Marine Blog #5 - Victor Krulak
Rank: Lt. General
Hometown: Denver, Colorodo
The heat on Okinawa was impressive. A far cry from his childhood in Denver, but Brute was never a complainer. He always pushed himself, harder and farther. His will was solid iron, he had never been content to let others decide his fate. He was a true Marine, after all. Shorter than most, but packed with more piss and vinegar than entire regiments of enemy troops. He saw ahead, he instinctively knew the shape of war and where combat was heading. He had landed his batallion in an area packed with ten times as many enemy and had embarked on a cunning campaign of hell-bent warfare.
In his waking moments he was always thinking of better ways for the Marines to do their sworn duty. He helped design the Higgins boats that were becoming standard Marine equipment for amphibious assaults. As his men carefully manuevered and snuck their way around the Soloman Islands and then Okinawa he kept invisioning ways to use helicopter technology in war. He was a fox, fast striking, fighting with cunning- not as a hammer and anvil but as a careful surgical knife ready to cut the heart out of a dangerous foe.
His men were devoted and loyal- willing to fight through the gates of hell with their commander. Brute inspired confidence. His plans always seemed to work- every command he was given was executed in an innovative, precise way.
He kept thinking back to the Solomans. The raid was madness of the sort that won wars. It was the sort of fight you went in to expecting to die. Brute didn't die, however. Instead, his mind was tapped to mastermind the plans for the invasion of Okinawa. At night he slept his four hours and dreamed of bullets and hand grenades. He understood war, and he understood why war hadn't taken his life.
He thought about the traps and the tunnels, the cunning of the enemy, the complacency. A well entrenched enemy never expected a small raid. Daring, mobility, and confusion were a better shield than the thickest plating on a battleship. His superiors understood- not his methods, perhaps, but effectiveness. The Marines have always been resourceful. Marines do what works. His methods worked.
And so it was that his plans and input were respected and used. Throughout World War II and then in Korea and Vietnam he was a vital link in maintaining the Marines as an independent, powerful branch of the Armed Forces. Without this man and his particular mix of bravado and cunning the Marines of today would look very different. Semper Fi, Marine.
General Victor "Brute" Krulak addresses his fellow Marines.
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