Old Soldiers Never Die

I am closing my fifty-two years of military service. When I joined the army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all my boyish hopes and dreams.

The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-by.

General Douglas MacArthur, Conclusion to speech to Congress-April 19, 1951

 

Something for the weekend.  A parody of the hymn Kind Words Never Die, the Army ballad Old Soldiers Never Die enjoyed new popularity when General MacArthur mentioned it in his farewell address.  The version at the beginning of this post was the seventh most popular song based on sales in 1951.

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Published in: on September 26, 2015 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. Just wanted to say thank you for all of your posts. It’s wonderful to learn all of these interesting things about our (my) country.

    • Thank you for your kind comment Doreen. History is a grand story for me and if I can encourage love of this grand story in others, that is all I wish.


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