"Damn the Bagpipes!"
(See M. K. Fitzgerald and M. J. Fitzgerald, p. 73, November 2004 Proceedings}
Colonel John G. Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)-Ow! As one of "those bloody Campbells" (my great-grandmother was Susan Eddaline Campbell Miller), 1 must respond. For Fitzgeralds to be downgrading pipes and drums is disconcerting in itself. (I'll have to review our respective clan histories to see what kind of dust-ups we may have had along the way.) And I can appreciate why a talented harpist might have her teeth set on edge by the pipes. But those pipes and drums put steel in a warrior's spine. I'll never forget the newsreel images of British Tommies (with short trousers, Tin Kelly helmets, and fixed bayonets) advancing ahead of the pipes and drums to wipe out Rommel's Afrika Corps in World War II.
Today, the Campbells live on in the regiment they founded-the Black Watch-now serving in Iraq and taking casualties. James Webb has written eloquently of the Scots-Irish in America in his recent book, Born Fighting. Tradition is there, and we must honor it.