"A Tangled Webb"
(See P. E. Roush, pp. 42-45, August 1997 Proceedings)
Dr. Richard Hegmann, National Imagery and Mapping Agency-In contrast to the themes Colonel Roush decries in James Webb's political commentaries, the themes I found as a young man reading Mr. Webb's Fields of Fire and A Sense of Honor inspired me to become a Marine infantry platoon commander. These themes included enduring the same risks and hardships as the men entrusted to your leadership, and taking care of your Marines before taking care of your career.
Mr. Webb also led me and many of my peers away from the comfort of suburban corporate life toward a military profession by showing us how the honor a warrior earns through sacrifice is more valuable than any paycheck. And the honor earned by Mr. Webb's main characters, Lieutenant Hodges in Fields of Fire and Colonel Fogarty in Something to Die For, was paid for with the ultimate sacrifice-death in combat.
Mr. Webb taught us that some things -honor, loyalty, and yes, country-are more important than life and are, indeed, something to die for.