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© Copyright 1996-2005
by David H. Hackworth
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career as a sailor, soldier and a military correspondent has spanned
nearly a dozen wars and conflicts, from the end of World War II to
the recent meltdown in the ex-Yugoslavia.
He sailed 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, winning a battlefield commission in Korea to become that
war's youngest Army captain.
After almost five years in Vietnam Hack's cup runneth over. In 1971,
as the Army's youngest colonel he spoke out on national television
saying, "This is a bad war ... it can't be won we need to get
out." In that interview, he also said 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 senior officer to sound
off about the insanity of the war. Understandably, Nixon and the Army
weren't real happy with his shooting off his mouth.
With all his many 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
to the end of 1996, he was Newsweek's contributing editor for
defense. Besides his Newsweek cover stories and other reporting,
he has been featured in magazines including People, Parade,
Men's Journal, and has also been published in Playboy, Soldier
of Fortune, Self and Modern Maturity. His column,
Defending America, appears weekly in newspapers across America
and on this site.
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
Hack's books include The Vietnam Primer and the international
best seller About Face, Hazardous Duty and The Price of Honor.
His newest book, Steel My Soldiers' Heart's, a best seller
from coast to coast, is now in the bookstores and amazon.com
Hack is an advocate of military reform and a believer that the big
fire power -- "nuke-the-pukes" -- solution won't work anymore,
but that doesn't mean war will go away. He sees big and little fights
ahead and urges military reform. He believes passionately that "America
needs a streamlined, hard hitting force for the 21st century"
and beyond. Hack brings to his mission his unique experience acquired
in almost 52 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 by serving
warriors from around the globe. E-mail frequently brings him the word
before the Pentagon gets it.
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