My Riffle and myself know
that what counts in this war
is not the rounds we fire,
the noise of our burst,
nor the smoke we make,
We know that it is the hits that count. – From the Rifleman’s Creed
- I am an American Soldier.
- I am a member of the United States Army – a protector of the greatest nation on earth.
- Because I am proud of the uniform I wear, I will always act in ways creditable to the military service and the nation it is sworn to guard.
- I am proud of my own organization. I will do all I can to make it the finest unit in the Army.
- I will be loyal to those under whom I serve. I will do my full part to carry out orders and instructions given to me or my unit.
- As a soldier, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored profession—that I am doing my share to keep alive the principles of freedom for which my country stands.
- No matter what the situation I am in, I will never do anything, for pleasure, profit, or personal safety, which will disgrace my uniform, my unit, or my country.
- I will use every means I have, even beyond the line of duty, to restrain my Army comrades from actions disgraceful to themselves and to the uniform.
- I am proud of my country and its flag.
- I will try to make the people of this nation proud of the service I represent, for I am an American Soldier.
- Current Version
U.S. Soldier’s Creed
- I am an American Soldier.
- I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
- I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
- I will always place the mission first.
- I will never accept defeat.
- I will never quit.
- I will never leave a fallen comrade.
- I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
- I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
- I am an expert and I am a professional.
- I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
- I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
- I am an American Soldier.
Rifleman’s CreedFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Rifleman’s Creed (also known as My Rifle and The Creed of the United States Marine) is a part of basic United States Marine Corps doctrine. Major General William H. Rupertus wrote it during World War II, probably in late 1941 or early 1942. All enlisted Marines learn the creed at recruit training and they are expected to live by it. Different, more concise versions of the creed have developed since its early days, but those closest to the original version remain the most widely accepted.Rifleman’s Creed
- This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
- My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
- My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
- My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…
- My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
- Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
- So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy.
On this very important day, Veteran’s Day, may each of us take a moment to say thank you to the bravest Humans
to ever walk the Earth, the members of our United States military.
But we should also Honor not just our own military members, but all who serve, all over the world.
There are brave people serving, defending and protecting their individual countries, who do and have sacrificed
everything, in the name of honor to their own country.
If on this day, or indeed any day, you meet or pass by a Veteran, won’t you please take just a second of your time,
to say to them, ” Thank you for your service and Welcome Home.”
We, those you proudly serve for and do your best to defend, Honor you all on…
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Many Holocaust studies have focused not only on the victims, but also on perpetrators. This interest towards the Nazi killing machine is in many ways understandable. Firstly, because perpetrators can be seen as an opportunistic topic of study, for which countless primary sources, such as official documents from the Reich’s bureaucracy and perpetrator testimonies, became available at the end of the war. This, in turn facilitated the work of historians, most notoriously that of Raul Hilberg . Furthermore, the atrocities of the Nazi regime naturally provoked a particular curiosity and need to understand among Western writers, who sought to explain how a modern, seemingly civilised society could decline into such a destructive force. Whatever the reason, the motivations of Holocaust perpetrators have become the subject of a heated debate, in which distinctive sides have emerged. On the one hand, the most controversial school of thought, supported in Daniel Goldhagen’s book…
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Once upon a time military dogs fought valiantly side by side with their fellow soldiers…often putting their own life at risk…it was what they did loyally and faithfully. And how were they repaid? During the Vietnam War, over 4,000 military dogs were used and said to have saved over 10,000 servicemen. In one particular case a military dog by the name of Nemo was procured by the Air Force for sentry dog training. While under attack Nemo alerted his handler of enemy forces and charged into the jungle. Nemo was shot in his right eye, his handler was also shot in the shoulder and fell to the ground. Nemo refused to give up and crawled to his fallen comrade and proceeded to cover his handler’s body with his own. Both were finally rescued and Nemo was fortunate enough to have been brought back to the states. In 1973 after the fall of…
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This computer/calculator was produced by RAND for the United States Air Force. It allowed USAF planners to calculate the probability of hitting a target [or landing within a certain distance of a target] with one or more bombs. I think it could have been used for both nuclear and conventional bombs, and for devices delivered by missile or bomber,
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If the Allied powers had their spies lurking around behind the front lines, you can be sure the enemy was doing the same. Once again, you will find that I have certainly missed some of them and I am counting on you out there to fill in the blanks.
Takeo Yoshikawa began his career in intelligence in 1937 and became an expert on the U.S. Navy. He even received a thank you letter from Adolph Hitler after he informed the Germans of a 17 troop transport convoy that left Freetown and was en route to England; many of these ships were destroyed. On Hawaii, under the name Tadashi Morimura, he rented private planes and observed the U.S. installations on the islands. He would then transmit this data to Tokyo in PURPLE code; the U.S. did intercept these messages – but deemed them unimportant. When he heard the code, “East wind…
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My uncle served in Korea. My husband’s father served in World War II. My grandmother’s brother served in WWII in England. My father, still alive, served in the Air Force. If he’d stayed in, he’d have gone to Vietnam. My brother served in the Navy and his daughter is serving now. I pray she doesn’t get deployed to a combat zone.
I know all of these people, except my father-in-law. I hear he would have liked me and I him.
But I didn’t know that there are unsung heroes of a different kind.
War dogs–canines who serve along with our soldiers, sailors, airmen (isn’t there a gender neutral term for those who protect the wild blue yonder) and Marines. They serve loyally, of course, and don’t have it great once their tour is over. My blog friend, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge, puts is much more eloquently. Read his post
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Source: Pacific Paratrooper
Yank magazine Sept. 1945 (notice the helmet stenciling)
On the cover of the 14 September 1945 issue of Yank magazine,(Vol. 4 No. 13) is S/Sgt. William Carlisle of Chalmers, Indiana
This poem was written by: Pvt. Bronnell York, Battery D, 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 11th A/B; even if you are not a poetry enthusiast, it is worth reading.
“Victory For the U.S.A.”
We’re the boys of the 457,
Earning our major pay,
Fighting Japs and jungle life,
For three sixty cents a day.
Back home we’re soon forgotten,
By girls and friends we knew,
Here in the South Seas Islands,
Ten thousand miles from you.
All night the rains keep falling,
It’s more than we can stand,
“NO” folks, we’re not convicts,
We’re defenders of our land.
We’re the boys of many,
Holding the upper hand,
Hitting the silk and hoping,
We’re living when we land.
We’re having it pretty tough now,
You can believe what I say,
Some day we hope to live again,
Back home in the USA.
Victory’s in the making,
Our future will be serene,
We’ve got the Navy backing us,
Along with the fighting Marines.
HQ staff of the 457 PFAB
We’re in this all together,
Fellas like you and me,
We’ll be a united people,
And our Country will be free.
There’s no two ways about it,
We’ll either do or die,
For our Country with dictation,
Is not for you or I.
When the war is over,
And we have finished what they began,
We’ll raise Old Glory high above,
The Empire of Japan.
So, to all you 4F jokers,
Who thinks there’s something you missed,
Don’t let the draft board get you,
And for God’s sake don’t enlist.
It might be a long time yet,
Then it might be any day,
When smiling faces see the Golden Gate,
And sail in Frisco Bay.
When this conflict’s over,
The boys can proudly say,
We had to fight for what was ours,
Victory for the U.S.A.!
I located this poem in my old files from at least 15-20 ago, so I’m afraid I can not state the resource. I was also unable to locate information or a photo just yet. If anyone knows something about Bronnell York or William Carlisle, please inform all of us in the comments. Thank you.
A page from the 11th A/B 1943 Yearbook
Current: From – Archaeology magazine
Discovery in Hawaii
Just as General Douglas MacArthur said to Gen. Robert Eichelberger that it was a long road to Tokyo, so it was for Smitty. Yes, the stretch from Broad Channel to Camp MacKall and finally Atsugi Airfield was a long and arduous road, but here, the 11th Airborne Division arrives in Japan to begin the Occupation and to help start the rebuilding of a country.
With the initial arrival of the division, rarely was a female between the ages of 8 and 70 seen on the streets. The Japanese had heard their government’s propaganda for years as to the American looting and raping, so they were understandably afraid of the conquering troops. But many were confused about the peaceful attitude of the soldiers and a member of the 511th regiment was stopped one day by a Japanese officer, he asked, “Why don’t you rape, loot and burn? We would.” The trooper…
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28 August 1945, Japanese officers signed the surrender documents in Rangoon to finalize Japan’s defeat in Burma. On islands throughout the Pacific, enemy troops surrendered in droves to American and British authorities in the following days. Most of the men were malnourished and ill.
30 August, due to the latest typhoon, the first plane carrying the 11th A/B does not leave Okinawa until this date. Colonel John Lackey lifted off Kadena Airfield at 0100 hours with General Swing on board. The 187th regiment, upon arriving at Atsugi Airfield (just outside Tokyo), after their seven hour flight, immediately surrounded the area and the Emperor’s Summer Palace to form a perimeter. The 3d battalion of the 188th regiment, the honor guard and the band showed up to prepare for MacArthur’s arrival.
Swing brought with him a large American flag and a banner painted, “CP 11th Airborne Division” to be fastened onto the…
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