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Marshall, Pro And Con

May 2024
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I was commissioned from infantry officers candidate school in 1960 and for years heard the statistics of how few infantrymen actually ever fired their weapons in combat.

In the fall of 1966 I was a company commander in the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry, then involved in Operation Attleboro. The operation turned out to be a much publicized one for a variety of reasons. Slam came to the division headquarters and interviewed several people. Not one of the four company commanders from the battalion was interviewed, and I’m not sure anyone from the unit was, in spite of the fact that we were the original organization to begin the operation and were involved in the major battle of the operation. The result of Slam’s efforts eventually was a book entitled Ambush , which is full of gross inaccuracies.

I would like to thank your author for his work in exposing this fellow.

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