You've Come a Long Way, Baby
"Congressman Engel, what interests you most about this test?...
I'm interested in the effect of a blast upon the enemies. Because
by studying such effects, we will learn approximately what may
happen to humans in the event they are exposed to atomic attack"
--Radio Bikini, film on Pacific Atomic bomb test in WW II
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away
Notice the subtle differentiation in Congressman's Engel's speech when describing enemies, vs. humans.
This bit on the recent passing of the last known combat vet of WW I, Retired Army Cpl. Howard V. Ramsey, ran in the Spring 2007 edition of The Salute, a U.S. Army publication.
The Army has come a long way since WW I.
In WW II soldiers were exposed to radiation and chemical weapons; in RVN Agent Orange was the treatment of choice. The Gulf War rondeles gave the soldiers depleted uranium.
Imagine the amount of retired pay and veterans' benefits saved by ensuring the early demise of our veterans.
Somehow, Cpl. Ramsey slipped through the cracks.