What I Learned In Combat

  • If the enemy is in range, so are you.

  • If it's stupid, but works, it ain't stupid.

  • Bullets hurt and they ain't prejudiced.

  • New draw fire, it pisses off everyone around you.

  • When in doubt, empty the magazine.

  • Never share a fighting hole with one braver than you.

  • My weapon was made by the lowest bidder.

  • All five second grenade fuses are three seconds.

  • The enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack.

  • If your short on everything except the enemy, you're in combat.

  • In coming has the right of way.

  • No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.

  • No inspection ready unit ever made it in combat.

  • Teamwork is essential, it provides more moving targets.

  • Tracers work both ways.

  • Radios will fail when you need fire support.

  • The point made is better off than the guy bringing up the rear.

  • Try to look unimportant, the bad guys may be low on ammo.

  • Command is expendable, good grunts aren't.

  • Never be awarded medals for valor, the lieutenant will expect more from you.

  • The only thing more accurate than incoming fire is incoming friendly fire.

  • Never, never piss off the doc.

  • Eat while you have it.

  • Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can sleep.

  • I expanded my vocabulary and learned two new words "Why me"?.

  • I learned how to count backwards

  • The bad guy hates night patrols, ambushes, LPs and OPs, just like me.

  • Don't throw anything away you might regret....ammo.

  • If you cut the sleeves from your shirt or sweater, save them, you may need them for spare socks later.

  • Forget John Wayne, it doesn't work that way.

  • Be on a first name basis with the supply sergeant.

  • There is no other branch of service.

Information credited to Ken Gaudet,  uitlander@prodigy.net


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