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A memento of the occasion when awarded the Nation’s highest honour, from a Commander-in-Chief to the recipient?

Or was it, as the photo shows, a memory of something very, very different?

 

 

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9 thoughts on “a picture…better than a thousand words?

  1. Swenson seems to be a very serious and very courageous guy. The absurdity of the delay in awarding him was correctly the grounds for an apology by the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the military. Contrary to the pathological nonsense in the article accompanying your photo Mike, Swenson did in fact shake the President’s hand and the President’s remarks were both honorable and praising of the Captain and not some smirking moment. Swenson (who is now seeking to return to active duty) I think focused correctly on his comrades and their families in his brief remarks.

  2. Sometimes it’s best not to let an “article” to make your point, Mike. Especially one written by a graduate of clown school.

  3. Swenson (who is now seeking to return to active duty)…

    Then he’s an idiot serving corporate interests. Has he not seen the poppies? He needs to get out of the military and start thinking for himself.

    http://www.rationalrevolution.net/war/major_general_smedley_butler_usm.htm

    I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

    I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    Smedley Darlington Butler

    Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881
    Educated: Haverford School
    Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905
    Awarded two congressional medals of honor:
    capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914
    capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917
    Distinguished service medal, 1919
    Major General – United States Marine Corps
    Retired Oct. 1, 1931
    On leave of absence to act as
    director of Dept. of Safety, Philadelphia, 1932
    Lecturer — 1930’s
    Republican Candidate for Senate, 1932
    Died at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, June 21, 1940
    For more information about Major General Butler,
    contact the United States Marine Corps

  4. Then he’s an idiot serving corporate interests.

    Allan you are without a doubt the scum of the earth.

    The CMH is the most sacred acknowledgment of SERVICE that my country can bestow upon anyone. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States

    The majority of recipients have received it posthumously. Less than 3500 have ever been given in 200 years. Honor, Duty, Country and mostly self sacrifice for their fellow soldiers.

    Those that have received this honor are men you could never understand and you wouldn’t be worthy of wiping their ass.

    You embody all that is wrong about humanity. While they embody what we should all strive to be.

    My words can’t express the revulsion that your very existence evokes.

  5. Allan you are without a doubt the scum of the earth.

    No Troll – you are the prize idiot of the earth. Exactly WHAT are these guys doing over there? Whose interests are they serving? I shall highlight once again to the words of somebody who recived two CMHs in the hope that others are more capable of reading them than you:

    Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

    Swenson needs to get out of US-military Inc. while he still has his brain.

  6. Allan you are without a doubt the scum of the earth.

    This is one of those rare occasions I agree 100% with Troll. Allan is exactly that.

  7. This is one of those rare occasions I agree 100% with Troll. Allan is exactly that.”

    Troll, you have my utmost support on this matter.

    Allan, you make humanity cry.

  8. So pinky and petr – you support US corporate military’s rampages throughout the planet, and the braver the bozos who do their dirty work, the more they are to be admired? Of ourse, the question as to why they are there in 2013, for 7 years more than the US was in WW2, is not answered. Once again, here are the words of General Smedley Butler, who woke up:

    Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

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