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He gave his last full measure.

  • Aug 13, 2010
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As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.  In "The Fighting Seabees" the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy’s first Construction Battalion, (CBCBs=Seabees).   The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight.Donovan a hard nosed construction manager at first chafes under military control, but once commissioned, he learns the importance of doing things the Navy way.  This turns him into a great leader and his unit into a very effective force.  One of the few movies that the "Duke" dies in.  Makes one just want to cry.

 

He gave his last full measure.

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He gave his last full measure. As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men. I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.      In "The Fighting Seabees the "Duke" plays Lt. Cmdr Wedge Donovan, a civilian construction manager who is tasked to form the Navy's first Construction Battalion, (CB CBs=Seabees). …
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