Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
Veterans Day 2014 Nov. 2014
By Daniel New
From Armistice Day to Veterans Day, we remember those who paid the ultimate price in military service to their country. We also honor those who served and survived, and include in that the recognition and public support of all those currently serving on Active Duty, plus those in Reserves and in the National Guard, etc.
None of this is difficult for most Americans — we are a militant nation, and we come very close to idolatry with our worship of all things military — at least a large number of Americans do. They call a “hero” anyone who has ever worn a uniform — a manifestly nonsensical description.
On October 10, 1995, the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army came to attention at 0900 in Schweinfurt, Germany. All but one of the 550 soldiers were wearing a sky-blue baseball-style cap with a United Nations insignia on the front. One was wearing the olive-drab flat cap that is authorized to be worn with the Battle Dress Uniform. With this simple act of disobeying a direct order, Spc. 4 Michael New set the stage for a legal battle that has profound implications for the future of American soldiers into service of the United Nations without the constitutional permission of Congress.
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