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Letter to the editor: Lady senators were not intimidated

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 19th, 2013

A news headline “Senators Blast Military Response to Sex Assaults,” should have said “Seven Female Senators Told Military Leaders They Have Failed to Deal with Rape in the Military.”

There were 26,000 cases in 2012.When those four-star chiefs of the military with all those ribbons on their uniforms go before Congress, they always intimidate those male members of Congress, but not so with those seven lady senators.

Truth be told, a lot of those military ribbons are dreamed up and wrote up by a ranking officer’s military staff. A case in point – Korea ‘52, my forward observer team was helping Company B, 15th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division direct fire on the Chinese.

That was Audie Murphy’s unit, the most decorated soldier in World War II. And, in 1952, when Dwight Eisenhower was running for president, his son, Major John Eisenhower, arrived in Korea and was assigned to that unit.

He came up on line for one hour and observed what was going on and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the most valued award that required a common soldier to survive 30 days before we got it.

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