The Brotherhood of Soldiers at War
Brotherhood is more than biological, it is fraternal. It develops quickly among men and women in uniform, both in peacetime and during time of war, simply by virtue of the call to duty they share in common. There is a sense of family among those in uniform, a common bond to look out for each other.
Here are stories of that bond.
Pigeons served many purposes during the war, racing through the skies with airplanes, or even being fitted with cameras to take pictures of enemy positions. But one of the most important roles they served as were messengers.
“The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your sons Albert, Francis, George, Joseph and Madison Sullivan are missing in action in the South Pacific.”
During three and a half years of captivity as a prisoner of war, Lieutenant Antrim would prove to be not only courageous, but ingenious.
Young Andy drew himself up to his full adolescent height, looked the officer in the eyes and replied, “Sir, I am a prisoner of war, and claim to be treated as such.”
Said one of the survivors, “It was the finest thing I have ever seen this side of heaven.”
“We’ll meet up on the beach,” they promised, then went their separate ways to join 170,000 other soldiers as they loaded the ships that would take them across the channel to attack Normandy.
“Close in Life, the 2 McGovern Boys are Buried Side by Side”
But as night fell over the northern corps of South Vietnam, Lieutenant Colonel Hambleton was alone, on the ground, and completely surrounded by one of the largest enemy offensives of the Vietnam War.
“X-ray, X-ray, this is 75, 75, Contact, Contact, Contact,” I could hear our radio man Specialist Four Jaime Pacheco yell into the radio.
“If you can put together something this big, maybe you can help me with a project I am working on…”
“What would you like for Christmas?” His simple answer echoed the hope of so many young Marines facing a hopeless situation at the Chosin Reservoir. He replied: “Give Me Tomorrow.”
“If I don’t make it,” he whispered, “Please tell Daisy I love her.”
It was becoming increasingly apparent that, despite the promises of the American President, there would be no relief force for the Philippine Islands. They were expendable…