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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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WAR HERO: ‘Awangs’ helped secure nation
Sunday, September 04, 2005
I AM glad that the Government has finally recognised Awang anak Raweng’s contribution to the nation (NST, Aug 30). The George Cross, awarded by the British Government for his bravery while serving as a tracker with a British battalion during the Emergency, is second only to the Victoria Cross.

However, the George Cross is only given to civilians for acts of valour during war.So, why was Awang awarded the George Cross and not the Victoria Cross although he was a tracker attached to a regular British battalion on operation in the terrorist-infested jungles of Kluang?

Awang was a civilian whose service was born of necessity rather than a requirement.Iban trackers were used extensively during the Emergency, as they have an acute sense of the jungle and can smell out the enemy. At the onset of the Emergency in 1948, they were attached on an ad hoc basis to infantry units in Malaya.

In 1953, they were inducted into the Sarawak Rangers (Malayan Unit) and received formal military training in Port Dickson before placement in regular units. When Malaysia was formed in 1963, these trackers were transferred to the ranger battalions as regular soldiers. Two Ranger battalions were formed the same year.

Some of these soldier- trackers went on to gain prominence while serving in the First Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment. Although he is said to be 76 years of age, Awang, I believe, is much older.

The Ibans, especially those in the interior of Sarawak, then did not report births or deaths. Most of them who became trackers or joined the army had only sworn an oath as to their age. Some were much older than the mandatory age limit of 18 to 25 years.

Awang’s belief in his talisman is legendary among the Ibans. One of my platoon sergeants, Embau, believed that his old singlet was his "protector" and he would wear it whenever out on patrol.

Dreams, too, have an effect on them. A bad dream is detrimental to the whole patrol as the men will not go out the following day believing that evil may befall them.Such is the quality of the Ibans, for they make good soldiers. And it is of people like Awang that an independent nation like ours should be proud.

Although his deed was recorded at a time before Independence, we should not dismiss it as merely a colonial responsibility. His action contributed to the decline of terrorist activities in the Kluang jungles. LT-COL (Rtd) FATHOLZAMAN BUKHARI Ipoh
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posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 11:27 PM  
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