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Having been involved in the Peace Movement since the 60's.. always find those warriors who have experienced combat and now support peace worthy of admiration, their perspective is much different than all of the armchair quarterbacks who think that this war stuff is just a huge video game..
You can all shyt all over him, but he had the right to say what he did, perhaps moreso, and once again the first amendment is not situational....
Without regard the Army, Marine and Navy Times are all running the same article..
A friend of rank-and-file troops and a confidante of current and former military leaders, the 77-year-old old former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran helped find money for bigger military pay raises when Democratic and Republican administrations tried to cap increases. He also pushed for getting better equipment into the hands of ground troops.
The 19-term lawmaker was the first Vietnam veteran elected to Congress, and he remained a member of the Marine Corps Reserves until 1990.
In recent years, it was Murtha’s influence that led Congress to provide a $500 allowance for every month a service member was held on active-duty under stop-loss orders. And it was Murtha who forced the Defense Department come up with a way to provide more time between deployments for Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.
Murtha left Washington and Jefferson College in 1952 to join the Marine Corps and was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal for displaying outstanding leadership qualities during training. Murtha became a drill instructor at Parris Island and was selected for Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia. Murtha was then assigned to the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Murtha left the Marines in 1955. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for service in the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to 1967, serving as a battalion staff officer (S-2 Intelligence Section), receiving the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....