Today, 28 June 2010, marks the 5th anniversary of Operation Redwing. It marks the greatest loss of Special Operations forces since World War II. This is a bittersweet day, where we mourn the loss of some of America’s finest fighting men, yet celebrate their actions, their courage and sacrifice. Though Operation Redwing was a tactical victory for our enemies, it was a Pyrrhic victory inthat it hardened our resolve to continue the fight, and to ensure that such a situation never again occurred.
I could relate all of the information regarding the battle, it’s planning, and aftermath, but many more capable writers than I have already done that. Therefor, I shall leave you with the links to those sites, and encourage you to read them when you can, and marvel at the sort of men that this nation produces.
In a speech at the Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston Massachusetts (7 June 1945, )George Patton remarked, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” Today, their families shall mourn them, but we as a nation should celebrate our good fortunate that these men were our brothers, and that there are more like them who answer to the roll, and will step into the place of their fallen comrades.