America’s Warrior Monk…right man at the right place at the right time

| November 14, 2017 | 26 Comments

Daily Caller is reporting that Army veteran, David Brown, was visiting the graves of fallen friends in Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day when he spotted a lone but familiar figure also visiting the graves in Section 60 which is where recent casualties are being interred. That other visitor was Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, a retired four star Marine general.

Brown chronicled his encounter with Mattis in a viral Facebook post, noting that he himself was visiting the graves of two of his fallen friends in combat when “I met a lone man walking the stones at Section 60.” He continued that he watched Mattis “listen patiently to stories from surviving friends and family members. An old man visiting his Marine son’s grave told Mattis that he was his boy’s hero; the Warrior Monk smiled sadly and said that the old man’s son was one of his.”

That put a lump in the throat of this old Vietnam vet and I silently thanked Donald Trump for selecting this tough but eloquent warrior to lead our military forces. In my 76 years I have never heard a similar vignette about any other SecDef. This one is, in my opinion, most assuredly, the right man in the right place at the right time. I can’t possibly add anything further except to ask this question:

How many members of congress were in the cemetery when the general uttered those soulful words?

Crossposted at American Thinker

Category: Politics

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  1. 19D3OR4 - Smitty says:

    Damn prideful dust…always getting in my eyes.

  2. Combat Historian says:

    I’m trying to vision Ashton Carter doing the same thing…Nah, who the hell am I kidding…

  3. Old Trooper says:

    This is what you get when you put someone who’s “been there, done that” in charge. Nothing against other former SecDefs, but for the most part, they haven’t.

  4. AW1 Tim says:

    Nice yo hhave someone who “gets it” at the helm. Someone who understands.

  5. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Mattis is one of the bright spots in DC these days in my opinion. He’s tough, he’s smart and you are right he gets “it” in every way that “it” matters.

    It’s officers like this that make you understand the term force multiplier more clearly and how effective it can be to troops in the field.

  6. Jeffro says:

    Yup. Echoing above sentiments.

  7. Fyrfighter says:

    Well said.. he is the personification of “An Officer and a Gentlemen”

  8. Steve1371 says:

    Certainly a huge step up from McNamara.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    President Trump could not have made a better pick for SECDEF, we have a Warrior at the helm! As for the politicians, I’m sure the vast majority were out taking bribes (*OOPS!*, campaign donations) from lobbyists and doing as they pleased.

  10. David says:

    “How many members of congress were in the cemetery when the general uttered those soulful words?”

    I’ll take “None” for $500, Alex

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    Simple common decency and tact…

    It’s been a while. Nice to see it back in place. Thanks, GEN Mattis.

  12. Bill (a NIMBY/Banana) says:

    For some additional positive info, Check out VP Pence’s Veterans Day address at Arlington. Semper Fidelis.

  13. Thunderstixx says:

    So nice to see people at the helm that actually have respect for the people that make this country work.

  14. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Read this at the link… it gives you an idea of the character of James Mattis:

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Gen. Mattis.

  16. Skippy says:

    Hooah true warrior always

  17. Atkron says:

    Poe made it dusty in my cubicle.

  18. Warrior0369 says:

    A Leader tha actually knows how to lead. Not only how, but when. Semper Fidelis General Mattis.

  19. Defender says:

    Okay who’s choppin onions?

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