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31 March 2014

Distinguished Member of the Regiment Paul Frampton sent me an email, the content of which is certainly worth sharing with you. While I did not author these words they do reflect my unwavering thoughts of those who have worn or are currently wearing the uniform of an American Soldier. I have taken the liberty of inserting a personal reference, and you will recognize it as you read. The subject of Paul’s message: Happy Brother’s Day To You.

About 9% of the U.S. population has served in the military.  Just under one percent are serving on active duty today.  These numbers are small but often it is the small things that nurture greatness.  As our government is headed toward a most drastic reduction in our military capability at a time when we may be facing a growing worldwide threat from Russia, China and the Middle East, I worry that our culture has come to denigrate the contribution and sacrifice of those who serve.  Bless you all.

You may have served in combat or in non-combat.
You may have retired or served for a short time.
You may have been a draftee or a volunteer.
You may have served in the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard.
You may have served during Korea, WWII, Vietnam, The Cold War, Persian Gulf, Iraq or Afghanistan.

But you served! You did not walk the other way when your country needed you.

You have a DD 214 with those words “HONORABLY DISCHARGED” two of the most noble words in the world.

I am proud to know each and every one of you.

Today is Band of Brothers Day; send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and fellow veterans you know. Wish them Happy Brothers Day!

To the military men and women who have touched my life; here’s to you! I am thankful and proud to have served among you.

I am especially proud to have served in the 28th Infantry Regiment. It was while serving with brave young Americans called Black Lions that I learned to trust men in ways I never knew. The experience gave me a new outlook on life and new meaning for the word Brother.

A real Brother walks with you while some others will never understand the value of Service and the bond that it creates among us.

We come to military reunions, not to tell war stories, but to honor our dead, and to strengthen the bond that binds us by recalling times we spent together when we were at our very best.

As you ponder your memories, forward these thoughts to your own Band of Brothers, let’s honor the bond.

Billy G Murphy
49th Colonel of the Regiment

One Response to 31 March 2014

  1. acmcmaster June 12, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    I can only say one thing;

    “There is no mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great – Duty First, if you’re gonna be one, be a Big Red one…”

    SP/4 Alfred C. McMaster – Black Lion
    C Co. 2nd Bn. 28th Inf. Regt.
    3rd Bde. First Infantry Division
    ấp Lai Khê, Việt Nam 1965-1966

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