A TITAN

“I wanted to share with you what we saw in Washington DC last week. We toured the Mall and made the usual stops at the WWII Memorial, the Wall, Lincoln Memorial, etc.

“At the Vietnam Wall we saw something unbelievable. We noticed three small index cards at the base of the Wall.

“I knelt down for a closer look and noticed that a 4-star general’s rank was pinned to each card.

“The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had laid down his rank for his boys who died in Nam.

“Oct 1 was the day he stepped down as Chairman.”
-Anon

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If you can’t read it here’s what General Pace wrote on October 1, 2007:

1 OCT 2007

“FOR GUIDO FARINARO, USMC
THESE ARE YOURS – NOT MINE!
WITH LOVE AND RESPECT,
YOUR PLATOON LEADER

And he signed it Pete Pace.

What is the significance of this?

General Peter Pace was a junior officer in Vietnam when one of his men, Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro, was killed in battle. Some 40 years later General Pace still remembers. And he honors the memory of this individual to this day. He awards his four stars as a tribute to a fallen enlisted man.

It seems somewhat obscene to make a comparison, but it must be done. Senator John Kerry threw his almost certainly unearned ribbons and medals over a wall in 1972 in protest against–when it comes right down to the truth–individual men such as Guido Farinaro, and Peter Pace.

There are great men. And there are small men.

General Pace is a giant among us.

See One Less Good Man

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