March 30, 2013
Who Should Decide Who Our Heroes Are?
Well, Bill McClellan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, not satisfied with the uproar over his first article advocating the removal of most military funerals, has now written a follow-up story defending his original position of not wanting the government to pay for "non-hero" military funerals. Specifically, he now says: On the other side of the equation, I had a friend who was about to get drafted. He did not want to end up in the rice paddies, so he joined the Air Force. That meant a four-year commitment instead of two years, but he figured it was worth it. Joining the Air Force was honorable, but not heroic. He ended up in Vietnam. He was a little cog in the big wheel. He sorted mail. Honorable, but not heroic. He had an apartment in Saigon. The bar girls were attractive and friendly; the dope was plentiful and cheap. It was the best year of his life... I am not demeaning my friend's service. I come from a long line of non-heroes. My dad was at Guadalcanal. He ran the largest...(Read Full Article)