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Understanding the Brother in Arms

This Hub is Dedicated to fellow hubber Wesleycox, the 293rd MP Company (my adopted unit now serving in Afghanistan), and to all my Brothers now serving (Active Duty), still serving (Veterans), and our honored Dead. These are the only three options once you choose to serve.

The bonds that are formed by those who serve in the Military are in many ways stronger I think than even family or marriage bonds to those who serve; and most particularly they who endure combat operations together. Shakespeare was the first of post dark ages writers to comment on this brotherhood when he wrote the play Henry V. In the play he outlined a servant leaders model that is still used today, along with the moral responsibilities of the political leaders who instigate hostilities.

The most remembered verses from this play include “Once more through the Breech Lads!” and “For King and Country!”. But the most telling phrases about the bond of the warriors to both each other and to their leadership are found in the predawn hours just before the battle of Agincourt. When Westmorland just before assembly remarked to Henry that he sure could use a couple thousand more troops and lamented that so many men and many of his peers would be on holiday celebrating the feast of St Crispan, a Sainted Monk that was martyred; whose chief claim to fame so to speak was that he traveled throughout North France and England and made shoes for Children; another model of servant leadership.

From Bunker Hill to Bastogne to Baghdad

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Words by : William Shakespeare
(From King Henry V: Act IV, Scene III)

Proclaim it Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put in his purse:
We would not die in that mans company,
That fears his fellowship to die with us,

This day call'd the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian':
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, 'These wounds I had on Saint Crispians day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages,
What feats he did that day; then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispian Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered:
We few we, happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother:
be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And Gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispians day.

It is well to note before you hear Henery, that his Army had campaigned for a long time at this juncture and things had not always gone well, his men were tired and hungry, were missing home and beginning to wonder why they were there. All of the common doubts and hardships soldiers know in every war in every operation.

Keep also in mind, the subtleties of the language he uses when he says “He that sheds his blood with me today shall be my brother”, this had much significance, and was not lost on the men. For as we know Royalty is based on family, blood lines etc are important. By saying this publicly his elevation of the troops to be HIS Brother, as opposed to I shall be his brother, was a significant difference of the day.; it served to elevate, and honor these shared sacrifices. It holds true in history as our common bonds elevate us to our leaders instead of the other way around, and it is the basis for societies to honor those who serve.

Henery Vth on the Morning of Battle - Agincourt

The Modern Day Result

Now watch and listen to the modern day result of Henery's pledge to brotherhood. Listen to the words as you watch what is pledged. Then when you can, do as they ask - Remember Them These few these happy few...

The Infantrymans Creed

And in these modern times we hold our own ‘Feasts of St Crispian” on Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year, and yearly at these vigil feasts; old bones like mine remember with advantages what feats we did on our St Crispians Day……

God Bless you all my Brothers..

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breakfastpop 7 years ago

Wonderful, inspiring and moving hub. Thank you and your brothers for your

service to our country. You are the best.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank You Sir, glad you liked it!


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Thanks for this Hub - it should be eye-opening to many.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank you Patty for your high praise Glad you enjoyed it.


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GusTheRedneck 7 years ago from USA

Hmrjmr1 - I was never Shakespearre's biggest fan, but your Hub brings tears to the eyes of this old veteran. Thanks. Gus


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Gus means a lot to hear it from you..God Bless


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I thank God and you for the service to our country—to Freedom and Liberty. I love this Hub. Well done, my good and faithful servant.

I also love that song by Dire Straights. :-)


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank You sir, glad you enjoyed it.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

I know that my Dad who fought in WW2 had some "war buddies" to his dying day. Both of my brothers were in Viet Nam and the one that rode helicopters told us that the book...LET A SOLDIER DIE...(I'm pretty sure that was the title) was the closest to his experience. We read that book and passed it on to others. The ones flying or working on board helicopters lost so many of their buddies!

I think that it is true what you say...that these forged bonds between soldiers are like steel...long lasting and heartfelt. Excellent hub!

Thanks for your service and the service of all our men and women in uniform!


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Peggy W thank you for your kind words and for all your families service. Viet Nam was difficult as are current operations and the bonds they create are like steel, that are tempered and strengthened over time. Appreciate your stopping by...


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

This is a wonderful hub hmrjmr and I am honored to have been mentioned within it. You are absolutely right about our bond as there is little stronger than the bond you share with men that are willing to fight and die for you. Thank you so much.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Wesleycox- Stay Safe my Brother...


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

John, this hub actually gave me goosebumps. I love the speech from Henry V - always have. I'm a retired teacher of British Literature, so it kinda goes with the territory.

My dad and uncles were all WWII vets, and my grandfather was a WWI vet. I have a deep respect for our military men and women, and that includes you and Wesley.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Habee - thank you Ma'am, my Zena was English and had taken advance studies in "literature" which over there meant a lot of Shakespeare and she was the one that pointed out the subtle significance of his choice of words. It gave it much new meaning for me. Thank you for your service to our nation in one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Soldiers deal with the here and now, teachers build the future..


DEON HENERY 7 years ago

Hi all the brothers from all oner i was in the infantary in south africa 24 years ago today my son EDWARD DONALD HENERY is serving South Africa's army also as a infantary soldier visit the blog at SA-Soldier and see the gallary

God bless all good luck Deon Henery in south africa


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Hooah Deon! Hoooah Edward!

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