Sunday, November 11, 2012
Company A, 31st Infantry, Heavy Weapons Unit
I've said it before and I'm saying it again. Americans are too patriotic. It's far too easy to stampede us into stupid, pointless conflicts. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a pacifist. Give me a reason to fight that makes sense and I'll support war. World War 2 being a good example. But, the fact is that many of our wars have been in the foolish category. Vietnam, Grenada, the second Iraq War, to name a few from my lifetime, were nothing more than a waste of money and lives. That doesn't mean we should be callous towards our veterans. That means, in the future, we shouldn't send so many of them to die for no real reason.
The title of the post is what's written on the back. The 31st infantry was formed at Fort McKinley in the Philippines and has the distinction of spending more time in overseas postings than in the United States. Postings include the Philippines, Siberia, China, Korea and Vietnam.