Keith Nightingale

COL Nightingale is a retired Army Colonel who served two tours in Vietnam with Airborne and Ranger (American and Vietnamese) units. He commanded airborne battalions in both the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 82nd Airborne Division. He later commanded both the 1/75th Rangers and the 1st Ranger Training Brigade.

Our greatest gifts are the faceless, nameless Grunts that have made and kept our history and propelled us to our present situation of unparalleled prosperity and security.

During Christmas, it’s quite common to receive a gift in a box. An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes. They carry, they feed, they arm, they sustain and they contain.

Grunts live close to the earth. They become part of it. They see, feel and sense as others do not.

The image captures why uncommon valor is a common virtue amongst the brotherhood of blood.

Now that the Grunts have carried the Hill, what do we do with it? Can the leaders be worthy of the led?

Always, our young men with guns trudge, crawl, climb and run with a quiet universal dignity.