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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 10:51 AM
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65. Barely, AFAIK.
But I've been in Egypt working for almost 4 years (came back to the US in March). Over there, we only got History Channel International.

I'm one of those who have mentioned Butler on DU for a long time. I spent 6 years in the Marines, including nearly 2 years as a Drill Instructor in San Diego. So I often taught "History & Tradition" classes to new recruits, which naturally included Butler.

You can see Butler in the 4-hour miniseries "The Great Depression," telling the Bonus Marchers to "raise hell." A short but great clip.

His autobiography "Old Gimlet Eye" is apparently out of print and fetching big bucks on (I have an ancient photocopy from a library on a Marine base.) It was co-written with the most famous journalist of that time, Lowell Thomas.

Which shows why it was so hard to silence Butler - he had a LOT of high-placed friends.

e.g., when Butler was cashiered in 1931, a fairly prominent New York lawyer offered to defend him free of charge at his court-martial. That lawyer was Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Butler tells this story in his autobiography.)

BTW, when Butler was "fired," it was done in a particularly humiliating way, and his autobiography tells the story in detail. His second-in-command came to his house at Quantico and informed Butler that he had been removed from command, effective immediately, and was being put under house arrest.

This had not happened to ANY American General since 1862. Being traditional, Butler offered his sword in "surrender." His assistant commander refused to accept it.

At the time, Butler was the youngest Major-General in the history of the Marine Corps, and was (and is) the only Marine officer to win the Congressional Medal of Honor twice.

Another interesting note: Butler came from a fairly prominent Democratic political family in Pennsylvania. His father had served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, IIRC. (A job held during WWI by FDR.)

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