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.

It is our national tar baby. Most simply, it is a mess. We are there. We would like to get out. What are our options?

Jim Gavin had a well-earned reputation as an effective combat commander.  Most importantly, he had the deep love and respect of his soldiers.  He truly was a leader worthy of the led.

Hope and wishes of equal fervor. A future where none now exists. The seeds of soldiers.

A dubious badge of honor, less for skill than experience. Hard won, but never desired. Awarded with the greatest of merit and impossible to refuse.

It is very hard to explain combat and its effect on people that have not been there. It requires no explanation for those that have.

No bugs. Thick book on a boring day. The first round of supporting artillery. The lazy red circle of Spooky working your front. Getting to the top.