War is always and will ever be obscene. … While war is obscene, those who charge the machine guns, who bleed, who go down to the aid stations and who are put in body bags are not obscene, their sacrifices have no measure—theirs has a purity where mankind shines and is beyond corruption. I am not blasphemous when I say that in the brutality and evil of war soldiers who have offered themselves up so that their buddies may life, have in them the likeness and image of God. And damn those who debunk courage, valor, fidelity, love of country, love of home, family, hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow. Our soldiers give up much—that others may live, not only in freedom but even luxury. They deserve our great, great gratitude and affection because they are willing to serve. They are some of God’s noblest people.
—General Dick Cavazos, United States Army