My first encounter with Lewis Millett was in 1964. He was a Lieutenant Colonel instructor at the Command and General Staff College. I was a Captain student.

“I hope you are not like that last guy named Dill who came through here. He was a genuine (expletive deleted).”

“I don’t have any relatives in the Army,” was my response.

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On Memorial Day I reflected on the friends I have known who lost their lives while serving in the uniform of our country. It is only natural for those of us who returned safely from a combat zone having lost friends to experience varying degrees of remorse. We do not know why some suffer fatal wounds and others survive.

On this Memorial Day I recall Heroes who looked death in the eye and lived to receive the Nation’s highest honor: The Medal of Honor.

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I am convinced that we are currently living in the most dangerous time in the lives of everyone living today.

For the first time in the history of our republic, we have dangerous enemies with access to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons both outside and inside our porous borders. It is important to remember, however, that a dedicated Communist with a sharp stick of bamboo or a radical follower of Islam with a can of gasoline or a long knife can kill Americans and others they have been trained to hate. They are just as dead as if they were incinerated by a nuclear weapon, poisoned with chemicals or destroyed by disease intentionally spread.

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One night last week we were watching television and my wife turned to me and out of the “clear blue” said: “It makes me very angry when I think of all the people who have sacrificed for this country and now the Constitution is being ignored by elected officials and our freedom is being lost and we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it! I never thought we would come to this.”
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