Tour of Duty Advisor’s Page
War is a terrible thing. Tour of Duty was a television show about an Army infantry unit in combat in Vietnam. The duty of the Infantry is to “Close With and Destroy the Enemy” NOT take him prisoner, NOT read him his rights, NOT hire him a attorney, NOT send him for counseling. Destroy him. Kill him. By surprise, if possible, hopefully without warning. Expect nothing but the same from him. These links will explain how this was done. Sensitive people are warned. Compassion, respect and pity are emotions for the victors. If you win, you survive. The dead feel nothing.
…From a poster you saw literally everywhere in the Army during the Vietnam period. It was also on a wallet card you were issued when you arrived in-country, by order of General William Westmoreland.
STANDING ORDERS OF ROGERS’ RANGERS
- Don’t forget nothing.
- Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.
- When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
- Tell the truth about what you see and do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.
- Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.
- When we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men.
- If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.
- When we march, we keep moving til dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
- When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
- If we take prisoners, we keep ’em separate til we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ’em.
- Don’t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed.
- No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout 20 yards ahead, twenty yards on each flank and twenty yards in the rear, so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.
- Every night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
- Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries.
- Don’t sleep beyond dawn. Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.
- Don’t cross a river by a regular ford.
- If somebody’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
- Don’t stand up when the enemy’s coming against you. Kneel down. Hide behind a tree.
- Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him up with your hatchet.
Major Robert Rogers – 1759