I suspect many of you remember the time honored Murphy's Laws of Combat:

  • Don't look conspicuous .  .  .  it draws fire.

  • If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid.

  • If your attack is going really well, it's an ambush.

  • When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the enemy.

  • Friendly fire .  .  .  isn't.

  • Anything you do can get you shot, including doing nothing.

  • Never share a foxhole with someone braver than you are.

  • A sucking chest wound is just nature's way of telling you to slow down.

  • The buddy system is key to your survival .  .  .  it gives the enemy someone else to shoot at.

  • It's not the bullet with your name on it you need to worry about, it's the one addressed: ''To whom it may concern.''

Taken from: Vietnam Perspective by Retired Lt. Gen. James Link, U.S. Army, former commander of Redstone Arsenal, he delivered this address at the breakfast commemorating the arrival in Huntsville, Alabama of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

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