I was a Soldier Once

The author of the following account is unknown, but it reflects how many of us old soldiers, who will never die, but fade away, feel.   It certainly reflects my feelings after 35 years in operational units and some time in Headquarters units.  I am positive that many of my contemporaries, which are now retired, feel the same way.  Yes we were soldiers once and in our hearts we still are.

I was a soldier once

I liked the idea that as the commercial said; we did more by 0700 than most people did all day. I loved as range safety officer getting shots down range by 0800.  I loved the brutality of route marches because they set us apart from my civilian friends, as most of them could never have hacked the pace.

I loved running the assault course. I liked the early morning runs and the late night polishing before a parade. I liked the smell of the quartermaster stores, an odd mixture of gun oil, canvas preservative, leather, hemp rope and cigarette smoke. I liked the racks of rifles and sub machine guns and I loved the gun sheds and tank hangers where the vehicles and weapons of war gleamed dully and exuded strength and capability and the power to  “get er done” if need be.

I liked standing in an United Nations observation post just before dawn in a far away land, realizing that I and other soldiers in my unit were doing something very special by representing Canada and the Canadian people, undergoing physical and mental strains that many could not or would not face to keep our country safe and ready. I loved climbing up cargo nets in full battle order and repelling down cliffs.

I loved running the assault course. I liked the early morning runs and the late night polishing before a parade. I liked the smell of the quartermaster stores, an odd mixture of gun oil, canvas preservative, leather, hemp rope and cigarette smoke. I liked the racks of rifles and sub machine guns and I loved the gun sheds and tank hangers where the vehicles and weapons of war gleamed dully and exuded strength and capability and the power to  “get er done” if need be.

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Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate.

Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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  1. I wrote “I was a soldier once” -the original. This model is ripped off and flawed -but totally recognizeable. It was originally published by the Canadian Black Watch Regiments publication The Red Hackle and several other publications with my permission. I am pleased to see it published but disappointed to see no credit

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