Friday, May 06, 2005

Col. David. H. Hackworth, 1930-2005

I had the honor of meeting COL Hackworth at Ft. Carson in 2002. I got a book signed by him and my picture taken, which unfortunately I can't find. Whether you agree with all of his views or not, his record stands, he was a true American hero, and will be missed.

Col. David. H. Hackworth, 1930-2005
Legendary U.S. Army Guerrilla Fighter, Champion of the Ordinary Soldier

Washington, D.C., May 5, 2005 – Col. David H. Hackworth, the United States Army's legendary, highly decorated guerrilla fighter and lifelong champion of the doughboy and dogface, ground-pounder and grunt, died Wednesday in Mexico. He was 74 years old. The cause of death was a form of cancer now appearing with increasing frequency among Vietnam veterans exposed to the defoliants called Agents Orange and Blue.

Col. Hackworth spent more than half a century on the country’s hottest battlefields, first as a soldier, then as a writer, war correspondent and sharp-eyed critic of the Military-Industrial Complex and ticket-punching generals he dismissed as “Perfumed Princes.”

1 comment:

Jim Bennett said...

This was a good article on the passing of a great warrior. One of the news article called him a decorated Vietnam Vet. With over 80 medals earned in combat, thats like calling the Pope a good Catholic.