Col. Hackworth gone.


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griz
May 8, 2005, 02:19 PM
Col. David H. Hackworth, the United States Army's highly decorated guerrilla fighter and lifelong champion of the doughboy and dogface, ground-pounder and grunt, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 74 years old and was in Mexico to try an alternitive treatment for his cancer. He saw combat in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and possibly other wars I don't know about.

I knew him mostly from his interviews on local radio and the articles he wrote. There may be some here that didn't appreciate his stance against the latest war, but I have nothing but admiration for the man. You may disagree with him, but nobody doubted he meant what he said.

Rest in peace Col. Hackworth. (he probably would rather that said Hack, but I can't bring myself to say it that way)

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CAPTAIN MIKE
May 8, 2005, 02:37 PM
'Hack' as he was affectionately known, was a soldier's soldier. Although one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of Vietnam, Colonel Hackworth never boasted or thumped his chest with false arrogance or behaved in a way that brought disrepute or disrespect to himself or his fellow warriors.

His writing has always been provocative and thoughtful, and he was never one to fail to point it out when the brass were operating with 'Cranial Rectal Inversion'. He was a man of great character, compassion, bravery and a true American patriot. Had he lived during the formative years of our democracy, I have no doubt he would have pledged himself and his sacred honor and risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Colonel Hackworth will be missed as much for his love of our country as for his insight and his willingness to speak with thoughtful perspective on our times, our challenges and our opportunities. He will be missed be those who knew him and by those who knew of him. May he be buried with full military honors and rest in peace alongside those who have served our country with honor.

P95Carry
May 8, 2005, 02:41 PM
Griz - thx for posting - indeed a great man is gone.

I will however close this one - as it is a dupe.

The original thread is HERE (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=137690)

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