died in the Medivac. A red-alert was declared by the President, our unit went to our alert site on the Imjin River and was soon greeted by thousands of N. Koreans on the other side. We were fully armed with live ammo, our mission: delay the North Korean Army as long as possible, in order to allow the evacuation of Seoul. The mountain passes behind us were mined to fill them in with huge hexagonal blocks of hardened concrete at the first sign of crossing, trapping us and preventing any passage except on foot. Have you ever been looking down the barrel of a gun, contemplating the killing of another in order to save your own life? That is when a "special weapon" was unloaded next to our Mortar Unit's modified APC with a 4.2" mortar in the back. It was a modified W-45 LITTLE JOHN 1KT TACTICAL NUCLEAR DEVICE. This was a small 1KT bomb, of which there were a total of at least 1700 manufactured, of varying yield, this one modified to be launched a few thousand meters by a Mortar. Obviously, we didn't have to use it, after a few days everyone went home. The only result, I WOKE UP.
I went back to the States in '76, Ft. Hood, Tx., got 2nd-3rd degree burns on my right leg from a cooling system failure on my tank, denied pain medication stronger than aspirin when they debreeded the dead skin and muscle from my leg for a week in the hospital, testified at a courts-martial in defense of 2 of my men, who were cleared of trumped-up charges and their accuser, our Platoon Sgt. re-assigned. I ended my military career in Oct '78, barred from re-enlistment and denied participation in the National Guard, but still with an Honorable Discharge.
Now that is military History... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
What do you think our pResident's response will be if his dad gave Saddam, when he was still "our friend" any of the Little Johns, supposedly "retired" in '78, for use in last-resort delaying actions? Who knows what weapons we have given to "freedom-fighters" in the Middle-East, now known as terrorists; after all, Bin Laden was given Shoulder-fired, Surface-to-Air missles to use againt the Russians, did he use one to shoot down the PanAM Lockerbie, Scotland Crash? Does anybody know what it means to "retire" a tactical Nuclear device? Are they given a all-expese-paid vacation to the Middle-east?
Will this give any of you pause to consider calling your Senator/Representative/pResident, demanding that a little bit more "real research" be done before invading Iraq ?
Oh, Dick, might I call you "Dirty Dick", which is what we so fondly used to call Dick Nixon ?
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