A Marine Corps Commandant From A Different Day – General Robert Barrow Addressing The Senate Armed Services Committee On Women In Combat – 1991

The debate has been raging and the pressure increasing for a long, long time.  I’m alluding to the idea of putting America’s wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters into front-line military combat.  The idea is no longer an idea.  It’s a reality.  An unthinkable reality.  I need to thank my former student, Captain James Clark, United States Marine Corps (Retired) for sending me this video which was recorded in 1991 in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  I’m very proud of Jim and his service to our nation.  I wrote about him here

After reading my two posts on the new order from the current United States Marine Corps Commandant to begin recruiting from America’s high school girls athletic teams for eventual Marine Corps infantry combat assignments, Captain Clark wrote to me about a former Commandant, whom he long ago both met and engaged in conversations – General Robert Barrow (February 5, 1922 – October 30, 2008):

This was relevant when I was on active duty back in 1990 as it is today. Gen Barrow spent 3+ years behind enemy lines during WW2 in China killing many Japanese with his bare hands. He won the Navy Cross at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. He gave my future battalion Cmdr a battlefield commission from a Sgt to a 2/Lt to retired Col Ed Riley who won the Silver Star at the Chosin. I sat at both of their knees learning and listening to hand to hand combat stories. I was able to have several conversations with this General whom I would follow to the steps of hell. Listen and learn…

The Congress has drifted leftward, the Executive has drifted leftward, and the nation has lurched leftward.  Under relentless assault from the forces of Karl Marx, General Barrow’s words and ideas have inevitably been consigned to the dust bin of history.  The political agenda of the extreme left, which includes the destruction of our nation’s police departments and our armed forces, has become more important than the survival of our civilization.  The price we will eventually pay is going to be unimaginable.

Rest in peace, General Robert Barrow.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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