A commentator named Ajhil called women who wanted to serve on front lines stupid. I made a post because his words upset me, but the cartoon updated a couple of hours later…Here is my overlong post about women in combat fromJim Morin 2013 01 28^Pardon me, Ajhil, have you read anything written by Ms. Duckworth that defines her as fragmentary? I’ve only seen interviews and brief articles of how she overcame her wounds and found the battlefield of politics. I also believe she would not have used the word honor with quotation marks, that she would actually say it with a capital H, and in italics because of the pride she had in her service and fellow soldiers. She and thousands of others have taken the field on behalf of an idea that by doing so, she and all of them, are protecting us in ways not always easily seen or appreciated.^In 1863, an all black Union Army unit, the 54th Mass., under the command of a white officer from an abolitionist family lead 600 of his men against Ft. Wagner in SC. It was widely believed as fact that blacks were unable to be trusted in combat and would run in the face of the enemy.The History Channel website says Col Shaw, the leader of the 54th, is to have said,“I want you to prove yourselves,The eyes of thousands will look on what you do tonight.”While his attack failed to take Ft. Wagner, and he died with most of his men, the number of blacks who died fighting and the damage they did to the fort made white union officers more willing to use blacks as soldiers.Ft. Wagner was closed soon after. Despite the many injustices that followed after the war, the men who died at Fort Wagner proved to a nation not to judge a man’s courage by his color and a nation of ex slaves had heroes that gave them a sense of empowerment.^.Now, among. our daughters, sisters, mothers, and girlfriends, are others who are ready to make the same stand, Black, white, and brown from every culture, and creed. Women who want to show any other woman who thinks she can’t, that she can if she wants to.^,It is good that you are glad to allow women who are physically and mentally able to serve on the front line to do so. There are many who do, not just for the opportunities for their career, but for the Honor of serving their country and to prove to their countrymen that they are Army Strong, Ever Faithful, able to Aim High, and that they have Honor, Courage, and Commitment.^<::::::::::::::::::::::::::}}oooO^They’ll carry the load for you, Ajhil. They will serve in your place. But you should at least show them the respect they deserve. Your own hard words do you no honor, but then, as you say, you don’t seek honor.Humbly Grateful to over 200 years of sacrifice, and as ever,Respectfully,C.