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Draftees tried to not have lives taken

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With the celebration of Memorial Day there are inevitably the patriotic comments of military personnel “giving their lives for their country.” As a Korean War veteran with two tours of duty, I can assure you I never saw one soldier about to give his life for our country, however, there were many whose lives were taken (there is a big difference) and every one violently. Many of those boys had been drafted and, quite frankly, none of us wanted to be there and we did everything possible not to give our lives nor have them taken, for that matter. I am aware it does not sound so noble in those terms and that Rush Limbaugh and his ilk would consider us “phony soldiers” but I would counter that by quoting Gen. George S. Patton, who said, “No poor dumb bastard ever won a war by giving his life for his country. You win a war by making the other poor dumb bastard give his life for his country.” Herman Knight, Auburn