In Praise of American Infantry
TV this morning shows American troops eating turkey and playing football at "Camp Prosperity" in Iraq for Thanksgiving. Like they are on vacation. It was followed by a soldier that had "an accident" and lost his leg. An accident is defined as three grenades tossed in his vehicle. He is now at a resort camp learning to scuba dive. Ain't life great.
Pyle gave a real account of war as fought by the infantry. He lived with them, dived into foxholes, helped bury the dead. He was the average doughboy's voice, their greatest advocate, their closest friend. He suffered their grief. It is because of Pyle that combat pay became established. His books are poignant, historically significant, and beacons that illuminate through the ages. Men rise to the occassion, giving of themselves for their brothers but no war is a good war.