Gunny G: What Would Chesty Puller Do?
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We live in extraordinary times. Often we hear people say, or write, what would so-and-so do in this or that case?
True, the Chesty Pullers, the George Pattons,
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MacArthurs, Smedley Butlers, Curt LeMays, Evans Carlsons, etc. are no longer with us. But are men of like courage now gone altogether? God knows, it would be very difficult for such men to even get a toe-hold in today’s pc world.
But, who knows, perhaps they are out there somewhere, just biding their time, waiting for the right time, the right place, the right situation–we’ll see won’t we.
The following article is about one of these non-pc individuals.
General Smedley D. Butler and the Contradictions of American Military History
(excerpt from chapter called “To Hell with the Admirals”)
By Hans Schmidt
Denied the commandancy, Butler did not dig in for a prolonged sulk as major general manqué. In the letter in which he vowed to block Naval Academy rivals for the next fifteen years, he also alluded to a resilience that precluded anything like General Barnett’s last stand as commander of the Pacific: “We must keep our faces to the Sun and out of the shadow. Keep our tails up and go on and what ever comes of this, it will be for the best in the end.” Several months later he was making up his mind to retire. He met with Arthur Burks for advice, after which Burks wrote him thoughtfully summarizing the pros and cons. Burks observed that “the mental uncertainty which prompted you to ask me to that conference was totally unlike you, and came down in favor of early retirement and an offer fromJoseph Alber’s lecture bureau.