Her words conjured up other thoughts as well.
Battlefield warriors, both past and present, sometimes are uniquely blessed—serving under leaders they proudly would follow “to Hell and back.”
To get there, and return, is, perhaps, the warrior’s ultimate “high.”
History tells us of troops, vastly outnumbered, marching into Hell, some returning; some not. General George Custer exemplified the latter—losing every member of his command in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn; Marine Colonel “Chesty” Puller exemplified the former in the 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean war.
In such cases, success turns on the influence a leader, whether present on that battlefield or not, exerts.
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