/ November 17, 2011 / 27
Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!
— Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller of the USMC rallying the 1st Marines at the (dreaded) Chosin Reservoir, December 1950
November 16, 2011, 11:27pm / 12
It comes down to this: we’re pieces of equipment
To be counted and signed for.
On occasion some of us break down,
And those parts which can’t be salvaged
Are replaced with other GI parts, that’s all.
/ November 16, 2011 / 110
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
— President Richard Nixon, New York Times March 1985
November 16, 2011, 5:04pm / 31
Walter Cronkite reporting in Vietnam.
It would be Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, who broke American commit to the war after the Tet Offensive (even though militarily the US and NATO were on the offensive and had almost destroyed the VC in its entirely in the South) by saying “It is increasingly clear that the only rational way out will be to negotiate, not as victors but as an honorable people who lived up to the pledge to defend democracy.”
After hearing this, President Johnson was quoted as to have said: “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”
And he was right.
/ November 16, 2011 / 16
You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose and I will win.
— Ho Chi Minh, in the early stages of the Vietnam conflict
November 16, 2011, 1:00pm / 33