Warfare usually means rifles and smart bombs these days. The aging men who attended Thursday’s Korean War commemoration at the Battle of Hill 180 recalled something much more up close: bayonets.
Osan Air Base marked the anniversary of Col. Lewis Millett’s famed charge, better known as the Battle of Bayonet Hill, with a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the nine soldiers who died capturing the hill from communist forces.
The assault by Millett’s Easy Company, 27th Infantry Regiment, was to be the Army’s last known bayonet charge.
When you join the Wolfhounds, among the very first things you are taught is incidents in the history of the regiment, such as COL Millett’s charge.
But I want to take a moment to discuss something else:
What in the sam hell is wrong with this? Really, a field grade officer? The commander of a battalion, looking like Joe Schmo the Rag Man? You couldn’t put on a tunic and a cap?
I sure rather you just ignored it an let it slide into the mists of time than show up looking like the guy that cleans the grease traps at my local gutbomb grill.
There is a time and a place to make allowances for a tidy uniform. And that’s outside the wire. But in a garrison environment, there is no excuse for looking like this. Have we really slacked up that much?
No wonder SMA is hot and bothered about upping the standards. Maybe CSA needs to light a fire under the officer corps.