In a Memorial Day speech in 2011, Lt Col Kurt Schlichter admonished veterans that we have a new responsibility: we have a duty to tell our stories.
It has long been a tradition of soldiers to not talk about what they did. Perhaps out of self-preservation for fear of reliving those moments, or out of respect for the men who we served with who did far more and greater things than we ourselves did.
Unfortunately, this leaves history only to those who are either willing to share what they experienced or, worse yet, those who write history from conjecture and popular mythology. That being said…
In 27 months of deployments with the 82nd Airborne Infantry, split between Afghanistan and Iraq, I was only involved in one shooting.
I don’t remember the day (it was spring time, or maybe fall….I just remember it wasn’t oppressively hot). I don’t remember the name of the town. I don’t remember the name of the operation. (I have guys that I served with that could rattle off those details with ease. Just something I never committed to memory.)
But I do remember the details…
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