In April 1962, Douglas MacArthur bade farewell to the Corps of Cadets at West Point and proclaimed a message for the ages: "Duty, Honor, Country." Delivered in the eloquent style that symbolized the old war-horse, it delineated the meaning of service and military professionalism and defined the ethos and heritage of the U.S. Army. In his message, MacArthur warned the young men who were to bear the brunt of the Vietnam experience to avoid the distractions of debates on political correctness and to focus on the soldier's mission, "one that remains fixed, determined, inviolable-it is to win our wars."
The Lost Obligation
By Ned Hogan