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Raising the Flag [“Identity Inquiry,” Pages of History, August 2016] poses an ending question: “The only question left is why [Marine Corps Pfc. Harold] Schultz never said anything. Schultz, who received a Purple Heart, died in 1995 without speaking of his involvement in the iconic moment.” I would have one more question:





conclusions based on the uniform or weapons carried by the flag raisers.


historians should not jump to


Amateur


“Why is it that [John] Bradley, who died in 1994, never said that he was not in the iconic photograph?” —Col. Lalit Piplani, USA (Ret) Life Member via email


— Cmdr. Duane A. Hansen, USN (Ret)





Amateur historians should not jump to conclusions based on the uniform or weapons carried by the fl ag raisers. All Navy medical and dental personnel at- tached to the Fleet Marine Force are re- quired to wear a Marine uniform and are trained in the use of rifl es and handguns and are expected to accompany the Ma- rines into combat if necessary. Based on this, Navy Corpsman John Bradley could very well be one of the fl ag raisers. — Cmdr. Duane A. Hansen, USN (Ret) Life Member via email


Respecting the Flag I’m disappointed that MOAA continually wastes its staff and members’ time on is- sues surrounding fl ag desecration and the Constitution [“Resolutions,” cover wrap, August 2016]. The Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled in both 1989 and 1990 that the fl ag was an icon (symbol) of our country and not our actual country. Therefore, its use as a political symbol under the First Amend- ment is legitimate. Personally, it sickens me to see the fl ag desecrated; however, it is settled law. It is unconscionable to waste members’ and staff time on devel-


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oping and trying to get an amendment passed that has already been twice adju- dicated by our highest court as a violation of the First Amendment. I would be surprised to learn that the person who wrote Resolution 1 actually ever took the oath. If so, they would know that the oath is to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” not the U.S. itself. The reason is that the Constitution contains the ideals of our country; a concept we inherited from the Greeks and Romans known as the “Athe- nian Oath.” Part III of the oath is “to pass along the ideals of the city.” The Constitution is our head, and


the fl ag is our heart. I understand the emotion around this issue, but shouldn’t we be spending our time on things that are possible and actually make a positive dif- ference in the lives of our military? — Maj. Calvin S. Posner, USA (Ret), Ed.D. Life Member, Imperial Polk County (Fla.) Chapter via email


I cast my vote today following recom- mendations of the MOAA board of direc- tors except Resolution 1 urging Congress to support passing an amendment to out- law fl ag desecration. Have we forgotten that constitutions and their amendments establish the policies and processes of government? I honor and respect the U.S. fl ag; it represents our country and all we stand for, but an amendment about its desecration has nothing to do with establishing the policies and processes of our government. If there is concern about desecrating our national symbols, how about acting on the insulting, dishonorable, and disre- spectful way too many “singers” perform our national anthem at ball games and other public events? Now that is some- thing to get your dander up. Until then,


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