Friday, November 7, 2008

highest U.S. medal for valor in combat

Walter Ehlers [born 1921] was not the first nor last to receive the Medal of Honor for not following orders: "Somebody asked me 'What were you thinking?' 'If I had been thinking, I wouldn't have done it.'"

"The highest award that the U.S. military can bestow has to do with 'Maverick' behavior. The military is a prescribed way of going about things: the chain of command, we do what we're told to do when we're told to do it. Nobody ever told a Medal of Honor recipient to take that hill, take out four machine gun nests."
- Stephen Lang [born 1952], Playwright