Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Looking for other stuff, I stumbled across the original video of Staff Sargeant Barry Sadler's rendition of "The Ballad of the Green Beret." Enjoy.
Well, that takes me back. Thanks.
At the end of the YouTube clip, there are links to related items, including Heidi Bruhl (right after John Wayne) singing "Hundert Mann und ein Befehl," a German anti-war song to the tune of "The Ballad of the Green Beret." Cool.
For those who support our military, the book Lone Survivor will be made a movie this year. Here is a synopsis:
Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg writes, directs, and produces this true-life tale of survival set in Afghanistan and involving a Navy Seal whose entire squadron was killed in a Taliban ambush. Marcus Luttrell was a Navy Seal who led a team of soldiers into Afghanistan on a dangerous mission to kill a Taliban leader. One day, while preparing for their mission on the side of a mountain, the team was surprised to encounter an Afghan man, a farmer, and a young boy. Subsequently struggling with the decision whether to kill them and violate the military rules of engagement or to let them go and risk blowing their cover, the team took a vote and found themselves deadlocked at an even split. As the leader of the team, it was up to Luttrell to make the final call. Determining that the three were simple civilians, Luttrell made the call to release them. An hour later, his entire team was wiped out by dozens of heavily armed Taliban. When the smoke cleared, Luttrell was clinging to life -- the sole survivor of the brutal ambush. In the following days Luttrell would use his military experience to stay alive in a hostile landscape and avoid detection by the Taliban. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
1SGT Ryan R. was a veteran Special Forces operator who, last time I talked to him, had served two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He was very involved in the development and use of intelligence and worked closely with the CIA on several occasions. I worked with him on a counterintelligence effort once to remove an American soldier who was planning to sell intelligence to France from the Army. He was a good father and an outstanding Soldier.
I ramble like this, because in the Spring of 2007 a friend and fellow operator was killed in action. And not for the first time; by then, many if not most of us had experienced the death of at least one friend. The Ballad of the Green Beret was played at the memorial service.
It had meaning for Ryan and was a testament to the hard, dangerous, and usually thankless lives that those men lead in urban underworlds and deserts. It moved this heroic man, previously the picture of stoicism, to tears.
Whereas Vicki 'gags.'
There really are two Americas, aren't there?