Rambo Was A Wuss

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 292018

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t seen at least one of the Rambo movies? A generation of American males grew up thinking John Rambo was about the baddest of the bad. But as it turns out, Rambo was a wuss. I know, because  I saw some guys yesterday that would make Rambo wet his diaper.

Every once in a while Terry and I like to go to the small swap meet in nearby Oak Hill and wander around looking for bargains. We were doing that yesterday morning, and by the time we left the place, I was about to wet my diaper! We were standing by a vendor table when a fellow about my age walked up out of the blue and told the vendor he had joined the Army so he could go to exotic places, meet interesting people, and kill them. “And that’s what I did,” he added. “A whole bunch of them.”

Okay, so the guy’s a psycho or a wannabe. Or both. They are out there. But it wasn’t two tables further when I overheard another fellow about my age talking about the 30 confirmed kills he had in ‘Nam. Wow, two of them in that short distance? Somebody must be spiking their Geritol. We made it over to the next aisle, where a vendor had a display of knives, and there was a third guy talking about the “good old days” when he would leave his platoon’s perimeter at night, slip out and kill “gooks” and cut their ears off and bring them back as souvenirs. I told Terry I wanted to get out of there before those guys got together, because who knows what could happen?

We’ve all run across people like this, and I can guarantee you that anybody who walks around saying things like that has never heard a shot fired in anger. People who have really been where things get hot and ugly don’t bring it up as part of everyday conversation. I’ve personally known two men who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor, and neither of them ever spoke about the actions that won them their medal. Even so, Rambo better stay out of the state of Florida. We’ve apparently got some real wack-a-doodles here.

But it’s not just Florida. Years ago Terry and I were staying at a campground in the Black Hills of South Dakota when the fellow in the motorhome next to us walked up and told us he was a former Army sniper with over 100 confirmed kills, and was now working as a hit man for the CIA. He said he carried a special satellite phone with him 24/7 so that headquarters could call him anytime to give him his next assignment. Well, alright then. Good luck and Godspeed!

On that same topic, my neighbor Chris posted this patch he saw on his Facebook page the other day. Can you spot all the things wrong with this?

If not, I’ll help you out. First of all, the eagle and chevrons indicate a U.S. Navy petty officer. However, the eagle doesn’t have a head. But it says USMC (United States Marine Corps) Force Reacon. I have no idea what Force Reacon is, but the Marine’s Force Recon are highly trained special operations personnel, kind of like Navy SEALs or Army Green Berets. And then at the top of the patch it says 2nd Ranger Bn. The 2nd Ranger Battalion is an elite U.S. Army unit that has seen service since World War II, and continues to serve our country in the War on Terror.

I’m sure whoever the clown was that was wearing this patch is another one of those wannabes who has read way too many paperback novels and watched too many movies for his own good. Maybe he wears it because he wants to impress somebody with all the combat he’s been in. But I can guarantee you, sooner or later he’s going to run across some real vets, and then he very well might experience combat!

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Thought For The Day – Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something.

Nick Russell

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  10 Responses to “Rambo Was A Wuss”

  1. Got one of those in our RV park here in Harlingen, TX Nick. Wears a green beret and to hear him talk he won the war in Viet Nam all by himself. Said he stopped counting how many VC he killed when he hit 250. Claims he served 5 tours and refused to go home so they sent MPs to put him on a plan back to the States. Said it took 9 of them to do it and they carried him on the plane in handcuffs and leg irons and rode all the way back to San Francisco with him.

  2. You must have met my brother at the swap meet. He bought a bunch of medals at a pawn shop and goes around saying he was special opps in Iraq. I know he spent his whole enlistment at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri but he swears that was just a cover and he was snuck overseas for classified missions he can’t talk about.

  3. Your wackos remind me of my first summer after I graduated from university. I decided to rent a room in the house of a coworker. She either had a hit out on her husband and ties to a drug cartel or she was completely convinced that she did. Either way, I didn’t stick around to find out. I contacted my parents, who moved me out of that place in the middle of the night and put me in contact with law enforcement.

    Sorry to hear the crazies are still roaming free.

  4. Seems you have it right Nick. I’ve worked with some men that was in Nam and they didn’t want to talk about it.

  5. Sometimes I wish those that were there would indeed talk about it. Interesting history is lost because they don’t. The matriarch of my wife’s French family was a leader in the WWII Resistance. But other than one day when she pointed at some woods outside of Paris and remarked , “I had to spend the night in those woods because the Germans were looking for me”, she never talked about it. We do have several of her papers which include personal handwritten notes from Gen DeGaulle and an invitation to Buckingham Palace for an award. She was the first woman Senator in France and did take us for a personal tour of the Senate.

  6. That’s OK just yesterday I was at a job site where a 40-year-old was telling me that he is retired military X chopper pilot from first Air cav an was spotting a Vietnam campaign sticker on his car
    that’s OK I told him I was general Petraeus personal bodyguard for 15 years
    That sure ended that conversation real quick

  7. I had an uncle who saw the flag raised on Iwo Jima but I did know that until I read it in his obit. That is how most heroes handle it.

  8. Maybe those three tough guys came together.

  9. I dated a guy for a while that was always bragging about his exploits in Viet Nam and how many people he shot. My dad never talks about it, but I know from my mother that he was in a lot of battles in WWII and helped liberate some of the concentration caps. The first time he heard my boyfriend spouting off my dad called him on it and it took all of 60 seconds to prove the guy was lying. Dad told him to hit the road and never come back and he never did.

  10. It’s unfortunate, but some veterans groups are estimating that there are now more than 3 times as many people claiming to be Viet Nam veterans than actually served in Viet Nam. Additional estimates for middle east service apparently are headed in the same direction. Makes me suspicious when I run into a “veteran” who talks too much about it too soon. A couple of my friends who served in combat would not say much even after several years of knowing them. I made it a point to never broach the topic.

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