Ideal Soldier

1930 Words8 Pages
Darryl Forges
English 1101-18
March 18, 2010
The True Definition of an Ideal Soldier
“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in
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Barnes takes control over Wolfe, the situation, and commands the soldiers. By taking over and criticizing Wolfe, Sgt. Barnes gained the respect and trust of many soldiers, yet there were also those who disagreed with his tactics. These men did not only object to Barnes because of how he handled the situation, but also because of a conflict which arose between Sgt. Barnes and Sgt. Elias, Barnes showed a low level of regard for Elias and his men. Due to their trust and alliance with Sgt. Elias, the group of men assumed a position of doubt and distrust when the argument between Barnes and Elias sparks. On a future excursion the platoon stumbles across a Vietnamese village which Barnes accused of aiding the Viet Cong combatants. In his rage Sgt. Barnes interrogates a villager and continues to execute the man when he is unable to give any information. Turning to the man’s daughter he threatens to kill her as well unless given the information he requested, but was stopped by Sgt. Elias. Later in the movie, as the marines evacuate their area of occupation, Elias separates from the platoon in order to flank the Viet Cong. Learning of this, Barnes chases after Elias into the jungle and kills him, reporting that he had found Elias’s body riddled with VC bullets. After the realization that Elias’s men knew of Barnes fragging Elias, he confronted them about their distaste for him along with their addiction to pot, telling them “I don’t need this shit
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