World: Patch of Destiny

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A quiet, middle-aged man sat down to write his wife a letter. He began: "Have been so busy last few days, no time to write. . . ."

Most military men are given to understatement, but not many have written as modestly as this. The author of the terse sentence was Major General Alexander Archer Vandegrift, Commander of the Marines in the Solomons, and he certainly had been busy. At 55, he had been climbing up & down cargo nets like a 25-year-old. He had lowered his high rank into damp foxholes. He...

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