Old Guns Give All in the New War

Bill Mattocks

Sr. Grandmaster
MTS Alumni
Feb 8, 2009
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As the wars continue, the military reaches deeper, pulling Vietnam veterans back into service and into the line of fire.

Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California and The Beatles owned the airwaves when Maj. Steven Hutchison first joined the Army. Much has changed since 1966, but Hutchison's love of country and dedication to service wavered little in the 43 years since he first enlisted. Last month, the 60-year-old officer became the oldest American to die as a result of combat operations in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

And Wednesday, while tens of thousands of vigorous 20-somethings patrolled the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan, 52-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Kevin A. Dupont passed away at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from wounds suffered months earlier on an Afghan battlefield.

I am reminded of the song 'Slip Kid' by The Who:

I left my doctor's prescription bungalow behind me
I left the door ajar
I left my vacuum flask
Full of hot tea and sugar
Left the keys right in my car

Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
Only half way up the tree
Slip kid, slip kid, I'm a relation
I'm a soldier at sixty-three
No easy way to be free