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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irish Bob Weaver

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  1. I have come to believe that Hollywood has a bad case of ice cream brain freeze. It seems all they can do is complain about President Trump and remake classic movies that don't need to be remade. The new work-in-progress is the 1970s classic "Midway", which starred Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda. This one will star Woody Harrelson. If he's in it, it'll be crap. Remember what happened when Hollywood remade "Pearl Harbor"? The word bomb comes to mind, and I don't mean the Japanese type of bomb either.
  2. Mr. Lyons' article on General Mark Clark contains many inaccuracies that should have been researched before publication. For example, he made the statement that General "Clark rose through the ranks quickly after receiving his military training at West Point Academy. Going to the Academy virtually guaranteed that graduates would be officers if they saw combat, and Clark became a Second Lieutenant thanks to World War I." I am sure Mr. Lyons forgot that West Point's entire purpose is to train future Army officers and that all graduates are automatically appointed second lieutenants, whether or not they see combat. He also said that "during peacetime, his (Clark) career came to a sudden stop, and it was not until 1933 that he was promoted to Captain." Clark was actually promoted to Captain on August 5, 1917, before he arrived in France. A point overlooked by Mr. Lyons was that Clark, as a Captain, took over as acting commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 11th Infantry Regiment when the CO became ill. On January 14, 1933 he was promoted to the rank of Major. In July of 1940, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and, as the Army was gearing up for World War II, Clark was promoted two grades to Brigadier General, skipping the rank of Colonel. In April 1942, he was promoted to two-star rank, and in November 1942, he became the youngest three-star general in the Army. On March 10, 1945, at the age of 48, Clark became the Army's youngest four-star general. He made mistakes as all generals have, but he must have had something on the ball to make it to the rank of four-star general.
  3. I fail to see the relevance between movies like Catch 22, Slaughterhouse Five, M*A*S*H, and Bonnie and Clyde and the Vietnam War. Bonnie and Clyde had nothing to do with any war ever fought. Platoon could have been a good film given that Mr. Stone was a Vietnam combat vet, but he made the soldiers look like drug crazed murderers and Mr. Coppola took a partly real incident and turned it into a piece of junk. M*A*S*H was about the Korean War and never mentioned Vietnam. Kubrick's film was the better one, but you failed to mention Hamburger Hill or We Were Soldiers. These are two of the very best.
  4. It didn't matter what your MOS or job was; if you were in-country, you suffer from some form of PTSD, it just may not show. When I came home from my first tour in 1966 nobody wanted to talk to me about Vietnam. I finally decided to go back. Now, I still have it on my mind. I can only sleep a couple of hours a night and am always getting up to "check the perimeter", and when I do close my eyes, I am right back in-country. People deal with it in different ways. I have learned to live with it.
  5. Hello there, My name is Bob, but my friends call me, Bob. I am an old soldier. I entered the Army in 1959 and retired in 1982. I served in just about every branch of the Army there is, except the MPs. I went through basic at Fort Ord, CA and was stationed in Germany twice, and both times at the old Kaserne in Babenhausen. I was Vietnam twice. The was there in '65-'66 when I went over with the 14th Trans Bn, but transferred to the 1st Cav Div. I was there again in '68-'69 with the 241st Trans Co. I was in Korea in '78-'79 with the 1st Bn, 9th, 2nd Inf Div. I have served with Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, Transportation, Quartermaster, and Aviation units. I retired out of Fort Benning, GA in March 1982. I may be retired, but I am a soldier at heart.
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