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In Memory of my Friend Douglas Amuel La Bouff
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I am the Infantry.
I am my country's strength in war.
her deterrent in peace.
I am the heart of the fight-
wherever, whenever.
I carry America's faith and honor
against her enemies.
I am the Queen of Battle.

I am what my country expects me to be-
the best trained solider in the world.
In the race for victory
I am swift, determined, and courageous,
armed with a fierce will to win.

Never will I betray my country's trust.
always I fight on-
through the foe,
to the objective,
to triumph over all,
If necessary, I will fight to my death.

By my steadfast courage,
I have won 200 years of freedom.
I yield not to weakness,
to hunger,
to cowardice,
to fatigue,
to superior odds,
for I am mentally tough, physically strong,
and morally straight.

I forsake not-
my country,
my mission
my comrades,
my sacred duty.

I am relentless.
I am always there,
now and forever.

The United States Army Infantry.

They are a special breed of men.

Contrary to popular belief, not all men can be Infantrymen. True, they can do the tasks that are required of an Infantryman, but at their core being, it takes a special breed of man to be able to be an Infantryman, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

I am one of them.

I joined the US Army in 1981. I was 17 years old. Probably the best move I ever made!

I went in as an Infantryman 11X.

I graduated BCT/AIT 3 months later as an 11B Infantryman. AKA, 11 Bang Bang, 11 Bush Beater, Grunt..


I spent the next 20 years as an Infantryman retiring as a Staff Sergeant in June of 2001.

These are the units I served in:


A Co 2nd BN 13th IN (8th Infantry Division) 1981-1984

B Co 1st BN 8th IN (4th Infantry Division) 1984-1986

D Co 1st BN 48th IN / 4th BN 18th IN (3rd Armored Division) 1986-1989

HHC USAG /HHC 1st ID /D Co 2nd BN 16th IN (1st Infantry Division) 1989-1993

A Co 1st BN 5th IN / 1st BN 9th IN (2nd Infantry Division) 1993-1996

E TRP 2nd SQDN 11th ACR / HHT 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment 1996-2001.


There were hard times, there were easy times, there were boring days, there were hectic days. All in all, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.



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