“For it’s Tommy this an’ Tommy that, an’ ‘Chuck him out, the brute!’
But it’s 'Savior of ’is country’ when the guns begin to shoot;”
When Rudyard Kipling penned these words nearly 80 years ago, he described the British regular soldier as he was traditionally viewed by his countrymen. Though the United States of 1970 bears no resemblance to Kipling’s Victorian England, the words could nonetheless be applied today to America’s fighting men. In fact, some phrases now being tossed about are much more vitriolic than the second line of the above stanza.