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.