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Military Wisdom

"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least
expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your
unit."
- Army's magazine of preventive maintenance.

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"Aim towards the Enemy."
- Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher

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"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
- U.S. Marine Corps

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"Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are
guaranteed to always hit the ground."
- USAF Ammo Troop

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"If the enemy is in range, so are you." - Infantry Journal

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"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just
bombed."
- U.S. Air Force Manual

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"Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo."
- Infantry Journal
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"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

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"Tracers work both ways."
- U.S. Army Ordnance

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"Five second fuses only last three seconds."
- Infantry Journal


"Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever
volunteer to do anything."
- U.S. Navy Swabbie

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"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."
- David Hackworth

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"If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."
- Infantry Journal

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"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."
- Joe Gay

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"Any ship can be a minesweeper ... once."
- Anonymous

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"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."
- Unknown Marine Recruit

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"Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."
- Your Buddies


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"Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than
submarines in the sky."
From an old carrier sailor

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"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have
enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."

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"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies;
If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies."

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"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"

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"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a
person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."

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"When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was
forgotten."

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Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: "When a prang (crash) seems
inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the
vicinity as slow and gently as possible."

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"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just
barely kill you."
- Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

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"Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."

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Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go
near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the
appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."
 

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Thank you for those. After reading them I wanted to pay a tribute to 4 of my family members no longer with us
My Dad USA Okinawa Pelileu
My Uncle USA KIA Battle of the Bulge
My 2nd Cousin USMC Iwo Jima
My Uncle USA Aleutian Islands

Jesus, I just remembered another cousin, Brother to the one at Iwo Jima. He jumped during the D-Day Invasion. They have all passed on now and Mom is the only one left. She defused bombs in WWII. It's kind of hard to imagine my Mother doing that.

What a generation! You're getting me sad thinking about them and that they are no longer here. Of course I never met my Uncle who was KIA at the Battle of the Bulge. From the family stories he was quite the character. :)

Here's to all of you that have served, THANK YOU.

Biker
 
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