Over the years, many have asked us — Why? Why were you willing and ready to give up your life?

I told my son it was a matter of honor. I told him about my father’s farewell message when I left home to put on the uniform of my country. My father was not a man of eloquence but he said, ‘Whatever you do, do not dishonor the family, and do not dishonor the country.’ To have done any less than we did in battle would have dishonored our families and our country.


From keynote speech, 50th anniversary of the Regimental Combat Team in Hawaii, March 24, 1993