Lt. Colonel Hal Moore: Our Father in Heaven, before we go into battle, every soldier among us will approach you each in his own way. Our enemies too, according to their own understanding, will ask for protection and for victory. And so, we bow before your infinite wisdom. We offer our prayers as best we can. I pray you watch over the young Jack Geoghegan. That I lead into battle. You use me as your instrument in this awful hell of war to watch over them. Especially if they're men like this one beside me, deserving of a future in your blessing and goodwill. Amen.
2nd Lieutenant Jack Geoghegan: Amen.
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore: Oh, yes, and one more thing, dear Lord, about our enemies, ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to Hell. Amen.
Guess what part those PC nazi's decided to snip out. Fuckers.
I got to thinking some more now that the movie is done. There's something I just love about gruff, stoic, hardass military characters. They usually end up being sargeants in most war flicks but almost all of them have one. In this case it was Sam Elliott playing Sargeant-Major Basil Plumley, but it would apply to Tom Sizemore's character in Saving Private Ryan or Lee Emery as the gunnery sargeant in Full Metal Jacket. There's something incredibly admirable about the way they do their jobs with almost an indifference to the immediate possibilty of death. There's nothing like a bloody war to show you what you're really made of at the core of it all. It reminds me of the lyrics from that Mighty Mighty Bosstones song:
I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was, I would pass
Who really knows though? Most of us will never be pushed to that extreme and I seriously doubt most of us would like what we would find if we were.