Saturday, February 15, 2014


Go over to Old NFO and read about the Face of GI Joe.  The story of Mitchell Paige gives a perspective that is humbling in scope.

The words that got a soft exclamation from me are:

At dawn, battalion executive officer Major Odell M. Conoley was first to discover the answer to our question: How many able-bodied Marines does it take to hold a hill against two regiments of motivated, combat-hardened Japanese infantrymen who have never known defeat?

On a hill where the bodies were piled like cordwood, Mitchell Paige alone sat upright behind his 30-caliber Browning, waiting to see what the dawn would bring.

One hill: one Marine.

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