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Peace rules the day, where reason rules the mind.-- William Collins
Green LTs (Story One)5315 Reads
Any officers (former or present) that would challenge the contention that relying on "Sarge" was a smart thing to do? I was an NCO during my tour of RVN and occasionally served as platoon sergeant so naturally I agree with the above. Amazed that OCS, ROTC, West Point didn't drive it into the heads of young lieutenants to "listen to experience."
I have three quick stories to eventually tell about "cherry" Lts I knew. Don't think I will give their names, though -- they all made it home and they ended up being excellent platoon leaders. One of them was on of the finest men I ever knew, should have made General (maybe he did) --and might even had made a good NCO.
Note: by Craig E. Thompson
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