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Sun May 26, 2019, 08:43 AM

The general who apologized to the dead soldiers on Memorial Day

https://www.cnn.com/2015/05/23/opinions/mills-memorial-day-apology-to-the-dead/index.html

The general who apologized to the dead soldiers on Memorial Day
By Nicolaus Mills
Updated 4:03 PM ET, Sat May 23, 2015

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"When Truscott spoke he turned away from the visitors and addressed himself to the corpses he had commanded here. It was the most moving gesture I ever saw. It came from a hard-boiled old man who was incapable of planned dramatics," Mauldin wrote.

"The general's remarks were brief and extemporaneous. He apologized to the dead men for their presence here. He said everybody tells leaders it is not their fault that men get killed in war, but that every leader knows in his heart this is not altogether true.

"He said he hoped anybody here through any mistake of his would forgive him, but he realized that was asking a hell of a lot under the circumstances. . . . he would not speak about the glorious dead because he didn't see much glory in getting killed if you were in your late teens or early twenties. He promised that if in the future he ran into anybody, especially old men, who thought death in battle was glorious, he would straighten them out. He said he thought that was the least he could do."


Truscott's words echoed the reaction to the bitter fighting in Italy of others who had experienced it close up. "I had been feeling pretty much like a clay pigeon in a shooting gallery," Ernie Pyle, America's most widely read World War II correspondent, wrote after landing with American troops at Anzio.

But making Truscott different from Pyle and Mauldin, as well as everyone in attendance at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, was his belief that as a commander he bore a special responsibility for the dead lying before him in their fresh graves. He was unsure if apologizing to them was enough, but he could, he knew, guarantee that he would not romanticize their passing.

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babylonsister May 2019 OP
Dennis Donovan May 2019 #1
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 08:46 AM

1. Recommended

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:47 AM

2. Solemn and empathetic.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 09:58 AM

3. who's cutting onions.

Peace

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Response to Hotler (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2019, 11:09 AM

5. More onions... The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 10:28 AM

4. Huge kick and rec.

As citizens, we need to do what we can to prevent wars. THAT is the best way that we can support our troops. VOTE for peace.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 11:46 AM

6. Having been in war

there is nothing glorious about it. as Lincoln said, "Young men die for old men's pride." I truly hate war as much as anyone here. Yet, there are people who call me out when I say I support the troops 1000% and hate war 1000000%. They can't see my support for troops on the ground and not the war they were sent into.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 01:48 PM

7. Kick... recommended

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