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Smedley Darlington ButlerOn July 30 1881 a man was born that would bring into this country courage and leadership as it has never seen before He was one of only two men to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor twice as well as being the most decorated soldier to ever wear an American uniform He fought in every American conflict from the Spanish-American War in 1898 to the guerrilla Wars in Central America that followed World War I as an officer in the Marine Corps He also protected domestic disputes by organizing a force from the 4th Marine Regiment in October of 1926 to protect the mailing system which would become known as the Western Mail Guards After his tour with the Marines he was very popular with rank-and-file soldiers and veterans He strongly defended the Bonus Marchers in 1932 who were later attacked by US troops under General Douglas MacArthur in Washington DC In an incident whose history is surpressed today he was approached by representatives of the Morgan Bank who wished him to lead a fascist military coup d etat against the Roosevelt government in 1932 which he refused Yet through all of these conflicts he still maintained that American armed intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations was not in our best interest In his 34 year career with the Marine Corps he would demonstrate that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree His name was Smedley Darlington Butler Smedley Butler played a big role in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 In the Yellow Sea the USS Solance sailed with 106 Marines including two extra that snuck aboard the night before it s departure These men along with eight officers were the first American reinforcements which could be sent from the Philippines they had been mounting out for Guam under the command of Major Waller when the emergency diverted them to
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