A dirge for the dead and a roll call for the fallen since WW1

For Verdun, for The Somme, for The Marne, for Ypres, for Gallipoli, for The Spring Offensive, for Château-Thierry, for Belleau Wood (where USMC bayonets, ferocity and beyond accurate shooting won WW1 since the Euros couldn’t do it)

For every leg dog face infantrymen, for every Marine, for every Paratrooper, for every tanker, for every artilleryman, for every pilot, for every airmen, for every sailor that had their ticket punched in ETO and PTO.

For the fallen on the barren hills of Korea in what was laughably called a “police action” and was some of the fiercest combat since the stupidity of WW1. Nobody but the men who fought through its hellish wastes remembers it. Warriors all and they will enjoy Valhalla for they earned a place at Odin’s table.

For the fighters of the hot “cold” war

For Vietnam, for my uncle and for every other father, brother, husband and son.

For Panama (you know, my friend, I never forgot nor ever forgiven the useless squid swimmers for getting you iced because they are retarded. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY)

For the first Gulf War, for the KIA, for my friends waiting on the other side. DE OPPRESSO LIBER

For Bosnia, for Kosovo, for the Soldiers and Marines that have not comeback from Clinton’s war that was only supposed to last a year but is going on 17. Then again Euros can’t handle their own business and need America to take care of them. For the memories that sometimes haunt my dreams

For Afghanistan and Marines I have left there. No better humans existed even the ones I couldn’t stand SEMPER FI MARINES

For Iraq

For Special Operations warriors that have fallen but cannot be listed here. Triple volunteers know.

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17 responses to “VETERANS DAY/REMEMBERANCE DAY 2012”

  1. Tim The Film Guy says :

    Except for ‘since the Euros couldn’t do it’, that post was very good 😀

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The euros couldn’t that’s why UNITED STATES MARINES had to fight out the win for them in Bellaue Wood and Chateau Thierry with bellicosity, bayonets, fine Marine Corps marksmanship and The Springfield rifle Model 1903. If the Hun made it through BW(which the frogs abandoned with alacrity) it was a straight 70Km or so drive to Paris, game over. The French like the sniveling cowards they are were running. The Spring Offensive had mauled the English too badly to do much but try and hang on to the ground they had kept. America won WW1 for the Euros, they couldn’t do it. That goes for the Huns also they were just as incompetent as the allied forces.

  2. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Politicians can call it any name…but war is war.

    I have never lost a relative from fighting but my uncle always felt he was lucky to make it out of the korean war.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.”
      The truths are contradictory. It can be argued, for instance, that war is grotesque. But in truth war is also beauty. For all its horror, you can’t help but gape at the awful majesty of combat.

      The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

  3. Continentalop says :

    I love ya Xi but I have to say I disagree with you about the French being cowards.

    World War I cost France 1,357,800 dead, 4,266,000 wounded (of whom 1.5 million were permanently maimed) and 537,000 made prisoner or missing — exactly 73% of the 8,410,000 men mobilized, according to William Shirer in The Collapse of the Third Republic. Some context: France had 40 million citizens at the start of the war; six in ten men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-eight died or were permanently maimed.

    By comparison, the U.S has lost 1,326,612 in all its wars total.

    It is hard for me to call that many men who lost so much and fought for so long in barbaric conditions cowards. Poorly trained and poorly led, maybe, but hardly cowards IMHO.

    Besides, Captain Patrick Rapicault was French and I hardly think he qualifies as a coward.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      they’re pussies they run at the drop of a hat. just because they were killed by being shot in the back doesn’t make them brave it makes them being shot in the back. die on your feet like a man

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        the French RAN at Bellaeu Wood and Chateau Thierry(and other places) both of with were significant and import areas in both the tactical strategic senses and needed to be held at all costs. They told the MARINES and US Army to run(famous 5th Marines slogan “retreat Hell we just got here) also thankfully they didn’t. Instead they held, counter attacked and won WW1

  4. Continentalop says :

    But very good post.

    I give thanks and my undying respect to those who stepped forward, or at least stood there ground while everyone else stepped back, and actually did there duty instead of looking for ways out of it.

  5. tombando says :

    They didn’t run at the Marne. Or Verdun. Or Rocroi. Or Austerlitz.

    Good post but gotta go w Conti Pops on that point Xi.

  6. Droid says :

    While I have the utmost respect for those who serve and particularly those who are unfortunate to pay the ultimate price, it’s a little bit disingenuous to entirely credit the outcome of a war that began in 1914 to a country that didn’t officially enter until three years later. I don’t pretend to be an expert on these wars, and I’ve no doubt the US was “involved” prior to officially declaring war on Germany (trade with the Allies and whatnot), but to credit the outcome in such a simplified way as “USMC bayonets, ferocity and beyond accurate shooting won WW1 since the Euros couldn’t do it” just seems to me a little self-aggrandising.

    I suppose you could call the US the difference between winning and losing, as they proved the factor that tipped the scales in the Allies favour. Not quite the same thing as “America won WW1 for the Euros”.

    It’s a poor analogy, but it’s like the guy who gets subbed in in overtime, when both teams are exhausted after playing the full four quarters. The US is the fresh player who provides the spark off the bench, has a big impact on the game and makes the winning shot. Couldn’t have won the game without him, but without the rest of the team he wouldn’t be in a position that allowed his overtime heroics.

    But anyway, much respect to the veterans, those no longer with us and those serving today.

    • Jarv says :

      Depends who you ask.

      Arguably, it was Russia that was probably the most important contribution, as because France didn’t fold as quickly as the Germans expected (propped up by Britain and the commonwealth/ Empire) they were then forced to fight on two fronts- and Russia is huge. Coupled with the very effective blockade that the Royal Navy had on Germany and they were literally running out of resources (not to mention young men to send to their deaths).

      However, America turning up in 1917 did add a lot of resources etc just when Europe and Britain were running out.

      WW1 was an astronomical clusterfuck, and I don’t think anyone “won” it.

      Anyway, much respect to all those who gave their lives, a braver generation has never been produced.

      • Droid says :

        Well, that’s what I’m getting at. The war was being fought for 3 years prior to the US entering the picture.

      • Jarv says :

        Where Xi does have a point though is the second WW, the french had folded and had a fucking Nazi government, (look up Vichy France), Russia was pulling back frantically, and three quarters of Europe either had fallen or was about to fall to fascist regimes.

        This is a really famous cartoon done at the time by Low, and it’s an almost perfect summary of the situation pre-America turning up.

        And the French Resistance were worse than useless:

        Codename? Le Grande Chickenshit. Once blew up a tactically important bicycle.

      • Jarv says :

        Well, I say almost perfect, but I’m actually lying a wee bit- because Britain was still Britain and the Commonwealth.

        Point being, though, that continental Europe was useless.

  7. tombando says :

    Russia whenever they were 1 on 1 w Austria or Turkey in WW1, won more than not(see varied battles in Caucasus, Galicia etc for more) despite themselves. This is before 1917, and of course the Germans beat them badly in the Baltics and Poland.

    As for WW2, if you can’t be bothered to mention Heroic Portugal, you had best stay quiet.

  8. ThereWolf says :

    Not the occasion to chest beat or finger point.

    Nations came together and overcame a common enemy. And for that I am eternally grateful.

    My full and ongoing respect…

  9. Jarv says :

    Got to agree with Wolf.

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