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DE BORCHGRAVE: Al Haig, RIP

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Posted on February 21 2010 10:55 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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By Arnaud de Borchgrave

Alexander Haig missed World War II, graduating from West Point in 1947, and then saw action in both the Korean War (Inchon landing that turned the tide against North Korea) and the Vietnam War where, as a battalion commander in the bloody battle of An Loc he earned the Distinguished Service Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor.

Col. Haig’s citation said his battalion (First Infantry Division) was “pinned down by a Vietcong force that outnumbered it three to one. To get an overall view of the terrain, Haig took off by helicopter and landed in a hail of bullets. No sooner off the ground than the helo was shot down. Two days of hand-to-hand combat ensued. The enemy launched repeated human-wave assaults on the camp. Heedless of the danger himself, Col. Haig repeatedly braved hostile fire to survey the battlefield. His personal courage and determination, and his skillful employment of every defense and support tactic possible, inspired his men with previously unimagined power. Although outnumbered three to one, Col. Haig succeeded in inflicting 592 casualties on the Vietcong.”

Read more at the Washington Times…

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