Captain Seafort wrote:Absolutely. Any more would have lead to purposeless loss of life, and would therefore have been dishonourable.
It would have delayed the enemy and showed a continued will to fight while inflicting losses on the enemy. There is nothing dishonorable about a Marine doing the job he is paid to do.
Captain Seafort wrote:Then the actions of the 1st US Marine Division in Korea were disgraceful. Not only did they retreat, but they were arguing strongly in favour of doing so long before their (US Army) Corps Commander instructed them to.
You should look up the difference between retreating from battle and fortifying to the rear for fallback. Its a pretty common battlefield tactic when outnumbered.
Captain Seafort wrote:The actions of the USMC on Wake Island were likewise disgraceful, as they surrendered having suffered fewer than fifty men killed out of a total force of well over four hundred.
The surrender of Wake Island was first off at the command of the USN, secondly part of an offer by the IJN to protect the lives of the civilians on the Island, third was a four day resistance against a force that outnumbered them more then 100:1, forth and lastly set the tone of the USMC actions for the rest of the war that the Japanese wouldn't be able to expect the quick surrenders the gained from the British out of the Americans. Far from disgraceful, those matters helped spur on allied resistance in the Pacific.
Captain Seafort wrote:8901 had already given them a very nasty fright. Continuing to fight would have achieved absolutely nothing except a lot of dead bodies.
Really... do tell... people dying at war. Strange thought isn't it (sarcasm). The point of killing your enemy is in fact to kill him, which as a matter of fact does lead to dead bodies.
Captain Seafort wrote:He was a good governor, but he was never a marine, good or bad. Major Mike Norman was a bloody good marine, which he demonstrated by giving the Argies a hard fight, surrendering when ordered to to avoid purposeless loss of life, and then coming back with J Coy 42 Cdo to put his flag back up.
A hard fight? What the fuck is that??? What kind of a fight is a hard or easy fight? Its not a golf game, its war.