quote:One of the greatest Americans of the last 70 years is dead.
Rest in peace, David Hackworth.
If you haven't read About Face, you do not know what you are missing. Hackworth was one of America's most decorated soldier:
Individual Decorations & Service Medals:
Distinguished Service Cross (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) Silver Star (with nine Oak Leaf Clusters) Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters) Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star Medal (with "V" Device & seven Oak Leaf Clusters)(Seven of the awards for heroism) Purple Heart (with seven Oak Leaf Clusters) Air Medal (with "V" Device & Numeral 34)(One for heroism and 33 for aerial achievement) Army Commendation Medal (w/ "V" Device & 3 Oak Leaf Clusters) Good Conduct Medal World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal (with Germany and Japan Clasps) National Defense Service Medal (with one Bronze Service Star) Korean Service Medal (with Service Stars for eight campaigns) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal (2 Silver Service Stars = 10 campaigns) Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Presidential Unit Citation Valorous Unit Award (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) Meritorious Unit Commendation
Badges & Tabs:
Combat Infantryman Badge (w/ one Star; representing 2 awards) Master Parachutist Badge Army General Staff Identification Badge
United Nations Service Medal (Korea) Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device (1960) Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with two Gold Stars) Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (with two Silver Stars) Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (1st Class) Vietnam Staff Service Medal (1st Class) Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Order, 2d Class Vietnam Parachutist Badge (Master Level) Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (with three Palm oak leaf clusters) Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class Unit Citation (with one Palm oak leaf cluster)