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.

Killing is easy. Living with it later is far harder.

Every generation has a cataclysmic event that forever flashes for the participants - the visualization of the moment. Years pass and yet the greatest degree of detail is recalled.

Here are some points to consider as compiled from numerous grunt-level communications ranging from junior enlisted to senior flags.

The Bush is ugly and beautiful at the same time. The Bush is forever.

The “Mortal Moment” - that moment when an Infantryman is shot at for the first time and responds appropriately.

Yesterday a good and great man died-Gen Jack Vessey. If any senior officer could be included in the Grunt Hall of Fame or in the Best Person Hall of Honor it would be this man.