© Copyright 1996-2005
by David H. Hackworth
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Hack's military career as a sailor, soldier and a military writer has spanned several dozen wars and conflicts, from the end of World War II to the first Gulf War to the present situation in Iraq -- which he describes as the biggest military miscalculation in our nations history.
He signed on in the Merchant Marine at age 14 and the U.S. Army at 15. In almost 26 years in the Army he spent over seven years in combat theaters, earning a battlefield commission in Korea to become that war's youngest Army captain. He was at the tip of the spear, the ultimate Cold War warrior-- from Berlin to Korea to the Cuban missile crisis--from 1953 to 1965.
In 1965, Hack went to Vietnam with the Screaming Eagles. After almost five years of combat in Vietnam, Hack had figured out how to win the war, at least tactically, and described by Hal Moore as the Patton of Vietnam. In 1971 as the Army's youngest colonel -- he was considered to be on a fast-track to the top--he could no longer continence the bloodshed and told the truth on national television saying, "This is a bad war ... it can't be won, we need to get out." In that interview, he also stated that the North Vietnamese flag would fly over Saigon in four years -- a prediction that turned out to be right on target. He was the only serving senior officer to sound off about the insanity of the war and bore the concentrated heavy flak.
With all his many military awards, Hack still considers the Combat Infantryman Badge and the United Nations Medal for Peace -- which he was presented for his anti-nuclear work in Australia -- his "highest awards.
Hack is a regular guest on national radio and TV shows, and from 1990 through 1996, he was Newsweek's Contributing Editor for defense. During Desert Storm, which Hack covered for Newsweek, he was the only correspondent to accurately predict the outcome of the Gulf War. He has won many national and international awards for his Newsweek reporting, including the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in communications. Besides his Newsweek cover stories and other reporting, he has been featured in magazines including People, Parade, Men's Journal, Maxim, and has also been published in Playboy, Soldier of Fortune, Self and Modern Maturity. His column, Defending America, which he writes with his wife Eilhys England, appears in newspapers across America and on both www.hackworth.com and on Soldiers For The Truth at www.sftt.org. Soldiers For The Truth is a foundation established by Hack, Eilhys and other likeminded folks to serve as a voice for our active duty, reserve and national guard troops to get them the best leadership, training and grunt-proof equipment our big budget Defense Department can afford.
Hack's books include The Vietnam Primer and the international best seller About Face, Hazardous Duty, The Price of Honor and Brave Men. His latest book, Steel My Soldiers' Hearts, recently published in paperback, and based on his own and hundreds of interviews conducted by Eilhys, continues to be a bestselling how-to on leadership and counter-insurgency for our grunts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hack is an advocate of military reform and a believer that the big firepower -- "nuke-the-pukes" -- solution won't work anymore. But he sees big and little fights ahead and urges military reform to deep-six the Cold War mentality that still guides the Pentagons thinking. He believes passionately that "America needs a streamlined, hard hitting, unified force for the 21st century" and beyond so that our countrys fighting men and women have the best chance possible to make it home in a seat, not a body bag.
Hack brings to his mission--protecting the troops--his unique experience
acquired in almost 60 years of bouncing around hot and cold battlefields.
He also brings an insider's view of the Pentagon and the military establishment
made deadly current by input provided on a daily basis from serving
warriors around the globe who frequently bring him the word even before
the Pentagon gets it.