LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY
MORTON I. SILVER, DDS
AUS, USN, USMC
Once again it has become apparent that war is a horrific experience and that American troops are not immune nor excluded from participation in the accompanying obscenities…. However, there is an exception to this observation which I and others have trumpeted for decades, only to be disregarded or dismissed with infuriating and obnoxious disregard by the leadership in the Pentagon.
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As for refugees, no columns of fleeing civilians were allowed to pass through our ranks. Never. These unfortunate fugitives from the military action fled, albeit with difficulty, at least four hundred yards distant, to the right or left of our advancing troops, never too close to pose a deliberate threat to us from infiltrators. We were trained professionals.
The U.S. Marine is no wunderkind. He is a proud disciplined young man led by officers of such superior caliber that should put the Army personnel to shame. To disregard this disparity only demonstrates the eventual possibility of disgraceful, dishonorable and depraved behavior of frightened children with deadly weapons.